Azael tells you about the state of the game and the development planning for the second half of 2013…
We already reached the middle of 2013 and it’s now time to look at what’s coming for the rest of the year. And I can tell you that we have many things to talk about!
Before going in the details of each patch, I wanted to explain the direction we will follow until the end of the year, which might help you better understand some of our decisions.
Classes and GvGFirst, we know that classes are the heart of WAKFU and that the expectations are very high. Let it be said, it’s our number one priority!
Concretely, we will not implement any new feature before revamping the classes and the content will be very limited as long as we didn’t stabilize balancing.
That’s why we will postpone the GvG content to the end of the year, and each patch will now include a class revamp. We think it would make little sense to implement a PvP system without having first stabilized combats (stats, lock, velocity) and classes. On the other hand, we don’t want to implement more than one class revamp per patch, in order to put as much care as possible into each class.
Now, here’s the planning for classes:
- July: Xelor
- August: Eniripsa
- October: Foggernaut
- November: Pandawa
- December: Sram
- January 2014: Feca
Something else that was already mentioned, and still planned for the July update: spells balanced up to level 200.
We think this is a most important mechanic that should allow for better and more coherent basis in terms of character evolution, and finally offer a real possibility of Multi Element builds.
Community and DevblogsI wanted to talk about our communication towards you.
We will try to provide our Devblogs ealier and give you a chance to participate more in some of our choices.
A devblog should open the communication between us, and we want to use them to take your feedback into account before a patch is released, and be more reactive after the update.
Don’t forget that a devblog is a design proposition that can very much evolve with your feedback!
More focus on the basics of the gameAs important as class balance is the improvement of the basics that make WAKFU a unique experience in the gaming industry. I of course mean politics, ecosystem and combat.
I won’t announce huge revamps, but I can tell you that each patch will include modifications of some of the rules to strengthen these features and help them evolve later.
It’s nothing sudden and we’ve been working on these features for a while already, but you will only start to notice the changes now.
WAKFU has been under development for many years already and it was necessary to establish a picture of what works and what needs improving, while still taking your feedback into account, as well as technical limitations and of course, the planning!
Many rules will be modified until the end of the year, such as citizenship points, non-aggro state, maximum AP and MP, velocity, etc…
Each patch will see its share of small changes that should reinforce the basics of the game and of course each of these modifications will be explained and adapted with your feedback.
The beginning of the gameWe will also revamp an aspect that is maybe less impacting for you, but just as important: Incarnam and Astrub.
WAKFU is a very peculiar and unique game and we want to make sure that the first steps give a real idea of what a subscriber could get access to.
This revamp will also simplify the access to professions, feature a complete overhaul of the geography of Astrub, as well as a complete narration aspect to better introduce the main quest.
This revamp is also part of the main problematic of this year: strengthening the basics to better shape the future of the game, and particularly the next part of Mount Zinit.
ProfessionsWe adapted the planning based on our priorities, your expectations and production schedule, but there is one point that still needs to be discussed: crafting.
This is one of the aspects of the game that we would really like to revamp, but the current planning will not allow it without risks for other contents.
We know that many of you are eagerly waiting for this, and we’re still looking into the best solutions to implement it.
Some equipment rules as well as the revamp of the tutorial and other modifications will allow for a better game experience.
We will try our best to implement this awaited profession revamp, but I cannot guarantee that it will be done this year.
This is the only point on our planning that isn’t fixed yet.
Haven WorldsOur goal is to implement 8 Haven World with each update and even more in December to reach 120 Haven Worlds at the end of the year.
Each patch will also include new buildings, appearance and ground packs as well as many new decorations until the end of the year!
More advanced contentAfter Wabbit Island (in August) we will implement 2 new dungeons per patch.
The goal is to implement less content in order to focus more on the tactical aspect and balancing of our existing monsters and dungeons.
We would like to involve you in some decisions regarding the content to implement, and maybe let you vote for the adventure island you’d like to see improved.
We will add a main quest, dungeons, etc… Those of you who think that Kelba or Forfut are too empty, now is the time to be heard.
As requested by some players we will also try to publish a “step by step” article about the development of the island, allowing you to see the evolution and maybe even participate…
Finally we will also use this time to correct the bugged content, instead of trying to rush new content.
Ultimate bossesAfter the Dragon Pig setback we decided to focus on its comeback and therefore canceled the Big Sandhill that was originally planned for July.
Ultimate Bosses constitute Elite high level content and we want to first focus on the classes before implementing a new UB.
ConclusionThat should be it for our mid-year roadmap. I hope I was able to explain clearly our mid-term objectives (for the end of the year). I didn’t give much detail for now but you will find an updated version of the roadmap here.
As you will see, there will be no update in September. But don’t worry, the update will be released in beginning of October, and all following updates should take place at the beginning of the month as well.
And since I didn’t spoil much this time, I’ll give you the date of the July update: July 30…
I’ll come back to you after each update with an information letter to give you an overview of the state of the game (I’ll try to make it shorter next time…).
And here’s a detailed list of the content of the July update:
- Max level increased to 125
- Xelor revamp and Stasis branch of the Foggernaut rebalanced
- Haven Worlds:
- Addition of the option to move a building
- 8 new Haven Worlds on each server
- Addition of Bilbyza themed decorations
- Addition of an “Arena” building
- New island: Bilbyza (80-100)
- Trool Fair:
- Rebalancing of the access to rewards
- Addition of 2 minigames
- Rewards added
- Rules of the game:
- Improvement of Citizenship Points loss
- Improvement of the Non-Aggro state
- Spells balanced up to level 200
- New “Relic” items
- Limitation to a maximum of AP/MP
- Willpower and Perception no longer increasable with ability points
- Rebalancing of the families, experience gained and sets
- New world map
- Professions modification:
- Addition of the keys to be crafted by Handymen
- Gathering professions automatically learned for new characters.