You know that EPF vs PSA discussion I posted a few days ago where we all voiced our thoughts? As it turns out, Spike Hike read everything we had to say – and agrees the EPF needs improvement in the comment he wrote. He also mentioned a new mission coming out later this year! Rather than updating an old post with a possibility not everyone would see it, I figured it’d be best to make a new post highlighting his comment on what he had to say. Please note that there are some tiny spoilers about the next EPF mission so read it at your own risk! It’s nothing major, as it mainly lets us know a new mission is coming out within the next few months. Here is Spike Hike’s response to all of us:
This is a super interesting discussion and thanks for posting the poll Train!
The CP team and I are no happier with the state of the EPF than you guys are – believe me! The problem we created for ourselves with both the PSA and the EPF is that both were based on the idea of new missions or ops coming out on a regular basis and we just didn’t have the tools or people to deliver that content as frequently as we wanted. The PSA missions took a very long time to make and we stopped making them because we wanted to find a way to get things out more regularly. Field Ops was supposed to solve that but the experience wasn’t very fun frankly. Very few people actually played them and those who did mostly did it for the medals. Field Ops just really underdelivered on the whole spy idea, and we felt we needed to come up with something that was really awesome because it wasn’t worth doing Ops we weren’t proud of and very few people actually played.
Operation Blackout and Operation Hot Sauce were tests of some new concepts for what EPF could be. The idea behind Hot Sauce was to bring back the PSA style missions but in the world instead which also has the benefit of getting Penguins playing together. Hot Sauce was a little smaller than we wanted but people really liked it and said it had the feeling of the old missions which we were glad to hear. The problem has been that we don’t have a way of keeping the new missions around so they come and go like parties and we really want to keep them around so new players can play through them.
We have a lot of cool ideas for where EPF could go, we just need time and some of the technology we are working on to do them right! First we had to get CJ Snow out the door and then the next focus was Puffles which you are seeing now. After that, hopefully we can give EPF the focus it deserves.
What I can tell you is that the EPF will be back this year in a big way with a brand new mission – and its one that the audience has been asking for a long time. It will also unveil one of the biggest mysteries in Club Penguin – something that has been right in front of our eyes the whole time, but that we’ve never seen before. Trust me, it is going to be EPIC!
As for EPF vs PSA – I’m a PSA Penguin myself! – but don’t take that to mean the PSA is necessarily coming back…or is it? What I did like about the PSA is that it was originally a clever way to get Penguins to help keep the island safe. Whatever we do in the future, I want to make sure we bring that element back because its been lost a little and its super important that it be at the center.
Waddle On and as The Director said “The EPF will return!!”
– Spike Hike
He nailed it! I couldn’t agree with what Spike Hike said more. While no exact date for this upcoming EPF mission is given, I’m assuming around late November or early December will be likely. I wonder what’s going to happen? It does sound shadow ninja related, as he did say it reveals something “that has been right in front of our eyes the whole time, but that we’ve never seen before”.
One thing I wanted to point out:
The problem has been that we don’t have a way of keeping the new missions around so they come and go like parties and we really want to keep them around so new players can play through them.
Maybe you could incorporate Gary’s Time Trekker into the EPF so agents can travel back in time to the parties/events and replay them? How doable that is I don’t know, but it’s just a thought I had. Gary is involved with the EPF after all!