Hello! Time for long-gone Dev Minutes. Today special, 'Global Rivalry' DLC edition as we finally got a grip around that.
Changes, changes, changes! What has changed since last dev minutes?
Other than some bugfix updates and small changes to the game, not much has changed. The game saw several updates and currently is in 1.02.3 version. It has upcoming bigger update in Q4 2019 and it will be the update with 'Global Rivalry' DLC.
But what really has changed there?
First, we have added new companies. Each branch received 13 new companies with the DLC, which brings up the whole number to 25 companies per branch (12 in the base game, 13 in DLC) and total of 130 new companies in the DLC. Getting them to work was quite challenging in some cases, as not all of those branches have a lot of active companies - but we tried our best and we have our new companies! Market Dominion Wiki should be updated with them pretty soon.
Talking about companies, we are also talking through an idea of custom companies. Player would be able to pick a name, starting location and a starting modifier for his own company. Custom companies would probably have a number of slots (that would define how many custom companies you can have) and player would be able to save them for later. We were also discussing a feature which would allow to play against your own, custom companies.
This way, we would like the games to have up to 25 players. Yup, even more mess! But why not? It might be interesting. So, up to 25 players in one game. Check!
One of the ideas that we're looking at as well is an ability to pick the companies you're playing against, but you are free to leave it for random!
It's good to say as well (when we're on companies topic), that some home states of companies in the same branch will be the same, so two or three companies can start in the same home state! Also, there won't be any new modifiers.
We are also planning on adding some achievements, but we are currently having some issues with implementing them. We've already tried that, but we had pretty huge issues. We will obviously continue trying, as achievements are cool!
XML file for companies for DLC is almost ready at this point and we are getting ready to jump into serious edits inside the game itself. I must say, planning out 130 extra companies was challenging!
Thanks for reading today's Dev Minutes, I will be back with new post really, really soon!