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Mod Poerkie

Mod Poerkie

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Hey all,

On Thursday, the Jesters, the team behind Dragonkin Laboratory, organised an internal play test of the content. This was the last one before launch: a front-to-back playthrough of all the content, to give a thumb up or down about readiness. The play-testers genuinely loved it, but felt that the second and third boss battles just weren’t polished enough – not to the degree that the team expect from themselves. When the Jesters got together to discuss how to broach the feedback, they felt that polishing the bosses (moving time from other areas) would lead to bugs elsewhere. Ultimately, they weren’t happy with launching on the 30th July, and the team came to us and asked for more time.

We looked at other options, like bringing more developers onto the project, but that’s never a perfect solution: the new developers need time to understand the code and the update itself, and the timeframe was too short to make that worthwhile. So, we concluded that we needed to delay the project. If we wanted to be proud of it, and if we wanted you to feel secure playing it (you’re the ones potentially risking resources by playing it, after all), then we needed that delay.

We have all agreed on a date of the 13th August. That gives the team an extra two weeks (three weeks, if you take the very original date), to give a comprehensive polish pass, and be supremely confident in the launch (at least, as confident as you ever can be with a release).

We want to make sure that the delay comes with a small bonus to you: the team can bring in additions that won’t affect the polishing time, but will make the release a little fuller, and – more importantly – will address some of the feedback that came through from Temple of Aminishi. The team had already been fluffing the rewards for Dragonkin Laboratory, for example, but the extra time allows them to add cherries on top. Specifically, from this delay, the team will be able to add:

  • In addition to the planned Fury, Flurry mutated abilities, you can expect a mutated Barge

  • General loot improvements across the entire dungeon, including some buffs to the existing relics

  • More Elite Dungeon achievements

  • An ‘Elite’ title, for those who complete all Elite Dungeon achievements

  • Additional rewards that affect other content like Slayer and Shifting Tombs

  • A pet purchasable with Dungeoneering tokens

  • We are very aware that July has been virtually empty of content releases. It’s far from what you expect and what we aim for. We want to make sure that there is still a game update on the 30th, so we will be bringing you a Clan Improvements Week alongside the already planned Beach. These are highly requested clan features that clans themselves have suggested. Here are some highlights:

  • Orts converted to Clan Citadel Boosters - When you first log in, you’ll be given Clan Citadel Boosters in relation to the number of orts you’ve gathered (the update will remove anagogic orts).

  • Clan Chat Muting - Before, clans had to kick members as a form of punishment, and now they can just silence them with a Clan Chat mute

  • Clan Avatar Rework - No longer will you be limited to admins-or-higher needing to have an avatar out. You can take out your own avatar yourself, regardless of your rank, and get one of two bonuses: a way to cap faster at your skillplots, or a permanent XP boost (3% base, capping to 6% if you have Fealty 3)

  • Clan Login Messages - A way to communicate with your clan if some members have been inactive

  • Clan Broadcasts - When your clan member receives a drop or anything that broadcasts in-game, it will also broadcast to your clan and guests (if you allow it) so you can share in their achievements

  • Improvements to Clan functions - Including the Clan Noticeboard, Clan Chat & Clan Citadel

    We will also be giving every member several elite dungeon rewards on the launch of Dragonkin Laboratory. This will include drop enhancers and dungeoneering tokens, and will be gainable by talking to Bryll Thoksdottir outside of the Dragonkin Laboratory.

    You’ve been patient with us, and we want to thank you so much for that. Please know that the extra time will put Dragonkin Laboratory in a much better place. We also believe that you’ll enjoy it more for the polish.

    There are good things on the horizon, including more mobile invites next week, and we’ll talk about some of them in Friday’s Month Ahead for August.

    Thank you all again.

    Mod Osborne and the RuneScape Team

    Community Manager! @JagexPoerkie
  • 23-Jul-2018 13:56:59 - Last edited on 23-Jul-2018 14:02:24 by Mod Poerkie

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    Mod Poerkie said:
    Ultimately, they weren’t happy with launching on the 30th July, and the team came to us and asked for more time.


    We have all agreed on a date of the 13th August.

    Wow, just wow. I feel so sorry for those players who bought the summer special package and expected a summer with juicy updates, because they'll have wasted the majority of their holiday, if not all of it, waiting for nothing.

    One would think that such a profitable company would not struggle so much with time management, so then why are we paying so much money for you again?

    Mod Poerkie said:
    We are very aware that July has been virtually empty of content releases. It’s far from what you expect and what we aim for. We want to make sure that there is still a game update on the 30th, so we will be bringing you a Clan Improvements Week alongside the already planned Beach.

    Beach is recycled content, so it's not worth anything really, and clan updates naturally only affect people with a clan, and even then some of them probably don't care about these. Meh.
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    23-Jul-2018 15:07:51

    Heidly Ees
    May Gold Premier Club Member 2015

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    I don't have time to play that much nowadays, but I'm glad you're learning to push content back to deliver the best you can. Wouldn't say I'm happy about the lackluster July, but I'd rather that than rushed updates. I'm just a man; I'm not a hero.
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    23-Jul-2018 15:13:37

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    If it makes the content better, then I hope it's worth it, and the clan changes (avatar rework especially) are very nice if long overdue. That said...

    I specifically booked my holiday time for Dragonkin Laboratory's release. 3 weeks of being able to embrace one of the most hyped updates for me became two, and now you're telling me it's 0. My holiday ends the day you have chosen to release the Laboratory. So, I am incredibly mad about this.

    I'm not sure the fixes will make it up to me, but I hope they at least ensure the content is super good. Will the update (or the weeks preceding) actually include promised fixes to Temple of Amanishi at least? We still can't upgrade augmented ports gear, for instance. And while not commented on, we still can't do the "malignant enigmas" achievement solo because they despawn (making your Elite title pointless for me).

    No matter what happens, I won't be able to enjoy the content on launch as I could have with its proper launch date because I'll have IRL commitments, so you had better make this amazing.

    23-Jul-2018 15:27:20

    Bike Rentals
    Dec Member 2012

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    Well thats just great. You aren't pleasing anyone with this kind of stuff. Not anyone at all. July BTS was lackluster with the Elite Dungeon being the only content this month, and now that its been pushed to mid August I don't think anyone even cares about it anymore.

    I was hoping to play this new dungeon on my week off. I even woke up early to try it out. Of course I was disappointed. I guess Ill just finish my dailies and go to work :@

    23-Jul-2018 15:32:37 - Last edited on 23-Jul-2018 15:36:05 by Bike Rentals

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    Wow people...Give Jagex the benefit of trying to make sure an update is ready. If it was released and broken you would cry about that too. For the love of all thats sacred GROW UP!

    Ok rant over. Had one question about the Avatar update that i didn't see covered. Will you have to have your own avy out to get the boosts or will one on the same world do it as well? TIA

    23-Jul-2018 15:37:06

    Mar Member 2015


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    I can understand delaying content because it isn't ready, but this year it seems that any big update has been delayed. This isn't acceptable. How is it possible to mismanage on multiple updates multiple times this year?
    If a student preformed the same as the rs3 development team, that student would fail its year.

    Honestly don't mention a release date if you can't put it out in that timeframe.

    23-Jul-2018 15:45:26

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