• Freejam Chris

Camera Controls And Ghost Block Adjustments - Dev Blog #49

Today we wanted to share our progress on the change to support Camera movement and cursor controls together. We noticed some players were requesting building to feel similar to Gamecraft where moving the mouse controls the direction the player is looking.

But some players also liked the free mouse cursor option where the mouse is not locked to the screen, and you must hold the right click button and drag to control the direction the player is looking.

We’ve decided to make a couple of adjustments and these will be active in the next playable build.

The default camera view will feel very similar to traditional first person games. Move the mouse to control the direction the player is facing.

Here it is in action:

We have however added a toggle which can be activated and turned off via the Alt key. And this gives the player the ability to free the mouse cursor. While this is active you can hold the right mouse button to click and drag to change the direction that you’re looking.

It’s important to note that deleting blocks will still be done by an exclusive remove mode toggled via the R key by default. We wanted to explain our reasoning for this as it is a subtle change between Gamecraft and Techblox. If you were to have the ability to have the left mouse button be able to place a block and right mouse button be able to delete the block. We’d need to display the ghost for the shape you want to place, an outline of the shape you want to place (more on that below) as well as an outline for the shape of the block that you could delete.This would look very messy and confusing!

So, we want these modes to be exclusive. You’ll either be in ‘Placing’ mode and left click will place cubes down… Or ‘Delete’ mode and left click removes the cube you’re looking at.

We’ve also added an outline to the ghost so it’s easier to see what shape you’re placing as well as the direction.

You will also be able to see the outline when trying to build behind other cubes!

A playable Pre-Pre-Pre-Pre-Pre-Alpha is now available! Make sure to visit our home page at http://www.techblox.com/ to sign up to play it!