Time has come for us to share what we’ve been working on since the last status update.
Firstly, boarding locations seem to be complete. While we were working on the scenes with the battleship, we had some ideas on how we could improve the whole boarding process, but in the end decided to hold off implementing until later development stages. Battleships were the most powerful means of destruction in XVII century, really huge ships. Adding them into the game took us some time. Anyway, we really hope you’ll like this ship.
Next, the old global map is no more, and the new one is in the works. It’s a bit hard to read at the moment, but the world should get prettier soon. If you remember, initially we wanted to include not only local tribes, but Brazilian colonies, Maia’s and Apache Indians’ towns, even cities of New England as well. This idea proved to be too ambitious, so instead we decided to focus entirely on the Caribbean region, territories of Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and other states have been taken out from the game.
The new troops hiring system is now finished. Our main goal was to distance it from the system familiar to you by M&B games. Now the troops aren’t hired with a series of questions and answers (“How many Spanish musketeers would you like?” – “I would like 5 Spanish musketeers”), it’s now done with the system of icons and sliders. It’s working very similar to the current trading screen.
Finally, we began working on the new quest system. Quests have been untied from the dialogues and lords. To be honest, dialogues in M&B sometimes seemed quite routine to us — especially when a lord that assigned a quest, decided to go to war, then lose it and be jailed for a couple of weeks. Now quests are assigned by cities and factions in a single quest panel.
Plans for the following month:
– Making more quests (possibly some special ones with smuggling involved);
– New rank system to replace the current one;
– Adding trading renown – as we mentioned, we’d like to make trading and business a full-fledged activity for roleplaying;
– Finishing the global map and the new version of the city screen, which we’ll show you in a separate post once we have some pretty screenshots on hand.
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We wanted to share another status update and along with it give a warning that the next update will take a while to be finished. But it should be the biggest update for us since the Early Access launch, and if everything goes as planned, the game will smoothly enter the beta phase.
Here’s what we’ll be working on for the next month:
1. Creating new mechanism for quest assignments.
Giving out quests in Mount & Blade series always depended on certain characters. But sometimes it’s not very convenient as the lord the gave you a quest could be taken prisoner and you’d have to wait for his grace to be released in order to receive your hard earned reward.
2. Adding new quests.
We want to redo the quest system completely. Firstly, no more ‘go to the village on the edge of the map and kill a character with ‘Suspicious guy’ tooltip. Meaning we’d like to reduce the amount of FedEx-quests and replace them with a bit more meaningful actions. Secondly, we want to divide the quests by trading and military ones. A peaceful player that doesn’t really want to rob and kill others and likes trading should be rewarded for his play style. So a part of the quests will be dedicated to battles and killing, another — for trading and money making.
3. Changing the renown system.
We’re planning to make renown a main capital for the player. If you’re a known captain, you’ll always be able to gather a gang of thugs ready to die for you during Spanish colony assault. If you’re a known merchant, you’ll always be able to find investors ready to give you their business share. But not the other way around.
4. Updated city screen.
Just as a reminder, the current version of the city screen is a placeholder. We’ll do our best to make it prettier and load a bit faster.
5. New strategic map.
The current strategic map is filled with graphical artifacts, impassable seas and what not. Not to mention the not so realistic geography. New map will be done in an absolutely different visual style that was never used in M&B games. So far this idea sounds risky, but we hope you’ll like it.
It’s quite difficult to know for sure how much time all of this will take, so no certain dates for now. However, we hope to finish working on these tasks before the New Year.Leave comment
Today we’re releasing an update where we change things up a little in land battles. Please watch the video below for instruction on how to use it and let us know what you think:
Update notes for 0.910:
– Added new options for controlling armies in land battles. NB: Before battle starts, players have 60 seconds to place their troops. To access the battle planning interface, press ‘Backspace’ button.
– Added new boarding location – frigate.
– Improved AI for enemy armies.
– Added 3D icons for available actions at boarding scenes.
– Changed balance for crew sizes during boarding.
– Gunners are now divided by their nationality. They also have a personal weapon and ability to fight in close range.
– Added assault cavalry units.
– Changed balance for player’s starting army.
– Added separation of all single-type troops by squads in land battles.
– Removed items purchase from village elders that caused an error earlier.
– Fixed a bug with sudden ships sinking after battle start.
– Fixed a bug with incorrect additions to ship crews.
– Fixed balance and bugs in ‘Old Jorge’ quest.
– Fixed a bug that prevented ships repair in the sea.
– Fixed a bug with smoke caused by shooting with some weapons.
– Fixed a bug with long-barreled guns which AI tried to use as shields earlier.
– Fixed a graphical artifact in the launcher.
– Fixed a bug with moving sailors from other ships to flagship.
