Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Steam Page is up

https://store.steampowered.com/app/741110/Blackshift/

Yes yes, I'm still alive and I'm still making Blackshift.

The next update is shaping up to be an absolute monster. It's got some very large changes, including a secret feature that it wouldn't make sense to release in an unfinished state, hence the lack of updates.

OK, the secret feature isn't that exciting. But I quite like it. It changes the structure of Blackshift quite a bit, and personally I think it's just what the game needed. And it was a lot of work 😅

Unfortunately it doesn't look good in screenshots yet, and I <3 secrecy, so you'll have to wait a little bit before I show you anything.

Not the secret feature
But I can tell you a bit about some of the other changes that will be in the next version:
  • Seriously considering deleting my installer and updater. It's buggy, it fails all the time, and I shouldn't be spending my time writing an updater, I should be spending it writing Blackshift. I'm thinking I should just use the app update system built into Itch.io (and later Steam).
  • I've redone the entire UI. The old UI was written in HTML and Javascript, like a web page, and Blackshift contained an entire web browser just do display the UI. In retrospect, that's nuts, and I've rewritten it in C++ like a proper game.
  • More music
  • Couple of new items and graphics, as usual. Not too many this time though.
  • Steam! I'll make sure you all get Steam keys if you already bought on Itch.

4 comments:

  1. Awesome! Congratulation Robin!

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  2. oh that's so great Rob, i am so happy for you and for us all !!!

    i am less in the game these last times, because i have a lot of work on the house and also lot of work at job... but i'm never really far away ;p

    i can't wait for the new update!!! it looks crazy !!!

    the screenshot is not the secret, but it's very beautiful !!!

    i have a question: what about our built levels in the pit ? will they disappear completely?
    And in this case, will it be possible to create a back up? if no, we also could make some screenshots...

    anyway, congrats Rob, i look forward it !!!

    PS: great "Signs of life" !!! lovin'it !!!
    PS2: you found the good way to get the 1.9 in "Who is There" !!! Bravo !!!
    PS3 : i will re-buy Blackshift on Steam, i don't care, it's the best game ever, you deserve it!
    ;D

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    1. Thanks Mills!

      No, your pit levels are safe. I don't plan to delete any (except MAYBE some of the really old and broken ones). The only thing you might lose is your progress through levels 1-100, so, sorry in advance for that. But those levels are changing a fair bit anyway, so hopefully it won't be TOO much of a drag to replay them.

      And yeah, I was proud of myself for figuring out that level of yours. I can't normally do any of the levels in the Pit :D

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