Enter the Proving Grounds

Welcome to the Proving Grounds

On October 1, 2015 Descent: Underground's Proving Grounds pre-alpha officially opened to the public. The launch of the Proving Grounds marks a major milestone in development for Descent: Underground and represents the first playable release to the general public of the upcoming game.

Members with Proving Grounds access are invited to join our quality assurance team in testing the latest features in development and assist in stomping out the most egregious bugs that prevent proper gameplay. New features, ships, levels, weapons, and more will be tested by Proving Grounds members and our QA team throughout the development process prior to the release of these features through to the Alpha Testing, Beta Testing, and Production builds.

If you're already a backer of Descent: Underground (you'll need to own a copy of the game) and you'd like to join us in testing cutting edge upcoming content, there are a couple of ways to do so. Proving Grounds access was included in our Kickstarter campaign for all backers at the $500 level and higher. Backers with the following packages already have access to the Proving Grounds:

  • $500 - Early Bird: Boxed Out
  • $600 - Boxed Out
  • $1,000 - Share The Wealth
  • $1,100 - Share The Wealth Too
  • $2,000 - Ultimate Creator
  • $2,500 - The Omnipotent One
  • $5,000 - Backer Boss
  • $10,000 - Six Degrees of Access

Don't have one of these packages? Don't worry! You can still gain access to the Proving Grounds. At the request of our backers we created a membership program for those who wished to support our project on an ongoing basis. As a token of our appreciation for their support, we've added Proving Grounds access as a perk for Underground members. Backers wishing to help test Proving Grounds content can join The Underground through our Pledge Store for $10 per month or $99 annually.


Please Note: Membership in The Underground does not replace the requirement of owning a game package. Your account must possess a game package in order to participate in Proving Grounds testing. If you do not already own a copy of Descent: Underground you may pledge for a copy in our Pledge Store (link)

Getting Started

Getting started testing is really easy, all you need is a Descendent Studios account (sign up at the top of this page if you need one), a computer that meets the minimum system requirements, a copy of the game, and access to the Proving Grounds. Once you have all of these things, here's a step-by-step guide to installing the game and getting started testing Descent: Underground:

  1. Redeem Your Game Package

    If you haven't already, go to your Client Area and redeem the game package you'd like to use on your account. Be careful! Game package redemption is permanent and in most cases cannot be reversed. If you do make a mistake, please contact our support department.

  2. Download the Launcher

    Go to your Client Area and download the appropriate launcher for your platform.

  3. Log In

    Log into the client using your Descendent Studios Account.

  4. Select Your Environment

    Select the 'Proving Grounds' environment from the Environment List. This list will later include other environments you have access to such as Alpha Testing.

  5. Read the Patch Notes

    Read the patch notes for the latest version while the client is downloading. The patch notes will keep you up to date on the latest developments so that you are as prepared as possible for any challenges you might face in the mines. The patch notes can also be viewed in the Release Notes Blog

  6. Read the Game Manual

    If you're like me, you probably don't like to read the directions and dive right into trying to play/construct/use the thing you bought. However, because the game is in development there are some oddities you'll want to familiarize yourself with. We've prepared a game manual to help testers familiarize themselves with the various aspects of the current builds.

  7. Launch The Game

    When the download has completed, you will be ready to start testing Descent: Underground. Good luck in the mines!

  8. Report any Bugs you Encounter

    Let's be honest, Descent: Underground is still in development, you're going to run into bugs. When you do, we'd really appreciate it if you tell us about them so that we can fix them. When in doubt, report it, we'd rather have a bunch of false reports than have a bug make it through. Please be sure to follow the Bug Report Guidelines to ensure a complete and thorough report.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • How can I get access to the Proving Grounds?

    If you'd like to get involved with the Proving Grounds you can join The Underground on our Pledge Store (link) and, if your pledge package didn't include access to the Alpha or Beta Testing phases, passes can be obtained through our Pledge Store as well.

    Please Note: Membership in The Underground does not replace the requirement of owning a game package. Your account must possess a game package in order to participate in Proving Grounds testing. If you do not already own a copy of Descent: Underground you may pledge for a copy in our Pledge Store (link)
     

  • I Pledged for Descent: Underground on Kickstarter, Why don't I already have Proving Grounds access?

    Proving Grounds Access has been a planned feature since the beginning of the Kickstarter campaign and was included in many of the Kickstarter era pledge packages from Boxed Out on up to Six Degrees of Access.

    Many other game packages came with access to other phases of testing such as the Advisory Board ($2,500 and higher), Alpha Testing ($80 and higher), and Beta Testing ($25 Early Bird: Material Defender and higher).

    These phases will be rolling out in the near future and each phase's release will be announced as we come to it. If you'd like to get involved with the Proving Grounds you can join The Underground on our Pledge Store and, if your pledge package didn't include access to the Alpha or Beta Testing phases, passes can be obtained through our Pledge Store as well.
     

  • My Pledge came with Alpha/Beta Access, why can't I access the Proving Grounds?

    The Proving Grounds is a Pre-Alpha stage of testing, Alpha Testing is the next stage of testing and will roll out in the near future. If you'd like to get involved with the Proving Grounds you can join The Underground on our Pledge Store (link) and, if your pledge package didn't include access to the Alpha or Beta Testing phases, passes can be obtained through our Pledge Store as well.
     

  • What are the Minimum System Requirements to play Descent: Underground?
    • Operating System: 64-Bit Version of Windows, Linux, or OSX
    • System RAM: 4 GB
    • GPU: DirectX 11 Compatible Graphics Card
    • Disk Space: 5 GB

    Please bear in mind that in the current Pre-Alpha state the game is not yet optimized and minimum specification computers may not perform at the desired level.
     

  • What are the Recommended System Requirements to play Descent: Underground?
    • Operating System: 64-Bit Version of Windows, Linux, or OSX
    • System RAM: 16 GB
    • CPU: 2.5 GHz Quad Core Processor or better
    • GPU: AMD R9 290X, NVIDIA GTX 770, or equivalent.
    • Disk Space: 50 GB

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