everyone! In the past weeks I accomplished a lot, from the design
decisions like removing recoil, artistic improvements by adding UI
sprites, and gameplay updates by establishing the core of the games AI. I
said that if I made enough progress I’d be able to release a demo by
this devlog but it seems like I’ve fallen a bit short. I have plenty of
work to get done before the demo is released but I’m well on that track.
My goal for the demo is to give a solid feel of what the gameplay will
feel like so I can get plenty of insight and criticism on it. That way I
can improve and make it better for the player!
My goal for a demo release is currently August the 15th.
Cardinal Game Studios
Two Week Roundup
In the past two weeks, as I’ve already mentioned, I’ve added a few new features. Here’s a little run down of what those include, and I may include a short summary for some.
– Scrappy Bots
A large chunk of the last two weeks was dedicated to developing and debugging the AI in the game. They have the basic patrol, attack, and flee patterns based on the situation given. They are still very basic and predictable but they will do for now.
– Some animation touchups – FPS Arms & Animation
– Created Singleplayer Match Setup
– Updated UI sprites
– Added healthpack powerup
– Removed recoil
I implemented recoil in the game because I thought it was standard for FPS games to have them and it gave the firing mechanic a sense of feedback. I realized this was only distracting for the player and no other games really had it. This lead to me implementing the FPS arms and animations.
Demo To Do List
The following are things I still need to get done to get the demo ready:
– IK Player Torso Movement (For aiming)
– First Person HUD & Sprites
– Death sound and animation
– Death camera
– A bit of polish & tweaks
Once the demo is ready I will provide a download link and will definitely be open to feedback. I’d like to make this game as enjoyable of an experience as I possibly can. But after running this game over and over again tweaking and debugging the littlest of features, its hard to tell what might make the game fun.
More news will be released on August the 15th, hopefully with a playable demo! Follow me on Twitter @CardinalGS to stay updated on progress!