After a lot of deliberation within the dev team, we’ve decided that the pace of development is too slow. The engine switch is taking far longer than we had hoped, and we’re worried about our future even after that’s done.
The solution is clear. Inspired by so many of you insisting we do it, we’ve listened to feedback and are going to start accepting payment from fans to try and compensate the developers and allow at least some of us to work on in part/full time. We don’t want the donations to be too demanding or obtrusive to the players and fans, so we’ve come up with a brilliant and unique way to generate funds.
Allow us to introduce the next big thing in cryptocurrency: Thrivium!
This new coin combines the power of evolution with blockchain technology to (r )evolutionize information technology as well as scientific advances. We have decided to rework the microbe editor and replace mutation points with a Thrivium wallet, so you have to be very careful when upgrading your microbe in the editor to maximize Thrivium mining opportunities.
Having trouble mining enough Thrivium? Never fear – you can artificially generate Thrivium by making donations each time you enter the editor. A charge of $0.50 each editor session will allow you to make one change to your cell. If you make a donation of $1.00, you will have access to enough Thrivium for three changes to your cell (best value). The intent is to give us a proper way of generating income. We’re hoping that with this system we’ll be able to keep the donations minimal and seamless so that we are not beholding ourselves to any big donors, but also profitable enough by making money off of players donating each time they enter the editor so that we make enough to pay off our developers and maintenance costs.
In order to play Thrive with this new currency system, you will need to create a wallet yourself here. Don’t worry, signing up doesn’t require any personal information, only takes a few clicks, and leaves you with a sense of pride and accomplishment.