N++ Beta Contesque!

12 Jun / by: M&R / 89 comments / tags : ,

As faithful readers of this blog know, we are getting all the N++ code prepped for certification, but launch day may still be a ways off. We’ll keep you posted, but in the meantime, we have some exciting news!

We’re doing a private Beta Test with a small group of players, to make sure the N++ server (that handles level-sharing and highscores) is ready for launch — and we’re running a Contesque to help choose our testers.

If you have a PS4 and an SCEA account, you could be one of those lucky people. Fill out this form and submit it to us, and in a week or so we’ll email the winners:

N++ Beta Contesque

We hope you’re as excited as we are — we really can’t wait to see the levels you all come up with! ๐Ÿ™‚

Note #1: If you’re in Europe, apparently you can make an SCEA account, so you might want to look into that if you want to be in the Beta.

Note #2: This is only a Beta, so things are not completely finished, and there may still be some bugs. Please bear with us, we promise they’ll be fixed for the release! ๐Ÿ™‚

comments ( 89 )

  • first. thanks for this beta. i really hope i get a chance. but im australian.

  • @crazywizard: can you make an SCEA PSN account? Let us know!

  • Awesome.
    Though, I think you should’ve added a textbox requiring a general motivation for you to be a tester.
    Rather than a lottery based system.

    But I filled it in. Fingers crossed!!

  • @Johan1996: oh, it’s not lottery-based — the answers to those questions are very important ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I was sooo excited to join the beta but I only have an xbox one ๐Ÿ™

    Will the game be releasing for other platforms too or is it just PS4?

  • @M&R: yes i have a psn account

  • Hope i get in, ill be looking for glitches and getting highscores whilst not being at work ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hi! Just confirming that you can create an SCEA account outside of the US. All you need to do is set your country to the US and use a correct postal code & state when creating an account. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • @scottie1230 — thanks that’s great news. Everyone outside of US/Canada, do that!

    @Destiny — if it sells well enough on PS4, we hope to be able to port to other platforms. You can help us spread the word about N++! The more people know about it, the better our chances of them giving it a try, and the more likely we are to be able to port it!

  • Signed up yesterday. Will make an SCEA if i end up needing it for this ๐Ÿ™‚

    Can you tell us if will be a full beta, or if you block off certain aspects of the game (some modes, trophies ets)?. Oh, and how did it end out, did you get permission to do a platinium?

  • @nimoke: the US/Canada PSN account is required — the Beta only works in SCEA region, which is determined by your PSN ID, so you’ll need one for sure.

    Did you answer NO to the question about having a PS4 and SCEA account? because that field is perhaps the only one that will immediately disqualify entrants… a YES is mandatory! You might want to get an account and then fill out the form again ๐Ÿ™‚

    More detail on the N++ Beta: it’s still a little rough around the edges, since it’s older than where we are with the full game right now, but it’s it is mainly about testing the level-sharing database under load so we can be sure it functions as expected, so the editor and level-sharing are the focus.

    But we included some levels so you can practice, get highscores, and make good levels of your own — some levels in Solo, Co-op and Race are all unlocked, plus the Introductory sections.

    Trophies are disabled, as are most of the special features. And there’s a lot we hadn’t added yet when the Beta was being created — there are lots of surprises still to come when the game is done! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Been a fan since thw ‘N’ flash game and then N+ on the 360. Definitely cannot wait to try N++. I’d be sure to try every corner that I could of the levels during the beta haha. Even if that meant getting blown to bits a billions times!

  • @M&R i checked out the possibilities, and there should be no trouble in making a new american PSN ๐Ÿ™‚ But if im not chosen, i see no reason in creating an american account, so i will wait until the testers have been anounced ๐Ÿ™‚

  • @nimoke: Cool. As long as you didn’t put “no” in the question that asks if you have a PS4 and SCEA PSN account, that’s fine. But a “no” in that column means you won’t be selected, that’s all we’re saying ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Making it really hard to choose whether I want the PS4 or a WII-U.

    I hope the servers do well!

  • if i do get picked, do you mind if i record gameplay and put it on youtube.

  • I bought a ps4 because of this game. I hope I get it. The level editing aspect of n++ is what I’m most excited about!

  • Pick me!

  • Please pick me! I absolutely loved N+ and can not wait to play ++. It’s easily one of my most anticipated games, period.

