Hello, and welcome to the 23rd Dev Diary This week is more of a sitrep on the project planning, than anything else.
First though, a situation update regarding the memory kit I ordered - RipjawsX F3-1600C9D-16GXM;
The first choice was made because the memory kit was relatively cheap considering how tight timings it has. The said memory kit would have costed 76 euros, but apparently I was too late, as the importer stock ran out before the order could be handled. After that, I tried to order the higher clocked model, RipjawsX F3-2400C11D-16GXM. This kit costed 86 Euros, so hopefully this goes through before the stock runs out. The next option is a HyperX Red series memory kit, that would set me back 97 euros.
The Currently Planned Features
While the waiting game is going on regarding the video and actual development of the game, I have been brainstorming daily about the mechanics that I would really like to see in the game eventually. Here is a short list of features that I have been tinkering with on paper long and hard. This is not in a prioritized order;
- Multi Tiered Leveling System - a semi-balanced leveling system, which makes leveling feel more rewarding.
- Comprehensive Item Upgrades - Any sword, shield, or armor piece can be upgraded through various means. No more useless low level armors.
- Multi Tiered Spells and Abilities - Even the lowest level abilities can be upgraded to have meaning in late game. No more nearly useless low level spells.
- Improving Enchantments - Any item can be further improved by enchantments and existing enchantments can be re-imbued to upgrade the effect to match your level.
- a Very Rare and Hard To Get OP:d Character Class - This needs a combination of luck and skill to gain. Though even the OP:d character does have it's cryptonite.
- Tiered Weapon Levels - Just like in MMOs and RPG games in general, Weapons and Armor will come in many tiers, from common to rare/unique. In this game, Unique really means Unique, in that it literally has only 1 piece existing in the game, with no possibility for anyone else to have one like it, unless the founder of such item decides to sell it. This will be really hard to balance, but I will still try this out in practice.
Bare in mind, that these are features that will be made after the prototype is finished and will take some time to implement properly and test how they balance out.
The main purpose of the fore mentioned mechanics is to grant a higher feeling of success, when you really achieve something. The game will have easily achievable things for casual players, to have them feel like they are progressing constantly. But for those, who like to collect everything, there is plenty of added value, when you find something that is truly unique. And most likely plenty of frustration also, when they learn that there is many unique items that have already been found.
Discovery is another thing I would very much like to see plenty of in the final game. All the procedurally generated worlds in games, such as 7 Days To Die, Civilization series and many other titles, have an immense replayability value added, thanks to having randomly generated maps. What I would like to try, is to bring more discovery to a fixed size map, that can be expanded with DLC's as updates or paid content. I still don't know how to do it for certain, but that is one of my long term priorities for the project.
I'll keep this weeks Dev Diary as a short teaser of a sort Also, you may expect an updated comprehensive list of all the planned features in the future. Thank you for tuning in, and I'll see you on the next one!
And as always, you can check out every possible mid week announcements about the project on these official channels;