Hey folks. First, we’re pretty stoked to see someone like Cyko28 so keen to get their hands on a Sova that they actually designed their own version of it. It’s actually quite similar to what our very early prototypes looked like – well, except the keyboard part.
That’s really cool, and goes to show that we genuinely do have the best fans in the world. That noted, we get that this creative flurry came from not having a ROCCAT Sova available, and we’d like to get into that here.
We hear you, really. A lot of people wonder what the holdup is. “Why isn’t this thing out? They showed it at E3! It’s been forever. I want to play my games in the living room already! Why haven’t we heard anything new?”
Valid points, valid question.
We received amazing feedback last year at E3. It let us know that we had a real winner on our hands, and motivated us even further to give gamers exactly what they wanted, which is an ability to jump into LoL, Dota, WoW and more from the comfort of their own living rooms, preferably on the couch. They wanna do that with their mouse on a high quality keyboard. We’ve wanted this too for years, and we feel safe in saying we’re the first company to ever conceptualize this, and create a truly functional, foundationally solid example.
So why the silent treatment? Admittedly, that’s our fault, but with good reason. Early in the process of feeling out our fan needs after the E3 announcement, we followed up with fan surveys, as well as a virtual Sova builder that gave players a limited handful of virtual coins to choose Sova features from, without allowing them enough coins to select the fully loaded package. We did this on purpose, because while we understand the awesomeness of a full package Sova (it is rad), we also get that budgets vary, and all players deserve the core, must-have features any Sova option has to bring to the table…or your lap, specifically.
We used all of this collected data from surveys and the Sova Configurator experiment and came to the conclusion based on your feedback that more Sova options needed to be available, and we intend to deliver.
Of course, providing these options takes time. We’re dedicated to perfecting the ergonomics of keyboard and mouse play on a lapboard. A lot of hands-on testing goes into getting this just right, and trust us when we say that the Sova from start to eventual finish has been a very, very hands-on product. Everyone at ROCCAT Headquarters has sat down with a Sova in their lap, from the time it was a keyboard affixed to a wooden base, all the way to the design prototype that made its debut at E3 and landed at CES ’15 recently. Perfect weight is crucial, balance is crucial, being able to hold up to marathon gaming sessions? Crucial.
All of this leads to the reality that we’ve been honing a Sova experience that can’t be duplicated, even though it has and will be attempted. Due to that final point, we’ve come to the conclusion that we can’t share details quite the way we have in the past, and have thus made the decision to keep our cards close to the vest, and move forward with Sova work quietly and efficiently.
Nothing will compare to the Sova. This concept has been in our minds for a very long time, our prototyping is fantastic, and testers at E3 and CES ’15 were very stoked about what they saw and experienced with a Sova in their lap. And so, there we are.
The final product it is coming.
That’s the status. We’re full steam ahead here at ROCCAT Studios. Sova isn’t years away, it’s not a fantasy; it is a reality that we are simply making sure honors the reputation we’ve built with our fans. So please, don’t take our silence as having been forgotten or that we aren’t hard at work, because that is the furthest thing from the case.
We aren’t going to rush a product to market without ensuring that it meets our standards (and yours). Also, consumer integration continues to be a major part of our process, meaning we are actively using consumer feedback in crafting vital aspects of the Sova that you, the gamer, want. As gamers ourselves, we believe that’s worth the wait.
We look forward to getting the Sova into your hands, and your living rooms. We’re gonna, and it’s going to be great.
- ROCCAT Studiosby