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Boar Fight Test

Hello! An update. Haven’t had much progress (also have been sick and still sick -_-). I’ve just been cleaning up my code and improving the ai. Currently, they run around too much which is a bit annoying. I’ll be working on improving it a bit next week. I’ve added some status effects stuff as well. The boar enemy in the video has a “Stun” ability which can prevent you from moving around.

The battle system has been reworked a bit too. It’s now pretty much ff12. You’ll have the option of pausing the game when youre picking an action using menus. I will have an extra shortcut button for the roll and blink though.

I’ve also been trying to create my own event system for dialogs and cutscenes, and so far I’m pretty stuck. There is a new Timeline feature in unity which is really neat, and I’m trying it out. I’m having trouble with it right now though.

Movement Abilities

Just a quick vid on some movement abilities. Thinking of adding leap like in Diablo, a bit hard curr though. Not sure what else for movement based abilities.

AI Work In Progress

Hello, Just wanted to update on some progress I made. I did some work on the ai part. It still needs work, but it’s kinda working. Currently, you have 3 characters, but you can only control one at a time. You can choose to attack enemies with them, or support them with heals and stuff. Need to work on more spells. I’m having a lot of fun. Next week I might have to work on event system.

Experimental Battle System

Happy 4th! I got a lot of work done during my day off and finally got a playable battle system. I’m working on this new battle system since I wanted the game to have a more exploration feel and cutting to a different screen during battles can break the the flow of the game. Getting into battles is seamless and doesn’t cut to an arena anymore. You can now control your character around and issue commands on the fly.

I’m still planning to have 3 characters at once with the other 2 being ai controlled. It is still a work in progress and I’m still working on refining the gameplay for it. This is still pretty early on and a lot can change. I need feedback to make things better.

Experimenting

hello! I had the chance to go through my old files and found this old concept I drew up. I think I’m going to try and experiment this over the weekend and see if I can implement it. I’ve been stuck on level design for a few weeks now and this might help. Its similar to vagrant story/ff12 maybe where it’s a mix of action and turn based combat. We’ll see how it goes. What do you guys think?

Level Redone

Hello everyone! Late late update again. Here are new screenshots for the river and the forest area.
It is the same area as the previous update, but I decided to redo them and simplify the geometry.
It now looks a bit low poly with less noise on them. I decided to use Blender for now in doing the levels to save money and stopped the Maya LT subscription. I will probably go back to Maya when I do more characters.
I have been trying to finalize my workflow for doing levels these past few weeks, and I have been trying out other methods in creating levels. I had to scrap some ideas so it took longer than expected.    

Intro Work In Progress Part 2

Just a short video on the intro work in progress. Last week I posted about going back to Top Down view, so I had to redo the Intro cutscene and made it simpler. It is definitely faster to do now. I also finally got cutscene camera panning to work well, but it’s still really buggy. Currently doing the other ones now.

Back to Top Down

Hello! Did a lot of big changes to the game I’m currently working on.
I decided to go back to top down view. I noticed that I am doing a lot of extra work working on things that are not part of the gameplay, but necessary because of the free roam camera. This slowed down the progress by a lot and It did not help the look of the game by much.
Another change was how the cutscenes work. I simplified it by a lot. Because I won’t be working on 3d models that are out of view, the camera will be mostly static. Dialog emotions will also be character portraits instead of animating it on 3d models.
I am reworking the battle system too and simplifying it a bit. It’s not much work, but I’m still getting a feel for it and testing it out.

Diner Events

Hello! Currently sick, but managed to do some work on cutscenes and events for the diner. The textures aren’t done yet, but trying to get something done as fast as I can. Will probably finish the events and minigame next week.

Cutscene Work in Progress

Hello! It’s been a while! I have just been working on a lot of stuff. Here is an update on the Guide Intro cutscene. Please note, it’s still not final. I still need to work on the dialog. I’m gradually changing the ui, and I think it still needs more work. If you guys have any suggestions on the layout or the look, please let me know. I’m also able to do dialogs inside battles now, so tutorials are possible.

There are still a lot of fixes that I have to do. The victory screen, enemy spawns, exp gain, character controller and other stuff. I’m thinking of making AP gain as just 1 instead of 3 per turn and have actions be just 1. Currently it’s really confusing. I still need to test it.