0.4.0 Release Notes

Summary

Our Winter Beta Update is now here! This update finishes off the story in Lakure! Look forward to traveling the province, conversing with locals, and convincing Lord Katerina to help you!

This update also contains a large number of technical improvements we made over the summer which were previous released in the demo update a few months ago. Another thing of note is that all of SFX has been redone and updated, and we’ve added some new features like books and eavesdropping.

We recommend making a copy of your save files (the .sqlite files) in your game directory before continuing. There should be no issues, but we do upgrade the files in this release.

If you come across any issues, feel free to send us a Tweet or DM, message on the Discord Server, or shoot us an email. Bug reports and feature requests can also be logged here.

Release Notes

Added

  • Added a number of enemy, player, and equipment name strings to the translation file
  • Added new debate facts
  • Added new debates
  • Added new cutscenes
  • Added new skits
  • Added more SFX, and added new SFX to existing cutscenes
  • Added new item icons
  • Added new audio
  • Added NPCs and houses to Lakure, and unblocked the city
  • Added new character sprites
  • Added books
  • Added eavesdropping events
  • Added new overworld tiles

Fixed

  • Fixed UI briefly appearing after transitioning screens before an event plays
  • Fixed lists accidentally cutting off Text
  • Fixed flashing when starting a cutscene
  • Fixed flashing when changing maps during a cutscene
  • Fixed actors during cutscenes sometimes not appearing
  • Fixed Shop Confirm Button not working

Other

  • Upgraded to Gamemaker 2.3
  • Converted & consolidated all of the cutscenes to a new system
  • Converted & consolidated all of the skits to a new system
  • Refactored how quests are stored and loaded
  • Refactored how debate statements are stored and loaded
  • Redid all of the pre-existing SFX

January 2021 Progress Update

Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a safe and relaxing holiday season. Here’s what we were up to during December and what our plans are for the new year!

December 2020

During December we primarily focused on developing the next beta update. We wanted to get it finished for the end of December before New Years, but between holiday breaks and spending time with immediate family it didn’t end up getting finished and tested. We have about one thing left for the release before testing, so look forward to seeing it later this month.

2020 Review

Before going into our plans for 2021, we want to give a brief roundup on and celebrate what we’ve gotten done in the past year.

  • Released 2 Beta Updates, 1 Demo Update
  • Upgraded to Gamemaker 2.3.x+
  • Revamped all of the SFX and added a few more
  • Completed the graphical update – all of the battle animations and all of the characters for the game have had their sprites updated
  • Added in a quarter of Gataela’s world
  • Restructured the skit and cutscene systems
  • Added some extra polish to the UI
  • Improved the TTBattles by adding criticals, dodge, escape and updating visual effects among other bug fixes
  • Added our first pass of fullscreen mode
  • Started work on adding new overworld tiles and new animations
  • Plus a ton of bug fixes and misc improvements

2021 Plans

Last year was a big year for structural changes and preparation for Gataela as we worked to put in more content for beta testers. We tried to do quarterly beta updates and they were more-or-less successful. We can’t say that the pandemic has not impacted our ability to complete them. As we expect more of the same as last year, here’s some of the big changes and things we’ll be attempting to get done:

  • No quarterly beta updates, they’ll be released when ready
  • Finishing all of the debate portraits & adding a few more
  • Adding more SFX and making new SFX
  • Creating new overworld tiles for new areas & to add more visual interest
  • Adding in more music and expanding the soundtrack
  • Creating new enemies, more battle animations, more VFX, and more creatures to make the world feel alive
  • Backer In-Game Reward Fulfillment
  • Adding more cutscenes & content

Most items are to be expected, but to briefly note on the quarterly beta updates, we’re largely making this change due to COVID and the on-going pandemic.

In 2019 while we were preparing for the updated demo we had internal milestones each month where we had a dedicated tester run through the content and note issues for us to fix. Our thought was that for 2020 we would be able to keep this up, and releasing quarterly would be absolutely possible. However the pandemic has greatly affected how we work, and when we work. In order to release quarterly the team needs to work in a very structured linear way, which isn’t possible anymore. So for those reasons we can’t guarantee when future updates will be. Thanks for everyone’s understanding, and we’ll be sure to let everyone know when they become available or when we feel one will be coming!

In the meantime, look forward to January’s update and have a good new year!

December 2020 Progress Update

Hello everyone! We hope everyone has had a good November. As we enter into the holiday season, we hope everyone continues to stay safe!

