We’ve been busy in the last weeks fixing some multiplayer problems & launching the league. There are still some issues (because of that the league is still “beta”). But with the help of some committed community members we’ve found and fixed a lot of bugs and we’ll keep a close eye on problems.
Today we’ve released a new version. That version should fix the problems we learned about since the last version and we’ve included ingame error messages for problems related to network problems.
Please keep reporting bugs if you encounter any!
This is the change-log:
<li>AI tries to make moves in a more “natural” order that will reduce the amount of “back and forth scrolling-jumps”</li>
<li>Connection problems in multiplayer will now display an error message</li>
<li>Fixed a bug where multiplayer games could be permanently corrupted on connection loss</li>
<li>Fixed a bug where units driving out of the Fog of War in fast-forward mode would not become visible</li>
<li>Mines don’t count as destroyed units anymore</li>
<li>Anti-air turrets don’t receive XP anymore</li>
<li>Fixed a number of GUI related issues</li>
<li>Fixed a bug where the UI would mention the flank bonus to be 15% instead of 25%</li>
<h2>Changing e-mail address is possible now!</h2>
If you want to change the e-mail address you are registered with, you can do so now.
<li>Log in to https://secure.kingart-games.com</li>
<li>Click on “Account”</li>
<li>Click on “Change email”
-Enter new email and click submit
=> You’ll receive an email to your old email address</li>
<li>Click the link in the email or copy it and paste it into your browser. The link starts with “https://secure.kingart-games.com/account/changeemaillink”
=> The email is changed now and you can use it to log in to the website and the game.</li>
<h2>Swapping KING Art keys to Steam or GoG Keys is possible now!</h2>
Some of you asked if it’s possible to swap KING Art keys for Steam or GoG keys. It wasn’t possible, but now it is IF…
…you backed the game on Kickstarter (digital version or physical version) OR
…you bought the game in our shop pre-launch
Please note: As soon as you swapped your KING Art key for another key, the KING Art key is no longer valid and you can’t swap back!
If you want to use a Steam/GoG version in the future instead of the KING Art version, please do the following:
<li>Log in to <a href=”https://secure.kingart-games.com”>https://secure.kingart-games.com</a></li>
<li>Find the “Your Vouchers” Area and use the King Art voucher you want to convert. Click one of the Convert Links: either “Convert to Steam” or “Convert to Good old Games (Mac & PC only)”
=> Find your new key on the website and in an email sent to you</li>
These are the rewards our friends at Crimson Cow carefully boxed and shipped all over the world during the last weeks.
<a href=”http://kingart-games.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/rewards.jpg”><img alt=”rewards” src=”http://kingart-games.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/rewards.jpg” width=”700″ height=”467″ /></a>
…and this is how it looked like for Joshua after shipment -.- (Of course he’ll get a new one as fast as possible.)
<a href=”http://kingart-games.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/brokenPackage.jpg”><img alt=”brokenPackage” src=”http://kingart-games.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/brokenPackage.jpg” width=”700″ height=”525″ /></a>
If there are any problems with your physical edition, please contact us at email@example.com
We’ve released a patch this morning that should fix the following problems:
<li>Fixed a bug where the menu would remain unresponsive for several seconds after starting the game.</li>
<li>Fixed a bug where the game would continue to scroll the view despite the right mouse button not being pressed.</li>
<li>Fixed a bug where multiplayer games did no longer show up in the Multiplayer Hub.</li>
<li>Fixed a bug that prevented the unlimitted shootbacks upgrade to function properly.</li>
<li>Fixed a bug that caused noticeable input lag and sound stuttering when issuing a move order to a selected unit.</li>
<li>Fixed a bug that allowed players to toggle through enemy units with Tab that should be concealed by the fog of war.</li>
<li>Steam achievements are now granted regardless of whether the user is logged in with his KING Art account.</li>
<li>The minimum supported screen resolution has been lowered to 1024 x 768.</li>
<li>Fixed a number of localization bugs in several languages.</li>
<li>Various smaller UI tweaks.</li>
<li>Tweaks in several single player maps.</li>
<h2>„I didn’t receive a key“ / „I don’t get a selection where to get the game from“</h2>
