This week we’ve been working on a crazy new prototype that pulls together a collection of important features: creating Warps, creating Portals, and viewing and then exploring the Boundless Universe of Worlds. This is something we want to squeeze into the coming release of Testing and it’s imminent promotion to Live on Steam. We’re not going to say more about it now - but it’s awesome and you’ll be able to play with it soon. It’s super cool and worth the wait.
The following features are continuing to develop and will be public soon:
- Trading (Buying + Selling) Plinths
- Player XP Progression
- Weapon and Tools Durability
Work started on the “Smart Stacking” feature which allows players to carry many more items when they are of the same kind: for example, rather than each stack of decorative gem blocks taking up all of a slot in your inventory, that slot can also hold another 8 stacks of other decorative gems.
- The Plinths for buying and selling items were finished off ready for testing, the last feature being the correct categorisation of blocks.
- Player progression now rewards of coins and beacon plots.
- Game startup time has been improved significantly by switching some of the file formats to something more efficient.
- Missing player shadows have been fixed.
- The alignment of the block selection wireframe has been corrected, and finally
- Portal transitions have been smoothed out even more.
After returning from sunny Wales, @luke-turbulenz started the week by balancing durability and experience gaining. The rest of the time has been wrangling the skill trees for the progression system, and coming up with some good ideas to bolster the work we already had in that area. More details to follow.
@Tobelawe has been focusing on a world configuration that will be used for the main starting world in the next release. These worlds are reasonably safe and have a good spread of basic resources. Rarer and more sought after resources will not be found there though, so travel to other worlds will be necessary. Also checkout some of the latest biome experiments here.
@olliepurkiss has been catching up on a few outstanding design tasks around beacons, locks, warps and portals, as well as working with Luke and Matt.
Rob our resident GUI expert has been working on the final look and feel of the GUI.
Taking elements from a range of different visual prototypes titled: Modern Skeuomorphic, Minimal Runic and Bold & Fun, we’re now pretty happy with the results.
Here’s a first look at some of the main screens:
The main player “Inventory” with embedded dual wielding configuration.
The players “Hand Crafting” interface.
The following screens demonstrate how a player interacts with a shop “Selling Plinth”.
Select the items you want from the shop into your shopping cart.
Review the prices of the available items.
Move the purchase into your inventory.
The following screen demonstrates an updated trading interface.
This week has all been about tools, weapons and creatures.
After reviewing in the assets in game and based on feedback from the community we’ve decided to increase the resolution of our weapons and equipment. We’ve started with the axe and here’s a sneak peek of the gem level.
We’ve been finalising the final progression for our first six creatures. Expect a post on this soon. This includes: creature progression, any environmental enhancement, and any possible exoticness presentation. This allows us to transform a fixed set of creatures into a hugely varied and interesting challenge.
We’ve finalised the Power and Ammo types used in the Slingbox and Lance.
We’ve also been experimenting with the World Builder Prefab pipeline with a plan to create a range of natural props and structures to help decorate all the new biomes.