We’ve been working hard on bugfixes and new features, and plan to roll out all the changes into the sandbox games early next week.  The most noticeable changes will be to the map and to the messaging and alliance functionality.  There will be an additional level of zoom that lets you view the full galaxy, which is composed of sectors.  Each sector will be connected to neighboring sectors through wormholes.  This system will alow us to have a large number of players in the same game and yet enable players to move about the map more easily.  Messaging will now function more like email, as your messages will be retained even if you close the app and login again.  You will also be able to leave alliances, message players by selecting their ships, filter and sort the player list, and much more.

Unfortunately, our database system for saving the game is taking longer than expected to develop.  We don’t want to start another full beta without having the database system working because we know how frustrating it was when the last beta encountered an error and we were unable to restart it.  As a result, it will probably be at least 2 weeks until another full beta game is started.  In the meantime, though, we are going to extend the sandbox game length to 48 hours.

We thank you for your patience, and we look forward to your feedback on the new features.