Habbo 2020: what's new, and what's changed
IT'S HERE! Log into your existing account using the new Habbo 2020 client by clicking the relevant button on the homepage.
A number of features have been improved in Habbo 2020! We're really excited for you to jump into a new and improved Habbo. But, most of all, we're glad that you're all here at the beginning of a period of rejuvenation and revitalisation of our precious hotel.
Important: Habbo 2020 is not finished and its development is ongoing. It’s now in open beta – we’ll be working hard over the coming weeks and months to add missing furni and functionality.
We've got features to polish and implement, but also fantastic new ones in the pipeline. These include a collectible cards system and... wait for it... a recycling feature! Stay tuned for more information about these.
The changes we’ve made and why:
We’ve listed some special FAQs that address some of the bigger changes and why we’ve made them below:
Then, rather than list every change to every single feature and how everything works, we've written detailed FAQ guides for you.
Please use your hotel's FAQ section to find out more about other features, and find out more about the features and furni that aren't working yet here.
The Habbo 2020 transition period
To minimise the delay to Habbo 2020's release, for some time, both the old, Flash-based Habbo client and the new Habbo 2020 client will be running in parallel. Your avatar(s) will be able to log in and access Habbo with both of these clients, however, there are some compatibility issues.
Click here for a detailed FAQ guide explaining the different compatibility issues between the new and old client.
During the transition period, and in some cases after this period ends, some items and features will work on one client and not the other, or not at all. We've written a detailed FAQ about the features and items that are currently missing all or parts of their functionality.
Thank you for your continued dedication and support, Habbos!
New Habbo (also known as just BETA) was a new beta version of Habbo which was released in late May 2009. Many users were allowed to enter Habbo Beta to test it and report any bugs and glitches. During the beta stage, testers still had access to the "Old Habbo", which was the current version of Habbo before beta. On November 4, 2009, Old Habbo was removed, making Beta (New Habbo) the main and official client. Today the new update is referred to as New Habbo.
Note that the following information is from the Habbo Canada newsarticles and groups. Dates may be different according to each hotel.
On May 15, 2009, Habbo released a news articles with news about a new Beta version of Habbo. In the newsletter, players could sign up to be an official Beta tester. On June 5, the first 50 Beta testers were selected by staff.
On June 16, 2009, Beta was officially open for the testers. Along with the 50 original Beta testers, 500 other "active" Habbos, such as Official Fansite owners, were given the privilege to access Habbo Beta also. During the beta phase, the testers were given 3 invitation codes. These codes could be generated and copied and pasted to friends who want to participate in testing Beta. Invitations were introduced on June 23, 2009, and every tester were given more invitation codes as Beta went on. The testers were given a special Beta badge for their participation and also access to an exclusive Beta testers only group. Here, the testers would create threads with feedback from Beta. They would also report any bugs and glitches they find.
On July 15, 2009, Habbo announced that Beta was now officially open to the public (Open Beta). A new group was created, called Open Beta Group. Users still had access to the old client, as well as the new client.
On November 3, 2009, Habbo announced that Old Habbo was about to be removed and New Habbo (Beta) would be the permanent client. Some features included in the old client, such as the Big Hand and the Hotel View was taken away as well. A group was made for the dedication of Old Habbo in general. The old client finally left the next day and the new client was put in.
Comparison with Old Habbo
Compared to Old Habbo, New Habbo is more cleaner, sleeker, and professional.
New Habbo's look has changed drastically. 3D effects have been improved.
The taskbar is located on the left side of the client (the taskbar was on the bottom in Old Habbo) and has newer and animating icons. The "blue question mark" which was commonly used for the Call For Help is now yellow and features not only the improved Call For Help system, but has a mini-FAQ and the Guide Bot caller. An icon has been installed to allow users to leave the room and go to hotel view (previously Habbos had to click on the room door). The catalogue has also improved and has sections for each type of furni. An "Inventory" icon has been added which displays the Habbo's furni, badges, and achievements. Furni is classified into wall furni (furni which can be placed on the wall), floor furni (furni which can be placed on the floor), and pets. Habbo's cannot rearrange the order of badges anymore, as in Old Habbo. One notable feature is the Zoom button, which zooms the room in and out. In order to change room settings, owners must be inside the room now. Finally, a picture of the player's head acts as an icon to do various things, including dance,
wave, change clothes, and buy credits.
