Hello HWS Community,
as always, the last 3 days before an “official” full wipe, are the times where I almost don’t sleep and realize in panic* how much I wanted to include but time pressure ruining it.
The thing is: for HWS 14 I want to make something really special. A new game mechanic which impact so many aspects. Early game, mid game, late game.
*Especially since more content came into Patch 1.3 last minute, I really want to include, at least partially.
But also polishing the Economy system, the HWS Config (sorry, still a work in progress here) and the new Universe needs more time.
That is why I have to announce that on Tuesday, we will patch to 1.3 (if it’s coming), but the HWS 14 season will go live, once I’m satisfied to release it.
I know this will cause some rolling eyes again but especially the events happened with Alpha 12 and then HWS 13 showed me, that almost everyone from you request a polished Season, which I try my best to deliver.
So yes, I know the circumstances around Christmas and playing with friends together, trust me, I would love to do the same but I keep working hard to finish everything before Christmas.
What does this mean now?
First and important, please have patience. I need more time to make your experience the best I can.
Second, I try to finish before Christmas of course but can’t say when exactly. You should be ready for the full wipe latest on Tuesday but you can expect a 24 hour pre-info of course, when it’s happening.
Another reason why I need more time is also showing you in more detail what is coming. I think it is very important for you to see a bigger picture of the content than just diving into the season and discover it for yourself.
So we want to make a video and more Guides about it. It all needs more time for a better season.
What is coming?
However to not let you completely in the dark I will share at least some hot bullet points as I did in the past:
The first and only living dynamic universe you won’t find anywhere else! Depending on YOU, on your actions throughout your gameplay, together as a whole Community, the Universe will grow or not. And the more it grows, the more Quests, Story and Treasures are to be found!
It also means that if the Community as a whole does not want all of that additional stuff, they don’t have to go for it. But IF they do, they unlock the content of max. 700 Stars. (Right now we have 20).
The focus is strongly on PvPvE than ever. PvE get totally what they are looking for with a lot of additional content. PvP on the other hand, with careful placed resource distribution and gameplay, 100% regular hotspots.
New Story! Pirate Origin will be renamed to Outcast Origin
A new starting experience with a dedicated Tutorial, a dedicated Story or a dedicated Survival start waiting for you. No frustration for new players anymore and for everyone the right fit.
Many reworked Planets, e.g. Zion, Homeworld, …
Many new / reworked Quests (PDA, Dialogues, POIs)
Some new / reworked Stargate Missions
New Patreon / Supporter content! Ingame Skins for Patrons? Patron Quests? You want your Logo as image on your structure? You want your recruiting video on a special wall? With modding, images and .mp4 videos can be imported and watched ingame now! (everything controlled and authorized by me)
New PvP Token System. Getting PvP Kills might be fun but why only for flexing? Collect PvP Tokens and convert them into PvP dedicated special loot / reward!
New Player Skill System! With all the above in mind you can get unique and game changing Skills. Increasing the Damage of your Weapons (Hand and Ships). Increasing Warp Drive Rang (LY), Reload time etc.
New HWS Talent System! Depending on your Origin you get unique Talents like Time Manipulation Talent (Freelancer), Diplomat Talent (Federation), Threat Talent (Outcast) and many more…
New Queued Based Event System! Create a “lobby”, wait for people to fill in and start your Event whenever you want. No more frequent Event spams, nobody is doing anyways.
Many new items, many new Blocks! With Patch 1.3 the fun just have started and modding is boosted…
Commodity Trading with all the above in mind
Balancement (PvP) of many things …
I hope that little update of what is coming got you excited… from my side I can at least say, that I want to play on HWS (14) myself after a very long time and see how to improve all the old and new(!) things even better, first hand. I also plan to add regular content more often, because I can now (modding just have opened up and mind is blowing already).
But, again, except from thankful help from Jascha and Ju, most of all of that I’m doing alone and due pressure and high expectations at myself, I am sometimes down for many days and not productive. It’s always an up and down, you know…
Anyways, I hope you can wait a little longer for way more fun!
Thank you for reading, playing on HWS and supporting my crazy ideas even financially! This motivates me a lot!
Your HWS Team