So far Original Mode levels 01 to 05 work fine; despite the game getting quite easy towards the end of level 05 (Don’t worry tougher enemies will appear from 06 onward). The weaker enemies get tougher too based on your teams average level.
The random event system I have implemented is working well and playing through I get different experiences every time. As it stands difficulty effects the items, ammo and weapons you get in the game. But I may add a random chance to this too to vary ammo type found or even quantities. Overall the battle engine and items are working but I still think there is a lot of refining to be done.
Original Mode should be finished in January for definite. I get a crucial week off work in January which I will use in wisely. As for a set release date I still don’t want to give one but the way things are I could have a first release by April/May Time IF I keep going as I am. No setbacks I hope.Original Mode has 12 levels. I estimate it will take 5 to 6 hours to complete. It is a fun remake of the original thing RPG I made and I hope that you will all feel the same way about it.
Graphical / Audio Changes
I have secured an artist to create some enemy graphics for me; I hope to show you some as soon as any progress is made there. I have also paid for some audio work to be done for the player created story mode hero. That has turned out pretty well so far.
While this has not been started the story and map ideas are already drafted out. The success of Original Mode and its mechanics will greatly influence this mode.
The Main idea of this mode is uncovering the truth about what has happened. You do this by targeting locations that could hold key information (like raiding a US Military Comm Tower for example). You do this via a main base that you set up.
In the concept design for the Computer Artworks cancelled Thing 2 Video Game they appeared to have wanted to create an interactive oil refinery town. I hope to achieve something similar with the main base idea. Basically you can find stuff to unlock/repair parts of the base and upgrade building functions. NPC's that you have will be scattered across your base. They would be able to offer you side missions and bonus perks (Such as free items). Vice Versa Infected ones would hinder your base progress.
I hope to work really hard on this mechanic to bring something useful and fun to play around with. I am aiming for 6 – 10 hours Game play here.
Considering giving the Researcher an “Item Crafting” Skill. This would make that class more useful and allow some extended game play mechanics. There is already a “Weapon Craft” skill but you need a Crafting Station to use it. This would be a skill that would be usable at any time and would include things such as turning 2 Bandages into a more useful medical etc.
If Item Crafting was added, considered recipe for new item (Obtainable only through Item Craft) “Molotov Cocktail”. This would be J&B Rare + Bandages. Would be an additional useful thrown weapon in the game.
I also was sorting through my expenses today and you may find it useful to know that I had no budget for this game. I only intended to pay the $90 for the engine but I have spent $180 and estimate the final cost to me will be around $350-$400. These costs do include the RPG Maker VX Ace engine. I never intended to sell this game as I like to make it, it’s a hobby that I enjoy (an increasingly expensive one) and as such the game will still be available free to anyone who wants to play it. I just hope people enjoy it. I assure you it is far superior to the original RPG (which you can still find in the downloads section!)
Besides imagine if I tried to sell this game, Universal would sue me to try and make up the loss for the 2011 Thing Film…