Dear HWS Community,
I have an important announcement to make that has big impact on HWS EU and HWS NA.
After 5 years running them, I reached a point where I have to make a cut.
There won’t be a HWS 15 anymore.
The last years it was my workflow to merge Vanilla stuff into HWS and recently even RE stuff.
Combined with other bad decisions HWS EU/NA became a chaotic Scenario to not only maintain but especially to play.
And this mess is well received by me and I honestly can’t take it anymore.
HWS Plus // HWS+
That is the reason why I will re-invent HWS EU / NA. That is the reason why I will call it HWS Plus or just HWS+. With that step there won’t be a continuation of our tradition to follow Eleon’s Patch series anymore. (Patch 1.3 = HWS 13, Patch 1.4 = HWS 14 etc.)
With HWS+ we start a complete new Era. I’m not sure to call it then v1, v2, v3. If my whole plan works out it will be a version-less seasonal progression system with rather Add-ons I just add after each season.
What makes HWS+ different?
Another mistake from me was to make promises I couldn’t keep because time and pressure was in my back.
So I don’t want to make the same mistake again and can only tell you that I went back to the drawing board and will deliver a new, better Empyrion MP HWS experience again with tons of new resources, items, new trading system and a new galactic progression system.
All of this leads to the main issue. Time.
Because I want to fully concentrate on HWS+ and don’t want to disappoint anyone’s expectations that the next season on 24th March would be any different - in general to keep going with this mess - and have new content, I have to postpone the next full-wipe to an unknown date. To a date, when HWS+ is ready, which I’m not sure yet when this will be.
Luckily my plan with HWS RE worked out and I see most of you enjoy it anyways already.
It gives me the time and support I need to continue on HWS+.
It’s honestly a tough decision, mental and physically - reworking a 5 year old fundament.
But I really feel that this is the right decision and with full dedication a way better HWS will emerge.
Q: When is the next full wipe?
A: Unknown. It’s not on 24th March at least. It’s when HWS+ will be ready.
Be sure we work 24-7 on the new HWS+ Scenario for you. As soon as I have a Trailer / Teaser ready I will release it. As soon as I have a date, I’ll inform you way ahead.
Q: Will you wipe my OCD?
A: No. Because with my special idea it is not necessary - everyone will start kind of “new” nevertheless
Q: What about my EU/NA Supporter Playfields, do they run out on 24th March?
A: No. They will just keep running until the full wipe and has to renewed once HWS+ starts.
Q: What about the promised Events?
A: Honestly I feel demotivated spending time on EU/NA, cause so few players are playing there. But I will add a reworked version of the Deathmatch Events and see how it goes. If it’s played actively I’ll add more events, so you have something to play until HWS+ is ready.
Be sure though that Events are part of HWS+.
Q: What is this all about? EU & NA are fine, no?
A: On the surface it is still a superior Scenario with game elements added you won’t find anywhere. But over the years too much got added without considering proper balance. The Story, the POIs, the Missions. All are not up-to-date anymore and can be improved way better. It’s especially about getting rid of non-HWS stuff in the Scenario (i.e. Vanilla). HWS+ has the goal to have every single POI, every planet, every NPC, every item touched and customized for HWS.
Q: What about PvP and PvE?
A: HWS+ will be still a PvPvE server and with all the last 5 years knowledge I want to give it a proper try to merge them, making especially PvP worthwhile to stay in. With the new resources there will be a new way to revive it properly this time.
Q: This sounds to me like a Kickstarter Project?
A: I know many do this kind of thing and considering how ambitious this project will be, it will be costly. But I would just appreciate if you could support us on Patreon, so while EU&NA are “empty”, we can continue working on a better game for you in the background.
Q: So what about EU/NA/RE?
A: It’s not a merge in any form. HWS+ just means a complete remake of the current EU/NA Scenario. So in the end there will be still
I’m quite serious about HWS+ and it never happened in that scale.
I won’t delete everything and start from scratch, I’ll keep the best things but Veterans will experience a new HWS for sure and new players will get a better impression.
With all that said there is only one thing left: please have patience. I would really appreciate it and try my very best that it will be worth it.
All the best.
Your HWS Team