Take part in a persistent war across the surface of Europa, fighting against other rebel factions and the Earth Defense Force. Join with your friends to create your own faction, capture territories through hard fought battles, spend resources to get new parts for your MAV and upgrade the defenses of your territories, and possibly deploy...
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Release Date: May 1, 2014
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"Greenlit up and coming mech game with 'splodey combat and customization. Single + multiplayer elements planned. Chromehounds-esque in a lot of ways."

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August 27

State of the Game #187: Hexagons Everywhere!

Wow, almost didn’t make it in time this week! Well, I have been continuing to frame out the UI, completely re-thinking how players get into the game, the menu options they have, and how ‘smooth’ it is, for both new and experienced players.

Last week I showed you the new main menu [which has already changed some!] and this week I have done both the server browser and started on the player profile.



I was challenged to create a browser that was NOT just a scroll-able list. I wanted to create something unique, but that would still convey all the information you get from a good ole list. Sticking with the hexagon theme, I went with a grid layout, with color coding, to show the available servers and game types. More information is easily contained in the hexagon and I still have the option of including additional server information on a hover box [like ping, and advanced server options].

As for the player profile screen, it’s not quite ready to be shown to the public. I am having to use an actual box though, but there will still be plenty of hexagons!

I am entirely focused on layout and flow right now, so these screens are not completely hooked up and functional yet. After the player profile I have the options screen [which will be very similar to the profile] and then the garage. Since the garage is a completely stand alone UI, I will likely focus on getting these new layouts up and functional before tackling the entire garage UI. But that doesn’t mean I am not sketching out ideas right now though!

That is all for this week, see you next week!

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August 20

State of the Game #186: UI Rework

Welcome to another State of the Game! This will likely be a shorter update this week, as I have mainly been spending my time rethinking the whole menu system.

Why, you might ask?

I did some blind testing on the game [recording someone that has never played and seeing what they do] and I got some very interesting results. It became very apparent that the menu system really only makes sense to people that have been closely following the game or have the patience to stumble through it excessively. This lead to a lot of people leaving the game before they ever got to experience a lot of the content, either because they could’t find what they wanted to do or just didn’t even know what was possible. This also presented a great opportunity to build in controller support to the menus and address some of the garage usability issues as well.

I present my totally work in progress menu concept for the main menu. This is NOT FINAL in any way. This was a functionality test for the general concept and layout.



The idea is to embrace the hexagon in the menu system, not only because its an iconic shape for M.A.V. and Chromehounds fans, but also because it makes for a really nice wheel menu, which works great with controllers. This design also allows me to add a lot of nice polish with animations, menu transformations, and general ‘this feels professional and complete’ type items.

I have also reworked the entire menu flow so that you are not just plopped straight into the garage after selecting an option. I am taking into consideration the ‘flow’ for both new players and people with 100’s of hours with the game, as well as the addition game modes that are coming in the future. I am starting to feel good about the design and will begin creating it and polishing it out with final art over the next few weeks.

Well that is all for this week! See you next time!

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About This Game

M.A.V. is a custom mech combat game with a core focus on tactical combat and customization.
You play as a MAV pilot, fighting against an oppressive government trying to turn your home into a forced labor camp. You will be able to build your MAV, piece by piece, into the perfect weapon for your fighting style. You will need to use teamwork and a steady aim to fight against other MAV's and military forces to protect your home and take back the areas conquered by others.
Take part in a persistent war across the surface of Europa, fighting against other rebel factions and the United Earth Council. Join with your friends to create your own faction, capture territories through hard fought battles, spend resources to get new parts for your MAV and upgrade the defenses of your territories, and possibly deploy a game changing Mega Weapons.

Key Features

  • You can choose from thousands of parts across over 30 different categories to design and build your MAV, from the ground up, or pick from community shared designs.
  • Fight in many different game modes, with the freeform Arena and Siege mode, to the single player story, or the persistent campaign mode.
  • Experience intense mech combat, with realistic projectiles, physics based weapon recoil, individual part damage, and fantastic environments.
  • In the campaign mode, build up your captured territories with additional defenses, place turrets to help fight off invaders, and hire and recruit AI rebels to fight alongside you. Changes you make on a territory level effect the battlefields and can change the balance of power.
  • Full customization of your MAV, with millions of combinations possible, different paint jobs and camo patterns, along with decals, you will always be able to express yourself and be unique on the battlefield.

