Friday, July 7, 2017

In Regards To Community Outreach and XING’s Progress

Hello! My name is Marcus Wong and I’ll be joining the XING team to help with community management! Some quick fun facts about me: I am an incoming Computer Science freshman at the University of California, Irvine, who is striving to become a game developer or software engineer in the future. I’m a huge PC and VR enthusiast; I built my first PC when I was 10 and I’ve been using it ever since. My hobbies are video gaming (of course), drawing, game development, and watching anime. Some of my favorite games are Final Fantasy XIV, Super Smash Bros Melee, NieR: Automata, and Persona 5, and I like almost all genres of games.

Hi, Marcus here!

Anyways, that’s enough about me. Starting today, I'll be helping with XING's community management and making sure that you, the player, know what's happening!

To start off, let’s discuss XING’s progress. I know some of you may be having doubts about XING’s development progress, given the time it’s taken, and I do agree that your doubts are not unjustified. However, from the time I’ve spent with them, I can assure you that the team members are not just dilly-dallying around every day, but are working hard to make XING a flawless, polished experience for every single platform on which XING has been announced.

In addition, the team realizes that the amount of community interaction they have had in the past was not sufficient, so their goal with adding me to be part of community management is to help bridge that gap. Together, we will now do our absolute best to update you regularly on the game's progress as we get closer to launch!

Our goal is to provide the same amount of accessibility to all platforms.

One of the largest parts of XING’s development is building it for the many platforms it’ll be available on. We must individually test each new build on PC, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PS4, and PS VR to make sure there are no sudden bugs or gameplay issues popping up for one or more platforms. For example, one problem that sprang up recently was that the save feature was malfunctioning in only the VR versions of the game, and so we had to continuously debug to find out and fix the issue. On top of that, we are also making sure that the non-VR experience isn’t any worse than the VR experience, and vice versa. Despite these challenges, we are firmly committed to emphasize both quantity and quality with XING’s platforms.

Many aspects of the game must be created multiple times to support each of the platforms.

This is just one of the tasks of XING’s development that we must perform to make sure XING is an excellent experience for you, the player. Some others include: making sure the puzzles are accessible, challenging, and fun, creating immersion in the worlds of XING, and optimizing the game so you don’t need a top-of-the-line PC to run it.

We hope you understand the work that we are putting into XING and trust us to deliver to you a stellar experience!

Thank you for reading and supporting XING!

Marcus