“While balancing taps and sinks is key for keeping a game economy balanced in an instant, understanding which sinks are actually sponges and how long it will take to saturate them is key for long term viability of both minimizing inflation and keeping room for long term player motivation. […] In order to design BitCraft as a true sandbox game that won’t exhaust its content we take care to consider which aspects of the game are true sinks and which are sponges. This concept can extend even beyond the game’s economy to the balancing of how a player can spend time playing. For example in most MMORPGs, leveling up your character or gaining more powerful equipment is a sponge for your time in the game. Eventually you can reach maximum level or gain the ‘best in slot’ equipment and this sponge will be completely saturated, with the player losing motivation to play. This is why you’ll often find games design these sponges to saturate with diminishing returns to try to make sure they never fully saturate or wring out the sponges periodically with a soft reset (level cap increase, item power creep, etc).”
In any case, Abyss appears to be moving through its development phases, which have been chronicled in monthly update posts. September brought the end of some fresh closed testing; a move to Unreal Engine 5.2; “new” features like underwater gameplay, harvestable trees and ore, and the addition of mobs; and additional combat and PvE areas. Meanwhile, October’s post appears to be only some concept art, and a November post that went out last week talked up Abyss’ presence at various trade shows and the creation of additional enemies.
“The release date of the game has been slightly delayed because some content had to be revised in line with the feedback of our players,” the studio says. “Now, however, it’s time to share a definite date. The closed beta version of The Quinfall project will be released on Steam for selected players on 30 January 2024. Let us remind you again that Closed Beta processes will take place in short periods. So, shortly after 30 January, all our players are planned to experience the game.”
Content retrieved from: https://massivelyop.com/2023/10/24/turkish-sandbox-mmo-quinfall-delays-closed-beta-to-january-2024/.