We have a somewhat peculiar and spontaneous announcement for you today. As you have no doubt noticed the Steam Sale is now live (WFTO products up to 72% off!) but also the nominations are now open for the Steam Awards of 2017.
We'd like to humbly request that our fans, customers and fellow Underlords consider nominating WFTO for the "Labour of Love" category. A category defined by the commitment shown by a developer towards their game and community long after the release of the game itself.
We know that this must appear somewhat self-serving and it is not usually in our nature to seek any sort of recognition beyond the appreciation we already receive from our fans for the work we do. But we felt that this category so accurately summed up our journey with WFTO thus far and where we hope to take it over the coming months. To help illustrate our commitment we've even (very hastily) prepared a small infographic about this journey.
We've always tried to maintain a good relationship with our backers, and we know that not everything has always gone according to plan. But we've done our best to fulfil all our pledges to you, support backers as much as possible, provide access to latest developments (such as the DRM-Free version released on GOG earlier this year) and make reparations where needed, such as offering the Heart of Gold expansion for free. As such we hope that this has been one of the better Kickstarters you've supported.
If you're happy with all that you can head straight to our store page if you're happy to nominate us.
For the Journey
War for the Overworld has dominated our lives for the five years since we successfully funded the project on Kickstarter, not a day has gone by where some work hasn't been poured into it on some level. It's no secret that we've had our ups and downs and that the journey has been fraught with challenges and hurdles including one of the most disastrous launches a newly formed indie developer could imagine.
But through it all we've stayed strong, we reaffirmed our commitments to our backers, customers, fans and the game itself. We've worked hard, sometimes through nights, weekends and holidays and into the next morning to see WFTO take the shape we hoped it would.
We've released patch after patch, update after update bringing new features, fixes and releases. We've deployed platforms to help us best facilitate your needs and we've taken on board as much community feedback as we can. We have built our company, Brightrock Games around our community.
Our hope that one-day WFTO could live up to the lofty expectations both we and our fans have for it. We've done so much in the 5 years of development, not least bring a uniquely challenging and large scoped game to life.
In just over two and half years since the launch from early-access we've:
- Released 56 Free Patches, 6 Major and encompassing over 2400 fixes, changes and features
- Added much requested features like the Map Editor into the mix
- Introduced new game modes through the Crucible and My Pet Dungeon expansions
- Pushed out maps, balance adjustments and much more as fast as we can
- Released three expansions:
- Heart of Gold - We gave away free to anyone who owned the game up to one month after launch
- Crucible - Which was free for everyone!
- My Pet Dungeon - Developed at huge community request, and offered on a try before you buy basis!
WFTO is so very different from when it was released and there's still so much more to come, even as we approach the final stages of this production. With Patch 2.0 and Expansion 4, which promise to be our biggest releases yet we've got some exciting things in the pipeline. Stuff like:
- Underlord AI Overhaul
- A New Single-Player campaign with focus on Underlords & Replayability
- More than half a dozen new aspects in the Veins of Evil!
- New Dungeon Themes
- More Map Editor features (Yes including My Pet Dungeon support!)
And that's just what we can talk about, there's a great deal of stuff still under wraps. Just waiting until the day we can release the news and let us assure you that if everything goes according to plan you will find this to be by far the most important update that WFTO has ever received. You don't have to take our word for it though, here are a few teaser concepts to get you salivating for more!
For us all here at Brightrock Games, War for the Overworld has truly a labour of love and we hope that you will consider us for your nomination in "The Labour of Love" category!
If you believe that we are worthy then you can vote for us on our store page (or just grab the game at a huge discount!) Thank you for your support,
– Brightrock Games Team