Hello again Islands of Nyne forum members! Let's kick this week off with our 3rd official Dev Update!
The Islands of Nyne Pre-Alpha test is officially upon us and things are off to a great start! We'd first like to thank all of our amazing testers who have been incredibly helpful so far. Your positive feedback and constructive input is what inspires us to continue working towards a groundbreaking release. So again, thank you for all the feedback and unwavering support you've provided for us at this exciting time.
As many of you know, a large part of this initial testing phase was intended to gather as much feedback on core gameplay mechanics as possible while still in an early state of development. The feedback we've received so far has told us a lot about what you are all looking for in a competitive yet fresh take on the Battle Royale genre. Things like level design, shooting mechanics, and match pace are some of the aspects we are currently focusing on in order to promote a competitive atmosphere while offering a unique and compelling experience. Since launch, we've been hard at work patching up all of the bugs you've been submitting while continuing to improve the overall experience. In classic battle royale fashion, one by one their numbers are being reduced...
We took our Pre-Alpha servers down last week so that we can focus on making improvements to our netcode and patch up some of the latency issues our testers have reported. More specifically, we've reduced the number of actors being replicated on the server substantially as well as tweaked a ton of other stuff. We'll be testing these changes internally until we think things are ready to be handed off to our hungry pack of Pre-Alpha testers. Expect the servers to go back online sometime later this week. We're trying to aim for Thursday, January 19th.
With the launch of Pre-Alpha and buzz of ION spreading around the interwebs, there's been plenty of healthy growth among our community. With that said, we've appointed one of our most dedicated community members, @Noveltease as our first official forums moderator to help maintain order. Not only that, he took it upon himself to create an Islands of Nyne Discord channel which we have made official and is growing by the day. If you'd like to chat directly with us in addition to active members of the community, we encourage you to join our Discord channel at https://discord.gg/8SfXFyZ.
And if Twitter's more your thing, you can always tweet us at https://twitter.com/islandsofnyne
We also want to address some of the FAQ's we've been getting since launching our Pre-Alpha on January 2nd:
Why haven't I gotten my key yet?
Please remember that only our backers at the $150 level and above have access to our Pre-Alpha. You may be thinking about our Closed Alpha which is a different testing phase. Hang in there!
Can I Upgrade from my current tier to get into Pre-Alpha?
Unfortunately no. We are no longer accepting players for this testing phase.
Why isn't there any Pre-Alpha footage or screenshots online?
All of our Pre-Alpha testers are currently under a Non Disclosure Agreement which they signed before installing. This means they cannot stream or share any in-game footage.
Will we ever see Pre-Alpha footage?
Yes, soon! We're putting together a highlight reel of raw gameplay footage for next update.
Screenshot of the Month
Credit goes to our Pre-Alpha tester @soko for sending in this hilarious screenshot featuring our state of the art character death physics:
As always, feel free to shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're looking to get in touch with us. We read every email that comes our way. See you in the dome!
-Define Human Team