I’m excited to announce that Invisigun Heroes is a 2017 SXSW Gamer’s Voice Multiplayer nominee! At the expo this March 16-18 in Austin, TX, attendees will be able to play all the nominated games and vote on their favorite. There are some awesome games in the batch, so I’m proud to be in such good company, and congrats to all the nominees! We’ll have a booth in the Indie Corner, so if you’re attending please stop by and say hello.
Hey everyone – just wanted to give you a quick heads up that Invisigun will be released some time within the first couple weeks of February. I was really striving for a January 31st launch at the latest, but there are a few things beyond my control.
I’ve been working harder than I ever have and it’s certainly taking its toll – but I’m happy to say that a 1.0 release candidate will be built in just a day or two. Beyond that, there is a major networking component that is crucial for the online gameplay, and it has a show stopping issue with Windows right now, which is obviously unacceptable for launch. The component is a third party plugin, so I’m working with them daily to resolve the issue.
As soon as it is resolved, I can release the trailer and announce the date. I promise, it’s very soon – and thanks for the continued support! :)
It’s been a while since the last update, but rest-assured, the only reason is that I’ve spent almost every waking hour working on Invisigun Heroes. Thanks to all your support, we’re now in the homestretch together, and I wanted to outline what’s in store for the next few weeks!
Most of the time at the moment is being spent on any remaining bugs, general game polish, the final content, and of course – the launch trailer! I think we have something special in store here – it’s part bananas, and part amazing, and I think that’s a good combo. Stay tuned to the usual channels (YouTube, Twitter, Steam, Itch, or these updates) for its release.
The actual public release date is still TBD, but I’m doing my best to make sure it’s this month. There are a couple of online play / network issues being sorted out, but it’s to ensure that the launch goes smoothly. For everyone that has participated in the alpha – you have my utmost gratitude! If you’ve already redeemed your alpha copies on Steam and/or Itch, you won’t need to do anything – it will simply auto-update to the final release. Also – if anyone knows of any streamers or journalists that may be interested in covering Invisigun, just let me know or point them to the Press Kit where they can get general information, media assets, and request press copies.
This also means that the public alpha on Itch.io will end, so the free Steam key offer only has about a week left. If you know anyone interested in the game, now’s the time to get the best deal!
Post-Launch Content & Cartographers
The first big update to the game will come post-launch, and will focus on a new hero and the custom maps from the Cartographer-tier Kickstarter backers. If you are one of the Cartographers – please keep an eye on your inbox for info about this. I’ll be setting up a bunch of Skype time slots that we can use to meet, screen-share, and collaborate on your custom maps. In the meantime, make sure you play the latest version of the game so you can get an idea of everything available to you. The Cartographer maps won’t have any planet-restrictions, so you can mix and match set pieces as you please. :)
It’s a really exciting moment – and really nerve-wracking as well. Thanks for joining me on this adventure… madness awaits!
This is just a quick update to let you know that Invisigun Heroes will be at three events within the next week, so if you’re in the area or know anyone who’d be interested in checking it out, it would be great to see you there!
Also, thanks to all who have been testing out the online alpha and jumping in the Discord channel to discuss it and arrange matches. Your bug reporting has been tremendously helpful and I’m squashing them as fast as I can. Happy Halloween, and see you at the next update!
Hi everyone! September was by far the busiest and most productive month for Invisigun Heroes so far. We had a booth at both PAX West in Seattle and the XPO Game Festival in Tulsa, and both were amazing! It was a pleasure to meet a bunch of you out there in person – including some familiar faces from PAX South and the Kickstarter earlier this year, and some new friends as well. The booth was packed for both shows, and it was so satisfying to see groups of friends come back again and again to get some more matches in.
Thanks to all who stopped by, all who picked up the current alpha on itch.io, all who helped spread the word, and my friends who worked tirelessly to keep the booth running smoothly. James took a lot of photos, videos, and timelapses at XPO, so enjoy this quick montage!
Development on the game obviously slowed a bit during the conventions out of necessity, but I actually managed to fix a lot of issues during PAX West. Some of them were fundamental things that have been bugging me for a long time (pun intended). I’d like to especially thank Derek of Game Introspection. As a fellow developer, we had lengthy technical chats at the booth in Seattle and talked through possible solutions to some of the bugs and network timing issues.
I’ve been focused almost 100% on online functionality for quite a while. Although I had hoped to have basic online play ready for backers and alpha testers by the end of July, it has taken a little longer than anticipated. After a bunch of technical hurdles, the last few weeks have been spent wrapping up some final testing, and I’m super excited to say that the first drop with online multiplayer is now live! Check your Steam and/or Itch library for the update, and be sure to read the alpha notes regarding the first phase of online play in the game or on the forum. Once again, the entire changelog is always available to view here (and within the game), and you can see how lengthy the list is for the latest patch.
If you don’t have the alpha, just a reminder that it’s available for $14.99. This technically gets you two copies right now, since you’ll receive the DRM-free version on itch.io, as well as a bonus Steam key. You can keep both copies, or give one to a friend if you’d like. Once the game has officially launched, itch.io purchases will no longer come with an extra Steam key and they’ll be sold separately.
As a quick rundown of the roadmap leading up to launch, the game is pretty much locked down in feature-set, but there is still a lot of work to be done. I’ll be working around the clock until the end of this year, primarily focused on:
Public match listing & joining for online games
Network latency improvements
2 new heroes
The new planet, Craterus
Rounding out the official map count to 50
Contacting Cartographer backers to schedule Skype sessions to design ~25 extra maps
One last thing – I’m super proud to announce that Invisigun Heroes has been selected as part of the Made With Unity showcase for Unite Los Angeles 2016, running from November 1st – 3rd at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. This will be a great opportunity to meet other developer teams, some of the Unity staff, and other game industry professionals.