Dev Update: Multiplayer and What's To Come

6:57 AM willsterling23 5 Comments

Hello everyone!

It's been a fun ride at Lavaboots so far. We've made a ton of changes to Salt from when we first released on early access. We've revamped graphics such as the grass, water texture, GUI, pirate models, ship models, and even added stars. We've added merchant quests, a main story line, tons of lore, new NPC's, new island types, and a whole bunch of armor, weapons, and new items. We've also added new functionalities such as in-game cartographer, a quest and player journal, controller support, and a bunch of bug fixes and polishes along the way.

We finally feel like Salt is at a good state as far as a single player game. This was always our goal before we moved on to multiplayer implementation. Now, that time has finally come.

Implementing Multiplayer

Over the past couple weeks we've begun the process of multiplayer implementation. This is going to be a lot longer than the average update since it's going to require a whole lot of foundation work. There's a lot of technical work that has to be done to get something like multiplayer up and running, as well as a lot of game design choices to be made. We don't have an exact time frame for how long this will take currently, so our goal to keep you up to date as best as possible along the way. As we progress in the multiplayer implementation process, we'll be updating you and getting your feedback along the way.  

We are very excited about multiplayer and we think it's going to add an entirely new element to Salt for those that want to play with others. 

Updates During Multiplayer

Since the multiplayer implementation is going to take some time, we want to release small updates during the process so that you'll still have some new content to experience. We've got some neat ideas for these updates and are excited to share them with you. One thing we are going to be adding is a set of new NPC's that have quests and ranks for completing their quests. As you rank up, you'll get access to higher level merchant gear through that NPC. If you get through all the ranks, you'll then be able to do a repeatable quest for a random loot drop from a really nice set of items, potentially legendary and epic items. 

Along with these smaller updates we also plan on doing bug fixes and polishes. 

Keep an eye on our dev blog for more updates regarding multiplayer and the patches to release during the multiplayer implementation. 

- Will Sterling (Sound Lead and Game Design)


Update 1.9 - The Summoning is Now Available!

8:15 AM willsterling23 1 Comments

Hello everyone!

You can now download Update 1.9 - The Summoning on Steam. This update includes a lot of new changes, particularly to the main story which we'll talk about below. Also, now that Update 1.9 is out, we have begun work on multiplayer! We'll talk more about that later as well as some updates you can expect during the multiplayer implementation process.

New Quests

Our main goal for this update was to finish implementing the remaining main story quest line. Although Salt is a game about freedom and playing at your own pace, we did want an optional story line in the game for players who enjoy that. And so we began working on designing a story with quests and rewards based around a main story. Until this update, you could only progress through the story up to a certain point. Now we've added the remaining quests needed to complete the story so you can journey all the way to the end boss. 

Some of the new quests are going to take you to different island types, on the search for new mysterious items, and even involve a boss fight. If you haven't played the story or don't remember what's going on, a good place to start is to check your quest journal. If you open up your journal and look at the quests tab, that should give you a good idea of where you are. If you haven't even started the main story, the first step is to speak to The Innkeeper. 

New Boss

Once you've made your way through the last remaining quests, you will be tasked with fighting a very difficult but rewarding boss. We've put a lot of work into this boss fight and are very excited for you to experience it! We've even made it so the boss fight is repeatable and you can get different loot drops by defeating the boss in different ways. 

Legendary Loot

If you can prove yourself worthy of defeating the final boss, you will be rewarded with brand new legendary gear. These items have some really unique and powerful effects that we think you will enjoy. 

This update also includes some bug fixes and things of that nature. Now that this update is out, we are beginning work on multiplayer! We will talk a bit more about this later, but this is going to be a large update that will take a good bit of time and design work. Our goal is to keep you informed as often as possible about our progress, but also to release some smaller updates throughout the process so you'll have some new content to play while waiting on multiplayer. 

Thanks for reading and as always we'd love to hear your feedback! 

- Will Sterling (Sound Lead and Game Design)


Update 1.9 The Summoning is now available on the Steam Testing Branch

9:03 AM willsterling23 0 Comments

Hey everyone!

We just wanted to let you know that Update 1.9 is now available on the testing branch. Please help us find any bugs so we can get those fixed before an official push.

This update adds the remaining main story quest line as well as a new final end game boss, new items, bug fixes, and other changes!

If you'd like to know how to opt into the Steam testing branch, follow the instructions here


Update 1.9 Heading to Testing Branch Next Week

6:30 AM willsterling23 3 Comments


Next week we will be pushing our next patch, Update 1.9 to the Steam testing branch! This update is going to introduce new quests, new items, and an end game boss. We are excited to release this update and will definitely need your help working out any bugs in the quests or the final boss before official release.

Stay tuned next week for this update to hit the testing branch!


Sneak Peek At Final Boss Battle

7:58 AM willsterling23 1 Comments

Hey everybody!

We are really excited about the next update which will introduce the last remaining main story quests and most importantly, the final boss. Today we just wanted to share with you a few glimpses of the boss battle. John has been working really hard on this last boss and we can't wait for you guys to experience it!

A Look at Draegon