Thing 2 RPG November Update #2

Hello Captain, It’s been a busy week and even the release of Fallout 4 hasn’t hindered me! (Well not that much…)

In the last week I have been adding new graphics to the game, little extra touches like a pool table, new corpses and little extra bits like that. Jose has been busy handing work into me and we are close to the end now. We even put some time into a secret mini-game in the game which I’m sure you’ll find fun.

As promised I did make a video although It took me a few attempts as I didn’t really know what to show off, I didn’t want to spoil too much and I’ve already talked about v2 features as it is. Below is the video tease for Prequel Mode, View it on YouTube and read the description to find the voice actors credited.

I’ll post a recap of the v2 features as we get closer to the end. As for release November looks unlikely but I’m trying to get stuff done. My main concerns are with work contributed by others but sometimes people are busy I get that. I’ll keep you posted but I hope you don’t mind a December release, I want to release the v2 update/expansion as intended not half-done.

Work Left To Do / In Progress:

Voice Acting; when a developer is lazy and skips voice acting in favour of text there is good reason. It requires a whole extra scope of balancing, quality control and management that is purely cosmetic and while enhances the experience logically doesn’t add anything gameplay wise. There is 1 character left to record and 6 left to edit & get retakes. I started VA casting in August but wish I had started sooner as it has taken more time than expected. It’s not fair on the other voice actors if I release v2’s Prequel Mode half-voiced.

Macready’s Story; There are 3 parts to making this, the first (in progress, nearly done) is the sprite tiles and graphics. Jose has created most of what I need now and once that is all setup we can move to part 2.

Part 2 involves me putting the content in game. The plan is that you find Macready in Story Mode and he tells you about US Outpost #31 THEN he tells you about what happened after. I’ve got it planned so you take control of Macready and experience a choose your own adventure short story as told through his eyes. The multi choice elements will affect the outcome of his story and what happens afterwards. In the transition back to Story Mode he will set you a few tasks (general rpg quest stuff) and you will help him resolve any unfinished business at US Outpost #31.

Finally Part 3 is the “Art Assets” or Artistic Cut-scenes that are used to display parts of the story that are too difficult to sprite or more impressive in art format. Theres around 30 of these and they will take Jose some time to finish so during Part 2 I can leave “placeholders” where the art will go making it easy to drop them in once completed.

Simply put the only work on my end involves creating MacReadys content in game (2 weeks tops, its already written/planned out) and testing Prequel Mode with full audio (To iron out any issues or bad audio, 1 week). Outside of that I have nothing to do but play some more fallout…

As a side note the game is a lot more difficult now, general life expectancy of the average NPC has fallen significantly.

You’re welcome!
Richard

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Thing 2 RPG November Update #1

Captain! October was a slow month and we’re a little behind but a good portion of work was turned in at the last minute so let’s hope we can make that release deadline!

Work Complete / New Features:

Major Bugfix (I hope). I’ve removed a script that allows enemy summoning/spawning and replaced it with a less fancy but still effective approach. I believed that this script was responsible for not only enemy battle graphics remaining in battle when dead but was the cause of one significant and annoying game crash where RPG Maker would just, well… crash. It’s only happened to me a handful of times (for some reason especially at the medi-center in original mode) but it was annoying. Hopefully this fatal flaw is now resolved. I think the issue was the game didn’t know how to dispose of the spawned units and there was likely conflict with other scripts.
The game audio has been lowered for the most part across the whole game. This decision was made because the voice acting was hard to hear. I think I have struck a better balance now.
General changes and fixes have been made to the game and I am mostly personally responsible for testing game modes to make sure they work now.
Several new game sprites have been added to the game which include several more pop culture references and weirdness on my part…
Finally Jose has redone ALL the existing backgrounds in the game in a more updated style.

