Meet the Delta Commander
Hello again, all!
As we move ever closer to showing some in engine video, we have lots of other great things in the works. In addition to making more cool stuff for backers, we’re also working to encourage people who missed it to get in on the fun. We re-launched our store today, which includes a lot more detail, and a new package, called the Cosmic Limited Edition, which features some brand new content and a brand new system that improves what you, as backers, get.
INTRODUCING THE DELTA COMMANDER
First up, is the Delta Commander. This commander is the first unit to go from being a sketch and simple grey box to being a fully fleshed out and animated game model. We’re very excited about the direction of this commander - it is one design of many more to come. The community, through the backers forum, got direct and early access to providing feedback on this design. If you’re not hanging out on the forums yet, you should!
See the image at the bottom of this post, and the rest on our Tumblr.
Next, we’re adding a new badge system to the game. These don’t impact gameplay, but provide a persistent way to identify yourself to other players, both for your involvement in the project and eventually, for your accomplishments in game. Some of the things we’re thinking about for badges, in addition to "Thanks for your early involvement!" are:
* Clan Identification
* Exceptional Achievement in Games (Winner of a 40 person free for all as an example)
As we hash out more details of this system, it is something we’ll likely request input on. Since it doesn’t impact gameplay, but can be a great way to show off your achievements, we want it to really represent what players want out of a system like this.
As part of this, while we continue to grow our pre-order options, as an early backer, you will continue to reap the rewards as part of that effort! This time around, with the release of our new pre-order, we’ve added to the reward tiers:
* Access to the Delta Commander for all pledges $90 and up (this is in addition to the Theta commander that every early backer will get).
* All backers will receive badges identifying them as founding supporters. We’re still working on the specific details of this.
* As part of the Cosmic edition, we unveiled that their listing in the credits will be as Commanders. All early backers who were entitled to being listed in the credits will be put under the heading of Founding Commanders.
* New store functionality just made it easier for us to upgrade pre-orders. We will be working to do something similar again for early backers - beyond the upgrade options you already had. We'll announce that when it's ready to go. We've had a lot of people who changed their minds about alpha and beta access, and we want to make that accessible!
If you have friends who missed the early backing who are eager to get some of the special goodies, or access to alpha or beta, please direct them to our store. Every pre-sale goes toward building the game and making it that much more Awesome.
We also have had two LiveStreams in a row recently. You can see the full content of each one here:
Our systems have come a long way. Just in the past few weeks, we’ve seen varying systems working together, such as pathing on a 3d object - full 3d, as in all six sides of a cube, virtual texturing, units spawning, pathing to targets and attacking, client-server architecture up and running, and quite a bit more. An incredible amount of work has already been done to get these disparate systems working together, and there’s more to be done. We’re eager to show off gameplay to you all, and will be ready to soon.
Jon Mavor also just did his next update into his ongoing blog regarding the engine development of Planetary Annihilation. Read his blog here »
STAY UP TO DATE
And some reminders on links of importance. The forums in particular are one of the best ways to get early information and insights into what’s going on.
Visit our forums - You need to finalize to access the backers only forum)
Find and finalize your pledge - You can only finalize once, so if you already did this, it won't take you to the finalization page. You can see account info here.
Visit the store to make additional purchases
Visit the PA homepage
We will be starting to send out emails to all early backers and pre-orders with these updates starting with this one, rather than just relying on only our Kickstarter page to get the word out. Between Paypal backers and pre-orders, we’re still not getting updates out to everyone we want to, so hopefully this will fix it!
Thanks again all, and 2013 is gonna be awesome.
The Uber Team