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Hey peeps,

This week has been hectic. And I do mean hectic. Its been dramatic, emotional and definitely very stressful. Our team has gotten a real blow from the failure of delivering it to you guys this week but it’s not their fault. I’m not here to point fingers at anyone or call this as a viable “excuse” as we’ve failed to meet previous release dates before and I’d like to personally apologize -- but it has to do with our programmer this time.

So, what happened this time? What has caused you guys not to release it by now, isn’t it playable at this point? Yes, it’s playable at this point. But the problem is that in the process of transferring the project over and getting a build to Steam. 

Our programmer got a power outage that took his power out and caused him to disappear this whole week. This update, I made sure our programmer verified the update, made sure we had plenty of time to make changes for you guys to play it and have all weekend for youtuber’s “let’s plays.”

The weather in his area was unexpected and in turn caused us not to release. We awaited all week hoping that he’d get back online but he never did and even waited until Sunday in case it was like a “last day” sort of thing. 

It was failure on my part for not putting up extra precautions in case these things happened. I’d like to apologize on behalf of our team for not putting it in your hands on it this week but we’ll wait until next week, his weather should clear up by then and he’ll be back online. We’ll keep you guys posted on it. 
Now, I want to address our public relations with the fans so far. And to be honest, it has been terrible. We literally haven’t met any release deadlines, we quite rarely update you guys and we haven’t been as active on our forums as I’ve expected us to be. It’s something we’re going to change from now on and will put other team members on there to put daily feed on what they’re doing. It’s a change that’s for the good and keeps you guys behind the scenes with us and with us. 

Like you’ve noticed, we have many challenges and we’re always trying our best to overcome those challenges like release dates and updates. It’s something that we as an indie fell a victim of. I did say I’d fix it before but I’ve clearly repeated the same problem again. This time, I want to assure you guys that the next update is the promised date with a specific day on it. I will be 250% sure with a playable build on the beta backend on Steam to ensure we never fall into this issue again and we will from this point on, be more active on the forums, strive for an update once every two weeks, and make the next update the final early pre-alpha release date.

You may ask then when is it coming now? To be honest, I would guess around next week but it may be a few weeks after that if we run into some major problems . I will do an update in the next week of what we’re planning on and give you guys an official release date but we will not keep you guys waiting for too long. This is a valuable lesson for our team and we will ensure that we will never fall into this issue again, we will take precautionary standards from now on and strive to be more active.

I want to thank all the fans that support us day and night, cheer for us, stood with us, that were patient with us. You guys are what push us to move forward in making this game truly amazing! We couldn’t have done all that we have done without your support, the whole team is grateful to still have you guys despite the fact that we pushed the release date several times. The last thing we want is to be recognized as a team full of lies with false release dates and a problematic public relations with our fans. We’re going to fix that and we will make it up to you guys when you see that the wait was worth it. We cherish your support and we never want to lose it! The team would like to thank you for your continued support and would like to let you guys know we will push harder to put the game in your hands and making it better!

Some updates on our progress below:
New animals to be expected in the early pre-alpha release
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Craftable loot sack for the donkeys (you can ride donkeys)
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Your friend underwater
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2 hander
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New Map
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Posted on Sunday, September 28th 2014 - 10:16pm EDT | by Hadey Mohammed



Delay Notice

Hey everyone!

First and foremost, we would like to thank you, our fans for your continued dedication and support. It means a lot to the team to still have you guys around.

Since our last update, we have been unbelievably busy with The Final Stand. We have great ambitions for this game and are confident that we will deliver a product that provides everything you want in the genre - alongside features that have never been seen before. As a team we all agree that quality comes first and our primary objective is to create a world that exceeds all expectations.

We’ve got new weapons in store as well as a watch that will be featured - one that each player will be equipped with. Some new craftable items have been added as well! A number of structures are now buildable!
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Craftable syringe:
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Craftable boat fishing net:
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New view of the map:
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New craftable structures:
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TFS also has new character customization options - facepaints and new hairstyles!
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New watch:
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With that being said, we’ve come to the conclusion that it would best to delay the game for a later release next week to the people that pre-ordered and right after to Steam. We know that this may be disappointing news but do understand that it is a necessary step in the development process. We value quality very highly and wouldn’t want to release a game that isn’t up to our own standards - or yours. 

