So, it looks like the plug has been pre-emptively pulled on the beta for Assassin’s Creed III, which won’t have any form of beta or trial like the previous games did.
Damien Kieken, Ubisoft Annecy Multiplayer Director, was recently interviewed by XboxGameZone, and had some things to say on why there would be no beta.
To be honest, it’s something we want to do every year because we get community feedback that helps us tune the game. It is also a good reward for the community that has followed us from the beginning. But doing a beta takes a lot of time. We’d need to polish a version, submit it to the platform holders and support it when it’s out. And all the time put into the beta doesn’t go into the final game. Because we wanted to push so many things into the game, we took the hard decision to favor the final game content instead of doing a beta and we believe it will be favorable in the end.
Well, at least they want to use the time to focus on making sure that the final product is even better.
What do you think? Does the lack of beta bother you, or can you live without?