Steam Sector Six 1.3.0 - RPG/SHMUP - Weapon rework!

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  1. Zuurix

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    Echo #101: Mission XI and fused minions

    This week I was working on story mission XI.

    One of my favorite shows is Legion. I love it for its madness.

    Mission XI is an attempt to create my own madness in Sector Six.

    During this mission you will encounter:
    • Replication anomalies
    • Black spheres
    • Vertical fractures
    • Fused and stagnant minions
    • Temporal loops
    And other crazy things.

    I am an idea generator, every day I get many ideas that could end up in Sector Six or my future games.

    Many of these ideas never get implemented.
    For example, I had an idea of laser trap, but I couldn't add it to a game because that trap was not fun to avoid.

    But there are ideas that not only work but work very well.

    The fused minion idea is one of those.

    So, what are fused minions?

    Like most good ideas, it's simple.
    Take minion A and minion B, cut them in half and put them together.
    Then give the new fused minion abilities from both of original enemies and it's done.

    I made three fused minions for mission XI: Heavy veteran, revenant gatherer, and havoc collector.

    Heavy veteran uses veteran's ballistic attacks and heavy's reflection.
    Revenant gatherer is gatherer with low armor, that explodes after some time.
    Havoc collector is worst of them!
    It has havoc's missile flurry and erratic mine with collector's beam attack and mines.

    So, yeah, I'm having a lot of fun making mission XI.
    It should be released soon, maybe even before April.

    Until next time!

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  2. Zuurix

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    Sector Six Release Countdown: 10!

    Sector Six has entered the final stage of development!
    I was planning to release two more story missions and then work on the last Early Access update, but decided that it will better to release them with that last update.

    Instead of posting traditional echoes weekly, now I will post short summaries of what I've done and update to-do list whenever I reach the next development milestone.

    Let the countdown begin!

    10!

    Done:
    • Mission XI.
    • Veteran's ballistic attack is now slower.
    • Improved dialogue system graphics.
    • Oesa's Radiance set effect changed, now base maximum armor is equal maximum ether.
    • Damage bonuses now are applied to damage while Lodeon's Ultimatum set is active.
    • Fixed and improved certain set descriptions.
    Remains to be done:
    • Mission XII.
    • Mission XIII.
    • Mission XIV.
    • Broken Infinity endgame activity.
    • Restoration War endgame activity.
    • Relics.
    • Relic dismantling rewards.
    • Shared stash in Deep Path to transfer items between player characters.
    • Five of the Eight Machines.
    • Improve the implemented Machines.
    • New save system.
    • 49 new achievements.
    • Full Sector Six map.
    • Rework certain achievements.
    • Rearrange achievements in the achievement interface.
    • Rebalance ability point distribution.
    • Cap ability points.
    • Increase starter ability points to 10.
    • Increase starter part limit to 10.
    • Decrease starter maximum ether to 50.
    • Rework Phase Recognition system and phase properties.
    • Rework Aggression, Resistance, and Capacity.
    • Rework starter equipment.
    • Rework Cataclysm ability.
    • New part properties.
    • Better part names.
    • Side mission dialogues.
    • Better default controls.
    • Ability to reset controls to default.
    • Ability to reset settings to default.
    • Ability to toggle side mission dialogues.
    • Settings interface improvements.
    • Fix stack buying glitch.
    • Reposition mission interface.
    • Rework achievement interface.
    • Reset difficulty level.
    • Lock modular difficulty system if the player level is lower than 3.
    • Fix W. warning button tooltip offset.
    • Virtual / physical weapon clarification / stats.
    • Stat page improvements.
    • Connection strength near avatar picture.
    • Adapt backgrounds to screen shaking.
    • Dismantle all/Uninstall all buttons should have a tooltip.
    • Holding shift button to dismantle / sell just one item from the stack.
    • Looting improvements.
    • Improve Techamer's cell.
    • Rework loot box.
    • Fix loot box stackable item glitch.
    • Improve artifact carrier.
    • Rework mission III. Again.
    • Improve siege mission.
    • Improve arena mission.
    • Reposition item management buttons.
    • Fix dialogue clash with HUD glitch.
    • Expand dialogue box.
    • Improve shield particles and animations.
    • Improve MDS decorative map in mission select screen.
    • Fix Lodeon's ship glitch when skipping intro cutscene.
    • Intro logo skipping inconsistency.
    • Improve mission I.
    • Improve alloy containers.
    • Remove filled alloy containers.
    • Make Awakening Of Inner Power support all missions.
    • Fix Guardian Of A Thousand worlds + Concentrated Fire effect timer graphical glitch.
    • Ability to reduce the power of MDS modifiers while they are disabled.
    • Improve ability bar.
    • Add map decorations.
    ETA:
    • 70 days.
    Progress:
    • 8% of the tasks completed.
    • I'll post again when the percentage will reach 20%.
    Until then!

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  3. Hyomoto

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    Very cool, you've come quite a long ways. I hope it's paying off :D
     
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  4. Zuurix

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    Yeah, it's been a while.
    Money-wise it's not paying off, not yet. It was really rewarding in all other aspects.

    I grew up with this game, found my place in the world, gained confidence.
    Back in 2015 I couldn't even imagine my game on Steam, being a real game developer was a distant dream to me.

    Now it's very close. Just few more games, few more years.
    Now I know how much I can do and I can't wait to make a new game on much better foundations. If world and / or my family will not have a sudden apocalypse for a few years, nothing will stop me.
     
  5. Hyomoto

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    Just having a completed project under your belt is something all by itself, and I think Sector Six is a decent entry on your portfolio. I'll be watching and rooting for you.
     
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  6. Axyl

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    This is looking pretty cool.
     
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  7. HighlandCoo

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    Hey, I just wanted to say I remember the very first post you made about this game (back on the old forums wasnt it?) and back then I thought "looks good, bet he never finishes it though".

    But here we are! You showed me lol!

    Anyway, I wanted you to know how inspired I have been by your commitment to the game and I think you should be proud of what you've made. You are so close to the finish line! Keep going!
     
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  8. Zuurix

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    Haha, awesome!
     
  9. Xer0botXer0

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    Same, seen this project come a long way. When I read sector six in the rss feed I immediately remembered what game it is.
    Hope you're having fun with it.
     
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  10. Zuurix

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    Sector Six Release Countdown: 9!

    I have finished making mission XII!
    That's a pretty big achievement because mission XII was one of the larger chunks of content I needed to make and I did it in time.

    Now I will be working on ability and level cap update
    This update will make ability points more valuable by reducing the amount of ability points gained from level up to 1.
    It will also improve Aggression, Resistance, and Capacity abilities and replace Cataclysm with Breach - passive anti-shield ability!
    It will bring Sector Six much closer to perfection.

    Completed:
    • Mission XII.
    • Mission XI.
    Completed – Minor changes and improvements:
    • While Guardian Of A Thousand Worlds ability is active, Concentrated Fire recharges instantly.
    • Improved alloy containers: New property, increased sell and buy price, reduced city stock.
    • Removed filled alloy containers.
    • Corrected W. warning button tooltip.
    • Ability to decrease the level of MDS modifiers even while they are disabled.
    • Fixed engine glitch.
    • Improved missiles that appear when player's spaceship leaves the enemy range.
    • Guardian is now more mobile.
    • Potentially fixed Black Rain projectile + reflect chance problem.
    • Region update flashes are now brighter.
    • Veteran's ballistic attack is now slower.
    • Improved dialogue system graphics.
    • Oesa's Radiance set effect changed, now base maximum armor is equal maximum ether.
    • Damage bonuses now are applied to damage while Lodeon's Ultimatum set is active.
    • Fixed and improved certain set descriptions.
    Not completed:
    • Mission XIII.
    • Mission XIV.
    • Broken Infinity endgame activity.
    • Restoration War endgame activity.
    • Relics.
    • Shared stash in Deep Path to transfer items between player characters.
    • The Machines.
    • New save system.
    • 49 new achievements.
    • Rebalance ability point distribution.
    Not completed – Minor changes and improvements:
    • Relic dismantling rewards.
    • Sector map interface.
    • Improve the implemented Machines.
    • Rework certain achievements.
    • Rearrange achievements in the achievement interface.
    • Level cap changes.
    • Increase starter ability points to 10.
    • Increase starter part limit to 10.
    • Decrease starter maximum ether to 50.
    • Rework Phase Recognition system and phase properties.
    • Rework Aggression, Resistance, and Capacity.
    • Rework starter equipment.
    • Rework Cataclysm ability into Breach ability.
    • Improve Rapid Fire Mode ability.
    • Improve Channel ability.
    • New part properties.
    • Better part names.
    • Side mission dialogues.
    • Better default controls.
    • Ability to reset controls to default.
    • Ability to reset settings to default.
    • Ability to toggle side mission dialogues.
    • Settings interface improvements.
    • Fix stack buying glitch.
    • Reposition mission interface.
    • Rework achievement interface.
    • Reset difficulty level button.
    • Lock modular difficulty system if the player level is lower than 3.
    • Virtual / physical weapon clarification / stats.
    • Stat page improvements.
    • Connection strength near avatar picture.
    • Adapt backgrounds to screen shaking.
    • Dismantle all / Uninstall all buttons should have a tooltip.
    • Holding shift button to dismantle / sell just one item from the stack.
    • Looting improvements.
    • Improve Techamer's cell.
    • Rework loot box.
    • Fix loot box stackable item glitch.
    • Improve artifact carrier.
    • Rework mission III. Again.
    • Improve siege mission.
    • Improve arena mission.
    • Reposition item management buttons.
    • Fix dialogue clash with HUD glitch.
    • Expand dialogue box.
    • Improve shield particles and animations.
    • Improve MDS decorative map in mission select screen.
    • Fix Lodeon's ship glitch when skipping intro cutscene.
    • Intro logo skipping inconsistency.
    • Improve mission I.
    • Make Awakening Of Inner Power support all missions.
    • Improve ability bar.
    • Add map decorations.
    • Improve Sector transition cutscene.
    • Rework contribution system.
    • Improve barrager.
    • Improve text input.
    • Character customization: Rename character and change avatar icon.
    ETA:
    • 60 days.
    Progress:
    • 20% of the tasks completed.
    • I'll post again when the percentage will reach 30%.
    Until then!
     
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  11. Zuurix

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    Sector Six Release Countdown: 8!

    Since the last time I have posted, Sector Six has become a much better game!
    In a chain of small changes, I have made ability points more rewarding, ability scaling more important, six least useful abilities more useful, leveling more consistent, and phase mechanic more effective!

    Phase mechanic now used to turn enemy damage into player damage.
    After X amount of damage taken, player's spaceship will enter phase which will increase damage by Y% for 5 seconds.

    I have also added mission XIII.
    It's more or less a big cutscene, but with it done, I can focus on the main features of the final Early Access update.

    So, yeah, tomorrow I'm starting to work on relics!
    The arrival of relics will finally end the dark ages for Sector Six and it will become a true loot game!

