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PROBOTECTOR BETA (SEGA GENESIS)
A beta version of the PAL release, Probotector, was given to video game magazines in Europe for testing purposes. According to a former employee for one of the magazines, Steve Merrett (who now works as the owner of VoltagePR), the test versions they received are 70-80% builds of the final release. They’re usually provided for bug testing and verifying compliance with policies, content-wise, for commercial release.
Probotector was released 2 months after the original North American release, on which it’s based. Its differences comprised primarily of aesthetic elements. Therefore, the entire game code is likely already present in the beta. Differences, if any, would have to be in the graphics and dialog; there may be remnants from the North American/Japanese version, such as plot elements or vulgar in the dialog.
Steve was contacted with the request to have his prototype copy’s data preserved. Unfortunately, in the spirit of most any prototype collector, he has a near endless supply of time-delaying responses to employ instead of being blunt about his preference to let these pieces of gaming history become lost to time.
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