Viking Journey 1.7 (from 21.11.2018)
Version 1.7 is a major update - means we have picked up and optimised every detail of the game - graphics, performance, code, dialogues, game handling and the GamePlay Story. As before, most of your suggestions and wishes were incorporated.
We added the new feature "Power & Intrigue". With that we started to build up an additional new game strategy, which represents another challenge for our hero Ulfberth.
In addition to that, we extended the Game Handling by connecting the major menus to keystrokes in order to make the game play more fluently. There is now also a Camera Rotation LockON/LockOFF-switch to disconnect the mouse movement from the camera view. temporarily. For more details - see below.
Changes in detail:
Right from the beginning there are now two guards, which should protect you from attacking enemies - which occurs now much earlier then before. Later with accepting a fief letter from Thorvalden you will get additional guards.
The guards itself got additional amor and weapons and new animations to use them. The combat-, the death animation and the underlying AI has been optimised in order to increase the realism of the impression.
We changed all height map of the island terrain and added many more beautiful textures for rocks, plants and trees.
Power & Intrigue
We added a new GamePlay feature 'Power & Intrigue'. Some of the inhabitants have turned away from the old faith and became Christians. They keep their new faith in secret and are no longer well-disposed to you. They want to spread their new faith, but you and your followers are an obstacle. Therefore they sabotage your efforts to let the island grow to prosperity and power. They burn down houses, grapple with your enemies, they do not even shrink from murder. You have to identify them quickly and make them harmless, because the damage they do is significant and could lead to your destruction.
Most of the hidden treasure chests now require a master key. Find it and carefully check the contents of the chest before using or taking it. But this key does not help with every chest - some chests you have to open by force, others take you violence extremely bad.
Potions - Treasure View and Hazard View:
These both potions let you discover treasure and traps easily - for a while. The have been expanded to reveal most of the treasures and most dangers. But remember, you still can not portion the potions. Once activated, they consume themselves.
Additional key assignment:
We have added many new button keys, so that you can reach relevant menu items now also by pressing a button. The function of the previous keys is retained.
Rotation lock camera:
Normally, your view aligns with the mouse cursor. However, this also applies if you want to reach a menu function at the border of the screen - the camera and thus your view moves with.
Now - by pressing the key [q] the camera rotation is blocked, so that you can now reach the menu items with the mouse cursor, without the camera moving. Pressing the [q] key again unlocks the camera. In the course of this change, we have also connected other menu functions to button keys.
The speed of a game's graphics relates not only on the depth of detail, pixel quality and graphics settings, but also on the number of objects to be displayed. Therefore we offer the opportunity to run VikingJourney also on PCs which are not HighEnd. We do that by displaying game details and game object in relation with the Quality Settings - at the beginning of a new game.
That's why you can also choose the level of quality before every launch of VikingJourney, allowing you to customize the game to suit your PC and its performance. See the list below.
1. in Quality Level "Good (or worse)" we present the following:
- Shadows: no
- Clouds: yes
- Moon: yes
- Stars: no
- Dust clouds transport: no
- Twinkle shadow of fire: no
2. in Quality Level "Beautiful (or better)" we present the following:
- Shadows: yes
- Clouds: yes
- Moon: yes
- Stars: yes
- Dust clouds transport: yes
- Twinkle shadow of fire: yes
That from the "Beautiful" quality setting, all game details are displayed in addition to the improved graphics parameters.