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Devblog: January 2017

Greetings!

After a brief Christmas break, the Wurm team is back in the saddle for another big year of Wurm, but first, let’s touch on the late 1.3 update.

1.3 Delays

1.3 was released to Wurm Online on the 22nd of November, and we entered a phase of bug fixes and tweaks over the next month or so, with a scheduled release close to Christmas for Wurm Unlimited. The problem we encountered was that the scale of the changes to databases and other systems were quite large, and took much more time than anticipated to adapt to Wurm Unlimited. We’re also future-proofing the system as to avoid any potential further issues with future major updates to database systems.

Ontop of that, we’ve had a few fairly major bugs occur from 1.3 that we must address prior to it coming to WU. The effects of these bugs are kept in check by our development team having direct access to the database to make changes and correct issues that arise leading to a short turnaround for any players affected, but releasing this to Wurm unlimited would be irresponsible at best, and disastrous at worst.

I know you’re all champing at the bit for a taste of what is to come, 1.3 is a huge update with a whole ton of new features and items that all rely on each other. This means we can’t split the update into several releases, as they all rely on major changes that cannot be seperated.

We know it is frustrating to have the update delayed and we share your disappointment in not having it out already, but we can assure you that we are working extremely hard on this and will have a beta up as soon as the major roadblock issues have been addressed.

Other works

With that said, there’s a fair bit that is also in the works for 2017, of course the new client renderer is undergoing the final bugfixing phase with the few remaining major bugs being addressed prior to the release of that for WU and making it the stable client in WO but that’s not all.

Those of you who follow the Wurm forums will already know that a major update for 2017 will focus on an overhall of the user interface, bringing it up to a more modern look and much more functionality which has been a major issue for those who have been trying out the game. We’re also looking at improving the server launcher UI to make getting into the game much easier and intuitive.

That’s not all though! We’re also in the process of identifying other areas we can work on based on feedback and reviews, and will be sharing some of that as the weeks go on, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for that, and as always, keep on Wurming!
Retrograde & the Wurm team.

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