Right this moment marks one yr since Deep Rock Galactic, our co-op first, dwarven mining area shooter, launched as a console unique on Xbox Sport Preview. Growing Deep Rock Galactic alongside our neighborhood has been, and continues to be a very superior expertise and we now have to thank each miner who has joined the initiative this previous yr. I needed to take this chance to look again at our first yr on the platform, replace you on as we speak’s in-game festivities, and provides an perception into our expertise engaged on Deep Rock in open improvement.
To have a good time our first birthday, we’ve launched an replace that encourages all of our area mining dwarves to let free and celebration on the House Rig, the homebase for all personnel at the moment within the service of Deep Rock Galactic. We’ve embellished the House Rig with festive dressing, launched a time-limited one-year celebration hat to the Gear Store and referred to as for an all day lengthy joyful hour within the Abyss Bar, that means all drinks are half worth! Outdoors of our one-year celebrations, the replace additionally introduces weekly assignments the place miners can earn hefty bonuses in credit and minerals, and 13 new gadgets of fashionable headgear. Right this moment’s festive replace marks the 22nd replace we’ve launched into Deep Rock Galactic since alpha testing started.
We’ve been always introducing common updates to Deep Rock Galactic which have introduced new biomes, new monsters, new weapons and tech, new recreation modes and countless technical enhancements to proceed refining the sport. From day one we’ve labored extraordinarily intently and transparently with our neighborhood to ship the sport developments and content material that they need to see. We’ve by no means needed anybody on the workforce to really feel like ought to disguise something from the neighborhood so we don’t have any type of approval course of for social posts and so on. as we would like our gamers to know they’re a part of the manufacturing.
In addition to being always engaged with the Deep Rock Galactic neighborhood, we even have extra systematic methods of gathering participant suggestions that helps make sure that we’re not lacking something. Now we have an in-game survey that gamers can fill out, and we’re additionally starting to do on-site testing to observe the experiences of latest miners, and we monitor reddit and different social channels very intently. After we launch a brand new construct, we frequently be part of random video games with a Dev-tag inside the sport and speak to gamers immediately, so maintain an eye fixed out for us!
While open improvement has been an incredible system for us, it does current challenges. Being in fixed communication together with your neighborhood takes time, and while it’s completely value it, we might have performed with a devoted Group Supervisor early on. We additionally want to make sure we now have a continuing stream of belongings that we are able to launch with immediacy as updates occur to maintain the neighborhood engaged. It will also be difficult to do bigger system/characteristic updates, we want to combine smaller updates to be launched each Three-6 weeks to take care of visibility and suggestions.
Outdoors of fixed suggestions, our method to open improvement has additionally meant we’ve constructed an incredible community of die-hard followers who act as spokesdwarves for Deep Rock Galactic. Our gamers know they’re being listened to and may have a direct affect on the event of the sport which builds very excessive ranges of belief. This has additionally include some superb alternatives, our QA is partly performed by the neighborhood and we’ve additionally used community-driven localizations from followers enthusiastic about making Deep Rock accessible to their area. Having our neighborhood play such an integral and steady a part of improvement can be a continuing morale booster to the workforce via optimistic engagement on social media.
We’re so pleased with what we’ve achieved this previous yr with Deep Rock Galactic, and open improvement has meant we’ve been in a position to work collaboratively and transparently with our neighborhood to maintain bettering the sport. We nonetheless have loads that we need to ship, and we’re so excited to maintain constructing Deep Rock Galactic collectively within the run-up to full launch.
Hopefully see you for half worth drinks on the Abyss Bar!