Welcome back to the third installment of the development progress series (read March’s update here). The month of March was extremely productive for the game, and April is looking to be just as exciting. There’s three major subsections to cover here; first the development/background work that’s been accomplished, second is the content side, and third is looking at whats coming next. Restructuring and Streamlining As with a lot of the background development since Dani’s been hired, one of the main focuses this past month has been restructuring and reorganizing to ensure both Dani and Lisk can push forward; this is part of the continual integration of Dani into the team that has helped content development push forward as well. Specifically, the biggest restructuring was in the patch deployment process. Previously, patches needed to be deployed specifically by Lisk as the project structure was particularly complex. This had several problems: First, if a hotfix needed to be implemented, it had to go specifically through Lisk, even if the fix was just adjusting a few numbers (i.e. small balance patches). This not only would require Lisk to stop working on his own side meaning patches would often get delayed if he was busy, it also meant that if Lisk was unavailable for whatever reason no patches could get processed at all! To help streamline the patching process, the team has developed a far more automated system such that the other developers will be able to push a patch without having to wait for Lisk. This means that balance patches can be pushed through while content development is still in the works, and is overall far better suited to a project like Legion TD which requires frequent patching. The major downside to this new system is that it does take longer to deploy through the automated system, but for something like a hotfix where speed is a priority it can still be done manually if needed. Content Coming! We’re excited to say that the 7th legion has been fully designed and fleshed out, with Tier 1 being released in the recently announced 3.14 Patch! Later tiers are in the modeling/texturing process now! The Shrine legion looks to bring the realm of the dead to fight and defend your king! In addition to traditional content, the patch also announced the most recent featured game mode; a nostalgic callback to the hybrid builder of the original Legion TD! Continued development of the 7th legion will be the primary content focus for the next month. Of course, we would be remiss if we did not recognize once again the work of KingDanzz, Operational Risk, and Marchombre in winning the third Masters Cup! Read a full breakdown summary of the Masters Cup here! Future Development The principle focus besides content updates in development is continuing development of Lobby 2.0. The current lobby system bottlenecks the number of the total players within the lobby server, with no way to boot up a second server without disconnecting the two (those on the second server would be unable to be matched or team up with people on the first). This is obviously unideal, and developing a scalable lobby server to allow for greater numbers of players is one of the biggest roadblocks to be handled in preparing for a F2P weekend to help drive up the playerbase. The new iteration of the lobby server will attempt to outsource as much as possible (for instance Chat will run through a third party rather than directly through the lobby server), and ensure that multiple server instances will be able to communicate with each other. This process requires substantial restructuring of the server and game client, so the process is being broken down into several smaller modules which will be deployed individually; for instance, replacing the chat function while the remainder of the lobby remains unchanged. This will allow them to more smoothly alternate between deploying small scale lobby changes and content changes, rather than pushing off content until the lobby is fully prepared. Finally, enjoy this sneak preview of the 2nd tier unit in the Shrine Legion!