By Antonela Pounder @AnimatedAnt (Community Manager – 505 Games)
Can you believe it’s almost been 6 months since we launched Portal Knights into Early Access?
No, neither can we!
It’s crazy to think how far we’ve come since we launched on Steam back in February. The Portal Knights you first downloaded back then is very different Portal Knights to the one you’re playing now… And we’re still pushing on! The progress we’ve made so far couldn’t have been achieved without the hard work of our development team and YOUR contribution! Our community means so much to us and your feedback is invaluable. At the end of the day we want you to love Portal Knights, which is why our doors are always open to community thoughts and suggestions. You know, we could just follow our own roadmap and dismiss any player feedback that comes our way, but in this day and age that just doesn’t work with Early Access titles.
We’re in this for the long haul and we hope you continue to stick with us. Your support really does mean everything to the team and when we do eventually leave Early Access, we’ll be proud to say we did this WITH our community! The road ahead is long and there’s still lots to do, but we’re working on it — You guys are so worth it! 😉
UPDATE V 0.5.0
Last week, we launched our latest major update, with v 0.5.0. This update saw the introduction of a bunch of community features, including larger islands, text and voice chat, vanity items and much, much more! Speaking of larger islands… On the day we made the announcement to the community, we were filled with excitement. Community Managers get ridiculously giddy over moments like this, because they know how much it’s going to mean to the fans. The response to the announcement was just fantastic… Thank you for your passion and enthusiasm, it means so, so much to us! We know these are features have been requested for a while now and our development team have been working flat out to bring them to game. The larger islands in particular have been a massive challenge, but we appreciate your patience in allowing us to work behind the scenes to get them ready. We really hope you are enjoying them as much as we are!
Now of course, we know that when a major update comes along there’s a chance bugs might creep in. Since launching v 0.5.0, our development team have been doing everything they can to iron out these issues. We’ve since gone on to release 2 hotfixes (v 0.5.1 & v 0.5.2) which should eliminate many of the problems our community have been experiencing. We know as gamers ourselves how frustrating it is when there are issues, but you guys have been brilliant! Hopefully, we’ve got rid of out most of the issues now, but if you’re still having trouble, please let us know! You can report new issues here…
As with all our updates, we’re trying to fill them with as much content as we can! On reflection, do you think we’re doing enough? Do you like what we do across our community channels in the run up to a launch? Or do you think we need to do more? Well, now’s your opportunity to tell us! Yesterday, we launched a Community Feedback survey based around our latest update and we’d love you guys to give us your thoughts. This is something we now want to do after every update and we’re encouraging all our players to take part. If you’re interested in giving us your feedback, click the link below…
We LOVE reading your Tweets, Facebook comments, forum discussions, YouTube comments, etc… Another thing we also LOVE to do is look through our community screenshots! Our players are so creative and we can’t wait to see what you’re going to do with the larger worlds. We’ve already seen some crazy builds, but we want to see more! If you have a construction that you’d love us to see, show us! Just head over to any of our Official social channels and send your screenshots our way. We’re super excited to see what you come up with. 😉
So, what’s next in the PK pipeline? Well, for now, we’re going to keep that answer under wraps! (We don’t want to give everything away too soon!) Let’s just say we think you’re are going to LOVE what our dev team are up to behind the scenes and over the coming weeks we’ll be giving you a sneaky peek into what to expect. Let’s just say, more community suggestions are coming to Portal Knights!
Now’s probably a good time to stop typing… Again, we’d like to thank our incredibly community for their continued support, passion, believe and enthusiasm for Portal Knights. We’re truly grateful to have you guys on board! Keep being awesome, OK?! 😉
On behalf of the whole PK team, we hope you all have a great weekend!