Oxeye Game Studio http://www.oxeyegames.com Creative Games Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:08:34 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.4 en hourly 1 Intel Report: Actor Emergency http://www.oxeyegames.com/intel-report-actor-emergency/ http://www.oxeyegames.com/intel-report-actor-emergency/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:57:57 +0000 Trif http://www.oxeyegames.com/?p=1686 Well, you know what they say: Two heads are probably better than one!

Which is why each infiltration mission is carried out by two operatives. Oftentimes you’ll never see the other operative, as they’re only for emergencies, backup, moral support and cookie dispensary.

But why am I telling you this? Agent Trif has been captured, yes, and it is up to me, FabiotheTurtle, to make sure our mission is seen through! And probably save him, but that’s later.

Anyway, what was I saying? Oh yes.

The devs are back from holiday! There was about three weeks between their last streaming session, but now they’re totally back in the development groove.

The last set of streams held near the beginning of July heralded some nice bits of goodies. I was there to witness the whole thing happening, but Trif was carrying the camera and all, and with the whole captured thing… I got no pictures.

What I can recount for you however, is that there is a lot more content to be coming along soon. For the mappers out there, this includes a bunch of new tilesets, functions and even a few actors or two. For the “playtesters”, this just means there’s more stuff to play around with!

Now, what specifically can I tell you about?

“Boss” Fights

Strewn throughout the main adventure will be various instances in which, in other games, would indicate maybe a large mech dropping from the ceiling, a sudden dramatic music change and perhaps the restriction of a core game mechanic. This is not the case, except maybe that large mech thing…

Certain actors are intrinsically more powerful than other actors, as anybody who’s faced off against several Ninjas or even a Metalface will tell you. If they’re sufficiently geared up, they become even harder to kill, requiring elaborate strategy and thought.

Especially when they’re riding jetbikes.
Especially when they’re riding jetbikes.

Here’s an example that segues nicely into my next topics. Strictly speaking, that picture was taken from the livestream that happened not long ago, and is possibly still happening right now. Frankly, there are a lot of things going on in this image, so let’s break it down.

That half-Metalface half–Porygon looking thing is called a Metaldroid. Metaldroids are similar to your run-of-the-mill Metalface, but lack the empathy and compassion that only human brains will supply. They are ruthless killer machines, capable of everything a Metalface can do, but more menacingly. Watch out for these guys. There are a few more actors to keep an eye out for as well, but you’ll have to wait for those.

Actor Piloting

The keen-eyed and mapmakers among you will notice that part of the Metaldroids actor data, it’s actor mode is set to “pilot.” In this image, the Metaldroid is the pilot of the Jetbike, meaning that it will spawn in the map riding the Jetbike. This is available to a vast range of actors, and there are a few different actors that can be ridden.

The complete list is unknown, but I will tell you this: Hamsters and Wasps are capable of being ridden. You may not believe me, but you weren’t there man. There was so much destruction, so much debris. I’d never seen so much oil. What’s worse, is both actors are capable of firing and targeting independently of each other. Keep that in mind!

I also hear there’s a way to tame wild Hamsters to let you ride them, but it sounds a wee bit dangerous to me…

New Items

In my surveillance of Agent Trif’s antics, I managed to see a small array of new explosives being developed. Whilst I only saw one in action, I can only assume the damage they do.

Molotov Cocktails are becoming a thing, and they seem to be the answer to the previously introduced Nitrogen Grenade. Upon detonation, they release a burst of flames along the ground into your unsuspecting foes feet, and heating them up. Dynamite is ready too, which probably creates a bigger boom than your standard grenade. Or maybe not! Who knows.

On top of that, item selection has an improved interface, in which upgrades now show the max amount that they can have.

"I like this" - FabiotheTurtle
“I like this” —FabiotheTurtle

Other than that, the developers have now officially entered 100% production mode, meaning new content is not really going to be created, but rather their full attention is being directed at Adventure Mode and it’s pending release.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go rescue Trif. Yell if you see anything.

Even top–class industrial intelligence thieves can enjoy a good summer vacation. As a result, the next Intel Report will probably be in the middle of August, after which they will return to normal schedule. Keep an eye on the official Twitter account and have a Cobalty summer, people of the Northern Hemisphere—and a chill winter to you southeners!

