MEET THE DEMO
Hi everyone! We’re closing in on three weeks left, and as promised we’re starting to ramp up the update schedule. Our gratitude goes out to those who have bumped up their pledges in the last few days. Like us on http://www.facebook.com/Digitilus , retweet https://twitter.com/alskyjacker and join us, won’t you?
YOUTUBE IS A WONDERFUL SERVICE
Before we get started...
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These are the before and after images on the Shaarkarian fleet vid: before, compression to H.264 at 135 mbps, and after, Youtube’s recompression into potato format. Okay Youtube is fine - they can’t reasonably serve a 2.6 gig file. We’re just saying the stuff you’re watching is secretly EVEN BETTER!
We prepared 100+ screenshots to let you estimate the real quality of the Shaarkarians in all their deadly beauty - check our Gallery
The demo is a love letter to our detailed demolition system, where everything can be broken down into components and/or blasted into chunky kibble. But as a sandbox the demo mission has a few rough edges - aliens yelling, stuff happening, people trying to murder you, etc. We therefore present the CARGO PINATA, stripping out everything from the demo mission but a nice big freighter ripe for the blasting.
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! We like our youtube videos, but we also want you to try it out for yourself. It’s like our Spaceship Disassembly app (check our Update #2) - if you could disassemble it with EXPLOSIONS. You can download the level HERE. To patch it into the demo, just unzip and copy everything over the existing files in your Skyjacker demo installed directory, then run the batch file (start_ytg_transport.bat) included to get into the extra level.
New soundtrack is available to hear/download as always:
PSA #2 - SKYJACKER FLIGHT MODELS
The demo also defaults to an arcade-like flight model that casually disregards physics. Skyjacker has multiple flight models with different behaviors, including others with inertia and momentum; in the final game your flight model will depend on the wings you have installed, but for the demo, you can swap between them with the VBNM keys. The moar you know! Our backers put this video together to highlight the differences and/or screw around with a music video - enjoy above, or install the demo and try it on your own.Great music of the Russian rock band АКВАРИУМ supports incredible capture. Thank you, Veav!
We’ve heard your feedback about the voices in the demo. Some aren’t sure it’s even English. :) They’re in-house placeholders destined to be replaced by professional voice actors. Here’s what our demo bible has to say - meet the VOICE PHRAZES SPREADSHEET
The text itself is also destined to be polished up in localization, but it’s a pretty good idea of what we’ll be AIMING for.
There are five voices present in the demo, six if you include the Robot. Here’s an idea: if we can get at least 5-6 backers with microphones, we’ll immortalize your voices as an optional mod for the demo, and (as long as the Kickstarter succeeds) we’ll figure out a prize for those who helped out on top of whatever you’ve pledged. On top of that, we could well end up offering you a speaking role in the final game. What do you say?
Working on it! Rebalancing numbers is easy, it’s the AI that takes some work. The speed is the most sensitive issue here - the “pilots” have to prioritize collisions and targeting and things they want to defend while maneuvering. Right now when we make them react faster, they start to lose focus, so Dmitriy is troubleshooting that. We’re aiming for next week on this.
SKYJACKER IN THE PRESS
- RockPaperShotgun - RPS gives us some love again this week, with our final fleet vid out there for everyone to see. We seriously couldn’t have made it where we are without their support, and they’re getting all the exclusives they want, up to and including naming rights to Eugene’s haircut :)
- Murrobs Plaza - Skyjacker in Finland? Tervetuloa, kiitos paljon!
- GamerSector - Thanks for sharing, guys. We’ve got plenty of other footage where that came from so keep checking in.
KICKING IT FORWARD
Retrovirus - Another in the realm of “not quite a space game”, Retrovirus is the love child of Tron and Descent, featuring six degrees of freedom, a co-op campaign, multiplayer modes and mod tools, and a playable alpha available for download. You can find literal hours of gameplay in their updates - they can definitely deliver on their promises - and they gave away FOUR THOUSAND copies of their earlier game to drum up support... but their Kickstarter ends July 7th and, somehow, they’re still languishing at 20% of their 75k goal. The game drops at $15, or $30 to beta it up. Please go show them some Skyjacker love!
Knight Hunter - isn’t a space game at all in fact, but they still have common ground with Skyjacker; a criminal underworld setting, vehicles with heavy weapons, a dev team in California and ambition in spades. The genre of “muscle cars with guns” hasn’t seen much love since Interstate ‘78, and just like space games, it’s up to us to tell publishers there’s a demand. Knight Hunter is $15 for the game and $30 to beta - if you ever plugged quarters into Spy Hunter, now’s the time to remember why.
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