Work’s going as planned on the build. To bridge the gap until release, here’s a quick peek at the unique modifiers available on the new demons.
Alrighty! We’re finally close enough that I can set an official release date: The new build, which adds 3 new Tower floors and related content, will be released on October 4th!
This’ll give me enough time to finish up the last bits of work, as well as do a decent amount of testing to make sure things’re solid.
I’ll see if I can think of any other interesting preview material to show before then, but most of the remaining work isn’t very visual (mostly bug fixes, a new option for skipping the main menu by default, some other minor bits.)
Hey folks. Not much new to show: I’m working on the last bits of details that need to be finished up before I begin testing: things like putting the new abilities in appropriate Modifiers, making the new Modifiers for the new Uniques, bug fixes, and feature requests that accumulated. Good stuff, but doesn’t make good show material for the most part.
Hopefully I’ll be able to give a release date for the new build soon. I’ve got a three day weekend coming up that I hope to use to make a pretty big chunk of progress: I should be in a position to pin down a release date for the 27-29 build after that. Cheers!
..but, it’s still a build I need to release, as it fixes a bug that sometimes caused the Great Healer passive to make Mending status permanent instead of reducing the duration. The build also includes a bit of code to remove permanent Mended status from anyone saddled with it (though of course, you’ll need to move your Save files over from the previous version in order for this one to find them. If you don’t have permanent Mended status on any characters, no need to worry with it.)
Links at the right have been updated, so go ahead and grab it.
Don’t worry, I’m still plugging away at the Tower:27-29 content build. I’ll have more preview material, though we’re actually getting fairly close to release too.
I’ve finished the icons for the new abilities:
…and since with these, Demon will be passing the 800 mark on total abilities, I can’t resist the excuse to paste the entire atlas again.
Next up: implementing these and getting them onto demons. After that, all that’ll be left is implementing new encounters and testing!
I’ve finished the ability set design for the new demons: it looks there will be around 30 or so new abilities, barring any late additions or removals. :) As with the last upper Tower build, not all of these will be found only in upper floors. Some will appear on modifiers (or, possibly, even demons) that appear in earlier encounters as well. I’ll provide more details about some of the new abilities once their icons and implementation are complete and I start showing full demon previews, but I think there are some pretty interesting ones in the mix.
Switching back to my sprites for this preview, here’s some more of the new demons and other Tower dwellers coming up in the Tower:27-29 build!
Ijiraq: Inuit mythology speaks of these shapeshifters which are capable of existing in multiple planes of existence at once. Neither ability is fully perfect: they often appear to be only partially in phase, and when taking human form, their facial features are sideways relative to normal humans.
Meamei: One of a clan of women from Australia who once hoarded the gift of fire away in their magical staves, until they were tricked into releasing it by Wahn the Crow. In other tales, the Meamei eventually ascend to become the Pleiades star cluster.
Athena: A renowned Greek goddess governing war, wisdom, and crafting. Most mortals regard her favorably, but she in fact possesses quite a temper: her vindictive curses upon mortals are responsible for the existence of multiple other beings present in the Tower, including Arachne and Medusa.
Thor: A famous Viking god who is most well known for his association with storms, but also claims strength and fertility as his domains. It is believed he protects both Asgard, the realm of AEsir, and Midgard, the realm of mortals from threats such as Jotunn. So high in the esteem of mortals does he stand that a day of the week (Thursday) remains named for him even in the present era.
Shiva: A many-faceted and powerful Hindu god who stands equal to Brahma and Vishnu as one of the utmost divine entities. At times benevolent and serene, he can be overwhelmingly fierce when finally roused to anger. He is called “The Destroyer” for the role he plays in the ever progressing cycle of the cosmos.
Voloh: A wizard who dedicated his life to unraveling the deepest secrets of magic. As part of his studies, he discovered information about the Tower and immediately knew it would be the perfect laboratory for continuing his research. The very few Summoners who meet him near the Tower’s apex are just more opportunities to test his continually growing power and knowledge.