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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:00 am 
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It was announced today that a 1.8 Pre-Release is scheduled for Thursday August 21. This means that we could see a 1.8 release this week or next week.

As with the 1.7 Update, this is a pretty major update and it is going to take a lot of coordination on our part. We have been prepping for this update for the last few months, but we have not finished everything that we need to finish yet. Please refer to the below timeline in order to get an idea of when/how we will be updating and what you can expect from the transition.

1. Once 1.8 is released, we need to wait for Bukkit to update. We cant update our server until Bukkit has an update. I assume this will be significantly faster than 1.7 since a lot of the major changes for 1.8 have been rolled out over the last few minor updates, but be aware that until a functional development build is released for Craftbukkit, we can not update.

2. Once we have a functional Craftbukkit build, we need to test a few mission critical plugins. We will not update the server until we have verified that those mission critical plugins are functioning. These include our Anti Cheat, Multiverse (Our Worlds Plugin), MultiInv (Our Inventory Plugin), Hawkeye (Grief Logs), Protocol Lib & TuxTwoLib (Libraries that other plugins depend on), as well as a few others that I cant think of at the moment. In total there are 7-8 plugins that absoloutly must work before we update. Most of these have already updated for 1.7.9 and already have UUID Support, so this shouldnt be as long of a process as it was for 1.7.

3. Once the server is updated to 1.8, you can expect that some plugins will not work or will be removed until they update. Also, some plugins will need to be replaced because they wont update to UUID. We have been making these changes over the last few months, but surely some of them will break as part of this transition. So some of your donator perks will break and depending on the situation, some will need to be removed permanently. Where necessary, we will consider replacements for anything we remove.

In addition, we will also be expanding the Survival World Border once the server is updated to 1.8. This will not happen until the server has been updated.

In addition, we have some projects which have been on hold until 1.8 is released which we will begin working on after all the plugins are working with 1.8 (you can probably expect us to start working on these 1 - 2 Months after we update to 1.8

- Quests will be added to Survival. This will likely be the first project we work on as it will play a big role in Survival

- Ranks will be added. This has been a long standing request to be able to be awarded ranks for time played, blocks collected, blocks broken, etc. We have been looking into it for months and months but ultimately decided that we need to wait until 1.8 because if this plugin didnt update for UUID, then players would have to start over. In addition, we had no idea which plugins would need to be removed at 1.8 so we didnt want to setup perks and such with Ranks just to remove them in 1.8. Once 1.8 is in the rear view, we will be working on this.

- Backpacks. Virtual Pack was our attempt to offer virtual chests and such but Unfortunately the Virtual Pack plugin is extremelly buggy. For that reason we have decided to remove it and will be replacing it with some sort of Virtual Chest/Backpack plugin. It wont have all the additional features that VirtualPack had (like the virtual furnace/anvil/enchant table/brew stand/etc), but there really arent any good alternatives that do have that functionality so we will be going with just a backpack/virtual chest plugin instead. We think that was the biggest feature of Virtual Pack, so that is what will get replaced.

- AND MORE! We have a TON of stuff planned for Survival including a New Spawn, The Return of the Guardian's and other Quests, a Factions (More like Factions Lite) Experience, and more! Click the link below for a detailed explanation of these new features.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 7:28 am 
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1.8 has now been Officially Released. However, as stated above, we need to now wait until Bukkit releases 1.8 before we can update.

I will be updating our progress in this thread, so stay tuned for our updated progress regarding the update to 1.8.


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