To spice things up, we are introducing Official Playtime periods! There will be special time slots twice a week event in which various features will be implemented.
Continue reading to find out more!
Why introduce Official Playtimes?
We have had comprehensive discussions about what kind of events would provide you the best possible game experience. A lot of ideas have been thrown around and we eventually settled for time slots to boost activity.
Although the playtimes will be useful to us (alpha testing is crucial), the main reason behind the Official Playtimes is you - the players. We want to point players towards certain time slots because we believe that the game experience is better when there are more people around.
The thought process behind the Official Playtimes revolves around giving you incentives and reasons to play. Our aim is to provide our alpha testers better experiences and more enjoyment.
So how are we going to do this?
During the Official Playtimes, there will be 50% PPS boost for everyone. It is not really a special event without boosts. (Who doesn't like getting more points anyway?)
We will also introduce an Official Playtime Competition. There will be a new leaderboard system that only calculates stats within the time slots. Each Playtime event will have its own leaderboard. By introducing this, we hope to appeal to your competitive side and give you a goal. The current leaderboard is pretty static and goes way back so it might be hard to overtake those who have more games than you - this gives you a chance to bridge that gap and show what you're made of!
There will also be a streamed Q&A session during the period every fortnight (on average). We will create a thread where questions can be posted beforehand and they will be answered live on Twitch while the devs are playing or commentating the game.
Yup, you heard that right. The devs will play during the time slots. We are still working on how to arrange this in a way that works with our schedules as well but there will definitely be devs playing. (Maybe not every time slot though.)
We don't want to take away from playing during other times but we also want to encourage activity during the special periods. If you are a new recruit and have not yet had the fortune to be promoted to Private, you can claim your new rank and start your military career in during the Official Playtimes. You can still rack up XP as usual outside the playtimes but the points will stack up. If you gather enough points to become a Private, a notification will pop up saying that will advance your military career after playing a game during the Official Playtimes. Think of it as collecting a package at a pick-up point.
When are the Official Playtimes?
We made our decision based on the activity data. There will be two time slots every week - Wednesday and Sunday between 19:00 and 01:00 CEST (12:00 - 18:00 EST). There will be a 6 hour window where everyone can claim their hard-earned ranks and get 50% extra XP. This also means that you have 6 hours to claim the number one spot!
When will this start?
The kick-off will be on Sunday, 17 April 2016. It will feature @Florian and @Antoine's first ever Q&A session on Twitch. The Twitch stream will start at 19:00 CEST (12:00 EST). You can post questions on this thread. The devs will check the thread before and during the stream.
The new leaderboard system (which will update automatically) is going to be online on Sunday as well.
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Oh and don't forget that we just added the Sniper Rifle to the game.
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Thank you and see you on Sunday!!