Politics & War Overhaul (PWv2) and More

It has been a few weeks since ORB Gaming first dropped some news about a potential new update coming by way of Alex in Politics & War. In that time, we have worked close with Alex – Game Admin – to gather as much information as we can for you so that you know what to expect when these changes come active on the next PW monthly update.

The Overhaul

Over the course of Politics & War’s history, there has been minor changes, updates tied into some giant overhauls – but we don’t think there has been anything quite like this and we are pleased to be the first Politics & War news source to drop this information on you – thanks to Alex for being insanely candid with us during our pursuit for further information.

We know y’all have waited for some time for this news, so let’s get right into the thick of it. Coming next monthly update, the Politics & War you have logged into every day is about to change – almost entirely. Alex, with some help from Mad Max and other community members, have worked hard to create a better graphical user interface or GUI that would not only support the current structure of the game, but also provide tremendous modern elements to bring Politics & War into the current era.

For some time, nation simulation games have been nothing but a skeleton structure holding text, numbers and a few images for customization purposes – now we can take a step into a modern GUI together, with more options for customization as the development for these changes continue to be updated.

Before we take a look, Alex would like us to remind you that this update is not 100% complete, therefore what you see may be different from the final product, but being that we have seen and used a workable GUI format with Alex, the finished product will not be incredibly different from what we have to show you. Changes you could expect would be text, color, and different image placements.

Politics & War ‘Home’ Page View

We know, we know – this looks absolutely frickin incredible. The entire site has received an overhaul in not only the way it looks, but how all players interact with the website itself. Here are a few highlights that we love.

Related: Credit Overhaul
  • The left navigation menu slides in from the left and will be extremely fluid and responsive with whatever device you choose to log-in with. This menu acts just like the current menu, but has a bit more flair + adds in some sweet social media icons, including the wikia (does anyone use that) for quick access.
  • The top bar has an RSS feed scrolling and works on mobile devices just as well as in-browser on your laptop and PC. We tested this site with PC, Laptop, Android, and iPhone.
    • Included in this top bar will be your user/account tab which opens up a little drop down menu with access to all your account information.
    • Additionally, check out the ‘frequently used’ icons that you can tap or click to bring you right to some frequent places that we all go to daily.
  • Additionally Alex has installed awesome notification bubbles on the bottom right (that also work on mobile) which allow you quick access to your messages, alerts and notifications.

One of the coolest things that has been added with this update is the chat box to the right side of the screen. This sidebar will always appear while browsing any page in Politics & War. The Chat Box is very simple, you can either chat globally or you can chat with specific trade requests for a real-time trade negotiation. Those who chat should be able to click the username of the participant and go directly to their nation page. It is unknown whether this chat box feature will hold any type of auto-moderation or will be watched over by current PW Moderators.

Politics & War ‘Nation’ Page View

Oh boy, tons of information here – we will let you check out what Alex provided with his information boxes, but damn – what an overhaul! Alex deliberately kept us in the dark for most of this overhaul for nation pages & refused to show us a video preview or even scroll down!…but from what he did tell us is there will be a number of new ways to customize your nation page (and alliance pages) to make them truly unique with this new responsive GUI…so get them credits ready!

Related: Achievements – The Scoop

One of the major changes we want to point out with this is the main information box for your nation. You’ll be able to select your own background for your nation, your awards will appear below your flag – which standout pretty damn amazingly – and your other unique nation information will be below allowing you to ‘mouse over’ for more info on each image. Of the things we dislike, the new menu system. The menu is responsive to either your tap or mouse click – so some of the text seems to be hidden. It is definitely modern, but this seemed like a slight back-step in this new, modern update. We did tell Alex what we thought about that and he said he would wait for further feedback once this update becomes live. If you were with us when we leaked information about Achievements being added into the game, we believe those will come along with this update and will be within the main nation information box on top as well, but we will see.

PWv2 Going Mobile

Still wondering what it will look like on mobile? Alex provided us with an iPhone mock-up of what PW might look like on mobile. We say might because Alex did tell us he was still tweaking some sizing and layout for the mobile GUI. For the most part, it seems to work fine from what we tested – there were a few little items that seemed a bit clunky and we did notice that the nation info did lay over the map, probably an error, but likely would be fixed upon launch. The menu will be able to select or deselect basically making it a menu drawer for your nation. One of the major changes here, which due to our previous complaint, the menu will actually open up in a drop down-type format that allows you to select what page you want to go to on your nation. Even if some things get moved around slightly, we can still all agree that this GUI is a tremendous step forward for the Politics & War community and with all the customization Alex is promising, we are looking forward to what you all come up with dressing up your nation and alliance pages.

Alex declined to comment on how the GUI would look for all the popular places like trading, war screens, account pages, etc – but he did confirm that this GUI change starts at the roots and works its way to the top, so we can expect some pretty awesome things there – gone are the text and number cells and blocky images! Alex also did confirm that the credit portal will also be updated for all to use within this new GUI with ‘less clunky system for buying and using credits’ in the game.

Check out the full gallery here for a closer look without the information boxes clogging up all the GUI Action.

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We know many of you were inquiring about possible mechanics updates, changes to the econ-system and military. We cannot comment with certainty that there will be mechanical changes with this new GUI update – we can say that this new update would pave space for Alex to actually push changes to the game quite often. This update comes to fruition due to Alex putting a bit more focus on the community due to changes in RL – he has said that once RL clears up a bit more, there will be more to see here for all of us in Politics & War.

Talking with members of the community after our publish of this article has been a bit of a 50/50 likeness for this update. Many players expected a bit more, others think this UI update shouldn’t have taken priority, while others are looking forward to some modern looking changes. For those of you who use bots and access API, there might be some issues when this update goes live. While talking with Dynamic, one of the players who uses bots quite frequently in this game he said “While a GUI update will help make the game more marketable, it does little to fix the mechanical issues of the game. This is also another massive blow to the programming community in PnW. A substantial interface update will require developers to completely overhaul their scripts again since most went to parsing the actual webpages instead of using the API. If changes like this continue, I imagine we will see more developers (including myself) lax on developing new programs until a stable UI and API finally arrive. I don’t know how long that will take.”

Pika said “Neat.”

If you have any questions pertaining to this update or want to voice your opinion to be included in any updates of this story, feel free to reach out to us. Thank you for sticking with us while we compiled all of this information into one simple post for y’all – definitely cannot wait to get some action into the finished produce and we can’t wait for you all to experience it too!

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