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Keep an eye out! We are currently in the final stretch on the Jefferson build and we are working as fast as humanly possible to fix the last bugs and make sure that everything works in the multiple languages the game is available in. While this might sound odd, words are for example often longer in German than in English and we also have to make sure that the accents used in f.ex. Czech and Spanish are in the right place so we don’t write nonsense (or something naughty) when you are modifying the spring in your rifle. By the way, here is a direct link to changing your language in the game.
Oh and on another much lighter note than bugs! Our (almost) tame intern/MMA fighter Reto.Desji has handed in his final exam work and thus completed his internment/internship/internet or what it is interns are in for. And we celebrated with cake. Glorious, delicious cake (not a lie!) and the sun broke through the clouds and in the distance (behind the tower of the cathedral) an angel choir was heard. [STOP! He completed his internship, handed in his exam and brought us cake! Enough with this nonsense, Ed.]
Ahem.. The fog of war is slowly creeping from the campaign room and unto the dev-servers. We are looking at various implementations and designs (f.ex. so just starting a secondary account on your laptop won’t defeat the entire system). So sound let your voice be heard in the campaign forum if you have fantastic ideas or suggestions for fog of war.
That is all from me, and have a great week everybody! :-)
First of all, what is your gamertag in Heroes & Generals, and what’s the story?
Reto.Jose_L – It is basically my real name. Apparently the first day at work I did not understand the question: “You are going to keep the gamertag you choose now, Are you sure? (Y/N)”
What is your position at Reto-Moto?
I am a web developer, so, well, I make web pages.
For how long have you been working here?
One month and two weeks.
What games have you worked on?
In the Jefferson build we are rolling out the next iteration of the equipment system, that gives you a lot more flexibility as to what gear your hero brings to the battlefield. I cornered Reto.RedBjarne and had him explain. – Reto.Robotron3000
Equipment System iteration 2
For Jefferson we have updated the equipment system with a few new features.
The system was introduced in Irwin in its simplest form. Basically each uniform of the different soldier classes (Infantry, Paratrooper, Recon, Armor and Fighter Pilot) carries a number of equipment points and for every weapon equipped a number of these points are spent.
In Jefferson the next iteration is rolled out with more customization available.
Hooray! Everybody survived! On Friday the 21st we had our annual summer party and everybody survived! Our party committee once again outdid themselves and ensured a pulled-pork fueled extravaganza of fun, tall tales, new ideas, extensive game development talks and only one person managed to fall asleep on the train and wake up in the wrong country.
When we returned to the saddle yesterday we immediately sharpened our bug hunting spears and set to work. The Jefferson build is improving hour by hour and we are doing our very best to get the build stable so we can roll it on to the servers as soon as possible.
As you might have noticed from the last couple of weeks, we try to explain the features in Jefferson before we roll them out as we know there are a lot of curious players :-) We hope that you will enjoy the new features and we will of course monitor what happens behind the scenes and improve whatever might need improving.
That is all from me, and have a great week everybody! :-)
We decided to use this as a test case of how our own capture system works, so Reto.Ogssan dug around in the server records and found the time and place where the stunt happened. Then we grabbed the corresponding data-files and set to work.
As you might know, we record all game sessions and we can play these back when needed, this is both a nifty tool for making videos, but also a secondary part of the Anti-Grief system, as it lets us playback situations from the game and look for bugs, cheats, exploits, random griefing etc.
Reto.Colding was the man with the binary camera (and full control of the weather).
In the Jefferson build we’re adding the first version of our Anti-Grief system. Let’s face it. It’s never fun to have some duck on your team, who continues to run the team over with a car, blows them up with grenades, etc.
So we made a system to help you avoid these players, as much as possible.
In the proud tradition of summer group photos here is this year’s group shot of the dev team :-)
And yes, we actually print out pictures of the people absent and stick them on the wall every single day. (or maybe not)
You can also visit the new “Meet the Developers” page, where you can see an overview of all the devs and further click on their image or name to read a detailed interview with each one.
New! Nice! Natural! Gah! I was trying to follow last week’s intro with positive words starting with the letter ‘N’, but that was harder than expected. Right now some of you are probably reaching for your calendars in confusion – thinking ‘Intelligence Bulletin – Is it Friday already? I haven’t gotten through half the stuff I was supposed to do this week!‘ BUT fear not, it is NOT Friday yet.
What you are looking at is the updated version of the Intelligence Bulletin. The previous setup where individual developers reported in took way too much time away from real development tasks and took a lot of time for me to censor and make sure that the content made sense to people outside of the studio. So instead we have grouped the Intel by the teams as they report it to one another.
We might still modify how we write the Intelligence Bulletin if we find more effective ways or if anyone has fantastic ideas or feedback.
That is all from me, and I hope you had a great weekend everybody! :-)