    Completed:
    • Mission XIII.
    • Rebalanced ability points: +1 ability point per level, capped at level 360. Yup, level 360 =P
    • Mission XII.
    • Mission XI.
    Completed – Minor changes and improvements:
    • Fixed story mission X glitch.
    • Reworked phase break mechanic: Gain additional damage after taking a certain amount of damage.
    • Channel ability’s ether cost reducing effect now lasts 3 seconds, making Channel much easier to use.
    • Cataclysm ability has been replaced with passive anti-shield ability: Breach.
    • Renamed Phase to Phasse, to differentiate it from phase mechanic.
    • Improved Aggression, Resistance, and Capacity: More powerful, interesting, and consistent with other abilities.
    • Decreased starter part limit to 6.
    • Decreased starter maximum ether to 50.
    • Starter engine now gives less maximum armor.
    • Increased starter ability points to 10.
    • While Guardian of a Thousand Worlds ability is active, Concentrated Fire recharges instantly.
    • Improved alloy containers: New property, increased sell and buy price, reduced city stock.
    • Removed filled alloy containers.
    • Corrected W. warning button tooltip.
    • Ability to decrease the level of MDS modifiers even while they are disabled.
    • Fixed engine glitch.
    • Improved missiles that appear when player's spaceship leaves the enemy range.
    • Guardian is now more mobile.
    • Potentially fixed Black Rain projectile problem.
    • Region update flashes are now brighter.
    • Veteran's ballistic attack is now slower.
    • Improved dialogue system graphics.
    • Oesa's Radiance set effect changed, now base maximum armor is equal maximum ether.
    • Damage bonuses now are applied to damage while Lodeon's Ultimatum set is active.
    • Fixed and improved certain set descriptions.
    Not completed:
    • Mission XIV.
    • Broken Infinity endgame activity.
    • Restoration War endgame activity.
    • Relics.
    • Shared stash in Deep Path to transfer items between player characters.
    • The Machines.
    • New save system.
    • 49 new achievements.
    Not completed – Minor changes and improvements:
    • Relic dismantling rewards.
    • Sector map interface.
    • Improve the implemented Machines.
    • Rework certain achievements.
    • Rearrange achievements in the achievement interface.
    • Level cap changes and game options.
    • New part properties.
    • Better part names.
    • Side mission dialogues.
    • Better default controls.
    • Ability to reset controls to default.
    • Ability to reset settings to default.
    • Ability to toggle side mission dialogues.
    • Settings interface improvements.
    • Fix stack buying glitch.
    • Reposition mission interface.
    • Rework achievement interface.
    • Reset difficulty level button.
    • Lock modular difficulty system if the player level is lower than 3.
    • Virtual and physical weapon clarification and stats.
    • Stat page improvements.
    • Connection strength near avatar picture.
    • Adapt backgrounds to screen shaking.
    • Dismantle all and uninstall all buttons should have a tooltip.
    • Holding shift button to dismantle and sell just one item from the stack.
    • Looting improvements.
    • Improve Techamer's cell.
    • Rework loot box.
    • Fix loot box stackable item glitch.
    • Improve artifact carrier.
    • Rework mission III. Again.
    • Improve siege mission.
    • Improve arena mission.
    • Reposition item management buttons.
    • Fix dialogue clash with HUD glitch.
    • Expand dialogue box.
    • Improve shield particles and animations.
    • Improve MDS decorative map in mission select screen.
    • Fix Lodeon's ship glitch when skipping intro cutscene.
    • Intro logo skipping inconsistency.
    • Improve mission I.
    • Make Awakening Of Inner Power support all missions.
    • Improve ability bar.
    • Add map decorations.
    • Improve Sector transition cutscene.
    • Rework contribution system.
    • Improve barrager.
    • Improve text input.
    • Character customization: Rename character and change avatar icon.
    • Improve ability interface.
    • Improve ability level scaling.
    • Improve damage text.
    • Almadi cathode rework.
    ETA:
    • 55 days.
    Progress:
    • 32% of the tasks completed.
    • I'll post again when the percentage will reach 40%.
    Until then!

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  12. Zuurix

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    Sector Six Release Countdown: 7!

    This and previous week, I've been improving Sector Six loot.

    I have made many changes to random part generation system, made higher grade parts more common, added 22 part properties, gave parts more interesting names, but most importantly – I have implemented relic system and first 7 relics!

    Relics not only are the rarest and the most powerful items in the game - they also have unique effects, skins, and even animations!

    I would have made a video about relics, but I didn't have enough time for that, so instead scroll down for screenshots.

    With relics implemented, now I will work on the last story mission and several small changes.

    Relic facts:
    • After rarity changes, relics are now rarest items in the game, their drop chance is 1 in 500.
    • Relics can be sold for 2 relic fragments. 8 relic fragments turn into a relic.
    • Relics give reliquary items instead of alloy when dismantled.
    • Reliquary items re-roll and transform relics.
    • Relics can have up to 7 properties, but cannot be amplified.
    • Relics are always level 1 and have properties that are useful no matter what level you are.
    • You cannot install more than 3 relics. Yet.
    • You cannot install relic duplicates. E.g.: You can't have two Quasar Domes installed.
    • 7 relics are implemented, I will implement at least 10 more before game launches.
    Completed:
    • Relics.
    • Mission XIII.
    • Rebalanced ability points: +1 ability point per level.
    • Mission XII.
    • Mission XI.
    Completed – Minor changes and improvements:
    • New part properties.
    • Improved part names.
    • Higher grade parts are now more common.
    • Relic dismantling rewards.
    • Parts give less damage reduction and reflect chance.
    • Parts give fewer wave chances.
    • Improved item generator: Now produces more random items.
    • Item changes: Changed diode cost, changed certain item sprites, improved item use error messages, improved tooltips.
    • Fixed story mission X glitch.
    • Reworked phase break mechanic: Gain additional damage after taking a certain amount of damage.
    • Channel ability’s ether cost reducing effect now lasts 3 seconds, making Channel much easier to use.
    • Cataclysm ability has been replaced with passive anti-shield ability: Breach.
    • Renamed Phase to Phasse, to differentiate it from phase mechanic.
    • Improved Aggression, Resistance, and Capacity: More powerful, interesting, and consistent with other abilities.
    • Decreased starter part limit to 6.
    • Decreased starter maximum ether to 50.
    • Starter engine now gives less maximum armor.
    • Increased starter ability points to 10.
    • While Guardian of a Thousand Worlds ability is active, Concentrated Fire recharges instantly.
    • Improved alloy containers: New property, increased sell and buy price, reduced city stock.
    • Removed filled alloy containers.
    • Corrected W. warning button tooltip.
    • Ability to decrease the level of MDS modifiers even while they are disabled.
    • Fixed engine glitch.
    • Improved missiles that appear when player's spaceship leaves the enemy range.
    • Guardian is now more mobile.
    • Potentially fixed Black Rain projectile problem.
    • Region update flashes are now brighter.
    • Veteran's ballistic attack is now slower.
    • Improved dialogue system graphics.
    • Oesa's Radiance set effect changed, now base maximum armor is equal maximum ether.
    • Damage bonuses now are applied to damage while Lodeon's Ultimatum set is active.
    • Fixed and improved certain set descriptions.
    Not completed:
    • Mission XIV.
    • Broken Infinity endgame activity.
    • Restoration War endgame activity.
    • Shared stash in secured regions.
    • The Machines.
    • New save system.
    • New achievements.
    Not completed – Minor changes and improvements:
    • Sector map interface.
    • Improve the implemented Machines.
    • Rework certain achievements.
    • Rearrange achievements in the achievement interface.
    • Level cap changes and game options.
    • Side mission dialogues.
    • Better default controls.
    • Ability to reset controls to default.
    • Ability to reset settings to default.
    • Ability to toggle side mission dialogues.
    • Settings interface improvements.
    • Fix stack buying glitch.
    • Reposition mission interface.
    • Rework achievement interface.
    • Reset difficulty level button.
    • Lock modular difficulty system if the player level is lower than 3.
    • Virtual and physical weapon clarification and stats.
    • Stat page improvements.
    • Connection strength near avatar picture.
    • Adapt backgrounds to screen shaking.
    • Dismantle all and uninstall all buttons should have a tooltip.
    • Holding shift button to dismantle and sell just one item from the stack.
    • Looting improvements.
    • Improve Techamer's cell.
    • Rework loot box.
    • Fix loot box stackable item glitch.
    • Improve artifact carrier.
    • Rework mission III. Again.
    • Improve siege mission.
    • Improve arena mission.
    • Reposition item management buttons.
    • Fix dialogue clash with HUD glitch.
    • Expand dialogue box.
    • Improve shield particles and animations.
    • Improve MDS decorative map in mission select screen.
    • Fix Lodeon's ship glitch when skipping intro cutscene.
    • Intro logo skipping inconsistency.
    • Improve mission I.
    • Make Awakening of Inner Power support all missions.
    • Improve ability bar.
    • Add map decorations.
    • Improve Sector transition cutscene.
    • Rework contribution system.
    • Improve barrager.
    • Improve text input.
    • Character customization: Rename character and change avatar icon.
    • Improve ability interface.
    • Improve ability level scaling.
    • Improve damage text.
    • Cathode rework.
    • Improve controller support.
    ETA:
    • 41 days.
    Progress:
    • 40% of the tasks completed.
    • I'll post again when the percentage will reach 50%.
    Until then!

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  13. Bearman_18

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    I can't believe I haven't noticed this yet! It looks beautiful and genuinely fun to play, looking forward to it's release.
    I can guarantee at least 10 dollars, but you will obviously make much more than that!
    Kudos!
     
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  14. Zuurix

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    Sector Six: Two years on Steam!

    On this day, 2 years ago, Sector Six was released on Steam and I'm giving away a few keys on SteamGifts and Steam group!

    Go to group >>
    Go to SteamGifts >>

    I would do something bigger for this special day, but I'm really busy preparing the game for the final release.

    Luckily there will be many more anniversaries and many opportunities to do something cooler =]

    Happy birthday, Sector Six!
     
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  15. Zuurix

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    @Hyomoto New feedback, new ideas, new suggestions, and the new HUD is born!

     
  16. Hyomoto

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    Goodness, happy anniversary! And yes, it is quite evident how much work you've put into this. That is leagues beyond the game that I reviewed some months ago! I noticed you are toying around a bit with some environmental hazards, and it got me thinking yes: you are on the right path there. It might be cool to see effects that deny parts of the screen, or disable slots. Obviously not all the time, but there's some good stuff going on in there and I look forwards to it. I tell you what, I'll be your first customer on launch day (if someone doesn't snipe me that is!)
     
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  17. Zuurix

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    Sector Six Release Countdown: 6!

    Since the last time I posted, I've been working on inventory improvements, mission XIV, ability scaling, new HUD, and other things.

    Long story short, mission XIV is getting closer to being finished, meanwhile many parts of the game have become easier and better to use.

    Now I would be directing all my attention to mission XIV, but this week I have received a lot of new feedback and now I have to make a few important decisions.

    I might choose to do some really big changes to the game, which would delay the release by a month.
    If that happens, I will make another post explaining the situation.

    Anyway, to the task list!

