[ANNOUNCEMENT] The Future of YoWorld Part 3 (Sept. 22, 2020)

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[ANNOUNCEMENT] The Future of YoWorld Part 3 (Sept. 22, 2020)

Postby Viking Andrew » Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:58 am

Hey YoFans!

We know you've been patiently waiting to hear some news about YoWorld's future. Well, the wait is over! We've put together a bit of a Q&A to give you all the information you need to know about what's coming down the pipeline for you and YoWorld!

So, without further adieu, here... we... go!!!


Asset transfer

    What’s happening with the item conversion? Will my assets be moved over once the game is converted.

    To address the first and most-asked question, our goal is to transfer over all assets. Your YoCash and YoCoin amounts will be transferred over as well.

    What about broken or corrupted assets?

    Our intent is to transfer everything, but issues can arise and some assets may be affected in one-off isolated situations and will be handled as a case by case situation to compensate players or fix the item.

Future of Yoworld and Unity

    What’s happening with the New Unity-based game?

    In early communication, we stated that we will be proceeding to a Unity platform. We put extensive resources into making this iteration of the game, but upon hearing your feedback in the playtest and surveys regarding the art style, avatars, and changes we were planning for Unity, we made the decision to meet the community's needs and pursue an HTML5 conversion path. We have pivoted our resources over the last few months to put ourselves in a stronger position that will allow us to achieve this, and we are now confident that we are on a route that will allow players to enjoy the game in a format they enjoy.

PC vs. Mobile

    Will we be getting a version that is playable on Mobile and PC?

    Currently with the end of Flash coming, our focus is on converting the game and ensuring it is running smoothly, and to fix existing issues in order to create a better gameplay experience for all YoFans (ex. layering, because yes, we have heard you and we are working on it!). However, in order to provide the best experience and focus our resources, we will have to revisit mobile at a later time. Stay tuned!

Unity to HTML5

    Why did you change from Unity to HTML5?

    So what does all of that mean, exactly? As I’m sure you can all imagine, pivoting away from making a new product was not an easy decision. While looking at Unity, we found that we would have to make a lot of fundamental changes to the game due to it being a different game engine.

    However, it was made clear that you all wished to have the Yo you know and love saved rather than having a new product created. Going to HTML5 is much closer to what we're already working with. So players' possessions should all perform much closer to how they do today (if not the same), versus what we were facing with unity, which could have resulted in changes to the way items look and possibly behave.

    As such, we’ve teamed up with a company that specialises in converting Flash to HTML. This company has a proven track record with other Flash games, and it is our goal to provide a complete 1:1 conversion of YoWorld from Flash to HTML5.

    If everything goes as planned, come 2021, YoWorld will function EXACTLY the same as it does right now, with no functionality sacrificed. This also means that your items, currency, etc. will not be touched.


    Will there be any changes to YoMo?

    Now, you may be asking yourself, “What about YoWorld Mobile?” Well, good news! YoMo will remain unchanged. This game was not built using Flash, so Flash deprecation will not have any sort of effect on it!

Play test

    What is the status of the playtest? Will it be continuing?

    As it stands, all playtesting is currently complete. We want to thank everyone who participated for their time and feedback, as it is thanks to the playtesting that we have arrived at the decision to pursue the HTML5 route. If playtesting opportunities come up again in the future, we will make an announcement about this on the forum. So be sure to come back and check for your chance to participate.


    Does a third-party company now have access to my account and information?

    No. We have only sent our World environment. Absolutely no server or player database information was sent.


    Will we get more updates?

    As we complete and proceed through the conversion, we will provide updates about the status of YoWorld and any upcoming changes or new features.

    When is the conversion going to be complete?

    The conversion will be complete early December 2020.

    Will the conversion affect current gameplay?

    As all our resources are focused on the conversion in order to get it completed as soon as possible, players may see slight delays here and there with services, fixes or updates, and we ask that you bear with us as we go through this process for the betterment of YoWorld.

    What if the conversion isn't finished in time?

    We have confirmed the completion date with our conversion partner, accounting for buffers and issues in order to ensure our player experience is not severely disrupted.

The entire Viking team at YoWorld HQ is incredibly excited to finally reveal where we are headed, and we are even more excited that you are all coming along with us for the ride!

Please leave any feedback or questions below -- we will do our best to answer them or to include them in upcoming FAQs or official updates!


