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March was a shorter month than usual due to the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco but we have still made good progress with Plague Inc: Evolved. We got to meet loads of cool developers at the conference, meaning we came back with lots of ideas for the future and even more enthusiasm to push on and release the final version of Plague Inc: Evolved. :)
Our main focus remains multiplayer. A few weeks ago - we hit a bit of a roadblock when we encountered some nasty desync bugs. This meant that the simulation and the turns on the different machines were not running at the same time, giving one player an advantage (usually the host). The desync seemed to happen at random but we've spent a lot of time debugging and we think we've got to the bottom of it now (linked to game events firing). Haven't had any desync issues in the last few days so the bug is hopefully gone for good!
Separately, the Linux build is coming along nicely and it went into beta a few weeks ago. Thanks very much to everyone that has been helping out, it's been great to see so many people contributing to bug finding on all the different machines/systems etc. If you want to get involved then please check out the thread in our Steam forums.
Keep an eye out for a new Scenario Creator Competition that we are going to run. Hoping to announce it in the next day or so!
New Featured Community Scenarios
Players are continuing to making some awesome scenarios using the Scenario Creator. The Events lab from the last update is an extremely powerful tool, and it's great to see people taking advantage of this.
Featured Scenarios highlight some of the most inventive and polished creations. Here are the latest picks - congrats to authors!
Rabies by 892459469 - a well-written scenario which is a good, if not scary take on a real life disease
SCP-632 by infernalthing - one of many good scenarios by infernalthing. This one is well-balanced and quite amusing (in a Plague Inc. sort of way)
Sonic Fever by Coolsy101 - an amusing scenario where you get to turn the world into everyone's favourite hedgehog and friends!
Anti-plague by ya.bym5 - one of the cleverest scenarios we have seen. Turns Plague Inc. completely on its head...
Rise of the Xenomorphs by Eremus007 - Very well thought out scenario with lots of new traits, graphics and events, inspired by everyone's favourite alien
You can check out these and thousands of other scenarios in game now! For a full list of all scenarios that we have ever featured, please see our Featured Scenario Collection.
Multiplayer is still the primary development focus. We've recently added the concept of gems (not final name), which are basically special multiplayer active abilities to throw off your opponent and fight them. Still more work to be done and lots of bugs to be squashed but its getting there. I'm going to the Game Developers Conference next week which will take up a bit of time but I hope to have more news to share in a month!
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