Change Log build 1.53 (Jan 2020)


New Features


- “Continue Session“ feature: You can now restore your last run without having saved. This feature will respawn you at the last gate you entered and allows quitting the game anytime. Please note that you‘ ll still need to activate save points to permanently store your game on its selected save slot, this is especially important in case you have saved games on multiple slots in parallel. To start using this new feature, load any saved game or start a new one. Then it will be available after quitting your run.


- I’ve added a new Easter Egg to the game. Let’s see who finds it first. A lot of players would be thankful for sure XD.


Design Fixes


- New shortcuts were added to the map layouts. There’s now a vertical shaft looping back to the Great Portal after the Tam Tam Miniboss. Also, a new teleporter was placed in the upper Toxic Swamps, looping you back to close to the swamp’s Wozan village.

- New Sound FX were added for enemies spitting acid or fire.

- The game’s fonts were modified for a clearer input display. Linux/ Steam-Proton users, please manually download and install the new fonts on your system:


Bugfixes


- Gates and ceilings are more robust against accidental OOB glitching.

- Fixed weird air-hovering that could occur with some crawler AIs

- The Blackthorn Miniboss had lost his health bar in build 1.52.

- Fixed a game-breaking bug where players dying with the Missile Launcher equipped, directly after acquiring it, would respawn with a dysfunctional launcher unable to switch back to the plasma gun.

- Pausing the game in the exact same frame-time a dialogue triggers would induce a black screen.

- The in-game options menu would scale too small in some room layouts.



Change Log Build 1.52 (Jan 2020)


New Features


- Dialogue System: Implemented a new font-based text display. This was an important step to fully localize the game in the next weeks.


- User Interface: Completely reworked the game’s options menu. The gameplay options are now separated from the PC-specific system configuration. Players now have the ability to manually select gamepad layouts for Xbox, PS4 and Nintendo Switch in the system configuration tab. All in-game button prompts and tutorials, as well as background billboards, will adjust accordingly.


-Visuals: Added a huge set of assets from pixel artist Daniel Szadi, spicing-up the game’s backgrounds and tilesets to create even more memorable places. https://www.artstation.com/szadi83


Design Changes and Fixes


- As a side-effect of our localization efforts and the new tutorials, the Direct Input gamepad support had to be abandoned. I had come to the conclusion that it was rarely used and, on the other hand, caused a lot of confusion. You’re still able to configure keyboard inputs in-game, of course.


- Compatibility mode for Steam Proton added to the system options. Selecting this mode will auto-skip the intro sequence as well as the staff roll, as movie playback currently is not working on Linux. We’ll find a better solution in the future. Also, make sure to download and manually install the needed custom fonts for build 1.52 if you’re on Linux.


Bugfixes


- Fixed some smaller glitches and typos.

-Please let me know if you experience any issues with build 1.52. Following the console porting process, huge parts of the codebase had to be adjusted or were even completely redone!

- I also left the build 1.51 on Steam in the beta tab. Right-click Outbuddies → Properties → Betas → Choose “last build”. A password is not needed.




Change Log Build 1.51 (Dec 2019)


Design Fixes


- Simplified hacking mechanics: Buddy will now just level up and will then be able to hack enemies equal or lower his hacking level. The key-chain mechanic with the need for aligning the right protocol with your aim-line was removed in total.

- The wall jump air control got a larger input buffer, as some players tended to accidentally shorten their wall jumps by pushing against the wall for too long.

- Tutorial billboards were adjusted and reworked for more clarity

- The player will be granted + 1 health on every respawn to combat situations where players got stuck in difficult situations on low health ending in a frustrating “death loop”.

- The main menu now starts with the cursor set to “Options”, as some players reported being at risk to accidentally override their saved games with the cursor starting on “New Game”.

- Hit-Fx of big boss sprites were adjusted to be compliant with photosensitive epilepsy guidelines


I also noticed that many players would quite unintentionally do heavy sequence breaks and have a rather sub-par experience. Build 1.51 will change some key rooms, there's still plenty of room for sequence breaking and branching paths though. 


