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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!!!!!

v0.5.2: Big Summer Update #1

New characters Jack & Jill + AI Vehicles = 1 crazy combination!

New characters Jack & Jill + AI Vehicles = 1 crazy combination!

This Summer is all about community content. More characters, more hazards, and more awesome Workshop content so you guys can keep making bigger and better Community Tracks. Let's build some glorious new community challenges!

Meet Jack and his sister Jill, the newest challengers to enter the Guts and Glory Games

Meet Jack and his sister Jill, the newest challengers to enter the Guts and Glory Games

Jack & Jill

Jack and Jill went up a hill… and then they rolled down in pieces.

This week Guts and Glory gets a brand new set of Class A characters! Trying to make it to the finish line with sister in tow can be a real challenge… but if you just get tired of her you can disconnect the rope at any time! (Just press the new Eject button once.)

Jack and Jill are just two fun-loving kids. Brother and sister, actually. Unlike most siblings, they get along well together (most of the time) and love to go on adventures any chance they get. As long as they’re back home in time for dinner, their parents pretty much let them do anything they want.

While getting slushies at their local convenience store, they saw a poster for The Guts and Glory Games and signed up the same day (there’s no age limits, after all). Now they could go on “the ultimate adventure” and win a ton of money! Great idea, right?

Jack rides a child’s version of the popular Golden Goose brand of bicycles, and generally tows his sister around in a small “Lil Waggy” brand wagon. They’ve gotten pretty good at doing jumps and stuff, so they're totally ready for this.

See ya!!

See ya!!

Human projectiles are a thing now

Human projectiles are a thing now

EJECT!

At last! You can now manually eject the driver at any time. 

Just press the “Z” key to launch your character from their seat (“B” button on Xbox controllers | “Circle” button on Playstation controllers). 

They’ll go flying in whatever direction the top of your vehicle is pointing, so lots of creative level design potential here!

If you’re using Jack and Jill, the first press will disconnect the wagon. Second press will eject Jack.

I also removed the need for the main character to actually be alive to finish a level. This means you can even complete a track by ejecting yourself across the finish line!

What kinds of tracks will you make with this new feature?

The new AI vehicle system is super easy to use

The new AI vehicle system is super easy to use

AI Vehicles

You asked for it, you got it. AI Vehicles are in the game and they’re even destructible!

Like almost everything else in Guts and Glory, these vehicles are physics-based. They’ll be affected by ground traction, wheel slip, collisions, broken parts, etc. They’re currently in an early stage, so the 3D models and textures are basic. After they get battle-tested in this update, I’ll convert to final graphics and add more vehicle types, based on future community votes.

Each AI Vehicle also has 10 different paint options, to add variety. These simple skins will be replaced by final versions later, and more vehicle types will be added too!

10 colors to choose from... final graphics to be added later

10 colors to choose from... final graphics to be added later

Using AI Vehicles is super simple:
1. Drag-and-drop Vehicle Waypoints. They’ll be auto-connected as you add/delete them.
2. Tweak Waypoint Options. You can set Approach Speed, Stop, or even Chase Player per Waypoint!
3. Drag-and-drop AI Vehicles wherever you want them to start. Anywhere! They will automatically find their closest Waypoint and start following the path.

14 buildings from Larry's Lucid City map are now in the Level Editor

14 buildings from Larry's Lucid City map are now in the Level Editor

Laserrrrrrrrrrrrzzzzzzz and SmartBomb Turrets

Laserrrrrrrrrrrrzzzzzzz and SmartBomb Turrets

Workshop Content

Tracks can now be bigger! Level Complexity Limit increased by 14% (from 6000 to 7000).

I also just finished porting a bunch of content from Larry’s levels over to the Level Editor. You can now make your tracks even more epic with these fine additions:

  • 14 new city buildings, ranging from small storefronts to huge skyscrapers
  • Laser Turrets, with 4 options
  • Reflector Turrets, with 4 options
  • SmartBomb Turrets
  • AI Vehicles and Waypoints
  • Minor prop additions
Wacky Hats Pack and other Kickstarter Rewards out soon!

