We will take and share the questions for you, we won't be able to answer everything in one hour but it's not the last AMA and your questions might be answered at a later date if needed.
Don't worry too much.
Your questions will be answered by Kamil Bilczyński (Kamil Bilczynski), Creative Director and Co-Founder of The Farm 51, and Alexey Larionov(Curtainman), Producer at MY.GAMES.
Some questions was answered, supplemented by community managers: [CM] Halth, [CM] Tyrell, [CM] ajem. [CM] Halth: Questions about Roadmap, content and development will be for another time. [CM] Tyrell: The issue is that we wanted to do this AMA fast to answer questions about MY.GAMES partnership. As everyone was worried about it.
*** about F2P and P2W ***
MY.GAMES do F2P projects. WW3 will become F2P with microtransactions? Who will observe microtransaction. Do the decisions remain with the F51? Or will the publisher dictate pricing? Will prices be regional? Curtainman: The details of the distribution model will be revealed later in 2020. However it’s important to mention that F51 will have full control over development process and the vision for World War 3. Additionally, in any case, we are not going to introduce pay2win elements to the game and we’re adamant in this decision already. [CM] Halth: Answers about "F2P", "partnership" were answered, but we can't answer to a question if we don't have the answer (such as release date) or if it's not related to the current AMA (content and development) [CM] Halth: But the answers will arrive sooner or later [CM] Tyrell: Yep, definitely won't be P2W
*** about dates ***
To Farm 51: When do you plan to release 0.9 update? Kamil Bilczynski: We will release new updates when they will be ready.
Where answers about concrete dates? [CM] Halth: You prefer hearing about a random date then a lot of delay without being sure about anything? Giving hope is nice but if we are not sure about any release date, lying to the community or disappointing you all is a no-no [CM] Tyrell: Hey hey everyone! I get your feeling. As I said at the end of the AMA, I don't think sharing dates for the sake of sharing dates will be a good idea. I remember being very very disapointed when one of my favorite game shared a false date
*** about MY.GAMES and partnership ***
Will My.Games going to help you in other way than resources and expertise? What role will MY.GAMES have in development? Will they contribute staff, funds or leave it entirely up to F51? Will this deal help accelerate the development of new content like maps and weapons? Does the partnership have any personal consequences on Farm 51's side? I.e. have F51 employees been replaced by MyGames guys Kamil Bilczynski: A lot of questions In general - My.Games will help us in any aspect of WW3, to make this game more bigger and better. Thats why we chose My.Games as our strategic long-term partner for WW3 project new content like maps, weapons will come for sure
How did the team and the people over at MyGames handle the significant backlash, angry comments and concerns they got from the community on the forums and discord? Kamil Bilczynski: I’m pretty sure that My Games is a perfect partner for WW3 project Before we sign a deal i had a lot of discussion with them, they really understand WW3 as game and player expectation as well. We have a solid plan how to improving WW3 together - don't' worry
Why did you choose WW3 for a game to support if you are a producer of Warface (simillar FPS shooter game). Isn’t WW3 a competitor for your own title? Curtainman: We feel that World War 3 is already a great game and we want to work on it together with Farm 51 to make it even better as well as to attract new players to it! As for the Warface title. we are sure that both games provide unique gameplay experience and won’t interfere much with each other.
Will mail.ru related to partnership? How? [CM] Halth: MY.GAMES is the gaming section of Mail.ru , so we are part of Mail.ru
What My.Games will give WW3. 3 main items [CM] Halth: You mean what MY.GAMES will bring to the game? I won't consider myself as a "main item" but you got an exemple Help for publishing : Community management, Marketing and other things alon these lines
How many years will your (Farm51and My.Games) cooperation last? Curtainman: You don’t usually put an expiration date on things like that, in this regard it’s like marriage:) But seriously, we trust this is going to be a long and fruitful cooperation.
Is there a team at my.games now working or helping on the development of WW3? If yes, is there a specific area(s) which they are working on? Kamil Bilczynski: Yes - we are working pretty close together on many key areas! We will share more details about our cooperation when we will be ready to to that...we just starting
Any chance for Partnerships or Partner Programs with content creators? [CM] Halth: Oh There will be Partner Programs with content creators (Yeah my words have less impact than Kamil or Alexey, but you can expect it for sure)
Maybe some details regarding the partnership? What can we expect [CM] Halth: I guess it's the usual relationship between developers and publishers. Developers makes a good game, Publishers makes it known to a lot of people so it becomes a success
Will there be any collaboration with other games that my.games published (for example Armored Warfare)? [CM] Halth: It might be an idea in the future but I guess we will want the game to be released first before proceeding to such a cross-over /collaboration. It's quite difficult especially when the two games are so differents
What does my.games see for the future of World War 3? Curtainman: We think that as soon as the game is complete it has full potential to be a hit on Tactical FPS market and even the FPS market in general. As a publisher we will apply our resource and offer all the help to Farm51 to make this happen.
*** about steam and access***
Why will the game be "on hold" for purchase exactly? When we loose opportunity to buy a game ? Curtainman: Players who have already purchased World War 3 in early access will be able to play it indefinitely. However, the game will no longer be available for purchase on Steam until further notice. We will certainly reveal full details about that later.
Will there be any patches, big and small, before release? Can we update the game and play? How long it is going to stay in EA version? Curtainman: Game will be available on steam but will not be available for purchase until final release. We have some plans to share and test new improvements with players before 1.0 release, but for sure we don't want to show unfinished/untested updates.