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Anosou Interview (And Stream Details!) http://www.oxeyegames.com/anosou-interview/ http://www.oxeyegames.com/anosou-interview/#comments Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:37:47 +0000 Trif http://www.oxeyegames.com/?p=1683 You asked, I tied, he responded.

A while ago, I asked you for questions for anosou, the composer of Cobalt’s soundtrack, and you didn’t let me down: Though persistent in his efforts to safeguard the secrets of his digital magic, your excellent questions and my trusty rope got a few words out of him. As promised in the latest Intel Report, here are the answers!

So, How Do You Music?

To begin, could you briefly introduce yourself to the uninitiated?

My name is Mattias, composer and appreciator of video game music born in ‘89. By day I work at Propellerhead Software, creators of much cool music software. By night I write video game music, play Magic: The Gathering and eat various things.

Ah, actually I have two of your company’s products, haha. First up then, the obvious question that has been asked by many: How do you make your music? (Tools, workflow etc.)

It’s a hard question to answer thoroughly. I create all my music in Reason, incidentally made by the company where I work. I actually got the job there because I used Reason so much! The creative process starts and ends there with just some headphones, a laptop and a MIDI keyboard.

I’ve played piano for numerous years so I compose mainly by hammering keys in different ways. Everything from actual piano to drums is me hammering away! I love exploring sounds too and have tons of different patch libraries and Rack Extensions (plug-ins for Reason). I often start with a preset sound and then tweak it a little bit to become what I want.

What made you choose the style for Cobalt’s music, and what do you think defines it?

I think it started out as Oxeye sending me a Com Truise song and saying “This is awesome”. After that a lot of the sounds I used are reminiscent of what he’s doing. He’s got that 80s retro feel, using a lot of sounds from old synths and samplers. Specifically I’ve found Fairlight samples to work great! But I mix all this up pretty heavily with ambiences and even ethno/folk vibes and pure techno. I always try to be versatile as it keeps things interesting.

What artist or source do you find most inspiration from for Cobalt’s soundtrack?

Well, like I said, Com Truise defined a lot of the sounds. Otherwise I’m mostly inspired by whatever I’m listening to currently. Since I have quite an eclectic taste in music this varies greatly.

Do you have a favorite Cobalt track?

I’m partial to the menu track, as are we all. :)

Where can you buy the soundtrack?

Nowhere! Yet.

Aww. Are there plans to create more songs for the game? Will there be new music for the Adventure mode?

I can’t really answer that to be honest. I’ve been enormously busy at Propellerhead and the Oxeye guys have been super busy too. We’ll see!

Well, at least it’s not a ‘no’. Now, for some reason we’ve received a few food related questions too! What’s your top “I’m going to make awesome music today!” breakfast?

I almost never eat breakfast. A habit I wouldn’t recommend to anyone.

Ah. Another one! On average, how much “work related caffeine” do you ingest per hour?

It’s not so much a “per hour” thing but much caffeine is ingested. I go through cycles of different caffeine habits too, one month it’s all about energy drinks while another I brew my own Yerba Mate in a traditional gourd. As long as it keeps me awake, I like it.

The community has quite a few creative musicians. Any tips for the more or less experienced magicians-in-training out there?

Create more music! Never stop! The only way to get better is to keep creating music. Also, try to get involved with other musicians. One of the reasons I do what I do is because of my involvement in ocremix.org, remixing video game music. It’s a thriving community of musicians from the lowest to highest level. I got a lot of feedback and training doing that and I believe it made me a much better composer.

Finally, the most important question: If I don’t have enough Thingybob, how do I add more Fairlight?

Flick the switch!

Fine, You’ve Passed

While a digital pet bard does sound appealing, I was nice enough to let him go in the end. Quite a cooperative subject!

Remember to check out the Mapmania Livestream this Saturday, starting at 12:00 UTC+2! With the Duke and myself as your hosts, nothing can go wrong! …Or maybe everything, but hey, we’ll have fun! We’ll be reviewing more maps than you knew existed including all of the MapJam submissions, and perhaps we’ll do a little contest or two—with prizes, naturally! We’ll be streaming all day, so feel free to check in when you can. The map list will be ordered randomly and put in the stream description so you can get an estimate of when your favorite community maps are played. Follow the stream to get an email when it starts!

Until then!

