April Update Status Quo
We would first of all like to thank you for your patience over the last few days. Secondly, we would like to take a moment to explain what happened and what the plan is moving forward.
On Thursday the 2nd of May we updated Empire. This update contained a required fundamental overhaul to some of the cornerstone architecture of the game. The goal of this was to rework the database in which the data of all of your castles are stored. This entailed restructuring the entire database. This major overhaul and the update itself were tested for a month on our Beta server and no issues were uncovered there. This restructuring would have enabled us to more easily manipulate the data which could in turn be used for various purposes such as the more efficient implementation of future features and better testing capabilities for our Quality Assurance department.
Once the update went live we very quickly became aware that players were experiencing severe problems while playing the game. We responded quickly to fix the errors. The issues fixed included not being able to transport resources or move troops between the castles.
After these problems were resolved we encountered yet more issues. These are not reproducible on our test server as yet and affect a minority of our players, albeit a significant one. Due to this, we are only able to proceed slowly with fixes. To ameliorate the situation we are prioritizing each issue based on the effect it has on gameplay and enjoyment.
We have a lot of issues on our radar, but the current major issues we are working on are:
- Storm Islands
- The food display is not calculating and displaying correctly and shows too high a level that slowly decreases to the correct value.
- Moving Castles and abandoning Outposts is not working as intended
- The spy reports are throwing occasional errors making them unreadable from the world map.
The list above does not indicate the priority or the order of being fixed it is also not a complete list of the current bugs. As mentioned before we have to proceed slowly and carefully. Please continue to report bugs as you have been doing. Your help is invaluable in seeing that we get everything corrected and running as it should be. Once again we would like to thank you for your patience while we work to fix the errors.