Background 01

Background 02

Work to Do / In Progress:

Voice Acting. I have good news and bad news. Good news I have edited over 600 files which are now placed in the game. I worked with amateurs and professionals so the quality is a bit mixed but I hope you all appreciate the effort and added immersion it brings.
More good news is that 1 more character is near completion 2 just need some retakes and 5 have just been handed in to me which I need to edit for game use.
The Bad news is that there is still 1 character left to do, one of the important story characters but I have someone trying to resolve that for me so I’m hoping that this doesn’t cause any delays and it can be complete this month.
MacReady’s Story. We have just started on sprite work for this, once that is done I will move away from testing and work directly on this. I will finish this in November BUT there are 30 art images that the story requires which is quite heavy work to get done in the month so I’m going to see what sort of timescale Jose needs for this. I’m hoping it can be done this month but I feel these images make MacReady’s mutli-choice story more immersive and personal as he’s a core character to the film.
Generally all I have to do is test things and fix things mostly. Survival Mode is being testing right now but Prequel Mode (voice acting/audio balancing test) and MacReady’s addition to Story Mode need testing when work outside my control is complete.

Steam Update

I fall into the category of a fan based game which Steam doesn’t really accept. I think largely it would be due to the grounds of “copyright”. The main issues I can see would be the games name and names of characters potentially. In the v2 a lot of the movie and 2002 game audio has been removed and replaced so that is no longer an issue but in short it’s safe to say I wouldn’t be accepted onto steam as it would likely bring me unwanted complications.

Release Date

I still want to say this month, November 2015. I will do my best to give weekly updates from this point as we move closer but 2 things hang in the balance of affecting the release. One is the last voice actor (sounds like an indie movie) and the other is the big old 30 art images I need after Mac’s sprites are done. At worst you can expect December as I really don’t want this to go into 2016. I’ll do the best I can to smooth things along and I’ll play every card I have left to try and get this November release going. I should have a video for you in next weeks post of prequel mode in action. I really hope it’s worth the wait.

Thanks,
Richard

Thing 2 RPG October Update

Greetings Captain! It’s now October so here’s the update on the status of the v2 update of the game. It’s early in the month so I’m having to anticipate the timing of a few things..

Work Complete / New Features:

I’ve tweaked a lot of stuff in the game, there is a lot of balancing that needs perfecting but as of now it’s a lot better in comparison to the v1 game.
The game is still being tested by certain individuals and I am working on the various feedback I get where possible, the latest build released privately was the v2.2 which included the addition of the special enemy variants and a lot of the features I mentioned in the September Update.
Facility Survival (Survival Mode) is also now complete. It’s a 25 floor simulation that focuses purely on the combat side of the game. It took me a lot of effort to beat it, it’s not easy. Originally you could only save every 5 floors but I now have the option to save at the end of each floor to help counter the sometimes random punishment the game deals out. This has been the BULK of my workload last month. It took longer than expected but I enjoy the new survival mode compared to the old one. It also features a level based on US Outpost #31 with all 12 characters from the movie lovingly redesigned by Jose.
Enemy Art/Battle Graphics are all complete thanks to Jose and we have moved on to designing new battle background art assets for the ship story. His style is different to Shinn’s and I’ve had more budget to use this time around for more “realistic” backgrounds.
4 New Title Screens have been created for the game.

Title 7

Title Screen 7 of 9, Blake leads his motley crew away from the crashsite

Title 8

Title Screen 8 of 9, Blake and Faraday’s Bogus Adventure featuring old man Whitley

Work to Do / In Progress:

As for me I just have testing and tweaking to do really. The only real work left is MacReady’s Story but that’s not going to be too time consuming. What will take up a lot of my time is editing the audio from the voice actors…
In terms of Voice Acting I’m still trying to fill 2 more roles and am awaiting work to be sent in for 12 characters. It’s dragging out a lot and I hoped it would of been done by now, I dislike micromanaging and chasing people up but I’ll keep on it. Due to time constrictions I have decided not to pursue voice acting for MacReady’s style but will retain the art direction I wanted.
For Artwork Jose is currently creating backgrounds for me, after this I am going to get him to fix and update some of the game sprites (I’ve added new characters/changes since he last did it) and then he needs to create sprites, graphics and artwork for Mac’s story as well as voice one of the characters for me.

