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POWER TO THE FIGHTER! ABSOLUTE TERRITORY OCT 2019 VIDEO DEV DIARY

Greetings pilots!

This month has flown by, in part due to a well needed holiday. Now that I’m back, I’ve been continuing work on the Level Editor towards allowing you to create your own missions with a greater range of variety.

Here’s the run down on what’s discussed:

  • Current expectations for release.
  • Power management
  • Conditional Actions
  • Showcasing the heavy fighter and bomber.
  • What I will and won’t be doing next.

Absolute Territory is available to wishlist on Steam.

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Return of the Cockpit – Absolute Territory Sep 2019 Video Dev Diary

Here is the rundown for this September 2019 developer diary for Absolute Territory:

  • Steamworks Integration
  • Release Date Expectations
  • Controller support improvements in-menu/in-game
  • Space Mine Fields (Hazard) and Nullifier Fields (Cancel out Hazards)
  • New ships
  • Return of the cockpit
Absolute Territory September 2019 video dev diary

Absolute Territory is available to wishlist on Steam.

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Absolute Territory Dev Diary Aug 2019

In this August 2019 developer diary for Absolute Territory:

I demonstrate the new Navpont System for the Mission Editor. Navpoints break up the Mission into multiple zones for the player to complete a set of objectives as laid out by the designer (you!). If you have ever played the Wing Commander video game series you’ll be familiar with this format.

Based on feedback from the playable Alpha demo it seems players are not making themselves familiar with the abilities of their chosen space superiority fighter. To inform, I go into detail covering the basics and more advanced features that will help players increase their odds of surviving against multiple hostile opponents.

Watch the video to find out more…

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Absolute Territory – Alpha 4.2 Release

Welcome along to the Absolute Territory Alpha 4 Demo. This game is in active development and not representative of the final product.

Before you play I highly recommend you view the readme.txt within the download archive. The game can be played with keyboard & mouse/joystick/HOTAS/gamepad. You should review the keybindings within the Controls menu and adjust to your liking. You may need to define your own control bindings depending on the controller you will be using.

In this demo you can play through the first mission of the waves game mode, with a highscore table. You can also challenge yourself by creating your own custom missions, with a limited selection of opponents and features that will be available within the final game.

If you enjoyed the game, head on over to the Absolute Territory Steam page and wishlist.

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Have fun!

Drosphila with pulse guns and Spiculum missiles

Patch Notes

4.2 (20190828)

  • Fixed – Missile Launchers not being fitted correctly.
  • Fixed – Dart DF Launcher now fires Dart DF’s instead of Spiculum’s.
  • Fixed – Can now hear Dropshila and Vomtitoria engine pitch changes.
  • Added – Missile Decoy has a shiny new look

4.1 (20190828)

  • Fixed – Mission Editor: Default overrides for weapons not loading correctly.
  • Fixed – Mission Editor: Default override not loading when a mission is loaded.
  • Fixed – Firing Spiculum missile from Drosphila no longer detonates immediately.
  • Fixed – Pulse Weapons not firing.
  • Fixed – Pulse Weapons not tracking current target.
  • Fixed – Drosphila Wings are now symmetric on both sides.
  • Added – Player heard Interface sounds for Dropshila and Vomtitoria.
  • Added – engine effects to Dropshila and Vomtitoria.

4.0 (20190822)

  • Public Release

ABSOLUTE TERRITORY DEV DIARY JULY 2019

This months Dev Diary for Absolute Territory is all about progress on the Mission Editor where you create your own missions. You will be able to fly multiple ships and configure their loadouts for optimum effect. Challenge your piloting skills by creating your own missions. Develop unique scenarios envisioned from your imagination. You decide the difficulty by adjusting the environment and opponents. Fight with the most devastating weapons against lighter opponents or truly test your skills against-all-odds.

Watch this dev diary to find out more…

July 2019 Dev Diary

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Wishes for Absolute Territory on Steam

Now available to wishlist on Steam

Hello pilots!

I am happy to announce that Absolute Territory now has presence on Steam. The page is live and ready for eager pilots to register their interest by wishlistingWishlist away!

This is also the first time I’ve been able to lock down and commit to Absolute Territory features. These are the minimum expected features to appear in the game. I am not to keen to talk about what I’d like to see added at this time, I’d rather state what is there or what will be there in upcoming updates to Absolute Territory.

Challenge your piloting skills by creating your own missions. Develop unique scenarios envisioned from your imagination. You decide the difficulty by adjusting the environment and opponents. Fight with the most devastating weapons against lighter opponents or truly test your skills against-all-odds.
1st and 3rd person space combat action.

  • Create your own missions with an easy to use and robust mission editor.
  • Fly multiple ships and configure their loadouts for optimum effect.
  • Improve your combat skills against waves of increasingly difficult opponents.
  • Or take up the ultimate challenge of flying the gauntlet against increasingly difficult opponents.

Don’t forget to head on over to the Absolute Territory Steam page and hit that wishlist button!

Absolute Territory Dev Diary June 2019

This months dev diary covers asteroid fields and a proof of concept for a mission creator for players to create their own custom missions. This was originally posted over on Itci.io.

Asteroid Fields

One feature I’ve always wanted to implement: asteroid fields.  Vast fields of rocks that can span across huge distances.  

The problem: performance degradation from updating a large number of bodies.  

The solution: use a smaller number of bodies, local to the player position, which are updated and displayed when in defined asteroid field areas.  Perform updates using the Unity Job System for improved performance.  

The first videos show the result of an infinite asteroid field.  A clipping distance is used, hence asteroids will pop in and out of view at the boundary.

Infinite asteroid field

How it works: asteroids are initially spawned around the players local position as far as the defined viewing clipping radius.  Each asteroid is checked to determine if it falls within a defined asteroid field area.  If it is, then show it, otherwise we hide it from view.  We then move each asteroid based on the players velocity.  When an asteroid goes past the boundary of the clipping area we re-spawn at another random position at the boundary edge.

This works well and performance is improved using the Job System over a single threaded process.  These asteroid fields demos were run within the Unity editor so performance would be improved in the build without the editor overhead.  One problem I will have is figuring out a balance for lower end systems as access to such a system is currently out of picture right now.  I will be using Unity Analytics to help, once a playable build is made available, I will be able to compare performance across a range of systems as players engage with the game.

Currently, on my dev build performance starts to drop when 7500 bodies are visible.  This was not the huge performance boost I was expecting using the Job System, so I may have to also experiment with the Entity Component System.

The asteroid field is not finished, I’d like to add further improvements to the aesthetic and also make them feel more dangerous than they currently are.  In the version two video, below, there are now asteroid debris and dust clouds.

Asteroid field with debris and dust

Flying through an infinite asteroid field with dust clouds and debris gave me a sense of claustrophobia that I had never had before. I just wanted to get out yet there was no end…

Mission Editor

Have you ever wanted to create you own missions and test the limit of your combat skills by creating your own adversities to over come?  Or is it just me?  Below is a short video showing a proof of concept on this idea. Simply click and place enemies to fight inside an area, click launch and go to battle.  

Mission Creator

It’s pretty simple, the only rule set currently is to destroy all enemies within the area.  I’d like to expand this so the player can create simple sets of rules for spawning additional enemies along with other success and failure conditions, and configure ship loadouts.

You can updates showing the development of Absolute Territory @ https://twitter.com/abs_territory