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HOARD: Upcoming Patch Detailed, Free New Level

Tyler Sigman's Avatar + Posted by Tyler Sigman on Nov 22, 2010 // Design Director, Big Sandwich Games

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It’s been just over two weeks since HOARD released, and thousands of gamers have been getting their flame on while toasting villages, incinerating knights, crisping thieves, and kidnapping the occasional princess!

Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, with many surprised at just how addictive and deep the dragon “stratecade” (strategy arcade) experience is. Ars Technica says HOARD “will keep you scorching villages for hours on end” while IGN boasts, “burninating the countryside is definitely a lot of fun.” Joystiq says it perhaps best of all: “There is a sparkling gem of gameplay here.”

However, the game was not entirely without its rough edges, and there are a few issues we’ve been monitoring which need a little tweaking. Your feedback at HOARDgame.com has been very important to us, and we’re happy to confirm that we’ll be addressing most of those issues in an upcoming patch!


The patch will include:

  • Eye Strain Begone — We’ll be increasing tutorial and badge text size for less squintyness. 20/10 vision no longer required!
  • Lasting Friendship — The multiplayer lobby will now be persistent. After finishing a game, you’ll return to the game setup lobby so you can easily play again with the same people. If you want to back out and de-friend them, that’s now on your conscience!
  • Leaderboard Glitch No-More — Certain co-op games were not posting leaderboard scores correctly. This sometimes leads to improper scores being posted on the main HOARD Rank leaderboard. That will be fixed, and although the HOARD Rank leaderboard will be reset, you won’t lose any progress—the first time you play a new game of any type, your HOARD Rank will be reposted without delay!
  • Anti-Royal Bias — This badge wasn’t reliably triggering. We fixed it. Yay!
  • That One Exploit is Fixed — There was a certain little exploit involving a specific power-up that could be abused by some sneaky people, and it is now fixed! We’re not telling!
  • Which Map? — During game setup, some people were getting confused about whether their map selection was confirmed or not. We modified to make it more obvious.
  • A Little This, a Little That — Various tweaks and improvements throughout.

And because we love you, we’re throwing in a couple bonus goodies as well:

  • Deathspin — A new HOARD map will be included, absolutely free. Try your hand at surviving in a terrible spiral of DOOOOOM! Check out Deathspiral in the video above.
  • Purple Princesses — Princesses worth 3,000 gold or more will show up in a purple dress (instead of pink), so you can quickly assess which lady you’d like to pursue even in the heat of the battle.
  • Friendly Competition — Sort leaderboards by your friends list, so you can always make sure you’re a step better than the rest of your social circle.

We’re finishing up the patch now and hope to see it go live within the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned, and thanks for HOARDing! Oh yeah—if you aren’t playing HOARD yet, what are you waiting for? In the words of Platform Nation, “Buy this game right now. Right. NOW.”

‘Nuff said!

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+ Blade133 on November 22nd, 2010 at 10:09 am said:

Awesome! This patch covers all of the issues I had with the game. I’m so glad that I won’t have to quit and rejoin with my friends after every match now… Keep up the good work!


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    + Tyler Sigman on November 22nd, 2010 at 2:29 pm said:

    Hi everyone–just to be clear, the patch is in final testing and should be out very soon. Keep an eye on hoardgame.com–when we have the confirmed date, we’ll post it there. Thanks for your support and patience!


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+ plaztiksyke on November 22nd, 2010 at 10:12 am said:

are there any graphical (texture, lighting, shader, or map) improvements? the main thing stopping me from paying the $15 is that it looks like an upscaled PS2 game, which I cannot abide at that price point.


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+ Craazy on November 22nd, 2010 at 10:17 am said:

The price is right…..I’d pay $15 again this game is too addictive. Keep up the good work!


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+ THE_MR_PENGUIN on November 22nd, 2010 at 10:20 am said:

thanks for the free level & taking care of the issues in the game

looking forward to some more content in the future


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    + Tyler Sigman on November 22nd, 2010 at 2:30 pm said:

    Thanks! We definitely have a lot more content in the pipe for DLC–maps, modes, units, powerups, etc! Exciting stuff!


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+ ciawal on November 22nd, 2010 at 10:31 am said:

When is this being released for the European region?


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+ JonJonXD on November 22nd, 2010 at 10:36 am said:

Glad to see you guys were actually listening on the forum :D

Can’t wait to download the patch and test out the new map for hoard mode.


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+ kivi95 on November 22nd, 2010 at 10:48 am said:

European release date???


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    + Tyler Sigman on November 22nd, 2010 at 2:31 pm said:

    Getting these issues addressed has slightly delayed our European release. On the plus side, all these fixes will be included in the initial European release, so no patch required. Keep an eye on hoardgame.com and the Hoard the Videogame Facebook page for updates! It’s coming–just taking a bit longer than we expected!


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+ The_Bunn on November 22nd, 2010 at 10:50 am said:

Now, if we could get our own music to play in-game, that would be swell. The original music gets annoying really fast.


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+ nodadchad on November 22nd, 2010 at 11:08 am said:

Great really love this game, thanks for updating! Please enable custom soundtracks, would love to slay the country side to my own jamz.


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+ ElektroDragon on November 22nd, 2010 at 11:43 am said:

Excellent patch, can’t wait, game is awesome, and thanks for the chocolate coins at PAX! You guys rule!


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    + Tyler Sigman on November 22nd, 2010 at 2:32 pm said:

    Chocolate…OM NOM NOM! Only thing that tastes better than that is Roast Thief!


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+ Onvertic on November 22nd, 2010 at 12:59 pm said:

Any news on the PSP version?


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    + Tyler Sigman on November 22nd, 2010 at 2:33 pm said:

    Like the european release, addressing some of these fixes has delayed it a bit. We are still working on it, though, and will post an update as soon as we have a confirmed date. Thanks for your patience!


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+ banok on November 22nd, 2010 at 2:30 pm said:

I’m going to have to read this after work, but it’s a good thing you guys are fixing the issues! Thanks for your hardwork! Bye! ^_^


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+ Berae on November 22nd, 2010 at 3:48 pm said:

It looks fun but theres games i need to finish before but ill keep this game in mind in the coming months.


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