Cloudbase Prime - Tyrus
Hello primians ! I'm actually in the depths of some fairly big engine changes for Cloudbase Prime because I'm investigating some options, but I also found and fixed a few things that seemed worth fixing here, as well!

1.0.5 - 1.0.6 Change List:
  • fixed bug that made "puzzle solved" effect on 3-3 less obvious, less beautiful.
  • fixed bug where the help menu could get stuck open if the player died while clicking at precisely the wrong time.
  • fixed tutorial text for the architect bomb saying the wrong fuel cost
  • players can no longer pause while in a game over state.
  • capitalizing level names in the "zone locked" UI to match the rest of the level picker menus.
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This update improves a few input issues, most notably the performance of Cloudbase Prime's d-pad shortcuts.

On some controllers it was too easy to accidentally use two powers at once, or unintentionally cast a power while reloading. This was chiefly a problem on the Xbox 360 controller's d-pad, or any other controller with round/wobbly d-pads prone to unwanted diagonal inputs. Now all power/skill inputs block each other for a brief moment, fixing the issue entirely!

Don't worry, it's really brief. You can still spam holo-tiles to your heart's content.



Full 1.0.4 - 1.05 change-list:
  • fixed skill firing on inaccurate/noisy d-pads
  • fixed bug that could result in xinput controllers getting grayscale button icons instead of colored ones
  • fixed: pushing power hotkeys while the Strategy HUD was open closed it without firing any powers, orphaned a sad, lonely cursor into the player's HUD.
  • added/improved support for a few controller types by updating the input backend.
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I just got back from showing Cloudbase Prime at PAX West 2017! It was excellent. Showing the game to people is a joy, and it's great to meet other gamedev folks.

While demoing the game over and over and over, I noticed that the cannons in "Collect Fixbots" mode didn't have a sign saying "exit here!" ​after you collected all of the fixbots. Oops! They should. So now there's a patch fixing that issue. These exit signs should help people leave a little faster after they've gotten that last fixbot.



Full 1.0.3-1.0.4 change notes:
  • Fixed: "Collect Fixbots" exit cannons now get an exit sign above them after you've collected all of a level's fixbots.
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This fixes some rare and minor issues. Hopefully you didn't encounter them, but if you did: they're fixed now!

Oh, and in case you missed them, the game has cards now:


That means you can now get Cloudbase Prime emots, badges, and profile backgrounds!


1.0.1-1.0.3 change log:
  • Fixed level win possibly stalling if you had special ammo run out in the middle of the win cannon launch.
  • Fixed possibly falling through the shield platform during 6-boss's factory segment
  • Fixed enemies on 6-boss sometimes not despawning after the player died and respawned
  • Fixed homing weapons like missiles and redeyes not disappearing when dying to a boss
  • Fixed minor lighting issue during the ending cutscene
  • Fixed "square primians" animation bug that could result in them making an accidental rude gesture
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I started working on Cloudbase Prime in 2012. I've only been working on it full-time since September 2015, but it's been quite the ride! I'm very, very happy to say that Cloudbase Prime 1.0 is out now!

There's a launch discount, so there's no need to delay buying Cloudbase Prime! Selling well helps Cloudbase Prime do better on the Steam front page, especially during this launch window.

Even though the game's officially released, I'm still listening to your feedback! Feel free to drop by the Steam forums or the game's Discord server.

The changes since the last release candidate are minor, but here they are:

1.0RC2 - 1.0.1 change list:
  • Gamepad users only: Strategy HUD button binding was visible on-screen in an annoying fashion until the player unlocked their first power (probably on level 1-1).
  • Strategy HUD UI misbehaved if the player paused/unpaused just after unlocking their first power.
  • Game over menu buttons and cursor became less reliable if the player was riding a jet dragon, or other large moving objects.
  • Rapid-fire clicking with the charge shot equipped sounded unpleasant.
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Chances are very high that this release candidate will simply get renamed and released as 1.0. Which is good, because we're very close to release :P!

I've fixed some straggling annoyances and bugs in this release. None of them were terrible issues, but I'd rather push these fixes out now than after release. They're a nice bit of polish and testing is good.

Come check out Cloudbase Prime's official Discord server! It's great if you want to talk about Cloudbase Prime, or just hang out with me on a chat server.

I've been updating store pages, the website, and piles of other web stuff to get ready. It's annoying but exciting work. Also, the loading icons on cloudbaseprime.com are now crudely animated fixbots! Yesss.


