Saturn Valley Online, the Earthbound MMORPG!
The next version of SVO is ready. Go grab it today (people with installed r5 versions can just run the game to automatically update) and explore the tripled size SVO world!
Because most of the team got university exams revision 7 will be on hold until early February.
As always, leave your suggestions, comments and bug reports on our forum.
Note that we know about the server crashes that seem to happen every night, we'll try to fix it as soon as possible.
The SVO world is pretty empty at the moment, next update will bring a change to that. (Re)introducing Orange Falls, the biggest area SVO ever had (the old version), is making its reappearance! Orange waterfalls in a huge area and maybe some enemies, yet another step forward in the development of the game.
If you haven't checked out what will change in the upcoming revision, take a look at the changelog. We know the 'playerbase' isn't big at the moment, most of the time you'll be alone on the server (unless you play during the evenings) but hopefully in the near future we'll be able to add some interesting things to the game so people stick online longer.
If you're new to SVO, note that the 'game' is still in development. The version you can play is a tech demo (alpha version) which we're using to test the server and to see if there are any problems with people being able to run the game and connect to the server.The most notable feature, the Earthbound Battle System, will be developed after the university exams in early February, until then we'll continue to add regular content.
Note that some stuff looks broken for you guys because the server is running a newer version than your game. This will be fixed once we release the update.
Update 3: The "account in use" error should now be fixed. Let us know if you're getting "invalid account name " error!
Update 2: If you get an "account in use" error. Please try again after an hour or so (we're working on fixing this!).
Update: Hover over the server status icon to see how many people are playing!
We released revision 5 a few hours ago. Due to an Updater update you have to download the new version (click the Download button on the left) and install that version of SVO. The updater of earlier installed versions WILL NOT WORK.
As always, check out the changelog if you would like to see the new, the changed and the fixed. We'll be working on more content, a better GUI and more bugfixes during the X-mas break, don't forget most of us are university students so we've got exams in January. This means don't expect a huge update in January but still enough to be another step forward!
There are still a ton of bugs (some warps aren't well placed, you can still run on top of some trees and buildings, you can't talk to NPCs yet, Twoson is incomplete, there are no enemies yet, SVO world has only one area, ...). We're tackling this beast one step at a time!
Merry Christmas and happy holidays!
p.s. If it looks like you cannot log in, make sure the server status icon (on the left) isn't red. The server is available if it is green. If it's not running, give Darkfrost or Skye a few minutes (or hours if they're sleeping) to reboot the server if it has crashed.
If so, you might wanna reschedule a thing or two so you have some free time because, .. well, you might wanna play some game *wink*