There have been a few updates.
Plaza - There is a now a Plaza in the left sidebar. This area will be used for links to various site features. For now, all of the NPC shops can be found here.
Search Updates - The adopts search has gotten a small layout update, with extra options placed in an 'advanced' search collapsible menu to help make the site easier to navigate (especially for mobile users).
Realtime - We have switched some of the item management options (for creators) over to realtime buttons that do not require the page to reload. If all goes well, we will be switching other parts of the site to respond in real time without page loads—let us know if these realtime buttons are working for you, or if you have any issues with them!
NPC shops have now been added!
NPC means Non-playable-character. These shops are automated and restock at random times, they can be accessed from your inventory page, each witrh its own link.
The new shops are a bit empty right now because they are intended to be populated by user created items! Creators can now add their own items through the manage item panel.
There are no change queues, we are testing out the possibility of having less change queues in places where they are less necessary. So creators can add and remove their items from NPC shops freely.
The 'unobtainable' section of collections is no longer counted towards collection totals.
This section will still show up in your collection, allowing you to collect these items if you choose to, but they will not be counted towards totals.
The Credit Store has two new items! Love Candies.
These candies can make your adopts instantly rebreedable. The bags can be given to a single adopt, and can be either purchased for 1 credit or found in the February event area.
The larger box of these chocolates can only be found in the credit store, and will make ALL of your adopts (not in storage) instantly rebreedable.
The confirm shelter word has changed to release, this is a heads up!
You can now release adoptables to the explore areas. This can be done from the adopt's profile where the 'Send to Shelter' option now displays a dropdown.
There is a new official item, the Creator Shadow.
Unlike other transform items, this will allow you to transform an adopt into any of your own species (if you have any species on your account).
This shadow also has the unique ability to transfer marking layers and colors from one species to the next (since this can only be used by the creator, the marking rarity exploit is not a concern here).
Unlike other shadows, Creator Shadows are also common and easy to find in an early area, the Open Turf.
There has been a security update to the login system, which may have caused users to be logged out. The update though is now complete!
This is a heads up that we were going to be updating the cost of upgrades and adjusting amounts of storage in mid October.
Upgrades will cost 100 credits ($10) each, which will match the pricing on our other sites and is what we originally intended for 4dopt.
The $5 upgrades were an experiment, but we are unable to sustain the site with these so we need to revert back to our original pricing (which has been more effective at keeping the site funded).
Adopt storage is also going to be split, with 50% of it going to players with upgrades and permanent slots. Nobody will lose their adopts, however. If you are over your limit, the adopts will still be on your account (you just won't won't be able to purchase new ones until you are under the limit). This is also due to our lack of funding and increasing need for resources.
These changes are being made due to our inability to pay for our hosting. Staff don't get paid either. We've exhausted all other attempts to solve this such as looking into third party ads, individual ads, optimizations such as compression, coding to delete images not in use, adding more credit items and features, and even looking at alternate hosts. Unfortunately none of those attempts have helped and we are facing the possibility of disk space crash in 2021 with current situation. We believe the increased costs of upgrades and reduced storage will save the site and make it more sustainable in the longrun.
Thank you all for the support!