November 11th, 2013
In fact, we’ve never been dead.
Since the last post we’ve been busy with distilling the game, starting our collaboration with Fatshark to bring Cobalt to Xbox and we’ve been to Minecon.
Being a small team with the main focus to have fun, the development of Cobalt has always been a bit haphazard where we’ve added stuff as we go with less focus on the bigger picture and more attention spent on what felt right at the moment. This has led to, in our opinion, a great platformer but it has also resulted in a lot of features that remain hidden to the average player. When a new player starts up Cobalt, he or she isn’t really introduced to what the game is about. There’s nothing to hold their hand and present them with the experience that is Cobalt, especially not as a single player. I’m not talking about a next-gen like dumbing down of game play, but a coherent presentation of the actual game.
What we have now is a whole bunch of puzzle pieces hovering in the air waiting to be placed in the correct spot. Since starting our collaboration with Fatshark we’ve been busy trimming and arranging all pieces in order to put them down in a presentable larger picture and an enjoyable gaming experience from start to finish.
Hit the jump to read more!
July 3rd, 2013
Unfortunately v121 had a serious bug in it which causes all downloaded files to be corrupted. This means:
V122 cannot be auto-updated to! You need to download installer (windows mac) ! If you try to update, your cobalt install will be corrupted. Just reinstall! =D
Hello again! This time we have focused mainly on fixing bugs in v121. When taking this long between updates many things get changed and unfortunately some rather bad ones slipped by, the most annoying one being the broken autoupdater in v121. This should now be fixed, along with a bunch of other things!
Hit the jump for the full change-log
June 27th, 2013
For windows users wanting to update from v120 to v121, you will need to download a new switcheroo.exe and place it in your Cobalt folder, or reinstall directly using the installer. Download the Mac installer here.
To everyone with opengl32.dll problems: Download and install: Openal
To everyone with random engine crashes, make sure you have removed any old openal32.dll in your cobalt folder, and reinstall: Openal
Long time, no see! We have mentioned over the last couple of posts that we are working on the Adventure component of the game. This update will not contain the adventure we built so far since we want to make a good first impression, but it will contain all the improvements, features, tiles, actors and what have you that we have been adding and tweaking for it. So while we have put several months of development into this update, this update does not yet contain the main part of those efforts. The main purpose of this update is:
- Stability and fixing crashes and optimizations.
- First real test of mac support!
- Improvements to editors and lots of new content for mappers including the tile lighting systems!
- Marking the return of more regular updates.
Since this alpha will be the first with Mac / OS X support, please report any problems you encounter specifically on that platform to us!
Hit the jump for the full change log!
June 5th, 2013
Here follows a couple of videos I posted on my youtube channel from the development of Cobalt v121 Alpha. Some of them showcase interesting bugs, other show off new features! Read the descriptions to find out more!
Hit the jump to watch them!
March 22nd, 2013
In this post I will talk about:
- Adventure mode!
- Item Comparison
Hit the jump for the full read!
February 8th, 2013
Hello again! Today we uploaded v120! Some bug fixes, minable rocks, and some design adjustments! Hit the jump for the full change log!
February 7th, 2013
It seems that some of the files uploaded were corrupted on upload and will result a whole string of strange bugs! v120 tomorrow!
We updated Cobalt to v119 today with some new stuff and some bug fixes! We added a new actor and lots of new locks! Hit the jump for the full change log!
January 25th, 2013
In this version we have set Direct X as the default renderer again, fixed a bunch of bugs as well as included new tools for finding out why crashes occur. If your game still crashes in this version, we will have a much better ability to locate your specific problem if you locate in your My Documents/Cobalt folder the two files called “log.txt” and “send-me-to-oxeye.dmp”, and send them to email@example.com
Other than that, we have made general bug fixes and improvements, among them hud and sounds for splitscreen. Hit the jump for the full change-log!
January 20th, 2013
Since v116 and v117 we have gotten report about the game crashing for some people!
The most common ones seem to be:
- It crashes right away on startup: This is likely because of opengl being using and your system not working well with it for some reason. This can be solved for now by Right-Clicking the Cobalt shortcut, click properties, and in the “target” field that should contain something like “C:\Program Files\Oxeye Games\Cobalt\Cobalt.exe”, add -directx to the end, so that it now looks like “C:\Program Files\Oxeye Games\Cobalt\Cobalt.exe -directx”.
- Crashing at some random point during a challenge: In v117 we fixed a couple of these issues, and some who had problems with this no longer does. But it seems that for some all problems were not solved. We do not know why it is happening, and we would like to ask the people that are having these problems to clarify their crash report with some more information!
The reason why many of these crashes slip through is because they simply don’t happen on any of our systems. This is the reason why it is extra important that we understand exactly when and why it crashes for you.
To help us help you, these are the things that would really help us when trying to figure out what is wrong:
January 19th, 2013
Hi! Today we released v117 Alpha. It should update normally through the launcher. This includes a bunch of fixes to problems created by v116. The problem where the launcher crashes right away is known but we have not been able to fix it yet. In the meantime, please right click your cobalt shortcut, and in the “target” field, add:
then start the game again.
Hit the jump for the full change log!