July has been a big month behind the scenes for the Pokémon TCG Online. I’d like to share some insight on the progress of the game, and what you can expect in the near future.

We’ve been putting multiplayer through its paces for several weeks now and we’re very happy with the progress we’re seeing. Our current plan is to release the core components of multiplayer before the end of August, with additional features rolling out in the weeks that follow. These core components will include player collections, Player vs. Player, Practice Battle, and the deck builder, as well as the Black & White–Dark Explorers and Black & White–Dragons Exalted sets.

Over the next few weeks, the development team will run numerous tests with the script responsible for the transfer of players’ collections from the old version of the game to the new version of the game. We plan to run these trials on our test servers, using copies of every collection currently on the live servers, so players shouldn’t see any effects on their existing collections. The goal of this testing is to get the script airtight so that everyone’s collection is successfully migrated to the new version of the game when the core components of multiplayer release.

Once the multiplayer components have been successfully rolled out, the development team will begin work on finishing the Mac client. As previously stated, we anticipate this version of the client to be available before the end of this year. When the Mac client rolls out, we plan to include all the same functionality that the Windows client has at that time.

In addition to the release of multiplayer, we’re also making improvements to the forums. We will be looking to replace the current forum software with vBulletin in the near future. This transition will allow us to implement more robust forum features like signatures, private messaging, thread subscriptions, and more! Our goal is to migrate existing threads from the current forums to the new forums. When all is said and done, it should be far easier to navigate the forums and keep track of all of your favorite discussions.

As you can see, big things are on the horizon for the Pokémon TCG Online! August should be a very exciting month, and we look forward to hearing the community’s feedback on multiplayer.

Thanks for your continued support!

Prof_Mathis

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