The Concrete Jungle Monthly Chronicle – August

Hello everybody!

While I’ve been quiet with the updates, it’s been a great month!

I’m on the verge of setting a release date. I’m just waiting on a couple of boring admin things to sort out before I can go ahead and confirm. Along with that I’ll get the steam page rolling.

As you may remember from the kickstarter, I planned to deliver the stretch goals following release in a free update as to not delay the game. Well, as the game got delayed a few months anyway due to some significant gameplay tweaks earlier in the year, I’m pleased to say a few of the stretch goals will be in the release version! Yes, it was worth the wait!

So what can you expect in the full release?

My original goal was for 150 buildings in-game, with a stretch goal of an additional 50 to be added in a post-release update. The release version will have 170 buildings in total- so that’s well above the target. The update following release will add another 30 to bring the total to the stretch goal of 200. It’s worth noting that some cards are not buildings, and there will actually be 201 cards in the release version!

-The kickstarter goal was for 6 characters, with the stretch goal of another 2 being added in the update. I’m pleased to say all 8 playable characters will be in the release version and featured in the story mode!

-Voice acting was another stretch goal intended for the update. Well, the voice acting was recorded last week, and I’m incredibly happy with it! You guys are in for a treat, I’ve managed to cast some perfect voice actors/actresses for Karl’s characters. The voice acting will appear in the release version!

-The expanded soundtrack will also make the release version, with some excellent original music by Saad Akhter Ali. The licensed music from Xerxes, Mohkov and DP Kauffman will also be in.

-The ‘Night Mode’ is still planned for the free update. It’s a big task that will require some more time, so this will arrive with the extra buildings.

-Non-English language support is also going to be arriving at a later date with the update. There is a lot of text in the game (tutorial, building descriptions etc), so it’s a sizable task.

See you soon, with a date!

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The Concrete Jungle Monthly Chronicle – July

Hello folks! It”s been quite a while since the last update- so I’m here to remind you that I’m alive.

The last few weeks I have been busy big fixing, tweaking and polishing up the game. I’ve fixed bugs, inadvertently created new ones in the process, then fixed them.

I’ve gone through each level in the 18-level story mode/campaign and made sure each is balanced and enjoyable. Along side that I’m very close to finalizing the game’s script. Next week I shall begin casting for the VO work- this should be fun!

As for the AI, I’ve been pitching it against itself (you can set up the game to play itself if you so desire). I’m currently collecting info from the AI playing over and over again in order to balance character abilities and cards. So far 4 out of the 8 characters I believe to be well balanced, and I’m currently running the second batch of tests to find out if my recent tweaks have improved the other 4.

One of the last ‘buildings’ completed was the Canal tile. Concrete Jungle now has some much needed water!

Canal

I’ve been using this to make the story levels a bit more visually interesting, although you can also unlock it as a starting card.

Literally just before I started writing this update, I got ‘Classic’ mode fully working. This mode echos Concrete Jungle’s predecessor, MegaCity. The deck building is removed, replaced by an infinite list of randomly assigned buildings. It’s a lighter, more arcade-y style of play and is perfect if you only have 10 or 15 minutes to kill as opposed to the 20+ minutes of the other 2 modes.

Classic mode plays a lot like MegaCity.

Classic mode plays a lot like MegaCity.

Over the next week I’m going to begin revising the main menu and options, shifting the game’s save system to something faster and more robust, and implementing stat tracking. I want the game to keep track of your favorite cards and how many buildings you’ve placed etc- there should be some interesting stats to keep track of.

We’re getting ever close to a release now, but I’m not quite at the stage where I can set a date in stone. With the next update I’ll be able to bring you that. The game has seen another large leap forward since the beta in May, so I’m super excited to show you it as it approaches it’s full release. Stay tuned!

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