The Forge Begins

This week we are opening the doors to Mavericks for the first time as we welcome Founders into The Forge. This is an important milestone in the development journey of Mavericks: Proving Grounds. With the help of our Founders, we'll begin to expansively test core gameplay, scale and design elements, amongst other areas, as we move into an exciting period of rapid iteration and evolution.

As The Forge opens, players will initially participate in a stripped-back version of the full Mavericks experience. This early-stage version is built to test core functions and scale with an open-world Free-For-All mode that supports up to 1,000 players set as the default game-type (find out more in our FAQ).

We understand that this may disappoint some Founders who are expecting The Forge to launch with a Battle Royale mode as standard. We will be running limited-time Battle Royale events during the early days of The Forge but it will not be the initial focus of our testing. The decision to open with Free-For-All is a necessary early step as we aggressively test servers and scale. Things will break and that's the point.

This is where you come in. We need our community to rally together with us and provide the invaluable feedback that we need to bring Mavericks to more players. With your help, we will build and shape the future of The Forge.

As we bring our community closer to the heart of Mavericks' development, you can also expect more insights and updates, allowing you to see the impact that your actions have on the world around you. Rapid Updates will be delivered each week adding important but incremental changes to the game; Core Updates will have a substantial impact on the game experience, adding deeper gameplay features such as advanced destructibility, fire propagation, tracking abilities and other major areas of design. All of these features are based on how you interact with the game.

This is not a finished product, and we'll be working hard over the coming weeks and months to make the game launch ready. Because of this, you can expect bugs, crashes and glitches - and you can be on the frontline helping us identify and tackle where we need to make key improvements and changes. Join in the discussion on our Founders Forum or Discord channel. If you have noticed a bug, be sure to report it here.

The community can also look forward to weekly updates on upcoming new features and events, as well as detailed information from our testing including highlighting the ways in which community members have made a difference to the world of Mavericks. We'll begin this with an AMA on our Founders Forum that will take place in December where Automaton's CEO James Thompson will be available to answer your questions following the first few days of The Forge. We're excited to begin this journey and build the future of Mavericks with our community. Thank you for your patience. We'll see you in The Forge.

FAQ

Q: What is The Forge?

The Forge is the first version of an ever-evolving game. Ahead of the full release of Mavericks: Proving Grounds in 2019, The Forge allows players to join Automaton to build the best possible Mavericks experience, testing key areas of design and shaping the future of the game. The community will be part of a game which layers, develops, and expands quickly with rapid updates, delivering new features and capabilities quickly to gamers.

Q: Why have you not updated us recently?

In short; we've been working hard. We know many of you have been asking questions about when The Forge is launching and we've remained focused on delivering on our promised launch date. We have planned for further amounts of content to be launched once The Forge is open so Founders and others know what we're adding to the next update and what's coming in the future.

Q: Why are we not doing the Beta as you spoke about at E3?

We delayed our Beta stage of the game because the game's development roadmap didn't marry what we could deliver. We have apologised for this delay and we highlight that The Forge is not in Beta state. It is, however, an early-state of the game which will develop and expand as gamers are in The Forge.

Q: What features can we expect in The Forge on launch?

The first days of The Forge are primarily about testing servers and scale. It will feature up to 1,000 concurrent players, which has been the primary focus of our work. For this reason, we have disabled some gameplay at launch, including Battle Royale. Players will be in Free-For-All mode by default on launch, enabling us to effectively test constant scale. There will also be some animations and visual features presented in a very limited state as part of this first test.

Q: When will Battle Royale be ready?

Whilst Battle Royale will not be the default mode at launch we will be running BR events. We will announce these ahead of time so Founders are aware when they can participate. Battle Royale will be fully implemented as part of the first Core Update.

Q: How does Free-For-All work?

Free-For-All is an everyone vs everyone else game mode. There are no teams and each player is free to attack others in the map. In this mode, players are free to wander and explore the Isle of Dern. Killing other players will be rewarded with 'Kill Streaks' and Capital Reputation Tokens [CRT's].

The Kill Streaks include additional ammo, healing items, and outstanding weaponry. CRT's are an in-game currency which are affiliated with both the player and their chosen faction. Over time, players who gather significant amounts of CRT's will be rewarded from sponsors in the Capital.

However, CRT's can be lost. If a player is killed before storing these CRT's at one of the outposts around the map, the player loses their CRT's. These will then be passed on to that player's killer and so on until they are stored or it's the end of the game session.

Q: How much of the Isle of Dern can I explore?

Initially, Founders will be able to explore 8km x 8km of the Isle of Dern. In future updates, we will expand this so that players can experience the full 16km x 16km of the island.

Q: Will I be able to stream the game during The Forge?

Initially, no. Founders have a Non-Disclosure Agreement [NDA] which includes no streaming of the game currently. As we evolve and develop the game, we will look at this and will allow the community to share and stream content.

Q: Will the game be playable via Steam?

Not immediately. Founders will be able to download and play the game from the website. We are considering to have this available to launch on Steam in the future.

Q: When will I be able to download the game?

The planned timings are Thursday 29th November 15:00 GMT.

Q: When will there be updates to the game?

We are planning to roll out updates to the game every Thursday 15:00 GMT.

Q: Will The Forge be taken down?

This is an early version of what Mavericks: Proving Grounds will become that we're using for testing purposes. We are bringing the players into the game at an early stage and we will be working on the servers continuously to update and improve mechanics of the game. The game will be inaccessible for an hour during this update period and during the first week, you may experience further downtime.

Q: From when is the NDA enforced?

The NDA is enforced from the launch of The Forge (29th November 2018) for the foreseeable future. We will look to remove this and more information will be provided from our official channels.

Q: Can I record footage now (before the NDA is lifted) and post it after the NDA is no longer enforced?

Yes, however, please make sure that no footage is made public prior to the NDA being lifted otherwise this contravenes the NDA.

Recommended Specs:

- OS: Windows 10 64-bit

- CPU: Intel Core i7

- RAM: 8GB

- GPU: Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB / AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB

- DirectX: Version 11

- Storage: 20GB of available space

Min Specs:

- OS: Windows 10 64-bit

- CPU: Intel Core i5

- RAM: 8GB

- GPU: Nvidia GTX 960 2GB / AMD Radeon R9 280X 3GB

- DirectX: Version 11

- Storage: 20GB of available space

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