    Completed:
    • Relics.
    • Mission XIII.
    • Rebalanced ability points: +1 ability point per level.
    • Mission XII.
    • Mission XI.
    Not completed:
    • Mission XIV.
    • Broken Infinity endgame activity.
    • Restoration War endgame activity.
    • Shared stash in Deep Path to transfer items between player characters.
    • The Machines.
    • New save system.
    • 49 new achievements.
    Completed – Minor changes and improvements:
    • Improved Kithalia’s Blight set penalty
    • Improved barrager.
    • Toggle XP gain feature has been removed.
    • Improved Sector transition cutscene.
    • Improved pausing.
    • Improved HUD.
    • Improved ability level scaling.
    • Improved item management and filtering.
    • Repositioned item management buttons.
    • Stat page improvements.
    • Virtual and physical weapon clarification and stats.
    • New part properties.
    • Improved part names.
    • Higher grade parts are now more common.
    • Relic dismantling rewards.
    • Parts give less damage reduction and reflect chance.
    • Parts give less wave chances.
    • Improved item generator: Now produces more random items.
    • Item changes: Changed diode cost, changed certain item sprites, improved item use error messages, improved tooltips.
    • Fixed story mission X glitch.
    • Reworked phase break mechanic: Gain additional damage after taking certain amount of damage.
    • Channel ability’s ether cost reducing effect now lasts 3 seconds, making Channel much easier to use.
    • Cataclysm ability has been replaced with passive anti-shield ability: Breach.
    • Renamed Phase to Phasse, to differentiate it from phase mechanic.
    • Improved Aggression, Resistance, and Capacity: More powerful, more interesting, and consistent with other abilities.
    • Decreased starter part limit to 6.
    • Decreased starter maximum ether to 50.
    • Starter engine now gives less maximum armor.
    • Increased starter ability points to 10.
    • While Guardian of a Thousand Worlds ability is active, Concentrated Fire recharges instantly.
    • Improved alloy containers: New property, increased sell and buy price, reduced city stock.
    • Removed filled alloy containers.
    • Corrected W. warning button tooltip.
    • Ability to decrease the level of MDS modifiers even while they are disabled.
    • Fixed engine glitch.
    • Improved missiles that appear when player's spaceship leaves enemy range.
    • Guardian is now more mobile.
    • Potentially fixed Black Rain projectile problem.
    • Region update flashes are now brighter.
    • Veteran's ballistic attack is now slower.
    • Improved dialogue system graphics.
    • Oesa's Radiance set effect changed, now base maximum armor is equal maximum ether.
    • Damage bonuses now are applied to damage while Lodeon's Ultimatum set is active.
    • Fixed and improved certain set descriptions.
    Not completed – Minor changes and improvements:
    • Sector map interface and map tutorial.
    • Improve the implemented Machines.
    • Rework certain achievements.
    • Rearrange achievements in the achievement interface.
    • Level cap changes and game options.
    • Side mission dialogues.
    • Better default controls.
    • Ability to reset controls to default.
    • Ability to reset settings to default.
    • Ability to toggle side mission dialogues.
    • Settings interface improvements.
    • Fix stack buying glitch.
    • Reposition mission interface.
    • Rework achievement interface.
    • Lock modular difficulty system if the player level is lower than 3.
    • Connection strength near avatar picture.
    • Adapt backgrounds to screen shaking.
    • Holding shift button to dismantle and sell just one item from the stack.
    • Looting improvements.
    • Improve Techamer's cell.
    • Rework loot box.
    • Fix loot box stackable item glitch.
    • Improve artifact carrier.
    • Rework mission III. Again.
    • Improve siege mission.
    • Improve arena mission.
    • Fix dialogue clash with HUD glitch.
    • Expand dialogue box.
    • Improve shield particles and animations.
    • Improve MDS decorative map in mission select screen.
    • Fix Lodeon's ship glitch when skipping intro cutscene.
    • Intro logo skipping inconsistency.
    • Improve mission I.
    • Make Awakening of Inner Power support all missions.
    • Improve ability bar.
    • Rework contribution system.
    • Improve text input.
    • Character customization: Rename character and change avatar icon.
    • Improve damage text.
    • Cathode rework.
    • Improve controller support.
    • Improve tutorial and class select.
    ETA:
    • 35 days.
    Progress:
    • 50% of the tasks completed.
    • I'll post again when the percentage will reach 60%.
    Until then!

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  18. Zuurix

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    Echo #102: Class merge and ability distribution rework

    In "Sector Six Release Countdown: 6!" I have said that I was considering to do some big changes to Sector Six.

    Now I have decided to do them, and this is an update on that, as promised.

    What are the changes?

    First, spaceship classes are not going to be a thing anymore.
    All abilities will use the same damage type.

    Secondly, abilities will be unlocked with level. You'll start with three basic abilities and unlock other abilities on level up until you reach level 30.

    Finally, because weapon damage is now universal to all abilities, weapons will now reduce cooldown and maybe even ether cost of certain abilities.

    Why am I doing these changes?

    Because they will make the game much better both for low-level and high-level players.
    New players won't have to deal with 36 abilities, weapons will be more interesting, leveling up will be more impactful than ever, there will be more important decisions to make, and so on!

    What's the catch?

    The catch is that it will take a week or more to do all those changes so the final Early Access update will be slightly delayed.

    Hope this sounds good, I will post again when I'll catch up to countdown or when there will be more changes in plans.
     
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  19. Zuurix

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    Echo #103: Weapon rework

    It's been a week since I made the last post, so here's an update on what I'm working on.

    Two days ago I have successfully merged classes and made abilities unlock when leveling up.

    Yesterday I have started working on weapon rework.

    Since abilities use the same damage type now, all weapons are the same and that is not good.

    To combat this, I have made weapons reduce ether and cooldown of abilities.

    I have doubled ether costs and cooldowns of most abilities.
    Installing right weapons would reduce ether costs and cooldowns to their normal values.

    It did make weapons more interesting than ever, but it was a little too messy.
    Just replacing one installed ability with other, would require the player to hunt for a different set of weapons.

    Plus, it didn't create any interesting decisions.

    It feels like punishment for not installing right weapons and it's not what I want.

    So, I am going revert all yesterday's progress and start working on the new idea.

    The new idea is to make weapons work in a way that allows the player to build three different spaceships.

    - Powerful spaceships that have higher damage, longer cooldowns, and burn more ether.
    - Fast spaceships that have shorter cooldowns, lower damage, and burn more ether.
    - Efficient spaceships that have longer cooldowns, lower damage, but burn less ether.

    To make it happen, weapons will get two new properties - ability ether cost reduction and ability cooldown reduction.

    To stop these properties from making abilities too fast or not expensive enough, they will not interact with ability ether costs and cooldowns directly.

    Instead, the player will need to install a certain amount of weapons to reduce ether costs or cooldowns of abilities by 25%.
    If requirements are not met, abilities will have base stats or even become 25% more expensive and/or slower.
    Requirements will rise with the number of parts installed.

    Basically, there will be three types of weapons and by focusing on one weapon type will allow the player to make spaceship powerful or fast or efficient.

    What's also good about this system is that it doesn't really end with three spaceship types.

    It will be possible to build balanced ships that are not bad or good at anything

    It will also be possible to make spaceship excel at more than one field - maybe even at all three with enough rare, amplified weapons.

    As for the final Early Access update, I'm still over a month away from releasing it.
    This rework created a huge delay, but I think that it's worth it because the game will become a lot better.

    Next week I'm hoping to continue the release countdown, so until then!

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  20. Morendral

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    I just picked up your game on the steam sale. I have to say that I really like it, and think it's very polished! My only complaint right now is that I can't remap abilities to mouse buttons. I didn't like having to go from mouse to straight keyboard back and forth for different things. I was using the carrier and it would of been great to have the movement as wasd, with the abilites and other buttons right there, then have the mouse for launch mines and detonate. The controls feel a little clunky without that feature, and it also feels like my hands have to jump around the keyboard a lot.

    Keep up the great work
     
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  21. Zuurix

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    I'm glad you like it =]
    I'll consider making it mouse controls possible.
     
  22. Zuurix

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    Sector Six Release Countdown: 5!

    Since the last time I posted, I have finished weapon and ether reworks!

    Weapons now modify ability stats and ability ether costs increase with level.
    These changes have significantly improved quality of loot and variety of possible spaceships.

    There are three weapon stats now: Weapon damage, cooling rate, and ether efficiency.

    Relays increase weapon damage, which increases ability damage.
    Pylons increase cooling rate, which reduces ability cooldowns.
    Nodes increase ether efficiency, which reduces ability ether costs.

    It's possible to focus on one weapon stat to make spaceship deal a lot of damage or have low ability ether costs or have low ability cooldowns.
    Or anything in between!

    For example, during testing, I have built myself a spaceship that reduced cooldowns of its abilities by 94%!

    While it dealt very low damage, powerful abilities like Shards of Chaos, Swarm Control, and Entropic Missile had really low cooldowns, so I was able to spam them and it compensated the lack of damage.

    It was really fun, and I can't wait to see what you guys can do with this new system.

    As for ether rework, it made each ability point spent increase ether costs of all abilities by 10%.
    This allowed me to make part ether properties scale with level, so now parts that increase ether are more rewarding than ever!

    Now I will be working on making tutorial and introduction shorter and better, which should take about a week.
    After that, I will work on story mission XIV.

    ETA is back to 50 days, because I have added new things to the list and because there were all those reworks that created a huge delay.
    Let's hope my calculations will be wrong again, but this time to our favor!

    Completed:
    • Ether rework: Ether properties now scale with level, ability ether costs increase with ability levels.
    • Weapon rework: Nodes now reduce ability ether costs and pylons reduce ability cooldowns.
    • Ability rework: Abilities now use same damage type and are unlocked as spaceship level increases.
    • Relics.
    • Mission XIII.
    • Rebalanced ability points: 1 ability point per level.
    • Mission XII.
    • Mission XI.
    Not completed:
    • Mission XIV.
    • Broken Infinity endgame activity.
    • Restoration War endgame activity.
    • Shared stash in Deep Path to transfer items between player characters.
    • The Machines.
    • New save system.
    • 49 new achievements.
    Completed – Minor changes and improvements:
    • Fixed inventory leak.
    • Adapted backgrounds to screen shaking.
    • Improved dialogue avatars.
    • Improved settings interface.
    • Added button that resets settings to default.
    • Added button that resets controls to default.
    • Modular difficulty system changes: Flow Stagnation maximum level changed to 1, rebalanced rewards.
    • Reworked Creation of Energy and Channel abilities.
    • Improved achievement interface.
    • Repositioned mission interface.
    • Fixed weapon amplifying.
    • Improved ability bar.
    • Made better ability icons.
    • Heavy Shield rework: Now called Power Shield, no longer slows down spaceship.
    • Improved ability and effect icons.
    • Improved Kithalia’s Blight set penalty
    • Improved barrager.
    • Toggle XP gain feature has been removed.
    • Improved Sector transition cutscene.
    • Improved pausing.
    • Improved HUD.
    • Improved ability level scaling.
    • Improved item management and filtering.
    • Repositioned item management buttons.
    • Stat page improvements.
    • Virtual and physical weapon clarification and stats.
    • New part properties.
    • Improved part names.
    • Higher grade parts are now more common.
    • Relic dismantling rewards.
    • Parts give less damage reduction and reflect chance.
    • Parts give fewer wave chances.
    • Improved item generator: Now produces more random items.
    • Item changes: Changed diode cost, changed certain item sprites, improved item use error messages, improved tooltips.
    • Fixed story mission X glitch.
    • Reworked phase break mechanic: Gain additional damage after taking a certain amount of damage.
    • Channel ability’s ether cost reducing effect now lasts 3 seconds, making Channel much easier to use.
    • Cataclysm ability has been replaced with passive anti-shield ability: Breach.
    • Renamed Phase to Phasse, to differentiate it from phase mechanic.
    • Improved Aggression, Resistance, and Capacity: More powerful, more interesting, and consistent with other abilities.
    • Decreased starter part limit to 6.
    • Decreased starter maximum ether to 50.
    • Starter engine now gives less maximum armor.
    • Increased starter ability points to 10.
    • While Guardian of a Thousand Worlds ability is active, Concentrated Fire recharges instantly.
    • Improved alloy containers: New property, increased sell and buy price, reduced city stock.
    • Removed filled alloy containers.
    • Corrected W. warning button tooltip.
    • Ability to decrease the level of MDS modifiers even while they are disabled.
    • Fixed engine glitch.
    • Improved missiles that appear when player's spaceship leaves the enemy range.
    • Guardian is now more mobile.
    • Potentially fixed Black Rain projectile problem.
    • Region update flashes are now brighter.
    • Veteran's ballistic attack is now slower.
    • Improved dialogue system graphics.
    • Oesa's Radiance set effect changed, now base maximum armor is equal to maximum ether.
    • Damage bonuses now are applied to damage while Lodeon's Ultimatum set is active.
    • Fixed and improved certain set descriptions.
    Not completed – Minor changes and improvements:
    • Sector map interface and map key.
    • Improve the implemented Machines.
    • Rework certain achievements.
    • Rearrange achievements in the achievement interface.
    • Level cap changes and game options.
    • Side mission dialogues.
    • Better default controls.
    • Ability to toggle side mission dialogues.
    • Fix stack buying glitch.
    • Lock modular difficulty system if the player level is lower than 3.
    • Holding shift button to dismantle and sell just one item from the stack.
    • Looting improvements.
    • Improve Techamer's cell.
    • Rework loot box.
    • Fix loot box stackable item glitch.
    • Improve artifact carrier.
    • Rework mission III. Again.
    • Improve siege mission.
    • Improve arena mission.
    • Fix dialogue clash with HUD glitch.
    • Expand dialogue box.
    • Improve shield particles and animations.
    • Improve MDS decorative map in mission select screen.
    • Fix Lodeon's ship glitch when skipping intro cutscene.
    • Intro logo skipping inconsistency.
    • Improve mission I.
    • Make Awakening of Inner Power support all missions.
    • Rework contribution system.
    • Improve text input.
    • Character customization: Rename character and change avatar icon.
    • Improve damage text.
    • Cathode rework.
    • Improve controller support.
    • Rework tutorial and class select screen.
    • Rework introduction.
    • Optimize.
    • Improve secured region interfaces.
    ETA:
    • 50 days.
    Progress:
    • 60% of the tasks completed.
    • I’ll post again when the percentage will reach 70%.
    Until then!
     
