Dear HWS Community,
many asked about the 5th August and so I will invest some hours in writing this announcement for you.
But first things first: our Ritual!
HWS will full wipe all Servers on 5th August
Full Wipe Notices
Technically, a full wipe is only required to get all the new Space Stuff, POIs, etc. in. It is not the reason we will full wipe.
The main reason is for us to rework our Galaxy, to implement all lessons we learned with that DB and Galaxy drama the recent 1+ month.
With high hopes I think we are then fully prepared for the “” full release “” or whatever the name will be of Empyrion.
With a short season there comes also shorter runtimes of some bought packages.
- to let you keep the Keep EGS Recycle Level
- everything else will fall under the regular Season Reset wipe respectively 90 days for Planets/Spaces continue to run until the end.
This is a bigger topic with some background history.
First of all: no, we won’t wipe your whole OCD! But.
The intention of the OCD is to keep your items from one season to the next season. This was the original idea and reason it was born.
Everything else that made the OCD powerful are additions. For example pull/put in PvP, hoarding progress, categories, etc.
All those additions are great of course but subject to change at any time.
Even the wipe of the OCD could happen but for that I need more time to think about. I will never just wipe the OCD because I can. IF I wipe it, then in favor of a rework, big rebalancement + rework etc.
The point is: some players totally deserve a OCD wipe, because they duped, exploited or whatever to hug their greed. Unfortunately it happened years before and I can’t proof it anymore, but there are such players for sure.
Why they deserve it? Because, as already happened, they spam their illegale stuff to the Market or gifting it other players, ruining their fun by spoiling them, making everything faster boring etc.
This is what I hate the most and if I catch such players, they will lose their OCD instant and / or getting banned.
So for now, we are in a very tricky situation overall.
On the one hand Empyrion makes a “” full release “” or whatever. It is labeled 1.0 which will attract probably a lot of players. With that we have the first conflict:
Are we calling the next season HWS 13 or HWS 1.0?
HWS 1.0 -> it would reduce confusion, we are aligned with Eleon updates again.
BUT who knows when the next update will come? HWS for sure keep the 3 month seasons.
And if new players are coming, expecting a fresh 1.0 server, they will quickly realize that we have players sitting around for 4+ years and 6000+ hours already. It feels fake, like the whole release.
HWS 13 -> we keep counting our own seasons as before. It might be meh for new players to join an “old bread” but well, it means longevity on the other hand too.
Apart from that I think after the 5th August we will do our own thing. If we are ready for a 1.0, we make it whenever with rebalancements or whatever included.
And because we are not ready, because time rushes me again, I won’t wipe your OCDs. I can’t make everything perfect as I wish I could.
HWS 13 will be mainly a solid foundation and beginning of something much much bigger, no matter what Eleon is cooking.
Let me finish it by saying OCD and everything “persistent” should also reward You, by going with us through thick times, difficult times!
OCD Category Shifts and Limit Enforcements
To prepare for the future we have to start to look at the big picture of the OCD though.
The 1 year+ old change about the Ultra Epic Category will finally be enforced.
Note: Some other items will be moved from the Common Category to Epic or Rare. Those limit changes will be also enforced. Splitting them to other slots won’t lose you anything.
But some items were not updated for long either.
Please check this Screenshot out for changes. It’s mostly about high end components getting categorized and not sitting in the Common as “Rest”. They are too valuable for that.
Especially Teleporters moving up to Epic.
If you don’t know what it means when items get a Category please check out the Table and their proper limits:
Quick Example: If you have 100 Epic Sniper in one OCD slot, make sure to split them to 10 slots a 10 (you lose nothing). Otherwise you will lose 90.
One of the biggest change will be the Galaxy. I can proudly say that I tried everything I could.
From 10 000 Stars, to 7 000 Stars, to 4 000 Stars, to a dynamic Big Bang growing System, injecting playfields in Database and corrupt Databases anyways.
It was “good”. Only if you know your limits you can achieve healthy perfectionism.
HWS 13 will be the beginning of that path. From 10k, 7k, 4k we are going down to our Core 13 Stars and add on top of that “Random” 7 additional Stars. (who guessed my love to the 7?). 20 Stars in total.
Those 7 Stars will have the focus of PvE. Only because it’s 7 Stars does not mean 7 planets though. Those will contain bunch of new, interesting planets and spaces you can discover.
Going with quality over quantity this time.
Maybe one day Eleon will improve thousands of Stars for Empyrion in Multiplayer. Until then it is not worth the disconnects, glitches, problems, corrupt databases and boring quantity for HWS.
Furthermore we still keep the mechanic of the Big Bang and will add every Friday one of those 7 Stars. They are the Home Stars for the HWS Fragments, which will be completely reworked. While finding them will not be the focus anymore, it will be much more a progression system throughout a season to gather them.
Competitive PvP on the other hand will get pushed even more in the center with more benefits and events.
Last but not least let me Teaser the beginning of something very big:
I hope I could make you excited once again for a new season and a lot of work put into it.
HWS 12 was the most difficult season for me in the 4+ years I’m running this server.
We tried non stop to rescue what we could but in the end we are thankful for the experience, for improving Empyrion as its whole by our “tests” and that you sticked with us through this.
It means a lot for me, I appreciate your feedback and support!
Your HWS Team