September 2023 Studio Update #1
Hey, Look, A New Website!
While I’ve been working on the Steam release of Idle Space Navy as well as getting ready to start development on version 0.08 of the same thing, I decided to go ahead and make a new version of the Phoenix Aura website. Why? Simple. The first version of the website was thrown together in about 15 minutes and I just never really wanted to update it. It used a website builder by the name of BoldGrid which, to me, was very hard to work with and very hard to get to do what I wanted to do.
Fortunately, I’ve discovered a new site builder by the name of Elementor, and that’s allowed me to create a website version that is not only easier to make changes and add features to, but also allows me to make much better designed update posts much more quickly. As such, the primary location for update posts will be here, though links will also be posted in the Phoenix Aura Discord server and updates will also be pushed out to Patreon.
What’s the future of the website? Well, for one, we’ll have new pages coming for projects as they are developed. Right now, the only project with its own page is Idle Space Navy, but as new series and games are produced, they’ll receive web pages of their own so you can learn more about them and have quick access to the specific projects you want to see. There may also be a game or two that gets deployed to the website itself…
Anyway, enough about the website, here’s what else is going on.
Development on Idle Space Navy 0.08 is going to start this week, with the Kicking Off 0.08 devnote coming out in the next three days. Steam prefers that we don’t have major updates before the release, and 0.08 is going to be a significant update, so the current release target is early October. I know this is a long time to go without a release, but there will be other things going on both in game development and new recording and stream projects.
The Steam release is currently slated for 25 September 2023, but that release date is still subject to change depending on how long it takes Steam to review the game once it is up. I’m still learning how to publish things to Steam, so it may take a couple of attempts before I get it right and we get a valid upload of ISN 0.07.3 to Steam for review.