Previous Future of YoWorld Communications:
The Future of YoWorld (pt 1), November 2019

The Future of YoWorld (pt 2), March 2020
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Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] The Future of YoWorld Part 3 (Sept. 22, 2

Postby Bookworm J (129336295) » Tue Sep 22, 2020 3:36 pm

Thank you SO MUCH for the update :heart:
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Postby Bailey Rose (187760907) » Tue Sep 22, 2020 3:37 pm

Thank you for the update this helps put my mind at ease❤️
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Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] The Future of YoWorld Part 3 (Sept. 22, 2

Postby Pierre A (187421515) » Tue Sep 22, 2020 3:40 pm

Thank you for the update, So excitedd :hug: :hug:
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Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] The Future of YoWorld Part 3 (Sept. 22, 2

Postby PeaceYo (13827271) » Tue Sep 22, 2020 3:45 pm

A complete 1:1 conversion of YoWorld from Flash to HTML5.
:D :thumbsup: :angel: :hug: :)
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Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] The Future of YoWorld Part 3 (Sept. 22, 2

Postby Judes CDN (1597633) » Tue Sep 22, 2020 3:47 pm

As being” computer illiterate”....do we have to download something on our computer to play yo when this change is made? My computer is super old so I’m not even sure if this change will work for me.
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Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] The Future of YoWorld Part 3 (Sept. 22, 2

Postby musicbreath (151787234) » Tue Sep 22, 2020 3:52 pm

Cool! Thanks for the update, Andrew! Please thank the teams for us for their hard work! And thank you too! :) :hug:

Just one question, are new features being planned for the new version too? :D
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Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] The Future of YoWorld Part 3 (Sept. 22, 2

Postby beanmom (6754061) » Tue Sep 22, 2020 3:59 pm

This is honestly the best news I could hear on this subject. Thank you!
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Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] The Future of YoWorld Part 3 (Sept. 22, 2

Postby Leeum (130695460) » Tue Sep 22, 2020 3:59 pm

Thank you for the update!

Hoping all goes well :hug:
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Postby Rainicorn (8264282) » Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:03 pm

Thanks for the update!
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Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] The Future of YoWorld Part 3 (Sept. 22, 2

Postby SouthernSourNSweet (103681266) » Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:16 pm

So basically nothin is new because it's the same old same old. Once again we are basically told our items are still not guaranteed in the transfer :yawn: This update is basically the just the run around once again to keep us silent and get us to stop askin if our items transfer or not. It's been your goal to keep our items since you found out flashed died yet we still aren't promised our items :yawn:
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Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] The Future of YoWorld Part 3 (Sept. 22, 2

Postby May (110044468) » Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:35 pm

Thank you for the update Andrew :thumbsup: Thank the teams as well for all their hard work! :)
And thank you for listening to us. :rose: :hug:
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Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] The Future of YoWorld Part 3 (Sept. 22, 2

Postby Eve (138968712) » Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:42 pm

Thank you! I have been playing Yo since MySpace, my friends are here and we've stayed together as a tight group. We ALL migrated from MySpace together ...

I look forward to continuing to play Yo for many more years. :heart:
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Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] The Future of YoWorld Part 3 (Sept. 22, 2

Postby Leeum (130695460) » Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:48 pm

I think the hard thing for us to accept is the "our goal is to transfer over all assets".

But I'm going to remain hopeful.

It's likely BVG have chosen to word is as "our goal" because 1) we'd pull them up on it and throw a riot or two if they didn't stick to "our promise", and 2) in tech, things change DAILY so it may be the case that now it doesn't seem like they can transfer (let's say) rideables, but then tomorrow they might be able to. "Our goal" simply gives them a bit of lee-way with both expectations and what's actually going to happen.

Let's stay positive.
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Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] The Future of YoWorld Part 3 (Sept. 22, 2

Postby Shay (112369618) » Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:57 pm

Can’t believe how much yoville has changed! Glad we still get to play years later.
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Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] The Future of YoWorld Part 3 (Sept. 22, 2

Postby KAREN (186514636) » Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:58 pm

Thanks for the update.
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Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] The Future of YoWorld Part 3 (Sept. 22, 2

Postby CelticMyst (119751720) » Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:59 pm

Thanks for the Update on the future of YO. Im happy to read that feedback over the shape etc of the 'new' Avatars was heard, even tho, I liked some of the styles offered. :D
You seem to have answered so many of my own questions and many that I have seen posted about. It shows me that you folks DO check in ... :D It rests this mind.. :phew:
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Postby SamiSpiffy23 (138400888) » Tue Sep 22, 2020 5:03 pm

Question: Do we need access to our Facebook account to be able to play Yoworld in the new platform???
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Postby cathy (115782367) » Tue Sep 22, 2020 5:05 pm

Great to hear, thanks for the update. :heart:
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Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] The Future of YoWorld Part 3 (Sept. 22, 2

Postby Kat (106520804) » Tue Sep 22, 2020 5:18 pm

It's great to get an update with a timeline so thank you for that. Will we get the long awaited changes to the auction house with the conversion or is it remaining the way it is now? I hope the things that have remained broken but were a big part of our game play will be fixed or if not possible to fix them removed such as the adding neighbors feature that hasn't worked in years, the furniture building feature in the factory that hasn't worked since I stared playing again 4 years ago, the things that say coming soon that never did such as in new jobs. Thanks again for the update.
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