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February Newsletter

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Hello Everyone,

It has been a busy year since we officially formed Spotted Kiwi Interactive in May 2018. XERA: Survival started as a passion project in late 2016 - it has taken great stamina to get it to where it is today. We’re extremely happy with the growth of the game and the studio as a whole.

In late 2018, Tim Ponting was appointed as our Marketing Director. Formerly of Activision, Tim’s experience in the industry gives us the edge we need to lead us into Early Access this year. Tim is also a part owner of Spotted Kiwi Interactive.

In January we officially appointed Gary (IcedYoshi) as our Community Manager, a very easy choice for such a respectful, dedicated community member who has been assisting us since April 2018. Gary is a huge asset to the studio and moving forward he will be your go-to person for everything related to XERA: Survival.

At the beginning of February we welcomed Karan to the team as an environment artist. He has been working with us for some time now and has now officially joined the Spotted Kiwi fold. His unique eye for post-apocalyptic environments was exactly what we needed. Karan’s role will be to create new buildings, props and other art assets. As we move forward we will also be swapping out old placeholder assets with Karan’s work.

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We’re also excited to have another artist “JPeck” working with the team as a contractor. Formerly of Define Human Studios (Islands Of Nyne: BR), JPeck will be focusing on high-detail art such as weapon skins, concept art and more. We’ve also tasked him with creating some new robot designs, and you will see these rolled out in the coming months. Check out his other work on ArtStation.

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Finally, we are excited to announce that we have started forming an internal Quality Assurance team to assist with locating and reporting bugs. This team is composed of community members that have been dedicated to the development of XERA: Survival and will be crucial in helping us discover new issues and replicate bugs that have been reported by the community. Their assistance will help us to further polish XERA: Survival and allow us to bring a great experience to everyone.

We hope everyone has enjoyed participating in our Open Alpha Weekends and are excited for what’s to come!

Regards,
Spotted Kiwi Interactive

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