The Galactic Update #2

Dear Captains,
Dear backers,

Let's have a look on the latest news about this project with this short interview of Chmyke, the game designer.

Captain Pierre : Hello Chmyke, can you tell us what you have spent your time for three weeks and the announcement of the resumption of the development of the game?

Chmyke : I will state the big part that I have developed in chronological order, it will be simpler :

- the menu
- the galactic map, its generation and how we evolve in it
- the map of the sectors, their generation and how they evolved
- the backup / loading system
- the events
- the ship's editor
- the mechanism of selection of the units, and the "order wheel"
- the camera control mechanism
- the units, their movement, the animation, their life point, etc ...

Otherwise I have integrated the unit animation system, their shadows, almost finished the last little bug I had with the displacement mechanism (more precisely how they were moving in a squad). I also integrated the life bar and tweaked the unit selection script.

Recently, I wanted to test another construction mechanic that I had to abort because I felt it would take me too much time... But I plan to come back to it, one day, to integrate this mechanic. The new mechanic of construction consists of drag and drop modules : it is much faster and intuitive! But of course, this is full of exception and special case level code that I do not have time to set, so I remove this feature at the moment.



Captain Pierre : What works now better than before, in older builds?

Chmyke : I want to say: all! All the scripts are better optimized, much cleaner than before. The most obvious is the backup system that works much better thanks to the new classes. It is much more malleable and I hardly have any case of corrupted backup when I change their structure. It saves me a lot of time!
The loading of the game is also 100x faster.

Captain Pierre : What will you do for the next few weeks?

Chmyke : I started the gun fight between units. It should be finished soon but I want it to be perfect, so it might take me several more days. After that, I would like to concentrate myself on the collisions, but I feel that the priority is to integrate the weapons modules for the spaceship to be able to start the inter-ship combat!

Captain Pierre : A short note about all the messages of encouragement we received?

Chmyke : I was really afraid to go read them ... but really! I found the courage to go see the reaction just a few days ago ... and I was very moved, I went round and circled for more than an hour in my office ... I was more motivated than ever!

 

The next update about the development of the game is scheduled for the end of the month.

Cheers,
Captain Pierre

The Galactic Princess Awakens

New MenuDear Captains,
Dear fans and backers,
And all those who hoped and were waiting for an excellent game of space pirating,


It has been some time since the development team did not report on the progress of the project. And for good reason: the development of Galactic Princess has stopped since last summer. But I come to you with excuses, and good news.


Let's start with a quick summary:
- All backers who have not received their Steam key to access the alpha build can ask us for their key via the form of our site;
- The development of the game stopped between the summer of 2016 and March 2017 for personal reasons;
- The development of the game has resumed !


Let's start with my apologies, because I could not tell you what was happening, even if I wanted it since last fall. To write this text, I have even taken up passages written in early February. Passages from a text announcing the final end of the project. However, I did not want or could not publish it without having at least the approval of the developer of the project, Chmyke. Galactic Princess, the game and the IP, belongs to him. And he did almost everything by himself. That is his plan. But he lived a frankly horrible 2016 year, the circumstances of which I would not wish for my worst enemy. Since January 1st, I wanted to quit the project, and I was waiting for his answer.

I got that answer a few weeks ago. And suddenly, Galactic Princess has resurrected.

1 / The Past: Explanations.


My name is Pierre (Captain Pierre for the intimates). In the autumn of 2014, I offered my services to the sole developer of the game, because I had backed this project that I loved (and I always adore); I wanted to take charge of the community management so that the developer could devote all his time to the creation of the game. After all, the sum collected during the Kickstarter allowed him to cover his expenses to live for a year and dust. Once the money was exhausted, he could only work on the game half-time. And above all, one of my goals was to tell the story of Galactic Princess "in real time" (See the making of here).

So, from the fall of 2014 to the spring of 2016, we discussed the game a lot, added features, developed history, proposed alpha versions to backers, took into account their opinions to improve the game, and so on. This process was fun, exciting, and the feedback from the backers was great. A first build was offered to some backers in September 2015, then another build was available to all backers in early 2016. The development had fallen behind (which will not surprise any player who is interested in creating video games) But the project was progressing. With its exciting times, and those demotivating days. The life of an ambitious project. And until then, I was 99% certain that the project would come to an end. The only developer of the game is gifted, and he has overcome many difficulties (just to connect the ships, it was an enormous challenge (you can’t imagine our joy when the status for this task was to ‘working’!).

 

In the spring of 2016, the developer went through a real tragedy, the details of which I cannot get into. That said, this is not an exaggeration: what I have learned in recent weeks is frankly maddening. As a result, the project was paused for a few months, and for the time it felt better. Communication, however, became increasingly difficult.  In September, he told me he wanted to stop the project. I decided to wait, figuring that development would eventually resume in the following months. Unfortunately, it is my fault that the announcement only happens today in this update, and not back in September. I still had hope. Hoping to convince the developer to finish the game, or that he would give the go-ahead to find someone else to finish the game. Or, at worst, give the source code so that other enthusiasts could offer the game a certain purpose and closure.

We must always keep hope. Optimism costs nothing.
 

2 / The present
 

Behind the scenes : Galactic PrincessAnd so I come to you today with some really unexpected news. For a few weeks, we have resumed contact. Chmyke decided to go ahead, to turn a page of his life. Rather than making a clean sweep and move on to something else, he decided to resume from scratch.


First of all, I now have Steam keys for backers who have not received it! The opportunity to play a few hours at the first version of Galactic Princess... and discover its bugs! Do not hesitate to contact us here. Note that the new version of the game will replace this alpha build in due course. You will have access after the summer. The alpha build will be kept for the history of the video game!
 

