I think it is perhaps poetic justice that, on replaying all my own maps years after closing the lid on each one, I experienced all the very prominent bugs other people had discovered since that I had never managed to reproduce.
Maybe I could sit on a few of them, like the one where Fallen Stones V chases you down and ruins the gauntlet sequence of This Wreckage, because that doesn’t actually break the game.
Others, like Project Y4‘s infamous bomb drop crash bug that stops people barely ten minutes into the game, definitely needed some care and attention.
Considering I’m now making a real game for real, maybe now is a good time to go back to my roots and examine what went right… and what went wrong… with my previous development efforts: my Warcraft III maps.
Today: my swansong, RDZ Industries: Project Y4
Wow, I managed to do this one without spoilers, too. Check me out.
The big reason I released Project Y4 R01 when I did was because I wanted it to exist in some finished form. I knew that the day would come that I would reach the end of the motivational line, and that day might come before I had implemented all that I once dreamt of implementing.
R02 has been dragging its heels for too long. It’s time to admit defeat and close the door.
I freely admit that Project Y4 has not been particularly well balanced so far. I don’t want it to be, necessarily — certainly not the point of eSports blandness like UT2k4 or Starcraft II — but on the other hand, comments about its difficulty have run the gamut from sheer impossibility to I-could-beat-Drizzt-with-both-hands-tied-behind-my-back.
The updates I have planned for R02 probably won’t help, but I’m going to try anyway.
(Half of this post contains SPOILERS for the finale, so play R01 right now if you haven’t already… or just don’t scroll down too far.)
… but you can’t stop me working on all of them. Simultaneously.
Sometimes, the development process runs away with you. One day, you just want to make a weapon based only the vague assertion that “it should be the most powerful weapon in the game”, but then you have the bigger problem of finding somewhere to put it.
Then, after a while, you come up with the answer… And it’s terrifying.
Just in case you were wondering, R02 — the long-prophesied content-focused update for Project Y4 — is still in development. On and off. I got a little bit sidetracked by loads of stuff, but it’s still happening, I promise! (I totally didn’t just buy System Shock 2 either.)
Would you like to know about some more bits and pieces that are going into it? I’m sure you would, wouldn’t you? Wouldn’t you?!
Yeah, so Arena Y4. Sure, I spent a whole day doing a massive binge, and to be fair, did accomplish the bulk of the work; but after the bulk of the work, came the bulk of the work — fiddling with it and sanding off all the rough edges. I kind of played rather a lot of Fallout: New Vegas and its myriad DLCs instead of working, hence the delay.
But now, ladies and gentlemen, I would now like to present to you… Arena Y4.