We apologize for this announcement. However, due to the slight delay on the FilePlanet Closed Beta as well as playing too much Orion with the new players, we have to announce a slight delay.
The real reasons are just getting a bit of extra time to prepare. The code is nearly ready, the maps have been optimized and are being sent in (may require some last minute touches and optimizations) but we still need to set up a few mirrors for the downloads among other forms of rigorous game testing.
We also want to take a moment and thank anyone and everyone who signed up on FilePlanet to grab there hands on the Closed Beta. We accumulated 2,000 downloads in a matter of 48 hours. Keep in mind, the file size is 1.25GB and can take anywhere from 1 hour to 4 hours to download (connecting depending) as well as only having 4 servers available from FilePlanet with its download queues and wait lines allowing only 4 people to download at once! We thank you and salute you for your patience!
After we release the Public Beta 1.0 this Monday (over 30 changes, 4 new maps, old maps optimized and changed), we will be taking the following week slowly and focusing on some other things such as:
-Setting up new servers ( SVN / Dropbox / FTP )
-Hiring new talent ( 3D Artists / 2D Artists / Programmers / Level Designers / Animators - Apply now!)
-Re-organizing the website ( New Media / Team Page / and more ).
-Re-organizing the forums.
-Cleaning up the build.
-Preparing Beta 2.0 for you guys.
We will be making some more news article posts after the Beta 1.0 release containing things like concepts of future content, announcing competitions ( Level Design Competition will be first - so continue putting that Orion SDK to work! ) as well as answering the questions from the fans ( and even haters perhaps! ).
We apologize for the delay - but rest assured, it'll be completely worth it.