So a lot of stuff has happened since our last update release, ShakeBake recently hosted a competition and gave away 4 copies of Homebrew. Therefore we'd like to congratulate the winners and Shake, he's been an amazing supporter of Homebrew and we advise you to check out all of his videos because they rock!
During the last few months we've been working closely with Steam and Valve to get all the necessary documents and media done. It took us a little longer than expected and was nerve-racking at some moments but with the help of our community and energy drinks we made it.As you are reading this article, Valve is looking into Homebrew for approval. This means that soon we'll know what we need to change or add before we launch on Early Access.
We've also determined our launch date, but we choose to keep it a secret for at least a few days.
We really look forward to uploading the Demo to Steam too so that we reach more players and get faster download speeds. Keep an eye out on our site for more information about Steam and the launch date.The first thing our team is planning to do once we've launched on Steam is a transition to a new, better and more user friendly user interface. In doing this we want to improve the overall experience for the players.
This process will take some time, but we've already got an idea how to tackle this challenge.With our launch, the UI rework and other improvements in the future we decided to do a temporary discount on our site, Desura and Indiegamestand. As of yesterday Homebrew is available for $ 17.99. So be sure to grab it before the UI is done and we revert to our original price of $19.99.
We've received tons of feedback and some amazing ideas from the community and therefore made a couple of new parts that our players suggested. These parts include customizable license plates, new headlights, pontoons, smoke emitters (think skywriting!) and most importantly, a ball joint and a detacher part.
We won't talk about these parts in-depth just yet, as we're experimenting with them ourselves, but they'll be available in the v13 update that will be available once we launch on Steam.
We also discovered some room for improvement on the wheels and are working on new and more realistic ones. We can't guarantee that they'll be included in the v13 update
We've mentioned above that we'll be releasing a couple of new parts in the v13 update. So let's talk about them a bit more.
In our opinion the ball joint, the detacher and the pontoons offer most of the possibilities.
Pontoons for example will add a lot to your crafts as they are light and don't change your point of gravity too much. They'll also allow you to float on water and are usually easy to place without having to move parts around.
On the other hand the ball joints and detacher allow you to build new and more complex vehicles. You can disconnect parts (like empty fuel tanks) in real time and it also allows you to connect two separate vehicles (with individual gravity points) with each other.
After testing and working on these parts for a while, we must say that they look really promising and leave room for imagination. At the moment we can't exclude the possibility that vehicle corruption occurs, so if you really want to make sure not to lose your vehicle, make a duplicate of it first.
If you discover bugs or have suggestions to improve these parts, feel free to contact us on our forums.