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Bethesda opening a playtesting lab to the public


Bethesda announced yesterday on its official Bethesda Blog that a new playtesting lab in Dallas, Texas will soon be open to the gaming public. It doesn’t seem as if any previous experience is necessary, with a Bethesda blog post stating that gamers of varying skill levels will be considered for participation. The only requirement is that you are over 18 years old. 

“Over the years, we’ve gained valuable experience from player feedback, and now we’re ready to take it to the next level,” the blog post reads. Chosen participants will report for their testing to the offices of Doom developer id Software. Bethesda doesn’t appear to be offering money for testers’ services; presumably, the hope is that the opportunity to play games before they are released and the promise of receiving “cool Bethesda swag” will be enough to lure gamers in.

It is unclear exactly which in-development title or titles the new playtesting initiative will focus on, but The Elder Scrolls Online MMORPG is a likely contender. Bethesda also teased last month that the studio has begun work on its “next major project.” The long gestating Doom 4 is always a possibility. 

Those interested in participating can apply at Testing will begin “in the coming weeks and months,” according to Bethesda.

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