If you have followed my blog, you know that on September 23rd (2022) I reached a huge milestone with Network Traders. We celebrated the early access release on Google Play with a happy release party. But unfortunately, there came a sharp productivity drop right afterwards and only now, three months later, was I able to deliver a new, albeit small, feature update. Version 0.4.6.0 finally concludes the introduction of tooltips for most of the screens, and hopefully ends this pause for good. So what’s next?
The weeks leading up to the public release were actually filled with self-imposed crunch time. Common in game development, but not desirable at all. However, since it was about my own hobby project, it was okay for me. Nevertheless, I dropped into quite a hole afterwards. Part of it was a motivation problem, as it is common after a major achievement. But mostly it was because of other important things that had just accumulated and finally needed attention. So I left my players for three months with one meager bugfix update – my apologies for that! Things will hopefully get better from now on.
Current and next Update – what to expect
I started version 0.4.6 on July 16th, 2022. Since I finished it only now, it took me more than six months! This is the longest I required so far. Usually, a new minor version is done in two months. But then, it included a total of 43 issues, which is also twice as much as a usual one. Without the three months pause it would not have been that bad after all.
But I intend to leave the motivational holes behind me now. Next up is a major release step with version 0.5. The content will be base monetization, which is, of course, not something players are looking forward to. I call it a necessary evil, but don’t worry, I do not intend to bother you too much. And with this final step, Network Traders will be “Alpha Test Ready”. A little too late, I admit, as it is already in alpha test, but that’s what happens to plans – they get obsolete.
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