Wednesday, 20 October, 2021 UTC


Summary

Since the launch of TwilioQuest 3.1, more than 100,000 players have heeded the call to become an Operator, dedicating approximately 5 million minutes of total play time to fighting back against the evil Legacy Systems. Now, it’s time to take the next big step in that journey.
Team TwilioQuest is thrilled to announce that TwilioQuest 3.2, the next major chapter of the TwilioQuest educational PC game, is available today! Download it now from twilio.com/quest/download, or if you have the TwilioQuest launcher installed already, simply fire up the launcher to get the latest version. The team has been hard at work over the last year to make today’s launch a reality, and we can’t wait to hear what you think.
What’s new in 3.2, you might ask? Let’s take a look!
All New Original Art
The first update you’ll notice is a brand-new look across the entire game, with original pixel art from the incomparable Kerrie Lake. Your first experience with the new art style will be the new cinematic introduction to the universe of TwilioQuest - you can check it out below, or better still, experience it in the game.
After acquainting yourself with the TwilioQuest universe and the parameters of your mission, you will become immersed in charming, hand-crafted virtual worlds as you explore The Cloud.
While exploring The Cloud, you’ll also encounter new friends and allies that will support your critical mission.
We hope that you will enjoy exploring these new worlds, brought to life by Kerrie’s art, as much as we enjoyed creating them!
Build Your Own Adventures with TwilioQuest Extensions
Also going GA in 3.2 are the content authoring tools we use to build TwilioQuest, which we call TwilioQuest Extensions. With TwilioQuest Extensions, you can create new worlds and new adventures for the growing global community of TwilioQuest players.
Using popular open source game development tools like Tiled and Phaser, and building on top of the huge ecosystem of Node.js packages and tools, you can put your web development skills to work to create new content in TwilioQuest. Create a new world for the Operator to explore. Create VR training levels to teach technical skills. Or do something really wild, like create a twin stick shooter game on top of the TwilioQuest platform. TwilioQuest Extensions provide all the power and flexibility you need to deliver a 2D sci-fi game experience, and teach and evaluate technical skills, without having to start from scratch.
We are also thrilled to announce that our friends at Cloudinary, creators of a top notch media processing API, have partnered with us to create a brand new TwilioQuest extension to teach how to use their video processing API! It’s super fun - be sure to check it out!
Ready to get started building your own extension? Check out the video overview below from Ryan and Margaret for a crash course on extension authoring basics, or read the getting started guide!
Explore New Worlds
TwilioQuest 3.2 also contains new and updated content to level up your technical skills. With the Fog Owl, your prototype Cloud Exploration Vessel, you can travel to new worlds in The Cloud to build different technical skills.
  • The Forest of Open Source: Explore a forest planet guarded by the wise and peaceful open source druids, the protectors of open source contribution. By unraveling the mysteries plaguing their forest home, you will also learn how to use the git version control system.
  • The Pythonic Temple: Explore the ruins of the last surviving structure of the lost City of Python, and uncover the mysteries of the Python programming language.
  • The JavaScript Test Lab: Help a team of researchers with their cutting edge study of JavaScript, the most powerful force in The Cloud. Doing so will further equip you use JavaScript, the most popular programming language in the world.
  • The Arcane Academy of API Arts: You have been granted admission to an elite school, where you will learn the magical incantations of REST APIs. Declare your allegiance to a school house, compete for glory in the annual House Challenge, and learn the magic of APIs!
In addition to these exotic ports of call, the Fog Owl is also home to a cutting edge VR training simulator, which has a small but growing library of educational training sims. At launch, the training simulator will be loaded with software to teach you more about Twilio Voice and SMS APIs, but the TwilioQuest Program’s training team expects that this catalogue will continue to grow in the future.
Onward!
We are so excited to share TwilioQuest 3.2 with you, but we are just getting warmed up! Over the coming months, we will be releasing new content, new worlds to explore, and enhancements to our content authoring tools. Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to learn about game updates, and join our Discord server to chat with other players and the TwilioQuest team.