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  23. Zuurix

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    Sector Six Release Countdown: 4!

    Since the last time I have posted, I have made a new introduction and tutorial, loot rework, region select screen, another MDS reward rework, character customization, and...
    And something else probably.

    The most important of those is, of course, loot rework!

    It's very simple - making missions more difficult will make enemies drop more and better parts.
    Additionally, drop quality is now influenced by minion power and whether it is modified or not.

    For example, modified dreadnought will drop better parts than the normal dreadnought and normal dreadnought will drop better parts than a tank.
    There are still a lot of random chances involved, so don't expect this to be true all the time.

    Introduction cutscene has been removed, because it was too long and, well, not that good.
    Instead of it, there are several dialogue boxes that appear before and after the tutorial.

    The tutorial has been shortened as well, so it takes a lot less time to get to the real game.

    Region select screen allows to quickly jump from one region to the other, without using arrow buttons.
    This is useful to higher level players and it will be even more useful when the Restoration War activity will be added.

    Finally, now it's possible to create a custom character for dialogues.
    You can change character's name and dialogue appearance.

    I'm really happy with the improvements, but not that happy with how fast I've been working.

    Unfortunately, ETA has not moved forward much. Now it's at 45 days.
    This is because there were several delays and because loot rework was not included in the previous ETA.

    Two steps forward, one step back.
    This weekend I won't be at home, so that's another delay, but when I'm back, I'll be working on the final story mission and the Machines.
    My current estimate is that it'll take 3 weeks, but if I can do it faster, this will bring the release much closer.

    Currently, story mission XIV and the Machines are the biggest tasks on the list.

    Completed:
    • Loot rework: Bigger enemies now drop better parts, difficulty level makes enemies drop better parts.
    • Ether rework: Ether properties now scale with level, ability ether costs increase with ability levels.
    • Weapon rework: Nodes now reduce ability ether costs and pylons reduce ability cooldowns.
    • Ability rework: Abilities now use same damage type and are unlocked as spaceship level increases.
    • Relics.
    • Mission XIII.
    • Rebalanced ability points: 1 ability point per level.
    • Mission XII.
    • Mission XI.
    Not completed:
    • Mission XIV.
    • Broken Infinity endgame activity.
    • Restoration War endgame activity.
    • Shared stash in Deep Path to transfer items between player characters.
    • The Machines.
    • New save system.
    • 49 new achievements.
    Completed – Minor changes and improvements:
    • Graphically improved loot.
    • Added region select screen and map key.
    • Improved mission overview interface.
    • Improved mission I.
    • Improved mission III.
    • Improved text input.
    • Reworked tutorial.
    • Reworked introduction.
    • Added avatar customization: Name your character and choose how it looks in dialogues.
    • Improved spaceship building interface.
    • Reworked Super Shield ability: Shield lasts 8 seconds and increases armor generated on kill while active.
    • Fixed inventory leak.
    • Adapted backgrounds to screen shaking.
    • Improved dialogue avatars.
    • Improved settings interface.
    • Added button that resets settings to default.
    • Added button that resets controls to default.
    • Modular difficulty system changes: Flow Stagnation maximum level changed to 1, rebalanced rewards, removed diodes.
    • Reworked Creation of Energy and Channel abilities.
    • Improved achievement interface.
    • Repositioned mission interface.
    • Fixed weapon amplifying.
    • Improved ability bar.
    • Made better ability icons.
    • Heavy Shield rework: Now called Power Shield, no longer slows down spaceship.
    • Improved ability and effect icons.
    • Improved Kithalia’s Blight set penalty
    • Improved barrager.
    • Toggle XP gain feature has been removed.
    • Improved Sector transition cutscene.
    • Improved pausing.
    • Improved HUD.
    • Improved ability level scaling.
    • Improved item management and filtering.
    • Repositioned item management buttons.
    • Stat page improvements.
    • Virtual and physical weapon clarification and stats.
    • New part properties.
    • Improved part names.
    • Higher grade parts are now more common.
    • Relic dismantling rewards.
    • Parts give less damage reduction and reflect chance.
    • Parts give fewer wave chances.
    • Improved item generator: Now produces more random items.
    • Item changes: Changed diode cost, changed certain item sprites, improved item use error messages, improved tooltips.
    • Fixed story mission X glitch.
    • Reworked phase break mechanic: Gain additional damage after taking a certain amount of damage.
    • Channel ability’s ether cost reducing effect now lasts 3 seconds, making Channel much easier to use.
    • Cataclysm ability has been replaced with passive anti-shield ability: Breach.
    • Renamed Phase to Phasse, to differentiate it from phase mechanic.
    • Improved Aggression, Resistance, and Capacity: More powerful, more interesting, and consistent with other abilities.
    • Decreased starter part limit to 6.
    • Decreased starter maximum ether to 50.
    • Starter engine now gives less maximum armor.
    • Increased starter ability points to 10.
    • While Guardian of a Thousand Worlds ability is active, Concentrated Fire recharges instantly.
    • Improved alloy containers: New property, increased sell and buy price, reduced city stock.
    • Removed filled alloy containers.
    • Corrected W. warning button tooltip.
    • Ability to decrease the level of MDS modifiers even while they are disabled.
    • Fixed engine glitch.
    • Improved missiles that appear when player's spaceship leaves the enemy range.
    • Guardian is now more mobile.
    • Potentially fixed Black Rain projectile problem.
    • Region update flashes are now brighter.
    • Veteran's ballistic attack is now slower.
    • Improved dialogue system graphics.
    • Oesa's Radiance set effect changed, now base maximum armor is equal maximum ether.
    • Damage bonuses now are applied to damage while Lodeon's Ultimatum set is active.
    • Fixed and improved certain set descriptions.
    Not completed – Minor changes and improvements:
    • Improve the implemented Machines.
    • Rework certain achievements.
    • Rearrange achievements in the achievement interface.
    • Better default controls.
    • Fix stack buying glitch.
    • Lock modular difficulty system if the player level is lower than 3.
    • Holding shift button to dismantle and sell just one item from the stack.
    • Improve Techamer's cell.
    • Rework loot box.
    • Fix loot box stackable item glitch.
    • Improve siege mission.
    • Improve arena mission.
    • Fix dialogue clash with HUD glitch.
    • Expand dialogue box.
    • Improve shield particles and animations.
    • Intro logo skipping inconsistency.
    • Make Awakening of Inner Power support all missions.
    • Rework contribution system.
    • Improve damage text.
    • Cathode rework.
    • Improve controller support.
    • Optimize.
    • Improve secured regions.
    • Rework evolving mechanic.
    • Replace gauntlet missions.
    • Improve collision system.
    • Add help pages.
    ETA:
    • 45 days.
    Progress:
    • 70% of the tasks completed.
    • I’ll post again when the percentage will reach 80%.
    Until then!

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  24. sitebender

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    I was just thinking about this today and yesterday... you were due for another countdown. I look forward to playing it again once you're finished with the game.

    I still feel like you need prettier background colors in game to make it look more lively.
     
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  25. Zuurix

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    Sector Six Release Countdown: 3!

    Sector Six story is completed!

    I admit that I wanted too much from it.
    14 different missions, 8 bosses, choices, all those dialogues - it was too much for me to do it flawlessly.

    But the most important thing for me was to make a story campaign that is more than just...
    More than just a bunch of "go there" goals so that player would know what to do.

    So I think I have accomplished that and I'm happy.

    Other cool things that I did:

    The story is now literally bigger because I increased dialogue font size!

    Loot box now shows up to 170 items!

    I have updated boss missions to use all minions, instead of just scions, sentinels, and gatherers.
    It also supports Manifestations of Destruction and doesn't support The Decision modifiers now, so it's, well, better.

    I have added more bulwark blocks for siege missions, now there are explosive blocks that destroy blocks diagonally when hit and blocks that contain loot!

    Finally, the arena missions have been improved significantly.
    Now they support The Assault of the Modified and The Rain of Fire modifiers, and you no longer need to keep going back to summon new minions.

    And now I'm going to work on endgame content!

    The current plan is to make the procedurally generated region with objectives and rising loot quality, war to secure all areas, new mission type, and more relics!

    The new estimated time of arrival for Sector Six is 24 days:

    Completed:
    • Mission XIV.
    • The Machines.
    • Loot rework: Bigger enemies now drop better parts, difficulty level makes enemies drop better parts.
    • Ether rework: Ether properties now scale with level, ability ether costs increase with ability levels.
    • Weapon rework: Nodes now reduce ability ether costs and pylons reduce ability cooldowns.
    • Ability rework: Abilities now use same damage type and are unlocked as spaceship level increases.
    • Relics.
    • Mission XIII.
    • Rebalanced ability points: 1 ability point per level.
    • Mission XII.
    • Mission XI.
    Not completed:
    • Broken Infinity endgame activity.
    • Restoration War endgame activity.
    • New save system.
    • New achievements.
    • Compressed part rework.
    Completed – Minor changes and improvements:
    • Expanded dialogue box.
    • Improved cathodes.
    • Improved loot box: Up to 170 looted items visible, glitch free.
    • Updated boss mission.
    • Improved arena mission: Better loop, supports The Assault of the Modified and The Rain of Fire modifiers.
    • Improved siege mission: New blocks, minor graphical improvements.
    • Expanded credits.
    • Graphically improved loot.
    • Added region select screen and map key.
    • Improved mission overview interface.
    • Improved mission I.
    • Improved mission III.
    • Improved text input.
    • Reworked tutorial.
    • Reworked introduction.
    • Added avatar customization: Name your character and choose how it looks in dialogues.
    • Improved spaceship building interface.
    • Reworked Super Shield ability: Shield lasts 8 seconds and increases armor generated on kill while active.
    • Fixed inventory leak.
    • Adapted backgrounds to screen shaking.
    • Improved dialogue avatars.
    • Improved settings interface.
    • Added button that resets settings to default.
    • Added button that resets controls to default.
    • Modular difficulty system changes: Flow Stagnation maximum level changed to 1, rebalanced rewards, removed diodes.
    • Reworked Creation of Energy and Channel abilities.
    • Improved achievement interface.
    • Repositioned mission interface.
    • Fixed weapon amplifying.
    • Improved ability bar.
    • Made better ability icons.
    • Heavy Shield rework: Now called Power Shield, no longer slows down spaceship.
    • Improved ability and effect icons.
    • Improved Kithalia’s Blight set penalty
    • Improved barrager.
    • Toggle XP gain feature has been removed.
    • Improved Sector transition cutscene.
    • Improved pausing.
    • Improved HUD.
    • Improved ability level scaling.
    • Improved item management and filtering.
    • Repositioned item management buttons.
    • Stat page improvements.
    • Virtual and physical weapon clarification and stats.
    • New part properties.
    • Improved part names.
    • Higher grade parts are now more common.
    • Relic dismantling rewards.
    • Parts give less damage reduction and reflect chance.
    • Parts give fewer wave chances.
    • Improved item generator: Now produces more random items.
    • Item changes: Changed diode cost, changed certain item sprites, improved item use error messages, improved tooltips.
    • Fixed story mission X glitch.
    • Reworked phase break mechanic: Gain additional damage after taking a certain amount of damage.
    • Channel ability’s ether cost reducing effect now lasts 3 seconds, making Channel much easier to use.
    • Cataclysm ability has been replaced with passive anti-shield ability: Breach.
    • Renamed Phase to Phasse, to differentiate it from phase mechanic.
    • Improved Aggression, Resistance, and Capacity: More powerful, more interesting, and consistent with other abilities.
    • Decreased starter part limit to 6.
    • Decreased starter maximum ether to 50.
    • Starter engine now gives less maximum armor.
    • Increased starter ability points to 10.
    • While Guardian of a Thousand Worlds ability is active, Concentrated Fire recharges instantly.
    • Improved alloy containers: New property, increased sell and buy price, reduced city stock.
    • Removed filled alloy containers.
    • Corrected W. warning button tooltip.
    • Fixed engine glitch.
    • Improved missiles that appear when player's spaceship leaves the enemy range.
    • Guardian is now more mobile.
    • Potentially fixed Black Rain projectile problem.
    • Region update flashes are now brighter.
    • Veteran's and revenant factory’s ballistic attacks are now slower.
    • Improved dialogue system graphics.
    • Oesa's Radiance set effect changed, now base maximum armor is equal maximum ether.
    • Damage bonuses now are applied to damage while Lodeon's Ultimatum set is active.
    • Fixed and improved certain set descriptions.
    Not completed – Minor changes and improvements:
    • Rework certain achievements.
    • Rearrange achievements in the achievement interface.
    • Lock advanced features if the player level is lower than 5.
    • Holding shift button to dismantle and sell just one item from the stack.
    • Improve Techamer's cell.
    • Improve shield particles and animations.
    • Intro logo skipping inconsistency.
    • Make Awakening of Inner Power support all missions.
    • Improve damage text.
    • Improve controller support.
    • Optimize.
    • Improve secured regions.
    • Rework evolving mechanic.
    • Replace gauntlet missions.
    • Improve collision system.
    • Add help pages.
    • Improve background system.
    ETA:
    • 24 days.
    Progress:
    • 80% of the tasks completed.
    • I’ll post again when the percentage will reach 90%.
    Until then!



