Development News #64 - Almost there!


Hey, Feudalists!

Firstly, we would like to announce that CBT#5 testing is planned to start on the 17th of August 2017. Keep in mind that it will last as long as needed until we are ready for the next stage of tests.

Secondly, we plan to wipe and shuffle all map resources after the end of the CBT#5. Keep this information in mind before making decisions between grinding vs having fun in PvP, RP or exploration!

Lastly, we’re working on in-game physics optimization, especially in battle instances. We believe that we’re moving in the right direction with these optimizations, though it does take some time.

Here are also some art updates for you to check out.

Stay with us!

P.S. Don’t forget to check out Brightlocker where you can earn exclusive Life is Feudal perks and rewards. 

— The team

Development News #63 - Moving forward, We shall prevail!

Hey, Feudalists!

With a heavy heart, we have to admit that we didn’t make the launch of the Battle system last weekend. All guilty ones have been hanged already on Alaric oak, while the remaining continue to work with double the zeal.

We want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding from all who came to help us with testing. Thanks to all of you, a number of critical bugs and problems were identified.

Your trust, support and enthusiasm inspire us to continue working with added strength and fills us with determination to push forward on the project.

We want to give a special shout out to the guilds who took their time and showed up for the Battle system test in a really organized manner: Askanier, Vanirs Krigsmen, Brothers In Arms, Prosperity, Blood Vikings, La Orden, Heidabyr, Axt and Kreuz, The Kingdom of Masons, Great Tartaria, House Dagfinn, Kingdom of Aberon, Finravens, Ruffnarök, Kingdom of Baldoian. Thank you!

We also want to take this time to talk about our priorities. The main strength of the team is now focused on bringing the Battle system to life. The rest of the developers are finalizing the horse-pulled carts and Trading posts, alongside the reshuffled resources on the map. That is not mentioning the ongoing process of polishing and bug-fixing of course.

The artists are finishing texturing the new walls and Donjons to prepare them for tests, as well as making models of destructible shields, reworking some game assets and adding new ones.

Some pictures:

Stay with us!

— The team

Development News #62 - ‘Improved Formations for Battles - so at least you look cool while dying’


Hey, Feudalists!

We have promised many times on different occasions that we were going to tweak and boost one of our original game features - the Formation System. We’ve decided that now is a good a time as any, especially since we plan to test the Battle System this weekend!

In today’s devblog, we would like to talk about our new vision for the Formation System and explain some details for you guys.

First of all, we’ve decided to increase (x1.5) the area that members of the unit must step into in order to be ‘considered’ entered into the formation. We did this in order to ease the usage of formations for less organized/drilled players. Some of the ideas for future development we have considered implementing are ‘Spread Out!’ and the ‘Stay Close!’ commands, which will increase or decrease the size of formation with a more tight formation providing a bigger boost to the members of the unit, but those are distant plans.

Secondly, we’re shaping formation type and formation command bonuses in such a manner as to get them closer to the golden game design balancing standard -  rock, paper, scissors.

Formation types: 
  • Wall Formation(counters Circle Formation). Effects: Defense, Slowed.
  • Wedge Formation (counters Wall Formation). Effects: Momentum (multiplies damage that players inflict by their movement speed), Penetration (lowers Defense effect magnitude of a struck victim).
  • Circle Formation (counters Wedge Formation). Effects: Accelerated, Balanced Breath.
Formation commands:
  • Hold your ground! (counters “Move, move, move!”). 20 second duration, does not affect mounted players. Effects: Defense, Slowed.
  • Chaaarge! (counters “Hold your ground!”). 10 second duration, effect disappears after the first successful hit. Effects: Momentum, Penetration, Accelerated, Hurried Breath (faster stamina drain while running).
  • Move, move, move! (counters “Chaaarge!”). 20 second duration. Speed of all unit members becomes equal to the leader’s speed. Effects: Accelerated, Balanced Breath, Shaky Hands (chance to be staggered if hitting a person with the Defense effect active)
Lastly, but more importantly than the previous aspects - we’ve increased the bonus from the amount of unit members that enter the formation. The more organized your unit is - the more unit members that are inside the formation - the bigger the bonuses each of them receive!

We are looking forward to the closed beta testers being able to test both Battles and the updated Formation system during this weekend test. We encourage everyone to take a part in these tests since there will be NO consequences and no results will be saved.
P.S. In order to get as many battles fought as possible there will only be 1 hour between the Battle Challenge and the battle start itself. During normal gameplay you will have to wait approx. 24 hours.

