We've been testing, fixing some bugs and sorting out legal documents for the past month as well as recording gameplay for a Trailer to use on the Steam store. The only steps left now are completing that Trailer, suggesting a price for the game to Valve (what would you be willing to pay? Let me know!) and finalize the text for the Steam storefront. In the meantime you can enjoy a smaller update released just now labeled 1.09! Details follows:
Here's a quick example of the spy report screen. Robert Yak will be more competitive in the next race!
Shortly after the beta update we noticed something was off with the AI. Sprite cars weren't accelerating on higher difficulties. This is now corrected.
The cause was an insane amount of coincidences making the engine of these cars go into safe mode to not stall and the AI wasn't smart enough to get out of neutral gear when that happened. Doh.
This also includes a couple of minor fixes to text that didn't look good in case you noticed before :) Hopefully it all looks good again now! We'd love to hear from ya!
The final beta round for Roadclub: League Racing is out very soon! This marks the first complete version of the game with all features and content complete, hopefully coming to Steam Early Access later this year (still not making any promises - you know, gamedev and life happens all the time in this business).
So without further ado, here's what's new, what's updated and what's squashed!
Squashed major bugs
As a bonus, here's some fresh screenshots from our new tracks:
Highway Chase and Pinewood Lakes!
If the game crashes on Windows, a big help to us developers to solve crashes is sending us a so called minidump. Here's how you do it:
If you've gotten an invite to test Roadclub but aren't sure how to get started. Here's a detailed step-by-step guide to help you along!
New to top-down racing?
Roadclub is played from a top-down perspective and it is a common issue for new players that it is difficult to understand how the steering works at first.
The game is controlled like other 3D racing games where you only steer left and right, NOT by steering in the direction you want to go on the screen, that is four directions - up, left, down, right. This can be hard for new players and it is actually more common for women to struggle with this, so if this applies to you it's no problem, you're not alone and it's possible to learn quite quickly. Here's a few tips on how to get racing fast:
In case you missed it on my Twitter. The reason the game is taking a bit longer to show up on steam is..well I made some experiments during christmas break and managed to make pretty convincing proof-of-concepts for both Steam leaderboards and 2-player splitscreen multiplayer. These are two huge often asked about features that will add tons of fun to the game. So I decided to go for it and complete these features before early access on steam to give it a greater kickoff!
I'm sorry it's taking longer but I really think this will add a lot to the game. I don't have a date yet but I'm hoping to have a closed beta out to a few people within a couple of months. The beta will be sent out to friends and anyone who I pick that follows me and ask for beta access on Twitter (@bennysce).
I'll try to be better to update the blog, but I'm very busy working the game and working full-time during the days and gathering energy and motivation the rest of the time. Let me know if you look forward to the game, it boosts me a lot!
Hey everyone! Wanted to give you a quick update as we're moving closer to the end of the year. As you've probably figured out already we won't able to finish the beta before 2015 transitions to 2016. It may look like we haven't made any progress, but that's not true!
We have a 95% complete version that is soon ready for Steam early access as well as an update on itch.io. "Soon" may still be a few months though as our time for the game is limited by the little spare time we have after our full-time jobs and families are taken care of. But we're (slowly) making progress all the time!
The next version will include the single-player career mode, more cars and tracks in a shape that really could be released as the final game (although not with all the bells and whistles we'd like yet). However we know we can do better and hopefully we can get this up on Steams early access program early next year and continue improving it until its ready, giving you the chance to help shape the game by giving us feedback along the way!
We've updated the Roadmap section with the current plan.
Happy holidays retro-racing fans!
An early access build of Roadclub: League Racing is now available on itch.io! It is a stable release with limited content that should give you a great taste of what's to come for Roadclub. And better yet, it's free! As the amount of content increases we will increase the minimum price so be sure to check it out now while it's hot AND free.
Do you want more?
Of course, even if the game is free at the moment we really do appreciate if you use the pay-what-you-want feature on itch if you do like the game and want more! We will release content updates and release a full single-player experience no matter what happens but supporting us will help us do so much more with the game! We want to port the game to Unreal Engine to support more platforms and we want to add multiplayer components to the game. This won't be possible without your support as it takes a lot of time and effort to do. So please consider that option!
Roadclub Difficulty Trailer
A release wouldn't be complete without a video so we've created a video showcasing the 3 difficulties currently present in the early access build. It ranges from complete Rookie to the hardcore Elite setting where seasoned players will meet their match! Check it out below:
We will soon release a public first build of Roadclub: League Racing everyone can play for FREE! This is a polished version of the alpha version we teased earlier with the video below. It features several improvements we received feedback on in our internal alpha build our friends got their hands on earlier this year. We will release this version on itch.io and will continue to improve on it before we have everything ready for the release on Steam. Check out this video while you wait, the release on itch may happen sooner than you expect!
We have also added two pages to this site "The Game" and "Roadmap" which further details the game and our plan ahead. Enjoy!
It took a month to iron out the worst kinks from our alpha but now its done! We will send the alpha build to friends and family this week and hopefully start receiving feedback from initial player tests soon. Meanwhile we'll look over the plan for Beta due later this year and start working on it as soon as we can. We are spending our holiday in july and august so depending on weather and family and other factors things will move along at a normal or faster pace.
If I know you and you want to test, don't hesitate to contact me using the contact form or @bennysce on Twitter.
Screenshots and a alpha gameplay video should be coming soon as well.
Over and out!
2-man indie studio Solid Core from Sweden created this ambitous 2D top-down racer and originally released it in late 2008.