Chronology


CHRONOLOGY

- Dual Universe in 100 Dates -


DEVELOPMENT

 

01/01/14:

J.C. Baillie creates Novaquark in the sole purpose of designing his "dreamgame" Dual Universe and its accompanying server technology.

 

14/06/14:

The first devblog marks the origins of Dual Universe.

 

27/12/14:

Dual Universe's ingame music by Maxime Ferrieu comes to SoundCloud.

 

16/03/15:

The Dual Universe Boards open.


31/07/15:

Publication of the 5-part official lore online novel by Alain Damasio.



 

29/04/16:

Dual Universe switches engine from Unreal 4 to Unigine 2.

 

13/06/16:

Dual Universe's Pre-Alpha E3 Teaser gives an all-time first public glimpse of the game.

 

08/07/16:

The Dual Universe Community Portal opens.

 

12/08/16:

C.O.P.S. suddenly disband over the "legate issue"; this issue gets clarified by Novaquark soon after.

 

18/08/16:

Novaquark attend Gamescom in Cologne.




07/09/16:

Dual Universe Kickstarter campaign officially launches.

 

13/09/16:

The "God Mode" tour video is presentend, followed by several proof-of-concept clips, to boost the Kickstarter's momentum.

 

15/09/16:

Star Citizen Chairman Chris Roberts openly endorses Dual Universe.

 

20/09/16:

Meet and Greet in Paris: 40 participants get a Q&A conference with J.C. Baillie and his staff, as well as short individual test-runs on the pre-alpha.

 

22/09/16:

Novaquark unveil their first two stretch goals for Dual Universe: Construct-Versus-Construct Combat and Character Face Design.



 

25/09/16:

The first AMA Video and Forum Update are presented.

 

03/10/16:

The second AMA Forum Update is presented.

 

06/10/16:

Novaquark publish a live demonstration of ship building by three players at the same time.

 

07/10/16:

Dual Universe's Kickstarter hits its 500.000 € starting goal juste before midnight and with 4 days to go, is on its way to its first stretch goal.

 

10/10/16:

"Battle of Poolamoo": Band Of Outlaws invade Cinderfall Syndicate's Discord channel.



 

11/10/16:

Dual Universe Kickstarter has attained 565.983 € in pledges from 8.166 backers. The "Construct vs Construct" stretch goal hasn't been reached, but Novaquark decide to work instead on the "Helmets Off" character design.

 

12/10/16:

NQ-Nomad officially joins NQ-Nyzaltar as Community Manager.

 

14/10/16:

Novaquark announce their own crowdfunding website, open to PayPal.

 

14/11/16:

Official Dual Universe Lore Bible is posted, to form the basis of the core component of player-made timelines.

 

18/11/16:

Novaquark's Crowdfunding Portal goes live.



 

02/12/16:

The Crowdfunding Portal offers Kickstarter backers the option to upgrade their pledge.

 

22/12/16:

The first Development Diary details Novaquark's work-in-progress on territory control, graphic rendering and texture management, biomes elements, server performance testing and mining scanning.

 

11/01/17:

Dual Universe is listed among the five most crowdfunded games of 2016.

 

15/01/17:

Kurock wins the community award title of "Famous Writer" for his novel "Experiment Alpha".


28/01/17:

The January DevDiary depicts biome developments, global illumination, the smoothing tool and the jetpack use in building zone, implemented physics with force reality, the new nanoformer with scanner accessories and the live test server.



 

01/02/17:

The Novawrimo contest winners are announced: Aetherios, Temerian and Devious_T.

 

28/02/17:

Novaquark attend the San Francisco GDC, get picked as "Best In Play" nominee, win the Dev Pitch, conduct a fan meeting and go on interview with IGN.

 

03/04/17:

The Devblog details the organization structuring planned for "gold" release, mostly based on power/ tag correlations and legates votes & delegations.

 

06/04/17:

The Construct-Versus-Construct crowdfunding stretch goal is reached, at 8,922 backers and 650,178 € pledged.

 

29/04/17:

Novaquark move their offices for a larger workspace within the same building in Paris.



 

11/05/17:

The April DevDiary video updates on the crowdfunding advancement, full space-travel physics, ice biome, new elements, crafting and the building mode, including a real-time analysis tool of the ship's flyability.

