Recruits is a squad based top down shooter. Inspired by games like Cannon Fodder, Alien Swarm and Jagged Alliance Recruits puts players on the front lines of the battlefield to accomplish your missions through any means necessary. Fast paced and packed with explosions, Recruits offers a wide variety of features that allow you, and your friends to take command of the action and lead your men to victory.
Development Log No.3 for Recruits on the Road to Steam Early Access.
Posted by 3dRobbo on Jan 3rd, 2014
Happy New Year and Merry Christmas to everyone, I hope it was a good time for you all!
Over these holidays, @Jason and myself have been working hard on getting the 'design' and gameplay aspects of the Recruits Multiplayer and Singleplayer right. I will do a quick summary of the systems we have implemented and do a more in depth write up further down the track.
So, we have been using Trello for this, an online project management software that allows you to create 'cards' and move them around and update information in realtime in the cloud. So far its been great and I think its something we will continue to use instead of Asana, which is what we previously used.
Some things we have been doing design wise are new HUD's for in game. So we are sorting out a more simple but yet more informative way of displaying health and recruits name and rank info.Having just the rank and name with the recruit will clear up the play area a bit and allow you to see more when you are fighting.
And by putting this info over on the side of the screen, it allows you to check the status of all of your recruits at anytime you want by pressing TAB.
With single and multiplayer we have decided to handle soldier death and recruitment in the following way.
So that's the basics of it. In conjunction with this, You earn XP and Cash, which the XP give you soldier ranks and the cash the ability to unlock new items and weapons to use with all your soldiers.Also, soldiers in battle have the ability to earn medals and honors. For example if you are playing and you kill 10 enemies in a row and you revive 3 squad mates and you blow up a tank and save 10 civilians... that might be the right circumstances for a Medal of Honor!
Which would boost your soldiers stats by a certain amount to make him way harder to kill on the battlefield.
Sorry its a long one, but lots has been happening. Cant wait for the Steam Launch where all of you guys can play this game we have work so hard on!
Head over to our Forums - Forums.recruitsgame.com and put your name down for early Multiplayer testing and also join in on the conversations! Tell us what you think about the game, how it looks, what we can do better, things you want to add! Anything like that helps us make a game that everyone can enjoy.