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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November 12

State of the Game #146: Introducing DSMF

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http://www.bombdogstudios.com/index.php/blog/state-game-146-introducing-dsmf/

What is DSMF? Well, a long time ago, there was a piece of concept art, with these initials on the cockpit. Much speculation was had on what they mean, but it was not quite ready to be revealed.

Well today, it is ready! DSMF, or Dynamic Systems Manufacturing, is the next part manufacturer!

http://www.bombdogstudios.com/files/7514/1580/9562/MAV_DSMF.jpg

Back story:

As adoption of MMV [Modular Mining Vehicles] became more wide spread, it was DSMF that first created a system solely targeted at earth based military use. They were called M.A.V.'s, or modular assault vehicles. However, since they were designed for earth useage, they are a little more clunky than machines that were designed for Europa usage. They are very robust fighting parts, and their weapons pack quite the punch. Combined with their lower cost, they are a good 'bang' for the buck.



But, that is not all the news for today!

There is also a new snapshot build, 0.5.20_21 which includes various fixes along with one long awaited feature. If you were an Alpha Member that also backed the Kickstarter at a high enough level to get the Kickstarter camo pattern, please contact me [through Kickstarter please] with your Alpha member username and I will add the pattern to your account.

This also means the base system for having unlocks and special reward parts is in place! This is a very basic system right now, but it a generic system, meaning it can be used for camo, parts, achievements, in-game titles, special parts, or pretty much anything else.

Full changelog below:

* Speed calculations for energy use were incorrect. They have been fixed.
* Made excess energy have a bigger speed bonus [Also means a bigger reduction if your generator is blown off]
* Fixed Wheels having duplicated part names
* Fixed Arena mode spawn in No Mans Pass v2 that spawned you in a rock
* Switched order of Save and Load buttons in Garage
* Added 'misclick' buffer space on buttons in garage
* Added system for Unlocks tied to account, instead of only account level unlocks
* Round timer UI is visible again
* Spawning into other MAV's has been corrected. Spawns are checked for enemies and random offsets are applied.


See you next week!

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November 5

State of the Game #145: Rise of the Hexapod

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http://www.bombdogstudios.com/index.php/blog/state-game-145-rise-hexapod/

Welcome to another State of the Game!

Remember this concept?

http://www.bombdogstudios.com/files/9214/0010/7656/MAV-spider-painted-concept.jpg


Well, one of those parts have made it into the game!

http://www.bombdogstudios.com/files/4414/1519/3230/Hex1.png

Introducing in snapshot 0.5.20_19 [available now] there are several new hexapod class mobility platforms.

What makes them unique? They are the slow, mobile fortresses you would expect. carrying extreme loads, and having unrivaled stability, they make excellent mobile gun platforms for very high recoil weapons. Whether you want to load up with 10 howitzers or go all out with snipers, this is the platform for you. Be careful though, they are slow. And they are big, making them a great target. Also, all those moving parts are hard to armor, so they don't have the greatest health. If you are looking to absorb a ton of damage, the tank treads will still be your best bet. However, all those legs have a benefit over just stability. They make for very quick turns and some impressive climbing ability. They do take quite some energy to power them though, so watch your generators!


Other changes in the snapshot:

* AI will now use Hovers and Hexapods
* AI will properly utilize the new max load of reverse joints
* AI will try to equip ComSys parts and fulfill the commander role
* Team AI will try to field an AI commander if there is not one on the Team. It is not 100%.
* Tank legs were re-tuned. Lower overall load limit, stats push more to health and medium speed.
* Biped damaged speed was reduced. Critical damage now reduces top speed to 50% instead of 75%
* Fixed bug which caused the hover parts to be duplicated
* Fixed bug that removed the 3rd ComSys part


That is all for this week! I will see you next week!

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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
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Early Access Review
I loved old mechwarrior games and chromehounds, they were wonderful games and the niche they fill in gaming has remained somewhat unfilled (if you exclude a certian rediculously expensive "free" game) for quite some time. MAV is on track to fill this niche spectacularly, and even in alpha it is quite enjoyable. If you're thinking about trying it out, or just like the idea, I strongly reccomend supporting the developer and getting early access!
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Early Access Review
Good fun game loved chromehounds and love this sadly a smail player base.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Early Access Review
Before my review I want to give this
WARNING: The game is unfinished, it is not an open beta for a AAA title. It is an indie alpha and it feels like it at this point. Do not expect a completed game with polish, that said this is a great greenlight title!

Anyone who loved Chrome Hounds will love this game, it feels like the sequel we never got while also fixing a lot of the issues that plagued Chrome Hounds. If you did not play CH, then you should expect a slow paced complex and satisfying Mech game. I want to stress this is a real Mech game not one of those anime fighting robot games that feel like Mortal Kombat.

The developer takes community feedback and actually uses it, podcasts and patch notes are great to keep informed. It really does feel like the whole community is part of the development process due to how the design team can take feedback so effectively.

The community is small, but growing and should be viewed as a boon as your opinion and support greatly matters.

I highly recommend a purchase for this game, if you understand that an early access title is an endorsment to support the completion of a game and not a polished finished product.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
Early Access Review
This Review is based on Its current state on 27/07/2014

The best way to describe this game it's like a unbaked cake.Although the product itself is far off from being cooked and done it can still be fun to lick the cake mixture off the spoon and this is exactly how to describe the content so far.

