Hi zar, happy new year
The plans.. which I know you understand all too well aren't remotely guaranteed, but I will try to stick with it.. No purchase price, but there is going to be an in-game store for purchasing of.. things. Early access, yes. Updates.. well I'm gonna to try. Job and family must come first but there is some added pressure this year coz if I don't earn anything off the game I won't be able to pay the mortgage come next winter.
As for worlds.. the initial aim is just to prioritise getting 'A tractor' working, stable, fun, scalable. etc - A tractor being a single world (although possibly with separate servers if there's a demand) much like it was back in 2001. After that, if there's enough interest to justify it, I will take all the improvements made for supporting A tractor and put TU up on steam as a separate thing. I have already spent a bit of time on a new version of TU, with all the space stuff being changed quite a bit, but for now I need to focus on getting everything right on just this one world.
(Oh and .. at some point I need to rebuild various websites, move everything here to gamesformay.com, link in all the new score posting stuff, build up the steam community sites, create promotional videos for the steam page, etc etc. :] )
Steam beta keys for those who've registered here will be sent out in a wee while, once the basic framework for the new world is in place.