Intro to Continents and Seasons
January 16, 2020 - The Avatar: Pandora Rising Dev Team
We’re excited to add a new feature, Seasons, that will change how our Continents (aka servers) are organized to help keep the game competitive and exciting.
Continents and You
Continents are dedicated play spaces we send players to when they join the game. The goal is that these are not too small or overcrowded and have a good level of activity. New players are usually placed on our newest Continents to ensure they have the best experience with others that have just began playing. That means if you were to start the game as Na'vi and later also decided to play as RDA, those factions could be on two different Continents. Your Player Profile has a Continent section displaying which one you're currently on.
You can only currently communicate with players on your own Continent, and we’re looking into ways new players can chat with or join a friend who is a seasoned player on an older Continent. There are currently no plans for transfers, but it is something we've been discussing. As time moves on, we will add more Continents to accommodate the growing community.
Seasons and Continent shuffles
Over time, Continents will naturally diminish in population while simultaneously settling into brackets of skill level and/or power. To keep the game fresh and competitive, we plan on periodically shuffling Alliances onto different Continents. We're calling the time in between these shuffles: Seasons. This shuffling will take into account Alliance size and Market Value/Prosperity with the goal of creating Continents that have varieties of skill levels and viable competition for all. Newer Continents will usually not be part of the Season shuffle.
We added Season Score to track your personal and Alliance performance in events throughout the Season. Currently this score is more for recognition of your efforts and bragging rights, but we're looking into how we can make it more rewarding. It currently has no impact on which Continent your Alliance will be on after a shuffle. Season Scores and Leaderboards will be reset when a new Season begins.
What happens in a new Season
Our initial Season shuffle will be happening soon, and those impacted will receive a message in their Inbox. We recommend that Alliances ensure that their roster is set before the move happens. If you run a second Alliance, it may not be on the same Continent as your main Alliance after the shuffle. You may also no longer be playing alongside the Alliances you’ve formed treaties or rivalries with as they could be shuffled onto a different Continent.
After the shuffle, your entire alliance will be together on a new Continent and your base will be randomly relocated there as well. Not to worry, we will be sending out relocation packages so that you can move closer to your Alliance. Only Season Leaderboards and Scores will be reset when a new one starts.
The future of Seasons
Seasons is currently in its early stages and as such will be receiving some changes as the game grows. We currently don’t have set durations for Seasons just yet, but before they happen we will be sure to give you advanced notice. We’re currently looking into ways to make Seasons a much more impactful aspect of the player experience.
We hope you all will enjoy the fresh competition that Seasons will bring, and we will be closely monitoring the feature as it grows.