Guardian Commander
Guardian battalion commander

The question we hear most often is: "What takes you so long, why haven't you released the game already?"

Truth be told, the question asked most often is "where is the play button?". We assume it's the short version of the above.

So first of all, we'd like to THANK YOU for your patience. Your continuing support and your desire to play the game has been a major driving force to keep us developing and polishing the game day in, day out!

Which leads us to something we have learned about ourselves in the process. Quite simply, we cannot release an alpha version. There are some teams (e.g. Notch from Minecraft), who are comfortable releasing an alpha. They get feedback, they add features, they squash bugs and so on... for the next two years.

We are not perfectionists but we certainly feel very uncomfortable to present to you something half-baked. So here's a list of the major improvements accomplished during the last year, starting from some of the most obvious to the least:

Grenadiers
Grenadiers - then and now

Pixel Artwork

Thanks Thomas!

  • Over 200 terrain tiles created
  • 12 unique commanders created
  • 24 special troops created
    (48+ held in reserve)
  • 24 core troops created
    (72+ held in reserve)
  • Dozens of unique skill icons
  • Well over a hundred item icons
  • New HUD and GUI elements

Website and interfaces

Thanks Rali & Irina!

  • Complete revamp and streamlining of the design
  • Shopping carts added for easier purchasing of items and recruitment of troops
  • Drag-and-drop interface for the inventory and troop management
  • Introduced rudimentary skill training
  • Countless cross-browser issues resolved

Game client

Thanks Paul & Irina!

  • Resizable full-screen option (that quickly has become the default one)
  • Creation of new HUD, including minimap and battle text console
  • Creating targeting filters, range finders, pathfinding, etc.
  • Optimizing it, so it takes only a few percent of the CPU (compare it to Flash)

Game server

Thanks Cho & KIV!

  • Implementing elimination (kill or be killed) mode
  • Designing a skill "protocol" that resulted in over 50 unique action skills
  • Creating dozens of skill effects (like "ignited" or "slowed" or "stunned")
  • Creating unique "auto" skills that work in the enemy turn
  • Scaling it up so it handles hundreds of games
  • Still trying to push the limit to 1000+ games
Raider Commander
Raider battalion commander

Character Artwork

Thanks Stefan!

We've left some of the best news for last! We are very pleased that we have just started adding new character art to spice up the commander and troop roster.

In the coming weeks, you'll see a lot of new faces - starting with this week's Guardian and Raider battalion commander.

Finally, we come back to the question at hand (only the most patient of you have gotten this far):

We have completed the active development of the playtest.

We now spend the bulk of our time just playing the game - all day, every day. You will be joining us before the year is over! And by YOU, we mean our most patient and zealous fans!

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Comments

The game is too slow

It is so slow, it's impossible to play. The results of my orders on the battlefield are drawn some 1-2 minutes after they were given. Could you take my invite and give it to somebody else, with a faster computer? Because I'm logging out for good, this game is just as sluggish as Ultima Online client.

cant wait

cant wait for the game coming out but i thought we were ment to get emails about updates and whats happening can i get some?

Progress

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3ALwKeSEYs
^ My reaction

Learn from the experience of

Learn from the experience of the current beta testers and check out the class FAQ. Who knows ... maybe your invitation will be sent in July! (*spoiler*)

No Problem

No problem. This is going to become a game everyone talks about.

Well you could realease it as

Well you could realease it as BETA version. Legally you are OK by doing that and ofc you can always do updates and improvements! :)

What about it?

good good

Glad to hear that...I hope the long wait is for a good reason :)