• Freejam Chris

How You Will Build In Techblox - Dev Blog #7

Updated: Apr 14, 2021

Today we wanted to talk about how you’ll build in single player, multiplayer with friends and in online servers.

• You will load into a game, your character and the world will be running and simulating at all times. • You can then place blocks anywhere you want, but those blocks will remain frozen in the air until you ‘activate’ them by looking at them and pressing [E].

• So, for example you build a car in the air and it is hovering. When you press [E] it will then drop to the floor. You can then get in and drive it.

• If you then drove your vehicle into a wall and smashed it into pieces, you can then look at any of the pieces and push [E], it will then reassemble and you’ll be able to edit it again right where you are.

While playing on a sandbox online server, all players can activate and deactivate anything they want. This will allow players to collaborate on a build together or even create something on their own within the server.

In the case of a server with a predefined game mode, it will depend on the game mode. For example there may be a game mode where all users have to build (or place blueprints) in specific build areas (like team bases) and once the countdown ends, the simulation starts.

There could be other games where you can only build with things that you find within the level or can only activate and deactivate a fixed number of times. Basically this system will allow for lots of varied types of gameplay.

These are just some ideas at the moment and we’d very much like to hear what you think about them.

Below is a work in progress screenshot of how freezing/activating creations will look during gameplay. There will not be two separate modes (Building and Simulating) as in Robocraft or Gamecraft, instead you can build, reassemble and iterate whilst the simulation is running. Everything in this image is a placeholder from the character, UI, game world and parts.

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!

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