Since so much of the activity around Catalyst Black happens on the Discord, I thought I’d do a write up to keep those on the forums who are interest up to date. It should also to useful to have all these links and announcements in one place.
To get everyone up to speed on SEMC’s immediate plans, here’s what you need to know: Earlier today SEMC revealed the early access trailer on the Pocket Gamer Launchpad Stream (it was leaked earlier), making what you could consider the first major public display of Catalyst Black. During the stream they talked a little bit about the games design philosophy, and showed quite a bit of gameplay in the backround. You can watch a VOD of the Pocket Gamer podcast if you don’t mind sifting through the entire podcast to find the specific clip.
Alongside those reveals SEMC launched the “Secret Service” program. Similar to VG’s PBE, it will the space where they tests content for the game before it goes live globally. This will start operating on August 12th. However, you can start signing today on Discord. For the foreseeable future will the Secret Service will be IOS ONLY.
Finally, I thought I’d share a little information the devs have talked about on the discord. SEMC are super active replying to peoples question and there are a bunch of tidbits of information, here are the most relevant. First, the game will launch “soon” in GEO beta in at least 3 regions, two in SEA, and one in the “west”, on both IOS and Android. While it is not confirmed, devs have implied this may happen even before the August 12th secret service date. Second, when the game launches globally it will support IOS, Android with Bluetooth game-pads, and most likely PC. Third, once the game has strong enough engagement and monetization values, they will launch a significant advertisement push which they have been gathering metrics on since Maskborne. They have actually been very forthcoming about the different methods and test advertisements they have been using to gather data, but a lot of it went over my head as someone not too familiar with digital marketing. Suffice it to say they have a plan.
Anyway that’s it for my little news roundup, hope it was useful to some of you who have not been following the game as closely.