Fireside Chat – Friday 4/29

Hello again and welcome to this week’s chat!

Alpha 3

We have a couple of updates on Alpha 3 to share with everyone. First off , the resource gathering has moved to internal testing, so if everything goes well we should have some alpha dates out very soon. Over the next couple weeks we will also be doing our first Alpha key giveaways! Going forward we will be doing a give away prior to some alpha weekends,so if you have been itching to get in, but don’t have the funds to kick in quite yet, and try out what we have keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter for a chance to win a free Alpha account.

Weapons

If you loved our WeaponSmith (Rider’s Axe , Slayer Sword) posts in the past, you will want to keep an eye on our Facebook page. Each week we will be featuring one weapon and showing aspects of the development process from concept to in game model.

Crafting Stations

In addition to weapons we have been getting the crafting stations ready for Alpha 4. Below you can see an example of a couple that have already been completed.

Carpentry Bench

Carpentry bench
carpenty_bench

Mill Saw

mill saw

Tanning Barrel

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Coming Soon

In the upcoming week our team has a lot on the table. The art team will be working on more crafting stations and weapons to show off, while our code team will start testing for mob and animal spawning.The sound team is also working on more background music and sound effects, which we will have some samples of in our next post.

The world will soon be a much busier place. As always, thanks for following!

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Fireside Chat- Friday 4/22

Welcome back! This past week we have been focused on wrapping up Alphas 1&2 and moving on to Alpha 3.

Alpha 3

As mentioned last week Alpha 3 will be focused on gathering and resource collection. The land of Utherous has much to offer for those willing to explore in their search for materials. There is a wide variety of tree’s and mineral nodes that can be found depending on your location in the world. These nodes will provide valuable resources for our crafting system, which we will be talking about soon. Below is a sample of some of the gathering nodes.

Wood Harvesting

alaskan ceder
white birch
white oak

Mining

raw gem
Ductile
callous
minerals

Coming Soon

While the majority of our focus is on the next stage of alpha testing, we are also continuing to build for the future. Many more weapons are being concepted and modeled, and we will share some of those with you in our next weaponsmith feature. We are also working on getting some much needed clothing and armor onto our characters, it’s a harsh world to be exploring in your underoos! The UI is also being built for the crafting system , so you have something to do with all those resources.

As always, thanks for following. We love your feedback so if there are any features you have enjoyed in the past and would like to see again let us know!

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Fireside Chat- Friday 4/15

Hello everyone and welcome to our first fireside chat. Going forward we are going to be putting up a post each Friday to outline what we have been working on, what’s coming up and anything interesting going on with the team. These posts will vary in size depending on what’s in the pipeline but we will at least get out some info each week!

As most of you know by now the majority of our work, over the past few months, has been going into getting an alpha build ready for players. Our team felt that getting founders in world was the most important part of early development. We want the final world of Utherous to be shaped by player feedback and the sooner that starts rolling in the better. Now that development has progressed to the “IT’S ALIVE” point we should be able to iterate on what we have, and implement new features on a regular basis.

Coming Soon

In addition to stomping bugs, that come up during this test, we are working on getting everything prepared for our next alpha test. Alpha 3 will focus on gathering and collecting resources. Many of the testers in the first alpha noticed how dense the forest was in the starting area, and there is a good reason for that. Every one of those trees can be cut down and harvested for resources!

While we know that gathering resources is not the most exciting activity, we will make it as fun as possible. During the alpha we will be offering multiple quests and rewards for players who participate. As we progress through alpha tests we will be adding and fine tuning many other features like crafting, towns, animals, monsters, and combat.

Thanks for checking in and hope to see you in game this weekend!

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Alpha Launch

We are very excited to announce that our Founders/Backers alpha testing begins this weekend!

Alpha One

Starting Saturday 4/9/16 supporters of the game will be able to login to our test server and begin exploring a Utherous. Our goal is to keep the server up and running through midnight on Sunday to give people an opportunity to log in and check out the world. During each phase of the alpha tests we will be focusing on testing specific systems, mechanics, and parts of the game. The first testing weekend will focus on the Patcher, Login, Quests and Collection.

Egg Hunt

In order to make the testing more fun we have organized a non-combat Egg hunt! A quest giver at the login area will give users a quest to go hunting for three types of eggs; Dragon, Wyvern, and Golden Eggs. The lucky people who find these eggs, in the wild, will have the potential for great rewards. The Dragon and Wyvern eggs will grant access to an in game mount upon release! For the golden eggs we are doing something special. Every golden egg turned in will result in points that are added to your account, these points will be accrued through all of the alpha and beta tests and will provide rewards for the individual user as well for the guild they belong to upon release. Our team will also be tweeting out /Loc coordinates for the wyvern eggs through the test, so be sure to follow us on on twitter!

Founders can find more info on all of this can be found in our Alpha Forums.

The Road Ahead

While our excitement about finally opening the gates cannot be understated, what we are most looking forward to is being able to share more development content with everyone. Next week we will be posting an alpha road map that will give an outline of the Alpha testing plan as some details about what we are working on currently. We will also have regular video updates and twitch streams as we do our testing. If your interested in getting in early and helping shape the game the founders pack can be found HERE.

A giant thanks for following and supporting us! Looking forward to seeing you in game!

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