I've made an executive decision (not just a regular decision) to start spreading out alpha tests by at least a couple months. While it was great fun to rush to cram together something playable each Friday for the past couple weeks, I don't want to burn out the alpha testers by having them play through the game every week. Plus, I'll be starting MBA classes at the beginning of August, which will slow down development tremendously. So I'll plan on having the next Alpha build out on September 2nd. It'll have a bunch of new levels, interface improvements, gameplay tweaks, bug fixes -- the whole works. If you want to see how it's coming, just check out the patch notes at the forums!
In the meantime, though, here's some other news. The Searing Sands zone houses the Dredger capital city of Airo, and it is also the site of a huge armed conflict between the Stonefangs of the Stonefang Mountains and the Airo City Dredgers. In the next Alpha build, you'll be able to play through the Searing Sands zone. To help you prepare for the glaring sun, dive-bombing Eibo monsters, and bloodthirsty Cactogons of the Searing Sands, feel free to download the wallpaper above and plaster it onto everything in sight!