Coming soon: Emotes, Achievements, Co-op challenges!

Hello human!

Are you having a good consciousness cycle? Drinking enough water? We have news!

Emotes are coming!

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Soon you will be able to communicate with other humans, via the brand new Emote System.
Perform provocative dances, exchange greetings, or inquire about the location of water – We have got you covered!

Gameplay Achievements!

We are expanding the achievements in the game in a big way.
From smaller things like killing robots in a certain way, to bigger things like beating Story Mode on INSANE, we’re adding a ton of achievements!

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In addition to giving you normal Steam Achievements, the new achievements will also play a big role in unlocking Emotes. We were originally going to build this at a later date, but the synergy with Emotes was too hard to resist! ūüôā

Co-op Challenges and Improvements

Do you find the Challenges of the game… challenging? Bring your friends!
In addition to the original single player challenges we’re adding some brand new co-op exclusive ones.

Another big focus for this update is responding to your feedback on co-op:

  • AFK Timers:¬†Humans who don’t move will no longer be able to stop a co-op game in its tracks, but will be gently placed in the elevator.
  • MOAR Upgrade Bots! The polite waiting in line is over! Prepare for an upgrade room with an Upgrade Bot for everyone.
  • Stability and Bugs: We’re also continuing the work of hunting down terrible bugs and fixing them. Let us know what you find!

Coming soon!

When is all this coming?? Soon!‚ĄĘ

In the meantime, you can always go poke Erik LIVE to see what’s in progress, and let us know your best ideas for new Achievements!

Co-op is live!!!

Erik   September 5, 2019   No Comments on Co-op is live!!!

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Face the Danger Zone with your friends (or strange humans you find on the internet)!
Co-op lets you experience the joy of Team Work in Endless Mode.

New Endless Difficulties

The higher end of Endless Mode just got a lot more difficult.
Behold the terror of the terrifying Laser Raptor and Mark 5 robots in the Uranium and Insanium difficulties!

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A complete visual overhaul!

Every single arena level has been revamped to match the beautiful new Arena!
Want to see what I’m talking about? The new Title Screen has a thing for that:

Twitch Mode changes

We’ve got a new version of the Twitch Extension out, with a lot of neat additions. Let us know what you think! ūüôā

What’s next??

This was a big update, but we have a few more things we want to do before moving on from co-op:

  • Split Screen¬†– We hear you, humans. This is currently the most requested feature, and we’re gonna see if it’s possible!
  • Emotes¬†– Turns out hugging WAS important. Emotes coming soon!
  • Challenges – Beyond Endless Mode, you’ll soon be able to play Challenges in Co-op!
  • You tell us! – One of the joys of having a small, nimble team is that we can react to your feedback! Let us know what you think is missing from co-op and we might look into it. ūüôā

Expect another co-op centric update in the next few weeks!

After that: Translating the game –> ??? —> Chapter 5! —> Profit!

Progress Update: New Upgrade Room, Uranium/Insanium tiers, and Endless Levels!

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We’re baaaaaaaaaack! We’ve been working on some awesome stuff the last few weeks, so figured it’s high time for an update post!

New Upgrade Room!

Following up on the new Arena design detailed in our last preview, the upgrade room and spawn areas are being given face-lifts of their own.

Can you spot the difference?

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The TVs now also show a preview of the next level!

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New Difficulty Tiers: Uranium and Insanium!

Clone Drone is “TOO EASY”, you say? Well, now you’ve done it.¬†We’re adding¬†two new difficulty tiers: Uranium and Insanium.¬†Good luck.

Fresh Level Layouts!

As part of the all-new Arena¬†design, we’re working through all of the existing endless levels and enhancing them with the power of awesome new art and the last two year’s worth of level editor improvements.

Before & After:

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Twitch Extension Beta, sign up to help test it out!

We’ll be including a Twitch Extension update alongside the next¬†update, and will be starting a beta test of the extension before then.¬†Shoot us an email with your Twitch stream URL and we will send along a link to the experimental beta extension once it’s approved for testing by Twitch (late this week or early next week, hopefully!).

