AURO Beta Round 4!
We just sent out a build for the “12.19” iOS version of AURO. We also sent out an Android one the other day. That means we officially started AURO Beta phase 3. We’ve been in a deep, dark hole – or at least the programmers have – trying to get serialization in order. That’s mostly behind us now, enough so that the game can be back in testers hands and functioning. Right now, we’re in a bug-fixing phase, so we’d love our testers to come and report bugs over at the Dinofarm Forums. After that, we’ll get started on Match Mode, and then on several other smaller features, a bunch of polish, and then – we’re basically done! Who knew that a game could only take 2 years and 4 months to complete (or 2 years and 9 months, for me, as I started on the game even earlier!)?
Anyway, the point is, we’re moving forward. Things definitely slowed down a bit over the last few months between the serialization madness and my working on Empire. Empire‘s mostly done now, one more really big patch to go (for awhile – I hope we can continue to support it after that too, but it’s not totally my call – let Crazy Monkey Studios know if you want more updates!) So it’s mostly smooth sailing from here. We estimate that the game will take between 3 and 4 more months to complete, but that’s a conservative estimate. Between Mike and our new programmer Oren, things are moving forward really consistently.
The state of the beta, so to speak, would be that the game’s gameplay is really strong. I’d be happy with this gameplay on release, but what’s missing is strong metagame to go with it. Trials is this toy-like sort of “get a high-ass score, a really seriously high score ok!?” We need some concrete goals, and I wrote about that a bit last month. Also Story Mode has some issues still, and Match Mode’s online stuff is barely even begun on.
Also, a somewhat sad bit of news, we won’t be supporting the flash beta of AURO on the site anymore, at least not for the foreseeable future. Sorry Flash testers! Hopefully you all have either an iOS or Android device though!
I’ll have a really great new painting to show you from Blake soon, as well as some new music and other fun stuff. Stay tuned! And as always, come join us on the forums and the chatroom!