*Disclaimer: keep in mind the game is still in the very early pre-alpha stage with missing features and bugs. It's not bound to be perfect and we're looking for feedback on how to better improve the game and push it further. 

Again, we at Hella Games Entertainment would like to thank you all for your continued support. Without you, this project would not be possible, if our fans are interested in extending their support please check out the pre-alpha buying option! You can learn more about it here. All revenue goes towards the production and development of this game - giving our fans a chance to help move things along!

Posted on Monday, September 15th 2014 - 7:22pm EDT | by Hadey Mohammed



A new update!

Hey everyone!

We’ve made another set of huge steps in these past two weeks - and much of it is thanks not only to a dedicated team but to you, our fans. 

We’d like to thank the 30+ people who have placed pre-orders on the game. While it is not yet enough to get the release happening this summer, its helped tremendously and we are overly grateful for your support! Whoever pre-ordered as it’s still open will play the game as soon as it’s ready which should be around early September, I’d recommend anyone to pre-order now before it’s closed when the gameplay videos are released. We’re planning to release some gameplay teasers for you all. But remember, spots for pre-orders are still open so don’t forget to remind those who haven’t yet placed an order!

If for whatever reason the game is delayed, everyone who has placed a pre-order will have access to the game as soon as its been uploaded to Steam. So, rest assured, all who have placed pre-orders will not regret it.

A lot of features have been changed and added, we have been fleshing out concepts and adding new ones. Many new documents have been added to the GDD which will help streamline production and get the functioning build out faster and more productively.

A hunting and looting system is now in place and soon will be put into the prototype! We’re also working on a functioning crafting system that will be featured in the alpha release! The UI for this is already in place and the rest of it is well under way.

We have some modeled hang gliders that will be in the game, and the beginnings of a grappling hook that will also be featured! On top of this, we have a brand new bow - modeled already as well! There are more exciting new weapons. We also have some new boats which variation of the boat do you think we should use?
Boat Variation 1:
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Boat Variation 2:
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Incendiary arrow:
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Hang Glider:
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New weapons: 
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Basic melee combat - punching, dodging, idle - has been animated as well! We've implemented craftable parachutes and teepees as well!

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We’ve been moving along really well these past few weeks since opening up pre-ordering and the amazing stuff is about to start being featured. Though this update didn’t have what you guys expected - gameplay - we hope it sheds some light on what this game can offer and how far its come from what it was before! We do apologize for the short update, but at the moment we’re doing everything we can to make this game playable. Also don't forget to check out our new Reddit page, give us some feedback what you think about it! http://www.reddit.com/r/thefinalstand

So, thank you for your time reading these, next update, we hope, will be something that makes you jump from your underwear. 

Posted on Tuesday, August 5th 2014 - 4:19pm EDT | by Hadey Mohammed



A huge update and pre-ordering has finally opened!

Dear supporters and fans, The Final Stand is another step towards its alpha release!

We understand that this has been said before, but it must be understood that every drawback is 100% necessary. Rather than rushing a game, the TFS team strongly believes in releasing a fun multiplayer game. Perhaps it won’t be perfect, but we are doing our best to make it as enjoyable as possible.

We want a multiplayer experience unlike any other, a game that's fun, replayable and fun for hours on end.

Truth is game development takes time. We're not funded by anyone except a passionate team that works tirelessly on the game, using our own pocket money. We've refused to part take in any publishers, though we could easily get one; and that's because we want to make the game with our own creativity and passion. Not for the money, that's the last thing we do anything for, is money. 

Now, we'd like to thank the fans for genuinely caring about the game. A lot of indie developers fall into the same hole: they fail to update the fans. And TFS is not exempt from this. That is our biggest mistake we do because we spend our time focusing on the development of the game rather than giving updates. We apologize for this, and more communication between the team and our fans is another change we are going to implement now.

Again, thank you for bearing with us. We, the team, would like to apologize for any inconvenience to anyone and we certainly hope that you stick around for future updates! We are planning on releasing weekly blurbs on features that have been finished and other new exciting developments that are happening.

Its your support that helps us keep going, and we’re so grateful to have you at our side. We'll also be pushing out updates much more consistently now, updating our forums more frequently, so come register and join the discussions!

The new estimated release date is between August and September - based on the support from the community.

