One of the many reasons to go Live Quietly without too much hoopla is to give the developers time to fix unexpected bugs... A good example of a Bug or an unexpected hitch in the roll out of NEXT Island was the Missing Mobs from the mainland.. In My Role as the CEO of NEVERDIE Studios, I was quite shocked to find no mobs on the mainland... How did this Happen? There are so many layers to the Process of bringing content to the live servers, one of those layers came loose... So what was Live on the Test Server, simply wasn't Live on the Live Server.. Another very key factor to consider at this time is that the new Planet partners are working Remotely from Mindark and are even in different Time Zones, we even celebrate different public holidays... So we cant always address issues or even understand the cause of them as quickly as Mindark was able to do in the past when it controlled Calypso or even as FPC are still able to do... In fact We are breaking new ground with every step of the technical process, working together with Mindark we are creating a pipeline for new content and formulas for working together... There were so many hair raising moments the morning of the launch of Next island, truly it was miraculous that we got as far we did.. Personally i am blown away that it seems so easy to Plop a new world into the Universe and I am so grateful to the Developers at Mindark and NDS who barely slept for 72hrs to make the launch date... Since there were deliberately no official Press releases to Drive new users to NEXT Island it was not the end of the world that starter Quests were withdrawn from the launch at the last minute for safety reasons.. The Quest system although it has been in operation for 9 months or more on the platform, we at NDS a remote partner have only just been able to fully implement our first Quests. The NEXT VU should introduce a few starter Quests and the Spawns to the mainland and address other issues that have arisen. Having said that, that could still change, which is why we are still reluctant to include release notes during VU's at this time Its a little like being a magician and Digging into the Top hat to Pull out a Rabbit and out comes a Porcupine or a Monkey or Hamburger... David Post has provided a Timeline elsewhere regarding the official Launch of NEXT Island.