It’s been a whirlwind of a release for the Owlbear Rodeo 2.0 Beta. There have been a lot of questions and some understandable confusion about the transition from Owlbear Rodeo 1.0 to Owlbear Rodeo 2.0 and what that will look like.
First, we would like to extend our apologies over the lack of communication on our end.
In the excitement for the Owlbear Rodeo 2.0 public beta, we were a little hasty in the timelines we originally released.
The original plan was to release the Owlbear Rodeo 2.0 beta and the launch it live on August 9th, and at the same time shut down Owlbear Rodeo 1.0. This is no longer the case and we should have communicated this more widely sooner.
Instead, we are going to extend the beta of Owlbear Rodeo 2.0 indefinitely and it will launch at such a time where we feel that the platform is stable and the documentation is accessible and of high quality.
During the Owlbear Rodeo 2.0 beta, Owlbear Rodeo 1.0 will continue to operate and be available.
In the meantime, we advise you to walk, not run, towards the Owlbear Rodeo 2.0 beta.
We can see that our original messaging and timeline has caused some people to make the leap into Owlbear Rodeo 2.0 beta before they were ready because they were worried about Owlbear Rodeo 1.0 suddenly being offline. It was not our intention to make people feel that they had to move immediately to the 2.0 beta.
Is the Owlbear Rodeo 2.0 Beta for you?
Owlbear Rodeo 2.0 Beta is solidly a beta. It’s for early adopters, and for experimentation. There are still a lot of improvements to be made and features to be released.
There isn’t a lot of documentation, and there are going to be bugs. It mostly recommended that during beta you run one-shots only, if you’re willing to give it a whirl.
Do I need to move to Owlbear Rodeo 2.0 right away?
During beta, Owlbear Rodeo 1.0 will continue to operate and we will continue to support it. You don’t need to move to Owlbear Rodeo 2.0 immediately.
What is going to happen to Owlbear Rodeo 1.0?
Owlbear Rodeo 1.0 will eventually be shut down, we don’t have an exact date to when this will happen but we’re giving a long transition time and will have messaging on the Owlbear Rodeo 1.0 site once a date has been decided and documentation on how to make the transition. If you ultimately decide that Owlbear Rodeo 2.0 isn’t for you, then you can run Owlbear Rodeo 1.0 yourself, as it’s going to be open-sourced.
We’re going to be improving our communication channels in the meantime. At the moment, our channels are a little spread out and we know that not everyone is on our social media pages and even then our messaging can get a little lost.
We’re also going to releasing a public roadmap so that everyone can have a little more visibility on what we’re working on and the progress of the Owlbear Rodeo 2.0 Beta.
Thank you you for all your feedback and support during this transition, we hope that this post helps you feel a little more assured about the transition between 1.0 and 2.0.