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Spy Satellite
By Robert Basler on 2019-04-28 23:18:27
Homepage: email:one at onemanmmo dot com

I made a video to demo the Independents' new Spy Satellite. The Spy Satellite removes the shroud anywhere on the map. Once built, it can be used every three minutes. There are four perks related to the Spy Satellite: the first unlocks the unit, the second and third increase the diameter of the area revealed, and the final perk enables real-time surveillance of the target area for two minutes.

Adding the Spy Satellite was really fun. Unlike everything I've done the last year, it was a few lines in a config file, a new in-game model, a new icon and just a pinch of new code. This gave me time to do a bit of polish: a new mouse cursor when targeting and custom sound effects.

[The Spy Satellite in-game model.]

To test the Spy Satellite I also built a handy new feature: the level-up button. It will save me a lot of time. Unfortunatly for players, it only works for admin accounts.

[The UI icon for the Spy Satellite.]

For Unnamed Update I plan to release features as they are developed, and I said that the new pathfinding code was done a couple weeks ago, but you may have noticed there is still no new release. The reason for that is that the pathfinding changes were substantial and are still throwing a fair number of bugs, so until I find and squish those, the release is going to wait.

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