Another month has passed (more or less) so here’s another trash filled blog post. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay!
This month I’ve been primarily focused on Development of The Thing 2 v2.6 update which will be the final major update for the game, after this bugfixes and balance updates may trickle out but don’t much else on my end as PW needs a lot of work.
It was a slow month for switch games, I picked up DK: Tropical Freeze & Hyrule Warriors but not much else, still it’s just over 2 weeks until E3 so let’s hope they show off some decent titles. I was also a bit disappointed by the Nintendo Online service but it is what it is.
The Thing 2 RPG v2.6 Update
Art: Arteaga is still working on icons but they are pretty much close to completion. He’s got a lot of stuff to do for me and currently has most of the projects workload. It has been difficult for me to pin a release date for the update as I am stuck waiting on the art mostly but we are aiming for a 2018 release at least.
Dev: I managed to implement a bunch of the stuff I wanted to do this month but I didn’t complete all of it. Here’s what I got through:
-The Story Mode Field Base now has every single NPC there that you can get in your party. I also added some extra side quests.
-In Original Mode Blake can now Recover his equipment after getting captured :)
-In Prequel Mode the Bridge Defense Mechanic has changed. Defenders left at the bridge now form their own party which you control on Bridge Defense. Failing Bridge Defense is a Game Over so make sure this team is prepared for the task. To make it easier I have limited enemy spawns and the game adjusts enemy difficulty based on defender strength anyway.
Planned: I still have some stuff leftover from last month to implement but I also come up with a few new things I want to do. These are:
-In Story Mode each NPC will have the option of being added to the “Away Team”. This team will be able to be sent out on a mission. After a set amount of time expires you will control this team and conduct a scavenging mission of a location. On mission they may get attacked or encounter other difficulties but can leave the area any time after which another timer will start which is their travel time back to base. Once back at base you will be able to collect their resources. The Locations for this are going to be generic made ones that can be reused. I am looking at making around 10 to 20 of these for a bit of variety and they will be randomly selected when the team is sent away.
-I am planning out a more detailed side quest for Jose in Story Mode known as “Ghosts & Whispers” which involves helping him Infiltrate a Warehouse and includes a unique boss fight. Upon Completion it will also unlock five additional unique optional secret boss fights in the game which reward you with supplies and equipment if you find and beat them.
-I am also going to rework all the Custom Character Skins in the game when we get around to making the character sprites larger. This will include more suitable ones for the player character than what is currently offered.
-In Prequel Mode Natalie’s current outfit mechanic has been removed and the plan is to change it with “costume lockers” scattered around the ship which she can use to change outfits. In total there are 20 outfits planned (including her current 4), 8 will be available from the start and 4 will be unlocked per difficulty cleared on Prequel Mode. A bunch of these outfits are odd nods and references to things so I hope you look forward to them.
A lot of the slowdown is due to the time it takes to make the art, Arteaga is but one man. I hope to wrap up my development work on the project this month so I only have to go into the game to replace art assets here and there. That way I can focus on PW’s development.
No major news this month, The Thing 2 RPG is stealing all its Thunder right now :P
I am now open to taking Donations and have added a page on my site with more information about what the money (if any) will be used for. If your able to help us out I’d really appreciate it.
That’s about all I have to say for now. I hope that I can fill these blog posts with enough decent information each month to keep them readable. Thanks for reading this and playing my game(s) over the years :)