One of the new features in the game allows you to apply laptop upgrades to your characters. Sticks of RAM, hard drives, higher quality screens, etc. It's like decking out your laptops with nerdy hardware to be super dev machines. Each upgrade affects your character in a positive way... like boosting your attacks or giving you extra turns if you make certain moves. You collect upgrades throughout the story.
At first I thought it would be more balanced if you had to pre-select three upgrades to take into each battle with you. In the battle, you can have *one* upgrade active at a time. You tick which of the three upgrades you want to be active before you take your turn. That already sounds confusing as I'm typing this out. Glenn pointed out in his first playtest of the feature that it felt like a lot of mental overhead to have to choose only three available assets before every battle. Why limit which upgrades you can use, anyway?
An excellent point! I removed the restriction of three and now you can use ANY UPGRADE YOU WANT during battle. It's way more fun now. Demo coming soon!
Last moments with the Battle 5 Demo
We put out our "Battle 5" demo in late September 2017. How has it been a year already?
Our baby has been through a lot in the past year. We've gotten some great user feedback and made LOTS of changes to the battle system. New UI, new Upgrades, new Supers, new Skins. It's madness, really.
The initial release of 1.0 is coming up in a few weeks here (see previous post) so we'll likely be taking Battle 5 down to funnel people to the new stuff and reduce confusion. It's a bummer, but let's all use this time to get in a few more battles. Maybe we'll publish some end of life stats from our analytics. As always, send me a Battle Invite link on Twitter! @drewconley13
I'm trying to get better about sharing more content between releases. I tend to go in a cave for months on end to work on new things without sharing much to the outside world. That's not a good way to create software. This new site will hopefully help me get better about that.
We're gunning for a late October release of Chapters 1 and 2 right now. The rest of the chapters are *mostly* done, but they need a bunch of QA rigor and some artwork. The plan is to release two new chapters every month.