Aug 13, 2017 Astraea Update – Approaching Beta!

Hi everyone! We just wanted to give you a quick update regarding the current state of Astraea. We are in the process of working on a large game update, which changes and adds a lot of new content. Many of these changes will be available in the Live Development version of the game shortly.

In the meantime, we wanted to update the stable version of Astraea. It’s been nearly a whole year since the last update so a number of a things have slowly stopped working (multiplayer being one thing)! So as of today we have released a shiny new update that fixes a large number of outstanding bugs and re-enables the multiplayer functionality (including the Social Hub). This update doesn’t include any of the new content, but that will come soon. There may be some smaller bugs outstanding, but we will be releasing updates more often. If you notice anything not working as it should – please let us know!

Lastly, regarding the next new content update – this will bring us right into a beta state. We don’t have a firm date as to when this will happen, but we expect the game to remain in beta for a month or two before moving into a final release. As we have progressed with Astraea’s development, we have increased the price at each milestone. Following this pattern, we will be increasing the price of Astraea to $19.99 once we reach beta, and $24.99 once we reach final release. With the amount of new content and features coming soon, we think it will be a fair value. If you have purchased the game in the past or present, you of course will continue to receive all future updates and receive the full game upon release.

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Jul 05, 2017 Astraea "Live Development"

Hey everyone!

Today we are excited to announce a new feature we've added to the Norwind Client. We are calling it "Live Development". This new feature allows Astraea owners to play the very latest version of the game immediately.

As we work on the game and literally every time we save our code, maps, files, etc the game will instantly update and be available for download. In a single day there will likely be multiple updates. This gives you players a nice and easy way to view the game as we are working on it.

So how does this work? It's actually quite simple! All you need to do is download and install the Norwind Client (login to the member area for a download link), and login to the client. Once logged in you'll see a button titled "Activate Live Development". If you click on it you'll see a big warning like this:

It's important to understand what you are getting into before blindly activating this feature.

1) Once you activate Live Development, you will be unable to use the public builds of the game temporarily. Once you begin playing the game your Astraea save file will be incompatible with the publicly released version of the game. This limitation will be in effect until we release a new public update. Once that happens Live Development will be turned off for EVERYONE. After the public update is released you will once again have the option to activate Live Development.

2) Live Development players cannot play online with regular public players. If some of your friends have Live Development activated, you will either have to wait until the next public update or you will need to activate Live Development.

3) Windows Only. The Live Development feature actually deploys the Mac and Linux versions of the game as well, however right now we have no means of distributing these builds. If there is demand we can create the Norwind Client for Mac/Linux which would allow for Live Development on those platforms.

4) As is the nature of this feature, the Astraea builds will be entirely untested and unstable. If we accidentally save some bad code and the game crashes, the system will automatically know not to publish it to the Live Development update. However we will be adding and fixing features on a daily basis, so one day you might login and see something that doesn't work, but in the evening it suddenly does. So expect many changes daily!

I think that covers most of it. If you are interested in activating Live Development on your account, but have questions or concerns, please contact us with any questions you may have!

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Jun 17, 2017 New Office & Astraea Update

Hi everyone! It's been a very busy time here at Norwind! We have a couple quick updates for you ..

1) We are very excited to announce that we have opened a new office! At this new location we will be offering a number of local services to the Winnipeg community. For all the details on that head over to the services page.

Feel free to stop in or give us a call! We even have playable copies of Astraea ready to go!

Speaking of Astraea ...

2) We are still working on it! Seriously! I know it's been a long time since the last update, but I can assure you that things are still moving forward. Progress has slowed a bit since we have had numerous side-contract projects (to help with funding), but those are all wrapping up very soon. Once that happens you can expect an Astraea update shortly after.

What I can say is we are still committed to releasing on all our announced platforms and are even looking into a few additional platforms. We hope to have some good Astraea news soon!

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Jan 21, 2017 A New Year - Astraea, Updates, and More

Hello everyone! Once again it's been far too long since the last update - sorry about that!

I've been getting a lot of inquiries recently regarding Astraea's status, so let me say here that I am still working on it! The game is still on track for a PC and console release. Over the past few years Astraea has been evolving a bit and while town building is still a core mechanic, I am now looking at adding features that were not initially planned (combat for example). I'm not going to go into that just yet, but there are some cool things underway. As I've said from the beginning, the game won't be released until it's ready.

Also, since October I've been making many big changes to the game and as a result alpha players will be required to restart their town when the next update hits. I'm going to hold off releasing the update until I'm confident the 'save breaking' changes are finished. Once the next update releases, I will likely bump the game up to a beta state. There are massive changes underway including new content, quests, features, etc.

Lastly I've made some more tweaks to the server infrastructure here. Around a month ago I tripled the network speed, so that should greatly improve the speed when downloading purchased games. This also gives me a higher capacity for Astraea game servers, so that's good!

So while the game won't be released until it's ready, I'm hoping it will be ready soon!

If you have questions, thoughts or feedback feel free to send me an email on the contact page! Until next time!

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Aug 22, 2016 Another Update

Hi everyone! It's been a little bit of time since the last update - sorry about that! A lot has happened since March, so let's fill you in!

- I am still hard at work on Astraea! I work on it every evening, as long as I can each day. I have people asking me constantly when the game will come out and I can only say "soon". I want the game to come out as badly as you do - but I also want to make sure the game is loads of fun!

- I recently performed a major upgrade on all our servers. As a result of this, a number of our core services (website, Astraea login, etc) went offline for around an hour this weekend. It appears everything is back up to speed, but if you notice something not working correctly, you can let us know via email!

- I also removed the Norwind forum this weekend. I mentioned when I initially set it up that if it wasn't going to be used, then I would remove it. So that's how it is. I may spin up a fresh forum when Astraea launches, but until then the forums will remain offline.

I'll try to keep this feed updated more often! Until next time!

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