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State of the Game #260: Looking at the Data

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Welcome back for this weeks State of the Game! While I have been very hard at work on the next update for MAV, I wanted to take a look back at the January update to see how it went. So, part of why I like to track data and look at data is because I not only use it to …

January Hotfix 0.6.13.1 Released!

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This is a hot fix build to address some minor issues. * Fixed Heavy armor names having duplicated LP prefixes. They are back to the LP-RP prefixes. * Added more randomization to the AI build selection, specifically when allowing them to choose builds at a level below theirs. * Multiplayer servers will now receive AI information from the Skynet system. …

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State of the Game #259: The January Update has Landed!

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After a long wait of just 4 weeks, I present to you the January update! I am very excited about this update as it brings several really big changes to the game! It’s not a trick, it’s finally here. No Man’s Pass returns, with newly created level art, but the same great layout! In this new level you will find …

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State of the Game #258: The Great Balancing Act

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Hello everyone! This week, I want to spend a bit of time talking about balance! As with many things in game development, it’s very easy to make a post about ‘balancing is hard, hur dur’ and move on. Instead, I want to talk about what tools I have and how I approach that very hard problem of ‘game balance’. First, …

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State of the Game #257: Prepping for the Chromehounds Memorial!

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Hey everyone! I hope you all had a happy holiday! I am still recovering from all the sugar I ate! Speaking of holiday’s, there is not 1 but 2 MAV holiday events going on! For just logging in and playing MAV between now and New Years Day you can gain 2 new holiday themed camo patterns. Shown above you can …

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0.6.12.3 Released!

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*Fixed the mouse being visible in the middle of the screen. Again. [please don’t let this become a meme] *Fixed a performance issue that would cause a massive drop in frame rate do to AI trying to place a deployable and getting caught in a loop. *Added ‘Time to Kill’ metric to automated logs to help guide balance changes.   …

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0.6.12.2 Hotfix released!

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Very simple hotfix to address the issue of the mouse being stuck in the middle of the screen

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State of the Game #256: AI design in MAV

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Hey everyone! I thought I would try something a little more interesting this week and dive a bit deeper into how the AI systems in MAV work. Before I start talking about how I ‘solved’ Ai in MAV, lets talk about what the actual requirements for the AI are. There are 390 parts in MAV and with the most conservative …

0.6.12.1 Hotfix Released!

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It’s a midnight release party! Minor changes: *Made fixes for Railgun shots not colliding. *Reduced impact force for Screamer rockets *Extended Spike weapon fixes to both the VLAD and VLAD-160. They were currently only on the VLAD-HD *Fixed bug that would ask you to update to the same version game you already had *Added some logging metrics to help debug …