by Acid Wizard
It has been some time since we have updated Darkwood. So long that some of you have been raising concerns about the game being abandoned, us being eaten by a Chomper or other horrible thing.
Let me put these fears to rest, dear Mortal! Darkwood is alive and well, although we admit that development is very slow, but please know we are putting all the energy and passion we have into this project!
The next alpha will be the biggest yet! Apart from the usual many bugfixes and general improvements, here are the highlights:
A new chapter
This means a new biome, locations, NPCs, enemies, items, objects and mechanics! Stuff that explodes, new uses for the shovel, rebuilding parts of your hideout and more!
There are unique dangers hiding beneath the surface of the many lakes littered around this biome. Traversing water will require a different approach than walking on solid ground. There is also a dense fog, which appears from time to time.
Vines and chains
You can expect to encounter various uses of this mechanic, including chain traps or things that crawl on the ground and try to catch and immobilise you.
New enemy behaviour
The enemies introduced in this update use more advanced tactics than the existing ones. This includes submerging underwater or underground, surrounding movement and sideways dodging, and reacting to your field of view.
I’ve spent a lot of time on optimizing performance and memory usage. In particular, in previous versions of Darkwood, the lighting system could cause occasional stuttering due to memory allocation, but no more in the next alpha!
There are a ton of other changes big and small that will make it into the new alpha. There is no set date when we expect it to release, so please be patient with us!
by Acid Wizard
Get ready for another update to Alpha 7! This update mostly focuses on fixes and minor new features.
- Some furniture is now destructible!
- In gamepad mode, selecting items is now easier. Furthermore, if you are not aiming anywhere, the nearest item close to you will be automatically selected.
- The game now saves when entering a location outside of the forest, before a dream, and when starting the second part of the prologue.
- Added Prologue and Chapter 1 messages.
- You can now dodge when having any item equipped, not only melee weapons.
- After a new day, a fullscreen message appears notifying about it, instead of a text message on the bottom of the screen.
- A new enemy.
- Added camera shake and some new doctor animations to prologue.
- Updated flashing stamina bar when not having enough stamina to do something.
- Notifier messages, like when discovering a new location, have been also updated.
- Added a notifier when you receive reputation with someone.
- Fixed characters getting stuck in cornfields.
- Having a flashlight no longer makes you fully safe from Shadows.
- New pixelation shader for some stuff.
- Items and doors now receive force when being shot.
- When you die and drop your inventory in a location outside of the forest, you will now see a icon on the map indicating the entrance to that location.
- The Bike Man now has an unquenchable thirst
- After dying, your respawn area will be cleared of stuff that can be dangerous to you, like infection or traps.
- You can’t travel through the hole to the village during the night anymore.
- Wolf now marks his camps on your map, as opposed to giving directions.
- The Three no longer sell welders and toolboxes.
- Changed light disable time by Banshee scream.
- Added option to turn pages in the notes part of the journal.
- Audio filters like low pass now tween nicely.
- Less stamina drain when running on roads.
- Fixed exploit with characters that are eating something.
- Fixed wood logs blocking a door in the village.
- Fixed some weird dialogue or locking out the player from continuing the story when murdering NPCs in certain sequences.
- Fixed pigshed lever not working in some cases.
- Fixed being able to use the pigshed lever when the generator turned itself off when ran out of juice.
- Removed discover popup from hideout 1.
- Added stamina bar flash when dodging and not having enough stamina.
- Hopefully fixed a door glitch making it stuck.
- Fixes to particles not playing correctly.
- Fixes to enemy health bars not updating sometimes when being hit.
- Fixes to weird enemy behaviour when you are in their line of sight, but they have no way of getting to you.
- Fixed banshee behaviour.
- Fixed pathfinding sometimes not updating correctly.
- Fixed message when going to main menu.
- Fixed message when trying to quit in prologue.
- Fixed villager with torch not emitting light.
- Performance and memory improvements with characters not being culled correctly.
- Fixed being able to pick up items which are hidden behind the crafting menu.
- Bullet shot particles now display in the correct impact place.
- Fixed incorrect molotov spawn point when throwing.
- Fixed being able to hear weird sounds when generating world / loading game.
- Roads in the village no longer block some furniture.
- Wolf no longer appears for no reason when you have died during the second night.
- Fixed some dream locations and their pathfinding not removing itself properly.
- Fixed exploit when repairing multiple items at a time.
- Fixed villager in border cottage talking when you’ve already killed him.
- Fixed item name sometimes not following the cursor.
- Fixed positioning of some objects being under / over the player incorrectly.
- Fixed displaying unnecessary controls in Control Menu.
- Fixed controls mask in Control Menu.
- Normalized item mass and drag values to be consistent.
- Fixed weird character behaviour when wanting to escape, but having nowhere to run to
- Fixed spiders being able to spawn inside walls in some cases.
- Many fixes to cutscene sequences after failing / winning doctor’s dream and loading the game immediately afterwards.
- Fixed having to select item again when you have it selected in your hotbar and repair it.
- Fixed characters appearing on top of stuff like tents for no apparent reason.
