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Join developers behind the hit racing game Nitronic Rush as they take futuristic arcade racing to the next level!
Distance has been released on Steam Early Access to great reviews! We'll continue to develop the game alongside our amazing backer community and aim to release the finished game on PC and PS4 when it's ready.
Distance has been released on Steam Early Access to great reviews! We'll continue to develop the game alongside our amazing backer community and aim to release the finished game on PC and PS4 when it's ready.
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The Radical Update, Adventure Progress, MomoCon Award

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Hi everyone! We just had some exciting news on our end... The Radical Update has been released! It's a large update that focuses mostly on improvements to Stunt mode while adding some powerful new tools in the editor. See the trailer above for an overview!

The Radical Update includes:

  • Fully implemented v1 of the trick announcer (like in Nitronic Rush)
  • Completely reworked Stunt mode
  • New Stunt level (Neon Park)
  • New Challenge levels (Red Heat, Disassembly Line)
  • 22 Steam Achievements
  • New editor features (animator component, force zones, etc.)
  • And more... read the full changelog

Adventure Mode Progress

While we did put quite a bit of time into releasing The Radical Update, we haven't slowed our momentum towards completing Adventure Mode. Without spoiling anything, here's your first look at some of the newest content Galen, Brent, and Kristian have created:

 

 

 

 

 

Click on each image to view a larger version. As usual I can't quite yet reveal exactly what they've been adding and changing, but I can say that they're doing an excellent job of making the publicly available Adventure mode feel like an ancient relic. More previews likely to come later this summer.

MomoCon Recap, Indie Award

Last month Jason and I traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to take part in MomoCon which was an adventure of its own. Refract was given booth space since we were finalists in MomoCon's indie awards, and we figured why not give it a shot. We demoed a completely new build, and the response to the new content was resoundingly positive.

On top of that, out of 20 finalists we were selected as one of the 5 winners in the MomoCon Indie Awards ceremony! Winning gave us a $1,000 prize, 10 x 20 exhibit space at MomoCon 2018, a dedicated panel at MomoCon 2018, highlighted placement in a MomoCon newsletter, and the glass trophy seen above.

Watch the video of us collecting the award on stage here. You can also read a bit more about the judging process via this Kotaku article.

While MomoCon was a solid "marketing" event for us, I think the playtesting side of it was actually the most productive part. We still could a do a bit better in terms of teaching new players mechanics (which is half of the point of Adventure mode), but I'd say that our latest experiments certainly demonstrated a big improvement. Thanks to all of the Distance and Nitronic Rush players that came over to say hi and chat!

Moving Forward

As usual following a big update release we're currently soaking up the feedback and making plans for our next Arcade release. For the most part we are incredibly close feature-wise to achieving what we set to create from the start. It's now all about getting that last 5% down, finishing Adventure mode, and making critical improvements based on feedback.

In terms of release info on PC and PS4, if you have questions I'd recommend checking our FAQ. If you play The Radical Update and have any feedback we'd love to hear it. Otherwise we're just going to keep powering through so that we can release Distance 1.0 as soon as possible. Thanks as always for the support!

- Jordan (with everyone at Refract)

PAX East, Team Changes, New EULA

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Distance at PAX East

Ellie and I will be heading out to Boston for PAX East next week! We’ll be showcasing a preview of our upcoming beta update at Booth #23131. This update features big changes/additions to Arcade gameplay including improvements to Stunt mode, a first version of the announcer, Steam achievements, and a few other surprises!

Of course it wouldn’t be a Refract booth without some ridiculous over-the-top booth lighting. See above for a mockup of the booth I created using Distance’s level editor. I’ll also be posting previews of the lighting tech on Twitter leading up to PAX.

It’ll just be me and Ellie at this year’s expo, so if possible we’re looking for volunteers to help run the booth. If you’re passionate about Distance and are interested in volunteering some time in exchange for expo access, please contact us at ellie@refract.com.