  • @crazywizard: we don’t mind if anyone records and posts gameplay online, but if you could note it’s a beta, and is still in development, that would be good — lots of things in the beta are a little rough around the edges ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Do you know how many people will be selected for the beta? 25? 50? 100?

  • Are you allowed to stream the beta on twitch?

  • Did you agree on a specific date to announce the lucky winners? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • @Dan: probably around 500 ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Matll: yes! (although, we’ve found that you need to play with your settings or else the compression can get a bit ugly)

    @Nimoke: hopefully some time next week!

  • Codes have gone out — check your spam folders, and enjoy!

  • I must say, it impresses me, just after 10 minuttes of playing. I never played N+, so im surprised how nice the control fits to a console, i was expecting some harsh learning curve, but its kinda easy. I like the stats page, and i like the colors (retro is an early favorite). Im looking forward to spend alot of hours with this games during the next days!

    When will the beta end? And can we have updates on trophies? ๐Ÿ˜€

  • “Evil Ninja me” just made me rage quit haha. Only games like N can make me do such things! ๐Ÿ˜›

  • @nimoke: Great, glad to hear you’re liking it so far (except for Evil Ninja me ๐Ÿ™‚ )! The beta will be active for at least a week, more likely two, maybe longer if we need more data. we’ll warn on twitter when it’s close to ending.

    No updates on trophies yet, but soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • have you sent an email code to thecrazywizard13@gmail.com

  • dont worry i got it . thanks soo mmuchh

  • YUS! Thank you guys so very much! I’ve been playing all the versions of this game since v1.3 and I’m SO happy that you guys picked me as one of the lucky beta testers! There goes my weekend plans! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • I’m so glad I was able to participate in the beta. I have been waiting to play n++ since it was announced. Do you need any/want feedback on it?

  • If you people ever need more testers to test the later levels, I would gladly do it as I played both N and N+ so much!!

    PS: Does N++ still have the huuuge throwback when you die in coop mode and the screen flies soo far back that the other player cant see anything?

  • to everyone: so glad you’re excited! ๐Ÿ™‚

    @JesseBajenaru: as per #6 in your Beta acceptance email, yes! Just reply to that email, we definitely want to hear what everyone things.

    @bluedan02: there’s no camera control in N++, so no ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ok, im had a few friend over, but as we forgot to get extra controllers, we only had 2. We played Co-op, but got stuck at “in white rooms”.. As far as we could see, it requires at least 3 players, is that correct?

    If its correct, can it be somehow stated which amount of players is needed? And maybe even sorted. Because i often have 1 friend over at a time, and with the current system we will get locked out of other 2-player tracks, because we cant complete tracks that need 3 and 4 players

  • @nimoke: Nope, all co-op levels require only 2 people.

    That level has a secret ending that perhaps contradicts how you’ve been going through the rest of the level… Let’s just say: fools rush in. Let us know if that clue helps or if you need another!

  • Trick levels.. Exciting, cant remember any of those in N1.4, which is what iยดve played ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Ill have another go ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Such a nice surprise to come home to an email from you guys ๐Ÿ™‚

    I think I’ve spent a good 3 or so hours in the editor, and I think My first level is ready! Looking forward to playing other user made levels over the next week or so!

  • Another suggestion that might take a while to implement, but would be pretty awesome: An online / a pc level builder. I know you cant actually test it on the computer because then you would have to make the entire game on that platform. But if you could just place the items (the visuals of them) on a webbuilder, and then it could load it onto the playstation.

    I know it must likely wont happen, because it for sure more work that i can imagine. But building with a mouse is just alot faster than with the Dualshock imo ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Please send a code for me! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks!

  • 5. If you are not in North America, please let us know what your experience is like.

    I’m playing from the UK and everything is super fast, like no waiting times fast – uploading scores, jumping into user tracks, viewing replays, uploading levels, etc…

    But, some of my replays are not saving/viewable. Even more strange; on the level: ‘Slope training’ by: ‘Nahoj-PlusPlus’ I have a score which is almost definitely impossible for that level.

    Other levels where my replays are unviewable: Level: ‘M&R (Mines and Rockets)’ by: ‘scottplusplus’ Level: ‘Flubbertsje’ by: ‘Nahoj-PlusPlus’ – this could also be an incorrect score for me.
    I improved my score on Mines and Rockets but the replay remained unviewable.
    (My psn id is scottplusplus)

  • hey, i done all solo levels and tried a go at editor. an issue that is kind of annoying is when i got a highscore, i did the episode again and i got a worse score that time but it saved the worse score.
    also if you are doing an episode and you go to the exit and want to do that level again, can you make A way to go back to that level without having to do the whole episode again.
    also with the editor if you put one of the moving enemies on like halfway through a block(platform, building block lol) , when you start the game it will just go straight through the block and dissapear through it.
    p.s am i supposed to write this stuff here?

