Lifting the NDA
The last months have been a real rollercoaster ride here at Star Vault, albeit a very positive one. Most of the core features planned for release have been introduced and tested in a controlled manner, and we’ve been extremely eager to see the reception each time. We are now at a point where we feel that although there is still a lot of work to do, it’s time to increase our efforts of marketing the game, and part of this process is the lifting of the NDA.
Mortal Online isn’t easy to market in a very straightforward way. The rules surrounding the game and its design are complex in their nature and sometimes very hard to explain to players with no or little previous experience of concepts such as “full-PvP”, “full-loot”, “sandbox” etc. Therefore we need the help of you, our faithful player-base, to help spread the word and reach places we can’t due to lack of resources and time. The NDA is now lifted so that you can start sharing videos, screenshots, go public with your personal sites full of information (we know they exist ;)), and of course, be able to freely talk about and discuss the game on our own forums as well as all over the web. This phase will end with an open, free-to-play Beta where we hope that as many players as possible will find and decide for Mortal Online.
We have aimed for Q4 and the last features we promised for launch will be there before the end of the year. Mortal Online is a niche game and we feel certain that these features will make for a great start while we continue the development. However, we would be lying if we didn’t admit we want more before official release. More polish, more tweaking, and of course, be able to walk those couple of extra miles that do make a huge difference, especially in an open-ended game where every new option is multiplied and multiplied again.
With this in mind we are approaching release, but the release date is not written in stone. Cynically speaking, the more people interested in and buying the game, the more time we will be able to invest in tweaking, polishing and even add more features before launching it. In turn, each day working on the game before release will mean more players stay thereafter. This will make the launch more stable, and a good economy base would enable us to progress the game even faster.
Beta Forums open for public
We decided to open up the beta forums to the public. If you are a registered member of the Mortal Online Forums you can now read all sections of the beta forums. Please note that only beta testers can post on the forum at this point. We feel that opening up the beta section is a very nice way of letting the public in on what went on behind closed curtains for the last few months, and as you know, honesty about our product is something very important to us.
Mortal Online Machinima Contest - 2009
Show us what you got. Jump into the game, get your mates, make a video and upload it to youtube. Show how you build your house, create an awsome piece of armor, re-enact Braveheart, or explore the wonders of Nave - it doesn't matter. As long as it's cool and will impress our judges.
The contest will run from today November 23rd until noon December 14th (GMT+1). As soon as you've uploaded your video, make a thread in this subforum, post the link and maybe a short description of what you are going to show us. Make sure you also link back to your thread in the video description on youtube.
We've upped the ante. To give you guys another incentive, we've thrown in a brand new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295! So let's see some nice videos guys. We've extended the contest for 2 more weeks so that you have enough time to prepare something awsome and are also able to use everything in the upcomming patch.
Rule of engagement:
* between 3-7 minutes long
* English only
* no nudity or at least blurred/blacked out (meh, youtube... whatcha gonna do)
* no copyrighted music
* you are allowed to dubb (in English)
* make sure you are not breaking youtube's TOS
* no material from the ingame event on Dec. 1st We need that for ourselves. :P
The 3 best videos will be awarded not only with the respect of the developers and the community, but also with these cool prizes. They will also be featured on mortalonline.com.
Note that the Avatars are handcrafted and approved by our 2D God, Lord Hannu himself.
Now go get crazy - it's the Emperor's will!