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NeuroSlicers is a highly tactical cyberpunk RTS that turns the genre on it’s head by focusing on fast, macro driven gameplay, arena based maps and a multiplayer driven narrative - Control clever AI powered units, use powerful hacking abilities that allow you to manipulate the battle boards and Spawn advanced weaponry and buildings that allow you to take over the network one data node at time.

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GAMEPLAY

Cyber warfare just stepped up a gear. Battle it out in highly tactical real time PVP warfare with NeuroSlicers - a genre-defying new competitive real time strategy game coming out for PC / Mac / Linux and Select Consoles.

With advanced AI powered units and environment manipulation at its core, NeuroSlicers offers a set of truly fresh challenges for both the seasoned competitive player as well as those looking for a deep narrative driven strategy gaming experience.

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CUSTOMIZATION

Combine a wide variety of highly customizable abilities including clever AI controlled units, upgradeable buildings and most importantly, hacking powers that allow you to manipulate the battle space, reconfiguring the environment and influencing the behaviors of both your and the enemy's units and buildings.

MULTIPLAYER DRIVEN NARRATIVE

Unlock the secrets of the NeuroNet and the corporations vying for control in a multiplayer driven narrative and ultimately make a decision who to side with as the war of the NeuroNet escalates.

In NeuroSlicers you are a lone hacker looking to become the best Slicer in the network, but the truth hidden in it's depths might mean you're fighting for more than

just your share of cryptocurrency.

FEATURES

  • Physically manipulate the battlegrounds, changing their layout which in turn influences unit AI and building line of sight.
  • Units are completely AI controlled with players only able to influence their behaviors through the use of their powers
  • Refocused gameplay from micromanagement to macromanagement, breaking down the barriers that often stop people from playing RTS games.
  • Wide variety of units, buildings and hacking powers available to players allowing them to customize their loadouts to suit their play style.
  • Deep narrative experience tied to multiplayer progression. Unlock the truths hidden in the data you collect and see the Factions for who they really are and ultimately determine the future of the NeuroNet and the world beyond.
  • Fast paced, highly competitive gameplay that's quick to pick up and fun to master.
  • Deep player progression that's tied to ability and visual unlocks, narrative and ultimately the end game content which focuses on the Faction war between the three Corporations and the player's position among their ranks.
  • Dedicated Servers

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HISTORY

NeuroSlicers started life as an internal game jam game developed by Milcho Milchev, our lead designer and gameplay programmer. Initially the game was in 2D with the simple mechanic of being able to place or remove squares from a grid based battle board where two teams of little Ai controlled bots would fight it out.


The player's objective was to manipulate the battle board by placing and removing these blocks in order to change the behaviors and pathfinding of the bots and get them to be strategically placed so that they could destroy the other team before the player's team died. It all centered around placement, timing and positioning. It was simple, yet elegant and we very quickly realized we were onto something special.

Since the first prototype we have continued to keep the AI controlled units and battleboard manipulation at the core of the game's experience while expanding on it immensely. This has culminated in a real time strategy game that feels truly fresh, exciting yet challenging, but most importantly a lot of fun to play.

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Hey Everyone!

Welcome to another update on the development of NeuroSlicers. The first month of the year has gone by in a flash, but it's also been crazy productive at Dream Harvest towers.

This month we've been focusing on character design and narrative along with AI which will allow us to move onto the first lot of solo and co-op missions/contracts for the Alpha. Exciting times!

Anyway, there's a lot of cool stuff to share this month, so strap in and get ready for visual overload!

ART OVERLOAD

Hello fellow Slicers, this first month of 2019 has been rich in new, higher fidelity, concept art research, as our 3d production pipeline has been updated the month before that. It is now easier to plan for more complex units and characters as we know we can produce them in 3d more efficiently.

NEW UNIT DESIGNS

Here are some high-level ideas for potential ultimate Units, of which each player could spawn only one at a time during the match if he reaches the final upgrade Tier on his upgrade tree. That would bring a lot more action and surprise to the end-match:

I also coloured a few more exploratory unit concepts, working with low Tier variants:

EARLY BOSS BATTLE CONCEPT

You've likely seen this one already, but its the first marketing concept for our Co-Op boss battles.