Disclaimer: The Mapmania Livestream is a fan event, not an official Oxeye event. Horrendous accents will be broadcast, terrible jokes will be made, and faces will be imploded.

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Intel Report: Nothing Like Home http://www.oxeyegames.com/intel-report-nothing-like-home/ http://www.oxeyegames.com/intel-report-nothing-like-home/#comments Sun, 01 Jun 2014 22:59:55 +0000 Trif http://www.oxeyegames.com/?p=1657 Summer at last! We made it! Put on your stainless swimsuits and enjoy the weather!

Unless you’re a winter person like your trusty information snatcher, of course. How about we stay inside and take a look at some new Adventure hotness instead?

I bring lots of delicious screenshots and a bit of accompanying banter today—and perhaps a little secret hidden somewhere in the article.

Looks inviting, don't you think?
Looks inviting, don’t you think?

Before we get buried deeply in Adventure mechanics and whatnot, take a look at the green stuff in that picture. No, not the lights. Look to the right. See that gooey waste? I know you like shiny things, but don’t touch that. Perhaps you know that radioactivity has been in the game for a little while now, but like unstable atoms decay into new nuclides, this feature has changed quite a bit. Getting in contact with radioactive material will gradually and randomly impair your movement, and attacking others physically will spread the green fun! Note that non–organic enemies will not meet their demise from radiation alone. It’s probably not the best idea to get in a fistfight with a radioactive robot that doesn’t have the brains to die from it—especially not if you’re not armed with a Nano Dispenser to cure your greenness.

See that droplet? thewreck didn't.
See that droplet? thewreck didn’t.

Purple Rave

Previously an industrial settlement at the very edge of technology itself, Rocket City has deteriorated to a wasteland for droids on the verge of extinction—That is my theory, but the history of the area still seems a bit cloudy. For now, we can at least investigate the current state of affairs a bit closer. Let’s enter the Rocket Saloon!

And I'm too shiny to talk to you!
And I’m too shiny to talk to you!

Looks familiar? Oh dear, it’s the shady hideout from last time! Oxeye wizards, what have you done to this place?! …Ah. They’ve added life.

His favorite song is playing; don't disturb him!
His favorite song is playing; don’t disturb him!

These purple–eyed robots don’t seem too happy to talk. Life really has to be tough in these parts. But look, our new friends have names! And more intelligence! Here’s a fellow that doesn’t want hugs:

Ah, such a sweet home this is!
Ah, such a sweet home this is!

Guess what happens if the scum doesn’t keep its distance? Your wonderful friends will dance with you! Or, you’ll be the one doing the dancing. To the beat of their bullets. While running for your life or perhaps ridding the entire city of whatever robotic beings remain. I wonder how long it’ll take before someone declares war on the entire universe and exterminates all life from Adventure mode.

Home Is Where The Guns Are

Rest assured that you’ll still have a place to take refuge even if you manage to disturb the tense peace in the saloon. Digging around in the architectural plans, I found something very interesting: Serving as the hub between Adventure mode levels is nothing less than your own spaceship!

Now this is a real sweet home!
Now this is a real sweet home!

Throughout your space conquest, you’ll undoubtedly stumble upon weapons of various types, and carrying all of them would be like someone stashing 2304 cubic meters of dirt in their pockets—I mean, who’d do that?! Luckily, you’re going to have an entire ship to store your collected tools of destruction in. Offensive assets aren’t all there’s to it, though:

I've always dreamed of having an elevator in my room!
I’ve always dreamed of having an elevator in my room!

Before entering a level, you can equip appropriate weapons, shields, hulls etc. to maximize your chances of success. This doesn’t just apply to Adventure maps, though: Can’t beat that tough Challenge node? Gear up and return to it once you’re properly prepared!

Your ship isn’t fully ready, though. These pictures are from prototypes, but you should get the idea from it—Grab your gear, stare at the big display thoughtfully, and jump into a level!

In Other News

In the previous report, I asked you what you thought about the upcoming mode’s life mechanics. Thank you for your replies! I’ve injected every single comment in the researchers’ idea logs, and it seems they’ve found a proper solution. You expect me to tell you the result? Hah, that’ll be a surprise for later! It’s not like I don’t know yet. Not at all.

