More and more of our lives are lived inside the virtual worlds of computers. This universe, which we refer to as The Cloud, expands every second of every day. The ability to write code - the laws of these virtual worlds - has become a precious resource.
There are those who would use the power of code to steal, deceive, and oppress. We know these evil forces as the Legacy Systems. From the shadows, they conspire to dominate the free people of The Cloud. Their wealth and privilege have carried them to the edge of victory, but one thing stands in their way - the Operators.
From every race, religion, gender, and background, Operators in the TwilioQuest program are known across The Cloud as champions of justice. They are sworn to uphold the Operator's Code - that their technical skills will be used only to unlock hope, power, and freedom for all humanity. But today, their numbers are few.
We turn to you for help. Take up the tools of software development. Become an Operator. Save The Cloud.
Chapter 1 of TwilioQuest challenges players to take their first steps as an Operator in the TwilioQuest program. The player is placed in command of the Fog Owl, a prototype Cloud Exploration Vessel designed to allow users to travel deeper into The Cloud than ever before. Players will be supported by Cedric, an advanced virtual intelligence designed to act as your advisor and executive officer. However, the Fog Owl is not yet fully operational. While technicians finish their work on the ship, the player can undertake training missions to prepare for their inevitable confrontation with the Legacy Systems.
Using the integrated code editor or your own programming tools, you will hack locked barriers and treasure chests by completing programming challenges. Your efforts will be rewarded with rad loot and experience points to track your progress as a developer. Today, most of the challenges you'll encounter are related to Twilio products and APIs. In the future, the overwhelming majority of content in TwilioQuest will be general-purpose technical training content aimed at teaching a new generation of Operators (at any experience level) to join the struggle against the Legacy Systems. Download the game and see how far your skills will take you today!
To commemorate the start of this new TwilioQuest journey at SIGNAL, players who download and play the game in the month of August will have access to the "SIGNAL Launch Observatory" training mission inside the game. Here, you will find the limited time Operator Mk. I armor set to equip on your avatar - the perfect protection for any stealth missions you might undertake in The Cloud. Download the game today to make sure you don't miss out!
Today is only the first step of a long journey - we are already hard at work building new content and future chapters for TwilioQuest. In the weeks and months ahead, players can expect a steady stream of updates including new training missions, new characters, new items and crafting options, and longer-form story missions that will take players to the furthest reaches of The Cloud. And of course, the Legacy Systems are unlikely to allow all of this to transpire unhindered. You may soon be forced to confront their minions directly in battle.
TwilioQuest may be a game - and we hope you love playing it, even with some wet paint today at the start of our journey together! - but the mission is very real. The "virtual worlds" of computers facilitate more of our lives every day. Making developer education accessible is the key to building a diverse generation of software developers that will build a future that works for every kind of person.
We think that the way developer education becomes accessible is by making it as much fun as possible, and by bringing it to as many people as possible. When they play TwilioQuest, we hope developers will discover their power to change the world with code. It's not a power that we'll give them - it's already there. Helping people find that ability within themselves is our mission.
See you out there in The Cloud, Operators!
- Kevin Whinnery
Director, TwilioQuest Program