Tuesday, April 3, 2012

AVWW Beta 0.923 "Your Mission Description, If You Choose To Accept It" Released!

This one was certainly slower than we had anticipated on releasing, but PAX East preparations have been really kicking us in the teeth the last few days.  A lot of stuff had to get off to printers and so forth in time to actually make it to the show, and we left some of that until way too late.  Along with other hilarious things like forgetting to order any electricity for our booth, etc.

Now we've got the PAX East prep seemingly in hand now, and now we're back to trying to make as clean a build as we can for demoing at the show.  That's our focus for the rest of today, and in a smaller way tomorrow, and then there's going to be the better part of a week break where we work internally on some new stuff but don't really release it much until after all of us are back in the virtual office fully.

Things have gotten a lot crazier with this conference than we had expected.  I think it will be an enormously good thing for us and the game, but it's just been a time sink even before it's started.  With that, we're thinking about actually pushing our release date back a week, because we're losing a week of work on what would be 1.0.  But no official word on that yet, that's just what we're mulling and discussing with partners.

So, About This New Version Itself?
Oh right!  So you want to actually know about what's new here?  Well, a slew of bugfixes and some balance tweaks.  The draconites are a lot more unique as a player class now, among other changes.

The way that mission failure and abandonment works now is a lot better and matches up more with what players were expecting. 

Also, the mission signs that you walk by and see the information about the mission now show you the description text without your having to hover over the mission name.  That was leading many people to previously think there were no mission descriptions, when in fact there were all along.  Having to go into missions with no explanation is not fun!

More to come soon.  Enjoy!

This is a standard update that you can download through the in-game updater itself, if you already have 0.500 or later. When you launch the game, you'll see the notice of the update having been found if you're connected to the Internet at the time. If you don't have 0.500 or later, you can download that here.

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