May 7-20: Control Changes

Jon: Hello, everyone. We have been silent last week, but have been working away, nonetheless.

Here’s what we have to show you for the past 2 weeks:


Control Changes

After quite a bit of testing, getting some feedback from players, and re-evaluating some of our designs we have made some control changes. Basically, sprinting has been moved, attacks are now on the triggers/R2&L2, and the previous magic button has been removed.

(PS/XBox Controllers)

  • L2/LT = left hand attack/use, previously sprint
  • R2/RT = right hand attack/use
  • L1/LB = block (same)
  • R1/RB = To be revealed 🙂
  • O/B = Roll (Tap), Sprint (Hold)

Holding the roll button (O/B) on a controller will now be sprint as opposed to L2/LB. One issue that has delayed this change, was the limitation of not being able to easily look around while sprinting, since we only have one right thumb. The solution: sprinting will continue as long as the move joy remains forward, allowing you to release the sprint button and still continue sprinting. This also frees up the right thumb allowing you to look while sprinting. Sprinting backwards is still possible as long as the sprint button remains held. We figure the inability to freely look around while sprinting backwards is a reasonable compromise.

This new sprint system frees up L2/LB which allows each side (L2/LB & R2/RB) to correspond to each hand! This opens up other possibilities which have limited us before. We will delve into those another day.

We have also removed the ability/up quickslot as we are working on a better magic system. Based on the amount of spells we’d like the player to be able to use, toggling through them on a single quickslot is not ideal.


New Magic System Preview

The new magic system is still very much WIP, but is functioning. It is much more intuitive than the previous system. Here’s the basics:

  • A catalyst is now required to cast spells, such as a Wizard Staff.
  • Currently, the spells you can cast are dependent on the type of catalyst.
  • While holding the attack button (button corresponding to which hand the catalyst is in), your spell selection menu will be visible.
  • As the menu is visible you can press the corresponding action buttons to select what to cast. Nested combinations will result in more powerful magic.

  • In the process we have added some new casting animations: cast charge/select, casting (constant), & a one shot cast.
  • The catalyst/staff will also emit light based on the current spell chosen.

Misc Improvements & Bug Fixes

  • Added a Hoe.

Let’s dance!

  • Added a ready unarmed stance.
  • Updated project to Unity 5.6.1
  • Continued setting up proper names for items and actors. So items intersecting your cursor won’t display the default name in Unity, such as ‘Mace (Clone)’
  • Fixed a shader error after updating to 5.6, not an issue in the public demo (v0.0.22).
  • Brushed up textures of wooden stool & shallow wall shelf.

Take care!

Apr. 30-May 6: Sprinting Ahead

Andrew: Hello on this rainy Saturday!

Here’s what we’ve been up to during this week of development:


SPRINTING FIELD OF VIEW

It’s a nice touch, if I might say so myself. 🙂

Now the camera’s field oview (FOV) increases while you’re sprinting. It really makes you feel faster than you really are, and provides you with feedback when consuming Stamina.


WEAPONS: Remaining NEXT TEXTURE ITERATIONS

WIP. I’m probably going to redo them again anyway.


Retexturing of Props

They look a lil’ bit better.

Improving shelves. And those UVs are my problem.


Misc Bug Fixes & Improvements
  • Torches & shields in both hands! You can equip either in either hand. 😀
  • The letter ‘E’ is no longer menu confirm on the desktop. This allows you to type a character’s name with an ‘e’ in the character creation.
  • Lessened the weight of quarterstaff a bit.

And We Leave You With a Lil’ Preview


That’s a-wonderful. Ciao.

Apr. 16-22: Sky’s The Limit

Jon: Hello, there! Here’s some of what we’ve accomplished this past week.


Skybox

We have setup a new skybox where we can manually tweak colors throughout the day cycle. The default Unity skybox didn’t quite capture some of the colors we were aiming for.

Some results so far. (WIP)


Hefting

Heftables are now setup to damage what they hit by velocity. This allows mages to whack opponents with a crate, while using Telekinesis.

We have also started experimenting with character hefting! Here’s a little preview of it:


Misc Improvements & Bug Fixes
  • The game’s standard currency is now silver. Gold will be a much rarer item that is not only heavier, but worth a lot more, than standard silver coins.
  • Water Cave start point has been moved out of the water.
  • Loading screen now displays target scene name.
  • NPCs now vocalize when detecting a pickpocket.
  • The last scene you were playing in is now saved. You should no longer begin every play session in the HUB.

We are still working on that secret I mentioned a few posts back. 😀

Stay tuned.