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Any feedback that you have on the beta should be added to the Beta Feedback and Discussion forum and any bugs that cannot be reported in-game should be posted in the Beta Bug Reports forum. There are several different forums, so make sure you add your feedback to the correct section.
The initial closed beta - where participants can test out the new HTML5 engine - starts on April 17th 2013.
The beta will be available to all Gold & Silver Premium Members and anyone who registered interest in the beta that has a confirmation email from us.
Note that the alpha and the beta are separate tests and, with the exception of Gold & Silver Premium Members, you will get access to either one or the other.
New participants will be added as time goes on so keep an eye out for a confirmation email.
Members who were not successful in being chosen for the beta will have a chance to preview the new features before the launch of RuneScape 3.
The beta will be run on live servers in the current game. Due to this, any levels and XP gained during the beta will be on your RuneScape 2 character.
In order to play the beta you will need to:
In order to play the beta we would suggest having an Intel i series CPU and at least an NVidia 200 series graphics card (or the AMD equivalent).
While you're playing, please report any bugs you encounter, and give us any other feedback you have on the forums. This is a golden opportunity for you to tell us what you think and how you'd like us to improve on a core component of the game, so please tell us as much as you can. We're particularly interested in the following:
The beta is a work in progress, and there will be bugs. We can't replace any items lost as a result of using the beta, so if you're planning to do something particularly risky in-game, it's best to log out and do so through the normal game.
Currently the beta/alpha game's performance in terms of load times is not optimal and this will be more noticeable for mid to lower end PCs. Details such as it being more obvious that game assets will load one by one will be far more noticeable on these PCs. As these items are loaded, some of the information will be stored on your computer so loading these items should be quicker next time.
We are aware of this and we will use the data provided by the beta and alpha tests to help improve these load times.
With the initial beta, the only difference you will notice is in the graphics. No content has changed for this stage. Things you may notice are:
Another change to RS3 is how you go about reporting bugs. This is now done through the game itself - there's no need to report a bug through the website unless you've found a problem with the website or Old School RuneScape.
To report a bug using the in-game report interface you need to click on the report button on the chat interface. This will allow you to choose whether you want to report a player or a bug. Click on 'report a bug' to open the bug report interface.
The first thing you need to do is choose a category and subcategory that best describes your bug. The drop down boxes give a list of the categories, just choose the most appropriate category from these lists.
Next you need to describe the bug. Think about:
In the final box, explain how you made the bug occur again. If you couldn't make the bug happen again, leave this section.
When you are ready, press 'proceed' to send us your bug.
This new feature will be added to the main game at the end of the month.