– Fixed a bug with ships display after its purchase in the harbor.
– Fixed a bug that prevented hiring troops in captured towns.
– Fixed polygon errors in officer armor sets.
– Fixed a bug with ships HP after being upgraded.
– Fixed a bug with ships hull HP.
– Fixed bugs in global map’s physics.
Since the last status update we’ve focused on these three elements: adding new boarding locations with frigate, developing strategic control for land battles and content’s optimization.
Though it’s more of a content cleanup. During the development the game got an incredible amount of unused scripts, textures, models, locations and so on. Much of this content was left from ‘With Fire & Sword’, that we had to give up for gamedesign reasons. Some things we were just too afraid to touch, as Mount & Blade engine could always need them to work properly.
That’s it for now. We hope the update arrives pretty soon, it’s very interesting to hear your opinion on new land battles.Leave comment
We’d like to tell you what we’re currently working on and what we want to include in the next update.
First, we want to finish a new working version of land battles. We figured what the game was missing is RTS elements because ‘Caribbean!’ is no longer a game about feudal fights of knights and peasants. Creating formations for infantry and cavalry that players will be able to control with handy interface is our main goal for the next two weeks.
The next on the agenda is finishing the city screen. As we already mentioned, what you currently see in the game is a placeholder. The end result should be pretty and intuitive. Also, if possible, with shorter load times too.
Finally, we’re planning to add one more boarding location, for ships of higher ranks.
About fixing the bugs. We understand that you want them gone as soon as possible but we can’t promise that just yet. Until the game’s foundations are complete we don’t really want to resort to full-on bugfixing. In that case we run the risk of delaying the development for a few more months. Nevertheless, we’ll try to deal with the following problems first:
– Massive damage caused by ship ramming.
– Jamming on the deck at the big ship / small ship boarding location.
– Spontaneous changes in ships HP in sea battles.
– OP grenades and troops that use them.
We may add something else to the list, but please note that some of these problems won’t be easy to resolve and will take more time than the other.
Stay tuned for the updates and keep the comments coming. Even if we don’t reply to all of them, we certainly do our best to read through all feedback.Leave comment
Today we’re releasing a pretty big (and long overdue) update for ‘Caribbean!’. You can check out our new video devblog where we show what’s been added and changed:
– Added new interactive city screen.
– Introduced system for building construction.
– Added new entities ‘Cargo hold’ and ‘Storage’ to the game’s functional.
– Changed goods trading interface.
– Increased size of the sea locations.
– Improved AI’s behavior during battles.
– Increased shooting distance for ships’ artillery.
– Added ship ramming ability.
– Added ‘captain’s bridge’ camera option.
– Added ‘spyglass’ camera option.
– All boarding locations are completely redone.
– Added ‘rope jumps / climbing up’ for the attacking side.
– Added crow’s nests for masts on all ships.
– AI is now divided into ‘defending’ and ‘attacking’ entities. Attacking AI will try to get to enemy’s deck as soon as possible, while the defending one will hold the line.
– Changed cavalry behavior. It will now always attempt to perform charge attacks.
– Added starting formations for the entire player’s army. All troops are now divided by their types automatically.
– Partly reworked order system.
– Changed shooting visual effects for most weapons.
– Fixed a bug in artillery’s smoke particles that caused FPS drop.
– Changed horse troops line-ups of all factions, except for the Brotherhood of the Coast.
New commands for controlling your troops:
1, 2, 3, 4 buttons will order the troops to come up to the player. Same buttons in combination with Ctrl will give an order to attack.
1 – order melee units to come up to you.
2 – order riflemen to come up to you.
3 – order close-range cavalry to come up to you.
4 – order long-range cavalry to come up to you.
Ctrl+1 – order melee units to attack.
Ctrl+2 – order riflemen to attack.
Ctrl+3 – order close-range cavalry to attack.
Ctrl+4 – order long-range cavalry to attack.
Note: The ‘Come up’ command doesn’t replicate the old ‘Follow me’ command. The troops will only come closer to the player and will make a formation relatively close to his position.
As the game is going through an active overhaul stage, many of its elements are completely turned off or don’t work correctly. We’d like to ask the players to be understanding of this. The development process doesn’t let us release a fully working current version of the game. But at the same time we don’t want to keep you waiting for an update any longer.
So here’s what you’ll need to keep in mind when playing the version 0.900:
– You can’t hire garrison in a city captured by you. This is because the city menu concept is being changed. In the future we’re planning to add a brand new screen for troops hiring and city upgrades. Advice: after successful city assault you can leave there freed prisoners – they’ll go the garrison automatically.
– Industrial buildings will produce the goods, but won’t sell them. You’ll need to collect the goods from storage and sell it yourself for now.
