Tempest Production Update
First off, thank you all for your continued support and patience as we have been hard at work getting Tempest x RepliCade ready for production. Now let’s get into the update:
Hard Spin on the Rotary Control
One of our favorite features of the original Tempest arcade machine is spinning the rotary controller hard and watching the spider-like ship do 360s around the top of the playfield. Perhaps not surprisingly, recreating this feature in 1:6 scale presented one of our biggest design challenges.
Since our miniature Rotary Controller is so small, it is impossible to completely recreate the momentum required to achieve this effect with the physical dial itself. However, with some small modifications to the encoder, we have been able to mimic this effect on screen by interpreting fast spins of the RepliCade’s mini Rotary Controller as a “momentum spin” and continue moving the ship for a short time after the dial has stopped moving. It took some time to dial this in (ouch, sorry), but the final effect is surprisingly convincing! We’re really excited to have been able to capture this key element of the original gaming experience in miniature. With that piece of the puzzle solved, along with having a few other cosmetic details ironed out, we are now finally ready to begin pilot production.
Without further ado, here is the production and shipping schedule:
We have upgraded our settings menu! This is not the final menu, but we wanted to give you a little preview of all the little tweaks and enhancements we have been making for Tempest x RepliCade. We will be showing you the final version in the coming weeks!
Next Update and Wrap Up
We will have another update in a few weeks with the Production Sample, showing off all the improvements that we have made since you last saw Tempest x RepliCade. We will have some longer game play videos to show as well! At that point, we will also be going into Pilot Production. Thank you all again for your support and patience!
The New Wave Toys Team