Revenge of the Fallen: A very magical hideout

Hi all, and welcome to the first of our new weekly dev logs here @ aced.gg. This time, it will be I – patpot – showcasing some new content for you all.

Although we know you want to see the harder, late game content we’ve been working on, we’ve chosen to showcase the Magician’s Hideout (another early-game area). We need to do a bit more work on late-game character building before we’re ready to show those harder worlds, and since early-mid-game content will be much more expansive than in legacy rotf, we decided to show more of that, for now.

As mentioned in my previous content post, every biome/dungeon is intended to feel like a unique experience, each with completely unique enemies, distinct dungeon themes, and crazy boss fights. Despite being an early-game dungeon, the Magician’s Hideout is no different.

One area we wanted to focus on as we moved forward from legacy rotf was developing more interesting shot patterns (like those used in our favorite bullet hells, i.e. ETG). While our overall design philosophies have evolved and improved across the board, we’ve also developed new systems/mechanics to help us keep baddie engagements fresh. One such system that I built out: patterned enemy shots, which allow us to create effects like this:

Don’t stand too close!

And while it has been cool to use this mechanic on smaller minions like these, we’re also using it to add flavor on a larger scale, like in boss fights:

I wouldn’t touch that barrier if I were you, I heard it moves!

For those of you keen enough to notice the (very, very) placeholder dialogue in the clip above, what you just saw was the Master Magician – the lord of the biome. A few days ago, we posted a spoiler in our Discord of a fancy-shmancy magician’s hat, simply lying on some grass. As made evident by the clips above, that hat is the entrance to the Magician’s Hideout! Each biome has a lord, which drops a portal to its respective dungeon. Here’s a small peek at what you can expect from this one:

It looks dark in that hat, hopefully there’s a spell in that book to light it up, there’s definitely one to light you up.

For those of you fortunate enough to survive the hat (easy dungeon btw), you’ll be greeted with a friendly portal to the larger part of the dungeon. Teleport animations return from legacy rotf (thanks to Bloodqwen for making the amazing animation and to Miniguy for building the system that powers it), allowing you to escape the magician’s hat with style.

🙂

We saved a lot of juice for the boss area. To reach the boss, expect to herd rabbits and admire Quaximi’s 3D designing skills. There are definitely worse ways to die in a dungeon.

No rabbits were harmed in the making of this video, they were transported to a better place.
You can almost hear the nostalgic *click* of a gate opening.

Oooh, a cliffhanger. You hate to see it! I guess that boss fight will be waiting for you to experience first-hand :).

CLOSED TESTING KEY: LQYM-PS9H-FQOJ-4BNZ
https://rotf.io/register

See you next week!

Revenge of the Fallen: Animations, Stats and UI for all

Hi all – patpot here! I’ve taken over the blog for this progress update.

A lot of you have seen the first draft of our realm system in the gameplay preview trailer, running with mostly legacy content. Since the release of that trailer, we’ve been working on the first three major home-grown biomes for the new realms. We’ve shown some concept art for it, and we’ll show a bit more stuff in this post, but expect a full teaser in the future.

Each biome is meant to be a splash of its respective dungeon, so it’s really important that the biome feels consistent, and distinct from other areas. Meeting this goal required a complete overhaul of our animation system. Miniguy had written the foundation of the new system a while back, and by finalizing it, we get to do magic—like adding some of the animations that our designers (Quaximi and MrFoucs in particular!) have been working on.

First look at animations for the Gelatinous Palace—wobbly!

As Q4 2020 approaches (along with our closed testing deadline), we’ve started adding some core UI that we need for the game to be playable. As with most of our UI, this isn’t final at all, but it moves us closer to our baseline. Here’s a WIP (placeholder?) player tooltip, for example:

Quick tip: tool.

And since we’re launching with a fresh database, I thought, “yeah, we should fill that up. with stuff.” I’ve been working on adding some lifetime stat trackers, so that you’ll be able to view your characters’ progression and accomplishments. Here’s what we’ve got so far:

For our NPE video makers to show that, yes, their RNG is that good.

Thank you for reading, as always! For those of you that scrolled down here immediately: respect, but be sure to read everything when you come back! 🙂

CLOSED TESTING KEY: IQHT-TD88-XF6O-22AF
https://rotf.io/register

ACED Games: RotF when?

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Hi all. I’m Miniguy of ACED Games/Revenge of the Fallen. This blog’s been pretty silent recently, which is probably no surprise to some of you. Let’s talk about why we’ve been silent, and what’s going on with RotF.

First, in case you missed it: RotF was originally conceived as a private server for the multiplayer bullet hell Realm of the Mad God, one of many distinct versions of the game run by fans like us. But unlike those many other versions, we had a large, active playerbase, a decent amount of replayable content, and a skill system that rewarded player creativity. In other words: we made something good.

Unfortunately, for the first time in RotMG private server history, we were too good. We had been trying to negotiate a deal where we’d be able to run RotF with a license to the (shrinking amount of) RotMG content we were using. Although early talks seemed very promising, our rep at RotMG went silent suddenly for nearly a month. Then, in a complete 180, the RotMG developers decided that we were a threat to their business, and issued us a DMCA takedown request. We were forced to close down everything, cold turkey. They weren’t necessarily wrong to do this–after all, we were using their assets–but it left us in an awkward spot. More importantly, it left YOU guys in an awkward spot! Where the heck is the game?

I wish I could give you guys some concrete dates for a release, or some specific information on some of the crazy content that we have planned. Naturally, I can’t do any of that–we don’t want to promise anything we can’t deliver. This is the honest reason for the radio silence.

That said, I’ve been working on a complete revamp of our server/netcode since August. As of yesterday, I’m proud to say that I’ve essentially achieved that goal (there’s always more work to be done, but we now have a solid foundation). As a result, we’ve got the core team–myself, Skilly, Mike, and Quaximi–all working on code, mechanics, and general design for all that crazy stuff I mentioned earlier. I know it seems like we’re attempting an insurmountable task, but I promise that we’ll come back sooner than you might expect, with a loot-based, multiplayer bullet hell game that we hope will be genre-defining. Don’t miss it.

Thank you guys so much for the support. It means everything to see our community remain active, especially in our #premium chat on Discord–y’all are crazy.

-Miniguy