New Xbox One Build (About time!)

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Hey folks!

We’ve FINALLY updated the Xbox One build! It was a long and tedious ride but we can finally start to update the Xbox One build. The Steam build will follow shortly as we need to port some of the stuff and make sure we haven’t broken everything by doing those Xbox changes. Here’s a list of some of the things that happened in the new build :

  • Features
  • Added an easy mode for the challenges. The old version is now listed under the Insane difficulty!
  • Added the game mode description on the game loading door
  • Added the version number on the main menu so it is clear when a new update is pushed
  • Tweaks
  • Changed all the tech we were using for in game text feedbacks pushing them all to 60fps instead of the previous 30.
  • Changed the menus music
  • Bug Fixes
  • Fixed the character unlock issue
  • Multiple attempts at erradicating the Matchmaking issues
  • Fixed the issue with the trolls challenge where one troll could count as multiple kills
  • Fixed an issue with the online team menu that could stop the game from starting
  • Fixed an issue where being in a paused game would prevent you from joining a game invite
  • Fixed the dark knight challenge to register scores higher than the 21 wave (Sadly we had to reset the leaderboard to do that)

There is most likely a bunch of stuff I’m missing here but that’s the main stuff. If some of the fixes aren’t doing it for you, PLEASE let us know so we can take a look. Also, keep in mind that we are currently working on some new stuff so stay tuned! ;)

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Knight Squad – Unlockable Knights

A lot of you guys have been asking us how to unlock the unlockable knights that are in the game. We decided to write a short blog post documenting the process of unlocking the 3 additional knights in Knight Squad. Here it is :

A lot of folks have been letting us know about their issues unlocking some knights. It appears that if the achievement is completed in multiple sittings, it won’t unlock the knight properly sometimes. We are working on a fix for this and it will be in the next content update we release as soon as we’re done fixing a bunch of things. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Spike
Spike is a crystal knight badass. Watch out for him as he spins his sword around leaving a trail of crystal dust behind. You can unlock him by completing the Crystal Prospector achievement. (Deliver the finishing blow to 25 crystals in Crystal Rush mode)

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Shadow
Half-ninja, half-knight (if that wasn’t a thing, it is now), Shadow is a deadly ghost of a knight. Unlock him by completing the Grim Reaper achievement. (Kill 1000 other knights)

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Slayer
Rocking his horn helm, Slayer is the ultimate challenge of the dungeons. Getting to his fortress will require courage and determination. To unlock him, defeat the challenges and complete the Darkness Awaits achievement. (Kill a single Dark Knight in the last challenge)

Slayer

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PAX East Stats!

Hello folks!

PAX East was a total blast and a lot of people came to see us to play some Knight Squad at our booth! We thought we’d share some of the insane in-game stats we got from playing the game. Some stats are missing like the like the bombs and drills, but most of them are there. This accounts for the 3 days of PAX! Thanks to everyone that came by and contributed to these stats! :D

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It’s time for a PAX CONTEST!

You can win 1 of 3 exclusive Knight Squad Collector’s boxes pictured below.

 In the box (View picture below):

  • Hand painted yellow knight miniature
  • Complete set of Knight Squad pins
  • 4 Steam keys

How to enter:

On Facebook: Like Chainsawesome Games, share this post using public settings and tell us why you like Knight Squad.

On Twitter: Follow @ChainsawGames, share this image and tell us why you like the game using the #KnightSquad hashtag!

Double your chances if you do both!
The contest ends on March 13th at 12PM EST.
Winners will be announced the following week.

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Back From Pax South

Pax South was SUPER AWESOME! Thanks to everyone who came to our booth and played a game of Knight Squad. Pax East is coming soon so we won’t have much time to update the game but JS is working hard to release a first playable of online multiplayer. Jade is almost done drawing the unlockable characters and I began working on a release trailer. What this all means is that the game is almost finished !!!Booth

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New build and PAX !

A new build is now available on Steam with a lot of fixes and some new content. We redesigned some levels and added more environment variations. We also added auto targeting ballistas that shoots freezing arrows.

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We did some internal online multiplayer testing and we didn’t encounter any major problem so the first public online beta should be available soon.

Also, this week we are heading to San Antonio, Texas for Pax South. Come challenge us if you pass by our booth for a chance to win a Knight Squad t-shirt!

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Visual update in Knight Squad

One of the main concerns we had with the visual of the game is that it was hard to keep track of our character when there was a lot of action on the screen. We found 3 solutions to fix this problem. First, we removed some details in the backgrounds because the characters were blending too much with the environment. We then scaled up the characters as much as we could without affecting the gameplay. The result is that they are about 25% bigger. The last part of the visual update was to add shadows to the walls and to the characters to add a depth effect. Since we are in a 2d environment without lights, all the shadows are faked with a texture. For the characters, the shadow texture is a clone of the animation so the faked shadow is completely dynamic. Here is a little before after comparison.
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