Entropia News: State-of-the-Universe-Address-2015

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  1. State of the Universe Address 2015

    Greetings Entropians,

    First of all, everyone here at MindArk would like to extend thanks for your participation and support of Entropia Universe throughout the past year. Our plans for 2015, outlined below, have been designed to provide an increasingly exciting and rewarding real-cash economy gaming experience for you. But first I’d like to briefly review some of the improvements to Entropia Universe that were accomplished in 2014.

    2014 Highlights
    Social Interface Redesign
    Early in the year the chat and messaging interfaces were completely redesigned to improve communication and encourage enhanced social interaction between participants. New features included offline messaging, custom chat channels, avatar profiles, and much more. Subsequent version updates refined the new interface and provided additional features.

    Infrastructure & Performance
    Ongoing improvements were made to the Entropia Universe platform infrastructure, including hardware and software upgrades and enhanced development tools. Starting late in 2014 and continuing early this year, our development team conducted several stress tests in order to profile performance and identify areas for improvement. Valuable data was gathered from those tests, which will help to improve client and server performance moving forward in 2015.

    New Player Experience
    Ongoing improvements to the New Player Experience were implemented with every Version Update and partner release during 2014. These efforts will continue to be a top priority during 2015 in order to maximize the marketing efforts of MindArk and the planet partners.

    MindArk implemented a web-based shop available on EntropiaUniverse.com where participants are able to purchase various items and consumables, including special Starter Packs ideally designed for new participants.

    Creature Control System
    A fun new feature allowing avatars to assume the form of various creatures was implemented in the form of Creature Control Capsules. This system is also available to planet partners to help enhance storyline events with controllable creatures and NPCs. Capsules for additional creatures will continue to be added in future Version Updates.

    The long awaited return of the taming system was unveiled last fall, sporting new features along
    with former functionality. Stable estates were also auctioned during 2014, and will soon provide services and enhancements for pets.

    With the closing of MindArk’s office in Mexico during 2014, support operations were relocated back to the Gothenburg headquarters. This change has resulted in a better overall support experience for our customers, with faster response times and much improved support ticket satisfaction ratings.

    PVP Improvements
    Several improvements to PVP interaction were implemented in 2014, including the disabling of auto-arget functionality in PVP areas. Additional tweaks and improvements are planned for mid-2015.

    2015 Roadmap
    The second stage of the Taming system will be implemented in the upcoming Version Update.
    Pets will gain passive buffs that can be unlocked at various levels of experience. Stables will gain the ability to offer several new time-limited pet buffs as well. Additional functionality will be added to the Taming system in Version Updates throughout 2015, some of which will be coordinated with the ComPet application.

    ComPet Application
    Work is progressing well on the design phase of ComPet, which is currently planned for release in Q4 of 2015. The ComPet website will be launched within the next two weeks and will provide ongoing updates and info on the ComPet project.

    Citizenship & Housing System
    Development of these systems was unfortunately delayed in 2014 due to the critical infrastructure upgrades taking quite a bit more development time than anticipated, along with several other projects receiving higher priority in the second half of 2014 and early 2015. The housing system will be implemented incrementally, starting in mid-2015.

    In order to improve the quality and quantity of space content, we are working on several new features and systems. Those new features will be developed and released incrementally during 2015 and into 2016. The first stage of the Galactic Transport system will likely be included in the Version Update currently planned for June, and will offer transport missions with rewards drawn from the Galactic Transport pool that is funded by auction transfer fees.

    To create the potential for more exciting and rewarding PVP activity in space, there are plans to refine the balancing of spaceships and spaceship weaponry in order. Along with that rebalancing, additional PVE space content is planned for Q3/Q4 2015.

    New Player Experience
    As we have done for the past couple of years, MindArk and the planet partners intend to continually improve the experience for new participants, in hopes of better engaging our customers and thereby improving conversion and retention rates and maximizing our marketing efforts.

    EU Client
    The effort to overhaul and modernize the various user interfaces of the Entropia Universe client will continue in 2015. This is an ongoing project with the goal of unifying and streamlining the many existing user interface elements to improve usability and aesthetics.

    Affiliate System
    Work is moving forward on the affiliate program mentioned in the State of the Universe Address 2014, though the expected release date has been revised to 2015 due to integration requirements with other planned projects.

    MindArk plans to continue to expand and refine its marketing efforts in 2015 in order to maximize the number of new participants joining Entropia Universe. As outlined above, our marketing efforts in 2014 were very promising and we plan to become even more aggressive in 2015.

    Entropia Platform Third-Party Partners
    Companies and organisations around the world now have the opportunity to leverage the Entropia Platform for marketing, promotion, production assistance and training.

    MindArk is already working closely with several parties that plan to launch services during 2015 that will harness the power and flexibility of the Entropia Universe platform. Details of one of those projects will be announced within the next couple of months. Stay tuned!