You’ve helped me out with something else too, however! I asked via Twitter and Facebook what you’d ask Cobalt’s lead musician, anosou, if you had the chance, and I got plenty of brilliant suggestions! I’ve strapped him to a chair, but he’s not quite talking yet… Maybe I need to remove the gag from his mouth. He shouldn’t last more than a week though, so keep an eye on the blog for the interview!

Finally, don’t forget the Mapmania livestream I’m hosting with the Duke on June 14! Community member Janeator has even started a map jam for the stream with the theme ‘colorful’, and the entries already look dazzling! Check this thread for more information!

See you soon with a hopefully more cooperative musician!

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June 14: Mapmania Livestream http://www.oxeyegames.com/june-14-mapmania-livestream/ http://www.oxeyegames.com/june-14-mapmania-livestream/#comments Wed, 21 May 2014 19:29:49 +0000 Trif http://www.oxeyegames.com/?p=1652 Here’s a stream you don’t want to swim against.

In the latest Intel Report, I mentioned that I’ll be doing a map reviewing stream with the Duke soon. The battle plan has been discussed, and we’re ready to announce the stream officially!

Awesome poster by Catlinman!
Awesome poster by Catlinman!

Join us Saturday the 14th of June for a day full of maps, rolling, and Danish accents! We’ll play as many community maps as we can and discuss them live, so if you want us to play your map, leave a comment below with the link or post in the forum thread!

Time and other details will be announced once we get closer to the event. Also remember to keep an eye out on the blog for the June issue of the Intel Reports! Will we get a chance to dive into the creation process of Cobalt’s splendid soundtrack? I don’t even know myself! See you soon!

(Note: This event is fan–made, and while it is endorsed by the developers, they are not directly involved. But who knows? Maybe they’ll pop by and say hi!)

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Intel Report: Adventure Time! http://www.oxeyegames.com/intel-report-adventure-time/ http://www.oxeyegames.com/intel-report-adventure-time/#comments Sun, 04 May 2014 01:13:27 +0000 Trif http://www.oxeyegames.com/?p=1638 I apologize for the delay. I’m nailed to my chair, spending my days and nights writing the final assignments of my current education. Thank you for your patience!

It’s all starting to pay off.

In the beginning of my hobbyist hackery, I managed to uncover tidbits of information about the various versus game modes of Cobalt. While exciting, it wasn’t truly what I was searching for. But today, let’s talk a bit about the dark secret of the Oxeye Labs:

Adventure mode.

I spy with my little eye, a robot circuit for me to fry... Work in progress.
I spy with my little eye, a robot circuit for me to fry… Work in progress.

Peeking in the researcher logs, I’ve learned that a lot of work is being put into the upcoming console port of Cobalt, and networked multiplayer is progressing steadily too. A lot of code restructuring is happening to speed up development, but the next big step for Cobalt is receiving some love too!

In case you missed it in the previous report, the game will be entering the beta phase once the first part of the Adventure mode is shiny enough to be thrown at us. The above screenshot is an early picture of an area outside Trunkopolis, which we’ll soon enough be able to explore in our beloved metallic hulls ourselves! The question is: How much affection can one associate with a Metalface?

In the Adventure mode, quite a lot. As opposed to the more disposable ‘Faces of the versus modes, this long anticipated game mode will feature persistent characters. The adventure consists of several chapters containing stages. While the important bits are the Adventure maps themselves, some events will be based on existing game modes such as Deathmatch or Challenge (For this article, let’s call these ’special events’.), and winning these will make it rain with volts! Or, at least, you’ll earn volts. Water and electricity don’t mix well, even on distant planets in the future. The (hopefully dry) volts and perhaps other rewards can be used to upgrade your character which you’ll be using in the normal Adventure stages.

Robots Aren’t Forever

I did write “persistent characters“, didn’t I? That’s right—In Adventure, you’ll join forces with other fellow Metalfaces! The research data seems to indicate that you’ll get to pick from your available characters at the beginning of each stage. This way, you can have several builds for different situations. The more, the merrier!

Robots don’t last forever, though. There will be a life stock system to add a bit of challenge to the whole deal. Easy is boring. How many chances will you have? I found two possible plans while digging:

Plan A: There is a global life counter like in many platformers. Losing a life will let you respawn in the same stage, but you’re kicked out of it if you’re wrecked all the way down to 0 lives. At this point, you can still enter stages, but dying will instantly kick you out, forcing you to restart the entire stage. Additional lives can be acquired throughout the stages and special events, so if you run out, you can clear some side missions to get a few more chances.

