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[Important] Open Beta Delayed

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Hello Skylords,

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We have some important news to announce. Unfortunately it is sad but possibly good news for the project and Open Beta.
We are unfortunately going to have to delay the start of Open Beta by at least a month.

This has been a hard decision for the staff but our reasoning for deciding and agreeing on a delay is that we have come across a lot of network backend problems regarding both our launcher and the servers which have taken fiki several days longer to detect and fix than was originally planned. Even Bolrader and Boorinio had to assist in some of his fixes. Needless to say, bugs are occurring more and more and the backend has only just been fixed so now the developers can focus on fixing bugs. This does mean that the programmers didn't start on bugfixing yet due to said backend problems.

More importantly, in the last week of January, fiki has his final college exams which are of course at a higher priority than Open Beta. This means that he will be prevented from working on the server at all in the upcoming week. Therefore, we won't be able to make it to the deadline of 30th January exactly. Another one of our developers, Boorinio is also in the same situation with his college finals, and Bolrader has real life work that also has a higher priority than the project and Open Beta at this moment. Please be reminded that Skylords Reborn is completely voluntary and serves as a side project for all of us as our efforts are unpaid.

Another major drawback this pressure causes is that in the past week almost 100 updates were done to both our launcher and the servers. Due to this fiki hasn't been sleeping well as he became obsessed with fixing them and desperatly wanting to hit our deadline of 30th January, which unfortunately took its toll on him; he lost quite some weight, as an example. Fiki's well-being and health is our first priority and we do not want him to stress himself both physically and mentally like this again. We prefer to delay the start of Open Beta for another month and give our developers time to fix everything as stress free as possible, without deteriorating their health.

What does this mean for you, the players? We will have more time to work on the server, and so it will be more stable and contain less bugs and issues alike. The Daily Quest system will be in place. Our Anticheat will be a lot stronger and, if it works as good as we want it to, this could result in the removal of resetting accounts in Phase 2. It is even possible that with the delay there might not be a need for a Phase 2 anymore and we can turn to more of a Full Release after Open Beta. Another big thing we plan to do is called game server clustering; there will be one game server handling matches per ~40 people (not decided fully yet). This will result in fewer disconnects, lag issues and other problems caused by game server's overload. The other servers will still be singular, just the game servers will be in higher numbers (dozens) to ensure our players the best match experience possible.

It is alright for you to be mad or disappointed; we understand your concerns, but we ask you to look at the situation in a brighter daylight; we will provide better quality servers that do not constantly crash, burn and bug out, but rather provide a fully working environment and a more enjoyable experience. To top it off with this statement - If you'd forgive multimillion dollar companies delaying long expected game or new part of a favourite franchise, we hope you can forgive us for underestimating pressure and time constraints, over-hyping and in the end delaying the Open Beta."
 

So now, let's talk about what we're going to do after all you will have to wait a bit longer, and please forgive us for this delay.

We have decided on a few things:

  • Everyone will receive 2 boosters once the game will be in open beta (you'll still get them even after a potential reset)
  • From the 1st of February and until the Open beta, we'll invite some players everyday to the closed beta, to increase the amount of players, progressively (Giveaways will happen anytime during the day, morning, afternoon, evening ..)
  • You'll be able from now to pre-download the client, and we finally after a lot of discussion decided to give the client here on the forum ourselves. Want to pre-download it ? You can use Mediafire or MEGA to download it! (You cannot start the game right now, you'll have to wait for open beta, and the release of our launcher to make it work.)

 

Name: BattleForge.rar

Size: 5307589968 Bytes (5061 MB)
CRC32: F3E0B49E
CRC64: 72BCE6DDE51A926B
SHA256: E6456C335B004A1E77DD6BBCA0F27ECF22389F2DBE7A66624C5B1C4471865F26
SHA1: B411782EF4034310A655B9E4DD100EA057B29374
BLAKE2sp: 1D7624B734EB372D5F59830B38DB25A6528890BE8A7D33E5CC43E0B10914DF82

 

INFORMATION : Giveaways for the Closed Beta will resume! These giveaways will mainly be held on Discord, but it may also happen on the forum, so keep following these two closely!

Discord : https://discord.gg/0y3WGMGXhd5q2lXA


With kind regards and apologies for any inconvenience caused,


Sincerely,
The Skylords Reborn Team

Juraze, tomasoz17, fiki574 and 56 others like this

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This is absolutely fine, most people have been waiting for so long that an extra month makes no difference, we are happy for your progress and until you feel comfortable with what you've build and are ready to release it to the public, we should all be fine with waiting and just grateful of what we're getting.

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8 minutes ago, fiki574 said:

Sorry, people :(

It was the right decision and nobody can say you didn't try really hard. Even if it is "just" an open beta launch, it needs to be in a playable with minor bugs remaining. Launch may be delayed, but that's definately better than having a dissapointing launch.

Thanks for your dedication!

 

Edit: I am not so sure about the two free boosters tho. i would be more happy if players were to start with more untradeable stuff, primarily gold. 2 boosters might get players to multiaccount. Just give us plenty (fixed) starter commons and gold for upgrades and we will be just fine.

Edited by LagOps
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dont worry about it folks =)
i know how development goes and understand the problems you ran into... its a good move to take your time and make sure you have the chance to do things right

im still incredibly grateful that you are working to bring this game back =)

PS: best of luck for the exams ;)

Edited by Sharien

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What is waiting one more Month when we have been waiting for so long already :) Good Luck in your exams guys and none of you should ever disregard your own health just for some stupid deadline :( Take care and once again many thanks for your efforts <3

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Thank you for you'r hard work fiki !
no one will be angry at you or the dev team you are doing the best you could give and even more !
take you't time to rest a bit and pass your exam it is you'r absolute priority !

And lets all praise our god "fiki" for is rest and well being !

 

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Another month won't hurt anyone. Fiki deserves all the time he needs. Hopefully he does great on his exams. Let's keep up the :hype:

:D 

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You have our full support! More time means a healthier release. 

I wish you my best @fiki574, thank you for helping us to fulfill our dream of playing this game once again.

May the Amii guide you.

Edited by Skylord Lucas
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