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State of the Crusade IX - More war, weekly

Discussion in 'Announcements' started by Oveur, Oct 9, 2015.


I like ...

  1. ... to mow it mow it

  2. ... big tanks and I can not lie

  3. ... to call me maybe

  4. damn Tinder

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  1. Nathan Richardsson Oveur Senior Producer

    Hail all, xenos, infidels, heretics, demi-gods and assorted immortals.

    You might be wondering why we would enter Closed Alpha this early. Why would we intentionally slow down development speed by spending time on updating an Alpha build on a weekly basis? Why not full development speed rather than increased feedback? Why don’t we
    have both?

    It just so happens that we do have both. What we are doing is developing an online game, which will evolve for years to come past launch and be always on. What we are doing today with a live environment and Founders playing, is a smaller version of how we’ll always be in the future. We are getting our groove on, getting into the rhythm and making operating like this second nature
    to us.

    It also just happens that everything that we add progressively to the Alpha is part of the full development path towards launch. So you see, we are having our cake and eating it and so are you. You also know that the reason we are this early in Alpha is that we want the “Shooter” awesome, before we do “Massive”. Getting the shooter right will take months of Alpha and Beta and we know that. So getting you in this soon and getting your feedback to mold that direction is crucial.

    Since Alpha launched we have added over 9,000 fixes and improvements, new features, new weapons, map changes, new game modes, a new map, combat balancing – all based on your feedback and our game direction. In just three weeks! With 5,000 Captains activated we have more than 1,000 unique users (DAU) playing every day. That’s amazing for a vertical slice Alpha. A-mazing! The Emperor would be proud.

    The highlights from the last few weeks:
    • Lots of tweaks based on 32 pages and 636 threads of feedback in the Closed Alpha Lounge forum
    • Blackbolt Defense Station map
    • Domination Game Mode
    • Power Axe
    • Power Sword
    • Plasma Gun
    • Plasma Cannon
    To see the host of improvements we’ve made take a look at our patch notes.

    And coming next week:
    • Fortress version of Blackbolt Defense Station
    • Fortress game mode with destructible walls
    • Vindicator tank
    • Mountable Defensive Turrets
    Those of you in there will see that we tend to keep only one map at a time in rotation. This is to get focused testing. When the Fortress comes in, it will be the only one, but shortly, when we have a good set of polished maps that everyone is happy with, we’ll start full rotations of all the maps.

    We want you to know that we’re ecstatic with the feedback you’ve given us about your first impressions. We’re going to continue to do our part making more war all the time. We will update you regularly with summaries and what’s to come every couple of weeks.

    This wouldn’t be the same without a shameless plug, because we really need it for the war effort. If you want to participate in molding the future now, the Captain’s pack is for you. It contains a lot of stuff, will always be the best deal you will ever get and will be gone once we transition to a traditional retail program. The same applies to Sergeants and Warriors; the value is unbeatable. Sergeants are getting access later this month and November for Warriors.

    There is an achievement for killing a dev and we’re easier to find when there are less live servers ;) We’ll see you on the battlefield.

    Nathan Richardsson
    Senior Producer
    Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade
  2. Diasaffected member Norm Well-Known Member

    When does the new faction happen then? Cos I already got all that mehrine stuff from another game.
  3. One word: Vindicator! :p:p:p
    Gotrek40k and The-solemn-one like this.
  4. Grigdusher Grigdusher Arch-Cardinal

    quad autocannon turret? MINE
    Vintage likes this.
  5. Crioxus Arigulius Crioxus Arkhona Vanguard

    very interesting !
  6. thexgoat thexgoat Curator

    I can't wait to try out the vindicator!!
    PogS and omarx like this.
  7. Tengu Tengu New Member

    Devs, i see possible future problem for ork/eldar players. Since you're so focused on patching up and adding things for SM and Chaos, to the time when first eldar/ork infantry classes will hit the field, SM/CSM players will already have more vehicles, weapons, experience(both in-game XP value and just skill of playing), so that can put eldar/orks in disadvantageous position. So I think it's better to add xenos sooner than you are (possibly) planning, and develop factions simultaneously, so they will be easier to balance and compare. Otherwise, when you'll add the faction you'll need to add it entirely - with fully-designed weapons, classes, equipment, and racial characteristics, which seems to me as REALLY difficult task in terms of balance, because playing the game - best way to see how "good on paper" unit will actually play in game.
    zergik, Tiliil, Anvael and 2 others like this.
  8. Laanshor Laanshor Well-Known Member

    Mehbe we see Meltabombs in there this week mehbe mehbe ? o_O
  9. Valrak Valrak Arch Cardinal Superior

    You need to release an Imperial Fist skin and Iron Warrior skin for this patch to make it lore friendly...:p

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