We are rapidly approaching the time where we want to open a closed alpha test of SimplePlanes VR. As the first step in the process, we would like to gather information regarding which VR devices SimplePlanes users have, to ensure we are covering as much as possible from what is out there (we already know how much variance Android has, in VR it is even harder with all the different controller and tracking styles).
How to join?
To ensure we cover as many devices as possible and get some feedback on how things are working (it is an alpha, expect things to be rough) we are going to make this round of testing closed. To be eligible to get a copy all you have to do is fill this form so we can pick those users that we think will better meet our necessities right now.
Who gets to join?
We don't know exactly how many users will get access to this alpha yet, all we know for sure is it's going to be only through Steam, if you have an Oculus device remember you can use Oculus Link to try it out.
How will the form work?
At this point, not everyone who wants access will get it. This is to limit the amount of interactions we have to respond to, keeping overhead a low as possible, while still having enough testers to sufficiently test the game.
Why an alpha?
We are making this a closed alpha for mainly two reasons. Usually, we do betas, but this time there are more unknowns to how things are going to work with some VR ecosystems and there are some things we haven't finished/fixed yet, so this is likely not going to be a smooth experience for some of those that get selected. To ensure we don't get many duplicated reports we are going to make a post dedicated to tracking those, if you get access to the alpha, please, check the post before reporting them.
An Alpha build also means it is not feature-complete, so more features will be coming.
Will I get to keep SPVR after the alpha?
This time we are going to be using Steam's new(ish) Playtest feature, so keys won't be valid after the Playtest concludes, so no, you won't keep the game.
How long will this test last?
As little as possible, hopefully. Depending on what we find we may need to fix more things than expected, or less, that's exactly the purpose of these test rounds. We'll try to be as open as we can about the dates for any open test round and the release as these unknowns get resolved.
Can I share alpha content with my friends?
We won't ask you to sign an NDA, so there's nothing stopping you from doing that, but if you appreciate what Jundroo does, don't do it. Sharing some screenshots is ok, but don't upload videos or streamings playing this alpha. As we previously said there are some quirks we are aware of and we don't want those videos to linger around forever making a false and negative portrayal of the game.