Orion's Biggest Release Yet: The Summer Update!

nintendoway

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Hello everyone,

For the past few months, we have been hard at work in order to create the best in-game experience possible. From continuous hours spent on adjusting our knockback to making crucial updates to our backend, every moment since release has been a roller coaster for our development and administration teams. Through it all, you have worked with us, and withstood, the ongoing changes in order for us to make an environment where community is priority, and for that, we cannot thank you enough for your contribution.

In our Summer Update, Orion has turned a new leaf, bringing the largest content update since our initial release back in March. With that in mind, we have a number of topics to discuss and clarify in order to make this transition run smoothly for both staff and players alike. Below, we have outlined a “mini” changelog of sorts that we will be talking about through this post.

- New Hub

- New SG Maps

- EU Region Release

- New Lifetime Rank: Emerald (5 left for purchase)

- Backend improvements


Release Date and Time


The Summer Update will be launching this Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 10AM PT (Pacific). To find out the launch time in your region, please visit the following URL: https://goo.gl/iRJ16z.

New Hub: “Paradise”

Through our new hub, we wanted to represent the Summer Update, but more importantly, we wanted to highlight the culmination of a project that has only continued to flourish with your support. Therefore, with the implementation of our new hub network-wide, we will be removing our current hub at the same time. We hope you all enjoy the new hub when it launches this weekend! :)

New SG Maps: Coliseum, TSG2, Pompeii, and more!

In the Summer Update, our mission has been to celebrate our community and provide new content to the gamemode that we have all experienced together: Survival Games. Through this update, Orion will be welcoming over 5 new maps to our current offering of SG maps on the network. In that alone, this update will introduce more maps than we have ever introduced at a single time (other than release), making the Summer Update truly represent our biggest content rollout yet.

(If you haven't noticed yet, I said that we are releasing over 5 new maps despite the fact that I have only mentioned 3 new SG maps. With that in mind, you might want to check out SG when we update....)

EU Region Release

Ever since our initial release, we have been looking to expand our network to multiple regions, especially for those that do not live near our NA East location (Montreal, Canada). For that reason, we have been preparing our latest expansion for the last few months with continued updates to our backend, which have allowed us to initiate new deployment techniques for the support of more than one regional offering.

Therefore, with the completion of our preparation described above and the successful allocation of network funding, I am proud to announce that Orion is expanding to Europe (EU) starting this weekend. With that in mind, I have created a brief FAQ to address some questions that we imagine to be popular among our community with this new offering.

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Where will the Orion EU server be located?

Our European server will be hosted in France.

How will I be able to access the EU server?

For now, you will be able to access our EU server by using the IP "eu.orionmc.net". In the near future, we plan on rolling out a location-based method through our "play.orionmc.net" IP address.

Can players on Orion NA and Orion EU play together cross-region?

At this time, cross-region gameplay is not available on Orion. Therefore, upon logging in, you are either completely on Orion EU or Orion NA, meaning that you can only switch regions by logging out and using each region's respective IP address.

Do stats, ranks, and overall player profiles carry between regions?


Since Orion will continue utilizing our central database system for both regions, progress in both regions will be synced and remain the same on both regions. This means that your rank and stats will stay the same on both regions at all times, allowing you to play on the region most convenient for your location while not worrying about progress becoming lost between our two locations.

Will gameplay differ between regions?

All gamemodes on EU and NA will remain 100% identical to one another.

As an EU player, I have not been able to attend many of Orion's community events, mainly due to the fact that they were hosted at times most convenient for NA players. Will that change with the release of Orion EU?

With the release of Orion EU, we plan on offering more events that correspond with our European playerbase. That being said, we have already begun talks internally to plan such events, so stay tuned to our Twitter and website for more information in the near future!

If you have any other questions, comments, or concerns about Orion EU, please do not hesitate to comment to this post.


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New Lifetime Rank: Emerald

To wrap up the Summer Update, we knew that we wanted to offer something that many of you have been wanting since Day One: a lifetime rank. On our Twitter, we announced the release of our Emerald rank, and through this update, we want to further emphasize the availability of our lifetime rank.

By purchasing Emerald, you will receive a lifetime rank with special green coloring and all of the perks of our Diamond rank, making Emerald a great choice for those that are planning to continue enjoying what Orion has to offer.

If you are still interested in purchasing Emerald or would like to learn more about this coveted rank, please click our Store tab at the top of the page. We are only selling 5 of this lifetime rank, so act fast!

Closing


As always, we would like to thank you for your continued cooperation with Orion. The Summer Update truly represents the amount of feedback and dedication that you have brought to the network, and for that, we cannot be more grateful.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post, and we hope you enjoy the Summer Update launching this Saturday!

-nintendoway (on behalf of the Orion Network Administration Team)
 

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Super excited for the updates and I can't wait for the EU servers to come out.
 
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