Edain 4.0: Our Plans For 2015
Greetings, companions of Edain!
A very productive year and successful year lies behind us, and you gave us a wonderful surprise to close it on a triumphant note: Your votes propelled Edain to fifth place in the Mod of the Year 2014 competition! Thank you from the entire team, it is great to see that a mod for the Battle for Middle-Earth can still go this far with the support of a strong community. And we are far from done!
That is why we’d like to take this opportunity to talk to you about our plans for 2015. As you can see from our updates, work on version 4.0 is going very well and most of the major concepts are finished for all factions. Some factions are even fully playable already, we showcased Gondor and Rohan in our recent Livestream. After that, many of you asked the question: If it’s already playable, why don’t we release it?
Unfortunately, not all factions are in a state where we are confident to release them yet. The major work is done, but for a final release a faction has to be tested extensively. Some conceptual problems only become apparent after you’ve implemented your ideas and played with them a while, and of course there are bugs to be squashed and balance to be tuned. This means we don’t have a full version 4.0 ready to release yet, and won’t have one for a while. However, we certainly feel that you have waited long enough and it’s about time we gave you something new to play.
Thus, we have decided to release the factions we have finished so far in a demo version of Edain 4.0 during the first quarter of 2015. As a return to the glorious days of the first Battle for Middle-Earth, this demo will include the fully playable and completed core factions of Gondor, Rohan, Isengard and Mordor. It will be released in both German and English and feature all new mechanics and maps of 4.0, if only for the four starter factions.
Following the initial release, we will expand that demo with new factions as we finish them. This will also give us the opportunity to gauge your feedback on the gameplay of Edain 4.0, make improvements and implement them straight into the new factions. That way, the entire community will be able to participate in finalizing Edain 4.0.
We look forward to the coming year and are very excited and are finally share what we worked on for the past two years! And we have a small appetizer for you today:
We'd also like to thank our trailer team members Caun and Gepetto, who whipped up this teaser for the demo of Edain 4.0 in record time :)
Looking forward to where 2015 will lead us,
Your Edain Team