HTML5 on Beta!

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  1. Zarok Dai

    Zarok Dai Community Manager Staff Member Community Manager

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    Greetings Beta!

    While Flash has made the internet a better and more friendly place, it is a very old technology, and the original authors of the Flash Player have decided to stop working on it by the end of 2020. This means that in order to make Forge of Empires playable beyond that point, we need to move away from Flash.
    To achieve that, we have promised to create a Flash-free version of the game, using the HTML5 technology.

    It is time that we start fulfilling that promise. Today, we would like to proudly present the first Beta version of Forge of Empires running fully under HTML5, without any Flash content :).
    While this is Beta, so there are still many things to improve, we believe that the quality is now good enough to share it with you and ask for your comments. We need to iron out any bugs and polish the HTML5 version to be at least as good and smooth as the current Flash client.

    The whole process of converting the game to HTML5 while continuously developing it is obviously not easy :). We did not want to stop delivering new content and features (which would have been way easier, of course) while working on the conversion. That was an ambitious plan, but so far we are succeeding, as there was no negative impact on our plans and schedules.

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    So what is the difference between Flash and HTML5? The main and most important one, is that Flash Player is a plugin that is required for you to run the game. If it is not installed and enabled in your browser, the game simply won't launch. For us - from the perspective of the development team - it is an external dependency that we have to maintain.
    By moving to HTML5, we are taking care of both these issues: the game will run natively in your browser, without any plugin requirements.

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    So what now?
    Now it is time that we ask you to provide first comments and point out problems that you notice :).

    First of all, we need to mention that the first Beta version is really only playable under Chrome and Opera. Why is that though? The reason is that HTML5 is basically handled differently from browser to browser. So don't worry if your favorite browser is neither of the two :). We decided to make sure it works well on at least two well-known browsers, and then go from there, covering also other remaining major browsers over the coming period.
    As we cover more browsers, we will also keep making the performance better on the ones that we already support.

    So, as of now, every Beta player can switch the game to the HTML5 version by going to Settings and enabling it manually:
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    The game will be then reloaded and from that point on you will be using the Flash-free client. This will be represented by a little HTML5-badge in the corner of your screen:
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    This is of course only temporary, until the full release.
    Naturally, we are not forcing anything on you - you can switch back to Flash any time you wish during the Beta phase.

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    Also, we would like to assure you that we will not rush it. We have a lot of time and we want to use it well. We will keep improving the HTML5 version of Forge of Empires for as long as necessary before releasing it on live servers. So we would like to ask you to keep providing us with bug reports, feedback and any other comments that you find useful.
    We would also like to make this clear that we will continuously work on making the performance of the HTML5-based version better and better.
    We are convinced that with your help, we will make Forge of Empires playable for years to come!

    Let's make Forge of Empires an awesome HTML5-based game together! :)

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    For any general comments, please head to our feedback thread.
    If you have any bug reports (which we of course expect) please feel free to report them! :)
    But before you do so, we would like to ask you to have a brief look at our list of known issues. These are already recognized and there is no need to report them again. Also, please remember - the performance will be getting better and better over time.

    If you encounter any problems that are not in our list of known issues above (we plan to fix them, of course), please feel free to submit the reports in the bug report section, or contact our support team.
    It would also be incredibly helpful if you could provide screenshots when you encounter a problem (it's easy in Chrome and Opera: just right click and choose "Save image as") :).

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    Thank you so much for your help!

    Yours,
    The Forge of Empires Beta & Development Teams
     
  2. Zarok Dai

    Zarok Dai Community Manager Staff Member Community Manager

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    Just a quick update. Starting tomorrow the following browsers will now work with HTML5 on Beta:

    - Firefox 51+ (Win, Mac, Linux)
    - Chrome 55+ (Win, Mac, Linux)
    - Opera 44+ (Win, Mac, Linux)
    - Safari 10+ (Mac)
     
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  3. Zarok Dai

    Zarok Dai Community Manager Staff Member Community Manager

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    Greetings Beta!

    In the last days we have implemented several HTML5-related bugfixes that should have further improved your playing experience when using our Flash-free client. Therefore, with today's daily update, we have automatically enabled the HTML5 version for all players using recent versions of Chrome, Opera, Firefox and Safari. You are of course free to disable the setting for your account and get back to Flash, but… we hope you don’t!
    That is because your feedback is incredibly important to us :). In the past, we have managed to improve various features significantly before releasing them worldwide. And we hope that with your continuous help we will be able to improve the HTML5 version of the game even more! The more we test it now, the better it will be in the future.
    We are looking forward to your continued comments (be it positive or negative), so please feel free to share any observations you find important in this thread.

    If you find any bugs or errors, do not hesitate to post them our bug report section here.

    Thank you for your help!

    Yours,
    The Forge of Empires Beta & Development Teams
     
  4. Zarok Dai

    Zarok Dai Community Manager Staff Member Community Manager

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    Greetings Beta!

    Even though 97% of the browser market is shared among 6 major browsers (and they will remain our main focus) we would like to make sure that the game is generally playable also on the less popular browsers.
    Therefore, with today's daily update, we have enabled the HTML5 version for all browsers except Internet Explorer and Edge. Don't worry - they will join the HTML5-enabled browsers as soon as the quality meets our standards.

    We are looking forward to your continued feedback, so please feel free to share any observations you find important in this thread.

    If you find any bugs or errors, do not hesitate to post them our bug report section here.

    And as always - thank you for your help!

    Yours,
    The Forge of Empires Beta & Development Teams
     
  5. Bryfft

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    Greetings Beta!

    We are happy to announce that as of today the HTML5 version of the game is also usable in Microsoft Edge :).
    Additionally, we have also enabled the HTML5 version for all players who use browsers other than Internet Explorer (which, for now, continues to use our existing Flash client).

    We have made numerous improvements and optimizations over the last few weeks, so we would appreciate it greatly if you could share your feedback about the current performance of the HTML5 version in the dedicated thread.
    It would be also incredibly helpful if you could login using Edge (even if it is not your preferred browser) and let us know how the game feels in your setup.

    Thank you for your help!

    Yours,
    The Forge of Empires Beta & Development Teams
     
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