Spectres 2

Jose’s more realistic background style/approach for Prequel Mode.

Ship Lab

Outbreak!

Release Date and other information

I want to get video footage for the v2 uploaded asap but with missing art assets and VA work it’s selling the game a bit short. As for release I’ve said November a few times and I want to deliver on that but I’m very pessimistic about work that is outside of my control such as the Voice Acting. I also want to deliver a good experience, overall its so much better than the v1 in terms of efficiency and extra content. I’ll do my best to get the voice acting finished up this month, edited and in the game but I don’t want to rush Jose. So I’m going to say November but don’t hold me to that :)

On a side note there’s a lot of RPG Maker Games featuring on steam lately (most are very expensive) but I was wondering how much interest there would be if this game was released on steam (It would still be FREE) or do people just prefer to get it via ModDB and mediafire?

Thanks,
Richard

May Update

Menu

Summary of updates to game since the last post.

Work Complete:

New In Game Menu created using Galvs Army Manager Script. This should make it easier to view your units especially when you have more than 7 of them.
Drawn 80% of the Ship Story Maps, Nearly done there. Ship Story has also been renamed as “Prequel Mode”.
Updated some of the enemies with new Sprites such as the Violater and Subject #9 which were originally just color swaps.
Added “The Pilot” into the game…
Added a new “Mode Selection” Menu into the game from which you can choose Story Mode, Prequel Mode, Survival Mode etc. Its now all in one screen instead of broken up and little descriptions have been added to the menu to make it a bit more user friendly especially for first time players.
I believe that I have reduced if not removed most of the in game lag entirely. Since I bought a new CPU I was still recording 11-20 FPS (Frames per Second) when the maximum you should get with RPG Maker is 60. After some investigation I found that the KredEx script that manages passive skills was the issue. I have removed that and replaced it with a script by NeonBlack which does the same thing. This means that I am now getting between 56-59 FPS on my CPU and I hope that players with lower specs will experience a boost in game performance in the v2.0 Release.

Work to Do/In Progress:

Finish mapping the ship areas, on the last deck of the ship now (B5).
Write Voice Acting Scripts and Get lines recorded.
Get Jose to complete the Artwork for the Ship Story to help describe scenes.
Build up Prequel Mode, Test it and make sure I deliver on the features and make sure it is consistent and randomized across random play-through(s).
Finish up loose ends in Story Mode and make sure I test stuff to make sure content works.
Add MacReady to Story Mode in a way that is engaging, relative to the story and lets you control him as he “Retells” his story to you in a player-choice flashback kind of “Choose Your Own Adventure” theme where you can change certain events of Outpost #31. His story will also feature the aftermath of Outpost #31 (Inspired by the Comics) and all this will result in going back to OP #31 and “finishing off” Blair-Thing.
Test the whole game, all the way through in every mode to make sure I can complete it and it all makes sense and all the unlockable stuff works etc.
Finish off the Online Guide and add it to the Main Game Menu, Most likely can update post-v2 release.

September 2015 is my Deadline. I hope that the content I have been able to create in the random scattered time I have had since the v1 release (Nov 2013) is worth the wait. Its been fun trying to enhance the game and build upon this release.

Many Thanks, Mata Ne!

