Thursday, April 22, 2010

Getting Prepared for Japan

Been a few days since I updated, but that's because we're knee deep in work at the moment. Our Japan trip is coming up soon (May 10th), and builds keep coming in from Yukes for us to look over. I went to the Yukes LA office this week to check out a latest build, and was encouraged to see alot of changes this time around. It's quite a different experience than what I'm used to, working with a Japanese developer. I'm enjoying it thus far though, because the culture is so different, and the respect that Yukes has for us is flattering, but the feeling is mutual on our end too!

I'm getting excited to start talking about SvR '11 with all of you. I know there's a lot of skepticism, excitement, and general wonder about what will be included -- you'll just have to wait and see though.

My attention lately has shifted towards you guys, the community. What can you guys do to help us out more? Right now the community is pretty fragmented, does that make sense? You have a bunch of different sites talking SvR, but no acknowledgment of one another. In my opinion, it would be more helpful for us to get one clear message from you hardcore fans. The Gaming Rings, the IGN boards, OS,, and even Firepro's boards all have the same kinds of issues, but they're said in different ways. I'm wondering if maybe we could do some sort of weekly conference call with the "heads of the families," in a "Godfather"-like fashion, where we discuss the issues you guys are seeing on your sites. Also, maybe time booked at E3 would be good too so people could meet like-minded people face to face...

Just thoughts guys, tell me what you think...


  1. That's a wonderful idea. It seems every year the same requests and concerns come up from we, the fan base. Having a unified front is important.

    To quote Shawn Michaels,: "Only good things will happen."

  2. I think it would be most practical to rehaul the SvR Community Forums and depend primarily on that resource for comments/concerns/input. There's a limitless supply of existing forums that are dedicated to SvR in addition to the ones that you mentioned, so I think getting the word out about the Community ( would be most beneficial. Certainly, you don't have the time (or desire) to fish through dozens of forums. Having one place to meet should be a priority.

  3. Also, tying in to the whole community thing: DLC. What's the best way to make money off of DLC? Let the consumers decide which characters they are willing to purchase. Once the game is "officially" announced, it wouldn't be a bad idea to hold a poll or survey with a bunch of legends that you guys have legal access to. The top vote-getting characters would be made available as DLC.

  4. I think that, if you want to develop a community, you'll need to give people a reason to go to a specific site rather than going to the Site They Love. Exclusive content would seem to be the easiest way, but I don't want to take away from what IGN, GamingRing, etc. get.

    I don't think you can easily get the community into one place.