Hey Bin Weevils!
On Thursday, the team updated the game to add a BRAND NEW Buddy Messenger, in preparation for the upcoming full launch of the new mobile companion to Bin Weevils, Bin Weevils Connect. In this post, I'll outline the updates brought on Thursday and talk about the upcoming launch of Bin Weevils Connect.
The biggest, and most requested update - LARGER BUDDY LISTS!
After years of asking, we finally have larger buddy lists! Rather than adding up to 60, you can now add up to 100! FACT: Drewbian tweeted than original this update was going to be tycoon only!
Buddy List added the the Buddy Messenger
Another very large update was the movement of the Buddy List from... well... the Buddy list icon to the Buddy Messenger. This was a great move - it allows all buddy features to be together in one place, like a smartphone or tablet. The new buddy list also allows us to search for Weevils and send them buddy requests without them even being online! One thing that has been removed is the ability to click your buddies and find out where they are. Drewbian has confirmed that this will be returning with the launch of Bin Weevils Connect, because that will unlock the full potential of the Buddy Messenger - more on that later.
Buddy news added to Buddy Messenger
Buddy news, apart from the location, is exactly the same. Even the scroll bar is the same, so this was just a copy and paste of code from the old Buddy List, and it was squeezed to fit onto the new shape. This is currently the only way to open up the profile of your buddy.
Buddy messages - now like a proper chat.
Buddy Messages are FINALLY like texting or normal messaging! 2 messages are now shown at once, at you can see all messages in a list, including sent messages, rather than just your received messages. This is probably the coolest part of the update. You can also see what parts of your messages were removed by the filter - above iDroid typed 'Thanks buddy! We should meet up soon!' but it appears as 'Thanks buddy! We should meet soon!'. In this instance, not a problem, but it can be annoying. But at least you now know what they can see!
News feed has a slight update
This doesn't look any different, but it's just been put on the new messenger. It's been brought onto the same system as the beta Bin Weevils Connect for Android, so news shown here now also comes up on BW Connect. Or at least it did until I wrote this post, so now I seem like an idiot. 😃
I am very impressed with this update - it's the first update in millennia that hasn't has a big outcry of hate. I'm really proud of the team for this - they have launch a well requested update, in a way that we wanted. This is what the originally Buddy Messenger should have been, but it didn't happen.
This update didn't happen just because they wanted to update the game, it's because the the brand new companion app, Bin Weevils Connect. It's basically the iOS and Android version of the Buddy Messenger with a way to look at the Weevil News blog and also update the look of your Bin Weevil.
This update essentially begins to bring Bin Weevils and Bin Weevils Connect together, to make BW Connect the full and brilliant companion app for the game once it comes out.
Why aren't regular features working?
There's a few errors with the new buddy list - 1, you can't click buddies on the list and 2, you can't locate them. Drewbian has said these will return with the launch of BW Connect, but I think there another reason - new profile cards, as promised in the 'What's Happening in 2015?' post last year. Obviously the new profile will have a new version of the buddy location and the buddy list will be updated, allowing you to click profiles. It will mean that profiles will also work more with the new design of the Bin and also look more like the Bin Pet profiles.
Bin Weevils Connect - the Bin Weevils Companion app
We all knew something big was coming. And it's gonna be amazing - it's Bin Weevils Connect, the mobile companion to Bin Weevils. How cool is that? It's currently available in version 0.8 on the Google Play store, for Android devices. Click here to see the page on the Google Play Store. Here's some screenshots:
Overall, I think the launch of the new Buddy messengers and the upcoming launch of the Bin Weevils Connect App, we're taking a step into a new, modern age of Bin Weevils. I have a good feeling about the next year or 2 at 55Pixels.