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False alarm; Vanilla was finally willing to cooperate at the last minute and now the forum will continue to stay up! No need to fear anymore, apologies for all the concern.
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  • Battle Bears: Zombies - 8th Anniversary Edition Discussion Thread

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    After more than five years, Battle Bears: Zombies is finally getting an update for iOS devices; the 8th Anniversary Edition! Everything you need to know can be found below:


    TEASERS
    From the BB Twitter page:





    These same teasers can be found on the BB Instagram and Facebook pages.


    From this thread:
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    CONTENT
    • AR (Augmented Reality) Survival Mode:
      A brand new mode for BB:Z! Using AR technology, you must defend yourself against hoards of Zombie Huggables once more, but this time, in real life. This is a survival mode where you're tasked with shooting down as many Zombie Huggables as possible for as long as you can survive. You can turn your device in any direction to check your surroundings, which you should probably do; a Zombie Huggable could be right behind you. Tap anywhere on the screen to fire and get rid of those pests! The Pink, Orange, and Blue Zombie Huggables have brand new character models in this mode, making them more terrifying than ever!
    • Updated menu screen with a special message to us from the game's creator, Ben Vu! Thank you so much!
    Any other changes or new additions have yet to be revealed. When more information is released, it will be placed here.


    STATUS
    The update has been submitted to Apple and is now waiting for approval!
  • We're back! Here's a quick recap of what just happened as well as some tips for future shutdowns.

    Well that was something.

    For those of you who haven't checked up on this place within the past few days, Vanilla shut down this forum in response to SkyVu likely forgetting to pay for the site, as described in this error that persisted throughout the period of time:
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    Every time we would try to access this site, the error would not go away; this forum was completely disabled! Thankfully, this only lasted for a few days, but the response from the community was... heavy, to say the least. At that moment, some folks realized they had regrets in regards to not preparing for this kind of situation, so in an effort to prevent that kind of crisis again, here are some tips to prepare for possible future shutdowns:
    • Keep in contact with the members you care about; have a backup communication service so that even if this place is inaccessible, you can still talk to your friends! We recommend using social apps such as Discord, Kik, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, the BBO in-game chat, and others like them to make sure you'll always be able to reach the folks you are attached to!
    • Archive anything you want to remember in the future! Take screenshots of posts that mean something to you, save any posted photos you know you'll want to later look back on, save some links, use the Wayback Machine to archive entire pages, things like that.
    • Realize that a future shutdown could happen without warning. Part of the reaction from the community regarding this shutdown involved people not expecting this to happen; almost nobody expected Vanilla to actually do something themselves, myself included, so just keep in mind that at any given point, this could happen again... possibly even permanently.

    We're just as concerned as the rest of you are. This most likely was just a simple mistake, but by chance, it also could've been a sign of things to come. We want to make sure that we as a community are prepared for any similar situation in the future, so be sure to follow these tips if you feel that this place is meaningful to your life, your memories, or anything of that nature!

    A Battle Bear never comes unprepared!
    ... except for Wil. Don't be Wil.
  • SMASH FIGHTER: The Lost Battle Bears Game [FOOTAGE, Photos, & More!]

    Remember this thread? How we found a supposed new Battle Bears game that eventually turned out to be a simple test game for the Apple TV? How we all thought it would never see the light of day?

    Both we and the folks SkyVu were (mostly) wrong.
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    It exists.
    SMASH FIGHTER (Or, as I like to call it to keep with tradition, "Battle Bears: Smash Fighter") was released on the Apple TV Canadian App Store on October 29th, 2015. Today, almost two years later, @thecheeselover discovered its existence on the store (huge props, my man, you're a real hero) and we just had to try it.

    After almost an hour of figuring out I had Apple TV installed and struggling with trying to control it, switching to the Canadian store, getting the game, and setting up my laptop to record me playing it, it's finally here. Without further ado, here is SMASH FIGHTER, the lost Battle Bears game!


    VIDEO FOOTAGE
    Unfortunately, recording the TV screen with my laptop camera was the only way I could get footage of this game. I tried desperately to search for a method to record the Apple TV screen, but couldn't come across any advice that didn't involve something I couldn't do. As a result, the video quality isn't stellar and you'd have to turn your volume up to max to hear the audio, but you know what? This is a huge discovery for us, and I wasn't going to stop at anything to get this to you guys, so this is the best I could do. I hope you forgive the low quality for the sake of witnessing a game we thought would never come out. There are some higher-quality photos of the menus below the video.



    PHOTOS

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    The Store page.