The updated Twitch Extension will feature:

  • a new Enemy Spawn Queue in the extension will let viewers see exactly which enemies will be spawned next and their current position in line.¬†No more trying to time your spawns for the next round or “maximum enemies have been spawned this round!” warnings!
  • for Twitch Affiliate/Partner players, you can now use Bits from the extension to cheer for the streamer on top of your enemies. There will also be an optional “Bits-Only Mode” for large streams
  • Level Editor: new ability to mark your Endless levels as “Twitch-only” or “Exclude from Twitch”. (These won’t require re-beating the level, so will be easier to toggle on and off)
  • Level Editor: new TwitchSpawnPoint objects that allow for more viewer spawns per round and configuration of where different types of viewer enemies should be spawned
  • instead of just some enemies being viewer-driven, ALL enemies will be dynamically spawned by the audience. If not enough viewer spawns are available, the game will automatically spawn enemies for you.

These features are still under heavy development, and during the beta will require using a separate test Twitch Extension app, so wait for the extension beta instructions if you’d like to try it early!

Don’t forget, Co-op is coming this next release!

We’ve been having a blast playing co-op, and these arena and level changes have been making it all the more fun.

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As always, Doborog is streaming development live on Twitch! https://twitch.tv/doborog

As we noted last time, on the stream page you can also find a link to access the latest experimental builds, which include progress on co-op and the new arena. (As the description notes ‚ÄĒ these builds are under heavy development and will contain lots of bugs! So proceed with caution :D)

We are aiming to release the co-op update before the end of August. It’s going to be a big update!

Until then!!

Progress Update: Co-op, New Arena, Spider-tron and Twitch mode!

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Happpppy Summerrrr! We’ve been hard at work on some fun new things for our next major update, so we figured now would be a good time to share some peeks at what’s in store.

Co-op Endless Mode!

Co-op has been one of our most requested features since we added multiplayer support last year. Now that we’ve started building it,¬†we get it¬†— it’s really fun! For the past few weeks we’ve been working through the various parts of endless mode to make them multiplayer co-op compatible.

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Co-op places you and a partner in the arena for some tag-team robot slicing. Clones are shared, and if you run out, your partner’s last-ditch combat may be the only thing standing between glory and humiliating defeat.

Our initial “tests” are revealing Co-op is a great mode to play with a friend and jam on for a few hours. Yes… “tests”… (we may have become a bit addicted…)

Arena Makeover!

Gary has been applying his voxel skills to refresh the Arena!

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Ooh… pretty!

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The audience! What is this?

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They’re doing the SIN() wave!

Spider-tron Legs!

As part of upgrading spiders-tron to work well in multiplayer for Co-op, we’re making their legs smarter! Gone are the days of spider-tron falling over at the slightest gust of wind.

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What wonderful inverse kinematics!

Twitch Mode Update!

We <3 Twitch mode!¬†It’s been a while since our last major Twitch-related update, so this update we will be doing a refresh of Twitch mode and the Twitch Extension.¬†If there’s something you’d like to see in Twitch mode, now’s a great time to let us know, too!

If you’re a Twitch streamer and interested in trying out betas of the extension update, email us with your Twitch stream URL and we will get you hooked up to try the latest!

Streams and Experimental Branch

Did you know?! Doborog has been streaming co-op development daily! If you would like to follow along with the latest, check out the Twitch stream here: https://twitch.tv/doborog

On the stream page you can also find a link to access the latest experimental builds, which include progress on co-op and the new arena. (As the description notes — these builds are under heavy development and will contain lots of bugs! So proceed with caution :D)

We’re expecting to¬†ship this update some time in August, and will share more on release as it’s closer to complete.

Until next time!

0.14.1 ‚Äď Spears Everywhere!! & Death Cube 3.0

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Holy cow, Chapter 4 was a big update!

