Pushing the fold
Technology, not just our own, required time to mature. We believe we’re finally getting there!
It took us a long time to get our platform to a respectable level of quality in various departments including available features and functionality, usability/user experience and then of course technical stability and performance. Technology, not just our own, required time to mature. We believe we’re finally getting there!
Over here at withSIX.com, we’ve always favoured cooperation over competition — we see ourselves as being part of the bigger gaming and modding community and eco-system. How do you adhere to this principal in a competitive world, other than being Open Source and inherently friendly?
You can look at it as a highly specialized miniature Google
A short while ago we’ve started looking into how we can aggregate and integrate other community platforms, a first result is the new Image Gallery and Interesting/External links sections on our Mod pages. You can look at it as a highly specialized miniature Google. For Arma 3 we’re currently linking to the BI Forums, Armaholic and Steam. We’re not done yet, we’re constantly researching and evaluating new ways to build on this.
As a result we’ve now got support for 3 more games (as a test-bed): Starbound, Stellaris and Skyrim.
As of recently we’ve started looking into the Steam Workshop APIs, and found it to be fairly easy to integrate into our platform. As a result we’ve now got support for 3 more games (as a test-bed): Starbound, Stellaris and Skyrim.
And more are on the horizon..
The hard part here is not to become (or be perceived as) a competitor.
But we didn’t want to stop there, so we kept looking around, thinking hard about how we can keep pushing the fold, and then it hit us: Why not integrate with other web-based communities and download platforms. The hard part here is not to become (or be perceived as) a competitor.
Now we’re about to introduce support for the recently released No Man’s Sky (1), through NoMansSkyMods.com and are also investigating to support it, and many other games through the NexusMods platform. Our next target of experimentation will probably be Fallout 4.
The idea is to provide the unique and versatile features of our platform, like the Playlist, Collections, automated installation/updating/launching, and upcoming Server Browser, on top of the community sites and download platforms you already know and love.
All of this is possible because of the unique combination of technologies that make up the withSIX.com platform today: Electron frontend with .NET backend on the client, and our .NET backed API.
We’re now investigating how we can bring this experience into your favorite Browser (Chrome/Firefox/Edge/?).
Exciting times indeed!
1. to try No Man’s Sky withSIX, be sure to grab the BETA at withsix.com/download