Cloud Party CEO Sam Thompson: Avatar Shape-Tweaking Sliders, Island Search, More Camera Control Coming Soon
Cloud Party CEO Sam Thompson stopped by New World Notes to comment on Iris Ophelia's post on "3 Things Cloud Party Needs to Attract Virtual Fashionistas" and confirmed that yes, those three things she's looking for -- avatar shape-tweaking sliders, island search, more camera control -- are coming soon to the web-based, user-generated, Cory Ondrejka-backed virtual world. That, and more:
"We are very much on the same page," wrote Thompson, "all three of these features were already on our todo list in some form or another. In fact, we pushed a very basic island name search function (in the navigation app) just moments ago."
More detail from Thompson, who also talked addressed the skepticism some have with Cloud Party, after the break:
"The self-portrait mode on the camera phone is definitely coming soon. In the meantime you can zoom out by scrolling back, and then use left-click to rotate around your character. Not nearly good enough (no panning or composition control), but a start.
"Adding sliders for avatar adjustment is a bit more complicated, but something we've built these avatars to handle, and something we have a lot of experience with from working at Cryptic Studios. We also have more initial clothing choices coming, but figure that getting a marketplace up and running will be a quicker solution to the problem of not having enough clothes selection.
"Also, I understand being skeptical about us as we are a new company on the block and no one knows who we are, but please believe me that we are here to stay and absolutely listening to our users. We have not taken some massive VC round or hired a bunch of marketing people: we're 4 programmers and an artist in an old office with an ant problem. This is our first company, and we're all game developers that wanted to try something new. I'm pretty excited about where Cloud Party could be in a few more months, and I hope you will help us build it into something lasting and great."
Moral of the story: Iris Ophelia gets results. Or alternately: Cloud Party developers are dynamic and responsive to what Cloud Party needs to succeed.