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Roadmap 2023

Categories: Aether Story Game Dev
Written by thephantom on Dec 30 2022

There have been much inquiry about the direction the game is heading. Plus with the eve of the new year right around the corner, it is time to set forth a new roadmap. So here we go!

As with all roadmaps these are goals and are not necessarily promises. Being a small indie game dev studio which gets variable amounts of funding, volunteers, and randomly available team members, things can quickly get delayed or change in scope.  But it is still a good idea for you to see what's in store for Aether Story. So continue reading.

The following roadmap shows things that should be released during each month, not necessarily at the beginning, but more likely in the second half of each month.
 
 

January 2023

  • World Map Functionality Improvements
    • Other party members will be seen on the map
    • Unstarted available Quests will show up as icons
    • Quest turn-ins will show up as icons
    • Telepads should now have a visual menu
    • What is not included:
      • Quest objectives / in progress locations
      • Support for Interior maps
  • Patreon Only Perk:
    • An early access preview of the new introduction will be viewable as a video for Patreons only.
    • This is a work in progress and will be in an unpolished state, but is being made available as a special thank you for Patrons so they can see what we been working on.
    • Dev note: This preview will be a video instead of a playable preview because unfinished areas are unplayable and exist in a different branch. The work required to merge the different branches together just for a preview would take time away from actually working on them.
       

Feburary 2023

  • Fire Skill Tree
    • Level the fire skill and earn skill points you can invest in the Fire Skill Tree
    • Unlocking several new fire abilities, effects and passives.
    • Your current fire level will transfer over into skill points.
  • The other elements will remain in their current functionality for this month.
  • Patreon Only Perk:
    • All Element Skill Tree calculators will be made available on the website for Patreon Patrons.
       

March 2023

  • Water Skill Tree
  • Lightning Skill Tree
  • Earth Skill Tree
  • The element Skill Tree calculators website will be made available to everyone.
  • Patreon Only Perk:
    • New class Skill Tree calculators will be made available on the website for Patreon Patrons.
       

 
Everything beyond this point is too far into the future to know for sure. We will reevaluate the following at the end of the first Quarter. Read ahead for curosity sake.
 



 

April 2023

  • The Easter Holiday will be making a return.
  • The class Skill Tree calculators on the website will be made available to everyone.
  • Patreon Only Perk:
    • A new introduction experience for all to experience
    • Revamped leveling zones for levels 1 to 5
    • Including a new zone full of quests and another town.
    • Note: Non-Patreon Patrons will be forced to start the game at level 5 and will no longer be able to travel south of the Outpost for this month.
       

May 2023

  • The level 1 to 5 revamp will be made available to everyone.
  • All Classes will have a partial work in progress Skill Tree made available with a few new skills, effects and passives
  • Patreon Only Perk:
    • The Fishing Profession will be available as an early preview
       

June 2023

  • Max Level increased to level 12.
  • Revamped leveing zones for levels 6 to 12
  • Including two new zones full of quests.
  • All Classes will have additional skills added to their Skill Trees.
  • The Fishing Profession will be made available to everyone.
  • Patreon Only Perk:
    • The Crystalogy Profession will be available as an early preview
       

July 2023

  • The Crystalogy Profession will be available to everyone.
  • Cash Shop integrations so the game can be free to play
  • Improvements to the Collections menu for Pets, Costumes, and more.
  • Patreon Only Perk:
    • A new class will be available for creation.
       

August 2023

  • The previous Patreon Only Perk's New class will be made available to everyone.
  • Various bugs, system and engine work will be conducted in preperation for the Early Access launch.
  • Patreon Only Perk:
    • Level cap increased to 15 for patreon patrons only
    • Leveling experience of 12 to 15 will be made available as an early preview
       

September 2023

  • Max level increased to level 15
  • Leveling experience of 12 to 15 will be released
  • Including a new zone full of quests
  • Patreon Only Perk:
    • Reserve up to 3 character names for the Early Access servers.
    • Early preview to a new level 15 dungeon
       

October 2023

  • Early Access Release!
    • Including access to the new level 15 dungeon
    • This will be a new server where your character progress will be entirely your own.
    • Meaning no more resets, no more tests surrounding this server's data.
    • All cosmetics unlocked in the Alpha at this point will carry over to the Early Access server
    • Alpha Tokens will be spendable on the Early Access server for cosmetics.
  • The Halloween Event will be launching on the Early Access!
  • Patreon Only Perk:
    • Active Patrons of $5 or more will get the "Patron" in-game Title.
    • Active Patrons of $10 or more will get the Patron Cloak, a cosmetic back piece.
  • Alpha Server:
    • This month the Alpha Server will be offline for maintenanceto allow everyone to focus on the Early Access.
    • Moving forward access to the Alpha servers will require an active Patreon membership each month to access.

November 2023

  • Early Access:
    • End-game Improvements including new reputations and factions
    • New world bosses
    • Plenty of bug fixes
    • Phanxgiving Event release
  • Alpha Test (Patreon Only Perk):
    • Rebalancing of skills and classes based on player feedback
    • Rebalancing of professions based on player feedback
       

December 2023

  • Early Access:
    • Winter Fest Holiday Event release
    • Rebalanced skills and professions released for all
  • Alpha Test (Patreon Only Perk):
    • Experience and test whatever feature we are working on next, before anyone else.

2024 and Beyond

  • Level cap increased to 20
  • New zones, dungeons, and towns
  • PvP Battle Arenas
  • And much more!

 

If you have any questions, suggestions, or feedback please join us over in our Community Discord and join in on the discussion.

Thank you all for your ongoing support and your patience. This year is going to be great!

 

 

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Dec 31 2022 at 02:57 AM

shieldgenerator7 says

a lot of good stuff in here

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