We’ve added a number of new and exciting features. The crafting feature has been dramatically revamped. There are new, craftable boats, structures, even traps, clothing and armor, weapons and tools including a craftable ghillie suit:
Craftable Boat:
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Craftable Raft:
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Craftable Ghillie Suit:
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Craftable Traps:
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New materials have been added to create these and make this feature much more intriguing as well as realistic. On top of this, our health/damage system is being fleshed out, and many new animations and models have been completed. There has been a ton of progress on our map as well. 
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Supply Drop Crate:
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Some other awesome features are being worked on right now and will be announced very soon!

As mentioned before, you guys are the ones who keep us going. Which brings us to our next exciting announcement: the opening spot for pre-orders. Not only would this give you all a chance to try out The Final Stand, but it’d make way for a whole bunch of new features and a much faster development process! 

All proceeds go towards making this game possible, meaning, if there are enough pre-launch orders, that pushes the release date to early August or even at the end of this month!

What does this pre-launch get you? Well, an exclusive forum title and earlier access to the pre-alpha before everyone else and at the lowest price - certainly, as the game gets closer to its final stages, the price rises, so 14.99 is a great deal. It even gives you access to the alpha, beta and the full launch of the game. What are you waiting for? Pre-order now: http://thefinalstandgame.com/pre-order
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While we’re at it, we’ll point you towards another exciting indie game called Arms Dealer - an exciting PC game centered around smuggling. Check it out, they’re great devs that care about making an awesome game like we do: https://www.facebook.com/ArmsDealertheGame.

A lot has been happening during these past few weeks and a lot of it is thanks to not only our dedicated team but the fan’s support. If things keep moving along as they have, we’ll very soon make it to the finish line together.

Again, thank you all for your support, we can’t wait to share this game with you! Don’t forget to spread the news about the pre-order of this game, any support will help us achieve launch faster with more game features!

 

 

Posted on Saturday, July 19th 2014 - 1:03am EDT | by Hadey Mohammed



Exciting News!

Finally, now we’re back in the public eye. A lot of people have asked if we are dead in development and they wanted a resurrection. Well we weren’t resurrected, that would suggest that we were dead in the first place. Rest assured that life has been bustling within Hella Games Entertainment and The Final Stand. We’ve been unbelievably busy, and for that we owe an apology to our supporters and fans. We would have kept up to speed with updates for you, but we are a small team that prefer to present large updates to prevent lost time. Here’s what’s going on with us now-

Pre-alpha is set to release on Steam very soon. We haven’t pushed for release because we’re constantly adding new features to the game and bug fixing. There is a huge amount of content we are working with before we want to give a release, including new maps, clothing, and weaponry. We’d much rather extend the time and give you a more immersive and smooth game than release it sooner to give you a less enjoyable version of everything we’ve worked hard for. We’re aiming for release in early to late June.

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We will also put out a new gameplay video of new gameplay soon. Stay tuned on the Hella Games Entertainment YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/user/HellaGEntertainment
Also, we have other big news! Famous for their top-notch custom gaming desktops and laptops, Alienware has decided to team up with us to help widen our array of publicity and bring everyone the best gaming experience the market has to offer.

This is good news for all involved, as Alienware’s generosity allows us gamers to maximize our experience with grandiose first-rate specs. The strong bond exhibited between ourselves and Alienware allows us to persue our mission to better serve ardent PC gamers.

Each of us is in the business of pushing the envelope in gaming. Needless to say, our common goal is to bring out the best in gaming, which has brought us together.

In The Final Stand, we give you the power and ability to slaughter your foes in various ways to your heart's content, all while doing so in entrancing environments. If you want to experience these at their pinnacle potential, coupled with ultra settings and seamless gameplay, then an Alienware PC is perfect for you. As we build upon our alluring environments and deepen our combat system, you might decide to experience everything in all of its glory.
Our game is meant to bring gamers a limitless and infinitely enjoyable experience, but sadly, we can't provide the details that superior specs or a gaming PC can. We can only contribute to the features of a maxed out PC. If you are unhappy with your general gaming experience because of your PC, or just want the zenith settings that gaming should have, that's where Alienware comes in. By no means do you need an Alienware PC to enjoy The Final Stand. We have designed this game to bring out a gamer's deepest delights, but an Alienware PC has the ability to further the ecstasy, whether you're playing The Final Stand or another game of your choosing. Still, it only makes sense that we would come together to bring you an unforgettable gem that you won't want to miss."

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Posted on Sunday, May 25th 2014 - 3:33pm EDT | by Hadey Mohammed