I'm only a week or two from sending out all the digital rewards. I was hoping to do this a couple weeks ago but it's taken longer than expected to round everything up. Unity 5.5 also did some strange things to Arakion on Linux, and those had to be fixed.
In anticipation of that event here is some more game news I've been itching to talk about!
The biggest change to the town is 'Worker' Buildings, these take in game time to construct and operate. They are operated by town workers and they produce materials like rations and offer services like resting at the inn or a ride on the RTSF system. Most worker buildings are discovered by ascending the Tower of Infinity, for now.
An example, the worker spawner (pink tree) you see below takes 1 day to construct and 4 days to operate, after 4 days you'll receive 1 additional town worker. The barracks, on the other hand, takes 4 days to construct and 1 week to operate. Once it's constructed you can send out town workers or rescued NPCs on quests. Of course, you could just rest repeatedly to have everything constructed quickly but your characters will age in the meantime.
The town still has all the traditional stuff you can construct as well including hero housing, monuments, vegetation, manually constructing buildings or just some rocks you want to throw on the ground, but worker buildings add a new level of interactivity and function to the town.
Upgraded Tower of Infinity
As you'll see below the tower visuals have been completely redone. It now exists within the 'Void Realm'.
In addition to having town worker building recipes, the tower has been greatly upgraded and improved upon. It now operates like Arakion 'Classic' and the world builds itself as you move along. You're only able to see 1 tile-set ahead (except for major tiles) and the puzzles/traps will keep you on your toes.
I wanted to do this upgrade before launch because the tower is a major feature in Arakion and I wanted the quality to reflect that. At launch there will be 1-2 tiers as well as the infinite level. The infinite level has items you won't find anywhere else but is totally randomized each time.
Each tier consists of 10 levels, 3 - 4 worker building blueprints, multiple camera locatables, rare traits, 1 hidden Elementalstone or Primalstone, rare cards and more!
While I'm in the tower I want to talk about resolution scaling. This should help players with lower end machines still be able to have a high quality experience in Arakion. For instance, you may be viewing the game at 1920x1080 but it's a little sluggish, you can scale the resolution down to 75% and the game will be nearly identical in quality but will run ~30fps faster in some instances. Down the road, I'll be adding a 'pixelated mode' to this function to allow the game to operate like a classic dungeon crawler visually.
As always if you have any questions just drop them below or toss me a message and I'll respond as soon as I see them!