Archive for the 'SocioTown Dev Diary' Category

Track & Field

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

We recently introduced an Event Dome in SocioTown. One of the weekly events in the dome is Track & Field. Throughout the day, players can compete in a series of races. In every race, players will accumulate points based on their placement. Then the top 3 players at the end of the day receive a prize.

And they’re off!

Everyone is resting up between races.

Drinking a glass of lemonade to recover some energy.

Track & Field has definitely been one of the more popular events.

Bug Catching

Friday, August 15th, 2008

One of the features we added in SocioTown in the last few months is bug catching. Different types of bugs spawn randomly throughout the town.

Players earn their net after completing a certain number of missions.

Players can then trade their bugs to NPCs for SoBucks!

- Chris Evans

Many Changes…

Monday, August 11th, 2008

Sorry I haven’t updated the development blog in awhile. There’s actually been a TON of new additions to SocioTown over the past 4 months. However, I’ve been posting the info directly to our forums: http://www.outsidetheboxsoftware.com/forum/

Our forums have become very active over the past few months! Make sure to stop by there for the latest info and to converse with other SocioTown players.

That said, over the next week I’ll be posting about one of the significant features that was added in the past few months. Hopefully in a couple of weeks this blog will be up to speed!

- Chris

Street Boxing

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Street Boxing is one of the gameplay modes we’ve been keeping under wraps. Here are a couple of teaser screen shots:

All you need to street box is a pair of boxing gloves, which you can get at the local shops in SocioTown. Street Boxing is real-time fighting. How well you do is dependent on your fight strategy as well as your player attributes such as Speed, Strength, and Endurance.

You can improve your player attributes by training, eating, and lifting weights.

- Chris Evans

The Beta Test Begins…

Friday, March 7th, 2008

The 8th has just about arrived and we are beginning the beta test finally! This is how it’s working:

Right now there’s already a small special forces group checking out the game on the production server. Once they give it the okay, we’ll be contacting about ~100 beta testers on Saturday night/Sunday. Assuming the game doesn’t blow up in flames, we’ll contact another ~250 beta testers on Monday. If all still goes well, we’ll contact an additional ~1000-1500 beta testers throughout the rest of the week.

So if you don’t receive an e-mail this weekend, wait until about the end of next week before you send me hate mail. We have received close to 4,000 beta test signup requests, which is fantastic considering we’ve done very limited marketing thus far. Out of that 4,000, we’ll probably contact half over the next week.

Also, if I find the time this weekend (which will be tough) I’ll post some screen shots of Street Boxing. Street Boxing is one of the gameplay features we’ve kept under wraps. Yes, it means there’s actual PvP play in SocioTown. Like I said I’ll try to get some screen shots and info posted this weekend.

Hope to see you in SocioTown!

- Chris Evans

3/17/08 UPDATE: We are about 5 days behind schedule, so if you haven’t received an e-mail yet don’t worry! We haven’t contacted the majority of people yet. Again, check your emails this week. Sorry to keep you all waiting! But we want to make sure all the major kinks are taken care of before you guys get your hands on it.

Testing Begins in 2 Weeks

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

I’ve been getting quite a few e-mails, so I just wanted to post officially that we’re finally feature complete (meaning we’re not adding anymore new stuff) and that the beta testing will begin in 2 weeks on March 8th.

From those who signed up for the beta test, we’ll be choosing a select group. That group will then get SocioTown Invites which they can invite their friends or whomever. So if you haven’t signed up for the beta test now is the time to do so. Make sure to fill out all the sections correctly and any comments you provide will help a great deal as well.

It’s almost here!

- Chris Evans

New Interview Posted

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

I just did an interview with Virtual Worlds News. I reveal a little about some of the gameplay elements in SocioTown. You can check it out here:

Interview With Virtual Worlds News

- Chris Evans

Official Trailer Released!

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

We’ve just released the the official trailer today. Today is the first official public announcement for SocioTown! You can view the video on the official site here: http://www.sociotown.com/sociotown_video.html

Also, the official site itself has gotten a large update. A bunch of new screen shots have been posted and we’ve created a new section that goes over all the new features:
http://www.sociotown.com/sociotown_features.html

Those who signed up as Alpha testers should be contacted shortly if you haven’t already. The first beta test should get started sometime next month.

In the meantime, enjoy all the new footage and information!

- Chris Evans

San Diego Fires…

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Outside the Box Software is located in San Diego county. With the recent wildfires, development has been put on hold for a few days, so we can prepare for possible evacuation.

Development should resume at the end of this week. However this means the testing schedule will be pushed back by several days.

Those in San Diego and others in Southern California who are affected by the wildfires, stay safe!

- Chris Evans

Get Ready!

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Alright, it’s almost been two months since the last update and public testing is right around the corner! Those of you who have signed up for alpha/beta testing, you should expect to receive an e-mail in about two weeks. The testing should be begin roughly at the end of this month. Hopefully I’ll be able to provide a specific date fairly soon, but right now it’s looking like it’ll be the last week of October.

Next week, I’ll be releasing a new gameplay video that will show some of the social system in action.

Stay tuned the wait is almost over!

- Chris