Patch notes 1.12

Posted by Audrey Mercier-Couture

12 Jun

Hello Inmates!

We hope you are enjoying E3 and all the new games coming. On our side, for this week’s update, we are going international! Localization is coming, along with World Cup skins for all players enjoying the soccer spirit within the next month.

We also found lately that there have been fewer Show Directors in the arena. The rating system felt too harsh for newcomers and didn’t fulfill its true purpose, so we completely reworked it into a Prestige System.

As planned in the Summer Roadmap, these days we are having a blast working hard on the Tile Mapping System. You’ll be able to have a first look at the technical system we designed, mixing up the tiles each match, and give us feedback for this week’s Playtest on Friday, June 15th, from 4 to 6 PM EDT.  

Show Director Prestige

Being a Show Director has always been a key part of the innovation of Darwin Project. The feature is designed to be fun, playful, and add flavour to the show. Following your feedback, we observed that the Star Rating System was too punitive.

At first, we introduced the Show Director with no control measures. The idea was to see how players would behave with all those powers. It created really impressive moments and a great show. On the other hand, it also resulted in players becoming abusive.

Then we added the Star Rating System, the main purpose of which was to block Show Directors with bad behaviour. The problem was that this system was not only used as a restriction mechanic but also as a rating mechanic with many Show Directors competing in the leaderboard based on this. This resulted in the opposite behaviour compared to the first version. Since Show Director ratings were entirely dependent on the inmates, they were less free to play as they wished. The fear of getting a bad rating was too strong. This, combined with the fact that some players would compulsively rate Show Directors 1-star as a relief for their recent loss, became a problem we needed to address.

To fix this, we decided to split up the 2 components included in the Star Rating. The restriction mechanic is now linked with the Player Report system, so if a Show Director is reported too much they will lose their access.

In this new version of the rating aspect of the Show Director, we replaced the quantitative system with a qualitative one. Instead of rating the Show Director from 1 to 5 stars, players can reward them with Prestige at the end of each match by choosing one of the archetypes from the Prestige system. The goal of these archetypes is to reward Show Directors and give them inspiration as they develop their own style. Our aim is for our beloved masters of ceremonies to have the freedom to create more flavourful and meaningful interactions with the inmates.

Each Prestige received will grant the Show Director a fan bonus.

So far, we have 4 Prestige categories:

The Storyteller – An immersive roleplaying style, added a layer of pathology and story. Who’s the villain? Who’s the hero? Who’s the underdog? Storytelling style could take the player’s personalities and build excitement out of it.

The Wild Card – Shook things up with absurd challenges and humour. A Wild Card style will keep players on their toes with unexpected commands.

The Sportscaster – Insightful play by play made you feel like a star on a live broadcast. Sportscasting style may heighten the action by serving as the vocal conductor.

The Puppet Master – Pitted players against one another in games of intrigue. This is the true All Seeing Eye of the arena. But are they on your side?

Each of these categories has its own leaderboard and the there is also a one for total Prestige received. All will be reset every 2 weeks like the official rating so Show Directors have to consistently deliver a good show if they want to stay at the top. The top 3 Show Directors of the total Prestige leaderboard will be invited to show direct our Top 100 Showdown events.

We also added a leaderboard for the total number of games directed.

Last but not least, we reduced the level requirement to unlock access to Show Director mode from level 10 to 5. The objective is to increase the general fun factor by having more matches be played with Show Directors.

Non-American Football World Cup skins!

As you may know, we have many international developers at Scavengers and all non-Americans LOVE soccer! Our guys are psyched to announce that for a limited time, Darwin Project inmates can obtain World Cup soccer-themed sportswear by opening Fan Gifts or purchasing them with Ramen in the Item Shop. Show your support for your favourite team or mix and match the new items with your go-to pieces for fresh, workout-ready styles. The items will only be available during the NON-AMERICAN WORLD CUP month from June 14 to July 12 on Steam. Each day, the shop will be supplied with the country that is playing.

The skin sets that would be available are the following. These were chosen based on the teams competing in the event, the Darwin Project playerbase, and our available localization languages.

  • Mother Russia
  • Saudade Portugal
  • Vive La France
  • Canaray Brazil
  • Romantic Germany
  • Tally-ho England

Also for the duration of the event we added the flag of your country in the show director UI so the public can support their fellow compatriots.

Work-in-Progress Localization

Starting Thursday on Steam, you’ll be able to play Darwin Project in 8 new languages! Keep in mind that this is the very beginning of our localization efforts, and you may find some English text within the new available languages. You’ll be able to change the language in the Options menu. The languages that will be available are:

  • Français
  • Deutsch
  • Español
  • Italiano
  • Polski
  • Pусский
  • 日本語
  • 한국어

Coming soon

  • Português brasileiro
  • ไทย
  • Türkçe

Gameplay Tweaks

  • Traps (bear trap, tripwire, cage) only give a clue to the player who set them.
  • Arcade damage text is now only visible for the one that deals the damage.

Developer Comments: These changes will reduce the amount of information players receive about fights which they are not involved in.

  • Power Leap cooldown increased from 45 to 60 seconds.
  • In Duo Mode, Drones can no longer activate cabin Holomaps.
  • Players can now rebind the key to harvest Clue as a drone in Duo Mode.

Visual

  • Updated Player Status Icons. We used to have a circular player status icon. The player status icon is your player Steam Icon. By changing the Steam Icon into a square shape, we keep all the information from the Steam Icon. A square icon allows more visibility of your image, name, and information on the player. It also allows us to include the stamina information of each player.

Before

After

  • Added an indicator for the Show Director to know if it is a Solo or Duo lobby in the top right corner of the screen

 

  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused the Show Director power deck to not be saved.
  • Fixed a bug that caused players to get credit for killing their ally in Duo mode.
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused the announcer voice to be affected by a weird filter.