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TO4: engine update and new blood joins the team

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Saturday, 03 June 2017

Quick update on our previous news item (Opportunity to join the team). Days after posting this call-to-arms, one from our community joined in the new role: Satansboss. He is taking (excellent) care of the bug-tracker updates, a better workflow between alpha-testers and the development team.

Thanks to Satansboss we also got in contact with Raz, who made a music score for the game (and more to follow). He will also be working on general sounds for the game and voice acting! Do note that we are still looking for someone to do PR and Media for the game! In case you are in doubt or want to talk about the role, please feel free to contact us! Through Slack, Forums, Email – your choice!


Engine change to 4.16.0

Our coders have been eagerly waiting on the release of the new Unreal Engine (4.16.0) and we have moved on to this new version. Biggest improvement here is the complete new audio system (alpha stage still – but already impressive). The engine update further came with some nice small fixes. For a full update on the engine: Link to EPIC website

So, it’s a long time since a news post. Not to worry, things are still moving ahead for Tactical Operations (or just TO4 for the geeks). We still aim to make that beast of a tactical shooter that will keep you up all night to play with friends!

Sadly we had some issues with mostly the performance of the game. Since we target not only the full-blown gamers with their high-price PC’s (I confess I am one of those…), we need to balance the performance on as many hardware as possible. For that we also have our alpha-testing team, so thanks to them we quickly found out that our game was to hardware hungry. We needed to tone down a bit, it’s only 2017!

Internal builds and testing

So far we have had around 10 internal builds with the alpha team, sometimes we need a little more time to give new content or fix bugs, sometimes we have a brilliant solution and want that out directly after testing. And sometimes we simply scale something wrong that needs fixing… (yes that happens.. WIP people!)

Oops, who changed the scaling of guns?!

Slowly on the better weather is also coming in on our team, so we had the first sunburns, hangovers and heathen up pc’s. Th120 pc’s gave him the finger and it took some time getting the new CPU and most important thermal grease (last time he ordered something from amazon I think). But now he’s back on, hooray! Macfrog has been working hard on further fleshing out the build procedure for our game. In theory this means that even I could start a new build for the testers. In theory yes, because I tend to break things. Speaking of breaking things; I broke the performance on some maps, badly. After several evenings work we are back in the game. As I type this news post, a new build with better performance is cooking, getting ready to be tested. Not really a problem, we have a lot of fun during our testing sessions. Gameplay feels good! Stuff is coming together!

Forums and Slack

Furthermore we have a more vibrant forums every day. A lot of familiar faces are registered and leaving a message. The constant question, when can I play this game, is still not annoying – it’s a good sign, people like to play the game!

On Slack we also see more people appear, great! We leak screenshots from time to time on that medium. Takes longer for the screenshots to appear on the website or forums. Just a hint… just a hint! And how to get to Slack, follow this: to-public.slack.com And how to get to the forums? Really? You made it to the website, the forums is there also!

For now that’s it. A good sign of progress hereby; a snippet from the update report 2 builds ago

Snippet of the update report

Let's alpha game, from and with the TO4 Team!

So, busy weeks for the TO4 team! And so exciting! We have released our game project to a group of 16 enthusiastic guys (no girls sadly). The very first evening we played with 10 different people for 3 hours. So many impressions… and so many bugs found or things that need work. The beauty of this process is that we included a very good working issue tracker onto this website. With this we keep track of the things we need to fix. And the good thing is, we knew and anticipated on finding a lot of bugs the first weeks.

So after one week of further development work (and occasional playtime with testers, yes we do that) we now have just released a second alpha version. You can find the changelog on the forums!. Good to know is that besides fixing a whole lot of (game breaking) bugs, we also included new stuff.

To name a few: we included a new map, MAP-Prelude. MAP-Scope gained a new overhaul (still WIP). We also included two new character models, for now the char is chosen randomly by the game. In the future we will include a team selection menu. We have also included the first steps to the anti-cheat we are going to use.

TO4 Character models Alpha

So that’s it for now, we need to do more work and test the new closed alpha version we released. For now, we let the pictures speak for themselves. Enjoy!

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