This company continues to amaze me with the connection they keep to the gaming community. Not only do they read the community forums but they listen and the answer questions and they try to fix the things that are wrong. Two things have happened this week. First a patch has been released for Spore to fix some of the problems reported in the game. The second was changing the Spore Account set up to allow users to have up to 5 screen names for one game.
From the Spore forums:
Hi Spore Players,
First, we want to thank you for your responses and feedback to my posting from Friday regarding Online Accounts and clarifying how things work. We’re listening and we want to announce some changes that we are making based on your feedback.
We are going to add the ability to have multiple Spore Screen Names for any one Spore Online Account. Here’s how this will work: for each copy of Spore that you have purchased, you will be able to have one Spore Online Account, just as it is now. However, we will be adding the ability to have five Spore Screen Names for that account. When you launch Spore, you will be able to log in with any of those Screen Names.
The content that is made and the MySpore Page will be associated with the logged in Screen Name for that account. Each Screen Name will be able to view and create content, Buddy Lists and Sporecasts that will be tied to that Screen Name. The Achievements earned will be credited to the Screen Name that is logged in at the time the Achievement is triggered. In the first iteration of this change, all Screen Names will be playing in the same Galaxy and any content downloaded by any Screen Name will be available in the Everything section.
We will be putting the ability to add Screen Names to a Spore Online Account on our website. If you already have the game, and want to add new Screen Names to your account you will be able to do so there.
We felt that this was a good step in the right direction to begin to respond to the feedback you have given us and evolve Spore (not with an extra set of arms in this case but definitely using our DNA points for the better good). We are aggressively working on this now; we will get back to you with more information on timing as soon as possible.
So… now that you know we’re working to enable multiple screen names per Spore account, I thought I’d answer some questions about how it’s going to work after we complete building out the first round of the new system.
— How many screen names can I have? How will I set them up? —
On the login page for the website, we’ll be adding a link to a page where you can manage your screen names. You’ll be able to have a total of 5 screen names tied to one main Spore account. So if you already have a Spore account and screen name, you’ll be able to add 4 screen names to that account.
All 5 screen names will be tied to the email address the main account was set up with.
— What’s the deal with my creations and Sporecasts? —
If you log in with your screen name and upload your creations to the server, they will show up with your screen name as the creator. If your sister logs in with her screen name and uploads creations, they will show her screen name as the creator. And so on for all the different screen names for the account.
Every screen name will get its own My Spore Page. Sporecasts will also show up with the correct screen name of the creator of the Sporecast.
— How about my Achievements? —
Achievements are tricky. While we hope to make them completely unique to any screen name eventually, this will not be possible without an update to the game itself.
So, where will we be after this initial pass at multiple screen name system is live?
In this first pass of this system, the screen name that is logged in will get credited for the Achievement at the time that it triggers. So if I’m logged and play for 99 hours, and then I log off and my sister logs in and plays for 1 hour, she’ll get the honor of the 100 hours achievement, and I won’t. It’ll show up on her My Spore page, not mine.
We know that this is not the ideal solution and will work on improvements to this feature in the future.
— When will this new system be live? How do you find out more information? —
We are actively working on this right now. There will be a fair bit of work for the Spore Online Team to get it set up and tested properly so when I have a better idea about a timeline, I’ll post back to this thread.
Thanks for all your comments and feedback. With a community this exciting, my job never gets boring.