Those of you who are looking forward to Bubble Tanks Arenas will be happy to know that we’ve been making a lot of progress on the game these past few weeks, and as most of the team is on the project we should have a lot more updates and progress in the weeks to come. From here on out we’re going full throttle on the production of BTA till it’s completion. How much is left to do? A TON. The game brings a lot of new and complicated features which are taking a long time to develop. But be patient, because we’ll get there.
I thought I’d do some Q&A. If you have questions, feel free to leave them as comments. I can’t promise I’ll answer them, but I may make another post with some more information. Well, here we go…
Q: Is Bubble Tanks Arenas the same as Bubble Tanks 3?
A: No. BT3 is not BTA. Arena’s is a different game that has a slightly different spin on the game. Bubble Tanks 3 will be more similar to the standard BT fare.
Q: Is BTA multiplayer?
A: No. I think multiplayer would be awesome and some day we may have the money, time, and knowledge of how to go about it.
Q: What makes BTA different?
A: BTA allows you to make and share your own bubble tanks. You can also make enemy tanks and arenas. You can store saved content on your computer or you can upload your creations to our servers and share them with the world. You can also download other people’s creations.
Rather than being able to float around the world freely, this will be a more intense game played inside arenas. An arena is a series of bubblefields with some sort of challenge, usually to defeat all the enemies within a set amount of time (ex. Defeat all the enemies in 10 bubblefields in 5 minutes). You will be able to die in an Arena which will bring you back to the Arena select screen, in BT2 death wasn’t possible. Completing Arenas will earn you new parts for your tanks, increased size, etc…
Q: Do you know the release date for BTA?
A: No. There is no release date set yet. Stop asking.
Q: Can you tell us how far you are through the game development process?
A: No, we don’t know the exact percentage. We can decide to add or change things up until we release, so we’re never 100% sure if we’re going to make the project larger. Also, if we discover a huge bug right at the end, it could push us back a week or so. We just don’t know.
Q: Can you release a demo at least?
A: No. There is not going to be a demo for BTA. Making a demo would take far too long and add weeks to BTA’s development time. We can’t just release the tank creator. It doesn’t work that way.
Q: Is BTA going to be free to play?
A: Yes. There are no paid-for expansions. All the content will be free.
Q: Will BTA have Extra Content?
A: Yes. Enemy and Arena creation are likely to be part of the Extra Content version. Please note: The money we receive from EC versions of our games is what is making BTA possible!
Q: Will there be a limit to how big I can make my tanks?
A: Of course. Size wise, you can make them pretty huge by the end of the game, larger even than the BFT from BT2. You also have Gun Points and Bubble Points. Weapons and abilities cost GP. The more GP you have, the more you’ll be able to purchase bigger weapons and dish out more damage. Then there is BP- the more bubbles and parts you use, the more BP you’ll use. BP is used to help keep the complexity down on the tanks, otherwise we’re sure some tanks would get out of hand and crash people’s computers.
Q: Do you HAVE to create your own tanks?
A: Nope! We’ll have plenty of pre-built tanks ready for you and the game will recommend tanks that are perfect for you. You can even modify and edit our pre-built tanks.
Q: Will BTA save my progress?
A: Yes, the game will automatically save in between arenas.
That’s all for now! If you have questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section and some day you might see them answered in a post like this!