November 15th Patch Notes

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Hello Generals!

The first couple weeks have passed by since the US release and we’re super stoked to see more and more people enjoying Armor Blitz! But that’s no excuse to slack off — we’ve continued to work on improvements and new characters to release into the game. This includes various bug fixes, some in-progress content, and balances. Patch notes will detail everything below!

If you haven’t done so already, please go to Google Play and review our game! A higher rating means more people will be able to see the game and join! Also, if you want to know about our various social media and fan groups, here’s a quick and easy list for you!


PATCH NOTES!

Because we are more weary of bugs now that the game is fully released, our primary focus is really testing content before it comes out. Hopefully, everything goes by squeaky clean! There are no new features this patch besides the tank detail screen being activatable on the Research Lab now. Just click a unit you were curious about to see their Lvl 50 stats. Besides that, there’s a lot of clarity issues and bug fixes.

New Units Added:
-Chi-Ri, Asami
-FV214 Conqueror, Cerys
-Jagdpanther, Victoria 
-SU-76M, Vanissa
-Maus and AMX40 added to 1% drop table in Recruiting.

Balance Changes:
-Portal of Chaos oil cost has been halved.
-Tiger II now has Fortress Lv. 5 ability.
-Tier 5 Research Lab costs decreased from 4000 BP -> 3000 BP

Bug Fixes:
-The elusive T-35 bug causing battles to freeze should now be fixed!
-Loading screens have been adjusted to fit more resolutions. 4:3 tablet users should have a better experience now!
-Portal of Chaos victories will now show the Blueprint award.
-Google Play Achievements implemented
-The game will no longer ask for Contacts permissions for new users


Fight on, Generals. And don’t let the Corruption take your soul.

-David
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April/May Update

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Hi there, Blitzers!

You’ve probably noticed this by now, but there was a mysterious absence of news posts in the last month! We’re sorry about the absence on our blog, but hopefully you’ve been able to keep up with our new art reveals on Facebook or Twitter. Our team was very busy transitioning into a new work environment and taking feedback from our first stage of closed alpha testing. We’ve gotten quite a lot of feedback, and after we fix the crucial bugs and issues, we will roll out another wave of invites.


Summer Speed Up

Despite your best impressions, the team creating Armor Blitz is partially made up of students and April was final exam time. That is the biggest reason for the temporary slow down in patches and the missing blog post! However, now that summer has arrived, we’ll be working full-time and rolling out features at unreal speeds. I hope you guys are ready… because there are some huge changes coming to our UI (Army Screen + Factory interactions were poorly optimized), as well as alterations to the combat visuals. Our goal is to make things clearer for the player and more interactive than it is now.

Oh – and we have a lot of bugs to fix. Thank you to all of you who hammered away at our game and made sure our alpha build was torn apart. It’s all part of the development cycle!

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Say Cheese!

Although our programming was slow, that didn’t slow down our art progression. We’ve been getting a lot of reworks done to bring our older characters up to par. I’m sure you can take an educated guess on this one.

Say Cheese!

(Usually we show the armament… but the head is just fine in this case!)


Fan Art Feature

One of the things we’ve been super proud of is the spectacular displays of artistry that fans and artists have conjured up. Take a look at some of the following creations that were inspired from our lovely Armor Blitz characters — and keep the creative juices flowing!

http://terrainakka.deviantart.com/

Armorblitz: Crusader (fanart) by TerrainAKKAChibi SU-14 (top) and Crusader (bottom) fan arts by TerrainAKKA (AYA)

http://kiri-rxrai.deviantart.com/

Jagdtiger action pose! By: kiri-rxRai

http://shirohtakashiya.deviantart.com/

 

Matilda II under fire by Shirohtakashiya

Panzer IV cosplay

We were stunned to see this Panzer IV cosplay from our fan, Alex. Thanks for letting us share!


 

Got something you want to share as well? Tweet at us, Facebook message us, or post directly to our deviantart page!

That’s all for now. Stay tuned, and keep Blitzing!

 

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March Update – Crunch Time

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Happy Spring, Blitzers!

This update is a few days late, so apologies for that. Some of you have noticed that we’ve been sort of slow in updates, and that’s because of how busy we’ve been! Because of our scheduled alpha testing date, we need to have a public build ready, and that means doing lots of clean up work to make sure the game is playable for non-developers. If you’ve seen other games’ dev builds… they can be pretty messy! In this letter, we’ll recap everything from the past month along with our plans for the future.


Art Recap

Last month we put out the third Armor Blitz Adventures comic featuring the Thor and her chuunibyou aspirations. She read about all the powers of the mighty Norse god, and thinks she can handle it too! If you haven’t seen it yet, go here!

Small Thor

There have also been a few redraws of old characters, done by Tenmuki. It’s a pleasure to have her on the team! The changes are a huge improvement for each character. You may not know this, but all of our old characters had no feet! Their art ended above the knee, so it could fit into the card. Nowadays, we make sure to create the full body even if it’s not needed in the game. It gives us more versatility and looks better outside of the game. Here’s a comparison to see how they’ve changed!

