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Steam Marines 2 Alpha Status (Last Updated 21 December 2016) Sticky

A topic by WorthlessBums created 340 days ago Views: 653 Replies: 5
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Official Website and Mailing List

http://www.steammarines2.com/


What's Been Going On?

Currently the game is still in a state of design flux. On a week to week basis I'm still changing systems and mechanics, ripping stuff out, and prototyping stuff in. Sound effects and art assets are still flowing as the game universe is hashed out.

The core game is in there, namely obtaining missions and executing them on a grid-based tactical battlefield. You can move marines around, shoot stuff, use special abilities, and fog of war is fully functioning.

There is not currently a way to win the game (although you can sure lose!), and the plot is essentially non-existent. The idea for a single player, linear style campaign was scrapped at the time voice acting was for a variety of reasons and is not too likely to make a return as things stand.

(Edit 22 June 2016: Estimated 320 hours of work left before alpha is ready \:D/ #OptimisticDeveloperBums)

(Edit 28 August 2016: Uhh, estimated still about 30 hours of work left before alpha is ready xD)

Currently In-Game

  • Squads of up to six marines with arms and armor, ranks, promotions, stats, and relationships with other marines.
  • More fully formed enemy faction distinctions. Robots and aliens have their own ships, unit types, and specific tactics they employ.
  • Procedurally generated maps/levels.
  • Ship combat.

Future Development Goals

  • Get the user interface up to snuff.
  • Reconsidering massive procedural galaxies/planets. It doesn't quite seem to jive with shorter, mission based gameplay. Steam Marines 2 was not originally conceived as a sandbox game, but it's not set in stone one way or another.
  • Tactical space combat? Possibly! Fleet/empire building much less likely.
  • Gear mods like scopes, suppressors, energy cells, alien tech, et cetera. The script code to swap the objects is in, but the game logic to hook it all up and the art assets are not. Complexity call from a game design point of view whether this makes the cut.
  • Terminals, lockers, and chests make a return, but portholes probably will not. There will be more tactical options with these interactive environment elements this time around.
  • Focusing on building up the player's Commander (in-game avatar) RPG style and focusing more on inter-marine relationships both on and off the battlefield.


So When Can We Play This?

Probably Q4 2016. The price will most likely be around $25-30 with the price increasing throughout development, similar to Steam Marines 1.

I'd like to stress that this will absolutely be an alpha launch, so if you're uncomfortable paying what I'm charging, don't. You can always adopt a wait and see approach, and if you followed me during the Steam Marines 1 development on Steam Greenlight you'll know that I'm very open to suggestions and what I'm currently doing.

Monthly updates seemed to work best then and I will most likely adopt that same release schedule this time around.


When Is Full Release Planned?

End of 2018. It's gonna be a long ride!


Thanks for reading, and please feel free to leave any comments or feedback here, on my Twitter, or via email at yjseow@worthlessbums.com!

We easily, and by far, prefer massive procedural galaxies/planets. Plus, you should consider offering a discount for owners of SM1.

Developer

Hi, Harley. Yes, I think most people would, but there are drawbacks associated with that like having to take time and effort away from other aspects of the game. I think The Division is the most recent example of "too big, not enough content in there". That said it's easier to get down the core mechanics and content and expand with planets, stations, and universe content later so that's just groundwork that needed to be done anyway.

A discount is something I considered early on, but ultimately I have no system in place to verify who actually owns Steam Marines 1, particularly since Desura is essentially belly-up at this point; most non-Steam buyers don't even activate their Steam keys. Potentially I could do platform-specific discounts (Steam on Steam, Itch on Itch, et cetera) but that has its own issues.

Okay, so what I'm taking from that is: static maps, the rest of the game in DLC, right? Since the original has random gen, figured you already knew how to do it.

If you bought the game on Desura, you can still get Steam keys. Steam on Steam would be a good idea. Don't really know how Itch works.

Developer

Sorry, I think there's some confusion. There are already procedurally generated tactical maps where your marines move about. I was speaking about the planets and galaxies your spacship can navigate through to reach those maps for specific missions.

Oh, that makes more sense. Whew.