R8 Games have released a new update for their spiritual successor to Wipeout, Formula Fusion. The game is still in Early Access and this update is refereed to as version 0.5.364.
You can view the entire changelog down below..
– Midtown. A new intro track that represents a new quality benchmark for the game.
Note: You will start to see tweaks and changes to the existing 4 tracks in the new year to balance the quality.
– craft and weapon upgrade slot/card system in the garage
– audio alerts
– haptic feedback added – toggle on/off
– motion blur added on max speed – toggle on/off
– chase cam added
– physics and handling
– new offensive and defensive weapon options
– head up display
– shield has now been split to Shield and Health
– cockpit cam
– tail cam
– craft audio
– shield pickup now purple
IN MORE DETAIL:
The Garage has huge changes namely the first outing for our card/slot based upgrade system.
WIP / PLACEHOLDER – Please remember this is EARLY ACCESS. The mechanic and UI are
wip / placeholder and not fully implemented but we wanted to let you see it now.
With the greatest of respect please don’t tell us the UI sucks. We know it does. It is purely functional right now and we are going to work with tDR to bring it up to the level of quality you would expect. For now please just play with it and HAVE FUN.
BALANCING – There are some obvious balancing issues with the card and craft systems but we have started to focus on this area. You will eventually need to pay for the cards with “Tech Credits” but right now they’re free. For now please jump in and experiment with the various load outs.
Although it’s briefly explained in the on screen text, we’ll assume you’re like us and haven’t read it here’s what’s going on with the Card Upgrade system:
You have 7 slots on your craft and each can accept Behaviour Cards:
– Engine: 1 card
– Handling: 1 card
– Braking: 1 card
– Anti-Gravity: 1 card
– Defence: 1 card
– Defensive Weapons: 1 card
– Offensive Weapon: 5 cards
Choose one Behaviour card for each Slot (or 5 in the case of your Offensive Weapon), and then save your LoadOut. You can save as many LoadOuts as you want.
Go to Custom Race and choose your craft and pre-saved LoadOut. Then continue to choose your race track.
The only areas needing any huge explanation for now:-
As you hit the button marked “Offensive Weapons” you’ll see you have a choice of 3 weapons:
– Energy Bolt
– Gauss Cannon
Choose one of these.
“Might I suggest that sir tries the Energy Bolt first”
Then choose up to 5 behaviours for that weapon:
Ricochet = how many times your missiles will bounce of the walls
Spread = multiplies the number of missiles which are released at the same time
Cluster = a number of smaller bombs are released on detonation
Proximity = increases the range at which your weapon will detonate (and have an effect)
Ammo Multiplier = gives you twice the number of missiles
Area of Effect = aka blast radius
Armor Penetration = self explanatory
Constant Damage = slightly damages everything in its path within a radius – short lifespan
Fire Rate = self explanatory
Attract = pulls craft and other projectiles towards it disrupting racing lines or detonating
Damage = increases the amount of damage a weapon will do
Impulse = the force of the blast increases
Leech = a portion of the damage dealt is transferred to the shooter as Shield Health.
Tether = wip (no vfx yet) takes health from victim and adds to the shooters Shield
Sticky – missiles (not Gauss Cannon) will attach it to target and detonate 1 second later
Lifetime – increases lifetime of Energy Bolt or Mine
Projectile Speed = increases the speed of any missiles
Guidance = hmmm…oh yes…this is the one you want
Unlike their Offensive brothers these are INDIVIDUAL WEAPONS and craft upgrades which are not affected by Behaviour modifying Cards. here’s a quick explanation of them:
Cloak = wip but the opponents can’t see you (you see your craft as a sort of Predator effect)
Upsurge = when charged you can activate a mini BOOST
Tank = increases hull strength
Flashbang = errrr….flashbang, wallop
Energy Leach = wip (no vfx yet) needs to be touching other craft
Flares = fired from rear of craft to counter guided weaponry
Shockwave = short range “Gravity Wave” which violently shoves other craft and projectiles
This is very much a WIP feature. Some things to know about it:
– there are 20 slots available
– a replay happens when you’ve completed a race or 1 lap Time Replay
– once you’ve selected your race it will start in Cinematic mode
– you can select any pilot’s POV, switching between Chase, Tail
– exit via Escape key only
– Weapons exist in multiplayer in the pure race. They need removing.
Note: We will attempt to push out an update out before we break for Xmas on Friday 23rd to fix any major bugs that may crop up through expanded play testing.
TUTORIAL – the Tutorial is gone for now. We’re working on a real one which will come out later.
KERS – is now referred to as “Boost” – its function is the same as in the earlier build:
– build up BOOST points by piloting without hitting anything
– lose BOOST points on collisions with anything
– use BOOST points for a big speed surge
WARNING VOICES – WIP
– you can turn them off or down in Options/UI Voices level
– due to some tests we’ve been doing we’ve had to bring you a Multiplayer without weapons
– you should see some changes to the smoothness but overall it is very much still WIP
-All music in the game is placeholder. We are working with music artists right now to confirm the line up. – See more at: http://www.teamvvv.com/en/news/comments/Formula-Fusions-latest-update-includes-many-new-improvements#sthash.iDKNgeoJ.dpuf