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The next few months in SCEE Home

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Content production priority change


Let's be honest, SCEE Home is behind the other regions in the number of Spaces we have to offer. That's not to say we dont have some really good clothing and furniture, we've actually got some excellent partners in the Shopping Centre. And we've also got Red Bull and Xi (the latter still has some way to run and some more surprises to bring you.) And Red Bull have another trick up their sleeve too...

But overall, we're short on Spaces in general. In isolation we dont think this makes SCEE Home a bad place but we fully understand the regional comparisons and why they're made.

In the spirit of openess being requested of us, and that we've committed to, we're going to say what we're going to do about this and in short, we're going to switch our priorities to the production of Spaces for the forseeable future. We will continue to support our partners in the Shopping Centre but our primary focus will be to improve our output and range of Spaces.

The transition from one to the other will take some time but we acknowledge that trying to do both lines (Spaces and Content) at the same time is something we do not have the resources to do currently here in the SCEE team. We have just recruited a new Production Assistant to help tackle this and once this person starts and is up to speed you should start to see improvements.

I should also mention that the SCEE Home team is entirely seperate from that of the Core Home team, the guys who build and develop the engine. They sit in World Wide Studios rather than SCEE. Each region has its own team and the Core Home team delivers the base service and client to the regional teams, who then bring their own content to the service.

Our first task is to get up to date on some of the older content that we've been missing for a while now. For example, Uncharted and  Warhawk and the update to the Resident Evil 5 space. Then bring you some of the more recent spaces like Guitar Hero and then finally ensure we're able to release new Spaces at the same time as the other regions whenever possible, and theres a few of those coming your way.


The SCEE Home Producer is currently investigating 17 spaces in all but I dont believe all would be suitable and therefore not all would be published here. The timeline for this is probably about the next 2 to 4 months and there is likely to be a drop in output before it starts to really pick up and improve.

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The second change to discuss is the way we talk about our new content. As explained in another thread recently, right now we wait until  the very last moment so we know what is going to be published. And it's at this point we write the messages and get them translated and this leads to last minute communication or even, as we've seen recently, the content being released before the communication.

What we're going to try and do in the future is quite a big change in that we're going to aim to communicate what's coming to Home in SCEE one week in advance.


Instead of waiting until the last minute we will be asking the production team to commit to a package to be published, as best they can, about 2 weeks in advance. We then write up the messages about this content and localise it, (which takes 1-4 days depending on text length, but 2 days is the norm) and then publish in the forums, hopefully on the Thursday the week before.

Sometimes things will fall out of the publication package at the last minute, 2 weeks is a long time in content production.

This means we will publish what we intend to bring to you about a week in advance and any last minute changes to this plan will be communicated at the last minute. This may be a better experience for everyone than messaging everything at the last minute when we know for sure whats going to be published. There will be disappointments when content fails at the last minute and you've been looking forward to it for a week, but you'll be much better informed overall.

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Excellent news......Thankyou.

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So SCEE Home is actually going to be a Space for gamers rather then a massive shopping mall from now on? ...I'll have to see it with my own eyes to believe it.

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Great news! I just wanna say for TTD's team to change their strategy in aid of us being much happier is really, really good of them. And I hope the focus on new spaces will deliver us much more interesting areas to explore.

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As I said before I for one have never been that bothered.

 

 

However it's good to see that they intened to change to please those who do care.

 

 

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The communication change is the really difficult one to implement as its simply not the way things have worked previously and requires quite a few people to change their processes. 

 

For example, this weeks Thursday would normally be maintenance downtime only, but there was actually some content planned for it none the less. However, it failed at the last minute and as it was not still complete yesterday it also misses next weeks package too (the 21st).

Ideally I'd have known about next weeks package already and could be writing the messages for approval and translation now but its only starting to come together today. However, thats obviously a huge improvementover the last minute way of doing it and I still hope to talk about next week this week, for the first time.

