An update has been released for Action Alien almost 3 years after its release. This update consists in improvements, tweaks for the gameplay and new features being added to the game.
The main feature added is the cinematic made for each map which improves the immersion and narrative dimension of the game by giving overviews of incoming action with short introduction sequences.
A lot of optimisations were also done for the aliens and other 3D models to improve in-game framerate, especially for the tropical map where the tropical foliages and the bungalows had their 3D geometry optimised with addition of new level of details.
About the changes made for the gameplay, theses have in mind to make the game easier and more intuitive to play. Things such as crosshair being added to the pistol and the sten to give a better aiming, grenades faster to throw, there is also now unlimited sprint to make it possible to flee the aliens or to collect items faster.
The hunting rifle is still firing at the same rate but is now inflicting much more damages to the aliens. Grabbing heavy items won't slow you down as much as before to remove the annoying feeling of being very slow when collecting them.
A fix has also been done for the arena maps which will prevent too many aliens to spawn at the end, as this was often creating lags spikes and make impossible to play for longer.
To sum it, here is the change list :
- Cinematic added to the wasteland map
- Cinematic added to the tropical hotel map
- Cinematic added to the petrol station map
- Grenades faster to throw
- Less slowing down when carrying items
- No more sprint limit
- Optimisations for the tropical foliage
- Optimisations for the destructible bungalows
- Hunting rifle is now inflicting more damages
- Less colored aliens
- Changed metal impact sound to a less harsh one
- Fixed over spawning of aliens in arena maps
- Some minor fixes...
Action Alien: Prelude has been released on Steam and is now available !
With a small price of $0.99, the game is featuring hordes of aliens breaking on the petrol station which will need to be contained until you manage to collect enough petrol cans to leave the place with your car !
The petrol station is surrounded by the desert and can be entirely destroyed with machine guns, explosives, and by the aliens coming in waves from all sides.
Dispersed at various spots inside the station, weapons ranging from the revolver, shotgun, tommy gun, grenade launcher, etc... will be appearing each time you defeat an alien wave, along ammo boxes, grenades and medkits.
Aliens are coming as different species and they will run at you, walk loudly, spit acid and come from different places to get you.
To give a bit more of replayability, the game can be played in daylight but also at night.
The game has 10 achievements to unlock, with support for Xbox-like gamepads along Ultra HD resolution (4K).
A gameplay video is also available to have a preview of in-game action.
Changes in the gameplay of Action Alien: Prelude are
- Destructible buildings
- Brighter graphics
- Ability to crouch
- Wave-based gameplay
- No more crates with unlimited ammunition but ammo boxes, medkits and grenades to find after each alien wave
- Weapons are more powerful, accurate and are faster to reload.
- Grenades are faster to throw
- Head view movements
- Intro and ending cinematics
- and some more...
More details about the development can be found in this forum post : http://steamcommunity.com/app/773330/discussions/0/1699416432426742238/
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For the beginning of this year 2018, a new game based on Action Alien will be released named Action Alien: Prelude.
It is a return to the initial version of Action Alien back to when it was announced at Steam Greenlight in 2014 ! During the development of Action Alien, and even years after it was launched in 2015, it has received many updates and changes in its core features.
These changes were done to improve the game and make it better for people who had already bought it, but it has changed the game so much that the Action Alien of 2018 has nothing to do with the one from 2014, and this is what Action Alien: Prelude is bringing back.
The main features brought back are these ones :
- Bright and smooth graphics.
- Cans collecting gameplay.
- The petrol station map in its initial design with cinematic.
- Day and night mode.
Of course it would have been too harsh to just release the game in this state, it is why work has been done to improve the game without altering it too much, these improvements are :
- All bug fixes and patches of Action Alien from 2015 to 2017 implemented into Action Alien: Prelude.
- Added fully destructible buildings and props to the petrol station.
- Added achievements, Steam cloud, xbox-like controllers support and 4k resolution.
- A lot of tweaks on the gameplay, weapons and controls to be best fitted for the petrol station map.
The game is still being tested and enhanced but should come soon on Steam.
It will of course be available for a much cheaper price than Action Alien, and trading cards will be added as soon as possible.
So check the Steam store page and add it to your wish-list to not miss the release !
Thanks for reading,
It is after almost 8 months of development that I am very glad to announce that Cyborg Arena has finally been launched as a full release !
It was after being first announced in Greenlight back in April, and Greenlit in June, that the game was released as an Early Access, in October. Since then, a lot of testing, improvements, bug fixes were done for the game to achieve this final build.
During the development of the game, more content and features were developed than what was actually announced in the early trailer. From a simple arena-based game with only few arena maps and weapons from Action Alien, Cyborg Arena has turned into a complete single player game, with a large adventure map explorable with a buggy and 4 arena maps with pickable boost bonus.
A lot of work was done for the cyborgs, especially in creating the different and distinctive animations used when they are walking, running and firing. A dynamic loadout system was also created, which gives to each cyborg a different set of headgears, armors, dresses and weapons randomly created at the beginning of each game.
Work was also done on the cyborg bosses to make them appear much more imposing than the rest of the cyborgs. They wear a heavier armor, have glowing eyes and will be harder to defeat. In the adventure map, they are a also key element of the mission, by dropping the batteries required to power up the long range antenna and send the SOS signal.
The buggy which is also a core element of the adventure map was added to give a more complete gameplay instead of simple combat sequences. It has allowed to create a larger adventure map with many paths and secret places to find. During some tests, having the buggy to pass a bump at high speed could make it fly around and land it on its roof. This is why a smart system was implemented which allows the player to bounce the buggy back to its wheels !
In an attempt to create a credible storyline and improve the narrative dimension of the game, voice acting was done for the radio communications between the commander and the soldiers, depicting their retreats after being overrun by the cyborgs.
Last but not least, to make sure the game was ready for the full release, a complete walkthrough of the adventure map was recorded which last about one hour. It does not show the arena maps but you may watch it simply to have a preview of the game, or if you already have the game but are stuck somewhere in the adventure map.
So with all these things done, the game should have a decent amount of content to leave Early Access. It will of course continue to be updated and improved in the future, but this time as an update for a full version !
Thanks for reading,