First things first. Were not dead. We do take holidays with our families when we get the chance to do so, especially when weve been cranking away these past few months. I apologize that we dont always get to reply to everything as fast as everyone would like but I want you to all know that were just as engaged and enthusiastic about the next major update as we've always been. I know that silence can often feel like a lack of progress to everyone, but Im also sensitive to striking the right balance between too much talk (and the subsequent speculation that can often cause) and not enough.
I know a lot of you are eager to see what we have up our sleeve and the good news is that youll get to see everything much sooner than you likely thought. Everything new that were working on (new map, the new Strongholds system, the new modular base building system, improved melee, new itemization, etc) will first hit Test. When is that going to happen? I can now officially announce that we will update Test in June. I cant give you an exact date, but we'll update everyone here the moment that's about to happen.
As for a teaser of some sort
I think we can put something together. Let me see what I can do.
In the meantime, here's a shot we took in-game this morning.
Ill also leave you with this for now: the new map is called Badwater Canyon.