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First patch upcoming and a new gameplay video in the meanwhile.

Thanks to our first players for joining!

It’s a real pleasure to see you fight for the domination of the very first planet of Win That War! and to read your comments. They are already helping us improve the game.

Everything is not perfect yet, we know that, but the team is working on fixing the issues that has been reporting to us and the first patch will be out this Friday. This should fix the major problematic crashes, among other things.

If you haven’t joined the Galmactic Conquest yet, today is the last day to enjoy the -25% discount. Quick, grab your copy.

In the meanwhile, you can watch our new online campaign gameplay video, with the new GUI this time!

3 mega-corporations: pick your side!

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When taking part in the online campaign in Win That War! you will have a choice to join one of three mega-corporations that confront each other in a perpetual economical and tactical conflict.
You will choose your side according to your own affinity towards a faction’s style, ideals, or preferred strategies. Each faction has a specific upgrade tree, and a story of its own.

ATLAS CORP

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By choosing to run with Atlas, you choose the firepower and expertise in offensive tactics that have proven their worth over many generations. Atlas made the pledge to bring security to all, in a world where, they claim, dissuasive armament is the one way to maintain an ideal state of orderly peace.
Having a background doing business in the paramilitary weapons market, Atlas Corp. naturally has unlimited access to the latest technologies in all things combat-ready. No one would risk an attack on an Atlas base without a carefully elaborated plan, lest they be silenced instantly.

 

N.A.S.C.A

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NASCA’s researchers and engineers are widely known in 43 major solar systems for being part of the highest-operating humanist activists in these parts of the galaxy. By joining NASCA’s ranks, you take a pledge to dedicate your life’s work to creating better worlds for the future generations. Specialized in infrastructural engineering and environment reforming, they claim to strive for the emergence of a “sane and pure version of our world, one that would not include or comprehend conflicts and criminality”.
Note that if the use of military pressure and economical subjugation proves necessary on the way to making the universe prosperous and worry-free, they are resolved to do it out of devotion, so that the people do not have to.

 

JONN GALT CONSORTIUM

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As long as men can remember, the Jonn Galt Consortium has always been around. People would probably fail to be surprised if told that Jonn Galt had preceded the universe. Joining the ranks of the consortium means to become a pioneer, and, as the brochure says, to secure a life of prosperity for your own, that would not be thinkable by working for any other private institution.
The rugged workers and experienced industry men that run the JGC have inherited an empire of federated corporations, that excels in the production of lucrative raw materials, thriving thanks to their near-monopoly in ownership of the most fruitful mining facilities, and their exclusive patents on the most advanced extraction hardware.

 

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The blueprints system

“So you want our beautiful vehicles? You want to build and deploy them on still unknown and unexplored planets? Thanks to our Blueprints, you will be able to do all this.”
Wilmuth Trueman, CEO of Robotron Industry during the IWC (Interstellar War Conference)

Well that’s a quick recap but that’s the idea (But, in his defense, he had to do quick and catchy given the stakes of this conference). Don’t worry, we are going to explain you every little details you have to know about these much talked about blueprints.

But what is this blueprint thing?

Basically, blueprints are just plans which allow your factories to build the units you will have to deploy on the battlefield. On this precious piece of paper is written everything your factories will need to know: what they have to put where and which resources they’ll need to build it (It’s ok, you don’t have to care about it, your factories will do it by themselves).

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But I rather warn you right now, at Robotron Industry they’re not really charitable. You will have to pay for your Blueprints, and let me tell you it will be expansive! In addition, these big industrialists have found the perfect trick for these blueprints, and to keep going richer and richer: They limited the number of uses! But fortunately for you, you will be able to buy contract extension for your favourites blueprint. Aren’t they sweet?

How will it be helpful to you? Oh really, you still don’t understand what is happening here? Well, don’t expect Robotron Industry to sell you anything else than the “basic” form of their precious blueprints at the beginning. Yes this means that you won’t have definitives versions of the blueprint when you buy it. You’ll be able to upgrade your vehicles but sadly you will have to pay even more if you want to have the more powerful units in the game. Yes: PAY, again and again! Son of a…of a defective rusty robots! Wait. It’s ok, isn’t it? You already knew we wouldn’t provide you plans to build mass destruction arms at the same price as a scout plan anyhow.

Don’t worry, Robotron industry have well planned all of this, the price of the upgrades you’ll add to your units will be scaled to their strength. And you can’t say that they don’t have a conscientiousness because if they sold you fully upgraded blueprints you won’t be able to construct the corresponding units anyway, because you would probably be lacking of needed resources. See? Eventually big industrialists are nice to you, they care about you, and your base (and your wallet of course).