DEFINING MAIN CHARACTERS

Here are some potential leads on the mentor or herald character you will be talking to, as you get introduced to the game's mechanics and narrative setting:

FACTION HANDLERS

Here are some leads on the look of some faction handlers or operators you will be talking to, in order to get contracts and explore the narrative events as they unfold around your battles. The Xanctuary ones are the most likely to evolve further, as they are the most extreme and innovative looking faction, they take more trials to be defined:

Reworked Xanctuary Characters:

IMMERSIVE UI SYSTEMS

Finally, we've produced an interactive concept for our immersive menu system, nothing functional yet but it's already a playable demo that delivers a very interesting experience of what will be this immersive menu system:

And finally an immersive 2d concept art of what this "Slicer Room" could look like once it's actually modeled, textured and lit: Artstation.com

Loic

THE FIRST VERSION OF AI AND SKIRMISH MODE

Salutations padowans, not a day has passed without me thinking about myself. And before you go calling me selfish, take a good look in the mirror. Now that I've offended everyone that's not psychopathic, it's time to talk the big talk - aka game dev. The last few weeks have involved me trying to explain what I want from a stubborn inanimate object.

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Yes, I am talking about AI, and no, it's not the machine learning type. Well, it a machine that's learned from everything I have to teach it, but it's not a machine that's "learning" and it's definitely not what the industry considers a classic ML case of a Neural Network agent. In any case, after trying to speak the AI's language for a while, I instead made it speak my language and then things started going along much smoother. And by "my language", I, of course, mean MOTHER FORCKING NUMBERS.

Basically, the AI works by selecting a bunch of actions based on some simple heuristics (where it can place Scripts, Expand, Eco etc.) then assigning a value to each action based on some rules and finally picking the best possible action. Here's what a simple list of actions looks like:

  1. Action group: AIAction.Data
  2. [183] Use Script [-36/30]: Binary:4, Firewall:1
  3. [132] Use Script [-1/20]: Firewall:2
  4. [-10] Wait...
  5. [-157] Expand Node at [-48/42]
  6. [-157] Expand Node at [-36/54]
  7. [-158] Expand Node at [-24/54]
  8. [-162] Expand Node at [24/30]
  9. [-190] Expand Node at [0/6]
  10. [-190] Expand Node at [-36/18]
  11. [-191] Expand Node at [12/6]
  12. Action group: AIAction.Flow
  13. [80] Use Ability 'NodeConstruct(Clone)' -> 'Data'
  14. [80] Use Ability 'NodeConstruct(Clone)' -> 'Data'
  15. [80] Use Ability 'NodeConstruct(Clone)' -> 'Data'

Each Action group can be done in parallel since they use separate resources, but actions of the same group must be executed sequentially and, which means all but the top action need to wait.

The "Wait" action is particularly interesting because it's a static action that forces the AI to take a break - otherwise it will spend as many resources as it has. This action makes sure that if other actions fall beneath its threshold, they don't get executed until their rules bump that action up again.

This simple structure makes it nice and straightforward to...

  • Add new actions easily
  • Manipulate actions in bulk (Add a rule that affects an arbitrary selection of actions)
  • Keep a complicated system organized and almost sane

After 3 weeks, I can say that it's far from perfect, but it also serves a good enough purpose as a punching bag for new players. And since I've tricked you into reading so much text, I deserve a pat on the back - after all, someone has to look out for myself.

And remember, that machines are the biggest psychopaths there are. With that cheerful thought, I'll leave you be.

Milcho

PG / PC CONNECTS LONDON

Milcho and I made our way to London at the beginning of the month for the annual PG Connects event at the awesome Old Brewery Venue.

This is one of my favorite B2B industry events due to the relaxed atmosphere and an amazing number of super talented developers that attend.

We luckily got selected to show NeuroSlicers on the show floor and also got invited to the Big Indie PC Pitch contest.

I'm happy to say that we came 2nd and walked away with a nice prize of some marketing money from Steel Media, the company that puts on the event.

Milcho and I had the great idea to buy a TV and stand for the event as the rental prices were complete madness (£400 to rent a TV......).

The only issue is we had to lug it from Worthing up to London on the train.... which was fun. Wish I'd taken a photo, but on our way back it started snowing and everything weighed a tonne.

Anyway, we're looking forward to taking NeuroSlicers back on the road in the future, hopefully to a show near you......just need to buy a car to help with the amount of luggage we now have.

Justin

STATE OF THE STRATEGY MARKET

We're still looking for more insights from our community regarding their thoughts on the state of the Strategy game market, what you like and dislike about it and how we can improve things with NeuroSlicers.

The survey is anonymous and should only take around 4 min to complete.

Help us out by clicking Here.

Until next month, thanks for reading and following us

Justin & The Dream Harvest Team

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