 

26/05/17:

The Community Portal rules are redefined by the Novaquark CM team.

 

31/05/17:

The Terran Union leave the Cinderfall Syndicate.

 

17/06/17:

Several ministers from Terran Union leave to create Soul Nebula, openly shunning their former corporate politics.


20/06/17:

Terran Union's military branch breaks up as The Eldritch Nation and Darius Sanguine Natus himself resigns from his Monarch position.



 

20/06/17:

Galactic Republic of Planets and Dual Universe Accord leave the Cinderfall Syndicate.

 

05/07/17:

The "Uncut Video" shows a demo trip to Alioth from its moon.


06/07/17:

The Void Republic merge with the Galactic Commonwealth to form the Unity League.

 

26/07/17:

Novaquark resort to deleting the whole Unity League altogether and revoke The Slaxx's Alpha Team Vanguard membership, following various and repeated breaches of TOS.

 

01/08/17:

The July DevDiary gives a foresight of the control units & lua scripting, the new screen unit, the emergency control unit, damage & repairing mechanics and new concept art & elements.



 

04/08/17:

The "dualuniverse" Reddit is handed over to community members after Aiden's withdrawal from the moderation.


07/08/17:

J.C. Baillie and his Community Managers detail their Kickstarter's "Post-Mortem".


11/08/17:

Novaquark manage to secure 3.7 million € from private shareholding investors, partially motivated by the proof-of-faith that was the successful Kickstarter.

 

22/08/17:

Novaquark attend Gamescom in Cologne, Germany.


24/08/17:

Novaquark announce a public Dual Universe Pre-Alpha on September 30th, open to Alpha Team Vanguard and Gold Founders alike. "True" Alpha is postponed.

 



01/09/17:

The August DevDiary presents UI and game menus, inventory system, cockpit widgets, dynamic construct building helper UI, ship building visual feedback, new construct elements, simplified right management system, lua scripting feature and new concept art & 3D elements.


02/09/17:

Novaquark go to PAX West in Seattle.


08/09/17:

Founders Packs are ended, to be replaced by Supporter Packs. Dual Universe's crowdfunding tops at 849.493 € from 10,218 backers.

 

23/09/17:

Pre-Alpha begins with the ATV testing sessions.


PRE-ALPHA

 

27/09/17:

The Cinderfall Syndicate undergo massive changes, including leadership leaving and organizations dropping, to ultimately become the much-leaner Aeonian Federation.

 

29/08/17:

Novaquark make for an even tighter, less permissive NDA.

 

30/09/17:

The first Pre-Alpha Session takes place; NDA puts a hard cap on experience sharing: its first "victim" is streamer vxd1979.

 

20/10/17:

Novaquark publish a series of Pre-Alpha Tutorials.


27/10/17:

Novaquark set tests once per month, considering shorter sessions during workdays, with rotating opening hours.



 

15/12/17:

Another "Open Doors" event at Novaquark's office brings 40 people to a full conference with J.C. Baillie and a half-hour demonstration of the most recent pre-alpha game build.

 

19/12/17:

Novaquark change their logo and official website.

 

15/01/18:

Captain TwerkMotor, abrasive free-thinker of the Dual Universe, already forsaken from the community Discord, gets banned from the official forums and loses his ATV title.

 

30/01/18:

The new community moderators are introduced as Mod-Mercutio, Mod-Meldrik and Mod-Merwyn.

 

03/02/18:

The Outpost Building Contest starts the same day Test Servers remain on for 24 hours straight for the first time.



 

23/02/18:

Novaquark institute new communication tools via Trello.

 

07/03/18:

Novaquark make the New Supporter Packs available.

 

06/04/18:

Croomar's team, from Objective Driveyards, wins the Building Contest.

 

11/04/18:

The City Building Pre-Alpha Event challenges the server's mettle.

 

15/04/18:

Infamous troublemaker Fullsend and alleged Solar Empire spy Tristan come to reciprocal acts of doxxing through Emp Gaming's "Locality" game project.



 

07/06/18:

0.10.28 build goes live, ending a long period of "feature freeze" from Novaquark.

 

08/08/18:

Novaquark break out a big multi-announcement: the opening of the Alpha game to all Kickstarter backers at the end of 2018, the instauration of a new development roadmap, the securing of a new batch of private investments and the prolongation of the NDA over all the Alpha stages.

