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    Letter from the CEO



    Entropians,

    When I was announced as the new CEO of MindArk I stated that one of my priorities would be improved communication between MindArk and the community. As you may have noticed, there has not yet been so much communication from my side. The main reason is that I did not want to announce new ideas and plans without first engaging with the employees at MindArk. It is important that everyone within the company steer in the same direction and look towards the future with enthusiasm. In the eight months since being appointed as CEO, I have met intensively with the various MindArk departments to solicit suggestions on the best way forward, as well on refining the near and long-term vision for Entropia Universe. We now have a solid plan in place to implement that vision.

    I realized the incredible potential of Entropia Universe immediately upon creating my avatar and logging in for the first time. It has now become my job to ensure that MindArk achieves that potential. There are many things that we can improve in Entropia Universe, including the relationship and communication with the community. There are many different communication channels where we plan to be more active, including community forums, Discord, and possibly Reddit.

    2017 in Retrospect

    Before looking ahead to the future, let’s review some of the things accomplished during 2017. In terms of content we are always working to expand storylines, missions and events and 2017 was no exception. Last year’s Merry Mayhem event featured the first implementation of a new event system that is more integrated into the client and accommodates new event formats.

    With Loot 2.0 we revamped the hunting loot formula in order to achieve a more flexible, balanced, and rewarding system. Those changes have led to significantly improved loot returns for the vast majority of players and an overall better loot balance. Further improvements to the loot system have been ongoing since the initial implementation of Loot 2.0.

    During the second half of the year some of our participants experienced serious lag issues. While the issue itself was not an isolated one with a single cause, a complete review of the engine was made. In addition to fixing the issue, several improvements were made to other systems which made the core server infrastructure more robust as a result. This work has been continuing throughout 2018, with the aim of performing a similar overview and optimization of the client to ensure that Entropia becomes more stable and smooth-running.

    2018 and Beyond

    For the remainder of 2018 and into the early part of 2019, MindArk will be primarily focused on improving existing Entropia Universe systems and content.

    This does not mean that no new content will be added or that no new events will be implemented, however it does mean that there will be a few selected areas that will receive the bulk of our attention. One of these focus areas will be system interaction, modernizing some of the legacy systems we have today, and upgrading others to conform to industry standards. These efforts will improve avatar interaction with the universe and feel much more engaging.

    Some of you may have noticed that we are inviting a group of participants to MindArk headquarters to help test and provide feedback for some of the upcoming improvements to the client camera system. These changes are something we believe will benefit newcomers and veterans alike.

    A similar overhaul will be performed for the various user interfaces, where the aim is to create a more visually appealing, unified and responsive experience. This will be an iterative process to ensure that we are moving in the right direction.

    Moving forward, I will share periodic Development Manifestos like this one on the Entropia Universe Buzz page to keep the community informed of MindArk’s design philosophies, decision-making process, future plans, and more.

    Finally, I am planning to do an AMA (Ask Me Anything) sometime in the near future, either on the Entropia Universe subreddit or on PlanetCalypsoForum.com. More detailed info to come soon!

    Kind regards,
    Henrik Nel
    CEO, MindArk PE AB



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    Yay some progress!

    I'm hopeful but wary, but communication is always a great step forward.

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    It lives!!!!

    Pretty light on the details for 8 months of discussing things with devs and making plans.

    In light of this new "better communication" policy any estimate when we might hear from you again other than just "in the future"?

    Nice to hear your focus is on improving existing systems. Not so nice to hear that your starting with the interface/camera. Seems more like you played the game for the first time and rather than wanting to learn the existing UI you demanded they rebuild it so it was easier for you lol

    Anyways, thanks for the message and welcome aboard.... Please don't let us down.


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    Well, this is entirely a coincidence, but what I thought when reading this and no replies yet was: Not Even Worth Commenting On - letters NEWCO, so I added the word enthusiastically... Not Even Worth Commenting Enthusiastically On. - NEW CEO.

    That aside, I'd have preferred the not quite so new ceo to get done the following: 1 positive each for as many areas as possible in a bits and bobs vu. Something along the lines of:
    a new rk-40 for faster repairing
    a new use for composite planks to make harvesting useful again
    repair a shop bug
    allow pec or 10 pec increments on the auction
    etc etc. They must have a list of little things we would like, surely. I didn't know camera changes was one of those, although it might be I suppose...

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    Letter from the CEO








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    Finally, I am planning to do an AMA (Ask Me Anything) sometime in the near future, either on the Entropia Universe subreddit or on PlanetCalypsoForum.com. More detailed info to come soon!
    !
    Kind regards,
    Henrik Nel
    CEO, MindArk PE AB





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    Please refer to various support cases re space that have been sent over the last (at least) 6 years


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    This AmA thing sounds good, as I have some questions that are really important for my personal future in EU.

    The sooner the better.

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    ++++ for the initiative ,
    loot 2.0 ? meh increased returns? if you say so ... go check in the data my returns , and then we can talk about it.

    but yea overall its good, lets say , looking forward for the new implements.
    Bam ! Iím out !

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    Translation: We get that many of you are really pissed with what we've done over the last 12-18 months. We also have no idea what to do next but please let this fluff pass as state of the puniverse address.

    Anyways, nice of you to come out of hiding.


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    This AmA thing sounds good, as I have some questions that are really important for my personal future in EU.

    The sooner the better.
    That's indeed pretty brave if it should ever take place. I know I'm too much of a heckler myself to stay constructive in a session like that. Yet i'm sure there are folks who have some pertinent questions to ask and are able to keep their temper under control.

    If anyone does get the ear of the ceo during that session, then please do ask who the 12 mln $ derptoken donor was and how MA intents to spent all that pinke pinke

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    Not that there's hidden symbolism everywhere but... a quad flying away from a site of terrible destruction?
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    Good to see this communication and hopefully MindArk pulls through with these changes. I look forward to the updates of existing systems as I believe many of them are long overdue for some change. Also, I am the admin of both the EU subreddit and the owner of the EU discord. Iím more than happy to help out on both of those platforms in whatever way I can.

    Links to both:
    Discord: discord.gg/bdDeqtn
    Reddit: www.reddit.com/r/entropiauniverse

    I should mention the subreddit could use more traffic but the discord has a great community that is engaging, helpful, and active. I welcome you to check it out sometime

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