Aug 29, 2014 Astraea 1.0.1 Is Out!

Hey everyone! Today at midnight version 1.0.1 rolled out on all platforms! You can snag the latest version from your Norwind account or Desura client (depending where you bought it). The game will also prompt you to update the next time you login to the game. In order to play online, we will require clients to be up to date. If you wish to play offline, you technically never have to update. Though we recommend you do! You can check out the change log in the previous post.

We have also submitted 1.0.2 today to Desura. We have set the release date to September 12, so it will be released simultaneously on our website and the Desura client. There are a bunch of really cool features in the next version (which we will talk about soon). The build on Sept 12 will also require a town wipe (due to some really big changes).

Lastly, for Astraea: ASW players - we were planning on submitting an update a couple days ago but unfortunately Apple has changed their Mac App Store review policy which is causing ALL Unity games to be rejected. If you don't believe us, you can check out this Unity forum thread. We are planning on holding out a couple more weeks max, and if no update is released by Unity, the next Astraea: ASW version will simply skip the Mac App Store until we can submit it.

As always, we are listening to your feedback and if you have something you would like to see done to the game just let us know!

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Aug 21, 2014 Astraea Alpha Is Available!

Hey everyone! The alpha for Astraea officially launched on Sunday and so far everything has been running very well. We have been monitoring our server load very closely and we haven't noticed any issues so far.

We are excited to say that we submitted version 1.0.1 today to Desura, so as soon as that is approved (likely late next week) it will be released! This new update includes a much desired feature - offline mode! This will allow you to either login with your Norwind account (and play online) or play offline by choosing a custom player name (which saves only to your device).

We also threw in 1 more building that you can place down!

We really wanted to get this version out ASAP because having the option to play offline is pretty important. So that is why this update is smaller than usual. We are already hard at work on the next update though! We are adding more content and working on an updated GUI! We are aiming to have updates coming out every 2 weeks or so.

One last note about version 1.0.1 - we will NOT be performing an online town wipe for this version! We will only do this if we make big changes that require a server wipe. Offline towns will always work with the same game version, however there may be times where offline towns will be refreshed upon upgrading versions.

Lastly, for all your Astraea: ASW players! Don't worry, we have content coming to you soon! We hope to release an update in early September!

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Aug 15, 2014 Astraea Alpha Launching In 2 Days!

Hey everyone! We are hard at work preparing for the alpha launch of Astraea this Sunday. The game will be releasing on Desura and our website at 8 AM Pacific time. We hope that everyone will enjoy the alpha and we are looking forward to all your feedback! Remember that the game has a long way to go and your comments will help shape the game.

A few things to note about the initial alpha version.

- This version release is online only, however an offline mode will be added in the very next update (which will happen in 1-2 weeks).
- The GUI and HUD is 100% temporary. This is currently being revamped.
- Bugs! There are probably a bunch of them! If you see one, let us know!

Lots of great things are coming yet (activities, central social hub, player housing, and more)! We are listening to all your feedback so be sure to tell us what you like and don't like!

Lastly, a note for Desura users - as of last week Sunday (August 10th) we uploaded the alpha version for review. Since then the game has been unavailable for pre-order. We don't know why this happened but we have contacted Desura and hopefully this will be fixed soon. At first it said it was available 'invite-only' but now it says it is not available on Desura all together.

We are not sure if Desura users will be able to play the game on Sunday because of this - so if you have purchased this game, just send us a message/email and we will get you a standalone copy immediately. We are hoping this issue gets resolved quickly.

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Aug 01, 2014 Astraea Alpha Launching August 17th!

Hey everyone! It has been a while since our last update, so lets fill you in. Before we get into the Astraea alpha news, we have an update coming very soon for Astraea: A Small World. This Monday (August 4th) version 1.2.4 will be rolling out on all platforms simultaneously! Here is whats new ...

** NOTICE ** Unfortunately you will need to restart your town once you download this update! Sorry!

Changes include ...

- Various performance enhancements.
- Added more seeds and crops.
- You can now watch crops grow!
- Tweaked the Astraea logo and icon so it's more clear that it is "Astraea: ASW"
- More GUI layout tweaks.
- Fixed a bug that could cause a save file to become corrupted.

We will definitely have more ASW content rolling out in the coming weeks so stay tuned for that.

But first we have to release the alpha for Astraea! The game will be launching on our website and Desura on August 17th for Windows, Mac and Linux. We are not targeting any other platforms yet. As the alpha progresses we will slowly roll out more platforms for players to test the game on.

We would like to clarify what players should expect from the alpha version. Here is a short list ...

- Bugs! Lots of them!
- Crashes!
- Town world wipes
- Lack of content and polish
- Lots of 'developer art' and unfinished features (such as the GUI).
- And more!

So who is the alpha for then? We strongly recommend that players only purchase this game right now if they really want to get in on the ground floor and participate and watch the development of the game. We will be releasing updates once every 1-2 weeks, so expect lots of changes and new content.

With that said, the pre-purchase alpha price is $8.99 and it will increase to $9.99 once the alpha launches. The price will also increase once it hits beta and finally it will reach $14.99 upon the game being completed.

We are really excited to be releasing the alpha and we are really looking forward to getting feedback from players! Your feedback will greatly help shape the game!

Finally, this does not mean we are leaving Astraea: A Small World out to dry. As we develop the main Astraea game, we will trickle content and updates into ASW. The main Astraea game will always be much larger and have far more content than ASW will though.

We hope everyone enjoys the game!

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Jul 05, 2014 A Small World: Update Report

Hey everyone! We just wanted to give you a quick update on Astraea: ASW. We have updated the game a lot over the past number of weeks, and all the platforms are running on the same version right now. So now that the game has all known critical bugs fixed, we are moving forward with the main Astraea game.

We are aiming at releasing an alpha version in mid-August, so we need to get to work!

We will definitely trickle some of the Astraea content into ASW so you can expect an update in 1 - 1.5 months.

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