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  26. Zuurix

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    Sector Six Release Countdown: 2!

    Sector Six endgame content batch 1 is done!

    I have added three endgame activities:

    Infinity Instances
    Complete areas in procedurally generated regions that are in Broken Infinity to gain loot quality bonus.
    Includes instance boss missions and increased chance of spawning uncommon mission types.

    Restoration War
    In the endgame, random regions get scaled to your level, so you can complete missions in low-level regions and secure areas you haven't secured yet.
    Securing all 144 areas in Sector Six will reward you with a very powerful relic.

    Arcane Arsenal
    Obtain all relics in the game to get a special relic that will appear in all your saves.

    If there will be a demand for more content, I'll add more endgame activities.

    Now I will be working on new achievements, the new save system, a few minor things and...

    Well, that is all!

    The new ETA is 13 days.
    I have added extra few days to ETA just in case =]

    Normally I'd put task list and screenshots here, but that takes a lot of time and soon it will be possible to experience changes directly, so I won't bother this time =]

    I am going to make another post about my plans for the future of Sector Six, pre-release beta, and out of Early Access release, so until then!



     
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  27. Zuurix

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    Echo #104: End of Early Access, Pre-release beta, and Perfection Project

    Here are my plans for the end of Early Access, pre-release beta, and post-release updates:

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    Release preparations

    Testing, uploading new achievements, etc.

    Pre-release beta

    IMPORTANT: Saves will not be erased after pre-release beta.
    IMPORTANT: In pre-release beta, the game is essentially complete. The beta is just in case, I expect Sector Six to be without any major flaws at this point.


    During the beta, I'll ask everyone to play the game to find as many problems as possible!
    There's a lot of new features and it's too much for me to test on my own.
    During this period I'll also be making a new, final Sector Six trailer and updating the store page.

    End of Early Access

    The big release!

    Post-release

    During September, I'll be releasing updates to fix glitches and balance things, if needed.
    After September, I'll either start working on a new game or continue developing Sector Six.
    This depends on the number of sales.

    If the game will sell much more copies than it sells now, on average, I'll continue working on Sector Six.
    I doubt that it will happen, but it's not impossible.

    If the game will not sell much more than during Early Access, I'll move on to the next game. I'll still update Sector Six annually to add the content that is currently missing.

    Perfection Project updates

    If the game will sell enough copies, some or most of this will be implemented:

    - Full scaling support
    - Maze mission
    - Boss craft mission
    - Boss siege mission
    - Tomb capture mission
    - Tomb purge mission
    - Perfected time attack mission
    - Perfected arena mission
    - Two more bosses for boss missions.
    - Improved armored colony seeker.
    - Improved mission entering and leaving times.
    - Massive parts.
    - Intellect Encryption Template activity.
    - Lost Regions activity.
    - Level 30-90 content.
    - Full background overhaul.
    - New modes.
    - New enemies and ruins.
    - 100+ relics.

    Minimum Project updates

    Otherwise, only this will be implemented:

    - Tomb capture mission
    - Tomb purge mission
    - Perfected time attack mission
    - Perfected arena mission
    - Two more bosses for boss missions.
    - Improved armored colony seeker.
    - Improved mission entering and leaving times.
    - 30+ relics.

    IMPORTANT: Everything between minimum and perfection is possible =]

    Like always, I will do everything based on feedback and analysis, so these lists will probably change.

    Prepare for the beta!
     
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  28. Toque

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    You should be proud.
     
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  29. Zuurix

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    Sector Six Release Countdown: 1!

    About 3 years and 8 months ago, I have started working on Sector Six. And now it's finished.

    When I started working on Sector Six, I thought that I'll complete it in 3 months. It was supposed to be a small sequel to Sector Seven. I wanted to make it just because I promised I'll have a sequel to Sector Seven.

    It was 2015 January or February when I have released an alpha version of Sector Six.
    I didn't expect anything and I was surprised to get positive feedback.

    It was enough for me to thinking about making Sector Six into a bigger game than I initially planned.

    I said to myself: "People like this, and I can do much better so why not do it?"
    So I started working harder.

    Hundreds of times I decided to rework something because it wasn't as good as I could do, and I'm very glad I did.

    Sector Six is not perfect, but it is about 10 times better than I imagined it in the beginning.
    And it is like that because of feedback. Every "Great game, but X could be better" made Sector Six better.

    I always wanted to be a game developer and make games like Sector Six and I'm incredibly happy and grateful that it happened.

    I hope that this is not the end of Sector Six. I hope I'll be able to continue working on it and make it even better.

    Sector Six was finished on 21st August. 22nd August was a bad day - I had problems with a monitor, so I had to spend an entire day fixing them.

    This day I was testing Sector Six. I have already spent like 8 hours testing the game, and I have only completed half of the story.

    Tomorrow I hope to finish testing and with luck, Sector Six version 0.9.9 will become available for everyone to play in the weekend.

    Here's a full list of what changed since the last Sector Six update:

    Completed:
    • New save system.
    • Compressed part rework: Parts received from drops, removed manual compression, added super compressed parts.
    • Added 70 new achievements.
    • Arcane Arsenal: Endgame activity.
    • Infinity Instances: Endgame activity.
    • Restoration War: Endgame activity.
    • Added mission 14.
    • The Machines.
    • Loot rework: Bigger enemies now drop better parts, difficulty level makes enemies drop better parts.
    • Ether rework: Ether properties now scale with level, ability ether costs increase with ability levels.
    • Weapon rework: Nodes now reduce ability ether costs and pylons reduce ability cooldowns.
    • Ability rework: Abilities now use same damage type and are unlocked as spaceship level increases.
    • Added 12 relics.
    • Added mission 13.
    • Rebalanced ability points: 1 ability point per level.
    • Added mission 12.
    • Added mission 11.
    Completed – Minor changes and improvements:
    • Mission 6 boss fights now end earlier.
    • Improved controller support.
    • Added new particle settings: Now you can tone down particles, instead of turning them off completely.
    • Improved optimization: Game will now run better.
    • Moved tips to separate interface.
    • Added evolving minion tutorial.
    • Reworked evolving mechanic: Now minions evolve while attack abilities are not on cooldown.
    • It’s no longer possible to use weapon amplifiers on engines.
    • It’s no longer possible to sell items that have no value.
    • Now it’s possible to use anodes on compressed parts.
    • Rearranged achievements in the achievement interface.
    • Improved Ionize ability: Now adds extra 2 alloy per ionized enemy, glitch free.
    • Awakening of Inner Power ability now supports all mission types.
    • You can no longer install alloy containers if their level is higher than your spaceship level.
    • Now locked until the spaceship level is higher than 4: Difficulty system, set interface, item management, new missions button.
    • Improved/replaced certain sound effects.
    • Secured region changes: Removed manual compression from secured region interface, added highlight toggle button.
    • Improved shield particles, sounds, and animations.
    • Shields now destroy ruins.
    • Spaceship collisions with certain objects are now better.
    • Improved cooldown and effect timer text: Now shows second fractions.
    • Improved number conversion.
    • Improved damage text.
    • Reduced amount of units dropped.
    • Improved region rewards: Now includes uncommon and rare rewards, such as five fractal parts, +200% experience, etc.
    • Replaced gauntlet missions with new retrieval missions.
    • Changed music system: Now tracks in side missions play regardless of area status.
    • Changed time vortex: Improved dialogue, can only reset story, made it more accessible.
    • Changed contribution system: No longer saved between missions, must be claimed immediately.
    • Improved region destruction.
    • Expanded dialogue box.
    • Improved cathodes.
    • Improved loot box: Up to 170 looted items visible, glitch free.
    • Updated boss mission.
    • Improved arena mission: Better loop, supports The Assault of the Modified and The Rain of Fire modifiers.
    • Improved siege mission: New blocks, minor graphical improvements.
    • Expanded credits.
    • Graphically improved loot.
    • Added region select screen and map key.
    • Improved mission overview interface.
    • Improved mission 1.
    • Improved mission 3.
    • Improved text input.
    • Reworked tutorial.
    • Reworked introduction.
    • Added avatar customization: Name your character and choose how it looks in dialogues.
    • Improved spaceship building interface.
    • Reworked Super Shield ability: Shield lasts 8 seconds and increases armor generated on kill while active.
    • Fixed inventory leak.
    • Adapted backgrounds to screen shaking.
    • Improved dialogue avatars.
    • Improved settings interface.
    • Added button that resets settings to default.
    • Added button that resets controls to default.
    • Modular difficulty system changes: Flow Stagnation maximum level changed to 1, rebalanced rewards, removed diodes.
    • Reworked Creation of Energy and Channel abilities.
    • Improved achievement interface.
    • Repositioned mission interface.
    • Fixed weapon amplifying.
    • Improved ability bar.
    • Made better ability icons.
    • Heavy Shield rework: Now called Power Shield, no longer slows down spaceship.
    • Improved ability and effect icons.
    • Improved Kithalia’s Blight set penalty
    • Improved barrager.
    • Toggle XP gain feature has been removed.
    • Improved Sector transition cutscene.
    • Improved pausing.
    • Improved HUD.
    • Improved ability level scaling.
    • Improved item management and filtering.
    • Repositioned item management buttons.
    • Stat page improvements.
    • Virtual and physical weapon clarification and stats.
    • New part properties.
    • Improved part names.
    • Higher grade parts are now more common.
    • Relic dismantling rewards.
    • Parts give less damage reduction and reflect chance.
    • Parts give fewer wave chances.
    • Improved item generator: Now produces more random items.
    • Item changes: Changed diode cost, changed certain item sprites, improved item use error messages, improved tooltips.
    • Fixed story mission X glitch.
    • Reworked phase break mechanic: Gain additional damage after taking a certain amount of damage.
    • Channel ability’s ether cost reducing effect now lasts 3 seconds, making Channel much easier to use.
    • Cataclysm ability has been replaced with passive anti-shield ability: Breach.
    • Renamed Phase to Phasse, to differentiate it from phase mechanic.
    • Improved Aggression, Resistance, and Capacity: More powerful, more interesting, and consistent with other abilities.
    • Decreased starter part limit to 6.
    • Decreased starter maximum ether to 50.
    • Starter engine now gives less maximum armor.
    • Increased starter ability points to 10.
    • While Guardian of a Thousand Worlds ability is active, Concentrated Fire recharges instantly.
    • Improved alloy containers: New property, increased sell and buy price, reduced city stock.
    • Removed filled alloy containers.
    • Corrected W. warning button tooltip.
    • Fixed engine glitch.
    • Improved missiles that appear when player's spaceship leaves the enemy range.
    • Guardian is now more mobile.
    • Potentially fixed Black Rain projectile problem.
    • Region update flashes are now brighter.
    • Veteran's and revenant factory’s ballistic attacks are now slower.
    • Improved dialogue system graphics.
    • Oesa's Radiance set effect changed, now base maximum armor is equal maximum ether.
    • Damage bonuses now are applied to damage while Lodeon's Ultimatum set is active.
    • Fixed and improved certain set descriptions.
    • Fixed many glitches.
    Until the release!

