Today is the 1 year anniversary of the 1.0 update of Juno: New Origins!
During this year the game has kept evolving and improving, including a collaboration with the European Space Agency and the development of the Juno Parallax mod by Linx, one of the most talented modders in the genre.
We are now starting 2024, the year of Ariane 6, Vulcan, New Glenn, Starship, Europa Clipper and many other jaw dropping missions. This is set to be one of the most important years in the history of aerospace, and we wondered how we could contribute to it.
For this we are glad to announce a new version of Juno: New Origins can be found in the App Store and GooglePlay, including most content in the game for free with the rest of the content divided in 3 bundles and an option to remove ads. We are keeping the existing version of the game available for those that prefer a one time purchase and if you have already bought the game or play on PC, this won't affect you at all.
Why this? You may wonder. After seeing the idea thrown around the community for years and how well this model works in other games we thought it could be beneficial for both the game and our community:
- We hope this more approachable version of the game will reach those that will become the engineers of the future
- We often see people asking for a demo version of the game, and well, this is it. You can play a lot of the content the game has to offer before doing any purchase, to decide if you like it or not, and only buy the bits of the game you are interested in
- Our community can only benefit from people joining (more activity in the website and discord, more crafts shared, more upvotes, more views on youtube...) and hopefully this influx of people will help fund even more and better updates
In case it isn't obvious, our intention is not to start releasing bundles for every update, 1.3 will be starting its beta testing next month and other future updates will still be included in all the versions of the game without having to pay more for it. This doesn't mean we won't ever do a DLC, but it is not currently in our plans, so it's not happening any time soon if at all.
We have put a lot of thought on getting this right, with the community in mind, trying to give as much for free as possible and pricing things in a sensible way. We know other games have muddied the water, so we are testing right now this new version to hear from you.
The feedback from the people testing it so far seems to confirm we have gone in the right direction, but we want to hear from you all before fully releasing it, so we have started an open beta on both:
Testflight - https://testflight.apple.com/join/5SRK7rgD
PlayStore - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jundroo.junoneworigins
PS: This app will be a new app in your phone, its files are stored in a different folder so anything you do here won't affect your existing crafts and sandboxes in any way.