Yesterday some invited players got their first look at the new Neverwinter Module 7: Strongholds PVP map. It was a two hour playtest starting at 5 PM PDT (2 AM CET). The timing is one of the initial issues because most Europeans won’t get up in the middle of the night and some players would like to see more testing on the weekends as well.
Due to the NDA I can’t share any content specifics, let’s just say they didn’t understate the size of the map. It’s huge.
I was in for two matches and although it was unsurprisingly chaotic as everyone had to adjust to the new mechanics, it was a great deal of fun overall. The devs were participating, vocal on the chat and since they are also very present on the alpha forum, they make this a concerted effort to work much closer with the community and listen to feedback. Because of that it’s a little disappointing that only a dozen players have posted bugs and impressions so far and I hope more players will share their thoughts in the future. After all some responsibility should come with the privilege and opportunity to be there.
Especially since you are indeed getting rewarded for your time. Before you go all berserk because you miss out: It’s only a title that from the sound of it will be available for everyone at a later point and glory packages on the live server. Nothing major and that’s exactly how it should be.
There are three more tests coming up in the next weeks and I will report back if anything interesting will come up. Stay tuned!