– The old system for controlling the troops was turned off, but the new system is only in the beginning of the development. Most likely, you won’t be able to control the troops with comfort in the nearest month.
– Price system and its balance. We have an especially rare pistol that costs 180 000 piasters and a frigate that costs 150 000. Sometimes two almost identical sables can differ in price dramatically. A good cuirass can cost like a regiment of royal musketeers and so on. We’re aware of these problems and ask to be patient. We can’t start working on the economy balance until overall work on the gameplay is finished.
– Same goes for weapon balance. Grenades and cannons, above all. We’ll certainly fix this, but closer to the release.
– FPS drops and slow locations loading. We’ve reached the limits of M&B’s engine possibilities. It can be fixed with optimization and cleaning old content. But the thing is that the engine often relies on the resources which are dangerous to delete from the game. We’ll optimize the game, slow but steady. We already started working on that, but owners of lower-end PCs will experience some problems in the current version.Leave comment
We have to let you know that the big July update we announced earlier won’t be coming — instead, it’s going to become even bigger and land in August. We’ll share the reasons behind this decision, as well our current work progress, below:
Boarding. We think that boarding is the heart of combat gameplay, even more important than sea battles. The current version of the boarding fights stopped being satisfactory for us a long time ago, and as a result we’re redoing it from scratch.
Graphic quality of the boarding locations was too poor compared to the character models so all ships are being completely redone. Besides the evident difference in textures, we redesigned level geometry: got rid off jamming on decks and unnecessary rooms, made the movement on ships more clear and free for the player. We also added crow’s nests on masts, to provide riflemen with additional spots.
Naval combat. The second most important element of the game. We’re still torn between which path to choose: making everything more simple and arcady or adding more options for strategy and control. But our internal tests showed that either way we’d need to deal with current small locations. Right now gameplay functions well only with 2 vs. 2 ship battles. Our limit is 12 ships on the scene, and with that amount of ships there’s very little room for everyone in the sea. Making the location bigger is a challenge as we have to work around the engine’s limitations. So for now our programmer added a ‘spyglass’ option that many of you asked for. More significant updates in this area should be coming in September.
Trading and economy. Initially it was supposed to be a side gameplay element, but we want to increase its importance in the game. Actually, working on economy takes more time than anything else at the moment as we keep changing some basic things in M&B engine. For example, right now we separate player’s personal inventory and his cargo. It’s not very convenient and logical to carry not only a set of 12 breastplates but two tons of cacao as well. Another new element is building construction in the towns — there’s so much to do here that we won’t even dare to promise it done by August.
Strategic map. We got a lot of feedback on geography of our map and its flaws. Apologies for the inaccuracies — that was our first try to befriend realism with gaming. In August we’ll do our best to finish the new world map, more accurate and, possibly, far more attractive.
The plans are pretty ambitious for us, and we hope we can implement all of this with no problem. After the August update we’ll be ready to switch to the next big step — refining land battles and implementing city sieges.
Sorry for the delay with the update — unfortunately, the vacations of our team’s members have taken its toll. We should be able to release it during the second week of September.
New update 1.4.5 is now available for Eador.
- Improved tooltip’s information display about dealt spell damage during a fight.
- All game freezes upon turn change on the tactical map should be fixed now.
- Movement for flying units.
- ‘Dragon form’ spell bug.
- Game freeze caused by attacking some sites.
- Items that weren’t put in the inventory but reemerged after an event caused the game to freeze.
- Bug in the ‘Drainage of swamp’ event.
- ‘No magic can be used’ setting bug in auto-combat.
- ‘Magic weapon’ spell restoring more ammunition than needed.
- ‘Blizzard’ spell not blocking enemy heroes.
- ‘Taint’ skill affecting golems, demons and undead.
New update 0.802 is available today. Not a big one, but consider it to be a foundation for a huge update in July.
– Added functional for ammunition consumption in naval battles (ammunition can be bought in the harbor).
– Added two new ship models.
– Added new economic model for testing – reset raw material and product types, adjusted production and consumption.
– Sound effects partly changed.
– Removed unnecessary test content.Leave comment
New update 1.4.4 is coming later today.
- Added and improved sounds for a number of units.
- Changed balance (characteristics, skills, upgrades etc.) for a number of units.
- Improved tooltip display during tactical battles.
- Income tooltip is now shown at the bottom of the screen after finishing a turn on the strategic map.
- Foreign quarter’s buildings not increasing gold income.
- Incorrect health display for province guards under player’s control after their bribery.
- Units hatched from the eggs of ‘Black Widow’ shown on the victory screen.
- Units immobilized by ‘Slyboots’ ability being able to retreat in close combat.
- Income calculation for the Hippodrome building.
- ‘Roots’ spell bug.
- Catapult and Ballista units can no longer attack other units at close range.