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  30. RichHopelessComposer

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    Congrats on finishing! Best of luck to you! =)
     
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  31. Zuurix

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    Sector Six version 0.9.9 is now available! Play now!

    Important: Your saves will not be deleted from now on.


    Version 0.9.9 highlights:

    Full story

    The story campaign is finished!
    Will you stop the Machines?

    Relics

    The most powerful parts ever!
    Each relic comes with unique skin and game-changing effects.

    Weapon rework

    Modify your ability ether costs and cooldowns by installing reworked nodes and pylons!
    Includes new part properties.

    Ability rework

    Abilities now unlock with level and they are no longer bound to classes.
    More possibilities and better progression!

    Ether rework

    Ether properties now scale with level!
    Everything that relates to ether has improved.

    Loot rework

    Loot quality is now affected by minion strength and difficulty level!
    Plus, tons of improvements to all sources of rewards.

    Compressed part rework

    Compressed parts are now obtainable from drops and region rewards!
    Manual compression has been removed to make super compressed - 4 in 1! - parts possible.

    Endgame: Infinity Instances

    Fight in forever changing, procedurally generated instances of Broken Infinity!
    Made for experienced players: Higher chance of rare mission types, harsher failure penalties, and a huge boost to loot quality!

    Endgame: Restoration War

    Secure every area in Sector Six to get Ultra Aegis, Ascension Catalyst!
    Random regions get scaled to your level: Return to low-level regions with a high-level spaceship for the final battle against the Machine minions.

    And more!

    Avatar customization, Arcane Arsenal, new save system, improved side missions, evolved modification rework, 70 new achievements...

    Full list of version 0.9.9 changes >>

    Sector Six will come out of Early Access on September 7th and I need your help to spot problems - more than ever!
    I can't guarantee that there are no crashes/balancing issues left, but most of the content should work as intended.

    Have fun!

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  32. Zuurix

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    Sector Six: Now out of Early Access!

    After 3 years of development, 2 years of Early Access, hundreds of changes, fixes, reworks, and additions - Sector Six is finally complete!

    Watch the trailer:



    For those who don't know what Sector Six is:

    Sector Six is a shooter with many RPG elements: Inventory, procedurally generated equipment, a leveling system, rewards, story missions, and so on!
    Your goal - alongside stopping the Machine invasion - is to build the best spaceship ever.

    Unlike arcade shooters, in Sector Six won't be fighting more than 5 enemies at once, but fights are more tactical and enemies can take more than one shot.
    Most enemies have unique attacks or weak spots, which means that the more you play, the more skilled you'll become at fighting those enemies.

    You will also get better at using your spaceship's abilities - there are 31 active combat abilities and 9 of them can be taken to battle.

    The final and most important layer of your progression is spaceship building.

    Destroying enemies will reward you with procedurally generated parts.
    There are 7 rarity grades of parts, starting with generic parts, that are most common and only have one property and ending with relics, that are rare, have 7 properties, unique skins and effects.
    There are also part sets, that unleash game-changing effects if you install 6 parts of the same set.

    You can install up to 80 parts, up to 9 relics, and have one set effect active - and if you'll find a right way to combine them, your spaceship will become unstoppable!

    The better you and your spaceship get, the more difficult missions you can complete and modular difficulty system allows you control almost every aspect of difficulty - even enemy swarm size and mission length!
    Increasing difficulty increases rewards, which will allow you complete even higher difficulty missions - so you can keep pushing yourself.

    But you can also play the game just for the story.
    Each story mission has something that other missions don't have, they vary in length and structure, have dialogues, cutscenes, bosses, special events, and enemies.

    So, that's the game!

    For those who know what Sector Six is, but didn't play version 0.9.9:

    Version 0.9.9 has added the remaining story missions, endgame content, new bosses, relics, and more.
    Weapons, ether, abilities, and reward systems have been improved as well.
    Read more about what changed with version 0.9.9 >>

    For those who played version 0.9.9, here's a list of changes:
    • Fixed: The apostrophe symbol is missing and a black box is displayed instead.
    • Fixed: It's impossible to choose Ourend's black option.
    • Fixed: Time Vortex description wording mistake.
    • Fixed: Aggression ability mentions "Maximum damage" instead of "Weapon damage".
    • Fixed: Shield destroys ruins even while inactive.
    • Fixed: Channel ability doesn't have a cooldown.
    • Fixed: Impossible to close the mission reward screen after reaching maximum level.
    • Fixed: Black Rain deals damage based on cooling rate instead of weapon damage.
    • Fixed: Crash caused by getting armor above maximum with armor generation.
    • Fixed: It's possible to access missions 11 and above from Sector Five.
    • Fixed: Upgrading and uninstalling ability uses the same controller button.
    • Made minor changes to Channel ability sounds and particle effects.
    • Improved Channel ability level scaling.
    • Made minions drop more units.
    • Improved main interface and settings page buttons.
    • Made beacon stop repairing after a repairing a certain amount of armor.
    • Reduced minion shield durations.
    • Returned "Gain XP" toggle button.
    • Added button to toggle mission objective hiding.
    • Made elimination mission objective show remaining minions again.
    • Improved killer's seeking missile attack.
    • Made new achievements flash when seen.
    • Changed Concentrated Fire to need reloading every 50 uses, instead of 25.
    • Compressed parts no longer drop: Instead, use compression modules to get them.
    • Replaced decompression modules with compression modules.
    • Made beacons spawn only in level 6+ regions.
    • Made parts give more part upgrade chance and removed "Part upgraded" message.
    The future:

    For a week or so, I'll be taking a break from development, while keeping an eye on discussions, comments, and reviews.
    After that, I'll be working on weapon, cooling rate, and ether efficiency rework + shared stash.
    After that is released, I'll be looking for your feedback to help me decide what the game needs most.

    Have fun!

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  33. sitebender

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    I played it yesterday for the first time in probably years. It feels more fun and engaging than it was. Good job.
     
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  34. Zuurix

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    Update! XP and experience changes, fixes + new content!

    Save system status:

    This update should fix the last problem with the save system, hopefully, save files will no longer get corrupted.
    If you're still having problems - report them immediately.
    I also recommend backing up save files just in case - don't forget that Sector Six save file folders get synced and backups get erased in they are stored there.

    New content:
    • Added new minion: Pyramid.
    • Added new relic: Incarnation of Impossibility, Trapped Phasar.
    • Added new relic: Amplifier Well, Upgrade Sockets.
    • Added new relic: Duality of Transience, Etherion's Catalyst.
    • Added new relic: Mark of Defender, Hero's Exempt.
    • Added new relic: Strengthsource, Tridenkorian Flagship Systems.
    Experience changes:
    • Removed region XP bonus.
    • Enemies now give 200% more XP.
    • Boss enemies now give less XP, but with global 200% increase it should still be right.
    • Reduced region XP rewards back to 50%/100%/200%.
    • Players will no longer gain XP after failing mission.
    • Players will no longer gain XP in lower level regions.
    Vendor changes:
    • Reduced mythical part and etalon prices.
    • Removed generic and optimized part vendors.
    • Removed some of the advanced part vendors.
    • Replaced removed vendors with fractal part vendors in regions 2, 6, 9, 15, 17, 20 and 29.
    • Replaced removed vendors with part vendors in regions 2, 8, 15, 18, 20 and 25.
    Ability changes:
    • Reworked Guardian of a Thousand Worlds ability.
    • Reworked Breach ability: Now deals weapon damage whenever enemy shield is removed.
    • Searing Beam now unlocks at spaceship level 18.
    • Entropic Missile now unlocks at spaceship level 4.
    • Spread Mines and Detonate now unlocks at spaceship level 12.
    • Attract Mines now unlocks at spaceship level 13.
    • Creation of Energy now unlocks at spaceship level 22.
    • Concentrated Fire now unlocks at spaceship level 6.
    • Phase Recognition System now unlocks at spaceship level 11.
    • Entropic Fracture ability has been renamed to Dimensional Fracture.
    • Unstable Shield ability has been renamed to Heat Shield.
    • Entropic Missile cooldown has been increased to 10 seconds.
    • Entropic Missile ability has been renamed to Nuke.
    • Capacity ability has been renamed to System Capacity.
    • Resistance ability has been renamed to Defense And Retaliation.
    • Moved Rapid Fire Mode animation.
    • Made minor improvements to Assemble Obelisk ability.
    • Player bladed mines now pierce destructible minion segments.
    Term changes:
    • "Phase threshold" changed to "Phase charge speed".
    • "Phase intensity" changed to "Phase damage".
    Miscellaneous changes:
    • Optimized parts now have two properties, but can no longer be upgraded with amplifiers.
    • Dropped parts can no longer have cooling rate and ether efficiency.
    • Changed part upgrade chance: Creates pop-up, upgraded instantly.
    • Instead of "Warning: Difficult mission" game now shows recommended spaceship armor and damage for that mission.
    • Waves now affect all minions on screen - minions outside the screen are not affected.
    • Changed what minions spawn in regions to reduce repetition.
    • Effect timers no longer stop while spaceship is in a dust cloud.
    • Improved Asylomandrenlysk's animation.
    • Improved mission 1 artifact carrier collisions with the player.
    • Reduced the number of missions required to fully clear regions. Note: Changes will be visible in new saves only.
    • "Press any key" now applies to the mouse in a first game screen.
    • Base phase damage has been increased from 0% to 100%
    Fixes:
    • Fixed: Physical part boost calculation mistake - works with virtual parts as well.
    • Fixed: Damaging wave damage calculation mistake.
    • Fixed: It's possible to break story mission 1.
    • Fixed: Mission 3 database collision bug.
    • Fixed: Bulwark pulls problem.
    • Fixed: Oesa's Radiance set effect is not changing maximum armor correctly.
    • Fixed: Overload ability cannot reduce spaceship's armor to 0.
    • Fixed: Phase delay timer graphical issue.
    • Fixed: Cathode region reward.
    • Fixed: Players can receive level 91+ items.
    • Fixed: Vendor hint is visible after the player gets advanced access, not before.
    Have fun!



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  35. Zuurix

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    Echo #106: Second weapon rework

    I've been working on another weapon rework for a while now.

    The first weapon rework made pylons and nodes reduce ability cooldowns and ether costs.
    It was a good idea on paper, but because pylons and nodes don't affect attack abilities, relays were much more useful than pylons and nodes.

    So I have decided to have another rework to make pylons and nodes useful.
    Another goal is to increase attack variety.

    Second weapon rework makes all weapons increase weapon damage, and work differently with different abilities.

    For example, Missile Strike will release missiles from relays, shards from pylons, and AoE waves from nodes.

    Same is with other attack abilities, so in total there will be 9 different attacks, 3 for each weapon type per attack ability.

    As I'm writing this echo, I have already made 8 attacks, only one to go!

    So that's part 1 of the second weapon rework.

    Part 2 is to re-implement ability cost modifying effects to the game.

    Right now the plan is to add relics with these effects:

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    House of Hate, Isotope Equalizer:

    Triples weapon damage
    Doubles ability ether costs
    Doubles ability cooldowns

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    Atomic Library And Muon Loom:

    Reduces ability ether costs by 90%
    Reduces weapon damage by 90%

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    Tempoquake, Cryoflash:

    Reduces ability cooldowns by 90%
    Reduces weapon damage by 90%

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    Zero Spire, Coolant Injector:

    Doubles ability ether costs
    Halves ability cooldowns

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    The Pendulum:

    Halves ether generation
    Reduces ability ether costs by 25%

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    Part 3 is giving abilities weapon synergies.

    For example, installing relays will increase the chance of Shards of Chaos ability releasing 10 shards instead of 5.
    Most of the abilities should have some sort of weapon synergy effects.

    It's a lot of work to come up and implement these effects, so I will be adding them gradually.

