Of course people offer to Beta Test! This story is interesting! Though I can understand why you’d want to refrain from some kind of Open Beta, it makes sense! I look forward to reading more than what you have publicly available eventually!
Just a quick note on a week-old discussion: in XoR’s case, on day two of sales we’ve now definitely got a strong example of an open testing process not costing us a significant amount of paying customers. There’s no performance gap between XoR and the majority of other CoG games that weren’t developed through open testing. Of course it’s a big game in a popular genre, so that has to be taken into account.
Still, I’d guess that the open testing process was a net positive – that it won loyal players who came prepared to recommend it to their friends from day one.
The games that I beta test, Choice of Rebels in this instance, I only play through 1 path (like the noble path instead of the helot) so when the game is released I have no worries about buying the game.