Alpha Renamed To Junction Gate Legacy09/28/2018
For all of you who have played the original Junction Gate, good news! Junction Gate Alpha will be completed with a final gameplay update and renamed Junction Gate Legacy.
Why The Name Change?
The Junction Gate universe of games is expanding and we needed a way to differentiate between each game. Because the Alpha was the first prototype, it's getting the Legacy designation.
End Game Update
Here are a few of the major new features and enhancements coming in the final gameplay update for Junction Gate Legacy:
- End Game States
- Star Bases
- Updated Moonshot Game
- Blockades, Vassal States, & Tribute
- Completed/Expanded Story
- Import/Export Save Games
- Save Administrator Notes
- Numerous other enhancements and bugfixes
While this is the final planned gameplay update, there may be future bug fix updates or minor feature updates as needed.
Public Roadmap & Issue Tracker
There is now a public development roadmap for Junction Gate Legacy. You can see a full list of everything that is going into the current release, current bugs, and future updates. If you have a GitHub account, you can also submit issues in the public issue tracker.
The roadmap for JGL will be more detailed than the roadmaps for the other Junction Gate games as it
is furthest along in development and the features are largely locked in.
Steam, Other Platforms, & Where You Can Play
The complete version of Junction Gate Legacy will always be fully free to play online in your browser. When the update launches, we'll be moving its location on the Junction Gate website, but it'll have the proper redirects from its current address so you'll be able to find it without issues.
In addition to being available on the website, we'll be using JGL to evaluate some other platforms
and business models for the other games. Barring any unforeseen issues, the first probable platform
will be Steam.
Even though you'll be able to play the same game for free in the browser (minus the Steam-specific features) Junction Gate Legacy will be a paid offering on Steam. This will allow us to test out different store features and will also help fund the development of the other Junction Gate games. We'll be testing out the Steam ecosystem including, potentially, Steam Achievements, Workshop, cloud saves, and leaderboards.
Depending on development resources and how the game does on Steam, we may evaluate other stores, web platforms, or devices. Because different business models are generally more effective on each platform, we'll choose one that's most appropriate for that platform. Monetization methods can be sometimes be controversial, but we'll do our best to be fair to users and communicate any announcements to the community for feedback before implementation.
If you're interested in news specific to Junction Gate Legacy, there is now a dedicated newsletter that will feature all updates and news for JGL as well as major announcements for the other games. You can sign up for the Legacy Newsletter below.
Finishing the web version of Junction Gate Legacy is the immediate development priority, so look for
an update coming soon. The roadmap will be updated weekly and you'll be able to track progress as
the release gets closer. After the web release, development will swing back to other games for a
while. Expect a Steam release of JGL some next year.