    Attack ability changes and new relics should come out with the next update.
    The next update should be released this month.

    Aside from weapon rework, the update will include new enemies and time attack mission rework.

    Hope this sounds good.

    Until next time!





    PS.: You can now help translate Sector Six to your language >>
     
  36. Hyomoto

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    A while back I said if you got to 1.0 I'd be a customer so, after a bit of a delay, here I am! It'll take me a little bit to get through it, but I wanted to give you some of my early immediate thoughts:

    The good -
    The pace and feel have been so vastly improved from the build I played when I made my initial comments a while back, I'm impressed. I could label each and every improvement but I think you are fully aware of them: you made it after all. But to cover them briefly, the enemy encounters are much more satisfying, the user interface is nice and readable, and the graphical feedback is much more visceral.

    The bad -
    The interface really needs more feedback on why you can't do something. During the tutorial I had several moments where I was trying to do what I thought the tutorial wanted, but then realized I couldn't because I needed to press 'E' to continue. It's a small thing, but rather than just preventing the player from performing the action I'd suggest either letting us do it anyways and have the tutorial just skip past whatever you didn't read, or give some sort of an error noise and make the 'PRESS E TO CONTINUE' box flash or something to draw the eye. Again, I stress this is a small thing but there are other places as well. When you are in the ability upgrade screen if you want to upgrade something you click the box and it upgrades if you have a point, or doesn't if you don't. But if you don't have a point, giving some feedback as to why the button doesn't work, getting rid of the button if you can't upgrade, or adding some visual effect to the button when you can or can't upgrade would make it all more coherent. When you are looking at the abilities your vision is on the ability screen, not how many skill points you have. All you see is just an upgrade button that doesn't work when you click it. Like all systems in the game you can figure it out through trial, error and intuition, but little details like these don't just make the game more understandable at a glance, they can also make the experience of upgrading more exciting.

    I don't know if this changes later on, but the ship feels sluggish and imprecise. It might be worthwhile to tweak your values there, it's not bad but it doesn't feel great either.

    The damage sound effect, that 'tink' noise, just has never `clicked` with me. It does it's job, but it isn't all that satisfying. Perhaps a wider variety of sound effects for different types of damage? The `tink` makes sense for armor, but as you start breaking apart ships, something a little meatier would add to the thrill of destroying enemies.

    Other stuff -
    Some sort of danger from behind? You'd have to telegraph it, but it feels like the rear of the screen is only used for story purposes.


    Anyways, those are my initial comments. Congratulations on your 1.0 release (and subsequent patches)!

    EDITS:
    I also seem to have encountered a bug? I keep getting 0 XP for doing things, so despite having done six or seven missions I'm still at level 2. It says I earned XP for destruction, plus some bonus for my ship status and 0 XP total. If that's intended it really needs to be made clear why. I assume it has to do with the level of the area versus my level, but if that's the case it would be wiser to use some sort of XP scaling than just making it 0 when a mission is over.

    Pacing ... I dunno. Combined with the above there's this impetus to level up, which means going to the hardest areas, but the hardest areas are often quite difficult. While you get to keep the stuff you found during a mission, you don't gain any XP. So your only choice is to play it again, or I suppose arbitrarily grind out content in a weaker region to maybe improve your stats? It's kind of unsatisfying.

    There's also an issue where what stats do is a bit vague. Ether efficiency +600, what does that do? Is that good? How does weapon power relate to how much damage I do? You said above relays are important because they actually emit projectiles, so is it actually better to have one projectile with lots of power or a bunch of projectiles with less power?

    There really outta be some sort of passive ether generation. Maybe there's an item you can find that has it. There's all these items that increase your capacity but it seems rather pointless since there's no reason to hoard it.
     
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    All of this can be improved, I just haven't...

    There's weird thing about always knowing something, just somehow that knowledge stays... in the back of mind. Feedback like this brings the knowledge out of there and it feels strange.
    It's like knowing and not knowing at the same time.

    I still make UX changes, so maybe I'll improve this as well.

    I increased movement speed and made acceleration slightly faster. Maybe that will do the trick.

    I'll try to change the pitch of the sound and use the different pitch versions as armor goes down.

    Hmm... Something to think about.

    =]

    It says "REGION EXPERIENCE STATUS: You will no longer gain experience on this region" in the mission overview.There's no reason why it wouldn't say that on the end screen as well, another thing to add to UX improvement list.
     
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    I like it but it's missing something to really make it stand-out. I don't know if it's the pacing or what, but it's not quite there as a hook. You've done a lot to improve it over the last six months, and it really shows. I'm excited to give your changes a try when they come around. Here's to hoping your audience expands as well!
     
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    Sector Six is a unique game, but I don't think it provides unique experience. You could find the same loop of destroying enemies for random loot in many other games.
    For example, Sector Six's alloy containers: They are very different from, say, Torchlight's generic health potions, but in the end they both heal.

    I still think it's best game in the world, and I love its every bit, so... mission accomplished =P

    Hopefully I won't have to get a job. Bless my parents.
     
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    Actually, come to think of it I did have a small suggestion for you. The various drops that come out of containers and enemies, it would be nice if they were 'attracted' to your ship so you didn't have to so precisely move into them to pick them up. Since the player wants those items, it does slow things down a bit to pick them up. It could be just a slight magnetism when your ship is near, or even if they were just attracted to your ship at any distance. But I do think that would be a nice little improvement to the core loop.

    And when I say it's missing something, don't get hung up on that. You are right: the pieces are there. It drives me nuts because I can't point at something and say "that right there, it's missing" or "you should change this". I like to give useful feedback. I think by and large it's a decent game, but the difference between decent and compelling is where I'm interested. I have no doubts someone could happily spend a few hours with it, and that's testament to all the work you've put in. But it feels like it's missing some little hook somewhere to really tie everything together. Anyways, I'm waiting on the changes you've detailed before giving it another go. It's been cool to watch it evolve.
     
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    I'll definitely add magnetism. I was always happy with how easy it is pick up loot in Sector Six and that you don't have to worry about inventory space during gameplay, why not go one step further?

    As for other things...

    If you haven't played for long, chances are that you haven't seen the real Sector Six yet. It gets real when you enable difficulty level 9 (most importantly Hivind's Army, the modifier that basically tripples the enemy amount on screen) and have a decent enough spaceship to be able to blow them up. Then it's much more intense. Small enemy attacks start overlapping, you have to pay attention to multiple things at once and your attacks have much more effect because they hit more enemies.

    But that requires more skill and understanding of how the game works.

    Anyway, back to the question of the hook - maybe it is just small things, and not the entirety of the game that cannot be changed anymore.

    1) It takes time to enter the mission and leave it. Far too long, probably. Bigger games have the excuse to play cutscenes while loading or something, but entering/leaving missions could take a millisecond for Sector Six.
    SOLUTION: Cut the entering and leaving time entirely or by 90%.

    2) It takes time to get from one enemy to the other. If there weren't gaps between enemies, the gameplay would be continuous, non-stop combat. Now it's kill, move, kill move... Since combat is decent, maybe there's just not enough of it?
    SOLUTION: Add a skill or something that allows you to jump to the next group quickly. There's absolutely have to be gaps between enemies because that's how everything is designed. Problem is that needs more tutorials and more buttons. Maybe I can remove some less needed features in exchange for jumping. I can also triple enemy amount on default, instead of making it a difficulty modifier, although that might be too much for a new player. Or maybe that would... hook them?

    3) The big thing. Spaceship building takes far too long. Item management is a massive pain, especially in higher levels, there's no way to sort, or compare them, only highlight them, and that isn't good enough. I don't know if you had seen this problem yet, but it's what scares away some percentage of people.
    SOLUTION: I could quadruple part stats and divide part limit by 4, so there's 4 times less item management. But then the big ship building would be a thing of the past and it's very important. I guess I could also make parts larger? That would allow me to give them more details, which could be a huge win. This change would also damage the importance of leveling up, because now every time you level up, you can add more parts. But I can expand leveling up further, right now part limit doesn't increase beyond level 75, and max level is 90.

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    I mean, look at this masterpiece of a ship, it wouldn't be possible with big parts.
    Then again... Maybe it would. Maybe big part parts could have all sorts of intricate shapes, that make ships even cooler.
    With smaller part count, it would be a lot easier to re-skin them - yes, the game has this feature as well.

    It's messing with the game's identity, and it could have catastrophic results. Well, if I had a bigger player base, anyway.

    What I should definitely do is add more filtering options. I can't do sorting, because inventory is not data structure based, the values are shamefully stored inside objects.

    Do ship building rework or not is a big question, but there's no reason to not do 1) and 2).

    It doesn't matter now anyway, I don't think it will reach popularity, because it's too far after release, but maybe I can make those few people that will find it have fun longer and make me even happier with the game, which could be worth it.

    My sanity tells me that it's time to properly abandon this flawed game and move to the next ASAP, because this one won't be as good as the new one, because it's better to start with new foundations, without mistakes I made when I was more inexperienced.

    My insanity says: You've come this far, why not make the game PERFECT?! PERFECTION IS EVERYTHING - SACRIFICE EVERYTHING.

    It's been difficult to listen to sanity.

    And yes, the sequel will happen, ETA 5 years, I got other projects in the queue.
     
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    Well, I'll start by saying magnetism would help with 'speeding up' the levels. Right now it's very satisfying to charge through groups of enemies firing off your special weapons. You get slowed down a lot by credit and item pickups. Those pickups are good, so you want them, but having to go back repeatedly because you kept missing something by a few pixels is more where I think a little modification would make a difference. So I don't agree with it takes too long to get between enemies, I think sometimes you get hung up between enemies for a reason that could be tweaked a bit to alleviate it. I also think the ship building is one of the strongest points of the game and really does reflect the unique draw, so I have no complaints there. Sorting or filtering would definitely help out with it, especially if the game really ends up rewarding min/maxing of your stats. As a cheaper alternative, if that just isn't doable for technical reasons, you could also just add highlighting. That's imperfect, but if the player just wants to see their relays or something like that, it would be good enough to just highlight them. As for taking too long to enter and exit a mission? It takes too long to die and leave a mission. Right now, if you die, your explode. Then you are rebuilt. Then you warp out. From a player perspective it's odd because if I regenerated, then why can't I try again? And if I have to flee, then why not just take me back to the menu or give me the option to retry right there and then.

    About 'the real sector six'. This is a danger: if the 'real' version doesn't come until later, you should really emphasize the player reaching the place where the game is the most fun. The most egregious example I know of is Final Fantasy XIII. Supposedly the game is really awesome after you've been playing for as many as ten hours. TEN HOURS to get to the 'good parts'? You might appreciate the improvement later on, but there's a good chance your audience will not hang around that long.

    And lastly, as far as success: you aren't a AAA publisher so the release standards you seem to have adopted don't exactly apply to you. Your game could erratically receive a cult following ten years from now. One moderately popular streamer could easily cause a sudden influx of sales. The creator of Dwarf Fortress has a very devoted following of people who support him via Patreon rather than sales of his game. If you've failed to find an audience that doesn't mean Sector Six is a failure, that means you've failed to find an audience. Unlike a company that has shareholders to impress, if you make a hundred dollars today or tomorrow: you'll have made a hundred dollars. It's true you've missed your Steam launch window, but 99% of all games never go beyond that. If you keep putting in the work and plugging your game in various outlets, you really never know. It's true you may never find that audience, but don't confuse the two ideas: you can have a good game and no audience, and a huge audience and an awful game. The question becomes can you keep trying to find that audience and do you want to? Either way, I hope you find some success in doing so.
     
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    Yeah, that alone might be enough.
    I played around with the previously mentioned movement speed increase, and it feels kind of right.

    I'm glad you think that! Wouldn't want to repeat the mistake of Hi-Rez who ruined their unique battle royale game, by trying to make it more similar to Fortnite.

    This is already in the game, just locked until level 5. (the "Manage" button in spaceship building screen).
    What it doesn't do, is highlighting items with certain properties. E.g.: You can make it highlight relays, but there's no option to highlight relays only with ether generation. Wouldn't be too hard to expand to that.