Some of you can’t see a “Your Vouchers” area above “Your Games” when visiting <a href=”https://secure.kingart-games.com”>https://secure.kingart-games.com</a>, where you can choose whether you want to receive the game from us, on Steam or on GoG. We have monitored some of these cases in the last days and solved them manually. In the process it turned out to be one of the following problems:
<li>Some Backers were in the database two times with the same email address. We were able to fix this problem. Please check, whether the option is available now or not.</li>
<li>If it still doesn’t show up, there’s a high probability that you used email address A on Kickstarter or in our shop, but registered with email B on <a href=”https://secure.kingart-games.com”>https://secure.kingart-games.com</a> (now or already during the Beta phase). The problem is, that the system of course can’t know what (or if) you have backed/bought. If the email address you have used back then (!) at Kickstarter or in the shop is different to the one you used now on <a href=”https://secure.kingart-games.com”>https://secure.kingart-games.com</a>, then please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org including:</li>
<li>The email address you used back</li>
<li>The email address you are using now</li>
<li>Your Kickstarter name (if you’re a Kickstarter backer) or your order number (if you have backed/bought it in our shop)</li>
We will try to process all of your inquiries till tomorrow.
Sorry, that it took so long to identify the problem. Unfortunately it can’t be fixed with the push of a button, but an employee has to check each inquiry and merge the different accounts/email addresses by hand.
Some users had problems launching the editor on some non-english operating systems. We’ve fixed the problem and updated the editor.
You can get the editor here: <a href=”http://bwkbuilder.battle-worlds.com/BattleworldsBuilder.zip”>http://bwkbuilder.battle-worlds.com/BattleworldsBuilder.zip</a>
LordFjord wrote a very good beginner’s guide in our forums: <a href=”http://forum.kingart-games.com/index.php/topic,12616.0.html”>http://forum.kingart-games.com/index.php/topic,12616.0.html</a>
In order to start the editor you have to copy its folder into the folder that contains the “version” file. It should look something like this for all “Non-Steam-Versions”:
<a href=”http://kingart-games.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/launchEditor01.jpg”><img alt=”launchEditor01″ src=”http://kingart-games.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/launchEditor01.jpg” width=”501″ height=”110″ /></a>
And something like this for Steam versions:
<a href=”http://kingart-games.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/launchEditorSteam.jpg”><img alt=”launchEditorSteam” src=”http://kingart-games.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/launchEditorSteam.jpg” width=”500″ height=”220″ /></a>
<h2>Where can I find…</h2>
…the Special Editions bonus content on Steam (Soundtrack, Extended Manuals)?
-> [steam installation folder]\SteamApps\common\BattleWorldsKronos\SpecialContent
…the Special Edition bonus content from KING Art/GoG Versions?
-> Go to <a href=”https://secure.kingart-games.com”>https://secure.kingart-games.com</a> Log-in and look for the download link.
There are still very few reviews out there. It seems to be more or less impossible to get attention for a small game like Battle Worlds at the moment. Obviously that’s a huge problem for us because a good game isn’t enough when nobody knows about it.
Our best chance to get attention at the moment might be a “grassroots movement”. If you’re active in forums or groups or anything like that: Please make a post and spread the word about our game.
<h2>Other projects you might find interesting</h2>
From one of the creators of one of our favorite RPGs (Planescape Torment): <a href=”http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/g3studios/deathfire-ruins-of-nethermore”>http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/g3studios/deathfire-ruins-of-nethermore</a>
Very cool looking tactical RPG: <a href=”http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1892480689/insomnia-tactical-online-rpg-in-dark-dieselpunk-un”>http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1892480689/insomnia-tactical-online-rpg-in-dark-dieselpunk-un</a>
A game by one of our supporters: <a href=”http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/paladium/apexicon-fantasy-puzzle-combat”>http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/paladium/apexicon-fantasy-puzzle-combat</a>
The launch on Monday was a little bit bumpy, sorry for that. First we discovered a major bug on the weekend, so we had to re-build all launch versions on Monday. Then we had scheduling problems with Steam and then technical problems with GoG. As soon as everything was up and running, our server couldn’t handle thousands of you trying out everything at once.