Well let’s talk more about this famous upgrade system. So your basic units will be upgradables by two different ways: you can choose to specialize them in their primary role, or you can choose to add this unit another role which it is usually not able to fulfil.

Let’s imagine your tanks: You’re probably using them every day but you are a bit sceptical about their destruction abilities? You can transform them into really bulky ones with better armour-plating and bigger cannon in order to inflict more damages!

Or if you are more an adept of precision strike and fast attack, you could choose to upgrade to a tank that will be faster than ever, with a better radar range and with which you’ll be able to plan recognition.

Don’t forget Michel

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Ah, I almost forgot! If it can make you feel better, you need to know that the Cartels you are working for will nicely provide you your first blueprints… well, not exactly. Actually, they will lend you some money so you can buy them (the blueprints, not the Cartels!). Which means that you have to think deeply on what you’re going to spend their money. Because let’s confess it would be awesome to have a laaarge amount of fighting units, but if you’ve got no engineer to build the factories which will be used to build your units, you won’t be able to build this army and we agree that would be a shame. So, please, choose wisely. Will you do that for me ?

Well, well, well. I think you know everything you have to know about these magnificent blueprints supplied by the marvellous Robotron Industry and I hope you will buy lots of them so you could crush your enemies and bring peace (’cause of course, you’re the good guy) into the whole galaxy and fortune to your Cartels.

Ah! And for the few sceptical in the back: No I don’t earn any from the sells of blueprints.

Hæternal (trainee @ Insane Unity)

The decal system

A World without UI

Let’s imagine a RTS game where you’d play without an HUD, or even without a proper UI, just by clicking around with your mouse and learning by heart dozens of shortcuts. Pretty annoying, right ? You couldn’t tell how healthy is your army, assuming that you managed to create it, without a hint of which building is selected, and no construction menu. Think about all the stuffs you would miss.

That’s right, efficiently printing information on the screen is one of the main challenges in making a strategy game, and precisely the point I am actively working on. But let’s start with the beginning, before taking a look at what will come for you in the next releases. A lot of UI elements are already implemented in the game, like the tracking of the actions you programmed, by printing little circles on the floor, but how does it work ?

The decal system

Well those little indicators are called decals, and are wildly used in the large variety of games, from heraldry on a knight’s armor to a GPS arrow on the floor. The technique is inspired by real-life decalcomania, which is basically the art of printing a 2D image on a 3D surface, by pressing it and copying it on a support. What we want to do here is exactly the same, applying a texture on the terrain, but we have to do this in the most efficient way possible, since there can be a lot of decals, and they are refreshed every frame. (hint : we use the GPU for that).

Giving the example of the selection decal, let’s take a look at what we have to work with :

→ A texture of the pattern we want to print: cercle

→ The depth-map, giving the height of the terrain for every pixel on the screen: depthmap

→ The position where we want our decal to be, and the color we want it to have

Life is like a box of pixels

Now we are only a few steps away from the best UI ever.

First, we create a box around the given position, large enough to contain the full decal. To make this simple, we give it the maximum height of the terrain, and the size of our texture. This aims to reduce the number of pixels the shader will compute, since everything outside the box will simply get discarded.

Then, the challenge is to detect which part of the box is intersecting with the terrain, to know where to apply the texture. We do this by casting rays from the camera (in blue in the drawing) to every pixel of the box visible by the camera. There are three possible results:

  1. the ray enters and gets out of the box, intersecting the terrain after the box (top ray)
  2. the ray enters and doesn’t get out, intersecting the terrain (mid ray)
  3. the ray doesn’t even enter the box, intersecting the terrain before the box (bottom ray)

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Thanks to the depth map, we get the surface we want by the rays in the second case, and we can get the corresponding texture coordinates by projection.

However, the technique is not perfect, and we still compute a lot of pixels for nothing. The box is almost always way too big since we take the maximum height of the terrain. Actually, we consider a box, independently of the shape of the decals, which brings us to draw a lot of useless pixels. In the case of the selection decal, only the circle is used, so 80 % of the texture is transparent. With small decals it is not a problem, since drawing a small number of superfluous points has no impact on the performance, but when it comes to very large shape, such as printing the range of an artillery for example, we have to think another way.

An other problem is that the decal is relying on an input texture that is static. But we could need something computed dynamically from the game state, like an influence zone drawn by the whole army.

So yes, there are a lot of complications ahead, but don’t worry, you will hear from all of this very soon, in a future article.

Kranchy

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