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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February 3

State of the Game #210: Optimizations and AI

Welcome to the weekly State of the Game!

First up, I have been adding a man made platform to No Mans Pass, on the north east corner of the map. Here is a view from the multi-tiered platform.

I have been continuing the work on the level during the dev streams, but I do take breaks every now and then. One of the bigger things I focused on this week was actually optimizations! Using a LOD [level of detail] system on the MAV IK, along with some other improvements to the movement code, I was able to get noticeable frame rate gains of up to 50%!

These frame rate improvements are a very good start, but I still have a lot of optimization to do on the movement code [the most expensive operation right now] as well as the overall render of MAVs with draw calls.

Semi related to optimization, MAV now has loading screens! Well, kind of. The basic functionality is there, but I ran into an issue with Unity [the game engine I am using]. I cursed and shouted and made a big stink about it on stream, even so much as saying that I know that I am going to find out it’s not Unity’s fault, but at the time, I fully blamed Unity. Turns out, it’s not Unity’s fault! I am just, sort of, dumb. Here is a handy break down of what I thought happened when a level was loaded:

[Unity level loads all static assets] ==== [ MAV system loads and spawns all dynamic assets]
I was able to create a nice background loading process for the MAV section, but the Unity system still hung the game up. After LOTS of frustrated Googling and playing around with code, I was able to discover that my understanding of the load process was wrong. It actually looks like this:

[Unity loads level] ====> [Unity activates all level objects (calls Awake())] ====>[MAV System]
The activation stage was actually where the game would hang! This is actually good news, as Awake only gets called on enabled objects, so I can create all my levels with everything disabled, then create a system to enable all the objects in the background!


Fully proper load screens!
The game won’t hang and make it seem like a crash.
Load screens can be fully animated.


Load times will likely go up significantly [likely 5-10X].
Not a great workflow for development.

Overall I do think the pros win here, as the amount of ‘jankiness’ that game hangs cause is unacceptable. I also feel like people are better having a 30 second load time with proper feedback vs the game freezing for 5 seconds. Let me know how you feel!

This is already quite the list but wait, there is more!

The AI aiming system is getting a complete overhaul, in large part to Fenix’s forum thread. I am currently working on making it use angle fire weapons correctly [howitzers and rockets], but it will also be getting an overhaul on target selection, aiming for individual parts, coordinating with teammates fire, firing in weapon groups, and increasing it’s overall tracking accuracy.

Well, that is all for this week! See you in the development stream tonight!

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January 27

State of the Game #209: Progress is Coming!

Wow, what a difference a week can make! This week, has been a week of motion for sure. In fact, for a while there I was getting nervous that everything was stalling out, but, turns out it couldn’t be farther from the truth!

Bug Fixes

Come and get them! I have been serving up bug fixes all week! Who ordered the corrected rotation speeds if you are using a controller? Cause I got a fix for you! Funny enough, this wasn’t even slightly related to using the controller! I lugged out my xbox 360 controller, got it all setup and did some heavy testing, only to find the exact same results as I got with my mouse. Naturally, my first thought was all the users reporting the bug were dirty rotten lairs ;), but then I remembered this video.


Turns out, I am stupid and was not frame rate limiting the turn speed. People with faster frame limits would have higher turn speeds! This could actually be significant, as a person running 30 FPS would turn much slower than one running 60 FPS! This is fixed properly now and I made the fix work for the death camera and spectator cameras as well.

There were also quite a few other bug fixes!

Fixed the shield prefix bug with the light armor.

Fixed ‘healing’ armor by limiting all values to 100 max

Fixed map not appearing if there were any turrets in the level

On top of that, I added a few new things:

There is now a match results banner that appears to show victory or defeat at the end of the round.

End of round flow now goes | results banner -> Xp rewards -> Leaderboard report

And I also made a few small changes to the projectile system.

Weapon deflections are no longer a thing. They looked like a bug and having them do reduced damage was not very readable.

We also got some great work in on No Man’s Pass v2 on Twitch! Join us again tonight while we continue the level and maybe sneak in a secret feature while we are at it!

I general good news about M.A.V., the Facebook page has started doing really well! If you are on Facebook, you should check out the MAV page! There is also a growing sub-reddit that needs you to go and vote on awesome content from the community!

That is all for the week! See you tonight in the Dev stream!

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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

    • 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
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • 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
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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When the Chromehound servers finally went down, there was a period of grief for what was lost... until now. Yes there is plenty of room for improvement but the basic functions are already in the game. I would recommend buying it for it will be going to a good cause to further develop the game.

If youre a fan of chromehounds... you shouldnt even be reading this review because you already bought it.
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Good potential, I'm looking forward to seeing what becomes of this in the future.
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47 of 49 people (96%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
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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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43 of 50 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 1, 2014
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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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30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 2, 2014
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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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