New Demo Build: Updated Options, UI, Sprites, AI, and More

I've just finished uploading new demo build 0.987d, which includes all of the fixes and non-content updates from the past five months. Highlights include AI improvements, options screen, GUI enhancements, equipment-based sprites, and NPC conversations.

IMAGE(http://www.bluebottlegames.com/img/screenshots/screenshot-2014-01-17.png) "Hey guys. Nice weather, eh?"

The build is available at bluebottlegames.com, or on Desura and Steam.

Updates Included in the Demo

The specific list of updates includes hundreds of changes and additions since the last demo update in December, so I won't list them all here. Highlights include:

  • Added new options screen.
  • Added new help screen.
  • Added improved graphics options (including 4:3 layout mode).
  • Added Exit button to title screen.
  • Added custom sprite images based on equipment.
  • Added several GUI Improvements (Combat, Crafting, Weather, etc.).
  • Added AI conversations w/wandering NPCs.
  • Fixed several game balance issues.
  • Fixed several AI bugs.
  • Fixed several bugs and stability issues.

IMAGE(http://www.bluebottlegames.com/img/screenshots/screenshot-2014-04-04.png) More options!

The demo still has the same limitations as before: limited area, crafting, items, and creatures, and no saves nor music. However, this new demo should still have some new tricks and surprises, and should feel more stable and balanced, overall.

As always, let me know what you think of the changes, and if you notice any issues with the new build!

Comments

Hunter4408's picture
Hunter4408

Thank you!

- Hunter

Do what you want because a pirate is free! You are a pirate!

Melvarius's picture
Melvarius

How come the demo doesn't have music?

~The Pirate

dcfedor's picture
dcfedor

You're welcome!

@Melvarius, there are a few bits of music in the demo. Namely, the title, skill select, and game over screens. However, the intermittent music isn't included.

Part of the reason is just due to size. The demo is already close to 20MB, and the music would add another 10MB. I could add just one or two tracks, but that would probably get repetitive fast, ruining those songs for people who later bought the beta.

And, of course, every feature added to the demo is one less reward for those who support the game by buying the full version.

Dan Fedor - Founder, Blue Bottle Games