April Update

Post Update

Summary of updates to the game since the last post:

Work Done/Changes:

Game is harder, units have lower hp values and lower sp values (but sp costs have been reduced).
Infection chance increased by 1-2% depending on enemies, makes a significant difference in casualties.
Starvation and Fever/Cold Exposure work in the game and offer additional challenge.
Minor bug fixing and spelling corrections.
Updated all the sprite graphics for NPCs (as shown in featured image)
Additional artwork added to the game for side-bosses.
Enemies are stronger and faster than before so AGI value plays more effect on your units.
Altered SP regen and healing abilities to be more valuable to you.
Medical items have been changed to reflect the new hp decrease and are more valuable to you.
Added additional side quests to story mode (some are newgame+ exclusive)
Added extra skinsets as game rewards
Solo thing enemies have additional attacks and provide more challange.
Flares actually run out after 12 minutes or so.
Starvation can occur every 6-10 minutes in the game to a random member (of the first 7) of your party.
Fever can occur from cold exposure (when outside) which varies depending on weather/daylight to a random party member (of the first 7)
Fever can also be inflicted by enemies which acts like a sickness condition. (No hp loss but decreased stats)
HIT, EVA and CRI now appear in the equip menu screen (At long last!)
Tutorial is remastered.

Work to Complete:

Map the Ship story areas
String together the areas and create the events and story for it
There is a base story for it but need to work on player decisions and alternate routes/endings
Aiming for voice cast and am optimistic will have enough time/money to complete this task
Finish the online walkthrough and guide (can do post v2 release)
Scrapped plan for MacReady to have his own Extra Content story, want to include him in Story Mode “retelling” the events of what happened to him after Outpost #31 in a interactive comic book style way. Again optimistic that I have enough money for this and am indecisive about a full voice cast or just 1 voice as MacReady telling the story.

I’m currently mapping the ship story, its the most boring part. I want to release this update for the game in September so I can focus on other projects and hopefully study in a programming language. I’ve debated about releasing the game on steam (for free) but I’m not entirely sure how that process works out. I assume when most people see the engine as “RPG Maker” they turn their noses up at it xD

Mata Ne!

Thing 2 RPG Quick Update Post

This is just a quick(ish) post of what I’ve been doing so far and what I have planned.

Summary of Changes:

Weapon Rehaul, with equippable Mods instead of crafting weapons with mods.
Lots of minor fixes to the game (something like 100+ read ‘version history’.txt when game released), difficulty slightly increased, survival rate… decreased.
Bonus features like “Iron Mode” and the Jeep Sub-Boss appearing on a NewGame+.
Collectible Object Side Quest in Story Mode.
The Inclusion of a Friendly Outpost in Story Mode with Random Events, lots of NPCs (SideQuests) and a reputation system exclusive to the outpost.
Extra Content: A short mode titled “Pierces Story” which tells some missing parts of the game, completion unlocks small rewards in the main game and a short side quest in the story mode revolving around Pierce.
Extra Content: A short mode titled “Thing Mode – Subject #21;s Story” This tells the story of Subject #21 who escapes from the Submersible, it seems short but is quite fun being the enemy of the game, Completion can unlock Subject #21 as a boss in story mode; If this is popular and there is request an additional thing mode can be added but I’d like someone to write me some ideas first!
Remastered Tutorial: The tutorial has been redone to make it a bit easier for new players.

Planned Work:

We are in the process of redoing all the character sprites and adding some additional artwork to the game.
I want to include an online guide/walkthrough for unlockables etc but I can probably work on that after release. I will include a link to it somewhere in the game (Not sure where yet).
Extra Content: The Untitled “Ship Story” which part of me wants to name Harbringer Down as a joke, anyway its very ambitious on my part, making you survive so many days on a doomed ship before rescue. Managing little supplies and even smaller number of npc allies. There will be a lot of timed elements to this game with the inclusion of extra enemies, voice actors for the majority of characters and artistic cutscenes. I’m also included a two endings, one is secret and actually changes the outcome of story mode by revealing yet another random plot twist.
TTFAW Far North: After Sadonrii showed me the thing from another world comic I became a bit obsessed with it, I want to include a fully voiced graphic novel in the game somewhat similar to Dead Spaces Ignition without the puzzles, just pure story (it will also appear on youtube) Its a rewrite of what happens to MacReady and Childs but its cannon to the game, Blake finds bodies matching their identities at the start of original mode, but maybe thats what they wanted people to think… (It gives a lot of nods to the brilliant TTFAW comic)
Asides from this I got some minor features to do like extra side quests, extra secret sub-bosses, I can now have the flare light time out, I want to include ‘Starvation’ and ‘Fever/Sickness’ in the game too. The Idea for Fever/Sickness is that its either caught from Cold Exposure or from combat (slight chance, like Disturbed/Insane). Having Fever/Sickness would hinder a character slightly and destroy sp over time. It would only be treatable via the Antibiotic kit or higher level medi-kits. Starvation would be treatable with food, and randomly occur in random people over a period of time. Just as a layer of difficulty/managment it would reduce Health slowly. Starvation will likely appear as an additional option in the difficulty menu.

