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.
The latest Drive Buy update (2283) might be our best yet… Loads of new stuff, check the changelog. Our favourite? The updated FREEZE RAY – now you can boost through frozen rivals to take them out.
For the directors among you, there’s a new camera mode for capturing your whip from mind melting angles. It can be really helpful for capturing gameplay footage to use for stream intros, cool screenshots or whatever you need.
The last big one is so cool, a reason to jump around and throw some emotes because you can now advertise games natively in Discord to get players into your game. It’s some slick Discord integration using their awesome SDK. Thanks Discord!
This week we’ve added a new preview map for you to try called “Canary” — it’s surrounded by a breathtaking water feature and it’s really fun to see far across the map.
When driving around Canary the water is most noticeable at the northeast side, with skyscrapers surrounding it. This level is loosely based on Canary Wharf area of London which is right next to the Thames, it looks super dystopian when lit up at night
We’ve also started marked out the career section on the main menu so in the coming weeks we will be resetting the XP earned for every player so we can fully test this out. More details on that next week.
This past week we’ve been working on improving the join game experience. We’ve made the experience of being invited to a lobby or party, less overwhelming. We want to allow for a more seamless joining experience, so joining a game in another region will automatically swap you to that region. You can also change the region without having to quit the game and navigate back to the options screen.
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.
Since our last post, we’ve been hard at work implementing player feedback from the game and gearing up for the BETA. A lot of it is testing and bug fixing which is pretty boring stuff so we won’t to go into those details and send you to sleep.