Players can also change their clothes and buy credits inside the hotel. A recent update made it so players must enter the client in order to change their clothing.
A "News" tablet has also been added. The News tablet allows players to read news stories published on the website from inside the hotel.
Old Habbo Memorial Furni
Big Hand memorial furni.
Hotel view memorial furni
Loading screen memorial (different phases)
An update on the Habbo 2020 beta
Hello, Habbos! Alyx here, I’m Habbo’s global community manager. It’s been a tumultuous 10 days or so, but first and foremost I just wanted to thank the community at large for your constructive feedback about the beta.
Secondly, I also really want to emphasise that we’re listening to your concerns, so below I’ve listed five of the main ones we’ve heard. With help from the development team and other members of Habbo staff, I’ve added clear explanations of why we’ve done what we’ve done, along with any actions we’ve taken with today’s changes to the beta client.
For a more detailed, more comprehensive list of bugs we’ve fixed and changes we’ve made, check the update section of our Habbo 2020 FAQs.
1. “Vaults are unfair.”
- So, it’s really important to know that you can unlock your vault and avoid ALL further vault deductions forever by spending money in the Shop. Note that you don’t buy the vault unlock itself, it happens when you buy a sufficient amount of credits from our shop of sufficient value. (It’s not been 100% confirmed exactly how much Habbos in each country will need to spend yet.)
- Here’s the way to see it: vaults are a way to guarantee that Habbos acquiring credits are actual players, not alternative accounts used to unfairly grind rewards.
- The developers wanted to give out credits to players for levelling up, completing achievements etc. This wouldn’t have been possible without vaults because it would have been too easy to grind a lot of credits with multiple accounts.
I’m pretty sure that vaults are the most misunderstood feature right now, so let me just emphasise again:
Vaults will only deduct from your earnings if you have more than 500 coins in your purse and vault. If you keep this combined amount under 500, you won’t be taxed. (Please note rewards always go to your vault unless it’s unlocked.) Or, alternatively, you can just get your vault unlocked and avoid further deductions regardless of how many credits you have. This is likely to be optimal for older Habbos with a lot of credits.
2. “The Marketplace operation fee is unfair because you lose it even if your item doesn’t sell.”
I’ve seen this comment a lot, but we have good reasons for doing this:
- Operation fees are being introduced to stop Habbos putting up items with no intention of them being sold. This is also known as price trolling.
- The actual prices sellers set will be fairer because sellers won’t want to lose the operation fee.
3. “The Marketplace sales tax is unfair.”
I’ve been voicing your concerns about this to the developers, and I’m happy to share a couple of changes we’ve made:
- The Marketplace’s maximum sale price has been increased from 9,999 to 99,999.
- We’ve significantly reduced the tax paid when selling items.
Hopefully this will reassure a lot of the traders out there!
4. ”The delayed implementation to private trading will ruin fansites and agencies.”
I really agree with you all that this is a valid concern, as do the entire team here. So, I’m happy to say that the development team is in the early stages of designing a credit donation feature.
This will allow fansites to operate in a similar way to how they are now with paying their staff and running giveaways. I really can’t say how long this will take, but it’s extremely high on our list of priorities.
5. “The UI looks like it was designed for mobile.”
So, yeah. In a way, this is true. When designing UI that is going to be used on both mobile and desktop, it’s easier for our chief UI designer to design it for mobile and then scale it up, as opposed to the other way round.
I do really get people’s concerns about the UI though. I know that most of the Habbos I speak to are desktop users, so, to make the experience better for this group of people, we’re looking at implementing draggable windows. The team is also looking at ways to enable Habbos to scale their UI better.
While I’ve only listed five concerns above, I know the community has others, so, as said on Twitter, please continue to share them there. The entire team is actively listening to your feedback, and we’ll be providing updates on what’s changing and why regularly for the entirety of the Habbo 2020 closed beta.
From your community manager,
The Habbo 2020 Beta
We're extremely excited about everyone being able to play Habbo 2020 and enjoying the improvements we've made to the game. To ensure it's as polished as possible when it launches, we're getting help from selected members of our dedicated community to run a closed beta testing phase. This will help us to ensure that the game is as bug-free and as optimised as possible when it launches later this year.
This beta testing phase marks only the beginning of a period of rejuvenation and revitalisation of our precious hotel!
