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DO NOT REPOST THESE INSTRUCTIONS ANYWHERE ELSE. Instead please refer people who want to look up instructions on how to participate in the public beta test to this page or the corresponding post in the forum.

 

Before a new version is released, we usually are putting the version through a public beta test cycle to allow players to test the new features and fixes before they go live to everybody.

If you want to participate in the public beta test there are a couple of important things to note:

  1. In general we do not suggest users to participate in the public beta test, but rather stick with the more stable release versions. If you want to help us test a new version or are heavily impacted by an issue which is known to having been resolved in a beta version, using the public beta is however an option to consider.
  2. While we try to preserve savegame compatibility during public beta tests, there might be situations where some issue slips by and/or it's unfeasible for us to preserve savegame compatibility. You'd always backup your savegames before participating on a beta test and solely use the savegames during the beta test. It's up to your own risk to later-on take over the savegame to the release version. Again: (warning) There is the risk for you to run into issues with that save which you wouldn't have if you had only used release versions of the game! (warning)
  3. You CANNOT load a savegame done with a beta version in an earlier version of the game. In other words: If you make a savegame with the 1.50 Beta test version and switch back to the non-beta version, that savegame won't work with the previous release version (you won't be able to load it).
  4. While we are looking for reports about new issues during the public beta test, our customer support won't usually be able to help you with issues you run into while participating in the beta test. You'd still report issues in the beta test forum where the beta team and other participants might provide you with support however.
  5. Please familiarize yourself with the further rules and details pointed out in this forum post and check this post for updated details which might be more recent than the instructions provided here.

Participating in the Public Beta Test

Running the game on Steam

  1. (warning)Make sure your savegames are backed up!(warning)
  2. In Steam go to Libraries (1), right click X4: Foundations (2), and click on Properties (3).
  3. In the X4: Foundations - Properties window go to the BETAS tab (1), type in the box (2)IBackedUpMySaves , and click on the CHECK CODE button (3).

  4. The text: "Access code correct, private beta 'public_beta' is now available." should show up (4).
  5. In the box marked with (5) select the new entry: "public_beta - [current Beta version number].

Just start the game as usual now and you'll be running the current beta version.

If you want to change back to the release version at any time, simply select: NONE - Opt out of all beta programs in that box at any time.

Running the game on GOG

  1. (warning)Make sure your savegames are backed up!(warning)
  2. In GOG go to X4: Foundations (1), click on MORE (2), and then on Settings (3).
  3. In the following window click on BETA CHANNELS (1) to change the setting from OFF -> ON, click on the then displayed Channel drop down (2), and click on Add private channels (3).
  4. In the ADD PRIVATE CHANNELS popup enter the password: IBackedUpMySaves (1) and click on Submit (2).
  5. Select the new entry Public Beta in the box:

Just start the game as usual now and you'll be running the current beta version.

If you want to change back to the release version at any time, simply select: default in that box at any time.

 

2 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Is there also a way to see patch notes for the different beta versions?

    1. Beta patchnotes are available in the linked forum post above.

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