Last weekend we decided (quite spontaneously) to begin allowing public user testing every weekend for the next couple of weeks. We believe that opening our service up for testing this early will give us a great idea of what you, the players, are expecting from Project Infinity. We want to welcome you to help us define Project Infinity and set the foundation for whats to come!
Last week we also added a new member to the team, his name is Alex. Some may know him from around the internet as “Virus King”. Alex will be joining the Dreamboat Team as a Designer and Community Manager, which puts him in charge of designing exciting new features and content for the game as well as bridging the gap between the community and the dreamboat team.
Below we will address the user feedback accumulated during our first test last weekend.
Q: “Fishing, Fishing quests, fishing gear, a little variety in fish.”
A (James): Fishing is a planned feature that just didn’t make it into the Prototype phase. There will be fishing, fishing quests, and fishing gear in later versions.
Q: “[Will there be] A bunch of interactive items and objectives [?] Turning over stones for forgotten loot by other players/monsters or just randomly generated loot, which is hidden in different places like in bushes, sand or under stones[?]”
A (Alex): “That would be cool, we could add events and quests so people need to dig things out and stuff.
And to create breakable objects, which can contain different type of stuff (not very quality, except at special events).”
Q: “Spread monsters out a little bit more. Sometimes it gets a little too crowded.”
A (James): This has been addressed in the latest version. Monsters spawn fewer and farther between
Q: “Time system, having a set amount of daytime, before it turns into night time, optionally it can have some times events like dark monsters spawn etc”
A (James): This is a planned feature that will make its debut in a later version.
Q: “Plants. Maybe we could “harvest” plants for their seeds, and have percentage chance that seeds will drop which can be used for food,questions or for new plants”
A (James): A resource gathering system is in the works but, whether or not the resources can be used for cooking or if there will even be a cooking feature has yet to be decided.
Q: “Being able to see who’s online apart from extreme activity on chat.”
A (James): All social features are still under development. For now use the following command to view who is online: /who. In later versions there will be Friend, Party, and Guild interface windows for all of your social needs.
Q: “Being able to have YOUR OWN home, or maybe an “institute” where players
on the various islands live, just to have ones own room.”
A (James): This feature already exists in the game but is still under development. In future versions there will be zones where players may build their own homes or rent/purchase homes built by other players.
Q: “Floating trees are apparently in the game: Photo proof —v”
A (James): Thanks for pointing this out, it will be addressed in the next version.
Q: “Some, (ONLY SOME) trees have this weird swaying ‘effect’ to it, that
when you come near it/walk away from it, it will change in size,
creating some sort of illusion.”
A (James): This is a bug with the trees and their Levels of Detail (LOD). As the player moves away from a game object, the object will be switched out for a billboard image to reduce load and increase performance. These settings will be edited for a smoother transition in the future.
I want to thank everyone who participated in our first test and would like to welcome all who will participating in the future. Your feedback is encouraged and will be taken into consideration.
– James (Creative Director/Producer)