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Announcing WolfQuest 3: Anniversary Edition!

Find out what we're doing and thinking as we develop WolfQuest 3: Anniversary Edition and the Tower Fall expansion!

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Re: Announcing WolfQuest 3: Anniversary Edition!

Postby Wolvencall » Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:53 pm

This is so exciting!!! Is that the expansion of slough Creek I see with that breathtaking sunrise? The wolf model looks amazing as well!! :D
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Re: Announcing WolfQuest 3: Anniversary Edition!

Postby HowlerOfTheWolves » Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:01 pm

I am so excited! You guys have been working so hard, and the WQ now is pretty much rocket science compared to when I first started playing the game 7 years ago! It just keeps getting better and better, and I cannot wait to see the improvements to come. :D
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Re: Announcing WolfQuest 3: Anniversary Edition!

Postby Rainbywolf » Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:17 pm

This looks awesome! And wow the sun is rising in that video :O.
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Re: Announcing WolfQuest 3: Anniversary Edition!

Postby Sheka » Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:26 pm

As Marty McFly would say, "Whoa, Doc, this is heavy." :P

I remember all too well the scary point in the game's history (2013?) where you guys were dead-set on shutting down the servers and ending the game altogether. I am so beyond relieved our community reunited, banded together and saved what was my childhood.

This is very exciting news!! WolfQuest has never looked so good- keep up the great work Dave & crew! :D
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Re: Announcing WolfQuest 3: Anniversary Edition!

Postby Ecliptic » Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:22 pm

So pleased to see this! Wolfquest is like Yellowstone, in a way. It Think about its progress and scary moments, like when Yellowstone removed its wolves, and it'll make sense :) .

I have a question, though, what will Tower Fall be called, if Wolfquest 3 is the Anniversary Edition? Will it just be Tower Fall, or Tower Fall: 3.2, 3.5, etc.?

EDIT: oh goodness, the sun!
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Re: Announcing WolfQuest 3: Anniversary Edition!

Postby Windstrider » Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:51 pm

Sheka wrote:As Marty McFly would say, "Whoa, Doc, this is heavy." :P

I remember all too well the scary point in the game's history (2013?) where you guys were dead-set on shutting down the servers and ending the game altogether. I am so beyond relieved our community reunited, banded together and saved what was my childhood.

This is very exciting news!! WolfQuest has never looked so good- keep up the great work Dave & crew! :D

This. ^ It's amazing to see WQ go from looking like it was certainly shutting down to where it's at now. I'm so hyped for this update!
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Re: Announcing WolfQuest 3: Anniversary Edition!

Postby alethe » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:20 pm

looks great! Can't wait to download it
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Re: Announcing WolfQuest 3: Anniversary Edition!

Postby loboLoco » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:58 pm

Sheka wrote:I remember all too well the scary point in the game's history (2013?) where you guys were dead-set on shutting down the servers...


Please understand that that wasn't because we were eager to kill the game. We just had no more funding for the game, and no hope of funding, and we wanted to be very clear about that situation. And in 2011-13, I wasn't in a position to take over the project and try to revive it. Happily, things changed. (And most definitely, they would not have changed if I hadn't seen how much players continued to play the game.)
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Re: Announcing WolfQuest 3: Anniversary Edition!

Postby Lebron BMT » Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:02 pm

Kipcha28 wrote:
The admins weren't set on killing it; it just didn't have the kind of funding needed to keep it running


I disagree, and it appears the others users who were here remember as well. The admins had decided there could be no more Wolfquest updates and episodes, and even this website was ready to be nuked. Yes, this happened because of a lack of funding, but there has been no magical influx of funding as far as I know. Moreover, the old admin even closed the Wolfquest store where our members were buying things and donating as much as they could to keep Wolfquest alive.

We owe everything to Dave for attempting to save Wolfquest in the first place, and being successful as a result.

Sheka wrote:
I remember all too well the scary point in the game's history (2013?) where you guys were dead-set on shutting down the servers and ending the game altogether. I am so beyond relieved our community reunited, banded together and saved what was my childhood.


Windrider wrote:
This. ^ It's amazing to see WQ go from looking like it was certainly shutting down to where it's at now. I'm so hyped for this update!


I share your sentiments mates. What a turn of events.
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Re: Announcing WolfQuest 3: Anniversary Edition!

Postby wolf_whisperer98 » Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:02 pm

:wolf: This is too good! I cannot wait until the next update and the initial release! :wolf:
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Re: Announcing WolfQuest 3: Anniversary Edition!

