On Monday, New Year’s Eve, we plan to release the next exciting feature, called Special Training Tools. This feature allows players to apply unique training tools (swimming pool, treadmill, turnout in paddock), which hopefully will freshen up their horse and get them to perform better in tournaments. Though this feature is free,it will only be available for horses born on or after the 28th of December 2012.
This not a magic formula. It doesn’t make horses better. It just might bring your horse back into form. In other words, if you have a horse that was performing fairly consistently and now suddenly has dropped off form, implementing one of these training routines might bring his racing form back.
Horses that are eligible will have access to the feature after a bad performance in either a General Tournament or a Blue, Green, or Red Restricted Trainer Tournament. The qualifications to access these new training tools is simple. After the tournament ends, if your horse did not make it to the Breeder’s Cup Final, or if your horse made it to final but didn’t earn any points in the final, in other words performed poorly, at the end of the tournament you will be given the option to apply one of three special training routines.
Only one of the training routines could potentially help bring the horse back into form. In other words, each horse is programmed to only respond to one routine. Your job is to identify that routine.
This Program will never hurt your horse, but in some cases won’t help your horse, either. But there will be plenty of horse that it well help and brings them right back into racing form again
When applying these special training tools, you’ll be watching a really cool Unity animation showing your horse in training, either running free in the paddock, on the tread mill, or running with the water tread mill.
Again, there is no cost for this program, but because it can potentially turn a ‘dud’ horse, a horse that has lost its form early in his career and back into a competitive horse, we can only implement this feature for new horse born on or after the 28th of December because it requires a new birth trait to be added.
On another note, the puzzle program is now in final testing. It, should be available within a week. The puzzle program offers owners the opportunity to win thousands of dollars instantly. Only horses born on or after the 28th of December are eligible for this program, as well. There are going to be a lot of puzzle winners and we’re expecting to give away more prize money through the puzzle program than any other program we have to date.
We also anticipate between the special training tools, the puzzle program, and several other programs we have in development, a substantial increase in players participating more frequently in tournaments with exciting new opportunities for not only additional bonuses, but the ability to maximize your horse’s performances based on your horse’s birth speed ratings.
I’ve seen, in real life on many occasions, trainers turn their horses out in the paddocks for a change of scenery or different trainings routines, such as swimming a horse in a pool, or jogging him on a tread mill, make dramatic changes for horses. And because it can happen in real life, we wanted to give that opportunity here as well.
I’ll be giving a more detailed update early next week, including an update on the new desktop client which is absolutely amazing. Just a little ‘teaser’, the new desktop client use an interface where everything functions off of a single screen. In other words, as you advance through a race, either Quick Start or advance mode, whatever, everything stays on a single screen and transitions very smoothly. This is a major investment, but I can already tell that it will be well worth it. The Demo I saw today was amazing!