    This that "real" Sector Six -

    (Recorded with bad recording settings, I am planning to make a better version of this)

    You can get to it right now, by unlocking difficulty modifiers (settings > change ship name to ADMIN > press "Advanced access" OR just reach level 5, shouldn't take too long) just you won't be able to do what I did, because of lack of experience and equipment, allegedly.

    You get much better rewards with increased difficulty, so players are supposed to get there as soon as they are comfortable with the game.
    I often find myself making the game more and more difficult as I play (with modifiers, I mean), so it should be good.

    If the player doesn't want to increase difficulty, that it's okay too, as long as base difficulty is fun.
    Again, I can try to increase the enemy amount on base difficulty, but it's risky - I worked so hard to make the intro as new player friendly as possible, and now I don't want to ruin it.

    I agree.

    Right now my plan is to make a new game every 1-2 years until I make enough money to be able to do 5+ year projects. I love working on games for multiple years, as I found out by making Sector Six, so I want to do that in the future, as soon as I can.

    My dream would be to come up with a brilliant game idea, then just keep working on it, until all of it's potential is exhausted, possibly for many years. Project magnum opus =]
    Sector Six is not exhausted, but many things that I would like to change about are so big, that it makes more sense to do a sequel.

    For Sector Six, I still want to do few updates to finish up, maybe even one more big rework, if it proves to be needed, but it's time for a new project, one that matches my current level of experience.
    I know one YouTuber that might help Sector Six to get some of that sweet success, but if he doesn't react to my email, that's... basically it. I'd need a miracle.

    For the next game, I'll pay more attention to marketing to not have to rely on a miracle.

    Thanks for carrying with me through my ramblings =]
     
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    Update! Weapon rework and new content!

    The biggest update since the release!
    It makes all weapons useful, adds new relics and enemies for more variety, improves time attack missions, and more!

    New enemy: Planar

    Planar is an alternative version of sentinel.
    It's a medium - threat level 2 - enemy.
    Currently, it's the only enemy that releases projectiles from the left of the player ship.
    Like a sentinel, planar uses a shield but activates it earlier.
    Planars can be encountered in regions 20, 23, 27, 29, Broken Infinity, and arena missions.

    New enemy: Launcher

    Launcher attacks player by launching missiles, that fall on the player from the top of the screen.
    The launcher is another medium, threat level 2 enemy, it also uses a shield.
    I want to increase the number of shielded enemies to keep shield removal abilities relevant - weapon rework adds two attacks that ignore shields.
    It's why I changed Breach ability as well.
    Launchers can be encountered in regions 10, 12, 14, 17, 20, 22, 25, 28, Broken Infinity, and arena missions.

    New enemy: Wasp

    Wasp is a threat level 0 enemy, comparable to swarmling.
    Unlike swarmlings, wasps have high damage for a threat level 0 enemy.
    Wasp's only attack ability is telegraphed, giving you more than enough time to move out of the way of attack.
    Wasps can be encountered in regions 7, 9, 12, 16, 22, 24, 28, and Broken Infinity.

    New relics:

    Weapon rework removes ether efficiency and cooling rate, making it impossible to change ability ether costs and cooldowns by installing nodes and pylons.
    Instead, I have added new relics that have those effects.
    I have also added two relics that are not related to weapon rework, but also expand the possibilities.
    As usual, new relics come with unique animations.

    Suun's Loom, Atomic Library:

    This relic halves ability ether costs and maximum armor, which is a small price to pay for cheaper abilities.

    Zero Spire, Coolant Injector:

    This relic halves ability cooldowns and doubles ability ether costs.
    It's supposed to synergize with Suun's Loom, Atomic Library.
    Zero Spire, Coolant Injector is a less extreme version of Tempoquake, Cryostasis.

    Tempoquake, Cryostasis:

    Tempoquake, Cryostasis reduces ability cooldowns and weapon damage by 90%.
    This game-changing relic makes some of the faster damage abilities as fast as attack abilities.
    Combined with Zero Spire, Coolant Injector, it can reduce ability cooldowns by insane 95%.
    Still, its downside is massive and might require ridiculous amounts of weapon damage or ether generation to be useable.

    House of Hate, Isotope Equalizer:

    House of Hate, Isotope Equalizer might be the most powerful relic of the six added with this update.
    It doubles weapon damage, ability ether costs, and ability cooldowns.
    Because ability ether cost and cooldown modifiers do not affect attack, shield, and shield removal abilities, House of Hate gives you more than it takes away.

    Crippled Vault, Broken Reality:

    This incredible relic increases the part limit by 10 and reduces core attributes - maximum armor, maximum ether, and weapon damage - by 25%.
    It also doesn't increase the weapon limit.

    Surge Accelerator, Exothermic Focus:

    It's a simple, but useful relic - it generates ether amount equal to 5% of maximum ether when an enemy is destroyed.

    Weapon rework:
    • Attack abilities now release projectiles from all weapons.
    • Projectiles released are based on weapons and attacks that released them.
    • All weapons now have base weapon damage.
    • Weapons now have more skins - they are unlocked every 10 levels until level 80.
    • You can no longer use weapon damage amplifiers on sections and engines.
    • Removed cooling rate and ether efficiency properties.
    • Missile Strike ability has been renamed to Strike.
    • Concentrated Fire ability has been renamed to Flurry.
    • Spread Mines ability has been renamed to Unload.
    Time attack mission rework:
    • Time attack missions now support all modular difficulty system modifiers except The Decision and Hivind's Army.
    • Different regions now spawn different minions for time attack missions.
    • Instead of scaling reward, now you get +150% loot quality in the beginning of the mission, that decreases by 1% every second.
    • Time attack missions now give standard rewards.
    Other changes:
    • Mythical parts now cost about 2 times more than fractal parts.
    • Etalons now cost about 3 times more than fractal parts.
    • Reduced amount of alloy received from dismantling mythical parts and etalons.
    • Compressed parts no longer have higher prices than normal parts.
    • Oesa's Radiance set effect nerfed: Now ether amount required to get a damage boost starts at 10 and increases by 10% every level.
    • Etherion's Clash set effect nerfed: It only increases weapon damage by 120%, because installing different weapons no longer has a downside.
    • You can now extract engine skins with cathodes.
    • Changed how skins work: Engine skins can only be applied to engines, weapon skins - to weapons, and section skins - to sections.
    • You can no longer use skins on installed parts.
    • Added etalon engine.
    • Slightly increased spaceship speed and acceleration.
    • You can now check experience in spaceship building interface by going to spaceship stat page 5.
    • Trism of Glory now increases weapon damage instead of cooling rate.
    • Changed base ether cost of Piercing Laser ability to 5 and base cooldown to 45.
    • Dropped parts are now picked up automatically if they are behind player's ship.
    Fixes:
    • Fixed: Game does not appear on the taskbar.
    • Fixed: Mission 12 "Start mission" button in new game+ takes the player to a non-existent region.
    • Fixed: Apex's lasers do not disappear when the apex is destroyed.
    • Fixed: Black Rain ability effect remains active during story cutscenes.
    • Fixed: Story spoiler: Broken Infinity level during mission 14 is wrong in the new game+.
    • Fixed: Story spoiler: Mission 12 regions remain to be destroyed after the story is completed.
    • Fixed: Achievement spoiler: Life rune spawns in Etender, Labyrinth, instead of Bloom.
    • Fixed: Pyramids never appear in Broken Infinity.
    • Fixed: Relic animation graphical glitch in start interface.
    • Fixed: Relic level can go above level cap.
    • Fixed: Volume bars doesn't work with a controller.
    • Potentially fixed: Linux + language select problem.
    Controller support:

    I have made changes to how controllers work with Sector Six and now the game should support more controllers.

    Old save update:

    To fix new Restoration War glitches, old saves will generate new missions upon loading the game and will set contested region to region 25.
    Ether efficiency and cooling rate properties have been removed, so items will be updated to have weapon damage properties instead.
    Sections with weapon skins will have their skins changed to plating skin.
    Level 91+ relics will be scaled down to level 90.

    Have fun!

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    Echo #107: Vendor rework, new endgame activity, feedback

    Recent discounts have increased player count by a lot of and I've got a lot of feedback.
    Because all of that, I decided to do one more big update - with so many sales and positive reviews, I think Sector Six earned it =]

    The development of this update has begun with proper sell all/dismantle all/uninstall all button confirmations.
    This should prevent accidental selling/dismantling of valuable items, and is possibly faster than previous system - no need to wait for "Cancel" time to run out.

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    The next thing I did was a vendor rework.

    Clicking on a secured region instantly opens vendor interface, and the interface was merged with spaceship building interface - now it's possible to dismantle/install/uninstall/compare parts and alloy containers while trading.

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    The other change is that now it's not possible to visit the same vendor again until you complete a mission.
    This was done because it would very easy to connect and disconnect to vendors to generate new stock for free - and the game needs that unit sink.
    Also, it makes having multiple secured regions with the same vendor type useful.

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    Overall, I think it's a large improvement to the whole trading experience, and I can't wait to release it.

    Now I will be working on a new endgame activity - Absolute Deterioration.

    The feedback I got about this, suggests that players who make it to max level are so powerful, that no current content is challenging to them.

    Absolute Deterioration will change that.

    This endgame activity will have players to do an endless mission, in which enemies keep getting stronger.
    The current plan is to make enemies spawn every time there's no more of them left.

    E.g.: You destroy heavy and veteran spawn in its place immediately - there are no pauses, combat is constant.

    After you destroy a certain amount of enemy groups, a new wave begins and enemy power increases.

    E.g.:
    • Wave 1 - Enemy armor and damage is multiplied by 2
    • Wave 2 - Enemy armor and damage is multiplied by 3
    • Wave 3 - Enemy armor and damage is multiplied by 4.5
    • Wave 4 - Enemy armor and damage is multiplied by 6.7
    • Wave 5 - Enemy armor and damage is multiplied by 10.1
    • ...
    This goes on forever until you are destroyed or extract.
    Not sure about how extracting will work right now, but probably you'll be able to press R anytime during the mission and it will end.

    The more waves you survive, the higher chance you'll have of getting one of Absolute Deterioration relics after you extract.

    E.g.:
    • Waves survived: 1 - 2% relic chance
    • Waves survived: 2 - 3% relic chance
    • Waves survived: 3 - 5% relic chance
    • Waves survived: 4 - 7% relic chance
    • Waves survived: 5 - 11% relic chance
    • Waves survived: 6 - 17% relic chance
    • Waves survived: 7 - 25% relic chance
    • ...
    There will be 6 Absolute Deterioration exclusive relics, with the possibility of more being added in future.

    Oesa's Fallback, Auxiliary Core:
    After armor drops to 0, Core will give you 3 seconds to restore it, before spaceship is destroyed.

    Stolen, Hidden, Forgotten, Lost:
    This relic will increase relic limit by 2, so +1 extra relic, besides itself.

    Flame Network, Redirection Sockets:
    Flame Network will turn deflected enemy projectiles into seeking missiles that deal 100% weapon damage.

    Physical Correlation System:
    This relic increases weapon damage based on how many projectiles there are on screen - making certain abilities stronger, and certain enemies weaker.

    Radiance And Blight, Aberrant Alliance:
    This relic will allow you to have both Oesa's Radiance and Kithalia's Blight set effects active.

    Circle of Cruelty, Magnetar Chain:
    -40% damage reduction, -10% armor from all minions in the mission.

    One more thing about Absolute Deterioration: To start it, you'll need to max out all difficulty modifiers.

    So yeah, that will be the most brutal content I ever created.

    I'll also address smaller things based on feedback:
    • Add language select button controller support.
    • Make Flurry and Unload abilities benefit from Rapid Fire Mode ability.
    • Extend highlight options.
    • Add an option to "favorite" parts, making them impossible to sell.
    • Reduce the time it takes to fail the mission.
    • Reduce the time it takes to resurrect during resurrection missions.
    • Speed up evolving.
    • Make highlighting easier to use.
    • Allow inverting LS with DPAD.
    • Allow mouse binding for ability slots 1 and 2.
    I'm also investigating other issues, such as repetitiveness or story mission difficulty, so keep feedback going =]

    Hope this looks good, until next time!
     

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