With Wurm Online safely enshrined on Steam and pulling in “unprecedented” numbers of players thanks to the platform, Code Club is moving on to prepping its next move – and it involves more devs, more marketing, and more content.
“The surge in popularity has definitely exceeded our expectations and it seems like it can give us some headroom in expanding the development team, which should help us increase the development pace of both new features and bug fixing,” Code Club’s Samool writes. “Most of you might not know this, but we have had very few hired or contracted developers for quite a while now, much fewer than you would expect from a game of this scale – but we’re well on the way to fixing that.”
As those new developers are brought in, the team will be working on content and UI improvements. New and prospective players will be happy to know that includes the tutorial: “The tutorial will be getting some polishing, and we’ll be introducing additional in-game tips and tools to help the newer Wurmians learn the ropes and perhaps not get too frustrated by constantly digging through the wiki.” On the content side of things, expect the combat overhaul, sound design overhaul, and a proper account system “to consolidate character ownership into a single account, improve the security of your accounts and ease the management of them.”
In the further future, the team is tackling a “exploration focused update, intended to make the wilderness of Wurm more interesting to explore, with different random encounters to be had around the world” in addition to a creatures revamp. In other words, we’re anticipating big things from the sandbox in the next year or two!