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Some pretty major updates!

Posted in Game Features, General DevLog with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 2010/06/16 by Evan Sammons

Quite a lot has happened since the last post, so here it is!

First off, we’re entering the demo level in Indiecade, with the deadline for entering being the 20th – only 4 days to go! That’s not to say we’re not ready, the level is completely playable so I’m down to tightening it up, making tweaks where they’re needed and even revising a few elements.

The main cause of the revising is the fact that we now have a dedicated artist working on the graphical assets, Francis Coulombe, and you can find his site here. He has nailed the style and feel we’re going for and progress is steady. I can’t wait for it to get it all in the game, and the stuff that I’ve already replaced is looking badass.

Doesn’t this rock? This guy replaces the swarming heads, so in the game you’ll be seeing big groups of these guys flying at you, trying to smash you to pieces.

I thought what we had looked really great, but Francis is going to boost it all to a whole new level!

Also just finished is a functional main menu, with all the basic options such as control configuration and volume levels. Not a big update, but the main menu is often the first impression of a game, so getting it right is definitely important. The full game will contain more options to customize how you start a game, as well as save file management. You can read a little about the possible customization options in an earlier post here.

That about covers all that’s been going on here! More posts to come soon, especially before or around the Indiecade deadline.

-Tom

Scene re-working, and Performance

Posted in General DevLog with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 2010/04/07 by Evan Sammons

Now that pretty much 95% of Upload Complete has been laid in place (and is totally playable), I’ve been going back through a number of other scenes and improving them, making them more interesting and engaging. There have also been some updates to the general engine, giving better performance overall.

Speaking of performance, Level 2 should be able to run on even the slowest of computers. The rig I’m using for testing isn’t the fastest of things, my rule of thumb has been if I get a drop in framerate on this, then something needs to change to make it more efficient. So far this has proven effective on any other computer the game has been tested on.

If you’re interested, here’s what I’m working with – Intel T2300 ~1.66ghz (dual core), 1gb ram, GeForce Go 7800 256mb. Kind of a benchmark for the lower end that can run Level 2. Running it at a steady 60fps is extremely important, any less and things get thrown out of sync and scenes can actually (play-wise) be much shorter!

DevLogs should be coming up a bit more frequently now, as I’ve worked through some pretty tough issues. Now I’m blitzing through, leading to more Log-worthy material!

-Tom

Progress Update

Posted in General DevLog with tags , , , , , , , , on 2010/03/24 by Evan Sammons

Recently I’ve been putting a lot of work into the Boss of Upload Complete. All his main attacks are finished, and the sequence itself is laid out, prepared for any details that will come.

Testing it myself, I know the attacks, I know what’s likely to come at me next. For the first-time player it may not be so easy, but I don’t want it to be impossible to survive for those who don’t know the patterns. I’m hoping for a semi-readable fight, that requires skill more than anything to overcome. Being the first Boss it definitely wont be as intense as Bosses in future levels, but it’ll still be a challenge.

In addition, many other scenes of the level have been tightened up, and a scene has been added granting the player a Weapon Upgrade! Given what comes at you after the Upgrade, it will be a very welcome gift. For the demo, a number of other Upgrades/Updates may be handed to the player simply to give a taste of what’s to come in the full game.

The difficulty may also be ramped up for a more hardcore experience in the demo. Upload Complete is basically the ‘tutorial’ level, but that’s not to say it wont throw the player into the deep end (even in the real game version, it’s not going to be a walk in the park). Intensity is a running theme through the whole game. I mean… listen to the tracks LCTR have up on their Myspace, how can a game with that music not be intense?

I don’t know about you, but I’m pumped.