Efficiency In Development
So let’s look at what these systems are, fundamentally: they’re a series of algorithms that indicate a change in the world via a value. That value can be visual or statistical -- and for us, they’re often the same. This does come down to art, however, which is part of what brings us to Kickstarter to begin with: to get some additional support for all those art assets!
Now since these balancing systems are what math nerds (merds?) do best, this multiplayer world is a playground for the merds on our team. Defining the rules that describe how those systems change is the part of the game’s development that comes directly from play -- and that’s why we’re making our development process OPEN to gamers. Taking a step back, it's a bit silly to think that any one team can create a virtual world that feels good for an entire horde of players, with only a very few people on that team deciding arbitrarily what “feels best.” It’s difficult to even know what values are relevant in making that assessment without a REALLY massive flow of feedback.
But this is the perspective of the current game development industry: they’re busy manufacturing an experience for you to try to control (a controlled experience?) based on their preferences. On the other hand, what we’re doing is making subtle changes to an open environment that allows a player to be challenged by other players or the environment based on their behavior, not by providing an artificial PVE or PVP experience.
The difference in our approach is tied CLOSELY into the common social science problem of understanding resource distribution and scarcity -- something the academic and science communities have been researching for YEARS, while most publishers or devs look at these issues as a plug and play solution. Look at how amazing the world of Eve online became! And with credit to economics alone! We want to add other scientific fields to the mix and be even more efficient in that process.
We’ll be sharing other complex topics as we go, and if you’re interested in reading more about them, we’re MORE than excited to share those formulas and systems in depth
And check out our first industry interview... pretty exciting for a group of eggheads who have always wanted to be a part of it ;)