So, yes, we start the development of Galactic Princess. We are rebuilding this game on new bases, knowing exactly where we want to be. This is the advantage of having devoted two years to the development of the previous build! We will purify the gameplay, while removing some features without impacting others.

Sectors"This is the only viable solution if you want to continue working," says Chmyke, who already has a ‘neutral’ build, with backup, options management, and so on. "I will be able to develop a true classroom architecture, which I did not know how to do at the beginning, but that I master perfectly now. Through class architecture, development will become much cleaner, malleable and fast. Thanks to the errors and difficulties encountered during the development, I know in advance which functionalities pose too many problems.

It's a process of simplifying a gameplay that had become too ambitious. Rather than never being able to complete this project, Chmyke prefers to get rid of the problematic elements of gameplay (which may be reintroduced later, who knows?): Craft / refinement of materials, mechanics linked to time warper, Secondary quests - which will be replaced by a FTL system of choice (Faster Than Light, which is, let us recall, our master-stallion) - the vessels which divide into pieces and thus Complete destruction of a module, mouse guidance of missiles, and space warper to move anywhere on the map. The plunder will be done automatically, without intervention of the units.

 

Galactic PrincessNow, let's get back to the essence of the gameplay loop. "The development of the new build will have the first phase of realizing the foundations, in order to reconnect with a style close to FTL," explains Chmyke. "Afterwards I will graft the functionalities specific to GP, like for example the mechanics linked to the slaves. The main characteristic being always the customization of ship". The progression and loop of Gameplay will be similar to those of FTL: the sectors will be divided by zones, reachable by space jump in a certain order through a destination "tree" until the end of the game. Point A to a point B, the difficulty being no longer relative to the player's ship but to the sector. The elements of the old build that will be reused will be mainly graphics and sound, and some parts of the code that do not need to be redesigned into a class architecture (such as Pathfinding). Dialogues will only take place at the beginning (cinematic) and at the end (kinematics), loading of one of the 10 zones, game over, and when a random quest appears (Example: rescue or abandon a captive).
We will have a virtual console system to chat with a bot clever, to develop the story and the lore of the game. The interface will not be entirely diegetic. The information displayed on the AI ​​console will also be visible on the edges of the screen as in a conventional interface.

3 / The future
Chmyke showed me his very precise schedule. In June, this will include developing the AI ​​of the units. In July, he planned to create the introductory and end kinematics, as well as to create the generic vessel.

 

Development would be completed shortly after summer. As the development process of a video game is very arduous, I expect for a delivery in the fall (but do not tell him!).
 

And just in time for the release of Episode VIII of the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi!

 

 

WHAT IS ALREADY DONE ?

- 1J Purification of Game Design

- 0.5J clarification and definitions of displacement mechanisms

- 0.5J clarification and definitions of control mechanisms

- 0.5J clarification and definitions of collision mechanisms

- 0.5J definition and validation of defeat conditions, captain yes / no

- 1J creation main menu

- 0.5J event class; resolution

- 0.5J class of sectors; Areas

- 0.5J evolution of events in sectors; Progression

- 0.5J evolution of the zones in relation to the increase in the sectors

- 1J gui zones

- 1J gui sectors

- 1J general progress mechanism (start, end, zone switch)

- Class of ship; Module; System;

- 1J module development, graphical integration

- 1J module, health, oxygen,

- 1J creation event forge at the beginning of each zone

- 4J ship editor

- 3J gui vessel

- 1J gui module

- 7J systems development

- 2J gui system

- 2J keybinding

- 2J player ship control mechanism


Some of you have asked how they can help us. For the moment, it's very simple: send your messages of encouragement. I believe that support is the ideal fuel to help Chmyke. The others, I will understand perfectly if you can not reiterate your confidence. That is normal.


For my part, I will show you twice a month the progress of the project. But if the development undergoes a new stroke, I shall take my bow, not without warning you before. I give a second chance, but not three.

 

I will soon add a little interview with Chmyke (You can already read it, with the misspellings, below, in the forum).

Truly,
Captain Pierre


Thanks Sal V Cloak for the proofreading !

Alpha 0.87 is postponed

Dear Captains,

For personal and private reasons (aka "not the game"), we will not upload alpha 0.87 today. We apologize. Alpha 0.87 is postponed for a few days. Thank you sincerely for your understanding.

The Galactic Princess team

Alpha 0.87 - Next week : new species and some windows - stardate 20160409

Dear Captains,

Since the last update, we’re hard at work to kill all the (space) bugs you found. Thank you to all! What you did, and will do, when you’re playing this alpha, really helps us.

Since February, we crash bugs, try to finish the Mac version, prepare the goodies for some Kickstarter backers…

And we’re planning new features. Next week end (april 23), you’ll discover new species. And… we can say that space seems more beautiful when you can add windows in your ship…

Cheers,

Tha Galactic Princess team

Alpha 0.85 : Control scheme and other infos - stardate 20160130

GP 0.85Dear Captains,


If you're one of the backers who now have access to the Galactic Princess Alpha, we hope you spend a good time with our unfinished baby. Obviously, we encountered some problems during this launch. Those related to untimely "undocking" are being corrected.

We also had a problem with the control scheme. We have set it right in the last update. Unfortunately, and we're sorry, but those who have installed the game before the update must reassign the keys in the launcher of the game:
 

We took into account the first returns. In a future update, you could recover gold more quickly, you could recover the weapons on the ground, the tutorial will be improved, and the quests too (with new tough enemy ships). Once we address the most urgent problems, we will work on the Windows 32bit version and Mac, and finally Linux. We could then focus on the next big update, which should be ready in early March.

 

See you soon on the forum,
The Galactic Princess team