How to Join the Public Test Universe (PTU)

The Public Test Universe is a game environment that is used to test release builds outside of the confines of the Cloud Imperium / RSI, but before releasing as a live build. Depending on confidence in the code, there may be several levels of restricted access before backers (players with a ship package) are invited to join.

The Public Test Universe (PTU)

The Access Sequence

Open Your Account

  • Got to the RSI Website at RobertsSpaceIndustries.com
  • Clear away the ‘Discover Our Universe’ overlay if there is one
  • Log In
    • On a wide enough browser, at the top right is the Account menu item. Click on that to log in.
    • On a narrow browser at the top right will be the text ‘RSI’, click on that to reveal a drop-down menu and click on the Account entry at the bottom of the list to log in.
  • The account bar changes colour from amber to green, click on Account again to open it up.

Copy Your Account to the PTU

  • Underneath your User ID Image, find and click the SETTINGS button and then MY ACCOUNT page will appear.
  • In MY ACCOUNT, click SETTINGS and lower half of the screen will show the options as a menu list at the left.
  • Click PUBLIC TEST UNIVERSE (the last item in the list)
  • Click Copy Account to PTU
    A green banner appears to tell you your account details are being transferred to the PTU server and you will be given a separate password and instructions via email.
  • Wait for the transfer confirmation email

Prime the PTU

Using links and password provided in the email in order:

  • Log in to ptu.cloudimperiumgames.com/connect using your usual username and the supplied PTU password from the email.
  • If necessary, download and install a new PTU Launcher using any links provided in the email.
  • Run the PTU launcher and log-in using your usual username and password.
  • Switch the PTU/LIVE option at the left of the launcher to PTU
  • Allow time for the Test PTU Launcher to identify missing games files, then install them.
  • You are good to go.
In My Account > Settings the left-hand pane is a list of items including the Public Test Universe. Select Copy Account to PTU
In My Account > Settings the left-hand pane is a list of items including the Public Test Universe. Select Copy Account to PTU

Note:
To save having more than one Data.p4k file on my system I transfer the LIVE Data.p4k file to the PTU folder and update from there. Updating time is shortened and I save 50 Gb of space. It means I can’t go back to the LIVE version easily, but I’m ok with that.

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