 

21/08/18:

Novaquark settle at Gamescom's business area; several live demonstrations by J.C. Baillie and a meet-up with 30 participants follow.


10/09/18:

Novaquark effectively take "soft" control of the unofficial Dual Universe Discord; this causes some controversy within the community.

 

29/11/18:

A 24 hours Server Test marks the official entry in the Alpha 1: "First Contact" stage of Dual Universe, with a first wave of new testers from Sponsor supporters.


ALPHA-1


29/11/18:
Dual Universe's funding passes the 10 Million Euro milestone, including all pledges and investments.

06/12/18:
Novaquark publish an extensive Alpha gameplay video, commented by CEO J.C. Baillie and Game Designer Baptiste Agati.


12/02/19:
Novaquark open a new studio in Montreal, hiring ex-Eidos founder and video game pundit Stéphane D'Astous as local General Manager.


27/02/19:
Novaquark "Purge the Filth" by announcing results from two long-pending investigations: one regarding several IRL threats/ doxxing actions and one concerning repeated private-message recruitment and fake account usage


05/03/19:
The Winter Shipbuilding Contest is won by: 1st - "The Goblin Shark" by OneThousandStars (PRF), 2nd - "The Mistral V1" by Gasplitcht (ODY), 3rd - "The Dart" by Stapples (ODY).



05/03/19:
Novaquark host in presence of J.C. Baillie and Stéphane d'Astous a Montreal Meet-up with a stress test game demo.


19/03/19:
Novaquark attend the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, from March 19th to 22nd.


09/05/19:
Dual Universe r0.15 build is deployed, but the test has to be cancelled after a severe server issue is identified.


11/06/19:
Novaquark obtain an additional funding for $11.2 million dollars, which doubles the company’s previous total funding.


11/07/19;
Alpha 2: "Dual Evolution" starts with a 8 hours Server Test at 14:00 UTC and a video overview.


ALPHA-2


16/07/19:

Novaquark announce reaching 40k private backers for Dual Universe.


04/08/19:
Hyperion's departure from Terran Union triggers a series of responses between Minister of Foreign Affairs DarkHorizon and Arch Confederacy, exposing mutual distrust and strained relationships between the two entities.


23/09/19:
Novaquark Paris move to a larger facility in Issy-les-Moulineaux.


25/09/19:
Terran Union's directors put themselves "under the committed and strong leadership of the Empire", fully merging with Kytheum's troops.


02/11/19:
DICE have their "Race to the Moon" event, after careful preparations by Kurock and his team of organizers; this dash from Alioth's surface to the moon and back in a XS core ship is won, by a significant margin over his 33 opponents, by Xtronaut.




27/11/19:
Yamamushi attends a ribbon-cutting meet-up at Novaquark's new location, in presence of J.C. Baillie and Issy-les-Moulineaux's mayor André Santini.


30/11/19:
The Alioth Aerospace Expo goes on at Objective Driveyards' HQ from November 30th to December 1st, featuring ships from 20 organizations and promoting the AAE Hovercraft Race.


30/01/20:
Alpha 3: "Alliances Shattered" is officially launched with a 8-hours long test, introducing Construct-vs-Construct PvP, Organizations & Rights Management, Surface Harvesting and Construct Trading.


ALPHA-3


24/02/20:
The "Red Monday" events hit Pantheon Jumpworks, ending the very last remnants of the Cinderfall Syndicate.


04/03/20:
NQ-Naerais joins Novaquark as a new Montreal-based Community Manager, set to improve communication with the community.


16/03/20:
Novaquark share important news about Covid-19 and its impact on Dual Universe.


07/07/20:
As part of their “Play for All” summer event, Gamespot present the game's introduction cinematic and announce the opening of Dual Universe Beta on August 27.


08/07/20:
NQ announce the release date for Beta Launch and subsequently the drop of NDA.




14/07/20:
Massively Overpowered promote the Dual Universe PVP Demo.


27/08/20:
Beta 1: "Empires Expand" starts with a video trailer; Dual Universe is now in fulltime, NDA-free, "soft launch" mode; subscriptions, Beta Keys invitations and the Content Creator Program are open, despite some substantial website and payment platform shortcomings.


BETA-1


31/08/20:
The Dual Universe website is affected by a security issue leading to a small personal data disclosure and prompting a full password reset of all accounts.