[devblog] Preview - meet Kuro & Lea, rackets and new court

by WongKit » Fri Aug 19, 2022 9:13 pm

Heya!

it has been a while since the last official news. If you thought that this project is dead... well I can't blame you ;)
I am happy to announce that Pixel Tennis is finally going to get anime style character models. The old existing placeholder pills will be replaced with Kuro (left) and Lea (right).

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They are fully animated and support swapping different outfits and hair styles. There will be also a new isle/beach themed court with way greater detail than the existing basic and arena ones.
Oh.. and rackets! Do not ask me, why it took more than 4 years for a tennis game to implement rackets :?

The previous updates mainly focused on gameplay and technical stuff. Visuals and everything related to 3D modeling were neglected across the board because of its complexity combined with my lack of knowledge. Outsourcing this task did not work that well, so I crash coursed into Blender, meshes, vertexes vertices, UV mapping, rigging, weight painting, blend shapes, lightmaps, matcaps, normals, pbr, culling, lod, animations, shaders and donuts in the last 4 months and this is the result.

There is no release date yet, because I want to take more time for polishing and also tackle the following topics:
  • Add more equipment variations
  • Better visual effects for charging, hitting and running
  • Handle/convert old items that were purchased in the current version
  • Rebuild the UI for theme support
Pixel Tennis will return to time limited test runs once the update is live. In the mean time, you can subscribe to the progress topic or simply play the current version of the game!

As always, every feedback is welcome!

Pixel Tennis Progress

by WongKit » Sat Oct 22, 2022 9:58 am

- Not released yet-

Visuals
Greatly improved character equipment loading performance
Improved ambient court lighting performance
Improved effect pooling performance
Added custom ball model (if you have not noticed yet, the current tennis ball is just a plain yellow sphere ^^)
Added new smash, guard break and special shot hit effects
Added camera shake on special shot return
Added racket charge animation
Added light to special shots
Fixed charge animation not cleared after special shot

Item System
Updated item handling to potentially allow for individual item leveling/refining
Set default equipment color to grey
Removed "Invisible" property from rackets

Network Gameserver
Fixed character creation and attributes set error
Fixed database query error on initialization
Log device id

UI
Added permanent version overlay

Gameplay
Reverted diminishing returns for main attributes