  • @everyone: thanks so much for your feedback, we appreciate it! However, going forward, we’d really prefer if you emailed it to us (reply to the Beta email you were sent) so we can organize and keep track of all of it more easily. thanks!

    we’ll look into all the server/highscore issues (there seem to be lots — which is why we did this Beta!), thanks for letting us know.

    @crazywizard: you can always press Triangle on the episode grid to play levels individually once you’ve unlocked them. But we’ll see about reinstating a way to retry the level immediately when playing through an episode as well.

    @Nimoke: yeah unless N++ comes out for Steam (which it might if it sells well enough on PS4!), we’re not making a PC editor — you’re right, that would be a huge time-sink. We do hope to support mouse and keyboard on PS4 though. But again, we’re running out of time.

  • To address you, “metanet AT metanetsoftware DOT com” is still fine?

  • @xela: yep! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thanks for the beta code! It was fantastic!!!
    Beautiful visuals and colors, great music, awesome levels and addictive gameplay in a nice package! Cant wait for the final version.

  • will n++ be out for mac or just ps4? btw what is your email so i can contact you?

  • @scottie1230: can you please check if you can see those replays again? we can’t replicate the behaviour you’re talking about — they look fine from our end…

    @ABH: hooray! glad you liked it! ๐Ÿ˜€

    @max: if it sells well enough on PS4, we hope to be able to afford to port N++. Steam (PC/Mac/Linux) is high up on our list of places to bring N++. So you can help the chances by spreading the word about N++ PS4!

    email is: metanet AT metanetsoftware.com

  • Hey! They’re still not viewable for me – The view replay option doesn’t show up next to the Return to Level Grid option at the bottom of the screen. Must just be something weird going on on my end. I’ve checked through a lot of leaderboards and have always had the option to view the replays for everyones runs, the only ones I can’t view are the ones I mentioned.

    Here are my scores for the levels, are they the same for you?:
    Slope training – 87:533
    Mines and rockets – 88:833
    Flubbertsje – 73:017


  • @scottie1230
    I’ve got the same problem on some other maps, has to do with local saving I assume. The glitched score is only visible for yourself.

    I stated the issue in the N++ discussion thread already:

  • Is their an online coop mode?

  • thanks for your reply Scottie, and for noting bugs, Nahoj!

    @Dan: no, N++ is local multiplayer only.

  • hey Scott and Nahoj, can you please try closing N++, restarting your PS4s and then checking if your scores are still glitchy/not-viewable for you?

  • No luck with the reset. – If you want me to try anything else that’s no problem.

    @Nahoj, Ahh ok, that’s good to know. And nice, never knew there was a metanet forum! ‘An in-game reference to this forum would be good to encourage community communication’ – Yes, I agree! Somewhere people can advertise their levels and get feedback is awesome. In Trials Evo they had a news ticker at the bottom of the main menu which had a link to their forums; they were pretty much part of the game for me.

  • cool, thanks Scott! we’ll keep looking into the problem.

  • Hey, just sent an email, but figured I’d post to see if anyone can help.

    On the level “Don’t”, I cannot figure out how to get up to the exit door at the end. There’s like 4 mines, and that switch that lets the enemy out. I just can’t figure out the way to get past the mines and up the wall. Anyone?

  • @jakeyboy: you can watch replays by pressing square to move over to the highscores panel…

  • How i wish there where more open levels, cant wait for the real game. Ive played all official solos, co-ops and races, and even put a highscore on alot of the user-build co-op. But thats the terms of a beta ๐Ÿ˜‰

    So, i just want to say that this is really THE best co-op game (not) out on Ps4! And i have almost tried everyone in a hunt for some good party games, really. It haves it all, alot of “aaaww”, “damnit” and “YEAH!” moments.

    So now, lets stop playing around, lets get the release date! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @nimoke: we hear you, even though there are 200-ish non-tutorial levels unlocked, good players have really gone through them quickly! We can’t wait till you get your hands on the full version. We should be able to announce the release date soon! cert isn’t going as well as we’d like, but we’re gettting there.

