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Hi all,

It's been a little under a year since we first started PowBot after RSBot shut it's doors. Over the course of the year we have tried our best to change the botting landscape and innovate but with the established alternative communities out there we haven't managed to grow quite as much as we wanted. As a result we will be making some changes to refocus our development efforts, improve quality of the service and cancel distractions so we can focus on bringing you the best product possible.

Sunsetting of the desktop client

Many of you will have seen this coming with our push into the OSRS Mobile arena. We will no longer be working on the desktop client going forward. There are several reasons for this but by far the biggest one is that we want to focus all our efforts on making PowBot Mobile a success.

Our initial idea was to combine desktop and mobile into a single platform, and we've done that with varying success in version 1 of the mobile bot. Over time it's become clear to us that mobile is the big winner and having it tied to the desktop version of PowBot is just adding more restrictions rather than bringing benefits. 

We're going all-in on mobile

I think it's fair to say the v1 beta was hugely successful, several people managed to get their 99s without getting carpal tunnel. Now it's time to double down and make mobile into the best client it can be. For the past few weeks we have been building on version 2 of the client - a complete rewrite of the mobile bot - with some amazing new features:

  • Can run entirely self-contained on an Android device
  • Paint and UIs are fully integrated into the game (no more separate windows and desktop apps!)
  • Real-time callbacks making it possible to do tick-sensitive things like Jad, Zulrah and more
  • Real-time input finally making clicks, drags and keystrokes more accurate.
  • Tons of bugfixes and performance enhancements with over 10x speed improvement.
  • Development with auto-reload upon recompilation- right from your IDE.

What happens to the scripts?

We will work with all our (willing) Script Writers to help port their scripts over to the next version of the mobile bot. Scripts that aren't being ported over will be rebuilt by the PowBot team. Subscriptions to scripts that are not being ported over will be automatically cancelled before they renew.

Does this mean PowBot will no longer be free?

Correct, PowBot Mobile will only be available to users with a VIP subscription and Script Writers. Users with an interest of scripting for our platform can contact us here on the forum, or on Discord, to get temporary access to develop their scripts and apply for the Script Writer rank.

Additionally, we will be limiting the total amount of instances that can be ran in order to prevent raising too many flags and risking bans. This means we will not continue selling VIP subscriptions if the total instance cap is reached. Instances will be available on a first-come first-served basis. 

More details on pricing for the various subscription levels will be made available soon.

So when is the new mobile client coming out?

Definitely by the end of August 2021, but the exact date is uncertain.

Our internal roadmap is as follows: 

16-08-2021: Script Writers get access, we start porting scripts

23-08-2021: VIP users get access, minimal amount of scripts will be supported at this point.

30-08-2021: New subscriptions and instance limits apply, most scripts should be supported at this point.

Of course we are partially dependent on our SWs helping us achieve these goals, so the amount of scripts we may launch with can vary. Our longer term goal is to build a library with at least one script per skill by the end of the year, but we don't want to sacrifice quality for quantity. 

With the new client we're also making some API changes that particularly make scripting with Kotlin easier. We want to make scripting accessible even for people with limited programming experience, as the best way to ensure diversity and low ban rates is by having more people writing scripts for personal use. Look forward to more documentation and tutorials in the near-future on this subject.

New developers

As part of our renewed effort to develop a great mobile bot we've enlisted the help of some great PowBot-ians. Please join me in welcoming @Pty , @Krulvis , @Toma and @Cov to the development team.

They'll all be responsible for different things, so here's the setup:

@Pty and @Krulvis will be working on all aspects of the client core and API, delivering new and exciting features for all our members to benefit from directly.

@Toma has been working on smoothing out our client update process and making improvements to the walking web.

@Cov is in charge of building the desktop-based Manager application, that allows you to start, control and coordinate all your mobile bots from a single view on your computer making it easy-peasy to manage larger botting setups.

 

That's all, folks

Thank you for your support over the last year, we're glad we managed to create a small but loyal userbase to take on this new journey and we hope you'll be with us for a while longer 🙂

 

Cheers,

Your PowBot team 

@_Rick @const_ @Yoshiki @Dan @Toma @Pty @Krulvis

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