Hello! I am Ivar, also known as an independent game developer Zuurix.Joined on October 28, 2014, 3:48 PM Visited on January 15, 2019, 5:09 PM
2018 was a difficult year for me, but it was another year of growth, especially the second half of it.
I got flu two times, went to hackathon which was an unpleasant experience, I worked more than ever this year and had a hard time after Sector Six was released - glitches, stress, constant inner conflicts.
But this was also the year when I got close to my goal of living from making games - thanks to Sector Six's success in December.
I also did some of my best work during this year - I think I'm most proud of relics, the Machines, mission 11, and Broken Infinity.
I'm better now - more experienced, more confident - than I was before 2018 and I'm happy about that.
My plans for 2019:
In early 2019, possibly January, I'll release Sector Six update, that will add things that it currently really misses - better vendors, better highlighting, and brutally difficult challenge for top players to push themselves.
After that update, I might be doing a balance update to trim the absurd power levels, if that proves to be necessary.
I'll also try to repeat December's success and if I'll succeed - maybe I'll make another big update. If not - I'll just a make a few small updates, mostly support ones to fix glitches and implement small quality of life improvements.
2019 is meant to be a year for Light of the Locked World, my ambitious RPG project.
Once Sector Six's update is out of the way, I'll be working on Light - that's how I ended up calling it for short. The promised alpha demo will probably not come out in January.
After I'll release Light's alpha demo, I'll keep making updates to, just like I did during Sector Six alpha/beta.
So, to summarize, in 2019 I'll release the alpha demo for Light of the Locked World, then I'll update it, at the same time working on small updates for Sector Six.
I hope this year will be great.
Until next time!
Recent discounts have increased player count by a lot of and I've got a lot of feedback.
Because all of that, I decided to do one more big update - with so many sales and positive reviews, I think Sector Six earned it =]
The development of this update has begun with proper sell all/dismantle all/uninstall all button confirmations.
This should prevent accidental selling/dismantling of valuable items, and is possibly faster than previous system - no need to wait for "Cancel" time to run out.
The next thing I did was a vendor rework.
Clicking on a secured region instantly opens vendor interface, and the interface was merged with spaceship building interface - now it's possible to dismantle/install/uninstall/compare parts and alloy containers while trading.
The other change is that now it's not possible to visit the same vendor again until you complete a mission.
This was done because it would very easy to connect and disconnect to vendors to generate new stock for free - and the game needs that unit sink.
Also, it makes having multiple secured regions with the same vendor type useful.
Overall, I think it's a large improvement to the whole trading experience, and I can't wait to release it.
Now I will be working on a new endgame activity - Absolute Deterioration.
The feedback I got about this, suggests that players who make it to max level are so powerful, that no current content is challenging to them.
Absolute Deterioration will change that.
This endgame activity will have players to do an endless mission, in which enemies keep getting stronger.
The current plan is to make enemies spawn every time there's no more of them left.
E.g.: You destroy heavy and veteran spawn in its place immediately - there are no pauses, combat is constant.
After you destroy a certain amount of enemy groups, a new wave begins and enemy power increases.
The biggest update since the release!
It makes all weapons useful, adds new relics and enemies for more variety, improves time attack missions, and more!
New enemy: Planar
Planar is an alternative version of sentinel.
It's a medium - threat level 2 - enemy.
Currently, it's the only enemy that releases projectiles from the left of the player ship.
Like a sentinel, planar uses a shield but activates it earlier.
Planars can be encountered in regions 20, 23, 27, 29, Broken Infinity, and arena missions.
New enemy: Launcher
Launcher attacks player by launching missiles, that fall on the player from the top of the screen.
The launcher is another medium, threat level 2 enemy, it also uses a shield.
I want to increase the number of shielded enemies to keep shield removal abilities relevant - weapon rework adds two attacks that ignore shields.
It's why I changed Breach ability as well.
Launchers can be encountered in regions 10, 12, 14, 17, 20, 22, 25, 28, Broken Infinity, and arena missions.
New enemy: Wasp
Wasp is a threat level 0 enemy, comparable to swarmling.
Unlike swarmlings, wasps have high damage for a threat level 0 enemy.
Wasp's only attack ability is telegraphed, giving you more than enough time to move out of the way of attack.
Wasps can be encountered in regions 7, 9, 12, 16, 22, 24, 28, and Broken Infinity.
Weapon rework removes ether efficiency and cooling rate, making it impossible to change ability ether costs and cooldowns by installing nodes and pylons.
Instead, I have added new relics that have those effects.
I have also added two relics that are not related to weapon rework, but also expand the possibilities.
As usual, new relics come with unique animations.
Suun's Loom, Atomic Library:
This relic halves ability ether costs and maximum armor, which is a small price to pay for cheaper abilities.
Zero Spire, Coolant Injector:
This relic halves ability cooldowns and doubles ability ether costs.
It's supposed to synergize with Suun's Loom, Atomic Library.
Zero Spire, Coolant Injector is a less extreme version of Tempoquake, Cryostasis.
Tempoquake, Cryostasis reduces ability cooldowns and weapon damage by 90%.
This game-changing relic makes some of the faster damage abilities as fast as attack abilities.
Combined with Zero Spire, Coolant Injector, it can reduce ability cooldowns by insane 95%.
Still, its downside is massive and might require ridiculous amounts of weapon damage or ether generation to be useable.
House of Hate, Isotope Equalizer:
House of Hate, Isotope Equalizer might be the most powerful relic of the six added with this update.
It doubles weapon damage, ability ether costs, and ability cooldowns.
Because ability ether cost and cooldown modifiers do not affect attack, shield, and shield removal abilities, House of Hate gives you more than it takes away.
Crippled Vault, Broken Reality:
This incredible relic increases the part limit by 10 and reduces core attributes - maximum armor, maximum ether, and weapon damage - by 25%.
It also doesn't increase the weapon limit.
Surge Accelerator, Exothermic Focus:
It's a simple, but useful relic - it generates ether amount equal to 5% of maximum ether when an enemy is destroyed.