If people bought your game via Steam in an Early Access Phase for 99pln, what will they get when the game goes f2p and will it be worth the previous price? Curtainman: You'll definitely keep access to the game and you'll receive rich amount of game's content regardless of our distribution solution that is still to be announced later this year.
With the professional QA team support from my.games can we still have access as players to the PTE environment maybe a bit before launch?, online players always find more bugs than QA teams [CM] Halth: Players who bought the game will have access to the game during the development so I expect you will be able to be our super wonderful QA
What will veteran ww3 players receive during final release? Kamil Bilczynski: All early access players will be recognised as veterans and will receive special gifts when the game launches. Any purchases of in-game content made during the Early Access period will be transferred or refunded as in-game currency as appropriate.
*** about game and new patch ***
Do you believe that the key weaknesses of the game, I mean optimisation and servers can be finally repaired to satisfy players? Kamil Bilczynski: In my opinion together with My Games we have a much better starting point to polishing and improving the WW3 game and launch successful final release !
How many new maps are your team currently working on? Kamil Bilczynski: You will be surprised (we hope)
Will you implement a complete and easy to follow tutorial? Kamil Bilczynski: Yes, we have such a plans
Would you consider adding map voting after each round? Would you consider adding map rotation? [CM] Halth: I won't put this question in priority, as it's more of a good suggestion than a question
Are we going to get a large "Arma" style map? [CM] Halth: I'm curious too, do you mean a map for a lot of players or more of a sandbox map?
What part of development was so far the hardest one? (again without obvious ones i.e. release disaster or 0.3) Kamil Bilczynski: Creating a multiplayer FPS game is a constant challenge, every day...this is a nice story for another long conversation in the future (after successful final release)
Will there be any DLC´s? Curtainman: We are certainly planning to release a post launch development roadmap as well as production plan later this year.
When can we expect new teased content like animations to turn up? Kamil Bilczynski: When new stuff will be ready to release on live update Thanks to our cooperation with MyGames we will have access to professional QA team, which (we hope) help us a lot on bugfixing stage.
Will there be more diversity for character customization? Kamil Bilczynski: I think today we have a lot of the options for character customization comparing to other fps game But Yes - more operators and outfits will come in future If you have any suggestions just send us an email what you want
Is there a rework plan for some maps like Berlin, which is quite a weak map visually, compared to Smolensk or Polaryn. Kamil Bilczynski: We are improving old maps in terms of gameplay and visual part - you will be surprised
What will be the weight for single player experience vs multiplayer? Kamil Bilczynski: Right now we are focusing on multiplayer..but who knows ? Maybe in the future we will release some pure-hard tactical single player campaign...but right now we are focusing on multiplayer
How will be the WW3 protected against cheaters? Nowadays every FPS has tons of cheaters. Curtainman: Yes you’re right it’s an important issue to handle. However, both MY.GAMES and Farm51 have experience in managing FPS games and dealing with this problem accordingly and that’s exactly what we intend to do As far as how exactly it goes, we will reveal the details as soon as they are set, prepared and finalized.
*** about consoles and other platforms ***
On what conslole will be the game? Ps4 or xbox ? [CM] Halth: Consoles are not on topic as we want the game to be ready and running on PC first (it's in the answers)
On what type of consoles do you plan to release the game and when? What is the role of My.game in porting process? Curtainman: We are very excited for the new generation of consoles as well as the possibilities of console release in general, but we want to first focus on delivering the best possible experience to PC players. Currently we don’t have any announcements to share regarding bringing WW3 to other platforms.
*** about communication***
What happened to communication over the last three months? Kamil Bilczynski: We were working pretty hard on project and talking about cooperation details with My Games.
Is Ragir still working on this game or he is fired? [CM] ajem: yeah, Ragir is still working on this game
Can we expect some regular information/communication again or will the development go on "in the dark"? Curtainman: We will certainly keep you informed of our progress. We are going to release WW3 development roadmap and production plans later this year.
Will you release past videos, photos, etc. of development from early on, before EA release? Some fun stuff, some serious stuff, both? Kamil Bilczynski: Sure,why not
*** about regions ***
What are your expectations regarding to chinese market release? Do you think My.games can help with it? Kamil Bilczynski: Definitely, asian market is very important for us and for our strategy a i’m pretty sure that My Games as global publisher will help us to manage WW3 on asian regions
The game will become regional? Russians play only with Russians, Chinese only with Chinese, Europeans only with European e.t.c.? Kamil Bilczynski: At this moment we don't have any plans to have a different "region-separations" comparing to today WW3 servers.
*** about technical ***
To Farm 51: Do you still plan to replace microsoft servers with linux servers? Kamil Bilczynski: Yes, we are considering linux servers as sold alternative for windows servers.
RTX and DLSS 2.0, will be support for this? Kamil Bilczynski:Sure, why not - to be honest, we are evaluating this possibility
Can we expect answers to unanswered questions after this AMA?
Curtainman: We are going to be posting a summary of our today’s AMA this week and we’ll try our best to add some more info there:) However, you see, some things are still in production or under discussion and we will be sharing them as soon as we can. [CM] Halth: Please note that few questions will be answered later and you will receive a recap of this AMA soon [CM] Tyrell: We will be back soon with the recap from the ama and some more questions answered.