Hey everybody! I'm here with the next update on IW. I will start this one off with a few updates on game issues that should be mentioned, but the main topic for this week is our next card set. We promised more information and I think you guys will be pleased. Let's start with a few game issues I want to mention real quick (not exhaustive):
- Ongoing bugs: The invisible gold cards in draft and the deckbuilder crashes are on our fix-it list for the next update.
- Encountering the same opponent 2-3 times in a row in draft: We have identified the issue and should have a fix for that ASAP.
The Next Set Of Cards
Just about every trading card game needs an influx of new cards periodically to keep things fresh, to keep the metagame shifting around. New decks, new combinations, new possibilities. It's important to keep creating new cards, but the quality also matters. I'm going to explain some of our development process for the next expansion now, and save lore details for another day. Read on!
Yodomare has wanted to provide updates to the game, cards included, more frequently than just once every 4-6 months. It's a long, slow build-up that finally culminates in a lot of player interest. However, that excitement only holds for a limited time before it fades away leaving a long period of relative dead-ness. Giving a lot of small updates constantly is the other side of the spectrum, providing a lot more communication while lacking in a big build-up. Either way there's a downside. Well, our team is going to bridge a gap between both concepts.
Basically, we're going to have ongoing updates in an upward curve to maintain frequent updates, as well as the big build-up effect. Starting this month, July, we are unveiling a small amount of cards, eight of them. They will be available in a sort of preview Penta-Pack for sale in-game (IP or LP). It's a separate, modified Collection Pack: It will cost slightly more than a regular Collection Penta-Pack, but let me explain why: The pack will have a guaranteed rare slot as normal, and
one guaranteed slot from the mini-set of eight new cards. Each of the new eight cards are rare as well, so the value should offset plenty by a minor price increase. Note:
The preview packs will not be Platinum, but read on for more info about that.
In August, we will remove that first preview Penta-Pack and replace it with another one. The same concept applies as it did for July with an exception: There will be more than eight new cards in the second preview Penta-Pack. The new card count will increase each month for a few more months. In the final month the most new cards will be unveiled, which will mean the entire set has been unveiled by then. At that time, we plan to preserve and honor the milestone pre-order system that has existed for previous expansions. The final preview Penta-Pack will be removed, and a full expansion Penta-Pack just for the new card set will be available to purchase. Pre-order will take effect, and all full-set Penta-Packs purchased in that time period will result in platinum cards.
It is our belief that this format of release will help bridge the best of both update methods - increased communication and activity between card expansions, without taking away from that culmination effect that should accompany a new set of cards. This also helps ease our testing period. We can test these cards in smaller number to begin, instead of testing the entire set all at once having no period of easing into it. Does that make sense? Okay, let's recap:
- New cards revealed each month in increasing number, culminating in a full set release.
- Each month's mini-set of cards are placed in the in-game store for IP/LP for that one month, as a modified Collection booster with 1 guaranteed new card and 1 guaranteed rare for a slight cost increase (no platinums).
- In the final month, the last preview Penta-Pack is removed from the store and a full set Penta-Pack is added to the store, to begin the Pre-order phase with included milestone markers.
Okay, looks good! Yes, post your questions about this new system in this thread, and I'll answer on a near-daily basis. I'll add a FAQ ahead of time with some possible questions. FAQ About The New Card ExpansionQ: How does the "available pool" of new cards work for each preview pack?
A: The first preview Penta-Pack will be for the eight cards we are revealing now. The second preview Penta-Pack will not have those eight new cards in the pool - they will be new cards we did not show in the first preview.Q: What is the release timeline for July?
A: The PBE test server is live now, with the first grouping of eight new cards. Before the month is over, the live server will list a preview Penta-Pack in the in-game store. Q: Will players get to test the cards and give feedback?
A: Yes, the test server will be open for long periods so players can test the cards and deck-build freely, theorycrafting and experimenting. For actual testing I will be hosting testing sessions in multiple timezones so we can get test matches going - otherwise plan to meet up with your friends! Cards are subject to change depending on player feedback and our own findings on how these new cards affect the game.Q: With the preview Penta-Packs, do I get to keep the new cards or are they a temporary loan?
A: Keep! Q: For the new cards that are revealed before the set comes out 100%, will those cards be usable in PVP?
A: I'm not certain, but I will check with the team. My guess is that the new cards will be banned from Ranked play until the set is done. They will probably be available in Normals, and I'm not sure about Draft. Q: Will the full expansion set Penta-Pack be purchasable in both LP and IP?
A: Yes, LP and IP. Q: How many cards in the set?
A: Approximately 100. (Approximate means "close to exact" but the number is not exactly 100.)Q: Will there be a place we can consolidate our feedback about the new cards?
A: Yes, via the forums. I'll get a sticky thread up in the News and Developer Talk section later today. Stay tuned, I'll post a reply here when it's up.
Post all your questions in this thread to receive any answer I can give you! More information about the new set of cards will come soon™