Monthly Archives: April 2007

Waterstorm Project Update #5 – Community Tools in Development

Welcome to another Waterstorm project update. Big thanks go out to the community who’s testing the game and commenting on issues as well as posting suggestions. 26-04-07_2030.jpg

We really got a lot of feedback and the main “gaming” problem in Waterstorm seems to be that there is currently no place or tool where the gamers can meet, chat or just hang around. In order to solve this, we are currently working on a Waterstorm community tool which is going to ship with the next Beta update (Beta Update #3). Actually, this is also the reason why the update is already taking a bit longer than expected.

The first version of the tool will be basically a community chat where you can meet other Waterstorm gamers and launch the game directly from there. Additionally, launching your own game server is also supported.

For example, if the situation is like “oh, I’m gonna play a quick game”, you can start the game, play the game, quit the game and you will get automatically back to the community tool which runs with nearly no need of resources so that you can have it open all the time while you are doing other stuff (like work? hmm ;) something like that).

It will be therefore really easy to get in touch with all the Waterstorm gamers. Later on, we are going to add a lot more features to this tool which we plan to call C.O.R.E. (Community Oriented Rally Environment):

  • Integrated viewing of statistics
  • Buddy list with status info
  • Clan based channels
  • Language / country based channels
  • …etc.

To be a bit more precise, the “etc.” here stands for all the input from the community. If you have an idea what would be great to see in the tool, just post it on the Waterstorm Forum and it might be in.

shark_sd.jpg Last but not least, for those who are interested in graphics/art, Velo, our lead artist, has just updated his website and will be posting some of the stuff he is currently doing or has already done. Like the drawing on the left which might look a bit familiar to all Waterstorm players…