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The Hit is a multiplayer stealth-shooter, set in an open-world city with tens of thousands of NPCs. Track down your target and kill them as quickly and cleanly as possible, before the other players can manage it. Try to stay incognito, or photograph other players and take out hits on them.

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I've finally gotten round to making a new website for the game, and putting a free version of The Hit online. Here's the link if anyone wants to skip reading and go download it.

The free version is a bit bare-bones right now, but I'll be gradually populating the city and adding gameplay features over the coming weeks. There's a lot to go in already, and a bunch more that only exists in prototype form. This version also has no inventory, so interactivity will be minimal. It will have everything else from the main game, however, including NPCs, interiors, vehicles and everything else I add.

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What it does have is a development gallery (just look to your left as you leave the hotel), where you'll be able to learn about all the different systems I'm creating, and see how the game has developed from early versions to where it is now (and where it's going next). I've been very lax when it comes to updating my devlog, so this will be somewhere I can write about the game without ever having to leave Unity. Again, I'll keep adding to that as I go. I already want to add some 3D models and a couple of walk-in environments, as well as another floor to talk about the narrative system.

Here's a quick preview of what's already in there.

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The Hit is on Kickstarter!

The Hit is on Kickstarter!

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It's Kickstarter time! Alpha release is planned for December 2014, with the full release a year later.

Dynamic Narrative in The Hit

Dynamic Narrative in The Hit

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An early overview of the player-driven dynamic narrative system I'm working on for The Hit. If successful, it will allow for authored events in structured...

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Guest
Guest

how do i play

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aDFP Creator
aDFP

I'll have a new build online soon, and I'll be releasing a free version alongside it, which will have all interactions disabled (so essentially a walking simulator).

I'll link from here as soon as that's up.

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Guest
Guest

A game I have been kind of been looking for

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aDFP Creator
aDFP

Thanks, I hope I don't disappoint you. I've taken a break recently, which turned out longer than I was expecting, but I'm getting back on it now. I'll post as soon as there's something worth sharing.

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Ninedere
Ninedere

Do you think you could update with us more on this information on your social media accounts? Like YouTube, Twitter, etc?

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aDFP Creator
aDFP

Yeah, I will. Sorry for being so quiet lately, I've been trying to get my head down and get this thing fully playable, but I also had to take some time off recently for some surgery. I'm close to having the next update ready, and I'll try to make some more noise then.

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Guest
Guest

wow, this game looks really good, lag is the main problem. how much of an emphasis will you put on game lag?

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aDFP Creator
aDFP

Thanks. I'll talk about multiplayer more when I'm ready to implement it, but here's a v. brief overview.

The game will only be syncing a minimal set of data across a network. Crowd behaviours will be calculated locally, and only synced when absolutely necessary, and even then will mostly correct to one of a set number of states, so shouldn't have a noticeable impact. So yeah, it should be fast.

Also, if you'll excuse the digression, I'm designing the main game to run at a more realistic pace than games like CoD or DOOM. FPS games favour fast action over situational complexity for good reason: It's relatively easy, and much less of a commercial risk.

Long-term, what I'm trying to do with The Hit is make something that plays less like a target-shooter like CoD, and more like an episode of 24, or one of the Bourne movies, where you're juggling the demands of an ever-changing free-form narrative and weighing multiple objectives, while also making moment-to-moment decisions about whether to employ stealth or force in any given situation. What I don't want to do make a game that forces you into corridor or arena battles, then tells you you've failed when you try to use your initiative. I do want to make you feel like a bad-*** assassin, but I'm not going to hold your hand.

I'll be making some gameplay movies closer to release to demonstrate what I'm talking about, because I don't think there is a comparable gameplay experience out there. Not yet, anyway.

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rekter1
rekter1

Estimated release date please?
i wanna play this game and upload it on my channel A.S.A.P

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snipay
snipay

is it still active?

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aDFP Creator
aDFP

I'm working on the game full-time right now. I've been rewriting the game from the ground up so I can implement damage and interaction systems on everything in the game-world, and get some of the dynamic narrative stuff working early.

Right now I'm working mainly on creating assets and procedural generation systems, so I'll be posting updates more often. Definitely need a new video soon.

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Vertelame
Vertelame

damage and interaction systems?
Like, blowing **** out?

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aDFP Creator
aDFP

So far, I've got brick and voxel damage systems. Brick damage is obviously for blowing big holes in the side of buildings. Voxel damage is more general, so it'll be used for many things, including real-time flesh damage, which is already implemented (https://www.indiedb.com/games/the-hit/images/flesh-damage-test#imagebox)

I'm also working on voxel volume destruction, which will basically be everything else. Trees, furniture, etc. Also, I don't have a set timeframe on this, but you will be able to destroy terrain and roads.

Hope that's enough destruction for you!

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arizxna_kvsh
arizxna_kvsh

the flesh damage looks ******* amazing and im glad youre adding something like that in. i saw quite a few deaths myself and i gotta say for voxels these are eerily life like. surely going to add a whole new something into the game especially in terms of immersion!

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Vertelame
Vertelame

It is <3

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