Plan B: There is a set amount of lives per stage, possibly starting at 3. Lose them all, and you’ll have to restart. While you cannot gain additional lives, you can find upgrades that extend your amount of lives per stage.

Since special events are not Adventure maps but special stages in which you gain unlockables and other rewards, these do not consume any lives—feel free to keep trying for that win! There may be small rewards for clearing a special event again, but nothing’s entirely certain here.

Personally, I’m not too sure of what I’d prefer—I have a tiny idea, but I want to hear your opinion! While I usually just steal information, it is technically possible to modify it too. Heh. Heheheh.

A shady hideout in a shady city.
A shady hideout in a shady city.

This screenshot shows a hideout in Rocket City: The city of Blasters, explosives, and edgy characters. Perhaps a bit like a sci–fi downtown New York City. I wouldn’t know, I haven’t been to downtown New York City. Or to a sci–fi world for that matter. Nevertheless, you should trust no one in Rocket City, for while the inhabitants are somewhat peaceful, there is a dark atmosphere of tension here. Be at the wrong place at the wrong time, and you may just get your poor Metalface into an unnecessarily bad situation…

These snippets of information from the Adventure sound extremely promising to me! I can’t wait to snatch a prototype and see it myself. As a fun fact, Adventure was actually the main purpose of creating Cobalt according to the official statements of Oxeye. Multiplayer wasn’t part of the plan, but it worked so well, it became a primary point of focus while establishing a solid foundation for the story mode.

Meanwhile, In A Parallel Universe

Some readers just don’t know patience. Some of those decide to take matters in own hands. APirateHat is one of them, and he decided to write the report for me. I did say I want to write about community things outside reports, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some here too!

“Hello and welcome dear readers to this Intel Report. As there is NO news about Cobalt this time I’ll instead tell you guys about something else. Clobat, the game by the amazing APirateHat has finally been released and boy is it great. APirateHat has been struggling for months to bring you this masterpiece and when you play it you will really wonder how he could just give this out for free.

The game is packed with content that will last for about 10 minutes depending how smart you are. The artstyle is just beautiful, each one of the characters hand drawn in Paint. Not to mention the puzzles which are quite hard. I actually had to THINK! Who could imagine that a game that comes out in this day and age actually has puzzles.

Other news, APirateHat might bring you his next game soon™. Rumour has it the game will be called “Cobakt”. I really hope this is true because I just can’t get enough of his games.

The end.”

Hmm. This isn’t that far off from what a review written by myself would look like, although we fortunately do have news about Cobalt. Get the brilliant adventure game Clobat for free at the Cobalt Vault!

Meanwhile, In An Intersecting Universe

What else is happening? Well, players are breathing. Next to that, they’re mapping! The Cobalt Vault has seen quite a few new maps recently, and one of them is by the Duke himself! When I asked him to describe it, he said it was “so awesome that your great great grandma knitted a sweater about it.” Well, he doesn’t lack confidence. Calor Shrine is a pretty map, and it’s also pretty fun to play! It’s maybe a bit too big, though, but here’s an important lesson: If even the Duke can map, so can yo–

*sound of frying pan hitting face*

“Map is amazing. Big is good. Go download at discount. Wait, no, just download. Duke doesn’t do discount!”

Uh… That hurt.

Calor Shrine by DUKE.
Calor Shrine by DUKE.

Either way, keep an eye out on the blog! We’re entering exciting times, soon transitioning into beta and unlocking the brilliance of adventuring in Cobalt. Of course, we cannot do that without a little community party.

As if that isn’t enough, I am planning a Saturday map reviewing stream with the Duke! The date has not been decided yet, but we’re going to team up and play some Cobalt multiplayer, reviewing as many of the cool community maps as we can live! You can suggest maps in the forum thread here or in the comments below. Also, remember to write what you think of the plans for Adventure! Which plan would you enjoy the most? Stay tuned for more information and fun times. Until then!

