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It appears that the folks over at Platinum Arts have not faded away, in fact, they have gone in a completely opposite direction! Platinum Arts Sandbox Beta 2.2 will be arriving soon to a webpage near you! They are currently planning on releasing it around June 26th. For anyone who is unfamiliar with Sandbox, here is a bit about it: "Sandbox is a game design tool based on the Cube 2 engine that allows users to quickly and easily create and edit their own worlds in game, even cooperatively. It is free, open source, and easy to use for Kids and Adults."
We're extremely excited that Sandbox is being used in many schools now throughout the world ranging from Elementary through College levels. As a result one of our new features is the ability to support different languages! However, we are desperately in need of translators. If you can help or know anyone that would be willing please contact us! Here are some other features that are in store for 2.2: * New Maps - Save The Princess (3D Platformer), Forest * New Quests - Apple Picking on Village, and rescuing the princess on Savetheprincess * New Cloud Options - Now clouds can be added that scroll above the landscape! Height can even be adjusted. Also the Skybox can rotate making the clouds appear to move. * New Characters can be added - Now characters and animals such as bears can be added! * Numerous menu changes and enhancements - Menus have been tweaked to improve ease of use and they can also be customized for color, font, etc. * Basic Multilingual Support - WE NEED TRANSLATORS!! * Many Graphical Enhancements - Nicer looking waterfalls, rain, scrolling clouds, some redone textures, etc. * Numerous bug fixes and features added "under the hood". * Improved Jukebox and Musicpack implementation * And MANY more! (really there is lots!!)
Be sure check http://Kids.PlatinumArts.Net often for more details! We can't wait to get this release out to you and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do :) For anyone interested in getting a sneak peak and/or helping out we do have an open SVN that you can learn how to access here: http://www.kids.platinumarts.net/wiki/index.php?title=Development
If you have any questions or would just like to chat with us remember our IRC is at irc.OFTC.net #Sandbox or you can just click on http://Kids.PlatinumArts.Net/irc/irc.html Kids joining MUST have parental permission!! I cannot be responsible for things other people say in there. Take care and thanks for your interest! -mike
Stay tuned for more information as it comes available!
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