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« Reply #40 on: September 02, 2018, 06:45:10 AM »

Light Culling

​One of the biggest performance drains on Netblast was the lighting.  So, I added a light culling algorithm that will not draw lights that are not visible on the screen.  This should result in a massive performance improvement for lower-end systems as 70% less lights are now being processed.
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« Reply #41 on: September 02, 2018, 03:23:37 PM »

The Ruins Map

We have another amazing update today.  We now have the 3rd official map completed and launched called The Ruins.  The Ruins map takes place in a rundown Gothic church with beautiful views of a forest decked with bloody stumps and interesting creatures:

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« Reply #42 on: October 04, 2018, 12:53:42 AM »

Well, we just launched an amazingly epic version tonight after a month long sprint and a 20 hour final crunch!  Roger that.

HQ Bay



This is now the heart of the entire game.  The HQ Bay allows players to purchase "straps" (primary weapons), "augs" (player augmentations), "mods" (weapon modifications), "gear" (miscellaneous utilities), "skin" (character skins), and "bling" (hats, glasses, teeth grills, etc.) using our in-game currency called "coin" (for advantageous items) and real money (for non-advantageous items).

The HQ Bay solves an incredible amount of problems as follows: progression, emergence, monetization, production (programming, art, sound, etc.), and a bunch of other stuff that's escaping me... but yeah, it's fricken cool.  Ultimately, we are inspired by the free-to-play model w/ microtransactions that Fortnite and many other games use and want to emulate that.  Much more to come on this front as we add great new items into the HQ Bay.

New Sounds/Music

Our absolutely incredible and extremely talented new sound engineer Juhani has made a AAA quality set of sounds and music now available in-game.  Seriously, the new sounds have completely changed the feel of the game and by themselves drive me to want to play it more.  So cool.

Juhani created all new sound effects for the entire game as well as a custom music track being used in all levels right now.  Juhani plans to add custom tracks for every level as we progress through development.

Company Logo/Splash Screen



Although the name of our game is called Netblast, our game development studio is called Atomic Lollypop.  Our spectacular artist Abel created the epic logo above for the company.  Myself and the rest of the team are super proud of this creation and look forward to sporting it on all sort of company swag coming out in the near future.

TwitchCon

Thanks to our amazing community manager Michael, we will be attending TwitchCon this year in San Jose, CA.  We've already got a plane flight, hotel, tickets, and cool business cards to hand out.  We are so excited about this opportunity and look forward to possibly seeing some of our growing community there.

We also plan to attend many more events over the next year including SXSW, PAX, OkashiCon, etc. as well as enter Netblast into multiple game award competitions.  This is how video games are made and marketed!
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« Reply #43 on: October 04, 2018, 05:48:58 AM »

very fluid and nice animation. Congratulations  Hand Money Left
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« Reply #44 on: October 04, 2018, 08:35:24 AM »

very fluid and nice animation. Congratulations  Hand Money Left

Thanks so much Devilkay.  Hope to see you in our Discord soon and play a game or two together :]
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« Reply #45 on: October 06, 2018, 11:23:57 PM »

Just added an amazing new SMG gun to the game.  This baby has fully automatic fire and is super fun to use.  It also takes advantage of our new in-game store called the HQ Bay where you can buy it along with a bunch of other cool items.  We are very proud of this new weapon and would like to thank our tournament champion Strawbubble for recommending the SMG and our Discord community for voting for it.
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« Reply #46 on: October 12, 2018, 01:26:32 AM »

New Sounds

​Added awesome new sounds to all bullet shell impacts.  Big thanks to Juhani for making these so quickly and professionally.  Now you hear the clinking and clanking of your bullet shells with custom sounds for each specific type.  Also added sounds for weapon swap, foot steps, and bullet impact.  Overall, these new sound additions greatly add to the immersion within the game.  We also recorded some new narrator sounds that we will be adding in the next release.

Performance

​Did some major performance improvements with this version.  Fixed a bunch of memory leaks and re-engineered many parts of the game's animated sprite creation and destruction.  The game runs much faster and more smoothly on slower machines and should see an overall major increase in stability.

AFK Fix

​Fixed the bug where if you crashed while in a server, your player would be stuck there forever.  We will never see this again with the latest set of fixes and testing.

Kill List

​Added in a kill list so you can see who killed who at the top right of the screen.  This is standard issue for any online multiplayer game and we are proud to have it in our finally.

Control Hints

​Added the long awaited control hints to the escape menu.  Now, you can just direct people to hit escape to see the game controls instead of having to explain them in detail thorough chat etc.

New GUI Colors​

​Added new GUI colors to the menu area.  Now we use fully opaque window backgrounds and our Netblast brand red for all of the buttons.  We also added your number of coins to the HQ Bay area.
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« Reply #47 on: October 12, 2018, 04:45:15 PM »

New Sounds

Added new bullet impact sounds to walls and to players, new rocket canister ejection sound, new shotgun shell impact sounds, new rocket canister impact sounds, and new dirt impact sounds.

Bug Fixes

Fixed a bug where you where not able to move or fire your gun due to the mouse not processing while hovering over the new kill list window.
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