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On the role of Inspiration in Game Design http://www.oxeyegames.com/on-the-role-of-inspiration-in-game-design/ http://www.oxeyegames.com/on-the-role-of-inspiration-in-game-design/#comments Tue, 29 Apr 2014 14:58:20 +0000 thewreck http://www.oxeyegames.com/?p=1633 I realized today that I have applied approach 1 too much in game design. I must apply approach 2 more!

Hit read more to see a lovely graph that hopefully explains what I mean…

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Intel Report Announcement http://www.oxeyegames.com/intel-report-announcement/ http://www.oxeyegames.com/intel-report-announcement/#comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:54:31 +0000 Trif http://www.oxeyegames.com/?p=1626 The rules have changed.

I had an emergency mission this weekend which hindered this week’s edition of the Intel Reports. Unfortunately, I must ask you to wait a bit longer. We’re shaking things up a little.

Extracting Cobalt development data is getting more difficult. As a result thereof, I have decided that reports will be given on a monthly basis onwards, starting May 1st. While this means more waiting time in between the goodie bags, it also means that the bags will be even more grand!

The reports will focus mostly on development now, but there will be more posts about exciting community creations and whatever else I spy with my little eye. If you stumble upon treasure before I do, feel free to recommend it to me on Twitter so I can consider snatching it!

Stay tuned—the gold rush resumes soon!

Bonus Note

Shout-out to the Russian Cobalt community! I don’t quite understand the language, so I’m using Google Translate to follow, but their community photos are amazing! I love this one.

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Intel Report: Every Battlefield Needs A Solid Bar http://www.oxeyegames.com/intel-report-every-battlefield-needs-a-solid-bar/ http://www.oxeyegames.com/intel-report-every-battlefield-needs-a-solid-bar/#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:59:21 +0000 Trif http://www.oxeyegames.com/?p=1610 Two Metalfaces walked into a bar.

We got a few sneak peeks at the upcoming main adventure mode in Radio Cobalt, but rejoice: I bring ye fresh treasure!

Going underground.
Going underground.

Uh, the other Metalface, you ask? Well, he’s… Invisible! Of course, he’s just cloaking. Always was a careful little fella.

Do Metalfaces drink liquids?
Do Metalfaces drink liquids?

It’s evident that the art monkeys have been hard at work here. Cobalt’s art seems to appear in bursts, and the Oxeye Labs’ very own surveillance devices proved exactly that: Not only does Kinten produce the graphical wonders, thewreck is part of the deal too! The routine seems to be that they find a theme which they wish to implement, collect a few truckloads of inspirational imagery, experiment on paper, and finally work on the sets of digital art to be included in the game. After perhaps a day or two of intensive crafting, the finished art is ready and rolling!

Art is interesting and all, but I sensed that there was more to learn from these screenshots. As I said, they’re straight from the upcoming adventure mode—Why is there a bar? Where is it? What is the solution to world hunger?

Feeling incapable of coming up with a reasonable answer to each of these questions myself, I decided to seek the enlightenment of a true master. Fortunately, the Duke was able to answer two of my questions, though he’s still working on the third:

It was wise of you to seek me, fellow agent!
I see how it is. Obviously, some random general from somewhere figured that sending a ton of Metalfaces to an empty planet would be a good idea. Something fluffy… no, treasury! Something about a treasure only the leader knew about…
They didn’t find anything and the personality matrices in the Metalfaces got really bored, so they reprogrammed a guard thingy into a babbling bartender and built a bar in some old sewer ruins. Don’t ask. (And don’t tell Food & Health Inspection. Wait, never mind, robots can’t get sick that way. Duke knew that.)

Is this theory of the Duke correct? We shall see for ourselves one day, and here’s the deal: Based on information classification values from the not–so–well–encrypted development database, that day might be soon! It has been known for a while that the game is soon entering the beta stage, and it appears that this milestone will introduce a portion of the adventure mode to the game! Leaving personal lab rat conspiracy theories aside, this will serve to give the community a taste of the full mode and allow players to influence the development of this story–oriented game mode.

The Cap’n Goes Down with the Ship

In the Duke’s idea of the backstory of the Zigma bar, he mentioned a treasure which they didn’t find. That might be because map maker Fenced01 found it first and put it in his map, Sunken Treasure, a Team–Strike map that will test your abilities as a certified treasure hunter—or perhaps just a killer robot.

Who found the treasure first? Doesn't matter—just make sure to eliminate the opposition before they do so!
Who found the treasure first? Doesn’t matter—just make sure to eliminate the opposition before they do so themselves!

