Teaser - So, what's left?

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Rob
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July 09, 2012, 11:34:11 PM

Image So, what’s left? Image

I was wandering through the world of Erasan earlier today, and I asked myself the question: what’s actually left to do?! Because in this world I can now walk, talk, sit, fight, trade, gain levels and skills, cast spells, complete quests, and almost get killed by a group of maggots which have 'mysteriously' discovered the secrets of fire magic.

Although we’ve given you a to-do list, we’ve kept you mostly in the dark about our exact progress. But take a seat at the bar, and I'll explain exactly what is left to do.
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Programming department
The internal alpha test has seen some amazing progress thanks to hard work from both Robbert and Tobias. The most recently completed server feature was a group/party system. In terms of what’s left on the server side there are only a few more features which need to be completed, most notably: item effects on a character (meaning potions, eating food, etc.), improved monster/boss AI and the guardian admin interface. But those features aside, server focus from now on is mainly going to be bug fixing and content (meaning creature/item stats, spells, damage formulae and a hell of a lot of balancing). Balancing will be an ongoing thing, of course. But we hope to be able to straighten out any major problems during the ongoing alpha and future beta test server. The client is also nearing completion with just a few features left, most importantly: private messaging and improving the spellbook.

Graphics department
As you can see from the to-do list, the remaining material for graphics is in environment, buildings and items/equipment. The environment and buildings part are also graphics required to map the final area which will be accessible at release. The remaining 5% in items/equipment is mainly quest items and a few extra armours which are necessary for balancing.

Writing department
As in the to-do list, our NPCs are almost all done, and the final 5% on the to-do list is largely error checking. On top of that there are a few more NPCs being added which are required for certain quests. There will also be some small adjustments to NPC conversations to make NPCs more ‘human’ and generally easier to interact with; but that isn’t actually required for release, and so will be left until later. Similarly, the final 5% in books is really just spelling and grammar checking. As I've said before: quests are the only area where I feel that the writing department is behind. But we're working on that.

As far as the map is looking, with the few new graphics that are required the last 5% will take about a month, plus time to fix map bugs. Fully implementing the transparent water that you might have seen in a teaser a little while ago will also take a bit of time on top of that. But still, I think you'll agree that it’s a price worth paying.

So, just one question...
How much are you looking forward to playing Phobos in 2012?


Yours,
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virato
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July 09, 2012, 11:43:11 PM

SO MUUUUCHHHHH
Congratulations!!!
Phobos finally is near
GO GO TS
Zithin
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July 09, 2012, 11:56:44 PM

Woo! Awesome work guys!
Cant wait to play!!! xD
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July 10, 2012, 12:07:55 AM

I need play 8)
i waiting many time! *.*
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July 10, 2012, 12:26:41 AM

Wow, it's great to see so much progress, an finally light at the end of the tunnel :P
Keep the great work coming, it would be awesome to play this year and I'm sure it would be worth the wait all these years!
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July 10, 2012, 01:19:03 AM

FINALLY!
It's almost there *-*
After all this years o/ o/ o/
hopy
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July 10, 2012, 01:25:58 AM

Woot finally! It's just too bad that since phobos was initially announced I have graduated high school, college, and got a real job. Hopefully i'll be able to find time to play enough where I can actually enjoy the game
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July 10, 2012, 02:51:54 AM

That's nice! It is cool you are being transparent and showing us what is going on...
So, 2012 is for sure the year! :D
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July 10, 2012, 04:19:18 AM

Lovely pic, even being so simple. :oops:

Excellent teaser as well... although I'm afraid I won't have time to play when the game comes out.
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July 10, 2012, 09:38:02 AM

Let's make ends meet and finally run this baby!
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July 10, 2012, 10:31:42 AM

really awesome! :)i'd rather wait a bit more for a complete game!
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July 10, 2012, 11:09:27 AM

Count on me. :D
I knew you were hidding something, you liars!
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Dark Cyber
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July 10, 2012, 04:21:08 PM

NICE! :D
Now make a Teaser about the monsters or outfits (curiosity is killing me :P )
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July 10, 2012, 07:24:29 PM

:newsletter: Teasers!
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July 10, 2012, 10:33:12 PM

Hopefully this game will live up to all of our expectations!
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