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We're back! And yes, we're one week late. This is what we got for you: First, we added water, hidden treasures and a little boss in the autumn area. Second, we created a first test dungeon using all the puzzle elements and graphics of the previous updates. And then: critical damage, sound playback improvements and more.

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We're back! And yes, we're one week late. Since the last update many team member have been missing due to several trips (vacation and business wise). Thus, we waited another week to get more content together. And this is what we got for you: First, we added water, hidden treasures and a little boss in the autumn area. Second, we created a first test dungeon using all the puzzle elements and graphics of the previous updates. And then: critical damage, sound playback improvements and more.

Lea can't swim


Sorry to inform you, but Lea can't swim.

water-splash

No matter how much she tries...

But also some good news: neither can your enemies.

water-battle

So yeah, just recently we added real water to CrossCode. The kind you can jump into - to be respawned.

Otherwise, lot of stuff happened to the autumn area. R.D. did a lot of work and finished most of the planned area (as shown in the last update).
In addition, we added treasure chests to give the player more motivation to explore the area.

open-treasure

Currently you only find a whole lot of hedgehogs in this area. Of course we plan to add new enemies, but we're still lacking graphics at the moment. But at least we added a stronger hedgehog for a small challenge:

blue-hedgehog

Strangely enough, it's a blue hedgehog. That's because blue is a nice contrast to the rest of the green-yellowish autumn area. Yes, that is the only reason.

Our first little dungeon


We presented several new puzzle elements and graphics for a new dungeon during the last updates. Now GFlügel, R.D., and me actually created the content for this dungeon. That is: puzzles. Here some impressions:

rhombus-dungeon1

rhombus-dungeon2

rhombus-dungeon3

Creating interesting puzzles isn't all that easy - but we'll get there!

Critical damage, sound playback and concept art


One important feature that has been planned for a long time but never really implemented is critical damage. Now it's finally done:

criticals

The probability of critical damage depends on the player's and enemy's focus value. When it occurs you'll get those flashy yellow hit numbers with around twice the usual damage. There will be other advantages to criticals as well. Of course all of this still needs plenty of balancing but at least the mechanic is there now.

Another feature that is hard to demonstrate with GIFs is an improvement of our sound engine. For a long time, sounds have been an issue in CrossCode when there were too many at once. For instance, when Lea was bashing a whole bunch of enemies, you got multiple hit sound in a very short time frame - even several sound in a single frame. Up to now, we simply played all these sound without any restriction, so there was a lot of overlapping. The result ranged from rather strange to downright unpleasant. However, there was a very simply fix: when one sound is about to be played while it's already playing, simply stop the previous playback. This really improved the overall sound playback. It kind of reminds you of old style video games with limited sound channels, but that's actually a good thing in our opinion! We have the matching graphics after all.

Finally, we have Frece creating more concept art! Yeah, I know, surprise, surprise. This time, it's not only about new environments but also something else: a new race that you will meet in the world of CrossCode. Want to see pictures? Unfortunately the design of the race is still work in progress, so you'll have to wait a bit longer. Until then, have a peek at another landscape by Frece:

cold-area-excerpt

And that's all for now. Until the next update!

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booman
booman

Great update! I love the direction Crosscode is going in. Now it appears there is some RPG outdoor elements and evironment... I love it all!
Somehow I thought it would be a sci-fi indoor game only because of the name.

I love the platform puzzles too, reminds me of Portal.
Keep up the hard work!

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Regiden Author
Regiden

Thanks!

There'll be plenty of outdoor environment for you to explore! In fact the real intro will play in an outdoor place :)

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NickCh
NickCh

Once again, this update really shows how promising this game is!
Although she can't swim, have you thought about underwater levels?
I'll just leave that idea there..
Good Luck guys!

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Regiden Author
Regiden

It's definitively a good idea. However in our current plan there is no such area planned. Besides we all know how much people love them water dungeons right? *cough* zelda *cough* :D

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NickCh
NickCh

:3 got me..
Actually I loved them from three games : Zelda, Tomb Rider, and might seem odd but, Assassin's Creed IV.
Anyway, again best of luck! I am eager seeing the next update :)

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Regiden Author
Regiden

I do agree on the Assassins's Creed one, although I missed some good old puzzles there. As of now we have every dungeon pretty much "sketched" out. But I could imagine adding new content via a DLC which could contain such an underwater area.

And thanks a lot!

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booman
booman

Super Mario Bros had underwater levels as well.
Just a thought...

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Regiden Author
Regiden

As said, I really dig the idea of the enviroment. It's just sadly not in our plan. But if we ever do a DLC an underwater area would be cool.

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DewmBot
DewmBot

Does the blue hedgehog "go fast" by any chance? ;)

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Regiden Author
Regiden

Oh I don't know... Maybe? :D

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