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Hello and welcome to our first IndieDB devlog update! I would like to start with a huge thank you to all the people who are supporting our project. We have received a lot of positive feedback over the past 6 weeks on the project and are super exited to release new and upcoming content that we are implanting in our beta release this September..

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Hello and welcome to our first IndieDB devlog update!

I would like to start with a huge thank you to all the people who are supporting our project.
We have received a lot of positive feedback over the past 6 weeks on the project and are super exited to release new and upcoming content that we are implanting in our beta release this September.

NEW MECH DESIGN

The last two weeks the design team has been working on creating a full new working mech model: The spider mech!

Just like all the other mech designs all of the seperate parts can be swapped out with all of the others. This means legs, torso, shoulder right or left and even both arms on both sides. This all with all of the available colors that our game has to offer. Close to endless combinations you as a user can choose from.

As for the new mech designs here are some eye-candy updates!

MECH WALK-CYCLE
With our flexible designs it is a must that all objects fit in a isometric box. This box is not visible anywhere but when we design it is. As for the legs we can make a small exception since only the torso connects to this part of the mech its body. These spider legs needed more room since the feet need room to move forward.

Here is the spider mech its walk cycle!

animation legs devlog 1 antraxx


And here it is with the full body. Do note that the upper body parts normally bounce up and down in-game to give the animation more impact and movement.

spider mech animation devlog antraxx


GUN ANIMATIONS
Yes ladies and gentlemen we have guns! loads of guns!
For the spider mech we created a gatling-gun because gatling-guns are awesome!

antraxx mech game guns animated


NEW GAME-PLAY FEATURES

Because of combat and parts can malfunction we decided to add a so called "logistic support" item. It is basically a gun that can heal instead of doing damage. Logi's can either fit a damage healer or energy or shield transfer.

Damage healers speak for itself. The energy and shield transfers do not.
If you are fit with a energy transfer you can boost someone its energy. With energy you can do a lot of things. One of them being able to fire your lasers. And since lasers are real strong weaponry in this game having a buddy with energy support on you can be quite a deadly combination!

As for shield transfers it basically covers your ability for parts to malfunction. You're not invulnerable. Just harder to destroy. Easiest way to explain is: normal health * 2 = your new health.

Here are two GIF animations that show the work in progress logistical transfer weaponry. Do note that without its beam it looks quite awkward. And yeah, no beams yet unfortunately - follow us for the next update - we will feature it there! ;)

antraxx mech game guns animated 1


Also for our booster tile pick-up-able collection next to the shield booster we now have a energy booster tile! hooray!

antraxx energy booster tile


And of course the animation for when you have picked it up

antraxx energy booster mech


GAME HUD

Showing stats and in-game chat.

antraxx game hud chat

antraxx game hud health

ART FIXES

We have fixed our isometric angles on our mech designs. As you can tell on the code GIF images down below they are not 100% correct. We have now fixed them on images but also updated our spritesheets. In our next update we are going to show you all more about this. With the upcoming screen recordings you will see the improved results!

antraxx mech isometric rotation

ENGINE & CODE UPDATES

Sam Hellawell the coder has been working hard on improving our engine. It is developed in WebGL and JavaScript. Everything outside of the games functions in WebGL and is basically a website. The entire game will actually function in a browser. The WebGL part is for the main menu. In the main menu you can customize your mech, create maps, communicate with your friends, check out your ranking or adjust your game options.

The engine takes in 2D isometric pixel art, converts the necessary components into 3D meshes which allows us to take full advantage of modern game development practices including the much requested dynamic lighting and shadows. It is rendered from an orthographic isometric perspective, the same at which the art itself is drawn. It allows us to use dynamic lighting, shadows, physics, positional audio and even more.

To demonstrate this all a bit further here are some graphical teasers!

