Notorious Games, the devleopers behind the post-apocalyptic sandbox Xsyon, have announced their plans for the coming weeks leading up to the game's scheduled April 15th launch in a post made to the Xsyon official forums.
Their plans for the game are pretty meticulous and we have to commend the developers for being realistic about their own capacities and planning accordingly. The game will only be open to basically as many players as they can handle, and if that means they have to stop selling the game until they are confident they can support more players, well then, that's what they'll do:
If at any point we are getting too many players rushing to order, we will stop taking orders and limit the number of new players per month. Our goal is not to have an influx of 10,000 players, but to let the community grow slowly over the summer. What are the numbers we are looking for? I'm guessing about 500 before April 15th, building slowly to around 5000 active players by the end of summer.
If the game feels empty at any point, we let in more players. We will see how it goes, but I want you all to understand that this will be a controlled launch designed to create a solid and fun community. We can and will adjust to make sure that the first players can build a solid foundation and not be overrun with players from the start. If we need to stop letting in players while we balance the game for the current players to enjoy, we will. In other words, our focus is the game and the community, not trying to get as many player as quickly as possible.
The team will also allow some of the pre-order customers into the game for an early peek beginning tomorrow.
View the full announcement here.
[Thanks rlmccoy1987 for the tip!]