Also, I've made the "Recommended Gamepad + Mouse Aim" Steam controller configuration official, meaning it should be what's used by default for first-time users.

If you're into gyro aim, I do recommend trying out the "Recommended Gamepad + Mouse Aim AND Gyro" configuration! I just suspect gyro aim isn't for everyone.

Full change list:

Fixed:
  • player no longer shoots after respawning or loading a level
  • going back and forth between a mouse and a gamepad works in the options menu now (really helps Steam Controller users!)
  • move tutorial text for gamepads/joysticks improved (no longer lists individual stick axes)
  • in-game tutorials no longer enable the cursor before the actual tutorial opens
  • Improved the 4-2 submenu in the level picker: buttons are more readable now, 4-2:score attack button now hides properly.
  • increasing auto-quality requirements to be more in-line with beta behavior, cleared old auto-quality data (this will result in one slightly slower startup, but will be cached after that!)
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It's been a busy few days for me. I'm very happy to say that RC1 is out now! That means this could be a build I actually ship as Cloudbase Prime 1.0! I'll wait and see how it performs in the wild, and I'll continue slapping it with vigorous tests on my end.

I'm pretty excited about this, though!

Things that will still change are Steam Achievement icons and Steam Cards, because those are separate from the actual game software.

Mac and Linux both support the Steam controller now, but there was a bit of a trade-off for that. Support for other controllers is still good on those platforms, but yeah, it's a little worse.

I've also made some pretty nice Steam Controller mappings for the game. I'll probably make one of those the default "recommended" layout for Steam Controller users in the near future.

As always, your feedback is welcome!

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I've released a couple betas since 0.15.1 while ironing out those controller issues, so I've actually got a few versions worth of changes here.

Full Change List Since July 11:

Improved in RC1:
  • Hex fighters can now drop fuel.
  • Lil' Chomper enemies now die en-masse more efficiently.
  • Enemy damage sounds are generally more efficient now.
  • New voice lines added for 4-2:score attack
  • Level picker: zone stats now have black backgrounds to improve readability.

Fixed in RC1:
  • Overly-generic gamepad button labels on mac/linux
  • Using ammo types while another ammo type was still active left the old hand/charge effects instead of replacing them
  • You could "lose" boost by landing on missiles and launched enemies in midair. Don't worry, you can still jump off them if you believe in yourself.
  • Boost audio didn't respect the "sounds" volume setting
  • Boost audio kept playing while paused
  • Mouse cursor interfered with gamepad movement through the options menus
  • Graphics options could not be applied with a gamepad
  • Fuel drops and homing missiles chased the player while the win screen was displayed
  • EMPing missiles achievement could be triggered without an EMP
  • Fuel gauge wouldn't show itself if the first upgrade you found was special ammo
  • In-game hint text could stay visible while paused
  • Other various UI fixes

Fixed in beta 0.15.3
  • SteamOS: game exited when USB devices were unplugged. (introduced in beta 0.15)
  • SteamOS: no controllers worked. (introduced in beta 0.15)
  • Mac: Steam controllers didn't work.

Fixed in beta 0.15.2
  • "LB" buttons could just get the "L" icon
  • Shield power-lines were being drawn before shields were activated.
  • Key bindings text could possibly fail to display the correct key.
  • Options menu: mouse cursor could stay visible and highlight buttons while the controller was using the same UI.
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So I've been wanting to rerecord some lines for controllers for a while, and have been utterly failing (the intro jokes about mouse and keyboard controls). Those recordings were made years ago, on very old hardware/software, and splicing in new recordings, or doing new recordings altogether, just wasn't working out.

I liked the originals too much to mix them up with things that didn't match! But this morning I got my old recording setup going and there are now controller-specific audio/subtitles for that cutscene!

I know it was confusing some people, and this is probably funnier, too. Hooray!

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Also, while I'm here, I'd like to blab about beta 0.15's new "boss boost" system for bosses 1-4.

If you die three times in a row on boss, you'll see this screen:


If you agree to that, then you'll respawn with the "SUPER CHARGED" rings spinning in your HUD, like at the end of most collect fixbots levels. You'll shoot giant exploding bullets and launch dramatically higher while moving large chunks of terrain at once.

This tends to result in you winning the boss fight, but you won't get the fixbot.



I hope this will result in people still coming back to play and master the level later, perhaps after getting more suit powers.