THE MAIN MENU
Although we have had a different and super detailed pixel art menu we ended up choosing for a more simple and flat design. Here is a in-game screen recording of our work in progress.

antraxx main menu gif animation

antraxx mechbay costumise mech


DYNAMIC LIGHTNING & SHADOWS
The dynamic lighting and shadows are already functional and here are some examples of the capabilities it has to offer.

Regular lightning and shadows:

3D engine shadows

There are possibilities to create a real dark environment with for example red lightning. Also a nice tease to how the 3D meshes allow you to rotate the pixel art maps. How awesome is that?

3D engine lightning antraxx mech

IN-GAME MECH COMBAT
As stated in our game description post each part can malfunction. It will show up as destroyed. In-game we have implanted firing your guns, impacts, explosions and even destructible parts. Right now the mechs its parts still blow up all together. We are working on a code calculation for received damage on separate body parts.

explosion mech antraxx pixelart


SPAWNING
We kind of figured that just showing up at once while joining a game would seem real awkward. Then we decided to add a feature that included a spawning animation. We ended up with a teleporting idea that ended up looking and functioning way beyond our expectations. Here's to GIFs!

teleport mech animation antraxx


And implanted in-game:

mech ingame teleport antraxx


Comments
BurezuWolf
BurezuWolf

Reminds me of old times ;w; nice pixel art btw!! I love it

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Antraxxed Author
Antraxxed

Them old days innit?

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BurezuWolf
BurezuWolf

i would like to hug my ps1 console now

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Antraxxed Author
Antraxxed

haha! cheers to that!

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JADGames
JADGames

Loving the style and artwork! Looking forward to seeing how this progresses!

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Antraxxed Author
Antraxxed

Awesome! Make sure to track our development with the "Game watch" feature on here!

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Eageron
Eageron

Wow this looks very intriguing! The Level Design reminds me of Star Craft 2! My big love! :) Keep it up!

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Antraxxed Author
Antraxxed

Man starcraft 2! Too big of a compliment! We'll keep it up for sure! Thanks!

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Eageron
Eageron

Will definitely play it on mobile! :) Let me know if you need Beta-Tester!

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Antraxxed Author
Antraxxed

Make sure to track our development and you will be notified automatically

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Eageron
Eageron

Game is being tracked already! :)

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Antraxxed Author
Antraxxed

Nice!

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Bluedrake42
Bluedrake42

nb4 mechwarrior lawsuit lol

that vulture xD straight out of mechcommander

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Antraxxed Author
Antraxxed

We'll leave it to a judge to decide that.

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hydremajor117
hydremajor117

Is there any plans of having a pay-to-download client on steam ?

and if yes what would be the price tag and would it have mod support ?

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Antraxxed Author
Antraxxed

Thank you for your reply.
We are releasing browser based in our beta days. We are releasing a app also. Not sure about the whole steam thing just yet. The game will be free to play though. No pay-to-download or anything really.

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TaShadan
TaShadan

Wow this looks amazing!

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Antraxxed Author
Antraxxed

I really dont know what to say! Thank you!

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Robok
Robok

I don't even comment on here but I ******* love your pixel artwork, it's definitely standout amazing.

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Antraxxed Author
Antraxxed

Man thank you so much for your comment! Its so appreciated! We cant believe all the enthusiasm we are receiving its a great motivator! Thanks!

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johntoreno07
johntoreno07

Is this game going to be like a straight up action shooter or a strategic RPG like the mechwarrior series?

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Antraxxed Author
Antraxxed

It is going to be a action shooter. Not a strategic RPG. We have tried to move around with the mouse to click and things like that also. It felt rather boring. We are going for a little bit more fast-paced action.

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johntoreno07
johntoreno07

I see, hopefully the game is finished by the end of this year(IIRC this game has been in development since 2011).BTW i really dig the Metal Slug esque aesthetics,its been ages since i've seen pixel art of this caliber.

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Antraxxed Author
Antraxxed

Thanks!
We can ensure you the release will happen. We've got a lot of things planned out for it also. Keep an eye out for us here on indieDB and our social channels!

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