Between the new enemies, mind transfer mechanic and spear / shield, we decided to put together a quick mini-release to add these elements throughout the game. (We also took this as an opportunity to do some extra bug fixing and optimization!)

Spears in Multiplayer & Last Bot Standing!

Spears and shields… over the network?!?! Yes!

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The basic spear costs 1 upgrade point, which introduces many opportunities for interesting spear-combination builds.

All out of upgrade points? There is now also a Max Spear drop in Last Bot Standing!

New endless levels!! …and Death Cube 3.0

This update adds a fresh batch of endless levels that feature the new enemies introduced in chapter 4. You’ll find these levels are chock-full of spear and fleet command / analysis bots.

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Look for these levels in Endless and Twitch modes (and in the workshop challenge below). Keep your head down!

Spears on Twitch!

We released an updated Twitch extension (0.0.7) with the new enemies from chapter 4.

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We also:

  • Updated the Twitch extension’s “Allow Access” hint to reflect Twitch’s new layout
  • Updated the “Configuration” page with extra helpful getting started steps and support for Dark Mode
  • Enabled spawning kick bots on flame raptors from the extension, since we hear it is “the ultimate troll move”

Optimized lava!

No longer must you fear lava causing the game to grind to a jittery halt! (Now you can fear it just because it might set you on fire…)

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Less Garbage Setting!

Not a fan of garbage? There is now a setting to limit the amount of robot garbage the game keeps around the level. This is especially useful for Twitch Mode, or other custom levels with tons of enemies.

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Loading bars for Chapters 3 & 4!!

We decided Chapters 3 and 4 are levels so big, they deserve their own dedicated loading bars. Now you can cheer on your computer while the bar fills up!

Challenge Modifiers: Random Upgrades & Mind Transfers, & more!

You can now enable any of the following in your workshop challenges:

  • Mind Transfer mode
  • Random Upgrade mode
  • Greatswords for all
  • Armor for all

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Set these in the Level Editor under Challenges -> Config! We are looking forward to seeing what folks make with these new modifiers!

Bonus: Random Upgrade Challenge 2.0!

To demonstrate the Random Upgrade modifier for Workshop Challenges, Doborog put together a Random Upgrade Challenge 2.0 workshop challenge that features new endless mode maps from this update (including Death Cube 3.0)!

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Subscribe on the Steam Workshop and play the challenge it under Challenges -> Workshop!

We hope you enjoy this update, & up next: Co-op!!

Coming up: More spears, then Co-op!

What is your status, human? Let us tell you of our status!

A hotfix is live! (0.14.0.107)

We just pushed a small update that fixed a few things:

  • Workshop uploading: To upload levels to the workshop you must accept the Steam Subscriber agreement. The level editor now helpfully tells you about that instead of silently not uploading your level.
  • Chapter 4 bugs: We fixed a number of issues where it was possible to transfer your mind into enemies that were not active and end up in a bugged out state.

Let us know if you find any other bugs!

 

What’s next? More spear content, then co-op!

Chapter 4 added a ton of new features, so before we move on we want to make sure they get a chance to spread to other parts of the game!

We’re putting together a fun little update that will:

  • Add the spear and MAX SPEAR drops to Last Bot Standing!
  • Add new enemy types to Endless Levels!
  • Add new enemy types to the Twitch Extension!

Look for it in the next 2-3 weeks!

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Co-op is coming!!!

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could fight robots with your friends?
We think so too, which is why we’re tackling co-op as the next major update to the game!!!

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What do you want out of a co-op experience? Is hugging important? Let us know!

0.14.0 ‚Äď Chapter 4 has landed!

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Wait no longer, Chapter 4 has arrived!

Story Mode Continues

With your mind now transferred into the Fleet, make your way through one of the fleet’s most heavily defended ships.

So many new things!

Mind Transfer!

With no Clones or business transfer stations in the Fleet, you’re going to need a backup plan. Mind Transfer gives you a lifeline and opportunity to¬†fight as a variety of enemies.

