With Fred back in town we had a meeting, as mentioned last week, where we discussed two important things: the new housing patch feedback and something I know many have long awaited... the support skills!

When it comes to the housing build tools, there actually haven't been much feedback to speak about, which we take as a good thing: hopefully that means they weren't too confusing! There are still some things we'd like to polish, though - for instance, some kind of visual effect for the clear and delete functions (as the items/rooms disappear).

We also want you to be able to add more than one door to a room, and by doing so connecting it to others. To do this, we'll add a 'connect' button in the menu, which allows you to add another doorway between two rooms that are next to each other but not yet connected.

What about the support skills, then? Well, we've come up with eight different skills, which will be introduced in more detail at a later date. For now, let's talk about the changes compared to what the support trees look like now:

For one, the skill category will change name from "Support" to the more versatile "Utility". Our reasoning is that with a name like support, many players who expect to play the classical support role will automatically hone in on the support tree without checking the other trees first. However, while these new utility skills will likely make playing a support-like character more fun (compared to the current skills), we want to make a point of the fact that you can pick and choose from any of the skill categories, and use the Utility ones as bonus abilities, rather than either ignoring the tree or focusing too much on it due to the support name.

Inside Utility category there will be three trees: Offensive (3 skills), Defensive (3 skills) and Buffs (2 skills). The old support skills will be completely removed.

Finally, the utility skills won't use the charge system, and won't use up gold points. The way we've designed them now, they will cap at 5 skill points and only use silver - but this might change as we begin to prototype them and play around with them within the game.

In Fred's department, the desert enemies continue to take shape! This time around he has finished up the Mrs. Bird animations and moved on to the Solem~

And the Tai Ming progress continues!

It's been a while since we made the first step in the progress of revamping Arcadia, but now it's time for another: Candy's brother Muffin makes an appearance, ready to give you treats that will make your arcade runs easier!

This week I'm continuing work on Tai Ming's arcade mode stuff, and it begins with changing the initial size of the rooms:
Last week me and Teddy had full focus on getting the house building tools up and running, and I'm happy to say the patch is ready and has been uploaded!! Finally you'll be able to be more creative with your house, adding new rooms and editing their shape or size in more detail.

The full patch notes can be seen here, and as always, we'd LOVE to hear your feedback on these new tools, anything that may be confusing with them, improvements to be made etc. Let us know! You can comment either here or in the thread above (or make a new suggestions post on the forums).

Last week, as mentioned, Fred was also gone on vacation, and since he returns tonight and the build tools are done (aside from some polishing and anything we learn from your feedback), our next move will be to get together and discuss the support skills! Yes, finally! We've put them off for so long, but with the game drawing ever closer to a finished state I guess it's best we finally get to adding them before there's no reason to use them anymore, right?!

We'd like to thank all of you for your input and suggestions in regards to them up to this point, and we'll consider each of them as we move on to iron out in which direction we want to take these spells. Again, though, it's unlikely there will be any kind of healing skills, but most of you are used to the thought of that by now! It's a cool skill to have, but we've made the decision it won't be available in Grindea (unless you're a certain NPC) for a variety of reasons I don't think we need to rehash once more.

What we DO end up implementing we'll only know after tomorrow's meeting, and will be disclosed in a future post!

Since I don't get to do much for the support spells (it's mainly Teddy implementing mechanics and Fred doing animations for them), I'll return to focusing on the Arcadia rework and its new floors until the skills are properly decided and I can make icons for them (likely after some prototyping as been made). We'll keep you updated!
Fred's gone home for a little bit of summer vacation this week, so instead of some animations, let's take a look at the build tools and where they're at as of now!


First up, the add new (room) tool, seen above! The cost of the room will be shown in the middle, and you use the arrow keys to decide where to place the entrance. 

Below, you can see the prototype for the resize tool, where you use arrows to first select which wall you want to make bigger, and then keep pressing the arrow key in the direction you want it to increase. As you do this, the amount of lumber needed to complete the action is shown. Right now it displays with a minus sign, while the add new room does not, but in the end they'll both use the same format. 

You'll be able to pull at the walls however long you wish even if you cannot afford it, but you won't be able to confirm your edit unless you have enough lumber. The reason for this is so that you can try making the room the size you want it and see how much lumber you'd need to make it that big before you go purchase more at the Carpenter. 


Finally, there's the reshape tool, where you can edit the inside of the room. Pulling down (or up) these walls don't cost anything, so you can redesign the shape of your room freely!


There's still some polishing left before we're ready to patch, but we're definitely getting there! Our estimate is that it'll be up and running for Frontline users on Monday at the latest. Stay tuned~
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