So I haven’t been updating much on the blog this month, hopefully thats just because I’ve been super productive on the game developing side of things. In fact, I have! What we have here is a genuine, installable, playable thing that will show you – the general public, roughly what about fifty percent of your time playing the amazing upcoming Free Company video game might be like.
13.6MB and its called FreeCompanySetupV2.exe.
It looks like this:
If your direct X isn’t relatively up to date then it won’t work. I looked at including the redistributable but it was about ten times bigger than the game so I left it out. If you think you might need to update your directX then try getting it here.
The main point of doing this, for me, is to gather some real world experience in releasing an application out into the wilds as that is something I’ve not done before. I also hope that some of you out there who try it will send me emails or write comments explaining why it sucks donkey balls and when and where it doesn’t work. Thats why I’ve called it a tech test. I’m testing my game technology on you, if you’ll let me.
If you do grab it then you might be a bit confused. It doesn’t really give you an objective when you press start. So I’m here to tell you – its the classic ‘Kill all the other dudes’. To help you do this I’ve provided camera controls mapped to the right and middle mouse buttons. Right button will rotate the camera and middle with let you drag it around. If you don’t have a middle button you can also move the camera around by shoving the pointer to the edges of the playable area, but its not as satisfying. Everything else is accomplished by left clicking; attacking with an axe, walking about – you name it the left button probably does it. If you hover over some stuff that looks confusing for a few seconds a helpful tool tip should appear and give you some cryptic clues.
I’d especially like to thank the fantastically simple Inno Setup for helping my overtired brain produce a thing that actually installs, just like a ‘real’ game. I hope to expound on the stuff that is going on in the tech test a little more when my brain has recovered.
Now try my Tech Test or I’ll look at you with slightly disappointed puppy dog eyes.
THROUGH THE INTERNET.
IMPORTANT EDIT: Looks like the auto-generated start menu/desktop shortcuts have been generated without the ‘Start in field’ . I knew that Inno setup was just too easy. If it doesn’t work and you were running it via one of those methods then try navigating directly to the install directory and running it from there. I’ll fix up the installer as soon as possible.
IMPORTANT EDIT 2: I’ve now fixed the installer link above so it should generate working shortcuts automagically. So if you can read this and you haven’t downloaded the tech test yet you can safely ignore the first important edit.