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Patch 1.05 Preview

Posted on September 28, 2018 by Shibusuke

We’re working on the first big patch for City of the Shroud while Moira writes Chapter 2, so I wanted to take some time to go over what’s coming:

Major Updates:

Revamped AI:

  • The AI is getting an overhaul to make it more interesting, more challenging, and to let it better highlight what makes CotS’ combat unique. When the new patch releases, enemy characters will:
     
  • Enemies will be more aggressive in their movement and usage of combos. Enemies will be better at picking out vulnerable targets and hitting them with clever combos. This will speed up combat and make timing and anticipation much more critical.
     
  • Personalities: enemies will have “personality traits.” Each class will have a base setup (prefers being aggressive / defensive / using support abilities, etc.), and these can vary across individual units.
     
  • Ability-specific decision making: the classes in CotS are designed to be deep, with variety within each class coming from the types of Link Gems they have equipped. The AI will have a better understanding of how it can use the abilities it has equipped on a character to torment you more effectively, and rewarding you for keeping track of and responding to them.

Other Additions:

  • Combat Details Display: pressing the new “Combat Details” button during combat will display a variety of useful information on screen. This includes:
     
  • Range Preview: when you press the Combat Details button, yellow range indicators will appear on the tile you are currently hovering over, showing you what your range would be on that tile before moving there.
     
  • Player Character Shortcut Numbers: the shortcut number for each of your characters will be displayed over their head so you can quickly pinpoint where everyone is relative to the UI on the side of the screen.
     
  • Enemy Location Arrows: all (conscious) enemies will get a red arrow specifying their positions.

Minor Updates & Bug Fixes:

  • Update: We have made additional NPC character art for characters who are not important to the story to avoid repetition.
     
  • Update: The game now prompts you to select a difficulty when starting a new game.
     
  • Update: The AP cost of moving to a highlighted tile is displayed on that tile before moving.
     
  • Update: Shortcuts for Wait Mode / Combat Details are now displayed on-screen during combat during tutorial battles.
     
  • Update: Wait Mode can now be set to toggle by holding the button or tapping the button to turn it ON/OFF in Gameplay options.
     
  • Update: Improvements to flow when connecting to another player for an Online VS battle.
     
  • Bug Fix: Tile Targeting arrow for controller now gets drawn on top of Machinist’s backpack geometry.
     
  • Bug Fix: Fixed hidden tiles acting as pits in the Market Gate map in the Refugee Quarter.
     
  • Bug Fix: Fixed location and portrait of an NPC who should have been a refugee in the Refugee Quarter but appeared as an regular Citizen in Old Town.
     
  • Bug Fix: Long quest names in the Quest Tracker should no longer bleed out into the border graphic.
     
  • Bug Fix: Return To Game button on the pause menu no longer enters the “selection” sprite state when pausing even if the player is using mouse/keyboard.

The team has been under the weather with colds and whatnot for the last few weeks, so it’s taken us longer to get this done than we would have liked, but we’re slowly recovering. The patch will need some more time to thoroughly test it before we can release into the wild, but hopefully this gives you an idea of what we’ve been working on since launch.

We’ve also been following the responses to the game and seeing where players are having fun and where they’re not. We’re working on ideas to address these pain points - some will be harder and take more time than others (especially because we want to prioritize working on new chapters), but we want everyone to know that we’re seeing the feedback and will aim to address whatever we can.

Of course, if you’ve got any feedback on what you’d like to see improved, please feel free to share it with us in the Steam forums.

In the meantime, Chapter 1’s influence period wrapped up recently, so if you haven’t read about what went down, you can do so here!

Chapter 1 Results!

Posted on September 18, 2018 by Shibusuke

Chapter 1 is a wrap! Here are the final results:

A last-minute push over the weekend has placed Omar ahead of Zem. Azura’s Merchants are now the most dominant in the city, followed by the rebellion, and then the Syndicate. Navid is trailing his arch-rival Zem by a significant margin, and poor Sohrab can’t seem to catch a break.

What happens now? To start, Moira will be looking at not only how each of the factions stands in relation to the others but also at how their alliances and beliefs have shifted over the course of the chapter.

As you played, you were not only changing your chosen leader’s influence, but also what they think of the other leaders. So far, you have undermined several alliances, but not always mutually - in many cases, you have one leader who still trusts their ally, while their ally no longer trusts them back. I wonder how that will play out?

It’s not all seeds of distrust, though - you’ve also strengthened some bonds, and even managed to push hard for one we would never have predicted. And remember, these characters’ allies and enemies are all tangled together (for example, in Chapter 1, Navid is allies with Omar and Sohrab, but Omar and Sohrab hate each other), so these effects will ripple across the entire fabric of the story.

I don’t want to go into too much detail to avoid spoilers, but you’ve given us some incredible material to work with.

What does it mean for the city to have the Merchants rise to power as everyone begins to turn on each other, the old balance becomes untenable, and the City Guard, ostensibly keepers of the peace, watching the city descend into chaos while they are powerless to stop it?

We’ll have to wait for Chapter 2 to find out!

Chapter 1's Influence Period Extended Through September 16!

Posted on September 10, 2018 by Shibusuke

This is a quick announcement to let you know that we're extending the influence period for Chapter 1 until the end of this coming weekend: Sunday, September 16. A few newcomers have arrived, and we want to make sure they have a chance to make their mark on Iskendrun.

And if you haven't finished Chapter 1 yet, now's your chance!

City of the Shroud Patch 1.01 Notes

Posted on September 06, 2018 by Shibusuke

This is a small patch to address one specific issue. Behold!

  • Fixed issue where players may not receive receive rewards from random battles after completing Chapter 1's story

That's it! We have more updates coming in a larger patch that we're still working on but wanted to get this update out ASAP.

Check out the Community post on Steam here!

Two Weeks Left To Influence Chapter 1!

Posted on August 31, 2018 by Shibusuke

Greetings, Fellow Citizens of Iskendrun,

This is a quick announcement to let you know that the influence period for Chapter 1 will be wrapping up in just under two weeks, on September 10.

That gives you two more weekends to complete Chapter 1 in order to make your mark on Iskendrun’s Balance of Power and the city’s leaders!

Once the Chapter 1 influence period ends on September 10, the Balance of Power and other under-the-hood influences will be locked in and will no longer change (you can still play the game as much as you want!). This will let us begin parsing your decisions and writing Chapter 2!

As a reminder, this is how the system works:

  • A chapter is released, with a several-week period where player decisions influence the state of the game world via the Balance of Power and other under-the-hood methods

  • After the influence period is up, we lock in the Balance of Power and other decision vectors as they stand

  • We then use this information to write the next chapter

  • You can play up to the most recently released chapter after the influence period is over, including alternate branches of the story; it just won’t affect the next chapter’s story

  • We release the new chapter, and the cycle repeats!

If you have any questions, please let us know in the forums (this announcement is cross-posted on our Steam forums)! Now get out there and make your presence felt!