Water has always been a bit hit–and–miss for me in this game, but it works quite well in this map! Going in the water gives you more paths to navigate through the stage, but as your rolling speed is heavily decreased, you cannot deflect bullets down there! See an enemy about to leave the water? Take him out from higher ground while he’s still defenseless!

I will break through no matter wh—he's behind me, isn't he?
I will break through no matter wh—he’s behind me, isn’t he?

The map is very asymmetrical and, as a result, imbalanced. However, given the half–time side switches in Team–Strike, this is not a problem—It’s fun! I really think th—

No, Duke time now! As the super official Duke of Cobalt, I proclaim this map as awesome! Perfectly tailored for the Team–Strike game mode. Yours truly could easily see this map become a must–have! However, it needs a bit of polish. The details rock, but it lacks shadows, lighting, and some more… floomph? Not too much though! The Duke loves the barren look it so proudly displays. Duke away!

I think a certain someone is a tiny bit obsessed with this ’spontaneous writing’ thing. He has a point though: The map has a great theme & layout, but it’d look a lot more dynamic and interesting with some clever contrast between lights and shadows. Remember that, potential map makers in training!

Does this look like the face of letting–you–in?
Does this look like the face of letting–you–in?

It’s been a pleasure writing for you as always, fellow players! Come back next week—Meanwhile, add a bit of treasure to your User Maps list by downloading Sunken Treasure on Cobalt Vault!

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Cobalt Beta Delayed; Now for Gameboy http://www.oxeyegames.com/cobalt-beta-delayed-now-for-gameboy/ http://www.oxeyegames.com/cobalt-beta-delayed-now-for-gameboy/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 02:00:57 +0000 jeb http://www.oxeyegames.com/?p=1598 We have some good news and some bad news.

The bad news is, the beta has been slightly delayed. We have decided to move our focus to more realistic goals for the project, and skip platforms are not good for jump-and-run games, such as Windows and Mac. Instead, we proudly announce the good news: Cobalt is now developed for Gameboy! Hit the jump for more info and screenshots!

Here’s a first preview of the new Cobalt title screen:

cobalt_on_gameboy

It took some effort to port our C++ and Lua-based engine “DaisyMoon” to run on the Gameboy’s 4.19 MHz processor, but now all major issues have been sorted out. The game has been adapted to fit into the 8 kbit RAM (although we’ll need to extend it using the cartridge options), and all artwork has been updated for the 2bit color palette (four colors).

The Gameboy has sold over 118 million copies, so the target audience is huge! Gameboy players are also used to twitch games, so Cobalt will fit right in. The game sounds and looks great on the device, just take a look of this cool screenshot!

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Obviously we’ll support the Game Link cable, so you will be able to play Cobalt both cooperatively and head-to-head in action-filled deathmatch games.

Since we basically have to redo the game from scratch, we’re hoping to have a final release date some time early 2015.

Please let us know what you think in the comments!

// The Cobalt Team

UPDATE: Yes, this was an April Fool’s joke. Sadly.

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Community Map: The Escape http://www.oxeyegames.com/community-map-the-escape/ http://www.oxeyegames.com/community-map-the-escape/#comments Sat, 29 Mar 2014 00:01:09 +0000 Trif http://www.oxeyegames.com/?p=1592 Remember kids, school is important. Do not neglect it. It will steal your time if you don’t get rid of it. Escape! Burn it down to the ground! Make school wish it never tried to educate you!

Actually, running away from school is probably a bad idea. Think of all the physics bugs we’d have if nobody had taught thewreck the arts of science.

With tests and exams all over the place, I’ve been unable to procure this week’s intel. Boo. Before running away from the fierce assault of rotten tomatoes however, I’m leaving you with a fresh community map that gives you something proper to escape from. Appropriately, it’s called The Escape, a challenge map by FabiotheTurtle! His species is not the fastest to run away from mad scientists, so he’s giving you an unusual escape method: The Predator. Here’s the trailer!

Featuring cutscenes along with some quite unique gameplay, there’s definitely an amazing amount of work put into this. Get this map and many others at the Cobalt Vault!

One more thing

Librus is arting! I love art. Do you love art? He’s currently taking requests—check out his thread on the Cobalt Forum!

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