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    Published on 02-01-2012 14:19
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    Fellow Entropians,

    After an eventful and challenging 2011, Entropia Universe enters the new year with solid plans for growth and the opportunity to dramatically improve the user experience for current and future participants. Before detailing some of our upcoming development plans for the new year, let me first take a few moments to summarize the progress that was made in 2011.

    Entropia Universe participants enjoyed many improvements and additions in 2011. One of the most anticipated of these was the launch in May of Entropia’s fourth planet, Planet Arkadia. Throughout the year, the existing planets of Calypso, ROCKTropia and Next Island received numerous content updates and patches to expand and improve the overall user experience and fun-factor.

    On the platform side of things, work continued in 2011 on reimplementing some of the older game systems into the CryEngine2 environment, such as make-up and robot beacons. Several exciting new game systems were also developed and released, including an impressive achievements system, space travel and combat, fort PvP events, and wave spawn logic for boss-level creatures.

    By far one of the most exciting events of 2011 was the announcement late in the year of Calypso Land Deeds, which allow avatars to become citizens of Planet Calypso and receive a share of the Planet Partner Gross Revenue. In addition, each of the 60,000 land deeds will provide the holder with voting rights in a new Political system scheduled for development later this year, which will allow avatars to have a direct influence on the future development of Calypso. Probably due to the high rate of return received since they were released (currently over 28% ROI), Calypso Land Deeds are being snapped up incredibly quickly on the Entropia Universe global auction, with less than half of the original offering of 60,000 deeds remaining.

    While much was accomplished during the last year, 2012 offers even more opportunities and promises to be even brighter for Entropia Universe in terms of number of participants, active Planet Partners and the continued development of rich new game systems. MindArk is very much looking forward to welcoming two exciting new planets into the universe in 2012: the sci-fi themed Planet Cyrene, and the Arabian themed Planet Toulan.

    To accomodate the increasing number of planets within Entropia Universe and to encourage the growth of local planetary economies, one area that will receive special attention in the coming months is space travel and interplanetary trade. Resources and materials will be rebalanced among the planets in order to enable each planet to develop a thriving and healthy local economy, while at the same time creating opportunities for participants to engage in commerce across multiple planets.

    One of the main priorities for MindArk and its Planet Partners in 2012 will be improving the experience for new participants. Our development team is already hard at work redesigning the Genesis new arrivals area, with a focus on making it easier for new participants to become familiar with the user interface and Entropia Universe game concepts. Another priority during 2012 will be improving the balance and performance of existing game systems, along with finalizing the reintroduction of prior game systems disabled after the CryEngine2 conversion.

    MindArk’s plan for maximising the potential of Entropia Universe in 2012 focuses on two key areas:

    1. Upgrade existing game systems to provide an enjoyable and rewarding user experience.
    2. Develop innovative and reliable new game systems to enable our Planet Partners to deliver engaging and immersive content for Entropia Universe participants.

    As these planned improvements and developments are completed during 2012, MindArk will ramp up its efforts to promote Entropia Universe and expand the active user base.

    Finally, I would like to thank you for your participation in Entropia Universe. The most important ingredient for a successful virtual universe is a dedicated and enthusiastic community of participants. Without a doubt, Entropia Universe would not be the vibrant and unique experience it is today without your involvement.

    I hope that you share my excitement and outlook for the future of Entropia Universe. All of us at MindArk promise to do all we can to make 2012 the best year yet to be an Entropian!

    Warm Regards,

    Jan Welter Timkrans

    Chairman of the Board, MindArk PE AB
    Humble Creator of Entropia Universe


    Originally Posted Here
    by Published on 11-08-2011 19:15

    Entropia Universe takes Virtual World Citizenship to a whole new level!

    Planet Calypso introduces a groundbreaking Citizenship System that includes Land Lot Deeds with an expected annual return on investment of up to 30%.

    Gothenburg, Sweden, November 8th, 2011

    MindArk, developer of Entropia Universe, announced today that it will introduce a groundbreaking new Citizenship System. This system will provide planet-wide revenue sharing to participants, as well as a forthcoming political system that will allow users to influence the future development of the planet.

    “The Citizenship System will have a strong impact on the social and virtual worlds industry”, said Jan Welter Timkrans, Chairman of MindArk, “Now people can make money using their game-playing skills and by engaging in the micro transactions economy. They can both share in the revenues of their favourite world and help decide its future via the political system! “

    The new system will allow participants of Entropia Universe to acquire a Land Lot deed. This deed grants holders citizenship on Planet Calypso, along with political voting rights. Citizens of Planet Calypso will receive a share in the planet partner Gross Revenue. Based on Planet Calypso’s performance over the last twelve months, the potential ROI (Return of Investment) of such shares is expected to be between 27% - 30% per year.