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Spear and Shield!

Stab enemies in the face with the new laser spear! The spear rewards precisely aimed stabs, and just feels dang satisfying.

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Spears are now available as an upgrade in endless mode, the Spear Only challenge (which unlocks the Flame Spear), and in a number of enemies you can transfer in to in Chapter 4.

Zero Gravity Combat!

Grab your gravity boots, we’re going outside! Chapter 4 features zero gravity combat, which makes for beautiful floating bouquets of voxel destruction.

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Awesome Animations!

One of the major innovations in the development of Chapter 4 is the addition of a Level Editor Animation System. This is also available for use by level editors! Check out this demo video with some more details on how to use it!

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Amazing new art! Spaceships! Gary!

This chapter is our first since the talented Gary Lucken joined the team! Gary’s incredible voxel art is featured heavily throughout chapter 4.

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Pretty!

Robot Enemies that SAY STUFF!

Look who’s talking too! Combat¬†robots in Chapter 4 feature a primitive voice system that allows for dynamic commentary. (This is also now available for use in the level editor!)

New Enemies & Epic Boss-fight

Chapter 4 features a number of new enemies, culminating in an epic battle with some fresh new faces. Good luck!

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New Challenges: Spear-Only & Mind Transfer

In the Mind Transfer challenge, death is only the beginning. Can you make it to Titanium armed only with the ability to transfer your mind into enemies??

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The Spear-Only Challenge puts your spear skills to the test. Beating it unlocks the flame spear.

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Today: Bug Fixes! Later: Mini-Update!

Today we’ve already released some bug hotfixes, but if you encounter anything / get stuck in the game and can’t continue let us know in the community Discord¬†or at our support email. You can always try going back to the main menu, changing difficulties, or restarting Steam to see if there’s been a game update that fixes your issue.

We’ll likely put out another mini-release integrating some of these sweet new features elsewhere in the game (like adding the spear to multiplayer!)

Have fun!

0.13.2 – Controller Support & Key Remapping now LIVE!

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Just about two years ago when we first started on Early Access, we included these two puppies on our FAQ:

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Turns out, eventually is NOW!

Controller Support!!

Clone Drone now supports a wide variety of game controllers! You may now lean back and bask in the glory of playing Clone Drone in the comfort of not-with-your-keyboard-and-mouse.

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The game’s UI buttons are fully navigable by your controller’s left stick or D-pad, and they come with visual selection and sound effects to make it clearer which button is selected.

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Pretty!

Controller hints throughout the game have also been updated to use icons for the specific controller you are using. It will even swap hints in real-time if you change controllers or move back to using mouse and keyboard:

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Thanks to everyone who helped test the controller support while it was in its infancy (shout-outs to Myriad453, AwesomePants, GeekCrafter412, Stealth000, Arcylic, davy jones locker, JustASloth, Jelley, theyummyoyster, RedCreep, X606, Dat Alpha Waffle, Niek_Alexander, LagTeam Leader & everyone from the Discord #controller-testers channel!). This rag-tag crew of brave experimental branch testers was super helpful in tuning the default set of buttons to something that was not just usable, but some may even say preferred!

Let us know what you think! And if you try it out with an esoteric flight pedal or Guitar Hero controller, send us a clip, because that’s just awesome.

Key Remapping and Customization

Dvorak, Colemak, and AZERTY friends! No longer must you suffer the indignation of switching keyboard layouts or using external utilities prior to becoming a sword robot.

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With the new Edit Controls menu, you may now remap in-game actions to whatever key (or controller button/axis) you would like. Let us know if there are any actions you would like to see made configurable in this menu!

BONUS! Another quick Chapter 4 Sneak Peek…

While Brian was working on getting controller support and key remapping hooked up, Erik has continued adding mind-blowing new mechanics that will be featured in chapter 4, like low gravity combat:

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We’re anticipating launching Chapter 4 and some new bonus challenges towards the end of¬†April, if all goes to plan.

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Until next time!