Tempest Big Update (Part. 1)!!!
First, we want to thank everyone for their patience and continued support. We know it’s been awhile since we’ve last updated our Tempest backers, and for that we apologize. The good news is we’ve turned a significant corner in the development of our RepliCade x Tempest machine and we have a great update for you today!
New Tempest Pictures/Details
In our campaign, we featured an early prototype machine that had virtually perfect 1:6 scale proportions to the original machine. You may recall that we designed a slightly larger spinner knob for gameplay that could be swapped for the true sixth scale display knob to make gameplay easier. This larger knob did improve the gameplay experience, but we quickly realized additional space was needed around the knob for our full-size fingers. Our updated design now has an optimized control panel to address this issue while retaining the visual accuracy of the original full-size machine!
We are very happy with the quality of the side art reproduction! The colors are awesome, and it looks so cool downsized to sixth scale. Shout out again to our friends at Escape Pod for making this high-resolution artwork possible! If you love classic arcade art, check out their great work on all your favorites at www.escapepodonline.com!
We have finalized the back layout of the power button, volume control, speaker grill, and USB charge components. The last detail will be adding the “Charge” pad print call out above the USB plug.
Red vs Black T-Molding
You may have noticed by now that the product images above show red T-molding versus the original black T-molding. This has sparked a heated (ongoing) debate internally about which is the right way to go for final production units. Names have been called, beers have been spilled, threats to loved ones have been made, but to no avail. So now we put it to you dear backers to let us know your thoughts… Red or Black T-molding? Let us know in the comments! (The correct answer is black Ed. red, of course).
This video is running in attract mode, gameplay video next week.
From the beginning of the Tempest project, another more pressing issue has been the subject of much testing and cursing – namely, what screen to use. Our initial build used a version of the Centipede screen, but after several scaling exercises it became evident we needed to make a change. Simply put, the vector artwork required much higher resolution in order to keep the lines from breaking up or disappearing altogether at 1:6 scale. Unfortunately, much time was lost while we sourced a new screen vendor with better options, negotiated new pricing, modified our cabinet design, and updated our software to support the new screen. The good news is our efforts have paid off and we can’t wait to show you the results in Part 2 of our update next week!
What’s Happening Next Week in Part 2
We will be doing a video update for Part 2. We will be showing off the Tempest cabinet and gameplay, as well as explaining our next steps on when RepliCade x Tempest will be shipping to everyone! Thank you all again for your patience and we will have more information in Part 2 next week!
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