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The Mandate - Post-Funding Update #32

by Couchpotato, 2013-12-26 06:11:50

Perihelion Interactive has posted the next post-funding update for The Mandate with information about the games future development.

The road ahead

2014 will soon be upon us and it will be an exciting year for The Mandate! So today we thought we would look at both the present and the future and discuss some of our plans for the coming year.

As mentioned in the previous update one of the things we are working on is procedural textures for both ship interiors and characters. Previously we had used this technology for ships in the ship designer. Below you can see a demonstration video using colour tints, decals, metal aging and wear. Remember, this is just the first test, and we will be adding more functionality later.

Another nifty feature we are working on is our character system. Once complete it will allow us to use a standard head and body which we can then morph into whichever shape and height we want. Why is this cool and why should you care? Because it is a very efficient system that will allow us to put more characters on the screen at the same time which might come in handy for bigger boarding operations. We hope to share a video of this system in action in one of the next Kickstarter updates.

Moving on, the writers are preparing the design tier (or equivalent digital add-on) instructions which will include both background information as well as tips, advice and a more thorough faction overview (remember, not all factions have been revealed yet!). We hope to have this ready by end of January and you can CLICK HERE to see a skeleton of the document structure/flow. It should be pretty self-explanatory.

On the community side of things we have updated the forums and added a chat function on the left-hand side. You need to login on the forums to use it and it will automatically refresh every 10 seconds. The chat is only visible on the front page/index (we will look into a workaround in January). We hope this chat will help maintain and expand our mature and knowledgeable community and retain the awesome spirit from the discussions on the Kickstarter comments in the later half of the Kickstarter campaign. We may also use this chat to run community events or roundtables later on. In other forum-related news we have added forum ranks similar to those seen on Kickstarter and PayPal.

Several backers have asked if there is an easy way to “gift” copies to their friends and family by having something physical to hand out. So we have prepared the 3x Orders and 1x Medal in editable word .doc format. In addition we are providing all the reward tier graphics so you could edit, print and put these in an envelope. CLICK HERE to download a zip file with everything you need.

Information about

The Mandate

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: Strategy-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development