New Team Members

Today I’m excited to announce that Refract has added three new developers to our team! Please join me in welcoming Brent Potter, Galen Heninger, and Kristian Larsen to Distance’s development!

If you’ve been keeping up to date with the Distance community you might know them better as Ashamael, snowstate, and Krispy. They’ve contributed greatly to Distance’s community over the years (on top of creating some incredible level content). We’re excited to now bring them behind the curtain to help complete Distance’s Adventure mode.

 (check out Forsaken Shrine for a collaboration between all three creators)

While I can’t yet show the content they’ve been creating for Adventure mode, I recommend checking out their previous works on Steam Workshop. Trust me when I say that the new stuff they’re creating for Adventure mode will be worth the wait.

EULA Update

Finally, on a slightly less exciting note, we’ve updated our EULA and added a dedicated Privacy Policy. You can review it on our website:

If you’ll be at PAX East we hope to see you at Booth #23131! Watch out on Steam for news about upcoming experimental builds. Otherwise stay tuned for more info about our upcoming major update!

- Jordan (with everyone at Refract)

Booting Up 2017

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Hi everyone! It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a long-form devlog, so now that 2017 is in full swing I figured it was time to bring it back. For those that haven't been following the development closely via Twitter and Steam announcements, it includes answers to all of our frequently asked questions (including info on physical backer rewards, the launch window, the PS4 release, etc.) as well as thoughts on Adventure mode, new music, and more!

In short, development is going well. We recently released our most ambitious update to Distance yet: The Ghost Update. It features ghost racing, a replay viewer, official HTC Vive support, an increased online player limit, a new stats system, and tons of other improvements. It’s now available via Steam Early Access and Humble Bundle. Check out the trailer for a quick overview, plus your first teaser for the final release of Adventure mode!

As usual, if you have feedback you'd like to share, let us know via Twitter or the Steam forums. Those are the places where we've had the most success in keeping up with feedback. We can't seem to enable notifications for comments on Kickstarter, so please be aware if you post here we might miss your note. Hope you enjoy the devlog!

- Jordan (with everyone at Refract)

Distance October Update: Revamped Reality

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Hey everyone! We have some cool news to dive into today, but real quick I need to mention something important:

Update your address by Oct. 16th for physical rewards

At long last, we have a pipeline in place to send out shirts and posters! Since it's been quite some time since we asked for your address we wanted to give you another chance to update it. You should be able to edit your survey response on the right panel here.

Once we have the addresses at the end of next week we'll start sending stuff out. Obviously we've been distracted and got behind on these rewards, so we'll be including a small bonus in with each package. Thanks again for your patience.

Revamped Reality is live!

(check out the new trailer featuring VR gameplay)

Following gamescom and PAX we shipped the Revamped Reality update. Check out the trailer above! It's a huge step forward towards releasing the final game. We upgraded to Unity 5 which improved overall performance, upgraded all of our menus, and added new features like cockpit view and VR.

As a quick reminder, if you haven't grabbed your key you can access Distance beta via Humble Bundle. Click here for instructions.

Build 3920 features:

  • Better overall performance
  • Faster level loading
  • VR integration
  • Cockpit view
  • UI revamp (with mouse support)
  • Improved car color customization
  • Improved player names in multplayer
  • New editor assets
  • And more... 

>> Learn more about the update

Survive the Editor contest

(grand prize winner earns this majestic trophy)

Survive the Editor is a 3-week long Distance level creation contest. We're so excited to be working with members of the community to bring you a fun competition with amazing prizes!

Running from Oct. 3rd to Oct. 24th, weekly winners will be chosen during the "Speedy Saturday" multiplayer meetup. Each week we'll announce a mode and theme, and it's up to you to create a level that impresses both our judges and the community.

This week's mode is Challenge and the theme is Industrial. We're giving away prizes in 4 different categories so there are plenty of chances to win! If you don't feel like participating you can watch the judging live each Saturday.

