Community Announcements - David Prassel
Dinosaurs + Jetpacks + Mechs + Pumpkin Kings...?

http://youtu.be/rm595-1sPic

Happy Halloween from TREK Industries! ORION: Prelude is $1 on Steam and we've worked hard to make it one of the best cooperative gaming experiences for you and your friends!
http://store.steampowered.com/app/104900/

http://youtu.be/BEBr85nqhiY


1,000 FREE COPIES!!

To celebrate the holidays, Dinosaurs and YOU we are giving away 1,000 free copies of ORION: Prelude to better your chances at having fun this Holiday with the TREK Trick or Treat 2014 event:
http://trek-industries.com/post/100581028065/trek-trick-or-treat-2014-1-000-free-copies

Help support us by spreading the word (Like, Share, Scream) so we can continue supporting you in fun and interesting ways!
http://store.steampowered.com/app/104900/
Community Announcements - David Prassel
DINO DOMINATION 2014


This new event is a game within itself and the prizes are incredible! Many developers here have been having a good deal of fun with Destiny on the PS4 and we want to spread this entertainment to you guys.



To do this we want to take over YouTube with YOUR help. All we need you to do is hit record and go slap some Dinosaurs across the face.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3e-6r4dj42Q

Original Article


As you may have learned, we have been encouraged to find other efficient means of spreading word about our titles in order to reach a wider audience.

We have been unsuccessful getting reactions from mainstream press, for reasons that have become ( and are becoming more) clear as time goes on. We have been encouraging others to do the same and giving our reasons why while offering solutions to the current problems affecting our industry. You can read more about that here. ( Update: It looks to becoming the more common choice across the board).

Luckily the people that truly matter, you guys - the gamers and fans - seem to think otherwise and have supported us dearly over the years through the wide variety of events we have hosted in thanks to the level of support you have given us. We are so honored to have been given the chance to deliver the game we had dreamed of and we will always put you guys first and support you to the best of our ever-growing abilities.


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WIN AMAZING PRIZES!

You could have your chance at winning the following prizes:

  • Sony Playstation 4 (500GB) Destiny System Bundle
  • Sony Playstation 3 (500GB) Last of Us System Bundle
  • Sony Playstation Vita Borderlands 2 System Bundle







We are committed and willing to hand out 12 video game systems through this competition! This includes up to four Playstation 4's, four Playstation 3's and four Playstation Vita's.
Learn how here
Community Announcements - David Prassel
A big celebration is in order! It may have taken us some time and a few events but thanks to the endless support of our incredible fans, ORION: Prelude has sold over 1 Million copies on Steam!



http://youtu.be/BEBr85nqhiY


'ORION: Prelude' is an indie Sci-Fi shooter (FPS/TPS) that seamlessly blends together incredible visuals and addictive combat. It puts you and your friends together into intense, cinematic battles using some of the most incredible weaponry and amazing vehicles in which you must work or compete against one another to accomplish mission objectives, explore giant worlds and survive the devastating Dinosaur Horde.

In addition to the return of the adventurous, survival-based cooperative gameplay and retro-inspired Arena Combat, 'ORION: Prelude' features massive, Open World Cooperative and PvPvE.


Visit ORION: Prelude @ Steam Store


@Gaming Press - You Have Failed This City

We are currently giving away free copies of the game in order to help bring awareness towards the broken gaming press systems in place. You can learn more about this event here:
http://trek-industries.com/post/96970089625/to-gaming-press-you-have-failed-this-city






@Gaming Press - Act 2 - Coming Soon!

We have an incredible event lined up and we are specting to start it within the next two weeks. We are currently working with some behind-the-scenes partners including Developers and Press who share a common goal with this event and if you wish to hop on board send an email here:
fix@trek-industries.com


@SDK + Steam Workshop

We are also gearing up to release the ORION: Prelude SDK / Steam Workshop. This is currently in Private Beta (apply here) and the public release is currently expected to release before the end of the month.

There are a handful of maps expected to release at launch. Here is a glimpse at some of them:

Community Announcements - David Prassel
Link to Original Article + free Steam Codes for ORION: Prelude


I am not a fan of the current press system that has taken hold of the gaming (or any) industry. It is ugly, suffocating and broken.





