The ultimate reset is upon us. Before the next test, players will be losing all of their Urthly possessions and accomplishments, left with nothing but the clothes on their back. (Well, really it’s a bit more nuanced than that: details in the forum.) And they have some interesting theories on what this post-reset world will be like: some say a Mad Max style apocalyptic wasteland, others say a coop-driven utopia. And a fair number are already putting their heads down, drawing out plans for optimizing their recovery time (“Mine, mine, mine!” or “Get your harvest on!”).
But before we turn to soothsaying, lets take a look at why this reset is inspiring both anxiety and anticipation. We’re pretty sure it has something to do with everything the testers have accomplished while racing to the end of each test period. Thirsty for hard data? Well, since the last reset, you have collectively racked up an astounding 384,368 quests completed, 391,089 skills learned, 752,590 achievements earned and 1,900,015 streets visited.
These numbers are mutable, and the counters will be whirring back to 0 any moment now. It’s almost a liberating thought. But the numbers that last, and the real reason we want to hug each and every Glitch we pass in the street, are these: 34,543,982 minutes played (since April 11th; there were a few tens of millions of minutes of testing time prior to that) and 181,012 friends added.
That means that the 27,000+ Glitch testers who made it past the tutorial have played an average of 21 hours and 16 minutes (just in the last five months). And the reset can’t touch all the things they’ve done with friends, new and old. Every peat-digging alliance, every party in Hell, every purple flower extravaganza, and every cubimal orphanage will be written across Glitchen memories, just as the efforts of street-building aficionados will remain etched across the imaginations of the giants themselves.
And what better reward for all this than to know the moment is fast approaching when you’ll never have to check if Glitch is open again.
(p.s. The game is still open till early afternoon on Wednesday the 14th, San Francisco time: you still have a chance to get your final farewells in, as the Glitchen you are now.)