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Phoenix 2 development.

06-07-2016, 04:37 PM
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Phoenix 2 development.

Phoenix 2 is on its way! It still needs a bit of work but we are aiming to release it this summer. Time to let you guys know what weíre doing. Right up to the release this thread will be the place to find information and discuss Phoenix 2.

Feel free to post any questions, remarks or witty comments, I definitely read them all and will reply if possible.

Some of you might have seen Eliís hands-on from GDC 2015 and a lot has happened since then (and I mean A LOT).

Phoenix 2
Phoenix 2 is an explosive, fast paced and overall amazing shootíem up. Itís all about short adrenaline pumping games, active competition on every level and a great way to tickle all of your senses at the same time.

This description could almost be used to describe Phoenix HD, but besides some shared DNA here and there, this is a very different game.

Phoenix 2 offers a daily stage, it is unique to that day and is the same for everyone around the world. This means youíll be able to play the same stage multiple times to make sure your High Score is the best you can do. Stages are short, ramp up in difficulty at a blistering pace and can be completed (unlike the endless Phoenix HD onslaught).

Phoenix 2 features a ton of player ships, all with a unique style. I hope you like collecting different ships, because there are many of them. Each ship has its own unique weapon and a combination of special abilities.

Found a ship you like? Upgrade it like thereís no tomorrow! All of the abilities can be upgraded individually to improve your favorite ships exactly the way you like.

Gorgeous, eye popping graphics. Our own custom engine is upgraded to support all of the latest graphical features like bloom and anamorphic lens flares. Animations and particle effects are more complex, more rich than before and unfold at a silky smooth 60fps.

Within the game we also allow the creation of communities. These are groups of players that want to compete together on their own grounds. Each community will have its own unique stage generated for them that will run as a mini competition for three days. Iím not sure if there should be a separate #toucharcade_shmup community or if #toucharcade will suffice, but anything goes!

Below are some in-game screenshots I just took on my iPhone 6. Itís still work in progress, but should give a good impression.

I will be posting more details as the discussion moves on.

Both me and my colleague post screenshots almost daily. I do not intend post them all here as Iím not a big fan of image heavy threads, though I will if appropriate. They can always be found on my twitter account, my colleagueís twitter and we generally retweet stuff using the Firi Games twitter account.
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@edrijver

Try the awesome Phoenix HD, why not it's free
indie game designer @Firi Games http://www.firigames.com
06-07-2016, 04:55 PM
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Just in time! I just bought an iTunes card. I'll be sure to save some money for this. Is there a way to get a compatibility list right now? Best of luck to you guys!

06-07-2016, 05:30 PM
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Our engine is designed specifically for the latest generation of iOS devices with Metal and 64-bit cpus. So my indication at this point is iPhone 5s and up (and equivalent iPads). We really want to push the limit, like we did with Phoenix HD 5 years ago.

@edrijver

Try the awesome Phoenix HD, why not it's free
indie game designer @Firi Games http://www.firigames.com
06-07-2016, 07:01 PM
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Very excited to read this. I am a diehard Phoenix fan - bought all the planes. I can't wait to see how this turns out. I almost never beta test anymore because it was too time consuming for me, but I would put in time for this game. Let me know.

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06-07-2016, 10:26 PM
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Now this... This is big news. Cant wait to see how my favorite shmup's sequel turns out!
06-07-2016, 11:53 PM
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This is just as good of
News as sky force 2016.

Hopefully it's everything the last game was but more. The upgrades sound like the best thing ever.
06-08-2016, 12:34 AM
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Excited about this one too as I love my shoot em ups.

I'd help beta test this if you have an open one
06-08-2016, 09:01 AM
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Nice to see such positive responses!

We have yet to decide on the testing, but a soft-launch might be in order. I'll keep your beta-testing offers in mind, though no promises

@edrijver

Try the awesome Phoenix HD, why not it's free
indie game designer @Firi Games http://www.firigames.com
06-08-2016, 09:03 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Selachii View Post
Nice to see such positive responses!

We have yet to decide on the testing, but a soft-launch might be in order. I'll keep your beta-testing offers in mind, though no promises
If you do go ahead with a soft-launch, do you think you could be the only developer in the entire world to include Lebanon as one of the soft-launch countries? I can almost promise you it'll...be...ermmm...soft?

"I am virgin, I'm a whore! Giving nothing; the taker, the maker of war!" - Black Sabbath, "I"
06-08-2016, 02:58 PM
#10
Now at the top of my wanted list. Don't really game on my phone anymore but this is a must have!