Wacky Hats Pack and other Kickstarter Rewards out soon!

Jack and Jill went up the hill...

Jack and Jill went up the hill...

General Improvements

As usual, I’ve made several other improvements and bug fixes during development. These include:

- Did optimization pass on all Official Tracks. Approximately 5-15% performance increases. (Most noticeable on lower-end CPUs.)
- Added display numbers above each Checkpoint in Level Editor, for easier editing.
- Fixed bug that prevented character from dismounting if they lost both upper/lower limbs on bicycles.
- Reduced bicycle Boost burn rate by 33% (ie-boost lasts longer). Pedal faster, longer!
- Fixed hat selection menu scaling/aspect ratio issues.
- Added an "X" button to Settings window, for navigation clarity. Has same functionality as the "Save and Quit" button.
- Changed "Light" to "Eject" in Settings-->Control Mapping menu. Updated Localization accordingly for controller mapping.
- Removed need for Player Character to be alive to reach Finish Line. (Can even finish using manual eject.)
- Changed version logging system for more accurate future bug report management
- Fixed bug that caused player to basically be invincible if he died after crossing finish point and then clicked "next track" button.
- [Fixed?] no sound bug when switching tracks, experienced by some players.
Community Tracks Menu
- Added controller/keyboard auto-scrolling to Community Track and Level Editor menus.
- Fixed menu scaling/screen ratios on pause screen pop-up version.
- [Fixed?] bug that causes Community Tracks pop-up menu to freeze/become non-interactive for some players.
- Added a manual close button, in case auto-close fails

Jack's mom always said to never play with explosives

Jack's mom always said to never play with explosives

What will you create?

I can’t wait to see what crazy things you guys come up with using all this new Workshop content! Send me a link/level name of your best tracks built primarily for Jack and Jill or the new Eject feature, and I’ll feature them on a future post

I'll be posting a new track or two myself sometime soon too!

Workshop Menu 2.0

Search, sort, save, subscribe and play with ease!

Search, sort, save, subscribe and play with ease!

The Community Tracks menu just got a major overhaul!

Now you can do all of the following with Steam Workshop levels, directly in-game.  

  • Sort Levels by: votes, trending, subscriptions, newest, installed, and your own creations
  • Search by Text
  • Vote levels up or down
  • Add to your Favorites list
  • One-click Subscribe/Un-subscribe
  • See Stats for each level (votes, subs, favorites)

Personal Best Times are still shown for each track (so you can easily see what you have played already and to compete with friends), but the Vehicle Class icons have been removed due to lack of space.  Level Descriptions have been increased to 256 characters.  Longer descriptions are still shown in full on the Steam Workshop website though.

Overall, this should make finding, sharing and playing new Workshop levels super fast and easy, and keep new stuff from being buried.

Localization Update

Chinese and French translations have been reviewed and improved.  Spanish and Turkish human translation improvements will be added soon too.  I'm sorting through some other submissions as well, so please be patient if you do not see your submissions shown in the game right away.

All Localization updates sync to the Google server once per week.

Translators

I began adding the Level Editor Categories and Objects to the Localization Document.  It's a fairly long list, so it's only about 70% done right now.  I marked new text added to the Localization Document in yellow, under the "Key" column.  (Items with "_ObjectMap" at the end are the most important.  Others have image icons.)

Bug Fixes and Minor Stuff


- Fixed bug that sometimes caused music to stop when returning from Community Tracks.
- Fixed some static text that was not getting localized.
- Made blood splatter "flat" due to poor gloss reflection issues and artifacts on some graphics cards.

Steam Private Beta

What will YOU create in the new Workshop Level Editor?

After more than 400 hours of game development since the Yang Demo was released, I’m happy to announce that the Guts and Glory private beta is finally ready on Steam! It will begin this Friday, January 6th, at 7:00am MST.

A Steam Key will be posted to your HumbleBundle Download page on this date.  If you lost that link, you can request it again here using the same email address you use for Kickstarter.

This version is open to all Kickstarter Backers of the Golden Prestige Pack and higher levels, and limited Press.  There will also be a few keys given away to HakJak Newsletter subscribers the following week, so sign-up now if you haven’t already!