Current State of the Game


Because the game is still in active development not all features are fully represented yet. Here are the things that ARE currently in the game.

  • 325 different parts to build your M.A.V. with
  • Robust AI bots that you can play against or with in both single and multiplayer
  • Arena mode and Siege mode game types
  • Multiplayer battles
  • Color customization of your M.A.V.
  • Fully realized combat with locational damage, damage effects, performance decay with damage.

Features that are In Progress

  • Commander Parts- Will allow you a greater overview of the battlefield and grant you the ability to issue orders and help guide your team.
  • Stat tracking, player profiles, achievements, and player ranks and unlocks.
  • Campaign mode - The persistent online game mode
  • More parts! - Melee weapons, Long range indirect fire weapons, quad and hexapod bases, more cockpits
  • Improved level assets - Graphical overhaul of the levels is currently inprogress

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Vista
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (2.66 Ghz)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB DirectX 9 (8800 GTX, Intel HD Graphics 4000, HD 4770)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 7
    • Processor: i7 920
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB DirectX 9 (Nvidia GTX 260 / Radeon 4890 or better)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
Early Access Review
I'm just going to gush a little.

Like a good number of players who have hopped onto MAV, I was an avid Chromehounds player back in the day, playing up until the moment the servers died. I've spent the years since then looking for another Chromehounds-like game; it captured a certain beauty in cooperative team play and customization that I haven't seen in any other game since. It was astounding to see that such an amazing gem of a game was being lost to time, with no new titles hoping to revive its unique play.

In looking for a new Chromehounds, I stumbled onto MAV a couple of years ago, when it was in very early stages. I remembered the name and checked back every so often to see how progress was going. After several months of forgetting, I came back recently, and was truly impressed with the progress so far; finally happy with the project, I decided to buy a copy.

It was a great decision.

MAV looks and plays like it was designed by somebody who loved Chromehounds and is serious about creating a game that embodies what made it great. Customization is true to the original game, giving the player a handful of parts and full control over how to build them. Moving across the battlefield, controlling the cameras, manuevering the mech, lobbing artillery and missiles; it all feels like playing Chromehounds again.

Alongside the clear dedication to reviving Chromehounds-style play, Bombdog Studios has provided some much-needed updated to the game design. Damaged parts no longer become shortcuts to cockpit damage; they are blown off the mech completely. Removing the (usually heavily armored) legs now completely destroys the mech instead of leaving them sitting and hoping an enemy comes by. Repair and reload stations have been added, where a player can restore a partially damaged mech after a tough fight - if they can get away from battle long enough to do it! New equippable modules add another layer of strategy, with players able to deploy walls, repairs, and communication devices on the field.

As it stands, the game is short a progression system; all parts will be unlocked on purchase. This will be streamlined when money and shops are added, providing players with decent progression and a slow introduction to the different parts to get used to them. Certain concerns that were big with Chromehounds, like balancing the cost of a mech's repairs and ammo against the amount that can be won from the enemy, don't exist just yet. That being said, it's very clear that the developers have other great ideas that are being implemented as the game develops, serving not only to shadow Chromehounds, but to use it as a stepping stone to create a better game.

I am eager and excited to see what comes next. Thank you so much, Bombdog Studios, for ressurecting my favorite game with a passion and reintroducing me to a world I thought I would never see realized again.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
Early Access Review
this game is going in the right direction. still needs alot of work. but if you have ever played chromehounds then support this because it could be the chromhounds 2 he have all hoped for.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
Early Access Review
I love this game. But this game needs more multiplayer server.
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36 of 38 people (95%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
Early Access Review
The game is just barely past the line of being something you can have fun with, and even then you need a high tolerance for playing games in an alpha state. You can see where everything is going, though, and the developer's reverence for Chromehounds is obvious.

He's been plugging away at this for a long time, and hasn't shown signs of stopping. Buy this, play it a little every so often, and consider your purchase an investment to help resurrect the spirit of Chromehounds.
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40 of 47 people (85%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 1, 2014
Early Access Review
Been following the game for a while now, If your a Chromehounds fan this game has amazing potential, yes its a long way off from being anywheres close to being done. But having spoken to the game maker through the facebook page he seems commited to continuing to improve the game. This game deffidently could be an amazing strategy mech game in the future and even in this early developmental stage its still fun to play around with. So yes I would say putting the $20 in now is worth it especially if the game continues to improve on a regular basis.
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