This Week at Lavaboots: Death Screen, New Quests, In-Game Options

11:18 AM willsterling23 3 Comments

Hey everyone!

If you haven't already, be sure to check out our blog post on Update 1.9.5, coming out soon. That post contains a lot of information on the main content you can expect to see in the next update. We're still working hard on that and have added a few new changes this week! Here's a look at what we've been working on.

New Death Screen

Let's face it, it was high time for a new death screen. This week we implemented a brand new death screen with the option to respawn, quit, or rage quit (quit to desktop.) We also added a nice little randomized text at the bottom of the screen. 

In-Game Options

This week we also added in a new in-game options menu so you can control graphics, sound, and gameplay options in real time. We even added some new graphics options such as motion blur, anti aliasing, and a brightness setting. 

New Quests and Items

Along with the new Sea Collector NPC will be some new quests! This week we began implementing a new quest line we are calling the "Path of the Ancients." As with most quests, there will be some nice loot at the end if you can figure out how to complete it. We've also got another Sea Collector related quest that involves a new spider boss!

We expect this update to be on the testing branch soon but we'll keep you updated when we know more! As always, we'd love to hear your feedback as well.


A Look At Update 1.9.5 - Treasures in the Sea

8:51 AM willsterling23 5 Comments

Ahoy mateys!

Today we wanted to give you a look at the next patch coming out, Update 1.9.5 - Treasures in the Sea. This is a pretty big update as far as content goes and we're still working hard on getting everything implemented and polished. We are also still working on multiplayer implementation and are making some great progress with that.

Let's dive into some of the content coming in the next update!

Sea Treasure

You've been requesting more content at sea for quite some time, and so we've started implementing some new ocean content we are calling Sea Treasure. Sea Treasure will spawn randomly out in the ocean and you'll have to find it and pull it up via a boat upgrade item known as the Treasure Grabber. In order to get the treasure though, you'll have to rank up with a new NPC known as the Sea Treasure Hunter. He'll require special coins that can only be found in Sea Treasure to rank up with him. As you rank you up, he'll get give you better treasure hunting items to find more rare treasure. And of course, the rarer the treasure, the harder it'll be to find. We are working on some neat puzzle mechanics for finding rare, epic, and legendary sea treasure. 

Abandoned Campsites

With this update we are adding a new discoverable place on natural islands: abandoned campsites. These campsites will contain various resources, quest items, lore books, and finally, rum! What's a pirate game without rum anyways? 

Sea Collector NPC 

Many of the items you find at abandoned campsites will be collectible quest items that you can turn in to a new NPC known as the Sea Collector. He will mainly be a trade NPC that will have very unique and rare items, some of which are quest items leading to legendary weapons that he will give you in exchange for the collectibles you find throughout the world. 

New Ocean Waves

In this next update we are increasing the deep ocean wave sizes and adding a chance for rare, huge waves. This new wave system will make navigating the deep waters a lot more fun and challenging!

Main Menu Changes

We've also made some subtle changes to the main menu, adding a randomly generated island in the background, some new graphical effects, and the ability to slightly move the camera, giving it a more immersive feel. 

Additional Changes

In addition to lots of new items, weapons, quests, and lore, we've also made performance improvements, made some changes to NPC's such as giving them the ability to turn towards you when talking, and a bunch of audio changes such as new greeting sounds and sound effect improvements. We've also re-textured various weapons in the game to improve their look.

Overall this update is coming along well and we expect it to be out soon! As always, we'd love to hear your feedback!