- Fixed incorrect FOV when in cutscenes.
- Fixed padlock state not saving in some story-related objects.
- Fixed big objects like tree clusters spawning on top of roads.
- Fixed many ways to troll the villagers in the pigsheds.
- Fixed trees spawning on top of bushes.
- Fixed readability of player spoken messages (last word would be sent to a new line mid-word).
- Fixed pitchfork getting stuck mid-air when destroying a door.
- Fixed weird door in pigsheds.
- Fixed the passage to doctor’s house not opening itself after attaining the doctor’s directions.
- Fixed different layouts of the underground well not appearing correctly.
- Fixed weird Antek behaviour.
- Fixed pigshed lever sounds sometimes playing twice.
- Added a notifier when selecting the cut cables, when the generator is running.
- Fixed using the pigshed lever when the mother sow is already dead.
- Fixed broken light sparks sometimes displaying incorrectly.
- Fixed porter sometimes getting stuck in time and space.
- Fixed summoned dogs spawning inside places which they can’t get out of.
- Fixed some characters getting resurrected in the village.
- Fixed weird gap in journal keys.
- Fixed smoke in burned house in village .
- Fixed being able to get behind characters doing idle animations and pushing them around.
- Fixed missing Linux cursor.
- Fixed dog summon animation incorrectly displaying. Also, modified the summon time.
- Fixed pigs and chickens sometimes disappearing in the village.
- Fixed gasoline spill animation getting stuck in place sometimes.
- Fixed life counter getting overlapped by health bar.
- Fixed some events / area effects not being applied properly when loading a game and player is inside that area.
- Fixed some tree clusters getting broken on game load and being inconsistent with other trees.
- Fixed lag when getting hit or walking into a poison mushroom for the first time.
- Some story related doors / windows are unbarricadable now.
- Prologue dream now ends on first hit by chomper, not when dying.
- Fixed time not displaying correctly when loading game in village.
- Fixed some weird things happening when dying just before daytime.
- Fixed some musican bugs, like not playing the violin or not wanting to run away.
- Fixed player being in the wrong place when loading a game when exited the well underground.
- Fixed camera shake being overriden with a shake of a smaller magnitude.
- Fixed cut off chomper scream in well underground.
- Fixed tractor having a health bar even though the musician got out from under it in some cases.
- Fixed some culling problems when traveling between outside locations, resulting in poor performance.
- Fixed being able to see the journal when in second part of prologue.
- Fixed infections having bad object ID’s sometimes.
- Fixed some pathfinding issues for characters, resulting in playing their idle animations in wrong places sometimes.
- Fixed some objects sprites being reverted to their undestroyed version on game load.
- Fixed empty bottle in player hands rendered as a piece of meat.
- Fixed redneck being bigger when playing his draw animation.
- Fixed error when a character would try to mark something on your map if you’ve never opened it before.
- Removed double footstep sounds for shotguns.
- Fixed occurences where enemy corpses would disappear under some sprites.
- Changed light disable time by banshee scream.
- Fixed redneck who is burying himself trying to play a animation he does not have.
- Removed duplicate electronic game.
- Fixed some objects not having colliders.
- Fixed dialogue freeze when talking in doctor in underground entrance after a won dream.
- Fixed possibility of Doctor freezing after being hit.
- Fixed trainwreck trap music reappearing after a loaded game or when reentering this location.
- Fixed weird menu glitch when having the game minimized in the main menu for some time and then returning to it.
In the meantime, we’re busy working on the Epilogue and Chapter 2. Here’s a sneak peak of the new Swamp biome:
As always, I’d like to thank the testers for their hard work on making sure this alpha is nice and smooth: ShadyS, FireRage259 and Vixx!
The Acid Wizard
by Acid Wizard
This is mainly a patch update, with little new content!
- Updated Unity to latest version. This solved some issues, but also added a few bugs which are out of our hands for the moment, like some particles not displaying correctly.
- Optimizations to stuttering for low-end hardware.
- New location between the Dry Meadow and the Silent Forest.
- The Dynamic Resolution option has been upgraded so the pixels don’t render incorrectly when in motion (thanks to Michał!).
- New tree formations in some biomes.
- Several changes to prologue.
- Added map to train wreck in doctor’s house.
- Changes to dog summon attack.
- New animations for dogs.
- Removed crows around dead animals.
- Lantern has a bigger light radius.
- Fixed getting immortality at certain point in game.
- Fixed not getting the underground door key in one case.
- Fixed several bugs in musician’s parents’ house, like not being able to get inside or nothing happening when returning to this location later after getting the violin.
- Fixed unresponsive mutated dogs in Wolfman’s hideout
- Fixed characters getting stuck in musician’s parents’ house entryway.
- Fixed characters being able to open doors locked with a code.
- Fixed pigshed lever not working after loading the game.
- Fixed dark void when returning to the well in the village.
- Fixed some instances when characters could play a custom animation in the wrong place.
- Fixed dark void when travelling from the village while dragging a wardrobe.
- Fixed sometimes incorrectly applied protective gas in hideouts.
