Please find below our regular development status report, this one covering the period from Oct 28 to Nov 10, 2019. Within this timeframe, we were strongly focused on User Interface evolution, development of new marketing tools, Notifications Management System upgrade and adding more useful features.
User Interface (UI) improvements
User token balance and the Compact Menu mode were added to The Abyss UI. The balance is always on display, and users can easily access it with a single click. We’ve also added the feature allowing to downscale the menu, so it is more convenient to use the platform on laptops with small screens.
It was also decided to make further improvements to the feature that allows to create shortcuts for web games — we have started working out Technical solution that will simplify the procedure of creating shortcuts from the game’s pages.
We have completed the development and are now testing the functionality which enables users to play HTML5-based games on their mobile devices. After the release of this update, users using mobile devices will have access to the main platform functionality and games that support mobile devices.
The development of the “Deep Offer for CPA Networks” feature has been completed. It is currently in the test mode (unseen for users). With the upcoming platform update, developers and marketing professionals will be able to create CPA offers for in-game events. Hence, marketers will get additional tool helping to attract more users to their games. This is one of the stages of building a full-scale motivational program.
The task entitled “Proposal to share the Game” is currently under development. The purpose of this functionality is to attract users using organic traffic — players will be offered to share a link to the game they’ve liked via a special modal window.
Notifications Management System
We have implemented an email quality control through the external validation service named Freshaddress (one of the best services of its kind, certified by Google). Our goal is to maintain a high reputation of the domain and platform IP as the sender of emails. This is one of the key priorities of the Notifications Management System development and now, with the help of Freshaddress, we will have one more way to protect our email list and grow healthy relationships with recipients.
Social features (Public profile)
We have finalized Technical specifications for the Public profile. Our specialists from the Design department will initiate the development process shortly.
While implementing the Public profile feature, we have developed a functionality for content moderation. It is aimed at avoiding offensive and explicit language and will contribute to the positive perception of our platform by users. The system will also allow users to report indecent behaviour, foul language and other violations.
We have completed the integration of Encased, a Sci-fi Post-Apocalyptic RPG. The playable version of the game is now available on The Abyss. Developed by Dark Crystal Games studio, Encased is an isometric turn-based role-playing game in a sci-fi post-apocalyptic setting inspired by the first two Fallout instalments, Divinity: Original Sin, Baldur’s Gate, Pillars of Eternity and alike.
Some other developments we’ve been working on during the recent sprint include:
- Improvements to the Finance Department reporting system (published in compliance with the requirements of International Tax Reporting standards);
- Implementation of Cloud save feature that allows to access the user’s saved games from another computer or after user re-installs the game.
Short-term development plans
While we’re working on adding new features to the platform, our short-term development plans also include:
- The development and further implementation of the “Friend List” feature;
- The development of “trigger emails” feature aimed at increasing of target conversions rate on the platform. When implemented, it will be a useful tool for informing users about new exciting events being prepared on the platform, new features and other updates, etc.
Well, that’s it for today. We will keep you up to date with the development process twice per month, as previously. The next report is scheduled for Nov 25, 2019.
The Abyss Team