I hear its the final product ("Patch 1.0"), but I've also heard it's another phase of testing like beta? Is it just when the developers go over everything one final time before release? This is just out of curiosity! ^^
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It does, aye! I often see people say "I've played since alpha" and wondered what it meant. Perhaps they meant open/closed beta, but it's hard to believe regular forum posters and the like say they've played since non-public testing ^^
Ya I'm sure there's exceptions to the definitions I gave. Like major supporters might get access to an alpha or an alpha might be leaked or a version of a game might be incorrectly called an alpha. Nothing enforces these definitions on devs.