What is public testing?
"Public testing" means players get to test-drive new content early and give us feedback and suggestions before it goes live. Because this is an unfinished and in active development version of the game, it is pretty likely you will encounter bugs, crashes or balance issues while playing these builds. We will try to fix any problems that crop up as quickly as we can, but it's possible you'll lose progress in your games while playing on the Testing branch.
Regarding performance, the testing branch has additional debugging tools enabled to help us track down crashes. This makes the game run more slowly than the live version of the game.
Please also be aware that once a save is loaded in the testing branch, it cannot be reopened again in the previous Live branch or previous builds.
What do I do if I find a crash or a bug?
Post it up on the Bug Tracker and we will fix it as soon as we can. If you can attach a copy of your Player.log file and save file to your report, that helps us even more as we can pinpoint the source of the problem more quickly.
Do I have to play the testing build?
Nope! If you would prefer to only play a stable build, you can continue to play in the current Default branch until the content launches in full. Playing the public testing build isn't necessary, but it helps us a lot to receive your feedback and reports - if you are interested, try it out.
How do I become a tester?
There's no sign up or registration for becoming a tester. If you own Oxygen Not Included and want to join the Public Testing Branch, all you have to do is play the public testing build on Steam.
Spaced Out! testing features will only be available to those who own Spaced Out!
How do I play the public testing build?
You can switch your branch/build on Steam using the instructions below:
- In Steam, click on Library > Games.
- Scroll down to Oxygen Not Included.
- Right-click and select Properties.
- Go to the BETAS tab.
- In the dropdown, select the name of the branch you want to play. In this case, the branch name is "public_testing"
- This branch does not require a password.
- In that same Properties window, go to the Local Files tab and press "Verify Integrity Of Game Cache."
- Your game will be updated to the previous branch.
- Launch and play Oxygen Not Included