The Sun Sets on Moonrise

Hello Moonrise fans,

As you know, Moonrise has been in beta on Steam in the Early Access channel for the past few months. At the same time, the iOS version of the game has been available in limited release, in countries including Australia and Canada. During this beta period we’ve been gathering data on how people play the game. The free-to-play model, and the mobile market, are new territory for Undead Labs, so we’ve been paying close attention to these numbers to make sure we’re making a game people are excited to play, and also a game that we can operate profitably and sustainably with the level of support you expect.

What we’ve found is that while some people really love Moonrise, there were unfortunately many more people who played the game and then moved on after a few days. For a standalone, offline game that might be fine; but for an online game with significant server hosting costs and an expectation for ongoing development and new content, it can mean a game that not only doesn’t pay for it’s development costs, but might even cost money to operate. As you can imagine, that’s not something that makes sense for an independent studio like Undead Labs, nor for that matter would it be a good business decision even for a large publisher.

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Solari Safari: Sagalee Ridge

Wait, Duncan was once a younger explorer?
Wait, Duncan was once a younger explorer?

DUNCAN: It is I, Duncan the Explorer, back once again to share knowledge of the wondrous Solari that one can find in a particular area. Today we’ll cover a dungeon in Taankwan Thicket known as Sagalee Ridge.

As it so happens, I’m quite familiar with this dungeon. When I was a younger explorer, I delved into these tunnels for weeks. I gathered samples from various depths, collected plant and fungus specimens…and did my best to avoid the Solari that lived there.

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Solari Safari: Taankwan Thicket

Because “Duncan the Voyager” sounded pretentious.

DUNCAN: Hello, and welcome to the lush and beautiful Taankwan Thicket. As always, I’m Duncan the Explorer, and I’m here to learn about local Solari.  Guildmaster Laskian, thank you for joining me. Now is it just me, or are guildmasters getting younger and younger?

LASKIAN: I do not believe that the average age of all guildmasters has fluctuated significantly. Rather, I expect that the relative age of the guildmasters you meet may have changed slightly, at least from your particular perspective.

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Announcing Hot Days

The August Xbox YOSE challenge goes live tomorrow, August 1, 2015. Stock up on your Molotov cocktails, and get ready to chase down some zombie hordes…because this month you need to kill 50 zeds with fire!

Once you complete the challenge, you’ll receive a brand-new collection of tools ready to be repurposed as heavy weapons. (Heavy Weapons: Firefighter Style!) You’ll access the new gear through your radio menu.

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Now get out there and set those zombies on fire!

Solari Safari: Xenari Caverns

Did Duncan just call himself humble?
Did Duncan just call himself humble?

DUNCAN: Hello! I’m Duncan, a humble explorer of these lands, and welcome to another chat about the wondrous creatures known as Solari!

I had planned to discuss the inhabitants of the dungeon known as Xenari Caverns with Guildmaster Ibli, but he was, uh, called away on urgent business and could not join us this afternoon.

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