Yesterday we received an overwhelming response from so many players who wanted to help run some final testing on our soon-to-be-released virtual horse racing game. I want to personally thank everyone who responded. I also want to thank all of those who sent messages of support and understand the complexity of the change we're about to undertake.
Support will be sending out a private message tomorrow to the individuals we selected to participate in the last round of testing of our new free virtual horse racing game. You will be asked to create an account from scratch, but we will have to clear your email addresses and IPs from our system temporarily. Then, once you create the new account, we will credit your account with game points so you can try your luck at breeding a few horses and entering a few tournaments. You will not be able to install another version of the download client, so your testing will be limited strictly to the web portion of our game. Again, thank you to everyone for their support and responses.
I've read in the forums several posts that concern me. Some people believe the new game will improve their horses. Some believe the new game will give them new tournaments and others believe there will be new features. What we are releasing is the foundation and building blocks for the best horse racing game in the world. All the features are the same. None of the horses will improve or change because of the web game. There has been no change to the game engine logic at this point. What we have changed is the core presentation of the game, a simplified navigation, much enhanced look and a web viewer to actually watch the races online without downloading the client. All of these ridiculous posts are obviously assumptions from those who have not read what I wrote or have been misinformed by others.
Once the web game is released, we can then begin releasing a whole slew of new features, which includes new tournaments, new training tools, and much more engaging content. What has made this project so difficult is that we have literally plowed down the house that was built of wood and laid a concrete and steel foundation to expand our game far beyond in ways we never thought possible. There is an enormous push to social media and mobile. All of this is part of our longer-term strategy.
For all those who feel they have been 'wronged' due to the delays, I apologize. Slower technology development and unforeseen human occurrences, along with obstacles that were also unforeseen, happened. Boeing delayed their jets for years, Microsoft delayed its product launches and the list goes on and on. I'm all about building for the future, and the future requires a little pain and a lot of money on our part to make all of these wonderful enhancements a reality for everyone to enjoy.
Horse Racing Simulation is the most dedicated company and is the only horse racing game developer I know of that has invested not only every dime it's taken in in revenue, but half-a-million dollars above and beyond that to make all of this and future development a reality.