It's not a huge change, but I was really sweatin' it. I think this will let me keep the challenge most people like in the boss fights while not locking anyone out of the rest of the game just because they happened to get stuck.
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Fixin' things, makin' things. Missing sleep.

Beta 0.15 is out now! This is the last major beta! Hopefully it's the last beta, entirely. Cloudbase Prime's first release candidate is planned for next week. It seems a very realistic goal, given my current schedule and the state of the game right now. We'll see how that goes!

As always, your feedback is welcome, but we're now really, really close to release :D.

This release fixed a lot of issues, adds a new score attack level to 4-2, Steam achievements (I'll make pretty icons soon!), bossfight help, and a much-improved EMP story scene animation. Full change list below:

Added:
  • 4-2 score attack: the first score attack level with giant walkers!
  • A fixbot will now offer to supercharge you in bossfights 1-4 if you die three times in a row. You don't get the fixbot if you accept this help, but you can move on to the next zone!
  • Steam achievements
  • Added an EMP story animation
  • Legs now animate behind the player while boosting. Looks better, especially while swimming downward.

Improved:
  • Combust ammo icon is larger/more readable.
  • Loading special ammo now pulses the HUD icon and makes an ammo-specific sound.
  • Food chain enemy factories now have a death sound

Fixed:
  • Enemy walkers would get confused and stick a leg up in the air sometimes.
  • Fixed button icons for Xbox triggers not showing up correctly.
  • Fixed score attack spawners sometimes not spawning as many enemies as they should.
  • Tractor beams could cause exciting player yoyo situations if the player grappled into them.
  • Ramp "launchability" text could be seen through almost everything
  • Some "player sounds", like repair sounds, were tagged as voices instead of sounds.
  • Auto-quality hardware detection should now recognize some more obscure setups
  • Suit hands clipped into exit cannons at the end of the level.
  • Keybinding notes for
  • Alt/tabbing in and out of the game while a cursor was displayed used to leave the player with two cursors.
  • Left hand didn't join the beam animation when using homing shots
  • Grapple text hints didn't fit on narrow screens
  • Second character's hand particles remained visible after fading to black
  • misc. other bugs and performance improvements
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It took a lot of tuning, but Cloudbase Prime is working well with controllers now! Even Switch joycons, if you pair both of them! Since you look up and down a LOT in this game, there are dedicated buttons to snap your look down/forward/up.

A note on Steam controllers: I'm curious about your feedback here! Steam controllers emulate Xbox 360 controllers when possible! I do support that, but you're missing out on a good few Steam controller features then. You may want to use them in "mouse and keyboard" mode instead.
(EDIT: I now recommend trying one of the gamepad configs I posted here. The button icons'll match up nicer then!)

There are a good deal of other changes in here, too. A pile of bug fixes, an easier food chain mode, and a pretty cursor for menus.

Full change notes:

Added/changed:
  • Controller support!
  • New options menu (now controller-friendly)
  • Added hint text on how to throw balls and detach from grabbed terrain
  • Updated look bindings, they can now be customized. I tried to keep mouse sensitivity identical: tell me if I didn't!
  • Added snap look controls: up, down, forward. Only bound on controllers by default.
  • Reload/interact are now the same binding
  • You can now throw held items by hitting interact a second time.
  • New cursor for menus
  • Food Chain mode is now easier: collector has more HP, enemy factory stays vulnerable longer.
  • Improved control help text in 1-intro: better text, colored control bindings.
  • Added move help text to 1-intro.
  • Lowered fall death height on all levels in zone 5.
  • You can't change the direction of the architect while your hands are busy any more (caused animation bugs, confused people).
  • Exiting the end credits now requires you to press a specific button.

Fixed:
  • Improved corrupt save file handling, automatic loading of backups on failure.
  • Exit cannon can no longer be disabled by enemy terrain destruction
  • Fixbot voices are now consistently affected by the "voice" volume setting.
  • 6-boss no longer becomes harder the more you die... sorry about that.
  • Fixed duplicated subtitles, hand animation bugs in 5-intro.
  • Enemy shield repulsor is no longer active during 5-boss's intro cutscene.
  • Fixed Atlas's voice lines being too quiet in the intro to 6-boss.
  • Fixed 5-1's starting checkpoint not consistently respawning the player.
  • 5-1's food chain stuff no longer shows up outside of food chain mode.
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