A New Challenger Approaches

Last month we mentioned that we’d be updating all of the old SFX and adding a few new ones. What we didn’t mention was just who would be doing that! We’d like to introduce Christoph who recently joined the team and will be making sure all of the SFX are sounding great!

Beta Update

Last month we spent a LOT of time working on writing out the cutscenes for the next update, which is why there’s not a whole lot of imagery we can show. We ended up adding a few more cutscenes more than we expected, and even an extra quest or two. We’ll be working on implementing them in the next couple of weeks, so look forward to some Twitch streams.

The next update in general will focus on the Lakure province, so that means the Main Story Quest, the NPCs and even the debates and other battles will all take place here.

We’re currently looking to release the update before New Years, but likely after Christmas.

Other News

In other noteworthy news, we’re starting to work on fulfilling everyone’s Kickstarter in-game rewards: custom NPCs and house interiors. Also to that end, we’ve begun to make a few more tiles for both landscapes and interiors. This should help bring some more visual interest to the world. We look forward to showing off all this work in the near future!

November 2020 Progress Update

Hello everyone! We hope you had a Happy Halloween! Here’s what we’ve been up to the past month!

Demo Update

In case you missed it, we released an update to the demo last month! We expected to update closer to the end of the month, but it was done earlier than we thought! We hope everyone has enjoyed the improvements we’ve been working on for the past year!

Beta Update

With the demo update out of the way, we switched back to working on the Beta Update! Most of last month was spent planning and writing, which doesn’t have too many visual things associated with it unfortunately! One thing worth noting is that we’ve made a small adjustment to the scope: we will now be updating all of the SFX, and adding a few new ones! We’ll have more information in the near future, but we hope you look forward to the coming change!

2021 Planning

Last month we did quite a lot of planning for the beta update, but we also spent time planning out the next six months of development. This past year we have tried to put out a demo update each quarter, because it fit in well with the story and the gameplay. Following the December Update, the story and gameplay will open up a lot, as shortly after your full party will be assembled, fast travel will be unlocked, and you will be able to go anywhere.

We would like to keep the final stretch of the game’s story a secret until the full version is launched, so there’s the question of “What should we put in for beta updates?”. To be honest, we are still working to figure that out. Some games release updates based on regions or features, and theme them around that, which is one option we are considering. In order to do that though, it will mean that updates will no longer be quarterly, as some sections of the game can be added within a quarter, while others cannot.

We’re considering many things, and will have some more information in the new year, in the meantime, please look forward to more news about the Beta Update in December!

0.3.1 Release Notes

Summary

It’s been almost one year since we released our graphical overhaul demo! This demo was really big since not only did we redo a TON of assets, we also switched game engines to Gamemaker, adjusted story content, and addressed a lot of feedback.

We’ve been working hard on development since then, and decided to release an update to the demo with all of the improvements we’ve made! We hope you all enjoy it, and maybe find some requested features down below!

It is available to download on Itch, Gamejolt and Steam.

We recommend making a copy of your save files (the .sqlite files) in your game directory before continuing. There should be no issues, but we do upgrade the files in this release.

If you come across any issues, feel free to send us a Tweet or DM, message on the Discord Server, or shoot us an email. Bug reports and feature requests can also be logged here.

Highlights

Status Point Shortcut

We often watch people who post Let’s Plays or do live streams of the game, and something we noticed a LOT was that people would often forget to use their status points they gained when levelling up.

Generally speaking, setting one or two points can make a very big difference in battle, so after going through a whole area, and then facing a boss, you might find yourself in a lot of trouble. In fact, lots of people failed when fighting the first boss battle because they forgot to set points.

Although we have a reminder in the main menu screen, it wasn’t enough, and we wanted to provide an unobtrusive way to remind you about it. So now when you have status points to spend, you will have a shortcut on the HUD to the skills screen beside the main menu icon!

Full Screen Support

Something that was highly requested was the ability to fullscreen the game. A big reason why we haven’t supported it thus far is that Gataela’s UI is not pixelated, while the game itself is. This means that either the pixel art is blurry or the UI is pixelated when scaling.

We took the first step to add this to the game, and it’s now available in the demo!

Please keep in mind this is more “experimental” and will be improved over time, but we hope that this will help those who had difficulty with the smaller windowed size of the game.

Difficulty Options

We’ve started to add difficulty options! Two options that are now available in the demo is “Enemy HP Multiplier” and “Enemy EXP Multiplier”.

