Owlcat announced that Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous has entered the closed alpha testing which will be available to most of the Kickstarter backers.
WotR closed alpha is now available for the backers who acquired the access through their pledge but it is not limited to them. Those who didn't get the access this way can still purchase it through the game's official website .
While it definitely sounds ridiculous to purchase rights to test a game, it is not the first occurrence in the industry and the money will count towards a stretch goal which should make the Pathfinder sequel a better experience for everyone.
If the stretch goal gets achieved, Owlcat will add the new Hunter class, named Hunter, to Wrath of the Righteous along with dinosaur companions and mounts. Besides the overgrown reptiles, Hunters will be able to befriend other animals as well.
The closed alpha test is already available and is set to run until 21 May 2020. It will feature the first two chapters of the storyline and will provide the testers with an opportunity to experience the start of their adventure.
Six new classes will be available along with an unspecified number of archetypes. Two prestige classes are also available as well as 10 new companions. The six available Mythic Paths is probably the biggest kicker here but eight will be available at the full game launch.
Barring the Hunter stretch goal which is yet to be reached, all the other previously funded goals have made it into the alpha build. That means mounted combat, better reactivity from companions and Woljif Jefto are all available for testing in their rudimentary form.