The Small Stats and Timeline

These last few changes are being done to make sure better gameplay in battle thanks to the new timeline, and from now on, the main thing I’ll be working on are mission design: level design, story, enemy encounters, balancing… The main game’s content, essentially.

New Timeline & Speed System

The big change is the new Timeline system: it’s now a fully fledged timeline. Each character’s speed stat now is more important now than ever, as it can grant an ally or foe an action before their foes!

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Equip Flowers!

Wow, it’s been a while! Three months! (And more for those checking the devlog through forums like Haxeflixel and TIGsource, I forgot to update them!) Real life intervenes in very harsh ways, but hopefully I’ll be able to resume work on the game in a steady fashion, most notably on the content aspect.

One mechanic I really wanted to spice up before fully focusing on content was the flower equipment system. It seemed relatively basic, it gave some stat boosts and a technique. It was a bit too basic, and would have required a lot of work (and balancing) to make a lot of flowers each have unique stats or techniques.

What I’ve implemented is a system of flower synergies. Persephone is a goddess, and despite having her title stolen, she can still empower her allies through the use of flowers, each character being able to equip up to three flowers at once.

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Intermission reworks, start of content development!

Long time no see!

First of all, I am terribly sorry for not having posted anything formal on the website. I had a two month period where I had a lot of real-life work to do, and the rest of the time during this silence was doing a lot of backend, such as bug fixing, and optimization here and there. Most importantly, I’ve also completed during that time both an attack choreography editor (battle animations) and a cut-scene editor, to speed up their creation. After all, who would want to edit large JSON files with lots of empty lines to just create a single cut-scene? Not me, that’s for sure.

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New Obstacle: Leader Lock Zones

I’m trying out something new this week. If it doesn’t seem to work out, I’ll return to somewhat regular weekly updates. In this format, I focus on a single feature at a time, with updates not always on Saturday.

When you explore the missions of Hegemone Pass, you’ll be interacting with a few gimmicks in the world that might hinder or help your progress in the mission. Today, we’ll be looking at the Leader Lock Zones, a strange area that forces your leader to switch to the leader matching the color of the zone. In addition, while inside this zone, you cannot switch your leader!

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Working on: Chapter 1 Level Design

Today’s update is not going to be major. I have been hard at work on making the first chapter of the game, but it is nowhere near close to being done. So, today I’m going to just showcase what exactly I have done this past week. This week, I was mostly making the level design of the first chapter, but I did significant updates to the tile sets of both areas used inside of chapter 1.

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First of all, we updated the background for the city levels. The lava has been simplified, and the city in the background has much more red than before, making the city reflect more it’s status as a capital city of the Underworld. It’s a lively place to be in. In contrast to the background, the ground and walls are blue and cold, as it’s just outside of the city. It’s still part of the city, but it’s merely the suburbs.

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Posters of Demeter are all over the walls, as well as Wanted Posters for Persephone. There are different posters in the city too!

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Here’s a showcase of a new entity in the game! A breakable rock! Yvonne can break these rocks using her Ribbon Axe.

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During the later parts of the Chapter 1, you’ll be venturing farther outside from the city. It’s what most people think of when they think of the Underworld! The uninteresting areas of the Underworld look like this. It’s kind of like the countryside, but a lot more sour. By the way, those spikes will deal great damage to the current leader. Luckily, you cannot be KO’ed on the field!

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I haven’t shown it here, but the majority of the Underworld’s “countryside” has lava, and I did update the design of the lava.

And that’s all for this week! I’ll be working hard to make as much progress on Chapter 1 as possible. It’s going to be the main area I use to create the announcement trailer.

First details on Leader Switching

Today, I’m going to explain a bit more about Leader Switching.

Disclaimer: This is a copy of an update previously posted on the devlogs located on the Haxeflixel Forums and the TIGSource forums, with very minor tweaks. Please remember that these pictures of the game are not final, things might change later on… The game runs at 60fps, but the gifs are at 10fps.

hello! I'm Persephone!

First, a little reminder. You play as Persephone, trying to find and defeat Demeter. As a result, Yvonne, Ethan and Emilie are not the leader, Persephone takes that position. However, whoever is hosting Persephone inside them is considered the party’s leader.

Leader switch ui

On the field, you can switch your current leader when on land by pressing the leader switching buttons (bound to the E & R keys in the screenshot). This will make you switch your leader immediately to the character indicated in the HUD. This UI element was inspired by the Sonic Heroes team formation hud.

Switching leaders on the field allows you to do various things, but for today, I want to focus on leader switching in battle.

HEGEMONE PASS

battle ui

battle ui

You switch leaders by using the Hegemone Pass command. This command can be used by any party member, and when used it will prompt you to choose the character who will be the leader. When the turn starts, the Hegemone Pass will switch your current leader to the designated ally. Anyone in your team can perform a Hegemone Pass, even when they are not leader, and in fact, you can perform multiple Hegemone Pass in a single turn, as it is a simple action like all the others.

HEGEMONE PASS!

You’ll notice that during a Hegemone Pass, Persephone herself gets out of the previous leader, and enters the new leader! If you look closely, the miasma eye that Persephone has is shared when Yvonne, Ethan or Emilie host Persephone, but disappears when Persephone is outside of them. It reappears only on the new leader!

When switching leaders, a short description shows up, generally reflecting the most important aspect of the title as well as its type (Leader, Team, Target, Fear).

While it’s nice to know the title’s effect on the fly, you can also check each unit’s title at the start of each turn so you can know their effects beforehand, regardless of their leader status.

HEGEMONE PASS!

When the enemies perform their own Hegemone Pass on their teammates, you’ll notice that Demeter is assisting them!… well, from afar. Demeter is much more powerful than her daughter in her current state, and can assist Persephone’s foes without being there, while Persephone has to physically be within the leader, and will be knocked out if the current leader is knocked out, rendering Persephone vulnerable to the Underworld under Demeter’s control.

But today, I’d like to introduce a new move in leader switching techniques…

AUXO PASS

BEGONE!

The Auxo Pass allows you to switch your opponent’s leader to the designated target! One great thing you can do is switch their leader so that a title you can take advantage of is applied, making your fight easier! Or better yet, switch their leader to one of their weaker allies, and finish them off for a quick victory!

But beware! Some foes have the capabilities to do this to your team! Additionally, some enemies will counter your Auxo Pass by performing a Hegemone Pass back to their leader of choice, so be aware!

Currently, the only leader switching move that uses 0 SP to cast is the Hegemone Pass. I am still deciding on how much SP it would cost to use an Auxo Pass (also, debugging, so 0 SP in the screenshots). In addition, I do think I’ll tweak the animation so that you can at least discern who is initiating the Auxo Pass, since right now it does look a bit similar to the Hegemone Pass when seen without context. Maybe like a eye spark on the user with a camera pan to it before the animation?

select hegemone

all leader switching techniques are here

In addition, did you notice the command selection HUD? At the start of the game, you will only have access to the Hegemone Pass, to make sure players can understand the mechanics enough. When you obtain the Auxo Pass, the command name changes to Hegemone, and opening it will reveal a list of leader switching techniques.

OTHER TECHNIQUES?

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More leader switching techniques can be found, but I’d like to keep them for another time. They can be obtained by finding some of Persephone’s Titles, upgrades that can be seen in the field of certain levels. These titles are called “minor titles”. They can grant you various upgrades, like lava walking, but also things like unlocking new Leader Switching abilities in battle.

locked leader!

One last thing of note! There might be certain encounters where the enemy leader is locked, and therefore, cannot be switched at all. They will always remain leader, no matter what. This is shown with a locked icon above the leader icon in battle.