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A New Reign begins!

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Bigfoot    1,963

Hello folks,

I’m here to give a much needed update on Through the Ages. Over the last year, we’ve been working on this expansion, and while the team was often pulled to help get Reign of Giants and Caves properly integrated, they’ve been busy developing and prototyping different mechanics for TTA.

One of the most important processes we have at Klei is the process of experimentation. For example, Mark of the Ninja used to be a puzzle game, Invisible, Inc. started life as a mobile game. Don’t Starve itself used to look like this.

This is why TTA has taken so long -- we spent a lot of time trying new things. Some of the things worked, while many of them seemed interesting on paper but ended up not being very good in practice.

One of our biggest concerns has been making large scale changes in one go without the constant feedback of the community. We hoped that a major expansion could provide a lot of the things we all feel DST could benefit from: more creatures, more long term challenges, more ways to cooperate, more ways to manage servers, more lore, and so on. We still feel that the game could benefit from these things, but we are concerned about the impact of adding everything all at once. We decided that doing this incrementally, with your feedback, is the better way to go.

That’s why, starting this Thursday, we are going to restart an old tradition: regularly scheduled updates! In addition, to better represent the content in these updates, we will no longer be using the name “Through the Ages,” this series of updates will be known as “A New Reign”, and it will be delivered to you every 3 weeks for the next 6 months.

We also know that some players don’t want to be forced through the process as we’re changing the game rapidly, so we will be putting the updates in a Beta branch that anyone can subscribe to. Every so often, once the features are stable, we will merge them back into the main branch.

Here’s the first update poster to get us going!

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To recap:

  • Instead of continuing to work on Through the Ages for several more months, we are going to release content every 3 weeks starting this week.
  • The content we’re delivering will now be call A New Reign
  • A New Reign will be available on a Beta branch, and merged back into main every so often
  • A New Reign starts this week, and will continue for the next 6 months.

Once again, I really appreciate the constant feedback -- game development is never easy, and as a studio we keep trying to push the boundaries, and often that throws our plans awry. Thanks again for being such a great, supportive community. I really appreciate it.

 

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fb03    128
On ‎8‎/‎8‎/‎2016 at 5:19 PM, Bigfoot said:

more ways to cooperate

 

On ‎8‎/‎8‎/‎2016 at 5:19 PM, Bigfoot said:

more lore

*_*

I can't wait for "A new Reign".
 

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imsomony    417

This is awesome Jamie, thank you for the update! Having been around in 2013 for Don't Starve updates coming along every few weeks, this process feels familiar, and I'm confident everyone at Klei will be able to stay on-track more easily and keep development streamlined and polished. Thanks to everyone there, and I'm looking forward to what you've been working on!

 

Also, more lore? I think I can speak for everyone when I say

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JoeW    22,361

I moved the post to DS general discussion as it was off topic. But, as noted previously, we are looking for bug reports for SW as well, for our long to-do list. =)

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Zillvr    1,594

The posters are back! ...Also noticed each feature item is enclosed in thorny vines, thank you Charlie.

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Very curious about the mention of disease. I wouldn't think they'd be advertising features already in unless they were changing somehow. I presume it won't just be a way of killing off resources that aren't in cycle anymore.

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MyouMoorlord    26

AMG! Yes! Thank you so much. And I was just thinking about posting something about the game dying off. A Much needed and welcomed update! Again thank you so much!

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Bebbit    2,779

UPDATE POSTERS ARE BACK BABYYYYYYYY!

And looking creamier than ever. Beautiful stuff.

 

Also, the other stuff like regular updates... I'm so excited, thank you guys at Klei!

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ButterStuffed    1,197

Klei has a weird habit of delivering good news at stressful moments in my life.

Thanks for the good news Klei! I can't wait to break the game in the name of science.

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minespatch    47,068

Sounds like a good update to me. New Reign sounds better. It fits the cinematic and ties closer to the Charlie development.

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DragonMage156    22,897

More lore? Does that mean we get to know the other character a little better or just deeper meaning into the Wilson and Maxwell cyclum lore?

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Bahlsen    352

This is heartwarming. There seems to be quite a good relationship between the Don't Starve devs and their fans, seeing you choosing the path of beta and feedback again feels like a gift. Well, time to roll up my sleeves again.

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Fidooop    2,583

Looks like Unnatural Selection now has some competition!

well... WELL... UHHHH.... I'LL JUST HAVE TO WORK HARDER!... What? you don't believe me?

 

...I'll show you! I'll show you all! o_o

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1v0    790

Thank you for this information ! Me and my friend will play it for sure and I will report if we find bugs . 

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PanAzej    1,928

Hm, nice! Kinda wanted to get all stuff at once, but this way it's good as well.

So, there's going to be a new craftable from Deerclops' Eyeball it seems.

And disease changes? Or resource variants will become more common by default?

Oh, and a new improved map/map sharing! Useful for caves exploration.

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