- Entering the Moxan Boss room through the “backdoor” will no longer be possible.

- Getting the Bubble Beam will require the Steam Boots, so the Nautilus boss cannot be missed

- Advancing to Topa and getting the Jetpack/Triple jump will require the Bubble Beam, making sure players won’t have to fight Topa without the Steam Boots equipped.

- Venturing deeper inside the lower Corridium mines will require the Bubble Beam, Galvanizer and Homunculus. Especially the lower mines had a high risk of soft-locking players that went off-track.


Btw, I'm sure you'll work around the new obstacles again, but it will be a lot more difficult for sure^^


Bugfixes


- Assigning the camera to Buddy failed if player 2 chooses the mouse-setup to control Buddy.

- Removed old legacy code that may have corrupted split-second inputs for high-level keyboard players

- Fixed more spelling errors 




CHANGE LOG BUILD 1.50


New Features


- Modified the game's color grading shader to allow more colors. 

- Reworked the Buluc boss sprite.

- New option to choose a CRT shader with scaling interpolation  



CHANGE LOG BUILD 1.49


New Features


- Getting the Jetpack upgrade will now also unlock a triple jump ability.

- Performing a wall jump with the Spin Blade instantly refills the Steam Meter


Next to the enhanced running speed (build 1.48), those changes will now unlock Outbuddies` full mobility potential and enable speed-techs on a completely different level.


Design Fixes


- The Jetpack movement consumes less Steam Meter and can also directly connect to a Steam Jump

- Buluc Boss Fight: Evade spots are now prompted, giving a better clue about the basic approach

- Dropping from platforms is now accelerated to make it more suitable as an evade-strategy

- Changed CoOp menu handling: Only the Nicolay player will be able to control the menu

- The Topa Boss fight could be cheesed when accessing the room with late-game equipment


Bugfixes & Performance


- Implemented a more aggressive particle handling to ensure stable FR on lower-end setups

- Shifting from a zoomed-out CoOp display to the 360p compatibility fix was not working correctly

- Plants sometimes covered the tutorial billboards in the backgrounds

- The map progress achievements are re-implemented. To claim your achievements with a saved game, load your map screen, then exit to gameplay again and wait for 2 seconds. The achievement should unlock on the game‘ s main screen when exiting after that.



CHANGE LOG BUILD 1.48


New Features


- Added over 40 new background assets and tile-variations to the game to provide more guidance and give each sub-biome and key room a look to remember. The assets were made by pixel artist Louis Zuno. I just recently started supporting him on Patreon. https://www.patreon.com/ansimuz/posts


- The 8-bit color mode was replaced by a "Muted Backgrounds" option. While I personally prefer it colorful you may now use this to turn backgrounds grayscale and darken them as well. The 8-bit option was dropped cuz it seemed rarely used and the colors really were too hard on the eyes in some areas.


Design Fixes


- Run speed is now 200% of the walking speed (compared to 150% in the earlier builds).

- The Steam Dash underwater is a bit faster

- Bombs will now be auto-attached to enemies more generously when in crawling or Homunculus (ball) mode.

- The Spin Blade now does double damage


Bugfixes


- Made the Topa boss room robust to sequence breaking. Leaving the room through the ceiling gate with late-game equipment permanently glitched it. 

- Executing a Corridium dash on a vertical room transition could lead to wall glitching 

- Holding joystick left when calling the options would cause a black screen

- The claw arm of Razoth would not generate properly in rare cases

- Tutorials would not display correctly when playing with a keyboard + mouse setup 



CHANGE LOG BUILD 1.47


New Features


- Gamepad rumble can now be turned off in the options menu

- Map scrolling can now be inverted in the options menu. The default control was set back to regular.


Design Fixes


- The Moxan Boss now has a better visual clue how to beat it

- Reworked object accelerations to allow more precise telekinetic movements with Buddy

- Simplified rotation control on telekinesis. Objects will now always rotate clockwise.


