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As advertised during the Neopets Birthday celebration, TNT have posted some answers to questions on their Twitter page
. The questions were answered by Scrappy, Jade, DJ Skellington, Binary_Supagoo, and Kikocat. The questions answered were:
Q: Have you considered making Neopets available as an app?
A: Yes and we are currently working hard on it! As we get closer more and more details will emerge!
Q: When will the mobile site be LIVE?
A: We don’t have a specific date at the moment, however, our team is working hard to get everything ready as soon as we can.
Q: Are you planning on more Ghoul Catchers levels, or are your efforts focused elsewhere?
A: Efforts are focused elsewhere right now. We have a lot of exciting projects in the works & want to make sure we dedicate all our time & attention to making them the best they can be.
Q: Why is it so hard to get unconverted pets?
A: Unconverted pets haven’t been “available” on the site since April of 2007. The artwork for those pets was discontinued when we introduced the NC Mall and the hundreds and hundreds of wearable items.
Q: Are you ever going to make a forum specifically for your older audience?
A: While we understand that a lot of our users have grown up with the game, Neopets is still a kid-friendly community where we want everyone to have a safe and open space in the game.
Q: Will we ever see more official Neopets merchandise?
A: Yes, you will! In fact, we have some new merch being worked on right now that will be available to everyone soon!
Q: Any plans for bringing back Key Quest?
A: At this time there are no plans. Our attention right now is on converting all of Flash to mobile.
Q: Any chance we can see scarier Darigan pets?
A: That’s an interesting request, we’d love to see some ideas from you guys on what you’d like to see!
Q: Will Vandagyre ever be able to wear the old clothing and customization accessories from before they were released?
A: Hm, not sure about this one. It would definitely be a big effort and is not on the horizon for us currently.
Q: For people with all their dream pets maybe there could be a dream item giveaway for them?
A: Interesting idea! We could look into adding that to the Dream Neopet Giveaway event. I'd love to hear from you guys if that is something a lot of people would be interested in.
Q: Will any game come out soon?
A: We are working on making a new game for the site, so keep an eye out ;)
Q: Have you guys every considered doing Twitch streams for all things Neo related?
A: If by “Twitch” you mean “NeoCam”... just you wait! ;)
Q: How are customization spotlight winners chosen?
A: We take your votes & look at the top entries, & we choose what we like based on that. Other times we choose whichever doesn’t matter their rank. In essence, there is no method to the madness it’s mostly random.
Q: when will Sid come back?!?
A: Punchbag Sid is just biding his time...
Q: Are there any plans in place to build different tiers of premium for more perks/benefits?
A: We have looked at adding more perks and even possibly breaking it up into tiers and is something that would probably happen a bit down the road
They closed by saying that there will be additional questions answered in the future, but it is unlikely they will be any submitted now (as the deadline was the end of October).
The whole appeal of Darigan pets is that they be scary. The big bad. So glad someone brought that up.
I really like the idea of tiered plans and more features, for as is, there are a lot of Premium features I don't use, and a lot of room for features I could use, methinks.
I hope that means Sid is actually fixed... but that seems too much to hope. XD
As usual, they didn't awnser anything.
"It's coming up."
"We're working on it."
"Down the road"
I don't know why they even bother.
I'm excited for new merch! I hope we get some new plush or figures!
FINALLY ADMITTED CUSTOMIZATION SPOTLIGHT IS RANDOM
, 12/3/2019, 3:54 pm NST
^ THEN WHY DO THEY KEEP PICKING THE SAME PETS TWO WEEKS IN A ROW??
, 12/3/2019, 4:13 pm NST
I have a feeling they were thinking of Notable Neopet when answering, not Custom Spotlight? Cause I know for that (which they haven't been posting lately, have they?) they did choose randomly from of the pets entered to the CS.
I mean, I know there's randomness involved in the CS but more because of how pets show up when you vote. But why would they sometimes choose the winners randomly? O_o
The CS pets do NOT show up randomly, they are in order of entry and that does not change. Which ones you see depends on how far along the votes are. And how much and how often you vote.
