Monthly Archives: August 2018

Development Status #43

Dear Mechanics!

Welcome to our forty third Development Status update.
Let’s get straight to business.

Art Progress:

New extraction map (Extraction2)

Code Progress:

Another finalization week. Working on bug fixing and overall optimalization stuff.

Current biggest performance issue is the memory management, we need to sort this out before the premiere of the game. If we succeed, the starting and loading time of the game should be much smaller.

What is left to do, as there are only 1,5 weeks to premiere:

  • memory optimization
  • sound & particles finalization
  • bug fixes
  • default background ambient music 😀
  • finalization of tutorial and manual (updating the data mostly)
  • preparing all info on Steam and other places about the game

That would be all for this week. If you have any suggestions, ideas or questions, write to us at contact@degenerals.com or visit our Discord server (https://discord.gg/HPbJj9y).

Have a good weekend and see you next week!

DeGenerals

Release Status #2

Welcome to our second Release status update, where we inform about the state of the game before launch.

This time, the work in progress posters (for the warehouse scene):

Can we control the crane on the Warehouse map or excavators, cranes, trucks etc. on the Extraction map?

Nope. We’ve decided to avoid, for now, trying to implement such gameplay.

The reason is trivial – such gameplay mechanics require a lot of time and skill in physics configuration, so the thing is bug free and looks like the real thing. We have tried implementing the crane lift on the Warehouse map – without success. The crane physics caused massive lag and had big problems to behave like a real life crane.

We’ve decided to suspend this mechanic untill “better time” comes. That is, after the release of Early Access.

Fade out/in substitution

When player wants to move a turret to a turret stand, or to move an engine to a engine stand, he does not need to manually control the crane. He just needs to select proper option from the radial-menu. Then a fade out/fade in process starts, where the turret or engine is actually being moved from one spot to another.

The same goes for the excavation process, on the Extraction map. The player selects an area for excavation works – a popup window appear if the area he select is correct. If it is, the player can accept the excavations, fade out fade in process starts, where the digging is done. Again, no gameplay here for the player.

Are You planning to add such features in future?

Yes, we want to add such gameplay mechanics. Of course, this means more work for us, but more gameplay for the player. This needs to be seriously designed and developed, so it can be a fun and interesting gameplay, instead of a dull and irritating routine.


We will try to update the situation every few days, as our final goal is to cover the whole game and it’s current and planned features.

Have a good day,

DeGenerals

Development Status #42

Dear Mechanics!

Welcome to our forty second Development Status update.
Let’s get straight to business.

Art Progress:

KV-1 (Tank 04) Interior

KV-1 (Tank 04) Interior

KV-1 (Tank 04) Engine, Gearbox, Fan & Cooling system

KV-1 (Tank 04) Interior

Code Progress:

Another week spent on bug fixing and build finalization. As we are 2,5 weeks from the premiere, next week is going to be the same of the previous one. WIth some addition of optimization and sounds/particles mastering.

So to sum up – nothing spectacular here. Just as it should be before the launch.


As You may have seen, we have started another status update series – the Release Status Update. We will try, every now and then, post a status about the release, what the player can expect to buy on the release day, what get’s added and when.

That would be all for this week. If you have any suggestions, ideas or questions, write to us at contact@degenerals.com or visit our Discord server (https://discord.gg/HPbJj9y).

Have a good weekend and see you next week!

DeGenerals

Release Status #1

Welcome to our first Premiere status update, where we inform about the state of the game before launch.

This time we want to show You the roadmap of the project (bear in mind, this will change):

Why Early Access?

The Early Access premiere option is best for the current team and project situation – the original plan was to release Tank Mechanic Simulator 1.0 in September 2018.

During development, we have received lot of support and suggestions from Tank Mechanic Simulator fans (especially our Discord community is very active) regarding how the project can be improved. All the ideas and new features proposed by the community have created a vision of a game, that our initial project would look dull and empty without them.

Another big factor in this decision is our limited budget. With the start of the Early Access premiere we can get the funds to continue the development of Tank Mechanic Simulator.


We will try to update the situation every few days, as our final goal is to cover the whole game and it’s current and planned features.

Have a good day,

DeGenerals

Development Status #41

Dear Mechanics!

Welcome to our forty first Development Status update.
Let’s get straight to business.

This week was spent on:

  • Implementing the Sherman tank into the game (unfinished yet, needs some tweaking and optimization).
  • Implementig the new Tiger tank into the game (same deal as Sherman, needs few tweaks and animations)
  • Game optimization:
    • re-working on how the game is saved and the data translated from and into the game
    • tweaking the post process effects and quality settings for the game to be as optimal as it can be (so at the highest settings the game would look the best, but the fps be maxed if possible)

Here’s a screenshot:


That would be all for this week. If you have any suggestions, ideas or questions, write to us at contact@degenerals.com or visit our Discord server (https://discord.gg/HPbJj9y).

Have a good weekend and see you next week!

DeGenerals