- Fixed several missing / broken events after loading the game.
- Fixed being able to open containers with a padlock by using the context menu.
- Fixed being able to drag a chair from under a villager who is sitting on it
- Fixed help popup displaying in the character dialogue.
- Fixed some dialogues.
- Chain cannot be consumed anymore
- Fixed pigshed lever being able to move by itself!
- Fixed too long note in journal.
- Fixed being able to open church trapdoor without knowing the code.
- Fixed unresponsive NPC in the church.
- Fixed missing doctor animations.
- Fixed being able to access village cellar by breaking in or clipping through door.
- Some fixes to night events.
- Fixed lots of typos, missing translations etc.
- Added some sounds.
- Fixed some objects being incorrectly masked by light.
- Fixed missing Wolf shadow.
Next stop: the Epilogue! Wait… what? What about Chapter 2? Well, we’ve decided we need to finish (more or less) the ending in a satisfying way before we work on the middle of the game. So we don’t know what the next update will be about yet, or when it’s going to happen! So please be patient with us while we work on making the ending as good as possible.
The Acid Wizard
by Acid Wizard
Say hello to Darkwood’s biggest content update as of yet! Even though we have tested this Alpha extensively, there are things which are bound to be broken due to the massive amount of changes made, so please bear with us!
- The story progress through Chapter 1 has been overhauled. This resulted in a big amount of changes both small and large, but you will need to find most of them by yourself!
- The Prologue has had some work done on it, and also has it’s own map.
- Most of the dialogue for NPCs has been rewritten.
- Lots of new journal entries, and all previous ones have also been rewritten.
- In-game cutscenes!
- Renamed the Meadow to the Dry Meadow, and Forest to the Silent Forest. We needed a solution for people who were having problems with finding the beginning locations (eg. looking for the Chicken Lady in the Meadow) as they did not know that these are two different biomes .
- New enemies, new attacks and behaviours for existing ones.
- A ton of new characters, mostly villagers.
- Many new idle animations for enemies and characters.
- At lot of new locations, most notably a large village area.
- Wolfman now has hideouts in each biome.
- New quality settings for low-end PCs.
- Improvements to stuttering when exploring the woods.
- Dynamic difficulty scaling to player progress for some enemies.
- The game now saves after talking to NPCs (except when in dreams).
- Several updates and improvements for controller mode and new default bindings as suggested by players.
- Removed mushroom gift after the first night.
- Added specific post process effects for certain locations.
- Removed priority for enemies to attack the player, resulting in more fighting between mobs.
- Added and modified a few help popups.
- Doors move when hit by something.
- Changed gamma settings to brigthness adjustment.
- Un-nerfed dodge.
- Removed game save when leaving the hideout after morning mode.
- Fixed torches and flares not giving light when clipping inside walls, doors etc. – Fixed enemies wanting to jump through small, blocked windows.
- Fixed some events that should be triggered when entering a specific location being fired on game start.
- Fixed pathfinding issues with locations outside of the game world.
- Removed duplicate river in some cases of a generated world.
- Fixed some events not loading properly.
- Some outside locations now have proper rotation based on their corresponding location in the world (like the train wreck).
- Fixed error when destroying the large larva egg.
- Fixed nasty error for characters with changing portraits, resulting in a memory leak.
- Fixed banshee screams not disabling lights.
- Fixed some characters getting stuck in the middle of nowhere.
- Disabled secondary attacks when in inventory.
- Disabled hotbar scrolling when in main menu.
- A lot of AI fixes.
- Fixed item repair popup when it’s no longer usable incorrectly positioning itself.
- Fixed some incorrect gamepad icons.
- Fixed visible culling when being teleported to a new location.
- Fixed map dragging itself when closed.
- Optimized morning mode effect.
- Fixes to Bicycle man behaviour and getting stuck.
- Fixes to violin quest, as doing it in the incorrect order would still get you a outcome you did not want.
- Fixed missing controller translations.
- Fixes to time freeze music playing in dreams and The Three disappearing.
- Fixes to characters still making sounds (eg. barking) after dying.
- Fixed bugs in crafting requirements for gasoline.
- Made horizontal and vertical camera movement dependent on screen size.
- Fixed poison overlay displaying on top of map and journal.
- Fixed some stuff that should fit to the screen size being a pixel or two too small.
- Standing by the oven at night no longer makes you invulnerable to shadows.
- Fixes to controller camera movement and player reach when in dynamic resolution mode.
- Fixed incorrect number of lives showing up sometimes.
- Fixed incorrect skill popup positioning on small screens.
- Fixed not being able to repair weapons in certain situations.
- Fixed characters sometimes getting stuck on barricades.
- Fixed banshees sometimes changing their mind when walking towards the player.
- Fixed characters which wanted to jump through a object even if they did not have the space to do so.
- Fixed crows flying in place.
Chapter 1 still needs some work, but we’re pretty close to how we want it to look. What’s next? We don’t know yet! It’s time for some quality time with the family (mine will grow by one any day now ) for the Wizards, but we will definitely be looking at the forums and streams to see how you’re liking the new update
The Acid Wizard