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Battle-Cars 2 Update 08/30/13

Postby Psyonix-Dave on Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:18 pm

Ok, here is what we're prepared to announce about Battle-Cars 2...

If you've been following along you know about our focus on building a living game - one that we continually update and add features as long as there is a continued interest in the game. The key to this strategy is building a strong community around the game, and building it early on. So we have come up with this plan of action to achieve that goal...

  • We develop what we call a Minimum Viable Product. Basically it's an Alpha version that has the minimum content needed to allow people to play in online matches and give us feedback.
  • We release this Alpha version on PC...possibly Steam but could be a website download.
  • The Alpha will be FREE because we want to encourage a large community.
  • We take your feedback into account and start making updates, adding features as fast as we can build them.

The reason for PC is that we can make updates whenever we want (consoles require a costly certification step). This DOES NOT mean it won't be on console eventually but games are developed on PC first anyway and consoles don't support Alpha release programs. I can confirm that we are NOT going to be a launch title for PS4 though.

Ok, so now on to the really fun stuff. Here are some of the major features we have in the pipe...

* Dedicated server support: This will remove any host advantage and improve lag, matchmaking, and stat tracking

* Mutators: This is a very cool system designed to allow alteration the normal game in a lot of ways. For instance there might be a whole set of Ball Mutators such as "Cube Ball" or "Big Ball" and other sets that allow things like "Large Goals" or changing the scoring mechanic. We have tons of ideas for these.

* Vastly improved matchmaking system: Given the mutator system we need a robust matchmaking system that makes it easy to find games but also to filter out mutated games you may or may not want to play. You will ALWAYS be able to play pure Battle-Cars however.

* Car customization: I can't say much about this yet but you will be able to customize your car.

* In-Game Tournament support: The game will support tournaments natively. Psyonix can define these but we may be able to add support for players to create them as well.

As always, Psyonix is a bootstrapped company. We try to fund our own projects by doing work-for-hire. A lot of the effort so far has been in people's free time. The good news is we may be getting to a point where we have more free resources available and the even bigger news is that the game is already very playable. We've still got plenty of work to do to get an Alpha candidate ready however. I'll be updating you as soon as we have some idea of when it will be released.

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Re: Battle-Cars 2

Postby TheGreatGambit on Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:20 pm

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Re: Battle-Cars 2

Postby Cougar on Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:20 pm

:yaypsyonix: Can't wait for the alpha, soooo excited xD
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Re: Battle-Cars 2

Postby stevebills on Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:21 pm

I love you Psyonix! :yaypsyonix:
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Re: Battle-Cars 2

Postby el-trickser on Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:22 pm

playable?
how about some footage? :D :yaypsyonix: :yaypsyonix:
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Re: Battle-Cars 2

Postby Ryan094 on Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:22 pm

No. Freaking. Way.

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Re: Battle-Cars 2

Postby ollyp23 on Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:22 pm

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Re: Battle-Cars 2

Postby Fysho on Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:22 pm

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Re: Battle-Cars 2

Postby Nieza on Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:23 pm

That is so incredibly awesome.... :shock: <3
Now I just need a gamer pc. :dork:

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Re: Battle-Cars 2

Postby animekunai on Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:23 pm

Wait, can someone tell me what requirements are needed to game on PC?

I have a Windows 7, and have no clue as to what it can handle game wise? do you move around with the mouse or the keyboard?
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Re: Battle-Cars 2

Postby digdog22 on Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:24 pm

Mama, we made it! :yaypsyonix: :yaypsyonix: :yaypsyonix: :yaypsyonix: :yaypsyonix: :yaypsyonix:
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Re: Battle-Cars 2

Postby deviousboy50 on Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:24 pm

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Re: Battle-Cars 2

Postby aiden91 on Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:25 pm

animekunai wrote:Wait, can someone tell me what requirements are needed to game on PC?

I have a Windows 7, and have no clue as to what it can handle game wise? do you move around with the mouse or the keyboard?


if you don't know you probably haven't the specs to play online games.

Any idea on what specs are needed Dave?

to get a gaming pc, or PS4 :roll:
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Re: Battle-Cars 2

Postby el-trickser on Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:25 pm

animekunai wrote:Wait, can someone tell me what requirements are needed to game on PC?

I have a Windows 7, and have no clue as to what it can handle game wise? do you move around with the mouse or the keyboard?

controllers i would say
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Re: Battle-Cars 2

Postby coolcole93 on Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:25 pm

Liking the sound of this! Can't wait to hear more. Called the alpha version coming out on PC, though!
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Re: Battle-Cars 2

Postby Mephistofes on Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:25 pm

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Re: Battle-Cars 2

Postby Demic on Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:26 pm

:yaypsyonix:
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Re: Battle-Cars 2

Postby oneill_clan on Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:26 pm

PC alpha is such good news!!! and will it only be one candidate? i think it should be like 10-20, and so much stuff there im so pleased to see. with our help and input too we can make it a fabulous game!
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Re: Battle-Cars 2

Postby Ryan094 on Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:26 pm

coolcole93 wrote:Liking the sound of this! Can't wait to hear more. Called the alpha version coming out on PC, though!

You did indeed. Well played sir. You have received 1 internet.

It sounds like an alpha release isn't too far in the future. :P
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Re: Battle-Cars 2

Postby Cougar on Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:26 pm

animekunai wrote:Wait, can someone tell me what requirements are needed to game on PC?

I have a Windows 7, and have no clue as to what it can handle game wise? do you move around with the mouse or the keyboard?


You have to be able to run Unreal Engine 3, so try getting the old ARC Squadron download on PC if it's not taken down. Basically you need a graphics card with DirectX 9 (I think) support, usually like 3-4GB RAM, etc for it to be a smooth 60fps, but even if you can't manage that you can drop the settings to min and play on low. It's not exceptionally hard to run, but grandpa's Windows 95 probably won't cut it.

Edit - You can find this stuff by right clicking Computer on your desktop and clicking Properties.
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