Also Sadonrii has completed “Original Mode” and is now on “Story Mode” (Playlists Below)

On another note I aim for a September 2015 release of the v2 Public. I leave one of my jobs on 31st March so my only concern is artist/voice actor time constraints, but we shall see how things progress. Thanks for waiting, Domo Arigato Gozaimashita!

The Thing v2.0 Status & “Lets Play”

Greetings everyone, its been some time so I’m going to summarize this as best as I can. I released The Thing 2 RPG in November 2013 and in March 2014 I began working on an update for the game which would feature new content, additional game modes and other changes to the core game. I intended to complete this by late 2014 but unfortunately I had to shelve it as I started a second job, 24 hours a week (+8 unpaid) as a Manager in August 2014. In combination with my part-time job making pizzas (12 hours a week) I have been working 6, sometimes 7 days a week since August 2014. My current contract as a manager ends in April (I’m only temp cover) but its been a really valuable experience for me.

Anyway, the good news is that since the end of January 2015 I have started putting in 4 hours a week on The Thing v2.0 Update. I’m intending to complete it this time and I welcome any feedback/suggestions/comments for content or improvements. I thought that I would write a summary of what I have already completed and what I plan to include below:

Work that Has Already Been Completed:

  • Massive Weapon re-haul of damage calculations and completely redone weapon attachment system as equip-able MODS in the game.
  • Updated Story Mode: There is now a community outpost which you can interact with throughout the course of the story.
  • Pierce’s Side Story (Extra Content): A short story about Pierce, filling in some of the gaps in the story, similar to Avery’s story but features a stealth based mini game/puzzle scene.
  • Tons of little fixes/changes which I will try to summarize here but the full list will be available with the updated game (see the version history.txt file)

    fixes/changes summary

  • Balanced skills, changing most formulas
  • Made bosses more resistant to status ailments
  • fixed a bunch of “crummy plot holes and spelling errors” in original mode
  • New Characters for Story Mode (Community DLC)
  • In a NewGame+ the Jeep enemy boss now appears at the Airstrip in Story Mode & Original Mode
  • Added “Iron Mode” (Unlocked on NewGame+) to make enemies always veteran when fought
  • Added 20 Gen Inc ID cards to be found in Story Mode, they can returned to a certain character to unlock rewards
  • Added a bunch of new armors, weapons, items and relics to the game
  • The Story Mode Updated Outpost features over 35 new side missions (ALL OPTIONAL)

Work that I plan to do:

  • Add Thing Mode to Extra Content: This will be a short game mode where you control the thing. It will feature stealth/detection maze puzzles, some combat and some assimilation… It fills in additional gaps in the story and attempts to tie up some loose ends :) [The creature you control in this mode will be unlocked as an optional boss fight in story mode]
  • ‘Untitled’ Ship Story added to Extra Content: This is the fan fiction story I was submitted that I have invested a lot of time into. It’s about some researches on a ship that excavate a thing buried in the ice but the boat then gets trapped in the ice, thing thaws out, you know the rest. You will struggle for survival and I’m ambitiously hoping I can make the game play out like Dead Rising in that it will take place over a set period of “game” time to unfold events/characters and influence the outcome. While this story features in the extra content section, I will do my best to make it cannon to the main game stories. This is the first addition to Extra Content that will be more than just a short story.
  • Tutorial Remake/Review: I will be redoing the game tutorial to make it more interesting and explain things better. I need to focus less on over explaining things and just going for the key aspects of the game.
  • Online Guide: This will take some work but I’m going to create an online guide/walk through that is linkable from the in-game Field Guide. I won’t delete the field guide in the game but this will be a more functional way of compiling information for people. If it is popular I may go on to adapt it into some form of wiki-like guide with enemies, weapons, npc info etc
  • Misc/other, Theres other small things I won’t mention but I hope to fix text/spelling in story mode too. I focused so much on getting the game running/working how I wanted that I often overlooked the character dialogue and it has vexed me that it is imperfect. I’d also like to mention that I am looking for voice actors for the ship story addition, I want to make it entirely spoken to replace the need for text boxes, but it depends on cost/efficiency as the game generates ZERO income for me (It’s intended to be free to play and non-profit fan based fiction)

I hope that there is still a level of interest for the game and I am glad The Thing 2 RPG has over 1000 downloads and the original RPG has over 2000! Let me know if there’s anything you’d like me to include/work on (Offer constructive criticism…)

Also good news ‘Sadonrii’ on YouTube has committed to a lets play of my game. Below is the part where he faces the first boss in original mode. Its been an interesting experience for me watching him play, it’s helped me understand a bit about the design process that I always felt like I was missing. Please support him if you can (links below)

The Thing 2 RPG Lets Play Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6jn-XuLXOO5O1dsk_3GRblI0whvFjE3-

Sadonrii Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoyN6kZu55KLX0cYc4WkVGg

Regards;
Richard

The Thing 2 RPG Game Release & Downloads

So the time is finally here, the time to release my fragile game into the shark infested waters of reality. Its taken quite a long time and cost me more than I expected but I feel that the journey was worth it and at least I can say “Hey, I made that”. I hope that fans of the movie(s) and dare I say the 2002 video game will appreciate the fiction I have tried to create. I would kindly request that you keep criticism and comments as constructive as possible, if you don’t like it tell me how I can improve it or better still tell me what I did well.

Please keep in mind that this game is FREE and there is no monetary gain to be made from it as I do not own the rights to the Thing (I believe Universal hold them rights) and I would like people to consider this as “Fan Fiction”. Any external media used is subject to removal at the proper authors request although I cannot see any problems occurring myself. Anyway now that all that is out of the way I can move on with the important stuff.

I would class this game as Sci-Fi RPG with elements of horror and would like to point out that the in game imagery may be unsuitable for audiences below 15. The game is about 14-20 hours long if playing both Story and Original modes. The trailer is attached to this post for people curious about what the gameplay is going to be like so please view that before downloading. The game download links will be attached below (when they are uploaded) and the game comes in two different builds. I will now explain the difference between the builds;

Regular Build, v1.0

This is the standard build of the game, This build may be difficult for some players to run depending on how old their PC is. I have what I believe to be the recommended specifications for running this build:*
Operating System Windows XP / Vista / 7
CPU Intel Core 5 or Higher
Memory 2GB RAM or Higher

Lite Build, v1.0

If you Do Not meet the above requirements then I would recommend you download the “Lite” Build of the game. Ironically the Lite build disables the dynamic in game lighting effects making it quite dark in places. However it is just a substitute for people with weaker machines. Here are the minimum specifications for running the LITE build:*
Operating System Windows XP / Vista / 7
CPU Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz or Higher
Memory 512MB RAM or Higher
Video 1024 x 768 or better resolution
Storage 167MB Free Hard Drive Space

*Specifications mentioned above are just estimated guidelines

-Trailer-

I hope you enjoy playing this game and I hope that you leave me some feedback for improvements or ideas for new content I could add to the game. I will be working on a Game Guide which I hope to release soon to detail all the missions, weapons etc included in the game, thanks for reading.