    Thanks for the feedback on co-op! So glad you like it — we’re very proud of the game design as well as the level design. And it’s so fun! Have you tried competitive MP (Race)? It may be even more fun…

  • Are all shown levels playable in the beta? I’ve beaten all in the first columns but nothing else unlocks.

  • @Josh: The N++ Beta is mainly about testing the level-sharing database under load so we can be sure it functions as expected, so the editor and level-sharing are the focus.

    But we included some levels so you can practice, get highscores, and make good levels of your own โ€” some levels in Solo, Co-op and Race are unlocked, plus the Introductory sections. There are about 200 Intro and 200 regular levels unlocked, just enough to get you started — hopefully you’re excited to play the rest in the full version! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @M&R Yep i did try both Race and Co-op, i think they both are awesome, but crushing a friend in race, or hit him with a missile is AWESOME!

  • Is the beta taken down, or cant the game open when the store is down for maintenance? It just keeps loading.

  • icant find the n++ beta for psn store for ps4 someone please help

  • @Nimoke
    PSN is down..

  • Nah just PSN issues. we’ll notify on twitter (@metanetsoftware) when the Beta is close to ending.

  • I knew PSN had issues, but does this mean that N++ requires permanent internet connection to run? That PSN have to be working for the game to be able to start?

  • I’m assuming the beta requires a connection to their servers since the beta is a limited time thing; if it didn’t require a check/connection to the server, in theory you could play after the beta was over. I don’t think the final game will require an internet connection.

    Could be wrong, that’s just my guess.

  • Hey M&R. Which Backround in N+? http://www.thewayoftheninja.org/images/n+_XBLA_screenshots/in_game2.jpg

  • @pootis: We don’t understand the question! Sorry ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Yes! YES!! I GOT PS4!!! But how i get N++?

  • @Pootis12: The game is not released yet, and the beta have started already, so unless M&R can give you beta access, you might have to wait.

    But its well worth the wait tho!

    @M&R: Any change you can reveal the pricerange or the trophies soon? So we have something until we can get the release date ๐Ÿ™‚

  • @Pootis: email us at metanet at metanetsoftware.com, we’ll try to dig up another beta key. The beta is getting close to being over though, so do hurry!

    @Nimoke: sorry Nimoke, still nothing — we are very close to being able to say something though! We’re still in cert and are hoping to get through it by early next week. If we do, that should let us know when the release date may be, and there may be some other things we can start talking about! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for your patience! Only a little more ๐Ÿ™‚

  • tell me the beta code please I’m begging youuuuu

  • :[

  • i really really REALLY love the games u create i really do n, n+ are my 2 favorite games and nv2.0

  • Wut i dunno your e-mail soo

    i will gave my e-mail vip.pootis@mail.ru

  • tell me

  • LDGuil@aol.com

  • @Pootis: re-read our last message to you, it’s right there.

    To everyone else — we will not be emailing you.
    You need to email us first. It’s a lot easier to keep things organized this way, and we don’t have much time so that matters a lot.

    If you really want a beta key, please make the effort to read what we say — the purpose of the beta is for giving us feedback and testing the server, so we’re not terribly interested in giving you a key if you’re not interested in helping us out.

  • whats your email

  • @xnxs Try to look at M&Rยดs answer from July 7th, they told Pootis already ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @M&R thank u sooooo much for the code thank u ๐Ÿ™‚

    i e-mailed….

  • We don’t see an email from you! Can you please email again? metanet AT metanetsoftware.com

  • BAAHH I can’t believe i missed this contest! I was on vacation for all of june, (out of town visiting girlfriend who is now my fiance) so I didn’t see the beta code contest!!! I would have loved to enter this contest… but I guess you don’t need any more help… I love beta games…

    anyway, hope you got what you needed, and I will be looking forward to any chances I can get to enjoy your wonderful game!

  • metanetATmetanetsoftware.com for help

  • I’ve just now discovered this site and seeing how N++ is going to be released soon on the PS4, will it be released physically, digitally or both? I was wondering because, I’m really interested in picking this up (and both versions of N+ on the DS and PSP) but I don’t own a psn account due to various reasons that have put me off of digital distribution, and I would totally buy this day one if it’s being physically released. Anyway, if you do end up reading this and responding to my query, then I would really appreciate it.

  • @Kichoro Guy: just digitally.. sorry!

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