Sneak Preview: All-hands competition
In the process we of analyzing the folded proteins produced by the gameplay, on several occasions we noticed that there would be a significant benefit in merging the efforts between different groups and soloists. Specifically in some instances, solutions from different groups get different parts of the protein very close to its true shape. In addition, some of you mentioned that you would be interested in being able to look and work on the protein after the puzzle has been completed.
With this in mind we have been workin on the all-hands competition stage. This stage starts upon the completion of the puzzle, when all the best group solutions have been determined. At that point anyone can try to further improve the protein structure, starting from any of the top 5 high-scoring but diversified solutions. So unlike current puzzles you can choose to evolve any of the 5 best candidates, and perhaps combine some of the best elements from any of the starting 5 solutions. We think there is a high likelihood that with the ultimate mind-meld of all game players together we can push the results even further. The all-hands score will be kept in the same way that we keep the solo and evolver scores since we think that this will be yet another different skill that should be honored by itself. We will make sure that all Grand Challenge puzzles go through the all-hands mode.
We will also be introducing the gallery mode where you should be able to view within the game any of the old best solutions.
All these new feature, should be coming to a PC near you next week. Please let us know what you think of this in the comments below.