Download Game

Regular Build, v1.0
ModDB: Here
Mediafire: Here

Lite Build, v1.0
ModDB: Here
Mediafire: Here

You can find more information on this game at:
ModDB: http://www.moddb.com/games/the-thing-2
Website: https://macwantsthewhat.com/

Video

The Thing 2 RPG Full Release Date & Trailer

Story, Original and Survival modes are now complete and have been tested several times. All that really remains now before the First Full Public Release is Cosmetic and Minor Things. The Reason for Delaying the game is that the Ending artwork is not yet complete and it feels somewhat wrong to make the player complete the game and short change them. The release date has been moved to the 28.11.2013 which should give me enough time to crack the whip and get any final testing done. If I have any remaining time left I will use it to create extra DLC and such. If anyone has any recommendations for content that I can turn into DLC (Such as Fan-Fiction stories) then please post them on the most recent news article (or inbox me). When the 28th November arrives the game will be freely available for PC download via ModDB or Mediafire links. (This will include both the standard and lite versions). Anyway here is a cheesy trailer I created;

-Trailer-

 

You can find more information on this game at:
ModDB: http://www.moddb.com/games/the-thing-2
Website: https://macwantsthewhat.com/

Thing 2 RPG The Next Few Releases

The public test builds have come to an end for now. The feedback I received was very helpful in getting broader opinions on the game. With the Release of Test Build 8 I have gone back to a select few private testers who are helping me to refine a better game.

I estimated a release of October the 28th 2013 and it looks like I am on track for this release. I do want to say that this is not set in stone as I can foresee certain factors hindering my progress especially work that is getting done on my behalf (of which I cannot control the timescale). I will try to get it released on this time but in the meantime I will be very busy working on the game as much as I can.

Here is an overview of what the next few releases will be;

Test Build 8 (Released, Private):

This was the efficiency update (larger screen and lots of fixes) as well as an update to the story mode of the game (Chapter 3).

Test Build 9 (In Progress, Private):

This update will have the full story mode gameplay, that being Chapters 4 and 5 as well as the ending scenes processed. What I look forward to most with this update is the inclusion of a “New Game+” feature which will provide some re-playability to both the Story & Original Modes of the game. New Game Plus will carry over bonus items for the player as well as extra rewards.

Test Build 10 (Private):

This will be my final test build. The main feature will be the inclusion of the games Survival Mode. I will also be working on the structuring for the Extra Content (DLC) mode as well as some sample DLC to be included. There will be 3 types of content available to the game and they will come with future downloads/releases and will be free of charge. Content 1 is additional areas for Story Mode (I already have a few planned), Content 2 is maps for Survival Mode as well as any New Scenarios for Extra Content Mode (Like Dragon Age Origins ‘Witch Hunt’ type) and Content 3 would be updates to gameplay such as new features or items/weapons.

Beta Build (Undecided):

Assuming my Test Build phase was the “Alpha Build” this type of build would basically bring everything together. Everything here would then be polished up as much as possible and attempts to refine the system would be finalized here. This exists to remove any bugs and make fixes to the game before full release.

The Thing 2 v1.0 (Full Release):

This will be the first full public version of the game with all the benefits of the changes made from the beta build. The game will be freely available for download from ModDB and my website via a mediafire download link. The first game had at least 100 downloads and I am hoping that this one will do at least 200. I understand that not everyone will like the style of gameplay but you cannot please everyone.

 

Any Questions or comments please post on this article as it is very hard for me to know if I have anything to respond to otherwise.

Thanks for reading and please wait for the v1.0 release.

You can find more information on this game at:
ModDB: http://www.moddb.com/games/the-thing-2
Website: https://macwantsthewhat.com/