Community Update - New Features, Thoroughbred Poll, Rollover Change, PRE & Icey Coats, New Moderators
Hello dear community! ❤️ Today we will share new features with you and address the future of the foundation horses and Thoroughbreds, so bear with us! We will also talk about the grey PRE coats and the sneaky Icelandic foal coats, and finally welcome new additions to our Horse Reality team!
🔥 Code Update: New Features! 🔥
Two weeks ago we announced the results of our strategy meetings with a list of new features that will be coming to the game over the next months. Today we have implemented the first round of changes!
We started with small improvements, mostly for our premium members, but keep in mind that this is just the first update of many and we are already working on the next one. We can always tweak or add onto the new features, so let us know what you love about them and what you’d rather see changed. Not everything will be possible right away, but we are excited to see your reactions and will take note of your wishes!
New features that have been added to the game as of today:
⚈ All player profiles now have a “Sales'' tab that automatically lists all horses a player is currently offering on the market. With its URL players can link directly to their sales!
⚈ Everyone’s bank history is now displayed for 7 days instead of 24 hours! In the future, we’ll add categories that will give you an overview of your transactions. Prolonging the history display time was the first step towards that.
⚈ Premium players now have a badge next to their avatars and are listed on top of the online users list (but below staff members).
⚈ The Horse Reality staff members now have a colourful role tag next to their names/avatars to make them stand out from regular players. This should help you to quickly identify staff now that premium players also have badges.
⚈ Premium players can choose a profile colour in their “edit profile” area. For now, there are six different themes (in addition to the standard HR colours). This list can get expanded in the future, but we are starting with a small set to see how it works and what players would wish for. For now, the theme only affects the player profiles since those are coded in V2. Once the V2 transfer is complete we could make those themes available for the entire game if players would like to see that, but it is not possible yet.
⚈ Premium players now receive a one-time notification once their membership expires with a direct link to the Delta Store if they wish to renew it.
⚈ Our devs are a gift that keeps on gif’ing! Premium players can now upload animated GIF avatars! Once the premium membership expires, their avatars will automatically show only the first frame of the GIF. Please do not use flashing animations. Quickly flashing or buzzing animations can trigger nausea, headaches or epileptic seizures and we will ask for the removal of such contents at our discretion. We have added a paragraph about that to our game rule #4.
If you discover any glitches, please follow these steps:
- Clear your cache (google how to, as it depends on your browser)
- Refresh the page (CTRL/CMD + SHIFT + R)
- The bug is still there? Tell us in the bug reports forum!
☀️ Rollover Change ☀️
We had also announced that our rollover would change to 5am on the COM server and 4am on the NL server on the 25th of March. It turned out that this change was harder to achieve than we thought and it behaved a bit odd until now. We have fixed the code today and the new rollover times are as follows:
Care Rollover COM & NL: 5am HR time
Foal Pastures Rollover COM: 5am HR time
Foal Pastures Rollover NL: 4am HR time
We deeply apologize for the confusion and hope that the rollovers behave from this point forward. The registries have been corrected to the new times and the respective wiki article will be updated shortly.
🐴 PRE Greys and Icelandic Foals 🐴
A grey PRE coat got assigned incorrectly in our last update. The Seal Brown Fleabitten Grey had been turned into a Seal Brown Dapple Grey. We have changed this today and hope everything’s in order now! We checked all the other greys and they are correct. However, there seems to be less variation, due to the fleabitten coats containing much more white in comparison to their previous versions. There were no rose greys in the older variants, other than the more colourful fleabitten coats. We will be sure to add more grey variants in future updates.
While our PRE update was a surprise for the community, it came with a surprise for us, too: the silver grey and buckskin grey Icelandic foal coats were replaced with a more realistic version of their colours according to our new research. We were planning on releasing those coats with the next foundation horse generation, but it looks like the Icelandic foals just couldn’t pace themselves any longer and snuck in together with the new PREs.
🤗 New Moderators! 🤗
We are super excited to announce that Ezea and EisfederK will be joining our team as forum moderators! 🎉 They have both already helped a lot during their trial periods and we are excited to see our team grow again with two such amazing additions! Thank you for being so great, and welcome to the team!
