A revision to the drug system has been demanded by the community for as long as I can remember, and on December 25, 2016 — I announced the 2017 Drug Update. Since my initial post, things have changed fairly significantly. The development cycle of a project of this calibre can be rather strenuous. Ideas evolve over time, and as such, substantial changes have been made. After many many hours of planning, reworking, questioning my own sanity, and god knows how many stupidly late nights of coding - I'm ready to initiate the implementation of this update with a soft release.

This update is not a minor or a simple one — we are replacing the entire drug system on the server with a completely new one. Because of that, this is not a straightforward task. Many, many factors must be considered in order to bring in a new, expanded drug system, and everything has to work together like a well-oiled machine to avoid any complications. This update is not built off or inspired by the old system — it's built entirely from scratch, brand new, from the ground-up. Rome was not built in a day and this new implementation will undoubtedly have some teething problems out the gate, but I am going to be doing everything I can to minimise and resolve issues as we move forward with the system in play on the server. It will be my primary focus on the development front until it is where it needs to be.

Things are going to come together gradually, but patience is going to be required. This entire update is far more than revising a script: it's stripping back an entire market and building it from the ground up again. Everything needs to be considered. It's unprecedented in scale (most certainly for me, at least), but everything will be worth it in the long run. You've got to step back and look at the bigger picture sometimes. A lot of these things are for the greater good.

I hope you all enjoy this new update, and I look forward to investing, even more, time into it moving forward. If you want to find out more, check out the feature documentation thread - it has been updated to reflect what is currently in play.

Visit this thread on the forum to read even more about this release and what it will mean for you.