Iceberg Interactive and developer Shining Pixel Studio have changed their testing plans for their upcoming 4X strategy Oriental Empires.
It had been assumed that Oriental Empires would launch on to Early Access very soon as it was penned in for April but those plans appear to have been scuppered. An announcement today explains the change.
“After much analysis, and having discussed the best road forward for the title, lead developer Bob Smith and Publisher Iceberg Interactive have chosen to opt for a controlled closed beta program for Oriental Empires, instead of the initially planned Steam Early Access process.
“The closed beta program will enable a fixed-sized and fully controllable environment, where feedback is more manageable and easier to digest for the relatively small indie team. The beta program will consist of several different phases/waves, introducing a fixed number of new players to the beta program at different development points. Once the closed beta program for Oriental Empires is complete, the title will be launched as a solid and finished product, created together with the ever-growing 4x community.”
Currently there’s no further information when this closed beta testing will begin or how to apply. Hopefully we’ll hear more on how to get involved soon.