Regarding problems with version 1.51
Dear Settlers gamers,
As you can see from the postings to the Message Board over the past few days, version 1.51 is not as free of error as we intended it to be. Although there are no drastic errors that prevent play, we are at least as annoyed as the gamers about the problems that have surfaced. Despite opinions to the contrary, we are not at all simply money-hungry and indifferent about these problems. We are very attached to the games we develop and every error diminishes the feeling of accomplishment we strive for in our projects greatly. The feeling that comes from developing a version free of errors is as strong a motivation as any that might come from commercial motives.
Not intended as an excuse but rather as background information, we would like to say that the testing in the last few months has shifted more and more from the development department (to free developers for new projects) to the beta testing department which is becoming stronger and stronger. As we have seen, the instinct which experienced developers have for finding errors, is not so easily achieved.
We would like to apologize for the errors that have occurred. We are working at full speed to eliminate all of the problems and perform further testing. We all, gamers and developers alike, would have preferred that no further patch were necessary. We are working on all of the problems which have been posted to the Message Board, especially:
- In some cases LAN games elicit DirectPlay error messages during the attempt to connect to a game. Sometimes repeated attempts at connecting (four or five times) works.
- Desyncs occur during the use of the Amazon spell "Bring Goods".
- New multiplayer maps on the Amazon CD do not function properly for Ladder games.
- The spell stone->iron produces to few units.
- A few other, minor blemishes
As soon as we have new information, we will get back in touch. On account of the testing, we can not yet give a specific date for the release of the patch, but we can guarantee that you will not have to wait long.
Erik "BB Kire" Simon, Head of Development, Blue Byte
Hans-Juergen "BB Jodowein" Braendle, Project Manager Settlers