If you’re finding turn-based battles take too long, try decreasing the amount of HP the enemies have. If you dislike grinding, increase the amount of EXP you get from battles! These options can be changed at any time while playing, so we hope you can tweak the game to your preferences!

Battle Improvements

We have made a TON of battle improvements within this release such as displaying levels, adding criticals and misses, adding chances to fail escaping from battles among other fixes such as fixing the block and dodge skills, and how stats are used during battle!

Please see the release notes for full details on what sort of changes we’ve made!

Release Notes

Added

  • Added a block animation for when the Block skill plays
  • Added a dodge animation for when the Dodge skill plays
  • Added swapping party members
  • Added a level indicator to enemies in turn-based battles
  • Added NPCs in the market when coming back from Cole’s encounter
  • Added a number of enemy, player, and equipment name strings to the translation file
  • Added new debate facts
  • Added an animation to text boxes when they appear
  • Added Battle Critical Font
  • Added load from save on the game over screen
  • Added color variations for Bandit Girl and Bandit Boy characters
  • Added the ability for enemies to have randomized color variations & ensured they matched the overworld when engaging with them
  • Added dialogue to man outside Vuni’s inn
  • Added a blocker to Wiska Forest to prevent early entry
  • Added a chance to fail escaping
  • Added max and min inventory item counts
  • HP bars will now change color to better reflect remaining percents
  • Added gameover modals
  • Added a short input delay when a text box appears to prevent spamming the button and missing key dialogue
  • When a character levels up, they will gain new skills if appropriate
  • Added a shortcut to adding points to your character’s stats
  • Added Criticals and Misses to battles
  • Added confirm changes modal to a number of menu screens
  • Added new difficulty options: modify the enemy’s EXP and HP values using a multiplier.
  • Skills can level up after use
  • Added first pass of fullscreen mode

Fixed

  • Fixed UI briefly appearing after transitioning screens before an event plays
  • Fixed camera abruptly jumping to follow Rob in opening cutscene
  • Fixed crash in inventory when no items exist
  • Fixed camera during Cole’s encounter from having a tangent with the outside wall
  • Fixed lists accidentally cutting off Text
  • Fixed player sprite ordering issue in mountains near border with chimney
  • Fixed transition bug to the north east of Pharyon
  • Fixed missing boundaries near the mountain flower field
  • Fixed transition bug when heading between the Villa and the Town in Wynoa
  • Fixed main menu opening with interact key
  • Fixed text for post-Wiska Forest quest to be clear where to go in Wynoa
  • Fixed being unable to interact with the innkeep npc or use the inn in Vuni
  • Fixed learned recipes not being saved properly
  • Fixed crafting resulting in the wrong learned recipe
  • Fixed key items not being readded to the crafting grid after experimenting
  • Fixed a bug where you could accidentally soft-lock the game by interacting with the minimap just after starting a cutscene
  • Fixed typo in opening cutscene
  • Fixed player getting stuck when transitioning in to western Wynoa
  • Fixed sprite overlay issue in eastern Wynoa
  • Fixed character walking in place after battles
  • Fixed ambience audio blipping out when transitioning screens
  • Fixed area name continuously appearing when standing on a trigger
  • Fixed hidden collidable objects being interactable
  • Fixed transition bug in mountains
  • Fixed a HMS format bug when playing for over 10 hours
  • Fixed Big Meanie skit not being removed after the relevant quests
  • Fixed Block and Dodge to now work correctly
  • Fixed skill information not being included when calculating battle damage
  • Fixed equipment information not being included when calculating battle stats
  • Fixed boss battles being marked as being escape-able
  • Fixed line beside skit button on the HUD
  • Fixed party members not correctly executing their actions in the right order during battles
  • Fixed shadow appearing wrong in Vuni behind a house
  • Fixed a number of bugs in the Equipment Screen
  • Fixed tile checking for water was incorrect
  • Fixed a potential save crash
  • Fixed flashing when starting a cutscene
  • Fixed flashing when changing maps during a cutscene
  • Fixed actors during cutscenes sometimes not appearing

Other

  • Replaced Battle Damage Font
  • Made running children unstoppable
  • Refactored how quests are stored and loaded
  • Made the Turn Based & Debate Battle Results Screen show all characters that leveled up
  • Updated cutscenes and overworld NPCs to use the new bandit color variations
  • Adjusted some dialogue during the flower hunt quest
  • Upgraded saved files to gain facts in previous cutscenes
  • Upgraded to Gamemaker 2.3
  • Converted & consolidated all of the cutscenes to a new system