    Jan Welter Timkrans: “So far, land management in Entropia Universe has been a very exclusive thing, as the market price for land area deeds have ranged from $5,000 on the low end, to upwards of $500,000. Now, participants of all levels and budgets can manage a piece of an entire virtual world for $100 USD – less than the price of two regular PC games. The Citizenship System brings a new era in MMO and Virtual World participation, something people have been crying out for. It will bring value to people who are passionate about games and global online culture.”

    The new Citizenship System will showcase the economics of a successful Planet Partner on the Entropia Universe platform. Planet Calypso is a profitable Virtual world. It is the oldest of the planets in Entropia Universe, has over 1 million registered users and over $ 400,000,000 USD per year in user-to-user transactions.

    In total, sixty thousand (60,000) Land Lot deeds will be created, each representing a 100 square meter plot on Planet Calypso. Starting on November 8, 2011, batches of these deeds will be offered on the Entropia Universe auction. Each Land Lot deed will have a start-bid price and a buyout price of 1000 PEDs ($100 USD). The Land Lot deeds will be implemented as stackable items, and will be made available in single units, as well as in stacks of 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100. Batches will continue to be offered on the auction until the entire sixty thousands deeds have been sold.

    Each Land Lot deed entitles the holder to a share of the 50% planet partner Gross Revenue generated by Planet Calypso. Payouts of revenue share dividends to deed holders will be made once per week, as opposed to once per year or once per month for many other investments!"

    The success and profitability of the planet will determine the revenue received as a land lot deed holder. If Calypso becomes more popular, the ROI will be higher; similarly, if the popularity of Calypso decreases, the ROI would also decrease. First revenue payouts are planned for the beginning of December 2011.

    Once every six months, audited figures will be presented on MindArk’s homepage so that deed holders can verify their revenue share payouts.

    Current land area deed holders on Calypso will be entitled to one free land lot deed. This does not include deeds for claim battle areas, houses, apartments, shops or sub-divided areas, only Outback Land Areas (OLAs). Treasure Island, FOMA, Crystal Palace and Medusa’s Head will receive one deed, issued to the main estate manager. Management of existing Outback Land Areas will remain unaffected.

    Land Lot Deed holders will have the opportunity to take part in a Calypso Citizenship land grab. Certain areas will be opened on Calypso where deed holders can stake out their land plots. This system development is scheduled to begin in 2012.

    Land Lot Deed holders will be able to build house(s) on the plot(s) they have staked out. (Minimum of 9 plots in a 3x3 format suitable for a structure). This system development is scheduled to begin in 2013.

    Additionally, a comprehensive political system is planned that will allow Land Lot Deed holders to become directly involved with decisions affecting the future development of Calypso, with voting power relative to the number of Land Lot Deeds held. This system development is also scheduled to begin in 2012.

    This information has been released prior to the official press release planned for 16th November as a courtesy to Entropia Universe participants. Further information and specifications may be applied.


    Originally Posted Here
    by Published on 08-13-2011 07:49
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    We have just received word from the Imperial Exobiology institute that the annual migration on Eudoria has begun.

    According to Dr Lys Magsun there can be no mistake that the migration has started and the number of Eomon and Exarotherium is unprecedented.


    The Governors office released the following statement on the subject:

    "These herbivores are normally peaceful but can be dangerous when provoked. Colonists should be careful when venturing south of Cape Corinth and east of Port Atlantis as that seems to be the herds current location."



    Originally Posted Here
    by Published on 06-22-2011 12:03
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    2. General

    The Winners Are...
    June 21st

    Space is out and we are here announcing the winners to the competitions that started June 8th.

    Congratulations to you lucky 7!

    Competition for Motherships



    Hunting Winner
    Darth Skippie Boobie killed a Proteron Young worth 41537 PED and will find the deed to the Mothership - Saratoga in the Inventory.

    Mining Winner
    Max Extreme Hunter found Melchi Water worth 84576 PED and will find the deed to the Mothership - Yamato in the Inventory.

    Crafting Winner
    Sam Diafelx Sara crafted a Rutic Bett (L) worth 83965 PED and will find the deed to the Mothership - Bismarck in the Inventory.

    Competition for Medium Fighters



    The winners will find one Medium Fighter each in their Inventory.

    Winner on Arkadia
    Tomas T79x Hope killed a Halix Young worth 1189 PED and will find the Quad Wing Interceptor - Torchbearer in the Inventory.