Bugfixes


- The code for gamepad rumble transmission induces a high CPU load on weapon-charging

- Implemented a new resolution option [Fixed 360p]. This is a compatibility fix that solves rare issues with window-flickering on room transitions on Windows 7 as well as crashes that occurred with screen-recording software that hooks to DX9 APIs. This option will create black borders on non-standard resolutions and a zoom-out on CoOp ist no longer possible.

- Feeding the Soul Eater by holding [LB] had stopped working on build 1.46, you had to hold [LT] instead. Now both inputs are valid.

- Fixed issues with gamepad rumble not triggering on CoOp play.



CHANGE LOG BUILD 1.46 


Design Fixes


New wall jump input: Close to a wall, any horizontal joystick input + jump will now execute the wall jump. So the common input most games use [push towards wall + jump] is now supported as well. 


Improved early game tutorials. Adjusted some pictorials, especially the ones explaining hacking were very confusing. The Outbuddies Wiki can now also be called from the main menu, providing in-depth explanations and GIF images of the game's mechanics and controls. 


Two more hacking protocols were hidden to enable reaching level 6 now (Red Hat Achievement). I had messed the protocol count up, sorry for that. 

Here are the hints for those completionists. 

1. The first one is hidden in the perfect room to hide an Easter Egg

2. The second one is where all the other eggs are


Btw. the map-progress achievements are still broken and removed on Steam, I'll fix it ASAP. 



Bugfixes


x Mashing buttons in tubes and during screen transitions could lead to game-breaking wall glitches 

x Heavy impulses close to the ceiling could lead to wall-glitching

x The Nocturne Boss could be glitched to death by pausing the game in a specific sequence 

x Collecting missile tanks before the launcher still was not robust to sequence breaking 

x Rare bug in the loading routine granting you weapons you don't own yet




CHANGE LOG BUILD 1.45


New control schemes for gamepad modes 


XInput mode (default, made for modern gamepads with Right Stick & Shoulder-Trigger functionality)


New button mapping. Xbox Gamepad. 


[X] = Fire weapon slot 1; Buddy Telekinesis

[Y] = Shift slot 1


[B] = Fire weapon slot 2

[Right Stick] down = Shift slot 2


[Right Stick] up = Call Buddy. Coded large dead zone to avoid accidentally shifting to Buddy. 


[A] = Jump; Scan with Buddy, Rotate selected stone with Buddy


[RB] = Steam Button/ Dodge; Select object with Buddy, Build block on CoOp


[RT] = Aim upwards, Strafe underwater; Rotate Buddy's keychain


[LB] = Action Button: Interact, Talk, place Bombs; Accelerate Buddy 


[LT] = Run Button, Strafe underwater, Rotate Buddy's keychain 


(--> For XInput mode Run and Action buttons are now separated).


DirectInput mode (6-8 button retro-gamepads, no Right-Stick or Trigger functions)

Changed default button mapping. DirectInput controls can be remapped in the [Input Mapping] tab. 


New movement abilities: Player is now able to aim downwards while jumping forward by pressing the joystick diagonal-down. Larger deadzone for joystick-down input to avoid accidentally aiming down when jumping forward. 


Inputs for map scrolling are now inverted 


Design Fixes:


Buddy Telekinesis: Abandoned the push/pull mechanic in favor of pull only. A lot of players were confused or annoyed by the old implementation. 


Adjusted some key-rooms in the Toxic Swamps due to a high danger of soft-locking when venturing in that area without the proper equipment. 


More Treasure Medals were hidden in the game's last area (Sanctum), for a better chance to rescue all Wozan or use a resurrection batch in the last boss battle. 


Rebalanced drop chances to account for players low on health or missiles. 


Rebalancing of some sound Fx volumes.


Improvements in the tutorial section.  


Bugfixes 


Fixed various typos and grammar errors in the dialogues. 

Improved the jump-buffering readout 

Rare animation bug when falling corrupting the double jump input 

Player was able to jump while activating a teleporter

Player was able to double jump after being killed

Fixed animation bug when respawning in a crouching stance 


Upgrade chains and Achievement unlocking should now be robust to heavy sequence breaks. 



CHANGE LOG BUILD 1.44


Hotfix that replaces a broken room layout in the Toxic Swamps.