UPDATE: Thursday, September 12th
First, I'd like to thank you for your overwhelming feedback regarding the vaulting of themes. We have carefully reviewed everything you have stated, and
we will continue to review your comments and concerns going forward.
At this time, we wanted to provide you with an initial update
based around your feedback. This update will let you know what has been decided for the foreseeable future; however, we will continue to keep you all informed once any additional decisions are made.
As of right now, I can confirm for you that after MF2015 has been vaulted, no additional themes will be vaulted until November 2019.
Speaking of MF2015
, we understand that this was a highly debated theme to be vaulted. While we were unable to save all requested items, we were able to save a few more than the items that would normally go into YoDepot. As our way of showing our immense appreciation to all YoFans, we are happy to let you know that the following MF2015 items will be saved from the Vault
, and moved to YoDepot when the pre-vaulting period is over:
- Curtained Windows (Purple, Red, Green, and Blue)
- Single Stones (1-4)
- Standing Stones
- Scorch Marks (1-4)
- Pillars (Tall and Thick - Flowered, Wall, Mossy, Regular, and Broken variants)
- Corner Support Pillar
- Sun Beams (Purple, White, and Yellow)
- Stone Archway
- Medieval Windows (Double, Round, Curved, and Rectangular)
- Pillars (Medieval, Ivy Covered, and Half-Covered)
We do need to stress that these items automatically being saved from the Vault is a one-time occurrence
. With that said however, we are also excited to let you know that going forward we will be asking YoFans for more input
regarding which items will be moved to YoDepot when a theme is being vaulted. These details are still being worked out, but we will definitely be back to update you with that information when it has been finalized.
Thank you to everyone for your input, and I invite you to please continue to leave your feedback, comments, and concerns as I promise you that we are listening, we do care, and YoFans are what make everyday so great!
We've seen a lot of discussion occurring on the forums regarding themes being vaulted, and I wanted to take this time to provide some official communication regarding our decision to vault themes. Why Are We Vaulting Themes?
As many of you know, YoWorld recently celebrated it's 11th anniversary (
), and in those years we have seen many, many, many, many
.... themes pass through the YoWorld gates.
To help everyone visualize just how many themes and items have made their way into YoWorld, let's first take a look at some numbers!
- Since Big Viking Games took over YoWorld in 2014, we have created and released a total of 169 unique themes
- Since YoWorld's creation in 2008, there have been over 174,900 unique items released into the game
- There are currently over 40,000 active items available for purchase in YoWorld
- There are currently 83 active themes still available in YoWorld
- On average, there are at least two, two-week themes released in YoWorld every month (this doesn't include smaller themes, mini themes, event themes, etc.)
It's very true that back in the early days of YoWorld, some YoCash items may have been available for purchase with YoCoins. But what's also true is this pricing method had no real planning or strategy behind it. As YoWorld has evolved, a pricing guideline has been established that not only takes in inflation and adjusts accordingly, but also sets parameters on which items are available for YoCoins versus YoCash.
Finally, another factor in our decision to vault themes was the glaring fact that coming up with new and exciting items for YoFans, especially when there are already so many items in store, can be a challenge. We strive to make each individual theme full and concise, and let's face it, there are only so many new ways we can plan and design a tree, or bench, or mailbox. Therefore, in vaulting older themes, this allows for our theme planners and artists to put a new spin on these much-needed theme items, without having too many of the same items in store. Choosing Items To Be Saved From The Vault
When a theme has been selected to head into the vault, we carefully review all of the items in the theme, combined with your item suggestions, to determine which items should be "saved" from the vault and instead placed in YoDepot. While we wish we could save all of the items you request, ultimately this could then become a very subjective process that would impact all of the points listed above.
Therefore, the items selected to go into YoDepot are usually the "foundation" items used when decorating your home: windows, pillars, doors, stairs, etc. If YoFans come together and their feedback overwhelmingly asks for an item or two outside of this "foundation" category, our team will definitely review the items in question to see if they fit within our guidelines to be an extenuating save.
Sadly, not all cases will see these items being moved to YoDepot, but some recent examples of saved items based on player feedback include: Rock Tiles from the Tropical Getaway theme, Flagstone Patches from the Quaint Countryside theme, and Sunlight Ripples from the St. Patrick's Day 2018 theme.Vaulted vs Expired Themes?
Before we introduced the vault, themes were expired. This meant that once they were gone, they were gone for good. Upon introduction of the vault, any theme that is vaulted has the potential
to make a full or partial reappearance at sometime in the future. This same feature is quite often seen in media these days -- your favourite movie may not be available for purchase until it is re-released from the vault for a limited time.
Hopefully, this has helped to shed a little light on why we have decided to vault themes and the process behind it. We understand this decision may not be a fan-favourite, but I can say with genuine sincerity that vaulting themes helps to ensure the longevity of YoWorld and the stability of the Yo-economy.
As always, please continue to leave your feedback!