Since our last update, 0.5.9 we have been hard at work behind the scenes working towards the largest content update since the start of Early Access.
Since the launch of the game we have released 9 updates containing 466 changes including huge performance improvements, up to 75% faster loading times, new features, new improved scoring and persistent stats tracking, reworked capture design, expanded maps, custom keybinding support, sound and UI improvements amongst many other changes. Compared to the initial release onto Early Access the game is significantly improved and polished from a lot of hard work and the community’s feedback.
What’s next though?
Before we talk about what comes next it’s time to address the elephant in the room, a subject we often discuss with our community on our official discord channel but we haven’t so far talked about in an article… server population. Simply put, there are not enough players playing the game. Most of the time players turn up and cannot simply join a game in progress to have fun. It’s a problem we all face, devs included when we want to play the game.
What are planning to do about server population?
The game needs a lot more players so we are planning big. Most importantly we are focusing our energy on a large content update which we plan to release as part of a major event (and promotional discount) and which we will be marketing & advertising heavily. In this way we plan to bring a large influx of new players to the game all at the same time and light up the battlefields with a new fierce intensity.
The new update will bring the first new faction to Normandy since the launch of the game and a brand new map alongside other new content, changes and improvements. For those of you who have been following us since our Kickstarter you can probably guess who’s boots will be hitting the ground next.
We can’t wait to share the new content with you all but experience shows that a larger update is more effective than many smaller ones. For that reason alone we are holding back what we have been working on to consolidate into a larger update which we can effectively promote.
In the meantime though we will be organising more community events so existing players can join the devs on the battlefield and we are reaching out to new groups to try the game. We will also be doing more targeted key giveaways to introduce new communities to the game.
What else are we doing – can you help?
In recent weeks we have overhauled our localisation of the game to allow us to expand support to more languages beyond English, French, Spanish, German, Norwegian & Swedish.
We want the game to be accessible to as many players as possible and we are therefore looking for help from the community to expand our language support and to improve our existing translations. No technical knowledge is required only language skills (sorry Google Translate does not count).
If you are interested please drop us a message either via the forum thread or on our new official #localisation discord channel