With the modifications that we will be launching and with certain components about to be modified, certain existing components of the game will experience a little inconvenience for the next ten days or so. The Green Tournaments that are scheduled to start tomorrow will all be canceled.
We are very, very close with the new website. As we get close to the finish line, there's going to be some impact on current game play. For example, there will be no Green Tournaments published once the current ones end until the new site goes live. There is nothing we can do about this. Greens are going from multi to single-race events.
The new Unity race player is complete. There is one minor issue we're trying to resolve. What I may do is release it later week or by early next week with the minor issue still there and then have a second release the following week after that once we hopefully resolve it.
Today we released the new desktop client extension to a group of testers from our game and community. Hopefully over the next four or five days, we'll get their feedback, make final tweaks if necessary and get this released within a week or two from then. The desktop client extension has been dramatically changed and improved.
The Grade 3, $500,000 Gotham is the feature race on the Saturday card at Aqueduct. This drew a field of eleven three-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the inner dirt track. Extrasexyhippzster is going for three in a row having most recently won the Miracle Wood by almost four lengths at Laurel going 1 mile.
The Grade 2, $200,000 Top Flight Stakes for fillies and mares at Aqueduct on Saturday features a field of six going 1 1/16 miles on the inner track, lead by Teen Pauline who is on a two-race-winning streak, having beaten Flash Forward by almost 11 lengths last out and Centring by 15 lengths.
It’s our goal to release the new Unity web player by the end of this week / first of next week. The new Unity player will include ten additional interactive components, specifically noted is our new zoom-in/zoom-out feature from each and every angle.
Sunday's $200,000 San Vicente Stakes for three year olds at Santa Anita Park features a cast of six promising runners going 7 furlongs. Kobe's Back breaks from the outside post and his best showing was two back when he finished a distant second to the talented Shared Belief in the G3 Hollywood Prevue at 7 furlongs back in November.
First, let me apologize for not publishing last month’s Bonus Reward winners during the first few days of the month like we normally do. The list will be published tomorrow and the winners notified by Wednesday. We are so deep into these upgrades, we honestly just forgot.
The G2 $250,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita on Saturday features a cast of seven. It includes the G3 Sham winner Midnight Hawk who is two for two lifetime now, Chitu who breaks from the far outside and has also won both his starts but has never gone beyond six furlongs.
The G2 $300,000 San Antonio Handicap for 4 year olds and up features a field of seven highlighted by Game on Dude, winner of five straight in 2013 before faltering in the Breeders' Cup Classic and coming up a head short in the G1 Clark last out. He certainly loves Santa Anita and this might be an ideal distance for him.
Next week, I need the assistance of several players to help test the new desktop client extension. In order to be considered, you must have at least a six-month history in the game, be a VIP player, use the current desktop client extension and have at least 20 active horses in your stable. (We want to test larger stables.)
Yesterday, we released a new Unity Stable Page. This feature was actually going to be released with all the other updates scheduled, but we were forced to release it sooner in conjunction with the new Flash animations, which were also released yesterday. As I mentioned in several of my earlier posts, our Unity 3D player animations converted to Flash would be the very first new update.
As long as you have Unity installed,you can preview our new horse and jockey by clicking on the link below What you'll notice, no more cartoonish jockey disproportionate to the horse, let along the improvement of the horse itself. Once the graphics load, you can zoom in and out by clicking your mouse anywhere in the player and utilizing your mouse wheel.
Why is the update taking so long? It’s taking so long because we’re doing it right. It’s not just about changes and new features. It’s about the science of player acquisition and player retention. Everything listed below has been strategically designed to not just improve our current players’ experience, but to build a game that ensures long-term community growth and sustainability.