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August 13th, 2008, 17:28
Itīs a variation of focus testing. Until a year or two ago this was done secretly. Lately marketing has found out they can use it to create positive buzz for free - the expense is already budgeted as QA.
The reason for focus tests is simple. The publisher side wants to avoid surprises. Thatīs why important features are tested and the results recorded, sometimes even with hidden cameras. Then conclusions are drawn whether the feature works as intended and whether the intention was really a good idea.

Divinity 2 is approximately a year away. Maybe a bit less if everything works perfectly. Itīs a quite expensive multi-platform game, which requires heavy testing. Theyīre certainly way over the middle of their dev cycle. Take Fallout 3 for example. It has been finished months ago, Bethesda is only working on polishing.
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