Empires newsletter - 18th October 2002
Welcome to October's second newsletter.
This is one of the most exciting newsletters we have
had to date and I'm sure you will all find it interesting.
This time around we have a new movie to show you,
an announcement on the date for beta as well as a
selection of brand new concepts just for you beta
This delay can, in part, be blamed on features we have
added to the game in direct response to feedback from
the community. Some of the features you will hear more
about in coming months but others you will see much
sooner. We've added new and improved terrain textures,
built and created brand new character and monster models
and we are also due to spend some time in a motion capture
studio so we can provide the most realistic and natural
movement for our characters that we can.
Our period of planning has come
to an end and we have currently determined
that beta will start some time in May 2003.
While this is later than we had originally
planned it does mean we can bring you the
very best game possible.
Dragon Empires skyscape movie
Today we are pleased to show you
a brief look at the world of Fortitude. This
movie shows you the weather and climate effects
you will see every day in your travels. The
skyscape video shows you how realistic and
detailed the world of Fortitude is. In coming
months we will release more videos which will
show you other elements of the world, including
the characters, monsters and cities of Fortitude.
We hope you enjoy this first taste in what
will be a series of insights into Dragon Empires!
have also added a quest system which originally wasn't
part of the design of Dragon Empires. However, community
feedback has resulted in us adding this feature to
the game. As for other changes, you'll hear more about
them in coming months.
We have created a monkey empire concept
art pack which shows off designs for monkey empire
buildings, some of which are previously unreleased.
If you want to have a look head to
link and download
the 1.5mb zipfile.
Congratulations to Justin Elliot from New Zealand
who won the limerick competition. His winning entry
is included here:
once was a thief of great cunning
Whose exploits were beyond merely stunning
He amassed his great wealth
By the application of stealth
Backed up by no small skill in running"
We are getting close to our initial beta
goal of 100,000 signed up beta testers. If your friends
haven't signed up yet then forward this newsletter
to them quick and get them to click
make sure they have a good chance of getting in early.