This FAQ includes some common questions and answers for our Bard's Tale IV alpha test. If you were an alpha backer, please read below for details on the alpha and how to get access.
Which backers get alpha access?
The Bard's Tale IV alpha test was included in the following reward levels:
- VIP Behind the Scenes Access ($105)
- Premier Collector's Edition - Behind the Scenes ($185)
- The Eternally Tormented Irradiated Bard ($200)
- Double Box Collector - Behind the Scenes ($230)
- Loreteller ($350)
- Signed Premier Collector's Edition ($400)
- Ultimate Collector's Reliquary Edition ($550)
- Supreme Box Collector 1 & 2 ($650 & $675)
- Relic Crafter ($750)
- Puzzle Master ($750)
- Sagateller ($1,000)
- 'Til Death Do Us Part ($1,200)
- Musician's Tier ($2,000)
- Be a Barfly ($5,000)
- Exclusive Revelers' Festival ($10,000)
How do I get my Steam alpha key?
We are distributing our Steam alpha test keys to applicable backers using CrowdOx. If you have completed your CrowdOx backer survey, you will receive an email from CrowdOx containing your key, along with a letter from VP of Development Chris Keenan and QA Lead Daniel Dean. Please be patient, as depending on how many emails need to be sent, it may take a little while for the system to fully process all of them. If you haven’t completed your CrowdOx backer survey, you can find more instructions on how to do so here.
Can I get the alpha test on another games platform?
We are only supporting Steam for the alpha test. For the final game, you will be able to make a choice of which platform you want at a later date.
How do I download the alpha test?
Applicable backers will be sent an email with a Steam alpha key. The alpha key requires you download the Steam games client and create an account with it. Once you have logged into Steam, you can use the "Activate a Product on Steam" option in the "Games" menu to activate your alpha key and begin downloading the alpha test. For more instructions, please see this page.
What operating systems does the alpha test support?
While we are supporting more OSes for the final release of the game, the alpha test is only available for Windows.
What are the system requirements?
- OS: Windows 7/8/8.1/10 (64-bit)
- Processor: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
- Memory: 8 GB RAM
- Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970/AMD 290 equivalent or greater
- Storage: 16 GB (SSD recommended)
Note that the above requirements are for the alpha test only. As we continue to optimize, these requirements may change by final release.
How long will the alpha test run for?
We do not have a set time the alpha test will run for. However, when the beta test becomes available, we will let all the game's backers know.
Will my alpha test key count as my final game key?
No. The alpha test is a separate Steam library entry from the final game. Using your Steam alpha key now will not prevent you from getting the final version on a different platform later.
How do I report bugs or provide feedback for the alpha test?
For alpha backers, please see the message included with your Steam key. It contains a link to a page you can go to report bugs and provide feedback. For both our alpha backers and everyone else, please visit our forums! We’ve set up a specific thread here for everyone to chime in with their thoughts and feedback.
Can I do Let’s Plays or stream the alpha test?
Yes! You are welcome to share your experiences with others, and if you have a Twitch or YouTube channel, you are also welcome to monetize your videos as well. Our only request is that you clearly state in your coverage that this is an alpha look at the game, and it will change and improve before release.