So I’ve been doing a lot of work lately and everyone seems to be enjoying the game getting some love again. But it does raise the question of what the long term plans are so I wanted to take a minute to talk about that. To be clear these are plans, online they may change. Things outside my control might happen.
My first goal is to improve the client and the general game experience. I’ve been working heavily on both kusc and the official client. I want kusc to one day be the official client but it has a long way to go. I also want the transition to go much better than when SBE switched to the current client. As such kusc is available to anyone interested and the official client is still being maintained. My hope is that the switch to KUSC as the main client will happen when most people already choose it over the current. There are difficulties in maintaining two clients. Some things are made harder by this approach but I feel it’ll be for the best, at least for now.
New Player Experience is horrible, always has been. I’ve done a couple things already, more precons are available in the in client store. New accounts come with 100,000 silver (was 10,000). But this is only the start. I plan to add several more tutorial missions which will have generous rewards and delve into more complex strategies. Monthly discount bundles are back and I’m designing a once per account bundle that will be super discounted. I also plan to restore VS AI wins to get dailies. This however will require a new version of the client. I’m also planning once per account achievements. Some of these already exist (play X online games) but I want to add a few hundred more. Things that encourage exploring the game and different factions/strategies available. Feel free to make suggestions.
I want to revamp draft some. The current pool is not bad, it might actually be one of the better pools we’ve had but we’ve also had it a long time. Also alloyin leveling might be a bit too strong and hard to punish. There are some hurdles to getting a new pool implemented but the biggest part is designing the pool. I believe KonanTheBarbar is working on this now.
For those who have everything but want to support us through this time I’m working on getting some more AAs for sale. There were a bunch of these that just didn’t get put into the client. Some or all of these will also feature unique sounds (KUSC only). This is a bit more complex task mostly because it requires updating the official client.
Constructed hasn’t changed much in a while and making a new set is outside of the scope of what I’m doing at this time. I do plan to add new sets and things but fixing the client and improving new player experience is more important at this time. I know some players want a major revamp or re-balance. But that takes a lot of work, and that energy is being focused on improving the client for now. You might get a small re-balance in a while.
My hope is that when the client is in a better place and new player experience is something close to acceptable we can then released a new set and start a “relaunch” of the game. That’s when there will (hopefully) be an advertising push and a serious attempt at new players.
I’m also trying to keep the communication with you guys as open as I can. I’m regularly on the ladder’s chat, in my discord and checking reddit/facebook/steam for posts. If you have questions I’ll do my best to answer them. This was an area the SBE really failed with. Hopefully I can do better. Announcements will always be posted here or in client. I’m sure members of the community will spread those message everywhere. I may respond to questions elsewhere but all official announcements will be here on solforgegame.com
Now Please keep in mind all of this is subject to change. Many things could happen that would interfere or change this. Also specific dates are intentionally left off. I’m still figuring out how to do some of these things so an accurate time estimate is really hard. I just wanted people to have a general idea of my plans and where the game is headed. Comments and suggestions are always welcome