    Planet Partners
    Planet Toulan
    MindArk was excited to bring its newest planet online early last year. Though still in its beta release, Planet Toulan promises to bring exposure of Entropia Universe to a previously untapped sector of the online gaming audience and add a unique Arabian theme to the existing planet partner roster. Full release of Planet Toulan is expected mid-2015.

    Planet Cyrene
    The long-awaited full launch of Planet Cyrene is planned for 2015.

    Planet Arkadia
    Planet Arkadia did a wonderful job with its content development, marketing, and event management efforts during 2014, and plans to carry that momentum forward into 2015.

    Rocktropia will continue its efforts of implementing popular brands into its content, building on its success with King Kong and other Universal Studios properties.

    I hope that all of you are looking forward to the exciting releases coming up in 2015 and that our planned developments help you to enjoy Entropia Universe more than ever before. We at MindArk are committed to continually improving the content, quality and capacity of Entropia Universe in order to offer as enjoyable and exciting a Virtual Real Cash economy experience as possible.

    Best regards,

    Klas Moreau
    CEO MindArk PE AB


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  2. Wistrel

    Wistrel Kick Ass Elf

    He DOES work for MindArk right? I'm fairly certain I could have written a more detailed "state of the universe" than that with a little creativity based on previous info.
  3. sissi

    sissi sissi

    Welcome to the Church of Mindark, now recite me this slow, monotonous and bland litany.
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  4. lol.....just...lol
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  5. The "Announcements about announcements standard". See you in Q4/2015. lol

    Even more aggressive marketing to get more players ? How would that look like ? :poke:


    political copy paste.jpg
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  6. Nor Alien

    Nor Alien Wisker Fish

    Hmm looks like a good post to me..... Although I still see the dress as light blue and goldish brown! :sneaky:
  7. Wistrel

    Wistrel Kick Ass Elf

    JESUS That really IS a copy and paste.... !!! I didn't think it could happen after all these years but Mindark again surprised me by sinking even lower than I thought possible. This really smacks of "hey shouldn't we say something about the landarea/deeds thing? oh... uh... yeh just copy and paste what I you wrote the year before last". Man the fuck up Mindark and tell the truth for once. If there is lack of developers, SAY there is a lack of developers, if the project has been ditched, SAY the project has been ditched and offer a 1000ped buy back on CLD's for anyone who wants it.

    I guarantee no one will take them up on that offer anyhow. It doesn't even irk me that they never did the land system because I never believed for a minute they would anyway. The original post smacked so much of "MA'optimism" (Mao'ism?) it was transparent as glass that they were dreaming bigger than they had resources for again.

    TBH if Mindark announced tomorrow they were struggling, and there would be no updates for a year or something I'd celebrate the honesty and communication. No body minds an underdog so long as the dog doesn't keep telling everyone it won crufts.

  8. Wistrel

    Wistrel Kick Ass Elf

    I found it changed colours twice during the same day
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  9. MindStar9

    MindStar9 Floating in Space

  10. Nothing against Klas, but since the year 2000 different ppl try to explain the great effects of the RCE factor in this...game.

    15 years and evertime the interviewers go like "What the fuck, how does this work, I wouldnt do that, but nice someone made it".

    Klas goal, when 1st connected to MindArk, was to double the amount of the accounts.

    15 years. To be honest, MA does not want ads, thats why they dont do ads. They want a sloooOOOooOOOOw but steady growth and their investors are ok with that right now. (Bridge Limited LLC, akoz/qetesh and his investorfriends etc.)

    This way it will never ever kick off like WOW or 2nd life back then. 1 mio. concurrent users...MA does not want that. They cant even handle it.They dont need it !

    15 years and all this repetitive bullshit on PCF about "new user explosion"...jesus christ. haha. *sigh*
  11. Nor Alien

    Nor Alien Wisker Fish

  12. As long as they add more taming stuff, i'm happy. couldn't care less of about housing...not like there won't be 10 people with 100 houses
  13. My favorite part of the forums is where people get wrapped up in the minutia of the part of the game they like and ignore everthing else going on around them.....like none of the rest matters at all...
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  14. Wistrel

    Wistrel Kick Ass Elf

    Yes I saw that too. I guess asian news is just catching up.
  15. MitchyMoo

    MitchyMoo Captain

    Hmmmmmm - not a fan of the announcing the announcements strategy lol. For me, I just don't appreciate the uncertainty of a lot of this stuff. I've got CLDs, not many, but enough to constitute a significant investment. I want to know what is going to happen to this investment - what are these going to be used for?! I just worry that they will make them all worthless overnight.
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  16. State of the Universe 2013 :
    ...we will be contacting CLD holders with a survey early in the year to get their input.

    Noone got the survey in early 2013.

    We got early 2015 now.

    Im sure MA will contact CLD holders...soon. xD
    Then we all can decide about the problematics of housing/political/voting/land manage...*yawn*
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