Postby SolitaryHowl » Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:07 pm

Lebron BMT wrote:
I disagree, and it appears the others users who were here remember as well. The admins had decided there could be no more Wolfquest updates and episodes, and even this website was ready to be nuked. Yes, this happened because of a lack of funding, but there has been no magical influx of funding as far as I know. Moreover, the old admin even closed the Wolfquest store where our members were buying things and donating as much as they could to keep Wolfquest alive.



Funding ran out, and because there was no more money to go around, there could be no more episodes/updates to the game...and eventually the servers would have to been shut down along with the website (hosting a website isn't free).

Luckily, due to continued interest in the game by the players, it was picked back up and a paid version was developed (originally only for mobile platforms, but it was decided to make it for Mac/Windows as well). Due to the money (read: funding) brought in by the paid version, the developers have been able to make Tower Fall (and the Anniversary Edition) happen. Without that money, WolfQuest couldn't continue.

I'm pretty sure if 2.7 wasn't a success, we wouldn't be seeing anything about an episode 3 or an anniversary edition. Eduweb might have been in a financial pickle as well, but they hedged their bets and it all turned out okay.


Please see this quote from Dave, one of the devs:

Please understand that that wasn't because we were eager to kill the game. We just had no more funding for the game, and no hope of funding, and we wanted to be very clear about that situation. And in 2011-13, I wasn't in a position to take over the project and try to revive it. Happily, things changed. (And most definitely, they would not have changed if I hadn't seen how much players continued to play the game.)
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Re: Announcing WolfQuest 3: Anniversary Edition!

Postby Koa » Sat Aug 05, 2017 12:09 am

Praise the sun!

@ Lebron BMT- If I recall correctly, the Minnesota Zoo had a hand in running the WolfQuest store; it wasn't something under eduweb's control to keep open. Also, there was no reason to continue to accept donations on behalf of the WolfQuest project when, at the time, no new game updates were planned. It would have been bad business had they done so. Sure, donations helped keep the forum running, but (a it would have been misleading and (b they would have not sustained the creation of a new episode on their own.

Keep in mind that the Minnesota Zoo, which presided over WolfQuest and populated the forums with prior administrators, falls under the control of the state. It's an important detail to know about WolfQuest's history, because the project was affected in different ways. (Remember the Minnesota state shutdown which forced the forums to go offline?) Keeping the project going when it was primarily under the jurisdiction of Minnesota Zoo is not as clear-cut a situation as you might have thought.
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Re: Announcing WolfQuest 3: Anniversary Edition!

Postby Hybrid Wolf » Sat Aug 05, 2017 12:58 am

This is amazing!

Thanks Dave!
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Re: Announcing WolfQuest 3: Anniversary Edition!

Postby Lebron BMT » Sat Aug 05, 2017 1:01 am

Solitary Owl wrote:
Funding ran out, and because there was no more money to go around, there could be no more episodes/updates to the game


Right, but again, there was no magical influx of funding that inspired Dave to reignite WolfQuest. The users were always ready and willing to do what was necessary to save WolfQuest. Dave realized that while the old admins refused to.

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Without that money, WolfQuest couldn't continue.


Exactly, except for the new updates to Wolfquest, the game and the updates came first, then the funding via users paying for them. The funding didn't come first; the plans for updates did. There is nothing for the users to support if there are no plans, and that was up to the old admins. It was the admins who gave up; never the community.

Solitary Owl wrote:
Please see this quote from Dave, one of the devs:


Please reread Dave's reply. He himself says WolfQuest wouldn't have been reignited had he not realized that the community here was strong and very interested in more WolfQuest. The leadership was causing the problem not the userbase.

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If I recall correctly, the Minnesota Zoo had a hand in running the WolfQuest store; it wasn't something under eduweb's control to keep open


Yes, the old admin was actually employed at the Minnesota Zoo as I recall too.

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Also, there was no reason to continue to accept donations on behalf of the WolfQuest project when, at the time, no new game updates were planned.


Exactly, they refused to plan more episodes and so they cut off the community's efforts to save WolfQuest and help fund it when they closed the store. Dave, however, did make plans for another update and now we are here.

Koa wrote Keeping the project going when it was primarily under the jurisdiction of Minnesota Zoo is not as clear-cut a situation as you might have thought.


No, I understand it was the Minnesota Zoo that created WolfQuest and that it was the Minnesota Zoo that tried to end WolfQuest.
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Re: Announcing WolfQuest 3: Anniversary Edition!

Postby Ecliptic » Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:14 am

Whatever the case, let's be glad it's here and alive now!
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