The year 2017 was a very special year for us. This year we have successfully released our first Steam App, namely Just Cause 3 Multiplayer, together with our partners at Square Enix. Since then we have reached over 170.000 downloads and have announced our very first game. Let's recap everything which has happened last year and afterwards let's look into the future: To make it clear, we are definitely not finished with what we're doing.
JC3:MP - Beta Release
After our "administrative issues" of the 20th December 2016 (about which we still can't talk, sorry pals) we were finally able to release our first Just Cause 3 Multiplayer beta on the 6th of January 2017. Despite initial performance issues we were initially able to maintain a high player- and download count, which resulted at the end of our Beta at around 160.000 unique downloads.
Overall we are happy about the success of the Beta: Thanks to the great amount of crash dumps, which we could gather with your help, we were able to polish the modification, improve performance by a lot and make it overall more stable. Also, thanks to the many suggestions we received from you, we were not only able to add a lot of new features but also learned a lot for future projects.
For us as the team behind nanos the 6th January was a really important day. It was one of the biggest milestones in our recent history, which we celebrated after a year of hard work.
nanos team party
After the first public beta and about a year of hard work we decided to celebrate together: More precisely, we did that between the 20th and 22nd January at our lead developers, Alex 'meow' Güttler, home in Norther Germany. This was the very first meeting of our whole team, which meant people from all around Europe (Wales, England, Austria and Germany) came together and met for the first time in reality. This weekend was of course not only used for partying, but also for planning our next steps and improving parts of our code base. It was also used for a bit of live-communication with the community. For me this was one of the highlights of the past year, because I could meet many of my team colleagues in private for the very first time - and of course also for the great memories of our launch party We are planning another meeting this March, hopefully again with all team members (including the many new ones).
Some impressions right from Alex's place:
This year Malte and me went to London for 3 times to visit our friends at Square Enix and the Just Cause team to talk about potential plans, discuss about problems and to socialize together. The visit of the Square Enix office and the meetings held there was really special for us as "beginners" in the gaming-business. We want to thank all of the great people there for their hospitality and certainly hope to see you guys again soon!
Despite product meetings, smaller live streams and gaming sessions, we were also enjoying some visits to restaurants and bars with our friends from Square Enix. We could also use our time in London to meet some of you guys from the community, namely YouTuber Superrebel and the creator of our Trailer, Mp3Charlie. Below you can find some impressions:
JC3:MP - Steam release
After about one and a half years of work something happened on the 20th July 2017: Square Enix made it possible to release our very first app on Steam, which was one of the biggest milestones on our way to make multiplayer development and development of the technologies behind them to our real job. After working on 4 different modifications within 6 years the Steam release of JC3:MP was THE highlight for us all in the year of 2017. This was a big step, which really meant a lot to us. Now, about 5 months later, we can already thank you for about 170.000 downloads over Steam. We were also able to get a lot of feedback from you guys to further improve our modification. Of course, we are not finished with the development of JC3:MP. We are aiming to treat you with great things in the year 2018 - starting with our 1.1 release, which will include the long awaited tethering.
Let's focus on what's coming up next: This November we gave you a sneak peak on our very own game -nanos world- which is a project we will continue to work on in 2018. Besides the nanos world developments blogs, which will start very soon, we will most likely release our very first version of the technology behind our projects: the nanos multiplayer framework. In addition to that we have already planned some community related events and ways on how the community can work together with us on what's coming next. So stay tuned.
To conclude: 2017 was a very great and exciting year for us, despite some ups and downs. We have achieved quite a lot and experienced many things, which is why I want to thank all of you for your support, for your criticism, your honest opinion and all the moments we shared together: You helped us to push Nanos forward, regardless whether you were a fanboy or a harsh critic. You kept us motivated to keep pursuing what we do. To sum it up: A big thank you to all of you. We hope we can share a lot of moments with you together next year.
We wish you and your families a wonderful Christmas, a great start into the new year and overall a lot of luck for 2018. Let's rock the next year, together!