I'm wondering why, if it's not based just on actual vote tallies and they are monitoring it, they let the same pet win twice in a row, or barely dressed pets win at all.
I have my doubts this was an honest answer by TNT.
"The artwork for those pets was discontinued when we introduced the NC Mall and the hundreds and hundreds of wearable items."
They're really selling themselves short there. Searching for "Wearables" in jn's item database says there are over 18,000 wearables. They could safely say "THOUSANDS and thousands of wearable items"
, 12/3/2019, 5:23 pm NST
I really like the ideas about new merch, as well as a possible dream item giveaway.
However that CS answer is very disheartening.
I like the Dream Item giveaway/merch bits. Hope they can do the item thing in time for this year
Nothing was answered...why bother saying "it's coming"
Is it bad of me that I really want to laugh in TNT's faces if the Flash-plug gets pulled and Neopets is nowhere near done with its transformation to 'mobile' (which I truly hope they meant as HTML5..)?
Dream item giveaway will leave lots of whiny and butthurt people.
Premium tiers. Very. Bad. Idea.
All the answers are rather meh. Basically: "No" "We don't know" "We are working on the new version of the website and have zero resources left for anything else."
They mostly chose stuff they already replied to before.
Only the item giveaway makes me happy.
Customization Contest is def rigged lol
Also Notable Neopets has been down for like over year by now.
oh mmm.... i see some excuses
"It's coming up."
"We're working on it."
"Down the road"
as other player said..
they seem not trying harder to impoved the neopet website unlike other game system like pogo, facebook, etc which they has stopped use flash and move on to new tech for keep game going. it been 14 years since nothing changed.
, 12/4/2019, 4:41 am NST
I'm actually all for a Dream Item Giveaway (if it includes ANY activated items on site) and Premium Tiers.
, 12/4/2019, 4:43 am NST
HTML5 / Mobile conversion are the same thing. Flash isn't getting pulled from browser for another year, I'm sure they'll be done before then
Almost a hundred bucks a year should be the only top price for premium. No tiers. That's bull.
Also practically answered nothing as usual.
I made a question like from the start of the QA and not seeing it answered makes me sad. Specially seeing what the first two questions are.
@escrainus, your questions were probably too difficult to answer within the Twitter character limit. :O
, 12/4/2019, 8:15 am NST
New merch in the vein of the disaster that was Overpowered? Ok. I know retail is dead but the Jakks Pacific toys were the best thing Neopets ever did. If that's not what they have in mind, they can keep it.
None of this matters anyway if they aren't making sure this site is ready post Flash. Not holding my breath.
Why don't they understand we don't want more mobile games, we'd rather they bring Keyquest back - something old players actually care about. No one wants more Ghoul Catchers and Letters & Legends.
Mostly same questions over and over again. Generally same answers. Why bother to ask about KQ and UCs constantly? Not getting anywhere with those.
I vote in the CS everyday at the same time and I do not see the same pets in the same order everyday. If they are picking randomly, then why are they choosing the same players and pets multiple times? They are sorely lacking in artistic sensibility if that is true. Whole thing is fishy. Ability to tally votes is broken? Is this why there are no winners for the Halloween contest yet? They are looking at thousands of individual entries? That seems batty.
Ducky, I'm curious what you don't like about the idea of Premium tiers. The only issue I can think is if TNT didn't roll it out properly and people didn't get what they paid for (very conceivable). What other issues do you envision?
I too thought the tier thing was a weird question for a consumer to ask.
Wouldn't they be more apt to just ask "to add more things to the current service"?
@catsrnice: Right?! If they really want to pay more for Premium, they should just set up the recurring monthly membership rate for maximum spend
Personally not a fan of Premium tiers if there's a tier that costs *more* than what is available today. I'd rather TNT flesh out Premium perks before potentially adjusting pricing.
