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Tiny MMO Book of Travels lays out big plans for the future

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Associate editor Lauren Morton chose Book of Travels(opens in new tab) as her personal pick(opens in new tab) for game of the year in 2021, but she also acknowledged that its unusual ways—it's «distinctly inconvenient,» as she put it—might put some players off.

That appeared to be the case in December 2021, when developer Might and Delight laid off(opens in new tab) a large portion of its staff, although it vowed to continue development of the game.

To its credit, Might and Delight has stuck with it. Earlier this week it posted a new early access development roadmap, and today it dove deeper into what it all means(opens in new tab), and what players can expect in the future. «It is important to understand what we are trying to address,» the studio wrote. «We always said we would not hand hold in this game.

The downside of this is that sales suffered because people say there is no content. We have dozens of negative reviews where people played for a few hours, found nothing to do, and then reacted negatively.» Might and Delight said the challenge is to get people into the content without abandoning its no-handholding commitment: «To nudge players along without drawing a big arrow saying 'It’s over here',» as the studio put it.

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