DarkSwarm DEVLOG

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Re: DarkSwarm DEVLOG

Unread post by jonaz.dk » 22 Aug 2023, 11:26

08/17/2023 7:07 PM
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Devlog update: New interns. Working on flexible meta-game, enemy 'spitter', music, VFX, weapons. Expanding hub, character design, new missions. Swarm development ongoing. Thanks!


So I think it is finally time for a devlog! Most of the time, I am very busy working on and directing the game and have not had the time to sit down and write my little devlogs for quite a while now!! Better late than never! 🙂 I've also been busy with wedding preparations coming up this very Saturday! I got kidnapped at work last Friday for the bachelor party.
Just before the summer vacation, we delivered our first milestone - the local co-op build of Ghost Ship. And it was approved! In total, there are 4 milestones planned in the current budget with a delivery at the end of each. We also conducted a small survey on DarkSwarm. It was very helpful in focusing on planning out features for Milestone 2. Thanks to everybody who took the time! Much appreciated!

To celebrate the delivery, we took the team boating with our CEO, Ox, at the helm. It was a super cozy sailing trip in the sun with drinks around the canals and harbor of Copenhagen.

Summer vacation passed, and we got back to the office about 2-3 weeks ago, depending on what you did. Back at the office, we were greeted by our new super awesome Swedish interns! They are all super skilled and also super nice! Like really!
For the last couple of weeks, we have been working on a lot of new things for the progression and design around the whole meta-game. It's a pretty large and flexible system, and hopefully really cool and fun. Think a bit like outfitting your character with LEGO brick-like mods for armor, abilities, and individual weapons on a grid where you have to consider the size of the mod. A grid you expand as you level up your gear/character. The mods can be pretty much anything you can come up with, but starting out simple with stat boosts. And later, there will be more specific rules and features connected to the mod system. The whole thing is still early in the design phase.

There's new online code that sort of works and converting the local prototype mission system to online. We also looked a bit into using Perforce instead of GIT for version control, but the price tag was a bit iffy. So for now, we are staying with GIT. (I was always happy with GIT anyways) 😉

A new enemy type is in the works. Just call it 'the spitter' for now. It will be a ranged enemy type spitting nasty goo stuff at the players. Progressing really well!

There is new music in the works from our musician. It sounds really good so far!

There has been some VFX work on the flamethrower and cryo gun, looking really sweet! Lots of new work on weapons, abilities, and haulables. Some really cool stuff is going on there.
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We expanded the mothership 'hub' to accommodate 3 contracts to choose from at the teleporter pads. It works like a voting system. Among some other prototype things like a bridge to a mockup dropship and a mock-up shooting range. We will see if it makes it into the game eventually... no promises! 😉

Modular character work on the assault class is also looking really good so far!

More level design modules for the interior levels.

A new sub-theme for the interior levels has begun in a medical bay theme.

And a new mission type has been started - a planet-based conquest / wave defense type mission. Possibly with turret/wall building in the future. Still very early days on that.

Work on putting the really big swarm in the game as well. It has been on the back burner for too long.

That's it for now, I think! Probably forgot some things as well. 😉

All systems are full steam ahead!! We will be keeping very busy for the foreseeable future. 🙂

Thanks for your time!
Jonas

UPDATE: Forgot to mention we had an excellent meeting with the tech heads at Ghost Ship Games focused around the architecture of setup around making a online co-op game

Summer boating trip
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Game Director getting kidnapped from work 🕵️
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New enemy type in the works!
https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/ ... Test_2.mp4

Assault class character in the works
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The team is growing! 😄 (Maxed out the room now)
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More team!
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Re: DarkSwarm DEVLOG

Unread post by jonaz.dk » 22 Aug 2023, 11:29

Also there is a few 'newish' screenshot in a recent steam news post
https://steamcommunity.com/app/2303200/allnews/

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(Temp art assets.. we'll make it real alien goo good)
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Pew pew!
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Fall 2023 Roadmap
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Re: DarkSwarm DEVLOG

Unread post by jonaz.dk » 17 May 2024, 17:29

Long time no see! We have been busy making the game! And devlogs is kind of time consuming.

I also got around to tone done the more colorful scheme as that was my original intention.

This was a recent test scene getting closer to the mood I want in the game. Also sporting proper volumetric fog with shadow casting through the fog.
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