The latest rundown on progress covers developments with both the battle system and some of the playable content of Unto the Breach. Let's take a look!
While I think the combat in Unto the Breach is pretty solid at this point, there's definitely room for improvement. Some of the major steps I've implemented recently include:
I also plan on adding some custom animations for attack and counter-attack movements so you can more clearly see who's attacking who, and especially to better indicate a counter-attack happened (as-is it can be confusing when that happens, and is probably one of the biggest complaints I've gotten at shows from players).
Progress has also been made on some of the character-driven side quests you can play over the course of the game. Aside from the main plot and side jobs you can get, you'll also sometimes get side quests specifically oriented around your various companions. Conrad, Lucy, and Ali each have a quest focused on them in episode one. While they're optional, completing them will reward you with additional XP and other rewards, improve your standing with those companions (which will have narrative effects), and may even lead to special unlocks.
Actually, on the note of standing, I should expound on that for a moment. Throughout the game, in addition to the character-specific quests, you'll be forced to make a variety of ethical and practical decisions. Even in the Solar Era, humans are gonna human, and your companions will rarely agree on what course of action to take. Therefore, the decisions you make (and technically which companion's side you take) will affect their opinions of you/Alex. It'll be impossible to please everyone at once, and your companions' opinions might factor into your decisions. You don't have to worry about anyone ragequitting the group if their opinion drops too low, but having companions pissed off probably won't be ideal. Or maybe it'll lead to some interesting narrative developments, who knows? *Whistles innocently*
Anyway, that'll do it for this update. Thanks for reading!