Fresh from AW techforum just to keep you informend Hello dear players! It has been quiet these last few months, but we are still here with you. We are entering the phase of closed testing of the Alpha 9.9 patch. This is a major rewrite of the whole inventory and storage system, more than 70% of the whole game code/logic has been re-done, and we're running a new database on new powerful servers. This is why it took so long. But it's worth it. Another reason of development "slowdown" (hey, it's only looking like slowdown!) is because most of our team is working on AfterWorld Survival, and only selected developers are still with Alpha 9.9. The new inventory routine brings a lot of benefits to us (easier management of the database and game itself) and to you (more functionality with greater performance). No more slowdowns while opening storage and crafting. This new inventory is developed in a such way that it is compatible with Alpha and Survival at the same time. The first time you open the storage you will still need to wait for some time (still goes quicker than with the previous version), but next time you access the storage (via storage or craft terminal) it will open within a few seconds. And of course, Alpha 9.9 will include a lot of bugfixes and useful additions here and there. Here are some screenshots of Alpha 9.9: Reduced: 62% of original size [ 1024 x 768 ] - Click to view full image As you may have noticed on the screenshots, we have implemented support for exporting data from inventories and storages. Here are examples of exported XML files for those of you who plan to use this feature: Private_inventory_Inventory_20100531.xml ( 12.58K ) Number of downloads: 57 Private_storage_Sar_UG_20100531.xml ( 7.29K ) Number of downloads: 37 Weight implementation is coming together with this update, but the actual limitation will be enabled further down the road so everyone will have a chance to clean up inventory. Due to the major rework of the game we need to do heavy and detailed testing. Over the next two weeks selected players will receive an email from support with instructions on how to join testing of Alpha 9.9. P.S. News on the AfterWorld Survival is coming later as soon as our design team decides to share their work with everyone.