This game screams early development so those who'd fancy a more catered graphical experience may want to wait. Another weakness is singleplayer as dispite it's generous amount of maps each is just a very stale Deathmatch against bots (It's best to use Singleplayer as a test mode for your robots.) Lastly with the multiplayer community as it is. The only way so far is to annouce or lookout for a match on the forums and to arrive on the set time and day the match is. No jump in and play yet!

Gameplay is very solid. The movement of each type of robot feels alright and the way the guns handling feels acceptable too. But its saving grace it has is the customisation apart from the base (The robots legs) all parts can be moved around thanks to Spacers a lego like component which if done correctly can grant massive customisation options.

With Spacers you can place Guns, Generators, Armour plating and even your cockpit! almost where ever you desire. Have light armour cockpit but want protection? Rather than placing armour on it you can just use spacers to hid your cockpit behind your tank legs! Using your high armoured legs as protection instead!. Spacers can truely lead to some interesting designs.

Finally the greatest part is the weapon placement current cockpits can fire upto seven weapons at one time! if you had the time you could possibly create a super gun out of high powered sniper rifes and howitzers? ( Depending if you can control the recoil and master the fire spread) which could destroy anyone. The ability to mix weapons is up to you want a shotgun and flamethrower merely put them together and assign them to a robots many equipment slots and it's done.

Though the gameplay of this game is limited the customisation certianly Isn't with many Builds and weapons combos to try building a Robot is this games greatest joy! So although it can't be recommend for its limited gameplay at this time it can be for it's truly fun Customisation.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Early Access Review
If you loved Chromehounds then you'll come to love this work in progress.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
136.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
Early Access Review
One great game, there is good group of ppl that play this game, you just need to read some of the forums to find the ts3. i can not tell you how much i enjoy this game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Early Access Review
This game is just fantastic. Brigs me back to the days of chromhounds before the discontinuation of the servers. But there is a small issue with optimization for lower end computers. Even the build menu lags (for me of course). But other than that, the build so far is looking great. Updates are slow, but I have high hopes that this game flourishes into something amazing.

It has potential. But as far as I can tell, there is no guarantee that it could hold up a strong community for long. Like many games I have seen come and go, this one may be short lived.

I could be wrong. Lets just see where this goes.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
Early Access Review
Although this game isn't nearly complete its still ridiculously fun to play!
If you loved Chrome Hounds i would really recommend it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Early Access Review
Spent the £15 to support this young but full of potential game. Yes it's a chromehounds reboot, and i've missed it very much. Most mech games lack the style and sandbox feel as you build your mech and I found chromehounds to nail it perfectly. The same combat syle is being used and physics so those who have played ch before will pick it up straight away. M.A.V. may be buggy, look and sound bad but in time the final version will look amazing, a blast to the past
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Early Access Review
Its ok but it needs alot of work yet the garage needs simpler control options makes it hsrd to customize mechs and the mounting points are not vary well defined i have played it on single player but get frustrated trying to build so until it improves not doing it again.
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1 of 9 people (11%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Early Access Review
a complete letdown
it may become something in the future but for now its full of bugs and hard to play
the controls when you build are sketchy and many things like to glitch inside your vehicle
try later not yet.
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40 of 46 people (87%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
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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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Early Access Review
It’s a Mech Game for PC! However, It’s still very much in Beta/Alpha, but it is still a lot of fun to play around with the mech building and then testing your creations. Also it does have a functioning multiplayer although it can get a little jittery at the moment, but it is still early beta. Overall this is an awesome game and I can’t wait to see new updates. Definitely worth the 19.99
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28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Early Access Review
I've had this game for a while now, and I must say, it has come a long way. It is a really fun game, and it is very much worth the money.

M.A.V. is considered the "spiritual successor" to Chromehounds and the developer has learned from its mistakes. This game will only be getting better from here, so get it while it's awesome!

P.S. Some people have been getting a black screen. The developer is working hard to fix this.
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Early Access Review
Love this game!!! Been needing my mech fix since chromohounds.

If multiplayer is done correctly at the end this game cant lose.


UPDATE: We need to help spread the word about this game!!! I want this game to get the attention it deserves. Lets get out there and tell our friends, share some links on facebook, and get some twitch streams going!
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Early Access Review
Even though this game is simple now I can see it going somewhere in the future, I really can!
I spent an hour in the garage looking at all the parts and figuring how things worked. Weight, energy, weapon loadouts, paint schemes, everything you'd expect from a customizable mech game. Though placing parts on your mech can be a pain and annoying you get used to it and learn how things work.
The gameplay feels very solid and can be strategic at times. So far the only bug I've run into is sometimes the AI when they spawn they just sit there and don't move unless you run into them or shoot at them, but it's not a big issue. The AI is playable.
As a Chromehounds fan and mech games in general I'm very happy with this game! I'm eager to see what's in store in the future!
See you on the battlefield!
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Early Access Review
Been following this game for just shy of two years now, and the sheer level of development I've seen from this game over two years is incredible, especially for one person. It's no doubt M.A.V. still has a long way to go, but at this rate, we'll be seeing a masterpiece in good time.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Early Access Review
Very much the spirtual succesor to ChromeHounds, after the Commander and Campaing update hits this will be a must buy!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Early Access Review
dunno if its worth 20$ yet but i hope people keep buying because once they up the graphics and make a better mech crafting concept like chromehounds had like that click the area and choose what to put. games still great and i hope its updates come along smoothly
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