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Broken Ranks FAQ

From time to time, you fill the forums with all sorts of questions about the 3d version. Is it coming? When? How? Will you delete my account/character/equipment, etc., etc.? Many people ask questions, many people answer to the best of their knowledge. In order to make some matters clear, we created a short FAQ that will be expanded when new issues arise. Welcome to the world of Broken Ranks.

1. When will you release the 3d version?

In 2017. A closed beta will be available in Autumn 2016. The number of comments and work we'll have to do as part of the beta will decide the release date of the full version.


2. Will Broken Ranks' gameplay be similar to Skyrim or Oblivion?

The point of view will be exactly the same as now, but we'll be able to add additional effects to maps (better animations or dynamic lightning). The famous 3d will be most visible in combat where you'll be able to admire the new models with animations much better than the current ones. Watch the trailer to see for yourself.


3. Why do we need 3D? 2D is cool and doesn't get outdated so quickly.

The current technology used by Taern is very outdated. We have reached the limit of what we can do with it. Throughout the 6-7 years of its existence on the market, Taern has grown from a tiny game into a really large mmorpg. At the moment, the old engine hinders our every move. Adding new functionalities is cumbersome and it's hard to detect bugs. The compilation of the client's code takes long and there are no good debugging tools.


4. Why don't we just use a newer 2D engine then?

Because a 3D engine gives us many more possibilities - all characters will look better. Animations of 3D objects look much nicer than 2D, we can also add dynamic shadows and lightning that will give the game more depth.
Apart from that, we want to change every frustrating functionality of the old version. The interface will be overhauled and will become much more functional. E.g. the XP bar in the 3D version will be visible on the main screen. Thanks to this you'll be able to see your character's progress in real time, without the need to open additional windows.


5. My PC is 400 years old. Will I have to buy a new one?

One day for sure. Broken Ranks will run even on a PC that was average 8 years ago. We're trying to keep the requirements similar to the 2D version. At the moment, the prototype runs smoothly with minimum graphic settings at 30 FPS on our 8 year old laptop used for testing. (HP Compaq Nx7400, Intel T2250 M 1.73 GHz, 1 GB RAM, 60 GB HDD, GPU Mobile Intel 945 GM).
Minimum system requirements for PC:
GPU: Mobile Intel 945 GM, ram: 2gb, cpu: core 2 duo, HDD: 3GB free disk space


5. Does this mean that Broken Ranks will be cross-platform?

Broken Ranks will be released on most platforms. Two versions for PC and Mac: client and browser, an Android version and an iOS version. Unfortunately, Linux will not have its own client. You'll have to play in your browser. Currently there are no plans to release a Windows Mobile version. The technology we're using does not support these platforms.


6. If I decide to transition to the 3D version, will I lose all my characters?

No, you won't. Your whole account will be migrated to Broken Ranks' servers. We don't have a policy of migration ready yet, but we think it'll work like this: the English server will simply be transitioned to the new version. All the accounts will be migrated too. If you wish, we'll migrate you back to the old version server. That's how we think it'll go, but we'd like to know your ideas and opinions on this subject. Write us a comment or post on the forum.


7. What about guilds? Will they be migrated too?

Guilds will undergo the same treatment as user accounts. They'll start functioning in the new version by default, we don't know yet if we can agree to migrate them back to the 2d server. Generally, any solution for guild and account migration will have to fulfill one key condition - it'll have to be automatic. We cannot move single guilds and then settle disputes about who wants to play in 3d and who want to go back to 2d.


8. If I start playing the 3D version and don't like it, will I be able to migrate my characters back to the old server?

Yes, you will. The aforementioned migration system gives you this option. All accounts will be automatically migrated to 3D, but accounts created on the old version will have an additional option (a button in character selection screen) to move back to the 2D server.


9. Will you be updating the 2D server?

Most likely no. The 2D server will not receive any support for technical reasons. Only key bugs will be fixed. The server will use the most recent version of the game at the moment of Broken Ranks' launch.


10. Will we be able to enter the beta?

Yes, we want as many people testing as possible. First, we'll have to test the client internally. Then we'll invite selected testers with experience testing the old version.
This is the initial list of answers for the most frequently asked questions. We want to expand this FAQ and that's why you shouldn't hesitate to ask any questions about Broken Ranks.


11. What will the system requirements be for the mobile version?

Android: min. 1gb ram, min. 1280×720 screen and a dual core processor. Our test device, with the lowest parameters on which the game should run more or less smoothly, is samsung galaxy tab 2 (an average tablet 4 years ago) and Sony Experia S (high-end phone 4 years ago) The minimum screen size for comfortable gameplay is 4.3". The bigger the screen, the better your experience.
IOS: We haven't started testing on apple devices yet. Due to screen size, we probably won't support phones older than iPhone 5. The oldest supported tablet will be iPad 3 (iPad 2's resolution might be too low).


12. You've mentioned deleting some quest from the current version of the game. Which ones and why?


We'll delete the oldest quests, the ones Torgerd was learning on. They aren't too well-designed and show how few options we had in the early days of Taern. Many stages require just going back and forth, there are too many dialogs and generally we're not too proud of them.
At the same time we would to assure you that we're not going to delete anything from the main story and we will continue expanding it.


13. Why, instead of creating new servers, don't you just add a button in the setting to change between 2d and 3d?

It's theoretically possible, there aren't too many changes server-side. Most of our work involves getting the client to work. However, such a solution would complicate the server-side code structure (which would lead to more bugs) and would make any updates much slower. We would have to prepare two patches - one for 2d and one for 3d.


14. Will the amount of data downloaded change with the 3D version?

The browser version will be a bit heavier than now. We estimate the increase to be about 30%. So when downloading background art for combat, character models in combat/on the map, you'll use 30% more transfer. However, the transfer used to communicate with the game server (after graphics are loaded in the www/client version) will remain the same. So when using the client, the additional transfer will be limited to minimum and it'll increase slightly in the WWW version.


15. Will Broken Ranks run on Windows XP?

Yes, it will.


16. Will Broken Ranks run on Linux?

Yes, it will, but only in the browser version. We have no plans to develop a Linux client.


17. Will the release of Broken Ranks change how we log into the game?

You'll log with the same accounts as you do now.


18. Will you be present on Steam?

Yes, we would very much like to be present on Steam.


19. How are you going to organize early tests of Broken Ranks?

The initial stage of testing will involve engineers only. When the most obvious bugs are eliminated, we'll start inviting our players.


20. What technology/engine will Broken Ranks use?

Technology: Adobe AIR / Adobe Flash
Engine: Away3d + Starling + Feathers


21. Why Broken Ranks? You're describing a new game! Why not Taern?!

That's true, the name will no longer contain the word "Taern" as it is very hard to pronounce for some players. We would like to create a brand that is recognizable. "Taern" is known only on the Polish market, that's why it'll remain in the name here, but the English-speaking market will know us under our new brand name "Broken Ranks". Don't worry, apart from the name, advanced graphics and crowds of new players on the servers, everything will remain the same.

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2017 u said....

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Sylvanas wrote:
2017 u said....


Yes, I did. Sorry.

Now we won't tell you when, but we promise it will be released - all our team working hard on it.

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i guess the more time it takes, the better the game will be right?

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Sylvanas wrote:
i guess the more time it takes, the better the game will be right?


Exactly 8-)

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Potentially released this year doe?


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