Currently running on Windows and Mac.  I’ll be working on the Linux build very soon.

Create infinite new challenges!

Level Editor + Steam Workshop

I wanted to get this into your hands as soon as possible, so please understand this is a “bare bones beta.”  It’s as raw as they come.  The primary feature of this version is the brand new Level Editor and Steam Workshop integration.  It’s only the beginning stages of the editor, but is already powerful enough to build some very cool stuff.

Level creation is very easy.  Just hit the “Create” button on the Main Menu to get started.  Hover the mouse cursor over any button to see a Tool Tip explaining how things work.  As you build, you can press the “Quick Play” button at any time to instantly play test.  Once you’re finished, you can upload your level to the Steam Workshop with a single button.

I will be adding more to this very quickly, and I can’t wait to see what you guys create!

Track Groups: each tells a story... well kinda...

Official & Community Tracks

Tracks are now divided into 2 sections: Official Tracks and Community Tracks.

Official Tracks are now placed into Track Groups.  Each group loosely follows the story of a specific character(s) and theme.  Each track the groups is also locked until you complete the one prior.  Don’t worry though—I toned back the difficulty levels on many of them, and revised or replaced others!  Any levels you completed already in the alpha (v0.3.3) should already be unlocked for you, if you’re playing on the same computer.  Not a lot of new content in this section yet, as my focus has been on the Level Editor and community tracks.

Your Personal Best Time is now shown directly on each level button.  Leaderboards will be added later as well.

Community Tracks will show a list of all the levels you have subscribed to on the Steam Workshop, as well as your Personal Best Time for each.  Just hit the “+” or subscribe button on a level in the Workshop.  After you subscribe to new levels, they will be added to this list if you leave it and return, or just hit the Refresh button in the upper left corner.

The new Vehicle Classes legend is shown on the right

Vehicle Classes & Controller Support

Vehicles are now divided into Classes.  This will make it easier to build new content and tracks designed around specific types of vehicles.  You can also set which Vehicle Classes are allowed in tracks you create in the Level Editor.  This is much faster and easier than having a long list of all characters that will be in the game. 

Controller support has also been added to everything except the Level Editor.  So you can finally kick back and play without messing with the mouse!

Play God.  Create and destroy!

Steam Store and Community Pages

I’m in the process of building the Steam Store and Community pages right now.  I should have them done today, and will submit to Valve for approval.  Once approved, you will be able to share screenshots of the game on Steam Communities, see the public Workshop page, add the game to your Favorites for future notifications, share with friends so they can add to their Wishlist, etc.   This process can take up to 5 business days.

Until then, the Steam Workshop page may be a little harder to find.  If you can’t reach it through Steam Search, then just upload a level and it should take you there; the first time you upload a level, it should take you directly there in your Steam overlay.  Just bookmark this page for now, or wait until it is published publicly by Valve in a few days.

Turn up that glorious new music!

Music

Guts and Glory now has an epic, custom theme song created by Ressa Schwarzwald! I think you guys will love it!

I’ve also added several custom and licensed music tracks throughout the game, with much more in the works! They really add a lot to the game and bring the levels to life. I love the irony created by the new music in the Rooftop Hop track and Industrial Power too.  

Music options will be added to the Level Editor soon as well!

Thank you for all your support!!!

Thank you for all your support!!!

Awards

I am also very honored to say that Guts and Glory has received a couple video game awards! It received IndieDB’s “Editor’s Choice” Award and also placed in “Player’s Choice: Best Upcoming”.  

HUGE THANKS to everyone who voted and has supported this project! When the days get long and I get stuck on some really difficult code, seeing your support is a huge motivation.  

A Final Note

I apologize for the long gap of time between last update and this one.  Adding the Level Editor and Workshop integration was one of the biggest challenges so far, and I've just been absorbed in it for the past month or so.  It's mostly been a lot of technical stuff that doesn't offer much "show and tell" for an update.

However, now that this part is complete, it lays the foundation for the game and sets things up for rapid development going forward.  I should now be able to do much more frequent (and fun) updates, and I look forward to your feedback to help shape things to come!