Next, I was having fun with creating projectiles for the various weapons (the Laser Canon and Sniper Rifle were featured in the last post). My plan with the zombies game type is to start all players off with the Assault Rifle [primary] and Pistol [secondary] weapons. As the player progresses they will earn ordanaces that will offer them more powerful weapons. So, the next logical step was to create the projectiles for these two weapons, which are also showcased in the video below. I then finished up this weeks projectile work with additions to the rocket launcher.
As far as the changes in gameplay elements I mentioned earlier, these will covered in a future news post, but for now all you need to know is that they are going to make the game more fast-paced, and although they will make the learning curve for the game a bit steeper than the present setup, the new attack controls will give the player much more control over shooting their opponents. On top of that, the attack-arcs and min/max damage settings of weapons is being scrapped for a more realistic, ray-trace based hit detection system, which will give the game more of a FPS feel, even though it will remain a top-down shooter. Suffice it to say that you will need to be more accurate, more familiar with your current loadout, and time not only your button presses, but button releases as well, if you hope to be in the top of the BlitzBotz leaderboard.
So although the release of certain features is going to be pushed back a bit, the game will be better than originally planned. Using the sniper rifle will feel more like using a sniper rifle: meaning patience and a little bit of enemy prediction will be required to land that perfect headshot. The contrast to this is that while you line up your perfect shot, you will need to be standing still, leaving your BlitzBot completed vulnerable to attack. As someone who grabs sniper rifles any chance I can get in FPS console games, I am looking forward to these new features for BlitzBotz, and the fact that these changes will make BlitzBotz Snipers-only Arena's a reality.