    Winner on Calypso
    Simones Fu Kill killed a Shinkiba Young worth 1017 PED and will find the Quad Wing Interceptor - Pioneer in the Inventory.

    Winner on ROCKtropia
    Ed Lguigui Ward killed a Rocktropian worth 71 PED and will find the Quad Wing Interceptor - Groundbreaker in the Inventory

    Winner on Next Island
    Vlad Dracula Tepes killed a Brown Papoo Old worth 1104 PED and will find the Quad Wing Interceptor - Trailblazer in the Inventory


    Motherships in Global Auction
    June 21st

    Three motherships have now been entered to the global auction. You find these auctions in the Auctions UI: in the most right column, click on the drop-down list and choose "Global Auction".

    These three motherships are docked outside the planet space stations. The coordinates can be found in the Items Info of the deeds.

    For information on how to utilize and activate a mothership, see section Utilizing New Mothership in Space in Beginner's Guide.


    Originally Posted Here
    by Published on 06-08-2011 17:48
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    June 8th

    The office is buzzing with excitement as we are getting closer and closer to the space release. With this release Entropia truly becomes the Entropia Universe with space travel between the planets and space stations for intermediate landing.

    The target date for the release is set to the 21st of June 2011. Make sure you are ready for this exciting happening!



    Celebration

    To celebrate this occasion MindArk will have two competitions before the release and then add interesting objects to the auction after release.

    The competitions start tonight (8th of June) at 00:00 Entropian time and end at 24:00 Entropian time on the 20th of June.

    Competition for Motherships

    The first competition will be won by the participant or participants receiving the biggest Hall of Fame entries for Hunting, Mining and Construction respectively during the competition time. If you win this, a Mothership Deed will be added to your Inventory.

    Note that the motherships are unlimited!

    Competition for Medium Fighters

    The second competition will be won by four participants, one on each planet. It is possible for an individual participant to win the competition on more than one planet. The winners have to receive the largest loot, during the competition time, from hunting the following mobs:

    Planet - Mob
    • Planet Calypso - Shinkiba Young
    • ROCKtropia - ROCKtropian
    • Next Island - Brown Papoo Young, Mature old
    • Arkadia - Halix Young


    Note that these mobs are also suitable for newly entered participants to hunt.

    If you win this, a Medium Fighter Deed will be added to your Inventory.

    Auction

    On the first day after the release, three Motherships will be placed in the Entropia Universe auction on a 24-hour auction period.

    When the initial three auctions are won, one Mothership will be placed in the auction every 24th hour until MindArk deems there are an adequate number of Motherships for the current space and Entropia Universe population. There will be no prior notification that MindArk will stop releasing new Motherships to the auction.

    No limit or buyout prices will be set for these auctions.

    Note that the motherships are unlimited!

    Hangar Managers

    There will be some special treats for our current hangar managers in this space release and a subsequent release.

    Release of Space

    The space will connect all planets in one universe and you can choose to travel between them in space ships instead of using teleportation.

    Motherships, unlimited and the Titans of Space, are large spaceships with awesome firepower and transportation capabilities. You will be able to configure your ship for basic usage or adjust it into one of the most fearsome and dominating space crafts you can find today. Rule space with your ship and a crew of gunners and engineers: attack and defend, repair the ship and manage the Structural Integrity for maximum defence! Bring large groups of friends and other passengers on the ship for voyages deep into space or between planets. Let your allies find a somewhat safer harbour in space by landing a smaller space craft inside the Mothership hangar while moving.



    The first space release will include the following features:

    • Space travel and commodity transportation between the planets, space-stations, asteroids etc.
    • PVP fighting in the entire universe except in the parking zones outside the space stations.
    • A reputation system for your heroic or not so heroic deeds in space is provided.


    Mothership characteristics:

    • Engineering for various upgrades.
    • Gunner positions: 6 + 1 pilot.
    • Passenger Teleport: Planet to Mothership.
    • Passengers: Max 50 including crew.
    • Initial weapon type: Plasma cannons.
    • Revival faculties.


    Coming Releases of Space

    In the pipeline for the coming space-related releases we have warp speed to experience the thrill of space travel, more advanced engineering features. To increase protection for the motherships and its crew from opponents the number of gunner positions will be increased to 13 and 4 shield sections will be added. Also, heavy weapons, torpedos, will be added.

    - Arachne -

    When I don't harass my co-workers with yoga, I'm at the heart of things at MindArk: writing, collecting info for Release Notes, working on the web and doing other important tasks that come in my way.

    Originally Posted Here


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