As we are coming up to the 2 year anniversary of Wheel of Wealth being available on the Windows Phone store, we’ve seen great success with the game and have of course had our ups and downs along with way. The game is now at version 2.8 and supports Windows Phone 7 & 8. Over the past 21 months of being available, it has seen a total of 13 updates, averaging an update every 6 weeks. Moving forward, our commitment to the game is stronger than ever!
We are now in the process of developing v3.0 – the first major overhaul to the game and back-end infrastructure since the initial launch of v1.0 back in November 2011. With a lot of aspects of the game being rewritten from the ground up, we are planning huge performance improvements all round for the game.
Here’s just a taste of what we have in the works for v3.0:
- Player profiles
- Friends list
- Ability to block players
- All new solo play game mode
- Offline play ability (local saved puzzles)
The above features (and more) will be implemented in both the Windows Phone 7 & 8 versions of the game. Moving forward we plan to continue full support for Windows Phone 7 with all major features (within OS restrictions) to be implemented in ALL future updates.
Along with the listed features, we are also investigating local WiFi play and real time multiplayer modes. Stay tuned for more information on these 2 new game modes along with a confirmation of when to expect these modes in the near future (not currently confirmed for v3.0).
During the development and testing phase of v3.0, we have set up a temporary mirror server for Wheel of Wealth. This will ensure the current players of the game can continue uninterrupted and will allow us to make drastic changes to both the game and back-end code.
We are happy to announce that we are now accepting applications for beta testers for v3.0 of the game for Windows Phone users only - with Windows 8 users to follow later. The initial build will be a Windows Phone 7 build, however will be applicable to both Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 users, with the Windows Phone 8 features to be re-introduced later in the beta period. As we plan to begin the beta testing early in the development phase of v3.0, we will be seeking as much feedback as possible from our user base. This will give our long term/loyal user base a chance to have their say and shape the direction of the game with all feedback being taken on board, we will be implementing as many practical features as possible to enhance the overall game play.
As a thank you for those involved in the testing phase, we will also be providing some exclusive in-game content for v3.0 testers, once the game comes out of beta. Do you want to get involved in the testing? Head to our mailing list, fill out the appropriate details and you’ll instantly be a part of the program.
We are seeking as many testers as possible to replicate a real live server, to ensure we are able to optimize the beta server and game as much as possible. We are expecting testing to begin in the coming weeks, so be sure to spread the word!
Thanks for your continued support and we look forward to bringing you many more projects in the very near future on Windows Phone!