>> Click for the deadlines & prizes

2016

We still have quite a bit to finish before Distance is done. Getting Unity 5 integrated was fortunately one our last "big" technical hurdles before shipping Distance, so moving forward a lot of the upcoming work is content creation and mode improvements.

While we think it's possible to be tech complete by the end of 2015, being content complete (a.k.a. final release) is looking like Q1/Q2 2016. If you’re anxiously awaiting the release all I can say is that we’re moving as fast as we can while still retaining a certain level of quality. It would be even slower without the continual feedback from the early access community.

As you may have also noted, we've been improving and adding to Adventure mode all year. To maximize the impact of playing the final story we've decided to only release updated Adventure content as a complete package near the final release. It might be tough waiting to play through the new content, but we really think it'll be worth it in the end after we've massaged out all of the rough edges.

On a side note, for future updates we're heavily considering merging Kickstarter backers into our main mailing list to simplify things on our end. Watch out for the same format of update coming from a slightly different source next time. Until then, Steam Announcements and Twitter remain the best way to keep up to date.

Thanks as always for being a part of this exhilarating development! 

- Jordan (@torcht for more dev updates)

We're Headed to Gamescom! The Big ICYMI Update

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Hey everyone! It’s been 100 years since our last Kickstarter update, but as many of you know we’ve moved most of our announcing and devlog-ing to our Steam announcements page. In case you’ve been missing out, I’ve collected the major highlights from the past few months and linked them below.

TL;DR:

  • Kyle and I will be in Germany at gamescom next week! We’ll be unveiling new Adventure mode content, the new announcer, VR + cockpit view, and more
  • We’re looking for gamescom volunteers! Read below for more info
  • The Trackmogrify Update added random track generation, custom music support, boom box mode, a spectate mode, etc.
  • The PS4 build is far along thanks to a new team member, and Sony showed it at E3
  • We’re currently upgrading to Unity 5 which gives huge performance improvements
  • We’re finally adding mouse controls to the menu (big overhaul)

We’re headed to gamescom! Looking for volunteers

Next week, Kyle and I will making the trek to Germany to show Distance at gamescom! We can't wait to meet so many of you that haven't been able to attend U.S. conventions. As a part of the WIN and Indie Arena booths (hall 10.1, number A 050 / B 051) we'll be showing new story mode levels, VR + cockpit view, synced concert lighting, and more. It's going to be crazy. If you're a journalist or streamer and would like schedule a meeting, email ellie@refract.com to set something up.

Since it's just Kyle and myself attending we can use all the help as we can get (especially with events like tournaments). In exchange for volunteering at the booth we can get you special access to the expo and likely some other rewards. If this interests you email ellie@refract.com with the subject line "Gamescom volunteer" and we'd love to chat with you.

Visual Highlights

Since I’ve already been posting a ton to Vine, Twitter, and Steam, I figured it would be more efficient to just link to all the posts so you can choose what interests you. Since pretty images are how I like to digest information, here are some visual highlights before you dive into the nitty gritty.

(Trackmogrify / random track generation is a blast)

(We’re stepping up our arcade cabinet game)

(VR + cockpit view is pretty cool)

(Custom music + dynamic visuals)

(Mouse-controlled menus are almost here)

(Adventure mode is getting exciting)

(Community-created levels just keep getting better)

Recent Steam Announcements

Next Steps

While we’re heavily focused on gamescom build right now, we’re also in the process of putting out a new Unity 5 experimental build with improved menus and car physics. Watch the Unity 5 experimental build feedback thread for the latest news there. Of course when it goes live on the default branch we’ll post a proper Steam announcement as well. We haven’t forgotten about physical backer rewards either, I just honestly got overloaded trying to manage them alongside everything else this year. After the convention is over Ellie and I plan to complete the final ordering/shipping. Thanks for your patience. If you’ll be at gamescom we hope to see there!

- Jordan (with everyone at Refract)