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April Updates!

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Hey everyone, it's been about a month since beta launched and we have a bunch of updates for you!

First off, we hope that you've all been having fun testing out our current features and helping us squash bugs! Our team has been hard at work reading through all the invaluable feedback that you've posted for us, as well as implementing changes and preparing for upcoming content releases.

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But before we delve into discussing what's coming next in our beta testing phase, everyone should check out the final results for our Winter Pet Accessory Contest below!

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Thank you to everyone who participated, we had so much fun looking at all of your designs!


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For the past month, we've been primarily focusing on addressing major bugs, implementing balance updates, and introducing various "quality of life" updates. Moving forward, we'll be expanding our focus to bigger feature updates as well as new content releases! The following are some features that we'll be rolling out very soon, presented roughly in order of priority.

Quest Dialogue UI
Our quest dialogue interface will be getting a facelift for better functionality and accessibility, based on feedback that users have provided about their experience with it thus far! This update will include non-shifting speech bubbles, the ability to toggle text scrolling, new back/next buttons, a new fast forward button, and keyboard compatible shortcuts!

Wardrobe Update
  • Your wardrobe will soon feature an "equipped" section for each drawer, which will display the current item equipped from that drawer. You'll be able to click on empty equip slots to quickly move between drawers and equip clothing, as well as the ability to instantly unequip an item from any drawer slot without having to manually open that drawer to unselect it.
  • Seven new premium undergarments will also become available to premium upgraded accounts when we release our premium feature for testing.
  • After these updates make their debut, our next coding project for our wardrobe feature will be adding in a "saved outfits" function!

NPC Affection Expansion
We're very excited to announce that NPC's will be getting affection milestones in the near future! This new feature rewards players as they reach new levels of affection with an NPC, which will include a cute little message from them to you and rewards such as currency, items, quests, and even the ability to unlock their shop if you weren't able to during the main storyline!

Premium Accounts
During our Kickstarter campaign, our awesome backers unlocked the premium account badge stretch goal - this meant that every backer was awarded a beta-only premium badge with their pledge, and afforded us the ability to ensure that premium perks would get the coding resources to make them available for testing during beta!

What perks do premium accounts get?
  • Increased daily feature caps.
  • Increased town hops.
  • Citizen account rank.
  • Access to premium underwear selections in your wardrobe.

Site-wide Event Testing
Our Kickstarter backers also unlocked a site-wide event test run during beta! Meeting this stretch goal allowed us to implement the coding framework required for a huge feature of this type, which we are now in the process of refining for our first test run. It'll most likely be a co-op style event, where the community gets together to do tasks that contribute to reaching an end goal for the event. Some rewards will carry over to official launch, so stay tuned for more details!

We're expecting this event to take place either just before the release of Silvie's Mine, or a bit after, depending on how long it takes to ensure that the coding is release-ready.


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We're currently inputting and testing out quests for our next town release, Silvie's Mine! We expect that this update will be ready to release sometime after we roll out the upcoming NPC affection expansion. Our writing team is currently hard at work writing the rest of the quests for Aviar Cove and are on schedule. The release of our two new towns will likely be later than projected due to needing to divert our attention from content creation to balancing and bug fixing for the better part of this month. To accommodate this delay in our original schedule, we're more than willing to extend beta to give everyone time to play and thoroughly test all of our new content. If it's looking like we'll need to extend the beta testing timeframe, we'll be sure to keep everyone updated!

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Thank you for all of your thoughtful feedback and suggestions!

Comments


  • Administrator Admin (#1) 11 May 2018, 6:19 am
    puu (#592) The winner codes that we have emails for should have been emailed already! Check your spam/promotions folders if you don't see yours.
  • Villager puu (#592) 7 May 2018, 4:44 pm
    anyone got their winner codes yet? :o
  • Villager Nhauna (#5104) 5 May 2018, 11:50 am
    Um when is this update going to happen[? o wo...
  • Citizen MrHyde (#1422) 1 May 2018, 9:32 pm
    I'd be highly interested in the ability to purchase a premium key during the beta, even if it doesn't carry over to launch. I'm very interested in testing out the premium features, but was not able to fund the kickstarter. Will it be possible for me to purchase one in the future, whilst still during beta?
  • Villager Snowy (#357) 1 May 2018, 11:39 am
    Have emails and such for the pet accessory contest gone out yet? I haven’t got anything but it’s been over a week and I just want to make sure I haven’t missed it ;-;
  • Villager Anjellie (#12354) 29 Apr 2018, 5:17 pm
    Premium underwear selection.. I find this unfair, no one should have to pay a monthly sub just so that their avatar doesn't have to have an undershirt/undies showing (I can only assume you can choose "bikini" style seeing as no examples have been provided). No reason whatsoever this should be linked to a monthly sub. Especially considering there is no other way to get "premium underwear"..
  • Villager ariel (#676) 27 Apr 2018, 7:58 pm
    am i the only one that has such a hard time with affection
  • Villager Kathinja (#4464) 26 Apr 2018, 12:30 pm
    Awesome! :-)
  • Villager Zelaire (#1900) 25 Apr 2018, 11:45 pm
    Cool!
  • Villager Viricia (#806) 23 Apr 2018, 5:32 pm
    Awesome :0
  • Villager whambat (#14549) 23 Apr 2018, 4:43 pm
    Will premium accounts be available for purchase for those of us who missed the kickstarter?
  • Villager Kalkyrie (#6623) 23 Apr 2018, 10:40 am
    Yaaay! Im excited for pretty much all of these updates!
    Im worried about premium bonuses and how it might make the site more pay-to-win.
  • Administrator God (#4) 22 Apr 2018, 9:56 pm
    Viridian, you will not miss out on the rewards if you've already earned enough affection to qualify for multiple milestones with an NPC.
  • Villager Viridian (#6634) 22 Apr 2018, 9:36 pm
    Just a question, For those who've been working on NPC affection, how will the rewards be implemented? I don't want to miss out on content just because I got past it already. And I hate getting negative affection even if it still somehow gave me the same potato award. It just hurts my heart XD
    Anyway, super excited! Sleep well and take care of yourselves!!!!!!
  • Villager Epheme (#615) 22 Apr 2018, 7:15 pm
    Horray!!!!
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