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Stairways to Energy Heroes

Hi!

Since the alpha, many modifications and improvements have been made. One of them may seem especially trivial, however it made our 3D modelers and UV unwrappers go crazy, and, even worse, it made SCD’s older mercenaries angry: access ramps have all been replaced by stairs.

At first, you could think it’s easy… then you hear modelers grumble about the “Art director’s stairs” and you witness the animators, covered in bruises through jumping right into the studio’s stairs in order to observe what happens when the human body fights its worst enemy: gravity (good thing animators are quite tough).

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Live testimony: “At first, I thought that it would be simple, that I just would have to duplicate steps. It’s only 153 steps later that I realised how wrong I was.” – Anonymous modeler

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Eventually, when you’ll have the opportunity to gambol through the Stage375 firing at anything that moves, have a thought for the brave who made the 387 steps constituting the map’s stairs.

Breenoux – Special reporter.


Some energium for evolution

Hi there! We meet again to talk this time about one of the Energy Heroes gameplay features which will, without any doubt, spice up the game a little bit.

When a game starts, both bases begin with level one entities which do not make coffee and simply do what is written on their instructions: towers shoot enemies, the Energy Gate powers up minions who then go for a little walk in the fields. The ship itself is at its maximal level from the start: pew pew, shopping.

Energium is what makes the world go around for the Qen’Ory and the E’Nyhm, and mercenaries will be sent on Syrh in order to take part in the conflict resulting from it. Jorvak engineers installed a module inside Stage 375 that simulates the conditions and situations mercenaries will face on Syrh. This module which is on the first floor is in fact a room containing a resource stockroom (and a nice space view too).

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This resource stockroom produces energium during a game. Players may gather it and bring it back to their bases in order to stock it and unlock upgrades for their buildings. Beware, if the player is hit while carrying energium, he will drop a bit of it.

During a game, your team may be able to buy some or all of the available upgrades, and keep in mind: the last one is really powerful.

Here is the upgrade tree available for the alpha:

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Of course, we worked hard to make all of these upgrades visually and easily identifiable in-game.

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This already unlocked pack at the start of a game is comprised of 2 towers, one Energy Gate and a colonization module which can create minions.

EntityEvolution_03-2The tower’s core is upgraded, making the tower’s shots more powerful.

EntityEvolution_03-1Minions’ core are upgraded, their attack is more powerful when powered up at the Energy Gate.

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The tower core is powerful enough to generate a shield around itself. This shield must be destroyed, beware though, given enough time it will replenish even if it has been destroyed.

EntityEvolution_04-1Minions’ cores are upgraded, making them more resistant.

EntityEvolution_05-1The tower core is so powerful that its attack now have an area of effect!

That’s all about entities’ upgrades available during the Energy Heroes alpha which will start in two days! If you have an alpha key, you may take part in it.

And by the way, someone dropped this on my desk, you might find a use for it! 😉 ALPHW1-G1CF-3HQ5-ESSV

See you soon!

Xarden, art stockroom


What’s the plan?

Just after Syalen will be done ripping off my gut for the title pun, I shall finally get to describe and show you the game map.
Indeed until now, we broadly described the game and I think now it’s time to get into some key details.

The universe

As  explained earlier in the synopsis, you gonna embody a bunch of soldiers of fortune who belong to a corporation called SCD, hired to supply all military resources necessary to sustain the upcoming conflict between the two top notch superpowers of the known universe.

This conflict is regulated by a council who watches over the conflict and keeps it under control in order to avoid entire systems and planets being dragged and destroyed in an uncontrolled conflict. The SCD served then as a buffer zone.

However, in orbit around the planet the troops train on waiting for the conflict to fly off the handle and SCD contingent to unload on Syrh.

And here is where YOU move to the action as the first map will feature SCD trainingship, a space nave designed by SCD where diverse conditions of the upcoming conflict have been reproduced.

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Overview

Here, inspect the plan of your future battlefield.

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Ground rules of the game

This first mode will confront two teams of three players.
As settled previously, Energy heroes is a TPS on which we added MOBA rules. Then there will be towers, boosters, henchmen and a main building per team.

Nonetheless, those elements were adjusted to match the overall outline of TPS gameplay, the towers don’t have limited range anymore and will shoot at you as soon as they detect you, to put them down, you’ll have to aim their central energetic core.

The Boosters will be shaped in an arc of a circle and all henchmen of your faction passing under will see both their power and resistance increased.

Two kinds of henchmen will be present, short ones who will have to get close to shoot and larger ones with longer range behind those you’ll have ways to hide.

And finally, the main building will display towers which you’ll have to destroy before tearing down the structure itself.

Also, need  to remember, both henchmen and towers weaponry have dispersal, that means you can dodge a bullet by rolling, crawling or seeking cover, but watch out for stray bullets!

In a next post I’ll extensively go through the features of each building.

The goal of this map will be to destroy the two defense towers which lay along the main access then wreck the booster and finally the main building starting with its own defense towers. The classic arrangement of MOBA’s ground rules.

 

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When level design meddle in

Energy Heroes stroke of originality also lies in well crafted level design. The trainingship map will play out on several levels and in this mode dynamic and interactive elements will be an integral part of  the game strategy.

For instance the central room, right in the middle of the map, is cut apart from main access by two doors, one on each team side, when both are closed henchman can’t pass  and the defense tower can’t reach any enemy within the central room. However players will be able to open or to shut those doors by getting to the switches.

I let you imagine what will happen if they do so…

 

To conclude

This map has been designed to mix up MOBA’s ground rules, TPS dynamism and the depth of a 3D map.

Naturally it’s still a work in progress which will surely evolve as we’ll run tests and thanks to feedbacks .

Lunder, Interior Architect

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