We’ve been working on some improvements for the User Interface!
Why are we doing this?
-to make playing the game more intuitive and easier to understand
-to reduce clutter and complexity
These changes are mainly intended to help get new players into the game. If you’re reading this, you’re probably already used to the way the game is at the moment, and may need a bit of time to adjust. Let us know what you think!
(Note: some images are not final, but don’t let that stop you from telling us what you do and don’t like!)
The Headquarters building is what we have changed the most, and also best shows what we’ve changed elsewhere.
This is what we changed (in the Headquarters)
- Action links (“Expand to level X”) have been replaced with buttons. This was done to draw players’ attention to the areas of a page that you can take action – the most important areas. This is intended to improve your orientation within the game. Links are now primarily for navigating to other pages or accessing additional information.
- Settings were moved to the central Settings area. This was done to reduce the amount of unnecessary information on the screen and possible confusion. They’ll still fulfil their purpose in the central Settings area, because they are typically not things you would switch on and off multiple times per playing session.
- Building icons were replaced by miniature buildings, to improve recognition. As a result of this and the addition of buttons, the table rows now also have more breathing room.
- Buildings that are not yet available for construction have been given their own section, for organisation’s sake.
Other areas of the game have been treated similarly. For example, here is the Barracks screen:
The main change in other screens is that action links have been replaced with a new style of button.
How and when?
If you’re interested, you can go try out the changes on the Beta servers, where we’re still working on it. You can expect the changes on your local language version in beginning of October, with the release of version 8.16.
So, what do you think?