 

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Our first task is to get up to date on some of the older content that we've been missing for a while now. For example, Uncharted and  Warhawk and the update to the Resident Evil 5 space. Then bring you some of the more recent spaces like Guitar Hero and then finally ensure we're able to release new Spaces at the same time as the other regions whenever possible, and theres a few of those coming your way. The SCEE Home Producer is currently investigating 17 spaces in all but I dont believe all would be suitable and therefore not all would be published here. The timeline for this is probably about the next 2 to 4 months and there is likely to be a drop in output before it starts to really pick up and improve. Ted could you clarify are the 17 spaces that are being considered including those mentioned in your post of the 26th of February (Uncharted,Warhawk,Socom,Siren,RE5) some of which were mentioned to be hopefully 'a few weeks away' or are these new spaces and we will be getting those spaces that you are hoping to 'catch up on' going to appear prior to this 2-4month period , I am very happy with home and enjoy using but would just like some clarification as i have read your post 3 times and am unsure how to read it
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Good luck with your plans, although it's not obvious some of us think you guys do a good job, keep  it up.
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Voice chat for more than two people PLEASE!!!! private voice chat for at least 4 persons, no?  Is it too much to ask, Ted?
thanks for listening, I hope to improve communication in home


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Can you build an airport so we can fly to the different US, Japan and Hong Kong versions of Home ?

 

(anyone noticed the plane fly over the square occasionally???)

 

Great oportunity to include inflight entertainment.. movies and more mini games...

Not to mention Flight sim and hot cabin crew!!!

 

My 2c

 

 

Anyway, thx for the updates.

 

 

 

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TTD, thanks for letting us know, this is good news.

 

 

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Well I hope you guys do change the way EU do get there items and Spaces, And I hope the *Time Table* Is great for the summer and not a *Sorry No new  Content today* Post that I have to look at every time.there has to be some kind of Event comeing up? *ahummm E3 ahummm*

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News update about 21st May approved and submitted to the translation team. Its usually a 2 day turn around so publishing Friday afternoon at the earliest, otherwise Monday. Either of those is an improvement over "just after the content was released" like last week.

Having thought about it I'm not sure publishing the message on a Thursday is such a wise idea, it might confuse people as Thursdays are update days and they might think "today" when seeing it. Therefore I think Friday morning is probably the ideal time but I hope to be able to try both and see how they work out.

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@TedTheDog wrote:

News update about 21st May approved and submitted to the translation team. Its usually a 2 day turn around so publishing Friday afternoon at the earliest, otherwise Monday. Either of those is an improvement over "just after the content was released" like last week.

Having thought about it I'm not sure publishing the message on a Thursday is such a wise idea, it might confuse people as Thursdays are update days and they might think "today" when seeing it. Therefore I think Friday morning is probably the ideal time but I hope to be able to try both and see how they work out.


 

I'm Ok with a Monday beginning of the week approach so theres a clear gap and it relates to that weeks content release.
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Well, its also about accomodating peoples online schedules and not everyone can come in here everyday. Allowing as much of the week as possible and especially a weekend is preferable and what we're aiming for.
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Will the update to the RE space also open that Locked room? Would love to see what there is in there :)
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@TedTheDog wrote:

 

Having thought about it I'm not sure publishing the message on a Thursday is such a wise idea, it might confuse people as Thursdays are update days and they might think "today" when seeing it. Therefore I think Friday morning is probably the ideal time but I hope to be able to try both and see how they work out.


 

I like that idea Ted. ;)

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 sounds like stalling to me!!
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@ashish78 wrote:
 sounds like stalling to me!!
what? posting news about the coming update on friday instead of monday? 

 

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To follow Gigglz lead - *faints*.

Ted,
I don't know what to say, I'm speechless to say the least at how well you have taken on this communication thing! Heck who needs a blog when we have TedTheDog! So for about the fifth time in a week I would like to thank you! It's great to see how early you are sorting out next weeks update, Scee FTW!

Slightly off topic- when the scee blog arrives are you going to post update notes on there or remain on here?
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Ted, this is exactly the kind of communication we have been crying out for. Bravo and keep it up.
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