🐴 Foundation Horses 🐴
In the beginning of March we asked you about your hopes and fears regarding the 3rd generation of foundation horses. Our original plan was to release them somewhere in May, but we have realised that this is not a topic where we should hurry. We want to make sure that they will be useful and in accordance with your wishes, which means that we’ll need more time and won’t get them ready in May. Our next news post will talk in more depth about this topic and our options!
🖼️ April Background: Royal Palace of Seville 🖼️
Our new background showcases a masterwork of Andalusian architecture, the perfect backdrop for your new Spanish PRE beauty. This background is a limited edition and only available in April!
🏇 Thoroughbred Community Poll - Vol. 2 🏇
When we announced that we are pausing the V2 transfer, we also asked how that influences your opinions about the Thoroughbred arrival in-game. Many of you want a new poll! We heard you and have a new poll set up below, but please read the next paragraphs first. They are not only a recap for new players, but also for our experienced players to recall the reasons for a public vote.
The core problem: The artwork for the Thoroughbreds has been as good as finished for almost a year. But the breed has several new white spotting variations of the KIT gene that are not part of our code yet. We are not able to add the corresponding artwork without additional coding effort. Since the horse genetics and profiles are still written in V1, we are not yet able to code anything new related to them. In short: We could add the Thoroughbreds to the game within the next few months, but only without their white spotting genes. To add them with a complete set of all their genes we would have to wait until after the V2 transfer - that is now paused. This could potentially take a very long time, we cannot give you an ETA.
The original poll: Last summer, our community grew increasingly dissatisfied because we seemed to focus more on introducing new breeds while many in-game breeds were (and still are) missing genes or in need of an artwork redo. Because we realised that we could only introduce the Thoroughbreds with missing genes, or at a much later point, we gave this decision up for a public vote to directly include our community in the development process. You can find the original news post here. The community voted in favour of waiting until the TBs could be added with a complete set of genes.
Recent developments: Many things have changed since then. To honour our players’ wishes, we have overhauled the artwork of the Irish Cob and the PRE Horse, and are prioritising the redo of 7 other breeds over introducing new ones. We will add missing genes to existing breeds with the next round of foundation stock, though we are unsure how many we can manage. Most recently we have paused the V2 transfer and are working towards our goal of finishing the game base. This changed a central assumption our team and players had at the time of the original poll: “after the V2 transfer” now lies further in the future than before.
The new poll: Since many circumstances have changed, the original poll about the Thoroughbred release may not reflect the current wishes of our community. We think it is only fair to give you another opportunity to vote on this topic. We would like to stress that every Horse Reality player has the right to vote on this topic, not only those who plan to breed Thoroughbreds. We heard many valid reasons to vote for either option in the original poll, and there isn’t a right or wrong choice - that is why we need a poll in the first place.
Some considerations: One concern back in the day was that Thoroughbreds are versatile. Some of you understandably worry that, until breed-specific competitions are added, their introduction could skew the competitive field. It is unfortunately not possible for us to estimate when the breed-specific competitions will come, especially now that our developers’ plans have been shaken up by our new strategy. But the TBs’ versatility also does not mean they have to come with overpowered stats. When coding the stats of the foundation stock we can theoretically take the overall power balance into account. Though vague, we hope these considerations allow for an informed choice based on all relevant information, regardless of which option you pick.
Should we release the Thoroughbreds sooner than planned but without white spotting genes?
Option 1: Yes
Pro: Thoroughbreds would arrive within a few months
Con: Incomplete coat colours for a potentially very long time
Option 2: No
Pro: Complete coat colours from the beginning
Con: Potentially taking a very long time for the Thoroughbreds to arrive
You can only vote once and you cannot change your vote.
The poll will close on April 15th 23:59 HR time (CEST).
The results will be published on April 21th after we investigated for voting fraud.
Thank you for reading this far! Don’t forget to give us your feedback about the new features and get your vote about the TB in. May the odds be ever in your favour!
See you in-game!
The Horse Reality Team