IMPORTANT: Habbo 2020 is not finished and its development is ongoing. Many features are still missing! Due to time constraints we have had to prioritise certain features in order to have a playable version of Habbo ready before the removal of support for Flash on major browsers.
How It'll work
We'll be giving roughly 100 selected Habbos access to the beta. We've selected people that are very familiar with Habbo, proven themselves to be capable of working with us in the past and are spread across all nine of our different language communities.
While only a small group of Habbos will be given access to the beta, all of you will have the chance to play Habbo 2020 later when we do the full release!
Ensuring Habbo's long term success
To a lot of Habbos, a fair amount has changed. While we've retained the vast majority of the core features that make Habbo what it is, like building, chatting and making friends, some things have changed and will look and feel quite different.
We're fully aware that some aspects of Habbo 2020 won't be popular with some members of the community. Habbo is an old game and it hasn't changed much in its lifetime. To make it competitive with other games (and therefore sustainable for the next generation of Habbos to enjoy), we needed to modernise it.
Our ancient trading system, in particular, wasn't helping to maintain a healthy, balanced economy. We felt that Habbo 2020 presented the perfect opportunity to make the game more resistant to things like account hacking and fraud, but also to make it more fun and fairer to new Habbos.
We've published a FAQ guide with some answers to some more specific questions about the Habbo 2020 beta. Please share your thoughts on social media using the #Habbo2020 hashtag – we're listening!
- This article is about the 2009 Beta, for information on the 2020 Beta, see Habbo 2020
Beta, or New Habbo as it sometimes called, was the largest update in Habbo's history. It was first released in late May 2009, and lasted until November of the same year. The beta was mainly used to facilitate the change the Client from Shockwave to Flash. Due to the change, the entire client had to be coded from scratch, therefore creating many bugs and inaccuracies. To find these bugs, Habbo executives decided to allow a select number of users to test the new Hotel extensively. During the BETA stage, testers could access both Old and Beta Habbo, but this was removed when the old Hotel was deleted, making New Habbo the main and official client.
On May 15, 2009, Habbo released a news article telling players about the Beta testing. In the newsletter, players were given the option to sign up to be an official Beta tester.
On June 5th, the first 50 Beta testers were selected by staff.
On June 16th 2009, Beta was officially open for the testers. As well as the 50 original (selected) Beta testers, 500 other Habbos, were given the privilege to access Habbo Beta also, chosen on the basis of how active the user was.
On June 23rd, 2009, invitations were introduced. Each tester was given 3 invitation codes, which could be generated, copied and pasted to friends who wanted to participate in Beta testing.
That tester was also give 3 codes, expanding the group of testers greatly. The testers were given a special Beta badge for their participation and also access to an exclusive 'Beta Testers Only' group. Here, the testers would create threads with feedback from Beta. All they had to do was report any bugs and glitches they found.
On July 15th, 2009, Habbo announced that Beta was now officially open to the public (Open Beta). A new group was created, called 'Open Beta Group'. All users still had access to the old client, as well as the new client.
On November 3rd, 2009, Habbo announced that Old Habbo was about to be removed and replaced by New Habbo (Beta). Some features included in the old client, such as the Big Hand and the Hotel View was taken away as well. A group was made for the dedication of Old Habbo in general, and memorial furniture was released to remember the old client. The client officially changed the next day.
- The most apparent update was that New Habbo was much cleaner, sleeker, and professional looking, including more 3D graphics.
- The taskbar was moved to the left side of the client (the taskbar was on the bottom in Old Habbo) and has newer, animated icons.
- The "blue question mark" which was commonly used for the Call For Help was turned yellow and featured not only the improved Call For Help system, but also a mini-FAQ and the Guide Bot caller.
- An icon was installed to allow users to leave the room and go to the hotel view (previously Habbos had to click on the room door).
- The catalogue was also improved; there were now sections for each type of furni.
- An "Inventory" icon was added which displays the player's furni, badges, and achievements.
- Furni was spearated into 3 categories; Wall furni (furni which can be placed on the wall), Floor furni (furni which can be placed on the floor), and Pets.
- Users cannot rearrange the order of their badges anymore.
- The Zoom button was added.
- In order to change room settings, owners had to be inside the room with this update.
- A picture of the player's head acts as an icon to do various things, including dance, wave, change clothes, and buy credits.
- Players can also change their clothes and buy credits inside the hotel.
- A "News" tab was also been added. The News tablet allows players to read news stories published on the website from inside the hotel.
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