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A quick shot of the new background, a teaser for some new features we'll be revealing soon, and a silly video...

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Greetings all and thanks for your recent feedback on the background - we've made some progress...

Progress on the background

The background is still interfering with the foreground a bit too much, but that should be fixed with our new floor layer (coming soon). I'm planning a few things like glow and fading lights to add a kind of lattice effect behind these cuboids too, and Johan should be working on a design to accompany them. That will be it for this iteration of the BG, I think - I'm pleased with progress.

There are so many art tweaks that need to happen: I want to add some flicker to the glow, and also some colour cycling effects for specific events, then there are all kinds of little touches that need to happen. Matt's currently working on integrating the particle system with projectiles, so bullets will throw off little sparks and light up the area they're in a bit more.

While examining things closely for art I came across this amusing animation bug we're calling Sniper Bunny-hop...

Despite protestations, this is unlikely to make it into the final version!

Ian is currently working on something really special for multiplayer. We wanted not just to have random matches between players but set things in more of a context...a world, if you will. Initially, we thought this kind of thing was too ambitious, but I've seen Ian's new design doc and it completely blew my mind. He's come up with a system that is 1.) practical and 2.) might just allow everyone to contribute to a kind of persistent world. I won't say any more right now, I don't want to promise anything as this is in the very early stages, but it could be very exciting. It has something to do with this...

Mystery programmer art....

Ambiguous, huh? I'll keep you posted!
Finally for today, here's the latest episode of our podcast Visiting the Village...

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vfn4i83 - - 692 comments

Glitch animation, hehe that happens at the best families.

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Mode7Games - - 446 comments

It's an amazing bug...instant comedy!

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Arxae - - 718 comments

level editor yay! xD

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Mode7Games - - 446 comments

There will definitely be a level editor - that isn't it, though!

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JohnnyBGoode - - 61 comments

The music game industry needs no saving. I think that these attempts to "save" it, if you will, are only hurting it more and more.

At this point, neither Harmonix or Activision care about saving the industry.

In my eyes, all they are doing now is trying to milk as much money as they can out of it.
As soon as the genre dies, Activision will just move to another genre they can milk to death.
The same can't be said about Harmonix because the music genre is really the only thing the company has.

(Visiting the Village)

Oh, and also... HOP! HOP! HOP!

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Mode7Games - - 446 comments

Nice to see some Visiting the Village comments on here!

I'd disagree - I think both Harmonix and Activision care about that a great deal - they want to ensure that it's around for as long as possible. Trust me. DJ Hero is a genuine attempt to diversify - we'll see how effective it is.


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