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    The Main Menu.

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    Pro Mode... ugh. Didn't bother buying this and never will.

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    Fighter Select screen.

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    You can jump and stand on your opponent for some reason.

    From the Store page:
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    That's all I have for now. If you have any questions regarding the game, let me know, I'm willing to answer anything you got. I'll admit, getting this all together was really stressful.
  • Predict when someone from SkyVu will finally appear on the Forum again.

  • Exactly one week from today, we'll have gone a full year without a single update for this game.

    Today is May 21st, 2017. The last update for Battle Bears Overclock released on May 28th, 2016.

    To put it simply, we are in almost the exact same situation as BB Ultimate. Besides the benefit of still being able to play the game, the game is practically dead in the eyes of most currently-standing Battle Bears fans, all silent lurkers who no longer invest time in the series, and, unfortunately and most importantly, SkyVu themselves.

    Most people who were once dedicated players abandoned the game entirely, others who still stick around now play much less often, and those who have not touched the game are now completely and rightfully convinced that it only exists to serve as a waste of time and resources. SkyVu employees besides Ben have not appeared in-game since the last update, their social media team changed all profile pictures back to the BBG app icon, nothing has been said of the game's fate over this time span despite sometimes being directly asked, promises made back then still have yet to be fulfilled, dozens of balance requests have yet to be incorporated, features that were once in BBU are still not present, no one from the company has appeared on the Forum in three months, and now, all focus is being directed towards BBG, Virtual Reality, and... Let it Goat 2.

    I should point this out again because now I feel it needs to be mentioned every time I have a serious talk regarding BBO:
    There is an in-game friend list and fully functioning Clan system in Let it Goat 2... but not BBO. I swear, it feels like these systems are the exact ones specifically programmed for BBO, but at the last minute they decided to cram the code into a completely unrelated game. If that isn't complete, official confirmation of BBO being dead at this point along with everything else mentioned, I don't know what is.

    I know I keep saying that this is all depressing to think and type about, but it really is. This game had huge potential... twice; once in 2014 with its original incarnation, Battle Bears Ultimate, and again in 2016 with Battle Bears Overclock. SkyVu indirectly destroyed this potential both times for almost the same reason: a lack of support. The only reason BBG managed to become as massively successful as it was is because SkyVu actually updated it with new content every few months, sometimes within almost the span of a month. They catered to player feedback and did their best to create a thriving community and keep it alive by providing new content for players to discuss, and as every oldie here should know, it worked brilliantly. The same thing could've happened with both BBU and BBO; if they actually updated the game with new content every few or so months, they would've attracted new players and expanded their existing community. If BBG continued to get updates alongside BBU/BBO like we were promised, it would've been twice the activity, twice the profit from in-app purchases, and twice the amount of fun provided, memories experienced, and community interactions and growth.

    But, it didn't happen. SkyVu didn't consistently update BBU in 2014 because of their assumption that the game was forever doomed from its unintentionally horrendous launch. To this day, it still doesn't happen. They didn't consistently update BBO in 2016 because of... some reason I'll never be able to determine, and that's what makes me more upset this time. Why haven't we received an update for this game since May of last year? Is it because of the shifted focus towards VR and Let it Goat? Is it because they think we all would rather still play BBG instead? Is it because of budget restrictions? Is it because they'd rather cater to their investors instead of their dedicated fans? Is it because they again think this game failed in some way? Is it because some programmers that once worked on this game are now likely gone?

    The true answer will never come to me or almost anyone else due to how vague this situation is. For whatever reason, everything just... stopped. The Mystic and Twilight Forests were released almost exactly a year ago, we later got a promise for B-1000, Free-for-All and the Clan system, we got like one or two balance updates, and then... it stopped. No words, only tweets relating to VR, one measly BBG update much later that admittedly seemed rushed, and now, the completely unexpected release of Let it Goat 2 and a few tweets for another upcoming BBG update that likely won't be that amazing. Nothing else, BBO has been left completely in the dust for almost a full year now.

    I honestly don't know what to say anymore. I really do appreciate that I'm still able to play the game this time compared to 2014, but every time I drop by, I don't play for very long, I get bored. I want new weapons to use, new features to play around with, old features from BBU to relive good memories with, and other things ported over from BBG and other Battle Bears games. I've done literally everything there is to do in BBO's current state, even including reaching the top of the Sporest trees (not the mushrooms). A full year without an update almost completely discourages me from sticking around for long periods of time whenever I play, and I feel hurt every time I think about it. Things could've been so much better.