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Depth of Extinction

A tactical RPG with roguelike elements that features in-depth strategic gameplay and high replay value · By HOF Studios


A topic by mercento created 66 days ago Views: 61 Replies: 2
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Hello Mike, first of all, i must say this is amazing work for just a 1 man studio. After playing for a few hours, I do have a few suggestions that will make players' lives easier.

1. Hotbar. Please a number, and then 'space' to confirm is counter intuitive. Please consider changing it to press once to select, another time to confirm. For example, press '1' and then '1' to execute skip turn instead of press '1' and then 'space'.

2. Highlight objects that can be picked up. Either they are not highlighted properly or they are not highlighted when 'x' is pressed.

3. Increase walking speed. Most of the time is wasted on walking animation. Please consider have option to increase walking speed, or allow group-movement after alert is cleared.

4. Opening door is difficult because the cursor hitbox on the door is too small and way down. When i see a door, i tend to move my mouse to the middle of the door. However, the cursor will not change to the interaction icon, unless i move the cursor to the bottom of the door.

5. Enemy AI needs some improvement. They do not do active patrol. For example, in the loot room, after taking the loot, i check the corner only to find an enemy standing there. Enemy should be actively patroling the room.

6. Auto evac button the screen after killing all enemies. After all enemies are dead, we are only offered to auto evac once.Usually we will reject this kind offer and stay to search for loot. We should have a button that say 'auto-evac' which we can press after finish searching for loot.

Thank you!

Edit: one last thing Mike. I would honestly suggest you go on kickstart to get additional funds to give yourself more time and to see if you can hire some people to give the enemy AI a revamp. As of now, it is still somewhat rudimentary. You can use the current build as as an excellent demo (locking out all other areas except the first perhaps). I do think there are be quite a few people who would support your effor after play testing a demo. Put a demo on steam as well to build a community. All these are just suggestions, which you probably have already considered, but do consider them once again.


Hey thanks for the post. Always glad to get feedback/suggestions. I think most of this is on our to do list already so we are planning to address it before launch!

As for the Kickstarter, I have definitely thought about it of course, but a few things have kept me from going that route. Mainly the time it takes to run a KS is very significant (can consumer 2-3 months easily) and I am not sure it is worth that kind of time investment. The other reason is that the amount of money I would need to hire someone else full time and take another year to work on the game would require a much higher goal than I think is realistic based on the recent KS campaigns I have seen (and I do pay attention to them). Most gamers have no idea what a developer is paid and what kind of time frame and investment is required to make a game. I decided for this game I would do as much work as I could myself and pay some contractors for things like art out of my pocket. My wife and I decided we could take 3 years to try this and my time is almost up! The game I will release this summer will definitely not live up to my original vision for the project but I think it will be a decent indie game that will be competitive with other similar titles in terms of quality and playtime. 

I have several more big things to add to the game and also am planning to do some work on existing areas (like AI) and I think this will all come together to deliver a better overall experience than what you are playing now. The current version has most of the "final" systems but quite a bit is still placeholder and with a bit of expansion, i think it will seem much improved.

It is amazing that you have come so far and its at the final stretch now. You definately have a gem in the rough. Keep up the good work Mike.