— The team

First major update since release! (1.0.6285)

Hey, villagers!

We have been hard at work on improvements and new features and as you can see we have been very busy for such a small team. We hope you enjoy these improvements to stability, the visual quality, effects and improvements to gameplay. Many good things still to come in future updates.

Patch notes (ver. 1.0.6285):

New features and tweaks:

  • Completely new grass system, much higher quality and looks great. also, grass trampling and the growing system was repaired and is working now
  • Made terraforming tool more informative and user-friendly
  • Improved and optimized water and sky rendering - improved lighting, especially at night, and bloom
  • Many-many new modding features and possibilities
  • Some new buildings that increase happiness are added
  • Implemented a new school upgrade
  • New tutorial elements
  • Game UI slightly redesigned to be more comfortable on extremely low resolutions (like 1024x768) and 4K resolution
  • Mood system is redesigned and we are balancing this system at the moment
  • You will see a proper icon over the pasture if there is sick animal on it. “Slaughter” button will slaughter diseased animal first.
  • Resources in market will be included into total town resources statistics. Tweaked marketplace trading balance
  • Students now always pick a closes school to visit
  • Rain and water are no longer gets inside the buildings
  • If you zoom close enough to a worker you will be able to see what kind of food he wants to eat
  • Modding documentation extended

Bug fixes:

  • Save-process optimizations and bugfixes
  • Game statistics fixed
  • Pathfinding and navigation system were optimized and are 15-30% faster now
  • Fixed save/load window bugs
  • Villagers on donkeys does not extinguish fires now
  • Fixed first person camera bobbing bugs
  • Many bug fixes and many less noticeable changes

— FV team

Development News #61 - ‘Time to Assemble on the Battlefield draws closer!’


Hey Feudalists!

We have decided to prolong this Closed Beta Test Run #4 until Monday, July 24th, 2017. We have planned a separate test session of the Battle System for next weekend (July 28-30).

Keep in mind that it will be a separate test and after the Battle System test we will revert the gameworld to the state it will be in at the end of CBT#4. So feel free to test the Battle System without the fear for your life, skills, alignment or precious belongings!

We would like you to get acquainted with the Battle System mechanics in its test state, to prepare yourselves for the next weekend!

The Battle System is designed as a designated place to settle issues between guilds, as the most convenient way for both the players and the game server infrastructure.

In order to challenge another guild for battle, you will first of all need a Battle Totem. During this closed beta test, you will be able to create a Battle Totem in the Siege Engineer's Shop from a single Building Log. In the future, valuable resources like gold, flax and steel will be required to create a Battle Totem.

The leader of the attacking guild must come on to the defending guild's claim and set the Battle Totem there. It is necessary for both guilds to have at least a tier 2 monument (Fine Monument) and to be at war.

If the battle is successfully declared, the parties begin to form lists of participants. This time (for this CBT wave), we have set a 1 hour timeframe to gather your troops. After this preparation time, the battle will begin. In the future, the battle will start in the evening (19:00—22:00 UTC) on the next real-time day after the battle was declared.

To take part in the upcoming battle, you need to be properly enrolled in the list of your guild monument. The leader of the guild must confirm the participants from that list for them to take part in the battle.

Before the battle begins, the sides will be balanced numerically, so that the number of soldiers from one side will not exceed 3 times the number of the other side.

At the start of the battle, you will receive a message to confirm participation in the battle. After accepting the invitation, you will be moved to the Battleground along with the equipment and items in your inventory. Refusal of the invitation will be considered desertion!

After moving to the Battleground, you will be given 5 minutes to load and form up. At this time, you can not move further than 50 meters away from the spawn point. After that, you will have 10 minutes to exercise your tactics and clash with the enemy before the central point on the map is activated. You have to capture this point to win.

To capture the point, you need to be in the capture zone for 5 minutes. Alternative ways to achieve the victory are complete elimination or desertion of the enemy team. If the fight lasts longer than 1 hour, then it will end and the defenders will win.

Equipment and all items from the inventory of defeated warriors will be moved to the Battle Totem, located at the capture point on the battlefield. Winners will be able to collect all the contents of the Totem and after that will leave the battlefield.

The radius of the guild's claim of the losing side will be reduced by 3 to 5 tiles, depending on the level of the monument (7 - Monument level). The losing side will not be able to issue new battle challenges for the next 3 real days (this will be turned off for the CBT wave).

— The team