To say that Crowfall had an eventful year would be an understatement. Not only did the game come out of Early Access and finally launched after several years of development following a successful Kickstarter campaign, but it changed funding model, diversified PVP options and, late in the year, was sold to Monumental.
In the Founder’s Update, Gordon Walton takes us through the year, including what the team at Artcraft added, delivered on, and accomplished. Some of the highlights include work on campaigns this fall adding various improvements and quality of life changes, and the new player experience enhancements, adding the free trial, and diversified PVP options.
At the beginning of the year, many were wondering if Crowfall would hit its launch mark this year. While the game was officially released this July, the response varied and ultimately server populations did too, which impacted the availability of sieges and PVP gameplay options for those who were regularly logging in.
In response to this, Artcraft announced new player experiences for November with the introduction of archetype characters that let new players simply choose a ready-made level 25 character and just jump into the fray. They also added smaller PVP options that would also work when servers were populated by players in different time zones. This includes the addition of cross-region campaigns and scheduling of sieges in different time zones. The accompanying new player experience provided new quest and mechanics that could prepare players to engage with what awaits them in the Crowfall experience. Additions like a customizable chat system, improved maps, and UI improvements contributed to simplifying access.
Overall, Walton's end of the year letter is optimistic about what's coming. Looking ahead at 2022 and reflecting upon the recent acquisition by Monumental means that they'll be able to expand the team soon and update their roadmap. Some of this means to continue to make the game easier to navigate and have a variety of solid PvP options for all group sizes and player locations.
Read the full letter over at Crowfall.