Dev Thoughts #22 - Delve Deeper
Hey! I told you I'd be back this month!
Last month’s Dev Thoughts Reaction
A huge thank you to everyone who reached out and let me know what you thought of last month’s Dev Thoughts, we love how excited you are about the upcoming RoR2 expansion!
Due to the positive response I decided to try out a video version of this month’s Dev Thoughts: Please let me know what you think -
especially if you would like to see this alternative format more in the future (I will continue with the written Dev Thoughts regardless.) Any ideas for future content/suggestions/critiques very welcome and greatly appreciated!
As always you can catch me on our Discord as @SeventeenUncles
, or you can email me at email@example.com
. Or whack a comment on that Youtube video, also I’m pretty sure you’re supposed to smash that like button while you’re there. Smash it.
Movers and Shakers
Before we get into the meat 'n' potatoes
of the Dev Thoughts, one new thing for us at Hopoo games is that we moved offices!
Who is this welcoming us into the reception?Why, its Ghor himself!
Everyone say Hi
to Ghor!“Hi Gamers!” - Ghor (someone call HR this guy isn’t wearing any damn pants)
Earlier this month I asked on Twitter what your #1 question about the expansion was and you didn't disappoint! Never fear
- I am here to dish out the answers to the most popular ones...
1 - What is the release date and will it launch on console at the same time?
The Steam release is currently on-schedule for a Q1 2022 release window. The console version will be released at a later date.
One of our more lofty goals when we first announced the expansion was our hope to do a simultaneous release on all platforms - this was something that we have not attempted before.
The deeper into development we go the more we realise that the only way to achieve this would have been to delay the release of the Steam version. We didn’t like this one bit
- so we have decided to go with the Steam release first with the console release coming soon afterwards.
We don’t want to pin a precise release window on the console version right now, however we will get it in your hands as soon as possible.Lofty goals.
2 - How will multiplayer work between people who own and don’t own the expansion?
As long as one player
in the lobby owns the expansion you can enable expansion content such as new items, stages and monsters for that session - even if the other players in the lobby do not own the expansion. However only people who own the expansion will be able to play as the new expansion-exclusive survivors.
We think that splitting the multiplayer community between the “haves” and “have-nots” is kind of a worst case scenario - we want everyone to enjoy the game and keep the community together (aww.)
3 - How much will the expansion cost? The price of the expansion is still being discussed.
We want to land on a price which represents the amount of new content in the expansion and is also excellent value for our players.
As soon as we have decided on the price we will announce it ASAP.
4 - How can I protect Goobo Jr from this horrible world?
Don’t worry, Goobo Jr can take care of itself quite nicely.
Last month I promised you more expansion teasers and I am here once again to sneak the deets
out of the coffers of the Hopoo dev team..
The theme of the upcoming Risk of Rain 2 Expansion is the Void
The eagle-eyed lore-hunters
among you will have seen references to the Void
scattered throughout the current log-book entries. Well, you’re about to find out a whole lot more about this mysterious force - Approximately a third of the new content is Void themed
and that includes the new loot-tier I teased last month...
Awaiting your discovery in the expansion are Void Items
. These are sneaky doppelgangers of existing items - once collected they absorb all copies of the original item and corrupts them to increase their own power for the rest of the run.Void Items
have warped effects, similar but distinct to their non-void counterparts…This is just a small sample of the many Void Items within the expansion.
Until Next Time
Once again thank you very much for being a great community and your continued support! Don’t forget to come back next month when maybe, just maybe
, i’ll have even more expansion teasers for you all.Literally me for another month.
Goodbye for now!
Jonathan @ Hopoo Games