Weekly Dev Log for January 26th, 2018


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Weekly Dev Log for January 26th, 2018

Hello everyone, and welcome to the Weekly Dev Log for the week of January 26th, 2018. If you haven’t heard, we’ve recently retired our old Daily Dev Log in favor of the Weekly Dev Log, which will allow us to give a broader picture and explain things in plain English, while also including some photos from development. Without further ado, let’s get started.

Tower Unite 0.4.0.4 Update

Over the past week we’ve been working hard to getting a new update out for Tower Unite, Version 0.4.0.4. This version fixes some known issues with the media players, among other issues. The island has shed its winter weight and is now back to its natural tropical environment. We plan to get this update released very soon and you can read about all the contents of this update [here] (https://trello.com/c/3kp1p1xC/348-update-0404).

Tower Unite 0.4.0.4 Changes: Condo Settings Panel now doesn't require the "C" key to be held down, buttons were added to quickly switch from day to night, and moon angle / intensity settings were added.

New Artist

We’ve recently hired a new artist @JJosh to help make various items for condos. Be sure to stay on the lookout for new content from him.

Zombie Massacre

Zombie Massacre continues to be the main focus of the week, and many features and bugs have been fixed as we make progress.

Gameplay

Here’s a little gameplay video of the current prototype of Zombie Massacre. This week’s focus was on getting the HUD systems online, along with respawn systems, the point systems, and some more logic for the items.

Zombie Massacre Prototype Gameplay Video

HUD

One of the main focuses for @macdguy this week for Zombie Massacre was getting the player HUD working, so that players can see their points and progress throughout the game.

Zombie Massacre HUD without the Health Bar and Lives Panel Zombie Massacre HUD Health Bar and Lives Panel

Models

@Wergulz has continued his work on the new zombie model, and while we don’t have images of it just yet, @Matt completed his final render of the Guitar Weapon for Zombie Massacre. @Matt also started working on a model for the Radio Tower, so stay tuned in the next couple weeks when we have a photo to release.

Zombie Massacre Guitar Final Render #1 Zombie Massacre Guitar Final Render #2

Maps

@Lifeless has been working hard on the Gasoline map for Zombie Massacre, and has also started working on a new map named Compound.

Items

@Madmijk has been working on logic for the items available in Zombie Massacre. He tweaked some behavior with the Turret, and started working on prototypes for the Orbital Laser, Blade Trap, Healing Kit, and a weapon pickup item. Some of these items are visible in the gameplay video we posted above.

Music

Last but certainly not least for Zombie Massacre this week, @donglekumquat has been making some great progress on the music and is currently working on the Round 2 and Round 3 music.

Virus: Sci-Fi Handgun & Plasma Rifle

@Johanna created a final render of both the new Sci-Fi Handgun and the new Plasma Rifle for Virus. Both renders are taken in-game.

Sci-Fi Handgun Final Render: Top New / Bottom Old Plasma Rifle Final Render: Top New / Bottom Old

Minigolf: Kingdom

@Johanna is back at it again with another amazing minigolf map for you all to enjoy. Based in the Kingdom of the Little Crusaders, this minigolf map will have you golfing through a castle, a market town, and the surrounding landscape in these 18 holes of fun! Stay tuned for future dev logs for photos as this map progresses in its development.

Minigolf: Kingdom | In-Development Photo #1 Minigolf: Kingdom | In-Development Photo #2 Minigolf: Kingdom | In-Development Photo #3 Minigolf: Kingdom | In-Development Photo #4

Tower Express

Announced quite a long time ago, @Caboose700 has felt it was time to start throwing time into making Tower Express! What is Tower Express you might ask? Tower Express will be a online website where you can buy items for your condo in Tower Unite, without having to load into the Plaza. You’ll simply have to sign in with Steam, and start filling up that shopping cart. The site is being designed with the goal of providing a larger shopping cart than the Tower Unite currently supports, and allow bulk item selling.

While the core systems are close to completion, @Caboose700 has started working on a prototype of the layout of the website. None of the artwork is official as this was simply to test the layout.

Tower Express: Layout Prototype

Workshop

@Zak has been hammering away at some gritty details for the Steam Workshop integration. This week he worked on the Workshop Content Creator, which resulted in being able to import an animation from the character rig in Unreal Engine, for testing the animation binding feature in the Content Creator. He also had a meeting with @krionikal and @Wergulz to iron out some information about rigging and how it relates to the Workshop Integration.

First Person Hands

@krionikal has been working on the new hand model for the First Person viewpoint. He worked on the “texture” this week, experimented with sleeve sculpts, and started working on the low poly for the arms.

Wrap It Up

That about covers everything that happened this week at PixelTail Games. We’ll see you all next week, and have a great weekend!


[0.4.1.0] Has the look of some virus weapons been changed?
Weekly Dev Log for February 2nd, 2018
#2

Oh my god, Kingdom looks lit!

Congrats on the new dev, too! Can’t wait to see cool stuff from him!


#3

Welcome to the team @JJosh ;3
That new map came out of nowhere, looks pretty cute! And god damn am I excited about ZM seeing the prototypes.


#4

In the Tower Express video you type in “Catsacks” and it shows cosmic catsacks available for purchase for 25k, they won’t be available to buy right?

Also ZM is looking better and better keep it up, get me those new hand models and welcome Josh now please give me new condo items.


#5

No they won’t be, I haven’t yet disabled showing items that aren’t in store.


#6

haha, i like how the kingdom has the buildings from little crusaders!! i like it!


#7

Pretty much everything is hype this week :smiley:

Zombie Massacre looks badass, Kingdom looks fun (where’s Odyssey though :wink: ), Tower Express is awesome and all the other additions are great.

Also, welcome @JJosh ! Always nice to see new faces on the dev team :smile:


#8

We wanted to bring a new minigolf map to the players as soon as possible. Odyssey will come, but it is a big project and would take a lot more time.


#9

Ok cool sorry, should have known since the Classic Catsack showed up too.


#10

Great to see some progress. Zombie Massacre was my favorite game to queue up in with friends, and this looks promising.

Also:

>It's a Les Paul

:heart_eyes:


#11

Hello @JJosh! It’s nice to see you on the team! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Also, regarding the Zombies, will there be mutants and zombie dogs as well?


#12

Never even knew about the Tower Express! Great idea. And welcome @JJosh :slight_smile:


#13

11/10


#14

My mom is incessantly waiting on the minigolf rewrite as she’s tired of “Sweet Tooth being broken”. Where’s the status on that?


#15

Very very very close.


#16

oh wow that’s very close.


#17

Maybe too close.
Sweet Tooth was moved to Backlog: No Planned Dates (confirmed)


#18

this progress looks really good! out of curiosity what happened to the twitch update streams? are they ever going to come back?


#19

They will come back, we just have been busy both with work and events in our personal lives to plan one. On top of that, the streams take a lot of effort to plan and we don’t always have things in a state where we want to show live video of them.

Our current plan is every week during our meetings, we determine if we’re going to have a stream that week. If so, we will update the stream calendar, and let people know about it in advance.


#20

sounds good, thanks!