We switched to a bigger server and everything seems to be running fine now. We’re going to release a patch later today for Mac und Linux because some players have difficulty to log-in for multiplayer. And we’re working hard on answering all support questions.
On a more positive note: The launch was very successful! We were in the Steam top 10 for a very long time, sometimes even in the top 4 (only behind some obscure little titles, nobody in the office knew).
<a href=”http://kingart-games.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/SteamTop10.jpg”><img alt=”SteamTop10″ src=”http://kingart-games.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/SteamTop10.jpg” width=”640″ height=”360″ /></a>
<h2>Steam & GoG Keys, Manuals & Soundtracks</h2>
<strong>Steam:</strong> A lot of backers who backed box-editions and received a “KING Art key” from us asked if they could get a Steam key instead. That wasn’t the plan, but since Steam is pretty generous when it comes to keys, we’ll give you the opportunity to swap the keys in one or two weeks (as soon as the launch stress is over).
<strong>GoG:</strong> One day later than planned Battle Worlds is available on Good-old-Games (DRM free). But you can only get the “standard edition” there, not the bigger version (with the “Extended Manual” and the “Weapon’s Manual”). So if you backed a bigger version than the standard version, the GoG option wasn’t displayed for you on our portal.
We changed that. Now you CAN choose GoG, even when you’ve backed a higher tier. You’ll receive the standard version from GoG and get the “Extended Manual”, the “Weapon’s Manual” and the Soundtrack as a separate download at <a href=”https://secure.kingart-games.com”>https://secure.kingart-games.com</a>
<strong>Manuals & Soundtrack:</strong> If you bought the Battle Worlds: Kronos Special Edition (Mayor Edition) in our shop or if you choose to download your higher-tier Kickstarter edition from our side, you’ll now find the Extended Manual, the Weapon’s Manual and the Soundtrack in the “My Games” section at our portal (<a href=”https://secure.kingart-games.com”>https://secure.kingart-games.com</a>).
<h2>Editor & Wiki</h2>
You can now find the Battle Worlds: Kronos editor here: <a href=”http://bwkbuilder.battle-worlds.com/BattleworldsBuilder.zip”>http://bwkbuilder.battle-worlds.com/BattleworldsBuilder.zip</a>
And our editor forum here: <a href=”http://forum.kingart-games.com/index.php/board,27.0.html”>http://forum.kingart-games.com/index.php/board,27.0.html</a>
Some backers had the opportunity to work with the editor for a couple of days now and gave us a lot of feedback regarding usability. We’ll continue working on the editor to make it more user-friendly. So we’re looking forward to your feedback.
But of course we’re even more excited about playing the first user-generated maps!
<a href=”http://kingart-games.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/MapEditor.jpg”><img alt=”MapEditor” src=”http://kingart-games.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/MapEditor.jpg” width=”700″ height=”412″ /></a>
Together with you we’d like to gather all information regarding Battle Worlds: Kronos and the editor in a Wiki (<a href=”http://wiki.battle-worlds.com/index.php/Main_Page”>http://wiki.battle-worlds.com/index.php/Main_Page</a>). We think that’s the best way to share information. If you’re interested in posting articles, translating them or the like, please leave us a note here: <a href=”http://forum.kingart-games.com/index.php/topic,12602.0.html”>http://forum.kingart-games.com/index.php/topic,12602.0.html</a>
We still have some problems getting reviews. Of course most journalists have very little time prior to a new console generation and when big games like Call of Duty and Assassins Creed are on their way.
You can help us calling their attention to Battle Worlds. Maybe you’re following some journalists, bloggers or “let’s players” or other influential people on Twitter or Facebook? Or you’re active in a forum or the like? Please let them know that you’re interested in the game and that it’s worth a look.
And please continue to link & share our “Thank you / Crowd-funding” video! A lot of people seem to like it and we think it’s important to show a crowd-funding project that actually worked. There’s too much negative reporting about crowd-funding out there at the moment.
