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Player Feedback – We hear you

Over the course of the past months we shared blog posts about different mechanics, buildings and other parts of the game. You, on the other hand, shared your feedback in the comments, on Facebook, Twitter or other channels.

Additionally, with the help of the User Research Lab, we received feedback from different play-tests where you experienced the game.

The constant flow of feedback is very important to us to improve certain features, the user interface or other aspects of the game.

In this blog post we want to share some of the learnings and changes we applied after going through the feedback.

Every game starts with your colony ships and your settlers unloading materials to bring to the shore line. However, the player doesn’t know how many carriers, workers, builders or resources are left on this ship.

Now the ship is clickable and provides you with an overview of its cargo.

In order to make it clearer to the player we improved the visibility of the gather-able resources when placing the appropriate building.

The Settlers will have more buildings than any other The Settlers game before. Therefore, it is important to us that you not only can read the building when it is placed and constructed but also differentiate the buildings easily in construction menu.

The mini map is crucial part in a build-up strategy game. Displaying all the correct information at the correct time could be challenging. While our first iteration of the mini map was not giving enough information, the team came a long way to improve the mini map, changing the visualization, adding various filters and more. (Please note: The minimap is still not final)

Those are just a few bigger examples of many adjustments we implemented based on your feedback to offer you the best The Settlers experience.

Thanks again for all your comments and valuable feedback. More play-tests will come in the near future. Keep your eyes open and your ears peeled.

As always, feel free to express your opinion in the comments below.

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[Diary Studies] FAQ – Dates and language requirements

After we announced the Diary Study last week, we not only received very positive feedback from all of you, but also some additional questions.

Not all of them were covered by our initial FAQ, so, to answer these questions and provide you with some additional details, we have set up another Q&A list for you.

If there are any more questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below this article.

I have not yet received any reply to my application. How do I know I was picked?

Due to the number of applicants we’re not able to reply to all individual e-mails. Everyone chosen for this playtest will instead receive a separate invitation e-mail. If you have not received an invited by 25. November, we have not picked you for this playtest.

Will there be additional playtests in the future?

Yes. We plan to have additional playtests with different scopes in the future.

Do I need a permanent internet connection to participate in the diary study?

In order to download and play the game via Uplay PC you will need a constant internet connection.

Can you share the exact date with me so I can plan accordingly?

At the moment the diary study is scheduled to take place from 2. December until 8. December. While the minimum playtime per day is 1 hour, you can freely decide at what time of the day you want to play during.

Can you share some details about the test itself?

While we already had multiple tests via our Ubisoft Research Lab, we also wanted to involve our most loyal fans from our community platform “The Settlers Alliance”. Our goal is to learn more about the game’s initial onboarding experience – how it feels in the beginning – your opinion on the user interface and your interaction with the game world.

Can you share any details about system requirements?

While we cannot share any specific details about the system requirements at this point, we recommend using Windows 10 with the latest updates installed. The game is not compatible with MacOS or Linux systems.

Until what date can I apply for the diary study?

You have until 24. November 11:59pm UTC+1 to apply for the diary study. After this date we will not take any additional applications in consideration.

In which language do I have to write my daily feedback reports?

While the version of the game for the playtest is in English only, you can write your daily reports (diary) in either English or German. If you cannot provide your feedback in either of these two languages, we’re unfortunately unable to consider you for this specific playtest.

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[Diary Studies] We want you! Apply now

We want YOU! It is time for our first “Diary Study” for The Settlers.

With our community platform “The Settlers Alliance” we continuously informed you about the development about the game, different game mechanics, introduced various buildings and asked for your opinion.

Now it is time to take it a step further and give the game in to your hands.

The first “Diary Study” is currently scheduled for the end of November, but enough with the introduction. Time for some details.

Diary Studies are a great way for us to get detailed feedback from a core groups of testers.

The first test will run for a period of 7 days and we are currently looking for “The Settlers” fans who are willing to play at least one hour a day, over the duration of the playtest, while providing daily reports and feedback.

This minimum playtime is a requirement to ensure that we receive valuable data about the current state of the game and certain features. You are not limited to one-hour playtime and will be able to test the game as long as you like over the duration of the test. However, the version for the first test will be limited.

How do I apply for the “The Settlers” Diary Study?

