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Experimental Update - Faster Building Construction

Today we reduced construction time of all buildings by 30% - 45%. Higher ages received bigger reductions, but even in Stone Age time reduction is significant.

Half a year ago we did an experimental update increasing unit speed by 2 times - and it improved the game dynamics quite well. Therefore, we decided not to revert the experiment, but instead to make it permanent. This time we have decided to review building construction speed. There was an issue in the game where players researched more advanced buildings before they had a chance to properly build earlier equivalents - which means research outpaces construction. Hopefully, with today's update, it will be more balanced.

I know today's update might undercut our income. Shorter build time means less manuals used, and manuals are our #1 income generator. However, I hope this change will make the game faster, will improve its dynamic, and therefore the game will be more fun in general. Making the game more fun is always good as it will make players happier - and happy players donate better (hopefully) :)

That being said - the update is very sensitive, so please do post about your experience, how much faster the construction became, how significant this change was, how it affected your manuals usage, and so on. Your feedback will determine if this update will be kept as permanent or reverted later. Thanks in advance!

Posted 1 month ago.
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This is the best idea you have come up with since losing the snails! On a more serious note  ... much needed and appreciated update. Keeping up with learning tech has been quite a juggling act.

We are really seeing some nice decreases in those upgrade times..... Thank you!

1 month ago

Already noticing some nice decreases in building times. Well done!

1 month ago

Yes this has certainly helped and it isn't going to effect my usage of manuals either.  Thanks

1 month ago

I do like the reduced building times and no it won't affect my manual usage.  In fact it might increase. 

Add:  In fact it has increased.  :-)  Nice change.

Edited by River 1 month ago.

1 month ago

Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you :D

1 month ago

I noticed it long before I read this post. Well done team! I think it may increase my manual usage is well. It will have a greater impact, so more likely to use them :) I tend to hoard my free ones now. 

1 month ago

Usually when things move faster, players use speedup items more, so this change will not hurt income but increase it in theory. Just look at many mobile mmo games that are much faster in building, the good ones turn out to make millions. 

All in all i think this is a great step in the right direction and it really helps those of us that do not buy items. And actually it could even make a lot of us non-paying players buy game items now. 

1 month ago

Love the building speed up... makes the game a little less boring having to wait so long for stuff to build. Awesome job Devs !!!!

1 month ago

Thank you for this update. It is particularly helpful if you need to build a new town or push culture - those high level culture buildings were always a pain to wait for. I have donated as a thank you :)

1 month ago

it is a big improvement and I do use more manuals now (I think), esp. 15 min and 1 hour manuals.  :)

1 month ago

This is a great development to the game - it benefits all, especially players who log in only for an hour or two as they can now interact more with the game and actively play. Thanks!

1 month ago

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