"The press ultimately won’t matter. They were founded during a time where there wasn’t immediate and direct connection with everyone to one another. They were an instrument used to connect users to products.

We are in a time where anyone can connect anything and so their use is expiring. The same is true for any press industry, you will see it in the News, Hollywood gossip - all of them.

Why would people care to read what someone is writing about Jonah Hill when they can just go follow him directly and possibly even interact with him?

These industries will go the same direction as the Blockbusters and Best Buys. Their time is over and their methods are outdated.”
- David Prassel




THE FAIL
The biggest problem is that there are massive corporations: the IGN’s, Game Informer’s, PC Gamer’s, Gawker Media. They work for extreme amounts of revenue, employ hundreds to thousands of staff and because of this, they must drive up hits whether its through articles or reviews.

This has a negative connotation associated to it and is very similar to a problem that currently plagues massive AAA game development companies.



THE MEGA-CRITIC
It has become all about a number based on a grading system that was developed when games were shipped on cartridges and residential internet didn’t exist. Even worse that a “conglomerate” of these corporations becomes a deciding factor on people’s jobs and well-being due to Metacritic and Publishers having used (and still using it) as a basis for what developer survives and what doesn’t.



THE BIAS
You haven’t a clue as to what they will write as the same person from the same publication will say one thing and then do a 180 and say the complete opposite later on like these boys:









THE WASTE
Over the course of 2010 - 2014 I had emailed the press thousands of times to include them on the happenings of Spiral Game Studios and it’s first but evolving title ORION: Dino Beatdown(/Horde/Prelude).



This typically offered no responses from them, other than charming responses like this from Owen Good (previously of Kotaku, now Polygon):





THE LACK
In 2012 there was a string of insane rumors about me that many press outlets (Kotaku, Eurogamer, etc) published without a single ounce of evidence against me. We work with PayPal, Task Sheets, Invoices, Integration documents (NDA, CA agreements) AKA a wide variety or proof if anyone really had any. Instead they just used quotes from people claiming whatever it is that they wanted. These rumors included:

  • That I stole all the Kickstarter money and ran.
  • That I fired the entire team, or most of it.
  • That I stole content from games (which weren’t even released)
  • That I hadn’t paid employees for work



THE OBVIOUS
The only thing true was that I did fire a handful of developers around GDC 2011. This group was fired for very serious reasons, including but not limited to theft of money and hardware. Given they are willing to steal it’s not a far stretch to see that they would also smear the names of the people that prevented them from getting what they wanted. They started the smear campaign against not only me but the entire team who actually was doing great work.

In the end I run a business and part of my job is ensuring the right people are employed and that they are doing the right things. When they aren’t, they are gone.

We have been here for the last 4 years working every day, interacting with the community and improving and supporting the game. Our fans know this and that is all that matters.



THE SOLUTION
This and why you are seeing some amazing talent leaving these companies to form smaller publications and other collaborative efforts. In regards to the users, they are more involving, more interactive and feature a wider variety of engaging content.




  • Lose the number variable game scores.
  • Be willing to revisit titles in this new digital, constantly connected and updated age. Support developers that support their audience.
    (I suggest once a year)
  • I suggest a Leslie Knope style Pro/Con list.
    (Benefits both the consumer and Developer by offering direct and organized feedback.)
  • Discuss content you’d like to see added to encourage more post-release support and less rush-to-the-next-game mentality.




THE PHOENIX
I know that I am not the only one bored of the fat-hat press corporations that constantly blabber about Madden, Call of Duty and Battlefield. There has been an incredible and steady rise of independent YouTube content creators and Video game Bloggers who are churning out amazing and unbiased content in the form of Let’s Plays and Hands On’s.



THE GAMER
But who is even better than these guys? The actual gamer. The gamer has to do a sacrificial act, a financial investment / risk. They have much more to lose than a company or press element, who receives free product keys and churns through many like its their job (because it is).

If we impress the actual gamers who play the game - that is all that matters. They are our audience. You are the reason we are still here and have given us the opportunity to create the experience we had always wanted to deliver. Because of this we have worked for you the best we could over these last couple of years and will continue to do so for the years to come.



THE CODES
I’ve given out many press codes over the years, all of which are copies that have or will upgrade into ORION: Prelude once activated.

