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Big Update + Big Sale!

Community created character "Junior" and his HoverBoard

Community created character "Junior" and his HoverBoard

GUTS and Glory

Yet another big update this month!  v0.8 is here and adds more content requested by the G&G Community, including:

  • GUTS!!!
  • Blood & Gore Settings: turn it up, or turn it off
  • Community Track Leaderboards
  • Pedestrian AI
  • New Blocks
  • Another new Hazard
  • annnnd a HoverBoard character!

This is the 8th and final character for the game, and wraps up the core content for the Level Editor.  Now I'll be turning my attention to the remaining Kickstarter rewards, new Official Tracks and other content for the full release. 

Lots of fun surprises in store for when Guts and Glory leaves Early Access :D

Get Guts and Glory HALF OFF!!  Ahahahaa...

Get Guts and Glory HALF OFF!!  Ahahahaa...

50% OFF SALE

Guts and Glory is part of the Steam Halloween Sale, so if you pick it up before Nov 1st you can get it at a huge discount!

Happy Halloweeeeeeeen!!!!!

Happy Halloweeeeeeeen!!!!!

Who should ride the HoverBoard??

A vehicle that works in ANY track!

A vehicle that works in ANY track!

Adding a HoverBoard to Guts and Glory has been one of the most popular requests and now I've finally figured out a way to add it that makes sense.

This vehicle would be available on any track, but would also have vertical lift on Class F (flying) courses.  It would be a lot simpler to fly than Larry's rocket chair.

But the big question is...

Who should ride the HoverBoard?

Let me know in the comments below, or on the Steam Announcement page!

 

 

v0.7: Pedro's Grande Update

Pedro's selfie

Pedro's selfie

The big update is here!!  This is the most optimized build yet.  Tons of new content, yet a smaller build size and faster performance... plus new Halloween and Christmas props just in time for the holidays!

Clustertruck meets Guts and Glory!

Clustertruck meets Guts and Glory!

FEATURING

New Character: Pedro
HUGE Optimization Overhaul!
100+ New Level Editor Items
Halloween & Christmas Props
New AI Vehicles, like Monster Trucks, Big Rigs, and even Police Cars
Orbit Cam, Pause Cam, and In-Game Screenshots
Shift-Click: Multi-Object Editing
Lighting/Time of Day System
New Materials + Physics, including Mud, Snow, and Ice!
25 New Music Tracks
And yes, even more!

Pause and view the carnage from any angle... even take a screenshot in-game

Pause and view the carnage from any angle... even take a screenshot in-game

Click here to check out all the details on the Steam Announcement

Larry and his Rocket LawnChair

Kickstarter ends in 3 days, claim your glory before it's too late: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hakjak/guts-and-glory

Wow, it's been a busy month!  Running a Kickstarter is hella hard work, but it's looking like it all may pay off soon.  There are just 3 DAYS LEFT and it's 87% FUNDED!  That's cutting it close, so I really hope enough new pledges come in to meet the goal.  Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing platform, so if it comes up even $1 short of hitting the goal then everything is refunded and no rewards sent out.  So crazy!

Luckily you guys have been amazing support.  As the deadline nears, tweets and posts have increased, and many backers have even increased their pledges, pushing us closer to that sweet finish line.  These next 3 days are both exciting and nerve-racking.

It's easy to let all the power of this thing go to your head.

I've been hard at work on the 4th character for the game:  meet Dr. Lawrence Walters, also known as "LawnChair Larry!"  He was once a very successful rocket scientist, but one day discovered the wonders of LSD and lost his mind.  Now he's building his own rocket-powered contraption from spare parts so he can compete in the Guts and Glory games and reclaim his former life--or just feed his addiction.  He's not quite sure yet.

Getting the physics and controls to work well for a vehicle like this was a big challenge.  At first, it just wanted to fly all over the place uncontrollably like a balloon losing its air!  (Thought I was playing Goat Simulator for a minute, haha!)  But eventually I found a way to integrate it into the rest of the vehicle physics system and stabilize the controls.  It's so much fun to just fly around on this thing that I probably spent more time than I needed "playtesting" it.

Added a sweet new shader for the rocket flames as well, which really brings them to life.  I'll upgrade the vehicle boosters to something similar as well.

Up, up, and awaaaayyyyy!!

I've also been working on a new map for prototyping, playtesting, and benchmarking changes.  I call it "Map X" and you can see it in the trailer above.  This will be a part of the Beta on Steam, so everyone can rapidly test adjustments made to vehicles on a wide variety of settings.  There are track areas for each class of vehicles, include a large car course with a large loop and jumps, terrain friction testing areas, and more.  I'll continue to expand on this map as needed during development.

I've also done some bug squashing and a little bit of optimization work.  Discovered that having v-sync on by default is a terrible idea as well, so if you have low FPS, try turning that off.  My friend's computer went from 30FPS to 300FPS just by doing that!  Also, in future versions of the game I plan on adding some legit bug reporting and analytics features so I can fine-tune things much more efficiently.

That's it for now!  I'll be setting up an official Steam Store page/Community Hub soon and adding a control customization system.  Once those are done it will be time to start building a level editor!

Thanks again to everyone who has supported the Kickstarter and fingers crossed that we hit that goal before time is up!

Crash Testing the Family Car

Things are progressing nicely on Guts and Glory.  After putting in some late nights, I've finally finished the third playable vehicle/character for the game: The Yang Family and their Mezooki 600 Series Convertible!  This car is super fun to drive, and even more fun to wreck!  The body is damage-able and loses parts on impact.  You can even jam tires or knock them off completely, or pop them on spikes and other sharp objects. I spent quite a bit of time watching dozens of crash videos while making this to get everything to feel just right--and then I tested he hell out of it in-game!

Below is a montage of crash tests and some general driving and handling.  I'm pretty happy with how it's looking so far, and will continue to make improvements as the project continues.  Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Given the feedback I've received so far, there will also be an option to turn the kids on/off, for those who prefer it. 

Additionally, I've made some fixes to the bike control and significantly improved the suspension and handling of the ATV.  It now handles off road and hilly stuff a lot better.  All of the characters now have voices and I added more sound effects in general too.

Please help me spread the word about this project. I'm a solo game developer, so I can use all the help I can get!

For more info check out HakJak.com

Earl the Redneck vs Cannon Turrets

Earl done lost his head again

Watching Guts and Glory get a ton of views and feedback on Steam Concepts gave me a ton of motivation to work really hard this week.  I just finished Earl the redneck and his ATV, and also added Cannon Turrets to the game which are really awesome (and a little bit scary).  I threw them together in a short mock desert track and posted a new video to YouTube to showcase more of the potential for this game.

I've been so busy developing that I haven't been able to spend anymore time marketing, so Steam traffic (new, unique visitors) has slowed down to just a steady trickle.  Going forward, it looks like I'll need to dedicate at least 15-25% of my time towards marketing in order to continue building a large enough fanbase.  Learning as I go....

I still haven't posted anything to other major hubs yet, like Indie DB or Reddit, so I'll probably pitch a tent in those camps soon and start making friends :)