SOMA Enters the Beta Stage of Development

SOMA

THe development team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent are closer to completing their next game. SOMA the survival horror game coming to the PlayStation 4 has entered the beta stage of development. This means that the game is feature complete and now the team at Frictional Games can begin to put the remaining pieces together and send the game out to testers for feedback. Now while they are not close to revealing a release date this is a big milestone in development and is a good sign of progress for SOMA.

There is a detailed post on Frictional Games’ Blog about the beta process and here are some excerpts from that post.

“So what does it mean? Well it means that we now have a build of SOMA that contains all of our desired features. There are still a few bits of art, a few sounds etc. missing, but the game is pretty much complete content-wise. We’ve sent this build out to around 40 people to test and once we start getting feedback in we’ll discuss how best to spend our remaining development time. At this time in development there isn’t much room to make big changes. If it turns out that something doesn’t work at all, we need to figure out a not-too-drastic tweak that can make it work, or consider cutting it entirely…

Once we’ve decided on how to best spend our time, our days will be all about polish and improvement (and possibly some cutting here and there). In its current state, all of the game’s big problems have been solved, so what’s left is to make sure that what’s there is as good as it possibly can be. Adding effects, improving the art, ensuring stability, making it more intuitive and so on. That’s what just about all of our remaining work is about. That and fixing all those annoying bugs that are sure to crop up.”

There is very little footage of SOMA in motion at this time, but here is the last teaser released from last year.

Source: Frictional Games

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