M2A4:

M2A4 Rework

IS2:

IS2 Rework

We will continue to slowly redo some of our older arts with better ones. Out with the old, and in with the new!


And Programming…

So I mentioned that the programming was our biggest hurdle right now. Some of the things we are currently developing include:

  • Push notifications – so we can send timed reminders to your device
  • Analytics server – to track progress and report bugs
  • Patching server – so we can update files without a complete redownload
  • Text system overhaul – We are using a new text system now for sharper fonts, more versatile effects, and more optimization

In addition to those, we are constantly squashing bugs as always. In the coding world, there’s a saying that when you fix one bug, something else  breaks. It’s not THAT bad… but there is some merit in that statement.


What to Expect

As you can tell, there’s a lot on our plates. In terms of business stuff, we did hit a huge milestone of officially incorporating! So we are an actual business under the eyes of American law – so official! Plenty of paperwork to sign there, but it’s important so that we as a team can continue to grow and make games under the Gaudium company name. We’re still the same old team of 5 volunteers, but with a much brighter future ahead.

Like mentioned in February’s update, we’re trying to get a closed alpha build done by the third week of March… that’s very soon! It will just be a small handful of random picks from our mailing list, and some of the fans that have followed our project the longest. You will get personal instructions on how to help on March 21st!

Until next time, keep cheering us on!

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Adventures and more!

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Hey everyone!

Here’s another progress update for the month of February. It’s super exciting to know that our email list has grown a lot since the last update, so if you’re getting this in your inbox – welcome! We’ve got a few things to share from the past month, although most of it has been related to business (paperwork, trademark filing, incorporation). That’s boring, so we’ll cut to the chase starting with our new series of comics that kicked off in January!


Armor Blitz Adventures + New Music

If you’ve been following our social media, you have probably seen the little 4koma style comic strips. This is something that we have lots of fun making, and each strip really fills out the personality of our characters. The reception has been great so far, so we’ll keep working hard to make more. Here’s a teaser for the next one: LIGHTNING! Expect to see that one done in ~2 weeks time.

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There’s also a new section on our blog here called Adventures! That will be the archive for each of our Armor Blitz Adventures pieces if you need to catch up on the previous ones.

Another cool thing that happened in January is a new musical piece commissioned by the lovely Phyrnna! If you haven’t listened to it yet, get excited.


 Some things were broken… so we fixed them

Just like the subheading says, we were having a weird bug with save data being lost. Our internal testing had slowed down greatly as a result (among other reasons). Obviously that’s not what we want, so that should be resolved now! Our main goal right now is to complete the networking features like analytics monitoring and online interaction.

On a positive note, our first iteration of optimization is complete (asset bundling). It’s a progressive thing, so of course the task is more long term, but loading speed is a lot better now! One of the other things we need to do to reduce filesize is programmatic cropping of cards. We have various sizes (small, large, extra large) for portraits. Having each of these not only takes extra steps to produce, but it also increases overall file size by a lot. Our goal is to come up with an algorithm to chop out the parts we need, when we need it.


Alpha Expectancy

Last time I sent out a letter to everyone, I did promise news on our public alpha build. Because of some of the problems listed in this post, we had gotten stuck on progression. Also, all of our members are part-time volunteers/students, so depending on work schedule we only have limited hours in the day. Although we can’t talk about everything going on behind the scenes, our team is doing TONS of stuff to make the project a success. With that in mind, our goal is:

Public Alpha test in the third week of March.

And because Feb. 14th is rolling around… Happy early Valentines day! We love you all <3
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Development Update: Bugs Bugs Bugs Everywhere!

It’s been a while since our last update so I wanted to get everyone up to speed on what has been going on.

Right now our programmer Kevin has been busy debugging the game to get it ready for testing next month. While most of the games features work, debugging takes quite some time to ensure a stable build, especially when we are also doing tiny design changes along the way. Looking back at our development, we actually had the core functionality of the game completed in July but the amount of time to debug, optimize, and polish the game is what takes the most amount of time … along with Kevin’s sanity as lead programmer.

Each feature alone can be easy to debug, but complexity drastically increases when it is combined with other factors in the game. The good news is that we’re at the stage where there is no more unknowns at this time in development and it is just debugging and polishing until a beta build is ready.

On the aesthetic side of the game, our UI designer Ni has been gradually working on revamping the interface to make things more appealing. We’ve replaced our resources with more vibrant icons and we will be gradually updating things to make the game look more polished as time goes on.

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Besides individual icons themselves, we’ve been looking at setting theme colors for our game. These theme colors give the overall mood and aesthetic for the game for the majority of the different menus and scenes in combat to give the game a sense of consistency in style.

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In parallel to the debugging and UI redesign, we’re working with many talented artists that have been designing and illustrating new characters for the game while our 3D modeler catches up making all the models for the combat. There is still more to come, so stay tuned!
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