I'm happy to announce Patch 472! It's our first official release in a long line of system/functionality updates to come in order to make BattleDex more playable and social.
-Added a Friends List system. Access it via the Chat button at the bottom right. You can Add, Remove, and Chat players via the system. Adding friends does not require approval from the person being added (dagnor and I decided on this for a couple reasons, though if later down the road the community doesn't like it, we could always change that)
-Added a Service Status window (seen on the right of the SinglePlayer menu)
-Added a Notifications bar (seen at the bottom of the menus)
We are turning the SinglePlayer screen into not just the SinglePlayer screen, but also the Home screen -- in other words, service status (if we know of a bug and are working to fix it, for example), news with links to patch notes, announcements, etc, and more. We added the Service Status now because it's more important than the News thing, given the state of the game, its many bugs (some more serious than others), and the communication related to it.
I'll also detail the notifications plans a little (as far as i understand). Some notifications -- such as being invited to a game (next up on the table!) -- will pop up in a small window.
However, over notifications -- such as a friend coming online, or other things that could be potential spam for the small window -- will appear in the black box always seen at the bottom of the menus.When friends log on/off, the relative message will be displayed in the black box. Likewise, when you log in (if you have friends online), it will tell you that you have x friends online. Soundbytes for these and more are soon to come, along with several additions to the Options menu, such as choosing whether you get notifications or not when friends come online, go offline, etc.
So what do you think? Any feedback is always helpful
Hope yall enjoy the friends system, and feel free to add me!