Updated: Dec 14, 2020
War Commander Covert Ops was a "clandestine" Game Testing group who had access to Private Private Test Servers in order to test and give feedback on new content before it was, if ever, released to the Live Game.
In order to become a candidate for War Commander Covert Ops :
Players agreed to a special "Terms and Conditions".
Followed by submitting an application for membership as a Covert Op tester.
Application took into account many factors including but not limited to how long the person had been playing War Commander.
All applications had to be approved by Kixeye to be accepted.
Responsibilities of the Covert Ops testing group :
Gain access to exclusive Cover Op Private Test Servers to test unreleased game content.
These tests were known as "Missions"
Members received notifications of new missions via email.
Provide intelligent feedback on the testing to Kixeye via a Covert Op exclusive forum group.
Engage in constructed conversations with Kixeye on the future of War Commander.
Covert Ops was a "clandestine" Game Testing group therefore members were expected not to discuss anything related to their Missions with the general public.
Examples of War Commander Covert Op Missions :
Mission - Air Hagar - ( Nov 04, 2013 ) - Testing of early Aircraft Hangar functions.
Mission - Desert Recon - ( Nov 15, 2013 ) - Testing of Operation: Desert Recon content & Prizes.
Mission - Artificial Intelligence - ( Dec 02, 2013 ) - Testing of future AI changes.
Mission - Schematics & New Medals Rewards - ( Dec 02, 2013 ) - Testing of upcoming Schematics and and Gear Store items.
Mission - Artificial Intelligence 2 - ( Dec 10, 2013 ) - Continued testing of future AI changes.
Mission - Artificial Intelligence Round 3 - ( Jan 03, 2014 ) - Continued testing of future AI changes.
Mission - Turrets Lvl 7 - ( Feb 28, 2014 ) - Testing of Level 7 Turrets.
Mission - Schematics - ( Mar 11, 2014 ) - Testing of upcoming Raptor and Challenger Schematics.
Mission - Operation: Floodgate - ( Mar 12, 2014 ) - Testing of Operation: Floodgate content & Prizes.
Mission - Operation: Floodgate 2 - ( Apr 17, 2014 ) - Testing of Operation: Floodgate 2 content & Prizes.
Mission - Missile Control V3: Red Sky - ( May 02, 2014 ) - Testing of new Missiles Levels ( 6 - 10 ).
Mission - Operation: Cerberus - ( May 15, 2014 ) - Testing of Operation: Cerberus content & Prizes.
Mission - War Commander AI Updates - ( May 29, 2014 ) - Continued testing of future AI changes.
Mission - Shadow Ops - ( Jun 13, 2014 ) - Testing of the Shadow Ops feature.
Mission - Iron March - ( Jul 18, 2014 ) - Testing of Operation: Iron March content & Prizes.
Mission - Iron March ( Pt. 2 ) - ( Jul 21, 2014 ) - Testing of event content & Prizes, specifically Merc Mechs.
KIXEYE Groups - ( Jul 29, 2014 ) - Testing the Groups feature.
Terms and Conditions
Members had to agree to the following "Terms and Conditions" in order to apply :
Make good choices when writing ( ALL CAPS IS BAD )
Provide clear, concise, and valuable feedback
Balance passion and objectivity
Report issues experienced
Show attention to detail
Understand that Covert Ops content is not final nor guaranteed to go into the game
Participate in open discussion without going off-topic, turning un-constuctive, or disrespecting other
Covet Ops Termination
After one year of operation Covert Ops faded away and was officially terminated sometime in August 2014.
Possible Reasons for Termination:
Difficulty keeping non-members off the private test servers.
Some members gave away the mission passwords to friends or made them outright public.
Non-members once on the private test servers would just randomly attack members interning with legitimate testing.
Members not preforming testing duties.
With non-member gaining access to the private test servers and causing trouble many members lost focus on testing and contributed to a general condition of chaos.
Difficulty in keeping the subjects of the testing private.
Non-members and possibly members often released Covet Op content to the public via Facebook and other social media.
The following are approximate dates related to Covert Ops :
September 2013 thru October 2013 - Applications Accepted
October 2013 - Members Selected and Covet Ops officially formed
November 2013 - First Covert Ops mission
January 2014 - Membership tied to Players WC Account
July 2014 - Final Covert Ops mission
August 2014 - Covert Ops officially terminated