Hey there everyone! This is andi guinness. I wanted to discuss the state of the site with you all. It’s been over two months since we re-launched Affect3D.com. While there’s been quite a few bumps in the road, we’ve made some significant in-roads as to improve the quality of the site and make the viewing experience enjoyable to everyone. Moreover, we have been paying attention to feedback and making improvements incrementally. We will continue to do so in the coming weeks and months with your input. But why don’t review the current situation first?
Hearing the Word
When we launched the new Affect3D.com on April 7th, we had high expectations. We also may have been a little presumptuous on what to expect. If there was a mistake we made, it was that we failed to publicly test this site, not only to iron out the bugs but to also get some public feedback as to improve the design. So for that, much of the flak we got was deserved, and we apologize for much of the inconvenience.
Still, we have been paying attention to your comments, and making improvements when and where we can. The release of Bloodlust: Cerene slowed things down a little bit, but we’re now making serious strides in addressing key concerns. As you may have noticed in the last couple days, we did some minor adjustments to the home page to make the experience less overwhelming, and a little brighter as well. We’ve implemented social sharing features, and devised a new menu that shows all of our biggest releases.
Keeping the Train Rolling
We’re making new updates to the site as we continue to improve the new design into something better. Here are some of the big changes in store:
The Latest: We will soon set up a more blog-style page for you to catch up on the latest posts. While this won’t be a completely different theme, it will allow you to more easily navigate recent stories. You’ll be able to access this from the menu.
Brand New Forum: We’re working on a new forum system that will not only provide a better viewing experience, but will be linked to our comments system as well. You may have seen miro mention this in the Bloodlust: Cerene WIP thread. This will allow you to not only post in the forum but also comment under the same user name. You can keep track of developments in both the forum and the comments of various posts, and will only need one log-in! We’re still working on it, but once we feel it’s close to ready, we will announce a public test of the forum for people to participate in!
More New Stuff!
Alongside new features, we also have new content planned:
Choose Your 3DX: We’ve spoken about this before, but now we’re serious! Have you ever wanted to create your own 3DX series? Well now, you have the chance! Coming in July, we will have our weekly series, where you get to decide where the plot and images go next! Each week you’ll get to decide what happens next in a public poll!
Asset Reviews: Many 3DX artists often wonder: Is this a good asset to buy? Will it be worth my time and money? Later this summer, we’ll help them answer that question by posting reviews of various 3D assets. After all, with Genesis 8 out this week, you have to wonder if your gens look good.
Of course, miro will keep everyone up to date on the development of the Bloodlust: Cerene DLC over the summer. And who knows? Maybe we’ll see something more than just vampires this summer!
Share Your Thoughts
Now, of course, we still want to hear from you. Feel free to share your comments below, and take our survey on how you feel about the site. We look forward to your feedback!