Hash Rush: July 2023 Development Update

Hash Rush
VZ Games
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3 min readAug 1, 2023

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Greetings Voyagers!

Summer is here and we hope that you’ve been enjoying the sun. Over in the world of Hash Rush, we’ve definitely been enjoying summer quite a bit, the brighter weather and warm sun work wonders for morale! The best part of this all, we can see this in the game’s development and progress, we’re having a great time (sitting front and center) reviewing the new weekly Dev-builds, and now, for the first time this year, we’ve got a build that can be played! It should go without saying that this isn’t a publicly-playable version yet, but this is a milestone for us nonetheless; it also means that we’ll start to explain the game and the various changes that we’ve made in the coming days and weeks!

The Game!

What better way to present the game than by sharing a teaser video? Enjoy!

So, that’s the new version of the game. For those of you that were here in 2022 (and earlier), you’ll notice that a lot has changed. It is still Hash Rush, that’s for sure, but, the theme and environmental setting is considerably darker, much closer to the original vision for Hash Rush.

What’s more, one of the big bugbears of Hash Rush has finally been sorted out, that’s right, pathfinding now just works, even with flying units mixed in. Fun fact, we originally cut out flying units from this version of the game, but our amazing developers found a way to make them work.

Changes to the Gameplay

We’ve been working on this version of Hash Rush since January, so of course it’s not just the visuals that have changed/improved, we’ve made a lot of changes to how the game plays. The best part is that the majority of the changes are all community-driven, we really did our best to listen to the feedback we received during our 2022 playtests.

  • The permanent “Home Base”
  • Faster gameplay with multiple new modes
  • A new combat system and an improved Hero system
  • Achievements and seasonal prizes

Don’t worry, we’re not going to leave you with just a vague feature title. Between now and the early access launch we’ll be sharing information on these features and how they work!

When Launch?

Previously, we had hoped to launch the new early access in July 2023, however, while we have a build that can be played, the game needs a lot of polish. As such, we’re moving the launch to late summer/early autumn.

We know that many of you will be disappointed, however, this extra time allows us to do the launch properly, build up some excitement, arrange some giveaways, and…launch with a feature that our (supremely) patient community has been asking for since the Vorto store first opened.

Important: The next playtest will be a closed playtest with a very limited amount of places. Access will be granted via a special whitelist, and more information will be shared in the near future!

Cash out from Vorto!

During the Hash Rush early access public launch (that really is a mouthful to say out loud) you will be able to cash out from the Trading Marketplace with your Vorto account balance in USD-C.

More information on this — including the specific USD-C chain — will be coming soon, so make sure to join our Discord server to stay up to date. Additionally, this article will be updated once we share the further information.

Stay up to date on all things Hash Rush by following us on Twitter (now X), joining our Discord server, and joining us on Telegram.

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Hash Rush
VZ Games

An online sci-fi/fantasy RTS set in the fictional Hermeian galaxy. https://www.hashrush.com