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Dev Blog #27 – New Factions, Balancing Issues, and Marketing Plans

Four weeks until closed beta aka Earlier Access! First, here’s a rundown of what we’ve been up to recently.

Development Progress

While the purpose of the beta is to get more players to test the game so we can rebalance the game, it’s work that we’ve already started doing.

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We got a bunch of feedback from the first few rounds of new-unit testing and have been heavily making some major adjustments. We’re adding some powers, moving some others around, and refactoring a BUNCH of the numbers. However, this includes a subjective decision on what we think a unit and its powers are worth.

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Recent game changes also include some cool new stuff! We’ve added two new factions, Tinkersteel and Khazan. We’re also discussing some of the faction names, such as changing the Woodspawn to Faeborn, and the Highborne into Elves, which are more direct to the point.

Concept art for Tinkertsteel hero, Gearmage Shelbia

Aside from the new units, we’re also improving the user interface. Last week we added the livestreamer section in the main menu, and we’ll continue to look at more Twitch API integrations. The regiment builder is also now easier to select and sort.

Functional sorting system for Choose a Regiment screen

Changing Our Marketing Approach

One of the questions we received from Discord was: how are we going to market this game differently from Legends of Callasia? Again, we look at the reasons of why it failed, and determine where we got our money’s worth from our past marketing efforts.

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For Last Regiment, we’ll be concentrate on improving our Steam page, including our trailer. Paid advertising is also an option for us, and the marketing blitz before launch is also important. But the most essential part is making changes in the game itself, to making sure it is easy to understand and has features that can help improve our marketing.

 

 


Dev Blog #25 – Why are we promoting Last Regiment and not our other games?

Someone on Discord asked us: How come we never see your other games and we only hear about Last Regiment and Legends of Callasia? The quick answer is: our other projects are with publishers, who own the rights to our games. This brings us to a discussion about how the game development industry works, including the developer-publisher relationship.

There are two (or three) ways to make games. One is first party publishing, wherein a publisher makes the game and figures out the whole process of getting the game out to the consumer. The other is third party publishing, wherein someone else develops the game, and the publisher runs it through their established processes, platforms, and pipelines. Either the developer (who may not have the resources) approaches a publisher to distribute their game, or a publisher goes to the developers and asks them to make a game.

There are three important parts of this deal: prepaid payments, backend royalties, and IP ownership. This final one pretty much explain why we haven’t continued making our successful hidden object franchises, and why we don’t promote our newer games as heavily as we do for Last Regiment.

Spreaking of the game, we are continuing to work on getting the game from “good” to “great”. Here are some of the code, data, and UI changes we’ve done in the past week.

  • Updated all relevant systems (mechanics, input, ai) to recognize and support the new foundation structure system
  • Implemented neutral structures; updated AI to recognize the changes
  • Prototyped structure damage system
  • Implemented constants table; move default movement costs to constants
  • Added a bunch of logs to track the unit creation and invalidation process in multiplayer
  • Fixed Mystery bug for stealth meeples
  • Implemented Heroes-Units tab on select regiment ui.
Settlement Layering
Structure Points with Fortification Bonus
Choose A Regiment: Faction List and Heroes Tab
Choose A Regiment: Units Tab with Filter System

This might be our last full update for the month, and we’ll be back streaming in April. Until then, we’ll be posting our WAIDRN updates on Discord.


Dev Blog #24 – It’s fun, but why is it not yet amazing?

Last week we talked a lot about writing the story, which led us to thinking about writing conventions for specific genres.  When we apply it to game development, it’s mostly the same. In the case of Last Regiment, we ask: What do players expect in a turn-based strategy game? Genre differences are important in the entertainment industry, so we have to be in that framework of how we make Last Regiment better.

Right now we can say that the game is in a good state, but still very much in development. Last Regiment is the type of game that’s a bit experimental because it has not been made before. We need to prove that the core gameplay is interesting, and now we can say that at this point that we’re able to verify that it is fun.

The second stage is to ask ourselves: How do we make it more fun? Why is it not amazing yet? It’s an iterative process to get a game from “good” to “great”. These are the things that we’ve found that we still have to address:

  1. Concept of fortification is not working well right now
  2. Stealth mechanic still needs some work
  3. Unpredictability of  unit movement at the end-turn resolution
  4. Polish and visual effects

Meanwhile, here are some of the improvements we’ve made so far.

New tab for Heroes in the Choose A Regiment screen
New tab for Units in the Choose A Regiment screen
Revised Fortification bonus placement

We’re also going to start the the Alliance System next week – we realized that we need it for a lot of the campaign missions, so we decided it was time to start looking into it. For those of you who remember the alliance system in Legends of Callasia: What did you hate or love? What did you want added? Let us know!

Anyway, we might have fewer streams this month. Chris will be away on a working vacation and meeting some of the team, but we might do one final stream next week before we leave. We’ll be announcing it on Discord, where we also post some real-time updates on what we’re currently doing. Join us if you still haven’t, and let us know if you’d like Chris to record some podcasts in the meantime.