it is finally time. We have been working on this new patch for quite a while now and we are happy to release it to the public today. This update contains some exciting new features that we will talk about a bit more in detail. So, let us get right into it (a TL;DR version is at the bottom).
Bots are finally available!
We have put a lot of effort into our bots and they are now ready for their first public appearance! We have tried to cover every possible case. This means that we have built the bots in a way so that they support every game mode. We tested quite a few game mode and modifier combinations, but we surely have missed some. Although we are confident the bots will hold up to our expectations, if you encounter any issues, let us know in the discussions or on our Discord: https://discord.gg/tinytanks
The bots are available for local and online matches. Simply use the buttons provided in the lobby to add or remove bots as you please. Still, the bots are not perfect. There are some things they might not be able to do yet, but we will address those things in a future patch.
We have improved our matchmaking system a bit. This means you should now be able to find matches more often. The lobby browser will receive these improvements in the next update as well. Please try it out and let us know what you think of it.
Edit Your Tank in a Local Match!
We finally added the possibility to edit your tank in the local lobby. Simply use the DPAD on your controller. Up and down changes the part you want to change and left and right selects the part itself.
Improved Tank Shadows!
We have listened to your feedback and gone over one of the more frequently requested improvements. The shadows for the tanks are now larger in size and darker overall. This means that you can easily discern the position of your tank once you go airborne. Other objects will receive this type of shadow in an upcoming patch too as it also seems to be more performant too.
Other Improvements and Fixes!
There is another number of smaller improvements we bring to the game in this update. Let us go over them shortly. First, we have fixed an issue where explosives in the game mode Apocalypse Now would not cover the whole map. No more edge-camping. Second, we have fixed a nasty visual bug that would cause the tracks on the floor to flicker in and out of existence. Also, we have improved score calculation to be more robust and also caught a rare issue where the laser would fling away from the map.
Also, we added a nice blinking effect to the crown to indicate the cooldown after losing the crown. Also, we increased the podium size and got some performance improvements in some areas by doing some additional multithreading.
In the end, we decided that it would be best to give the game mode golf a little time-out. We feel that it is simply not fun enough and can even be downright frustrating at times. That’s why we will bring golf back in a future update with improved gameplay.
We want to thank you for your continued support. We appreciate all your feedback and we take it seriously. Even if it might take some time here and there, we are happy to get your ideas into the game. A big thank you to everyone who helped us getting the bots ready and sharing their feedback on our discord.
The TL;DR of what is included in this patch:
Added Bots to play with for online and local matches. Supports every game mode
Added glow to the crown, flag, and target so that they are visible during lights out
You can now customize your tank in a local match
Added better visible tank shadows
Fixed Apocalypse Now bombs not covering the whole map
Fixed Skidmarks disappearing randomly
Fixed broken score calculation in rare cases
Fixed a rare issue where the laser would leave the map
Overall improved performance in some cases
Game mode King: crown now has a nice blinking effect to indicate cooldown
Increased podium size
Temporarily removed golf until we find a way to make it more fun
As always, if you find any bugs, feel free to report them to us either via the form you can find in the game by pressing the “Report a Bug” button or by joining our discord at https://discord.gg/tinytanks
Jannik & Lukas