Considering we hardly have any reviews created for our title (especially since 2012) I suspect many of these were never activated and I was trying to find the best use for them.

So they are for YOU, the gamers out there who haven’t yet had an opportunity to experience the game or possibly someone who already has and will give it to a friend. We will be handing out just over 1,000 codes!

We all truly hope you enjoy the game and look forward to seeing you on the dinosaur hunting grounds!


LINK TO FREE CODES HERE
Community Announcements - David Prassel
We are so excited to announce that ORION: Prelude is officially released and finally available for less than $1 USD on Steam!







It has been only less than a week since the release and we want to thank you for the support! Over 10k likes on the Spiral Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/spiralgamestudios

This means we are going to release an ADDITIONAL 5,000 ORION: Prelude Steam codes for the Reddit giveaway.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEBr85nqhiY

We are preparing to release 1/5 of these (1,000 new codes) in ETA 2 hours (Noon US Central). Tell everyone! Share, spread and tag!

Location:
http://trek-industries.com/post/95945715480/my-reddit-giveaway-was-deleted-so-here-it-is

If you get a code just now, please post which # here to help other people determine what is still available! Also tell any others that if you guys get us to 10k likes on Spiral Facebook (160 more!) we will release an ADDITIONAL 5,000 keys!

For those who have already received your free Steam key of ORION: Prelude - Congratulations! Have fun and make sure to play with friends.

Spread the word so we can spread the love!
https://www.facebook.com/spiralgamestudios
#orionprelude #freecodefrenzy #tellyourfriends
Community Announcements - David Prassel
We are giving out 1,000 *free* copies of ORION: Prelude on Reddit to celebrate the Master Race of gaming hardware. Spread the word!

http://youtu.be/BEBr85nqhiY

Visit:
http://www.reddit.com/r/pcmasterrace/comments/2er96k/orion_prelude_now_on_steam_1000_keys_inside/
Community Announcements - David Prassel
Patch 1.1 for ORION: Prelude is now available. The official game servers have been updated and are waiting for your arrival - happy hunting!

ORION: Prelude \ Version 1.1 | Changelog
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  • Adjusted: CinemaMode - Removed remaining HUD Markers.
  • Adjusted: Improved client-side power jump screen animation.
  • Adjusted: Improved client-side jetpack-start screen animation.
  • Adjusted: Improved buying @ shops experience (required multiple clicks).
  • Adjusted: Reduced fall damage from Power Jump.
  • Adjusted: Power Jumps to not make 1P Weapons play 'equip' animation.
  • Adjusted: Slightly reduced chances of rain/snow storms.
  • Adjusted: Slightly reduced XP gains.
  • Adjusted: Sentries now destroyed on Owner death/leaving the game.
  • Added: FOV Slider to Video Options.
  • Added: 'USE' button in Gamepad Control menu (binding-related).
  • Added: Gamepad functionality for Spectator controls (switch players).
  • Added: Game stats to new Spectator camera.
  • Added: Weapon names to Dropped Weapons.
  • Added: Collision of Bots toward other Bots.
  • Added: HUD Indicators for when inside of Vehicles.
  • Fixed: 3P Melee animations not playing as Client on Dedi Servers.
  • Fixed: Augments to not carry across map load.
  • Fixed: Map load camera angles.
  • Fixed: Game coming out of sync (fast animations).
  • Fixed: Laser Rifle kill dissolve shader not displaying on New Characters.
  • Fixed: FNC-30 Weapon Origins.
  • Fixed: Capes in Vehicles.
  • Fixed: Weapon holding in bot hands (3p - left arm doesn't grip).
  • Fixed: Dropping weapons on own server drops nothing.
  • Fixed: A.I Ptera grab animation (currently hovers in motion).
  • Fixed: Particles over transparent surfaces (muzzles over water).
  • Fixed: Flag attachments for new Characters.
  • Fixed: Spectator mode only working towards Bots.
  • Fixed: Mech was allowed to be over-healed.
  • Fixed: Mech not being healed by Utility Gun when no one was inside.
  • Fixed: Added a delay between Quick-Swing on the Cryo Knife.
  • Fixed: Lag bug caused by killing a Dinosaur.
  • Fixed: Lobby/Server Browser could be visible on top of each other.
  • Fixed: Arms on Dinosaur Eggs mesh.
  • Fixed: Bots not aiming up/down on Clients.
  • Fixed: Covan/Depth/Eden Achievements.
  • Fixed: Teleport bug on Conquest when a Generator is down.
  • Fixed: !votemap command issues on PvP maps.
  • Fixed: Bug where mesh would appear black in Loadout/Store pages.
  • Fixed: Bug where Weapon Upgrades were carried across map loads.
  • Fixed: Player icons not displaying in proper places on Servers.
Community Announcements - David Prassel
We are so excited to announce that ORION: Prelude is officially released and finally available for less than $1 USD on Steam!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEBr85nqhiY