For our first diary study we will choose players using an application process. Please keep in mind that the application process is not a competition about who played the most, as we will always look for a variety of dedicated The Settlers players but also newcomers to the game and /or genre.

Requirements:

You must be 18 years old, able to play at least one hour a day plus additional time for reporting for the 7 days duration of the first test. Furthermore, we will only invite players registered on the “The Settlers Alliance” website. We expect that you are a constructive member of the The Settlers Alliance, as we do not tolerate any form of toxic or abusive behavior in our community.

To apply for one of the seats in an upcoming focus playtest, you have to write us an application, following the format below, to the following mail: E-Mail removed – application phase over.

E-Mail must contain (please copy the format below):

Title: Diary Study #1 – Your The Settlers Alliance Name

General information

Nationality / Age / Gender

Your The Settlers Alliance Name:

Your display name from your Uplay account you used to register on Thesettlers-alliance.com
(Simply post a comment under the news to figure out your User Name)

Your current hardware:

CPU, RAM, Videocard, Operating System
DXDiag attached to the email would be optimal

Gametime (approximate playtime):

The Settlers Online playtime in hours:
The Settlers 1 playtime in hours:
The Settlers 2 playtime in hours:
The Settlers 3 playtime in hours:
The Settlers 4 playtime in hours:
The Settlers 5 playtime in hours:
The Settlers 6 playtime in hours:
The Settlers 7 playtime in hours:

What is your favorite The Settlers title and why:

Please describe your “The Settlers” playstyle:

For example: Building the perfect economy, watching everything coming together (slow build up), military focus, etc.

What is your most important feature/aspect about The Settlers:

Tell us your three favorite game genres:

Action; strategy; city building; RPG; adventure; etc.;

What other games do you currently or frequently play?

Game A; Game B;

What does focus playtest mean?

Diary studies are in-depth online play sessions from your own PC where you test & play the development build. Focus test sessions will run for at least a week and it is required that you play at least one hour each day in order to be able to provide us detailed feedback.

I can manage one hour a day for one or two weeks easily, but can I play longer?

While 1 hour is the minimum, you will be able to test the game for as long as you like during the test. Please be aware that the version for the first test will be limited.

What if I get invited but won’t have time during that playtest?

If you won’t be able to join that playtest due to specific circumstances, please let us know. This will give the chance for other testers to join the test.

What kind of feature will I be able to test?

During a playtest, we will test certain features of a current development build of the game. While we might test the whole game loop during certain tests, we will additionally test specific features and game content.

Are the playtests under NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement)?

As you can imagine, you will see many unreleased details in order to help us improve the game. As the content you will experience is not in a state representative of what the final game will be, we don’t want that any content from the focus playtests is getting shared with the public.

With the NDA, you acknowledge that you won’t share any details about the game or other internal information with the public.

Is there an age requirement?

While we know that many fans across all age groups enjoy The Settlers, you need to be at least 18 + for all playtest sessions under NDA, which includes all current focus playtests.

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[TSHC] Lobby Test Announcement

Hello everyone,

it’s about time for another small community update.

As you’ve seen, we started the year with a lot more info about the new The Settlers like the upgrade mechanics and territory expansion – something a lot of you have been asking about in the last months – but today we got a special announcement for you.

For the History Editions we released some patches over the last weeks addressing various issues – and we’ll continue releasing patches over the coming weeks. Also included in this week’s patch is something many of you have been asking for for a long time: multiplayer lobbies!

Our team has been busy setting things up behind the scenes but before we push this feature live for everyone, we want to make sure it’s running smoothly. For this, we ask for your help and the experience of the multiplayer community:

If you want to test the multiplayer lobbies for any remaining bugs or issues, you can now unlock a test-version of the game in Uplay by following these steps:

  1. Choose the game from your library and click on “properties”
  2. In the category “game version” click on “unlock a test version” and enter this code:
    1. The Settlers 3 History Edition: “TheSettlers3LobbyTest”
    2. The Settlers 4 History Edition: “TheSettlers4LobbyTest”
  3. You will now be able to select “Lobby Test” as alternative version – this one is connected to the lobby server.
  4. Once the test version files are downloaded, please restart Uplay PC to ensure all files are updated correctly

Of course, you can switch back to the live version anytime, but make sure to restart Uplay PC again.

We’re looking forward to your feedback on this topic!

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