Since Bubble Tanks Arenas Update #2 seemed to be successful, I thought I’d hold up my promise to do a follow-up post with more answers to your questions submitted via the comments section. I’m not going to try to answer all questions here, but just a few. Onward!
Q: Will you be able to face other people’s tanks?
A: Yes, sort of. If I create enemies and arenas and upload them to the server, other players will be able to fight the enemies I created. If I create an avatar tank (player controlled), you can’t fight that with your avatar tank.
Q: What is special about creating Arenas?
A: Arenas let you create Bubblefields with your own custom created tanks. If my friend John plays an arena that I created, his game will automatically download all of the enemies I created as well so he can fight them in the arena I made. You can determine how many of each enemy you want and combinations you’d like, but you can’t determine the starting positions of enemy tanks.
Q: Can I make a tank on one site such as ArmorGames.com and then load it up on another site such as Kongregate.com?
A: As long as both sites allow us to connect to our server (the above named sites will), and as long as you upload your tank to our server, then yes, you will be able to download your tank on other sites.
[Edit] You can also simply copy and paste the Tank Code (TC) from wherever and paste it into the game to load a tank.
Q: If I sell a weapon will I get all my Gun Points (GP) back?
A: Yes. GP is more like a limit to how strong you can make your tank. You can totally swap out weapons. If you don’t like one 3 GP gun, you can trade it in to get a different one or even 3 separate 1 GP guns.
Q: If you save a custom tank will you have to write down the number to retrieve it or does it also save locally?
A: There are a lot of ways to get tanks. First of all, when you save a custom tank, it will save locally. It will also give you the Tank Code (TC), the actual data, that you can copy and paste into notepad to save or email to a friend, whatever. You then also have the option to save the tank to our server on top of that, if you feel it’s a particularly awesome creation. Tanks saved to the server are issued ID #’s.
When people load tanks, they can either enter in a tank ID number to load a specific tank, they can copy and paste the Tank Code into a box and load it that way, or they can just browse our server and see what other people have made. If they see something that looks cool it’s just one click to save that tank to your local machine so you don’t have to browse for it again or remember the ID number.
Q: Will guns rotate with the tank or rotate independently?
A: Both, it depends on a few things. Some guns NEVER rotate, i.e. the massive cannon from BT2. Typically though when you’re talking about basic and heavy cannons, it depends on the size of your tank. There are 6 size classes. Tanks sized class 3 or lower will not have rotating cannons. If you have a gun that points backwards, it’ll always shoot behind you. If you are class 4 or larger, then your guns will rotate. Really large tanks may also have the option of getting weapons that have auto targeting enabled- basic cannon auto turrets as they were in BT2.
Q: What do you mean by “the money we receive” in the question regarding Extra Content in the previous Q&A?
A: BTA will be free to play, but it will have Extra Content. EC will be free to play, but you will have to play it on ArmorGames.com. ArmorGames pays Hero Interactive to make the Extra Content because it drives more traffic to their site. Although EC can be frustrating, we like it because it allows us to make a LOT more stuff for BTA (and make the game in the first place) while at the same time making everything free for the players.
Q: Will there be a way to get infinite GP and BP?
A: Probably not.
Q: Will Arenas keep track of scores and time’s of completion?
A: Of course!
Q: How is tank speed determined?
A: Both armor and speed are determined by the Class of your tank. Class is determined by the size of your tank. The bigger you make your tank, the more health it will have but the slower it will be. Starting the game, you will be only able to make Class 1 tanks. As you progress, you’ll be able to unlock larger classes. Also, if you’re wondering why you’d want to make a small tank when you have class 6 unlocked, some weapons and parts will have class restrictions. For example, a massive cannon might only be able to go on Class 5 and higher tanks. A piercing sniper cannon might only be able to go on a class 2 or smaller tank. So there are advantages to going either way.
Q: Will there be many new weapons?
A: Probably not unfortunately. This round, we’re mainly focusing on the ability to simply create tanks and share them. In future versions of the Bubble Tanks series (aka, BT3), we’ll be focusing mainly on making many new weapons and parts for your tanks.