TREK FOUNDERS / NEW BUYERS

This is a free upgrade for all existing owners of ORION: Dino Horde (AKA purchases made before or on August 24, 2014).

For any new buyers (August 25 and onward) it will only cost you $1.00! More details about the Founder Program here.











GAME FEATURES:


  • Open World Gameplay
  • Cooperative & Competitive Gameplay
  • Dueling & Melee Combat Gameplay
  • 1st Person / 3rd Person Hybrid Gameplay
  • 15 Game Modes
  • 50+ Weapons & Gear
  • 30 Augmentations (Mutators)
  • 20+ Multiplayer Maps
  • 7 Vehicles
  • Full Weather System
  • Persistence & Player Progression (150 Levels)
  • Class-Based Gameplay & Player Loadouts
  • Statistics & Leaderboards
  • Lobbies, Matchmaking & Server Browser
  • Player Store (Cosmetics)
  • Rewards & Unlockables
  • Real-time Dynamic Day/Night Cycles
  • 10 Dinosaurs (All Playable)
  • 250+ Steam Achievements
  • 12 Steam Trading Cards
  • Steam Big Picture Mode Support
  • Bots & Offline Play
  • Tutorial System
  • SDK & Steam Workshop (Custom Maps)










http://media.tumblr.com/691e67e364be2b92af1f61162d60d388/tumblr_inline_natx6929ih1qc7c6z.jpg





PLAY WITH DEVS & WIN FREE PRIZES!

We will be resurrecting our Play With Developers event. Details below:

  • Day: Sunday
  • Time: 1:00pm US Central
  • Modes: VITAL, CTF, King of the Hill, Elimination, Team Duel.




To apply, send an email to ( playwithdevs@trek-industries.com ) with a team of five to enlist. First match starts THIS Sunday (August 31, 2014).



SDK / STEAM WORKSHOP BETA | APPLY NOW!

We are currently accepting private testers for the upcoming SDK / Steam Workshop release.

To enlist please go here:
http://trek-industries.com/sdk







CONNECT WITH US!

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Community Announcements - David Prassel
Are you a Mapper (Level Designer) and interested in creating Maps for ORION: Prelude?






We are looking for a select few to help us test the tools before we launch them to the public.

[ TO APPLY ]
To send in an SDK Beta application simply submit the three following questions and any previous examples of maps you’ve made in the past.

  • 1 - What maps have you already made?
  • 2 - What engines have you mapped on?
  • 3 - What type of maps interest you most? (Co-op, PvP-, Duel)


Send me an email to ( sdk@trek-industries.com ) to apply.
Community Announcements - David Prassel
The Closed Beta for ORION: Prelude is now LIVE on Steam! All owners of a Steam copy of ORION: Dino Horde are invited to participate.




[ BETA PARTICIPATION INSTRUCTIONS ]

  • Right-Click ‘ORION: Dino Horde' in your Steam Library.
  • Select ‘Properties’.
  • Select the ‘Betas' tab and type in: 'PreludeBeta’.
  • Select the ‘PreludeBeta' branch from the drop-down menu.
  • Restart Steam / let the files download.



[ RESOURCES / LINKS ]
Post Suggestions
http://steamcommunity.com/app/104900/discussions/0/35221031600760125/

Report Bugs
http://steamcommunity.com/app/104900/discussions/0/35221031600670776/


[ CLOSING NOTES ]
To participate in the closed beta simply buy a copy of ORION: Dino Horde on Steam for $14.99 USD. Doing so will also reward you $20.00 USD on August 25th when you’re upgraded to Founder status for ORION: Prelude.
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