Hi everyone, we know that we haven't been exactly transparent with our development progress so far, so we wanted to shed some light on our current plans and where we are at right now.
We have decided to split up our development process into several different phases, with each having defined goals that must be achieved before moving forward.
Alpha 1.0 - This is the opening phase in which for the first time, all of you will be able to play the game on our 24/7 running server. Our goal is to gather community impressions and slowly build up the foundation of Ninshu Online to a level we are satisfied with. Simply put, this is a testing phase in which we will gradually be implementing many new systems and mechanics, while also reworking and improving some stuff we already have in the game. It's going to take some time to perfect the game so we are counting on your feedback and support to make Ninshu Online a better experience for everyone!
To see the full list of planned updates, go here (Ninshu-online.com). Once all of these updates are live and working, we will be moving on to our second release phase. An estimated time of development for this phase is 3-6 months.
Alpha 2.0 - This is an official release of the game and the time when the story of Ninshu Online kicks off. Everything from this point on will be saved and you will be able to fully experience the game as it was originally intended. We have prepared many amazing things for this phase, but we don't want to spoil the surprises just yet. While this is still considered an alpha phase, it will be a fully functional one, meaning that all of the core systems will be present. From this point on, our main focus will be on adding more content on top of the already existing foundation. Once we feel comfortable with the state of the game, we will be moving on to our third release phase. An estimated time of development for this phase is 3-6 months.
Beta - This phase will be kicked off with the release of our second playable village, as well as several other things we have planned. This means that there will be a whole other playable nation for you to join. Additionally, we will also be exploring the idea of opening up more servers, including specialized ones. We don't feel comfortable discussing thigs this far in the future so we can't give you an estimate on this one. We will be releasing more info about this phase on a later date.
Full Release - Ninshu Online will be considered fully released once we have all major nations and villages playable, with sufficient world content for all types of players.
While these estimates may sound long, please understand that there is only a handful of us working on the game. There is only so much we can do with such a small team, but know that we are doing our best nonetheless.
As for the current state of development, we are happy to announce that we are preparing to launch our first Alpha release in the next few days. It is a proof of concept build that we have been working on for a long time. We want to showcase our current progress and give you a peek of what's to come in the future. We really hope you will enjoy what we have prepared for you so far. Keep an eye out on the
Ninshu Online Team