DONTNOD ELEVEN's Space Pirate Shooter to Enter Closed Beta

Fans of mostly flat online competitive shooters with far out characters and cartoonish graphics have cause to celebrate as DONTNOD ELEVEN invites players to take part in the closed beta for their upcoming title BATTLECREW Space Pirates.

DONTNOD ELEVEN has been hard at work on BATTLECREW Space Pirates since it began development in July of 2016, partnering with DONTNOD, the developer behind 2015’s Life is Strange, and the upcoming Vampyr.

BATTLECREW Space Pirates promises to be an interesting game, to say the least, and DONTNOD ELEVEN appears to be genuinely eager for player feedback looking to work to implement changes based on beta tester feedback before the game launches into playable Early Access. During the beta, players will be able to see five different maps and 2 competitive multiplayer modes, the team-base “4 vs 4 Gold Rush” mode and the more standard “2 vs 2 Team Deathmatch”.

It seems that the “2 vs 2 Team Deathmatch” will not be available to players upon the Early Access release, likely so the developers can balance the mode based on beta testing, and will be added as part of a free update later down the line.

Overuse of betas always makes me a little concerned. While I love the chance to play games early, the prospect of beta testing before release makes me wonder how much work is left on project before release and whether the findings of these tests will even make a difference to the developers in the end. DONTNOD ELEVEN seems to be eager for the feedback, with the beta beginning Jan 19, 2017, and running until the following Sunday (Jan 22, 2017), and hoping to enter Early Access at the end of January. That’s a pretty tight turn around, so expect a load of patches and updates after launch.

Players who want to get their hands on this colourful cast of characters and start shooting each other can sign up here.