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<h2>Projects you might find interesting</h2>
Boy! A LOT of great projects out there at the moment! Here are our favorite four:
We love isometric games and we love adventures. And this one looks *really* cool! <a href=”http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bischoff/stasis-2d-isometric-scifi-horror-adventure-game”>http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bischoff/stasis-2d-isometric-scifi-horror-adventure-game</a>
This beautiful art style blew us away! <a href=”http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1376061185/bloom-memories-a-new-kind-of-action-adventure-rpg”>http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1376061185/bloom-memories-a-new-kind-of-action-adventure-rpg</a>
We’re feeling young again! <a href=”http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1183462809/paradise-lost-first-contact”>http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1183462809/paradise-lost-first-contact</a>
And another adventure game, since we want the genre to thrive: <a href=”http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/soundguy/bolt-riley-a-reggae-adventure-game”>http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/soundguy/bolt-riley-a-reggae-adventure-game</a>
Here’s what you have to do:
1. Watch this video and feel good about being part of something great.
2. Like this update, share the video, tweet about the launch, let everybody in your favorite forum know, ask gaming journalists and bloggers to review BW:K… In short: Please help us spread the word.
3. Go to https://secure.kingart-games.com and let us know where you want to get the game (Steam OR GoG.com OR from our site).
4. Download the game and have fun!
What’s up next
In the next couple of days we’ll work hard on letting as many people as possible know about BW:K. And we’ll have a close look at all the forums to identify problems. Depending on the problems there will be a patch later this week or early next week.
- Next week: League/Ladder system. We had some problems with the multiplayer in the last days and didn’t feel confident to put the insufficiently tested league into the launch version. We’d like to see if everything works well with the launch version first and then add the league next week.
- Later this month: The browser version.
- This year: A couple of new maps from us (and hopefully dozens of cool maps from you guys!)
- Early 2014: The iOS and Android versions.
- After that: The Ouya version and maybe other console versions.
Our plan is to keep working on BW:K fulltime for a while. So the launch isn’t the end, it’s a new beginning.
Please tell others about Battle Worlds. The more successful the game is, the longer we can work on it and improve it.
Closed Beta 2 for PC, Mac & Linux
After several updates for the Beta 1 it’s time for the big “2”! Here are some of the highlights:
- Background music and background sounds
- Driving sounds and other unit sounds (some of them not final yet)
- Fixed Mission 4 (sorry about the Bugs in the last version!)
- A new cutscene
- A preview of the first „Challenge Map“
- You can now request reinforcements from orbit, if a mission should be too hard
- Many new small features (e.g. a „Sleep“ button for units)
- More than a hundred bugfixes – Beta 2 should be notably „smoother“ than the last version
- German localization
State of development
Not all of what we’ve worked on in the last weeks is part of the Beta. Here’s other things that happened:
- All campaign missions are finished. They are currently tested and improved by us and starting this week also by some testers from the community.
- All units, upgrades and unit abilities are implemented in the game. (You can look forward to camouflaged units, stunned units, Hackers taking over their opponent’s units, and much more!)
- All cutscenes are finished and have already been localized to all languages.
- The localization of the game from English to German was our test case for all the other localizations starting this week.
- We’ve written 120 (!) pages of manuals altogether (40 pages „Extended Manual“ and 80 pages „Weapons Manual“).
The coming weeks
We’ve got a very busy week behind us, but the morale is high. The next weeks will be primarily about finding and eliminating bugs, and polishing the game.
We need your help for that! Please report any errors in the forum (http://forum.kingart-games.com)
Other things on the agenda:
- Localization of the game (more on that in the next update)
- Online- and multiplayer features like e.g. the league, achievements, cloud savegames
- Multiplayer maps and challenge maps
- Release of the editor (including instructions and examples)
- Steam features
- Performance optimization (especially on Mac and Linux)
- Server load test
- PR & marketing stuff (trailer, interviews etc.)
We’re on the home stretch and stepping on the gas once more! „Pain is temporary pride is forever!”
Projects you might find interesting
This one looks really impressive! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1847847657/raindrop-0
Space RPG! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1964463742/the-mandate