Update – Swarms.

Hi again, Tom here with a little info post and a project update!

So far we have the main engine complete, which includes player movement, controls, weapons, and overall level and ‘section’ control (I’ll go into detail in later posts). It’s almost smooth sailing from here, with a ton of content to add and levels to choreograph to each song on Level 2 the album.

I have to say, testing each new feature is a blast. The most recent significant addition has been swarming enemies, where numerous weak enemies fly around an origin point, similar to bees around a hive. The system is extremely flexible, allowing a ‘mother’ entity to continuously spawn swarmers, or the swarming enemies themselves origins for more swarmers, or swarms used as projectiles shot out of cannons, mouths, portals, whatever! Swarms could even be created when something else is destroyed – like being split into many enemies, or perhaps spawning swarmers as you damage a larger enemy, so bits will appear to break off and fly around that enemy, eventually being whittled down to a pure swarm. So it seems swarmers will be one of the main enemy types in the game.

You may recall from the teaser our main character shooting frantically with a lasergun. Well, now you can imagine a giant, chaotic swarm of mindless programs hurtling towards him, the laser blasting enemies to pieces and whittling the swarm down to a few harmless drones.

In posts to come, look forward to more info about what we currently have, since I believe we have some seriously cool features and I’d love to share them all with you. Right now I’m just chipping away at getting a full level to release as a demo, but in the process I’m sure some more core features will appear – and of course there will be updates on those, too.

-Tom

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