, 12/4/2019, 2:05 pm NST
if that answer to the customization spotlight is truthful, i am a little miffed.
i see the same users winning multiple times in a month, often i even see the same re-used outfit winning. someone on the customization chat (who has many cs trophies) tossed her theory of winning up to how often you participate in the voting; making sure she votes everyday of the week, and feels that's how she always places in the top.....
i almost feel as though there should be something of a gold ban to cs winners sometimes.
also i would love a dream ~item~ giveaway. there is nothing i want more than the Fancy Helmet from the Style Showdown years back. Out of the three out there I think only 1 is active (and not for sale)? Can we at least re-color them and release them? 0:^)
Where did that idea even come from?
To me it suggests a threat of closing away more of the regular site features behind a paywall. No thanks.
I'd like to know how we will be able to do 80% of the stuff on the site once Flash ends. Even going to the Neopia map requires Flash.
, 12/4/2019, 3:51 pm NST
*is excited for Neo merch*
, 12/4/2019, 5:03 pm NST
@purplebin I didn't exactly mean that the order is random, but that there's a lot of luck involved because of what you mentioned. Some will end up being seen by more people than others cause not everybody votes everyday or uses all their votes every day.
Hmm, for the tiered premium thing, I was hoping that implied CHEAPER options. I can't afford premium, but SSW is the only feature I really want, and if I could get access to just the SSW for like half the price of full premium, I might be able to do that. The main problem there is they might run the risk of too many people switching to cheaper options from full premium, and the extra people signing up might not make up for that loss. Of course, they could add more features to "full" premium, too...
Nah, sounds awful, leave premium as is, do sales but don't make tier.. in any case then just cancel premium and sell the perks as NC stuff
@jaudaran that was exactly my idea, have a basic (and far cheaper) tier with the SSW and no ads (while I always use an adblocker, I try to support websites I adblock wherever possible), and more features like species change in a higher tier. That being said, it could backfire on them if enough people switch from a higher tier to this lower one, and not enough new people in turn get Premium.
The SSW is an extremely powerful upgrade. I'd be surprised if they didn't lock the SSW behind the top tier.
Things like the Customisation Journal is what will end up getting knocked down to the bottom tier.
Per tiers, I would actually like a lowest tier that JUST blocks ads. Accessing via various devices gets annoying when ad blockers are glitchy. Not a big bother, I know, but yeah.
Actually what Dave said. If current price of premium is the top price (with all the premium services I use, that is quite high yearly thingie) I am okay with smoller amounts with less benefits. And SSW should totally be on top tier.
SSW is the thing with premium and there is no point to hand it out with lower payment (it is basicly the reason why most people have premium :p )
Adblock, journal could be low tier - also why not extra pet. Species change in the middle. I don't know about the collectable cards because ...I basicly never remember those exist and are useless. Unles to keep track how long you've been premium
You make fair points, Dave and Ducky; that would definitely reduce people with the current Premium with SSW downgrading to a cheaper tier, if that would mean losing the SSW. Cheaper tiers with some of the simple things like the journal, adblock, and extra pet especially I think would help them pick up more subscribers. I appreciate the detailed replies! (:
Species change also makes a great middle tier feature. And then top tier with all our current features and then some, I entirely agree.
No one asked about Jelly World's redraw.
Someone should also ask about more convention set-ups.
AT LEAST one for each time zone once a year.
@vaporesque: I think that's a great bottom tier idea, if they end up considering this.
I also like the idea of potentially different # of extra pet slots depending on your tier. i.e. maybe the bottom tier gets +1, and top tier +3. It's a small change that increases value for a lot of people, IMO.
, 12/5/2019, 10:27 am NST
@vaporesque - good idea. I use AdBlock because the website is ridiculous to access otherwise, but I'd pay for a low tier premium to support the site and get rid of ads.
, 12/5/2019, 12:39 pm NST
Honestly, when they said tiers I assumed they were going to include additional / new perks to go along with the tiers and not just adjust various current features into new tiers.
The customization spotlight is random wow.. Makes you feel extra proud of that trophy, doesn't it. That's the dumbest method for selecting winners I've ever heard, I kind of assumed whatever got the best votes actually won and people were just voting stupid sometimes, LOL.
Still no plans for KQ yay...
But YES I WANT A DREAM ITEM GIVE AWAY.
After 3 million FFQs I really don't need a paint job. Give me that Sticky Snowflake Stamp instead!
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