20/06/2017

2,000 community members and a little account tweak


It’s been exactly two weeks since we’ve made the Fractured portal public and announced the project to the press. In such a short time, no less than 2,000 of you have decided to share our enthusiasm for revolutionizing the world of Sandbox MMOs. We are astonished!

As of today, our community members come from over 70 countries, with the TOP 10 being claimed by Brazil, Vietnam, United States, Russia, Italy, Canada, UK, France and Ukraine. Once more, this is incredible, and we are nothing but amazed for the support we’ve received so far from you ladies and gentlemen!

Although only partially implemented, our referral program is also being remarkably successful, with 15% of all registered users having visited the website thanks to a friend’s link. We can only imagine how exciting things will get after the system is completed. In this regard, the full version  is expected to go live next week, so get ready for a little revolution in the world of referral programs as well.

Aside from the great news above, last week we’ve tweaked the login and account system of the portal. The changes introduced are:

  • You now need to input your email and password instead of username and password in the login menu. The game menu is set to follow the same logic in the future.
  • We’ve renamed “username” to “public username” in the account creation menu, and we’ve added a box remarking that your username is used only as display alias, not as login credential.

This decision has been prompted by a few community members concerned about the security of their accounts and dissatisfied about not being able to have a different public nickname. While the perceived security issue should be fully addressed, we are aware that some of you might be interested in changing username to something more of your liking. If you wish to do so, please send a message to support@dymstudios.com from the address you’ve used to register to Fractured specifying the new username you want and we’ll take care of it as soon as possible.

Thank you for your support and stay tuned to Fractured – The Dynamic MMO!

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06/06/2017

Our journey begins today, with you


Hi, fellow gamer! Thank you for being here and welcome to the first developer journal of Fractured – The Dynamic MMO. Let us tell you something more about ourselves and why we’ve embarked on such a long, exciting journey.

First of all, we can start with a basic question. In the last few years, sandbox MMOs have found a new popularity. A few well-though products have already been announced and are in different phases of their development cycle. We know you know. So why making another one? – you might ask. The answer is easy: because we believe there’s plenty of overlooked room for innovation in the genre. Grinding is still a plague that prevents those of you who don’t have plenty of hours to play each week from enjoying a MMO in full. Controls and combat are often no different from the clichés of the genre that were established 15 years ago. Worlds are mostly static – you’re surrounded by decorations you can’t interact with. Players who prefer cooperation to competition feel punished by game rules. We want to change it all.

We’re a small team here at Dynamight Studios, 5 full-time employees and 3 freelancers as of today. Although we are open to the possibility of incorporating investors in the company in the future, so far we’ve been entirely self-funded. I feel you might be wondering if it’s actually possible for us to create a state-of-the-art MMO. Yes, it is.

Back in the days, only large software houses with massive capitals to invest from day 1 could afford to start developing a MMO and hope to complete it in time. Luckily for us – and for all of you, I’d dare to say – this no longer holds true, as modern engines have dramatically cut the costs associated to the development of any game. This obviously applies to MMOs as well, but the real revolution for the genre is coming today with SpatialOS, a cloud-based world-building platform created by the British technology startup Improbable. That’s the technology we’ve decided to build Fractured on.

Notwithstanding all these new possibilities, it must be said that making a MMO is still a long, tough business, one that takes years of hard work and requires significant economic resources. In this regard too, however, new options have open up to small developers. Crowd-funding through Kickstarter is now a well-established route, and one we absolutely are looking forward to take advantage of in the future.

On the homepage of our portal fracturedmmo.com you can already get a hint of what Fractured has to offer, but we’re well aware that’s not enough. That’s why over the coming weeks we’ll release regular updates detailing all the features of the game in the form of blog entries, videos and art showcases. We’ll also be active on our forums and social media pages on a daily basis, so that all of you will have a chance to speak directly with the team. We want to keep the development of Fractured as transparent as possible and truly involve all of you in the decisional process.

It’s not going to be easy, but with your support, feedback and enthusiasm, we’re sure we’ll be able to make this dream a reality, together.

Per aspera ad astra!

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