In Drive Buy, everyone works for Buy Corp. Buy Corp are a massive corporation who control retail, advertising and a load of other stuff. Most importantly to the game, Buy Corp control the brainwashing advertisement screens that “persuade” customers to buy their products. As a driver, you have to race in your delivery vehicle to get the stuff to customers as quickly as possible.
The game world has the job of telling the story of customer retaliation against Buy Corp, in this case, graffiti that plasters the walls of buildings. The message is clear: customers don’t want to be hypnotised or spend money on stuff they don’t need, but Buy Corp is highly persuasive. It’s David (the customers) vs Goliath (Buy Corp) and you fit in somewhere in the middle.
The Drive Buy roadshow made it’s 3rd stop at The Tentacle Zone. The Tentacle Zone is Payload Studios’ cohabiting workspace, centrally located near to Farringdon. This stop offered us an opportunity to share Drive Buy with Payload Studios and Spilt Milk Studios all in one super awesome space.
We’re big fans of TerraTech, so it was was amazing to have the team that created it playing Drive Buy. Because of some similarities between the games, the feedback felt extra relevant.
In the last few weeks we’ve been watching the community feedback to the The Cold As Ice Update that hit Steam last week.
Now the rhythm on these fortnightly community blog posts is picking up, we’re seeing the value in catching our breath from development. Taking a look around to see what you’ve been up to is just as important as making Drive Buy.
This post features the Drive Buy roadshow, an event where we go to friendly game studios and bring a custom build of Drive Buy that features stuff about that studio. It’s kind of like high fiving, but with a video game.
This week we welcomed 250 new drivers to Drive Buy by sending out the 1st wave of steam keys. Today we’re making good on our word of dropping more keys in our next wave, so say hello to another 250 drivers! The weekend should be full of Drive Buy goodness, let us know how you get on in our Discord.
stuff we did
Hints were added to “Learn To Play” screen
Smoothed out network lag for bad internet connections
Fixed steam invites to work from players other than the host
250 steam keys are going out to the first wave of closed beta players today. Check your inbox, if you’re in then boot open Steam to redeem the key. Now you can start delivering products to the brainwashed masses!
For the first 250 players, your career in Drive Buy is just beginning. Behind you are another 250 drivers and another – you get the point.
We’ll keep dropping keys in waves, every few days until everyone has a key. If you didn’t get one this time, keep an eye on your inbox. If you haven’t registered yet, go to DriveBuyGame.com
This week we tackled some usability around joining matches. We wanted to make it super simple and have a backup if there were no games to join the instant you started looking. Drive Buy also needed an easy way to invite other steam friends to join in.