Today, premiere of the next version of the game marked as 0.9.5. This time, there are not too many completely new features but rather fine grinding and extension of what already exists in the game. The changes concern in most details, but it details make the difference. I invite you to look at the introduced changes and modifications , where a brief description you can find in rest of the post.
The biggest new feature is search engine, which in addition to the possibility of using cheat codes allows you to search for information about the movies and artists, provides special features not available from the normal interface and allows you to check stats about the creators. More about how to use the search engine you will find in the a dedicated help chapter.
They were also those who missed the annual festivals (so far only festivals were conducted, when at least one player movie was nominated). Since this version, festivals are held always (and there is possibility of not displaying the window with results of festival, when there is no players movie nominated). This is not a small change, as it required a modification of the game mechanics, from now it may be a little harder to earn awards (virtual producers movies are in fact better suited to specific festivals). It was modified algorithms also award prizes for the best script.
Extensions of relations
I received feedback, that you liked the idea of relationship and wanted to make this element to be further developed. Thus, some additional game elements also depend on our relationship with artists. These are for examples.
- the opportunity to receive an additional script from the creator of which we have good relations
- the ability to obtain cult movie script (if we have a good relationship with the creator who plays in it, and no one else wanted to produce such movie)
- relationship with the creator also have some impact on the willingness of its occurrence in the sequel
More about the relationships you'll read in the help.
One of the loyal fans, Sebastian drew my attention to a cult films feature which I completely did not think when I introduced them. Well, it turned out, that this function works well. Well, cult films produced by computer players make, they have a big advantage over the human players, and more importantly it is losing the difference between their (computer players) levels of difficulty. So far was a clear difference between the computer player at the level of the amateur and a pro. This first one occurred frequently tripping, when the latter one almost always ended with prizes. Cult Films made, that even the amateur and produced award-winning films, that do not fit into their “profile”.
The second problem was the fact, that in yours opinion cult films popping up too often (computer players every few months produced cult film).
So I decided to work on this element. Firstly, in this version the type of cult film will be carefully selected to the characteristics of the computer player. Amateurs will produce movies lighter and less ambitious when, the pros will in most cases bypass the commercial productions (of course there may be some exceptions to these rules but will be rather exceptions). This reduces the amount of a cult film produced by computer players. And more importantly you will be able to better control the realism by the selection of the type and amount of computer players. The more diverse computer players you select to the game the greater the realism you achieve (more iconic films will appear) and choosing the computer player with different levels of difficulty will increase the difficulty level of the game itself (with more variety of films you need to compete).
Detailed information about the cult films can be found here.
I expanded also the concept of script adjustements. Until now, they relied on trying to increase the level of script. In this version, two additional options will appear. Well, getting rid of all anime from scrip and get rid of all non-actors (politicians, the stars, avatars etc). I think, that this option will appeal to some of you. More about the script amendments you can read in dedicated help section.
All the time I struggle with accessability of games for new players, in order to help for all who starting with Movie Business in this version the most importent windows received ToolTips with some help. The tool tips appear when you hover the mouse on a particular interface element.
Another small but it seems to me significant change in the interface is the information about the progress of downloading set updates. So far during larger set update it seemed, that the game hang (It was displayed infromationa abou checking set updates – depending on the size of update, server load, and link speed – even for a few minutes). Now it will display information about the number of photos, which is to be taken and the number of already downloaded.
Because anime and non-actors in cast are the higher level of abstraction in the game, I decided that in the case of tenders Executive producer, scripts for players at lower levels of difficulty should be free of such roles. Hence, now at the level of an amateur offered for executive producers script will not have them.
In the case of the filming of the sequel, When a developer will not want to/can take part in the continuation of the. Notification window will contain the specific reason for this. Thanks to this, the player will know whether or not a character does not want to play in the sequel or can not (is currently not available). In this second case, you can hold production at a time until the particular person will be available again.
And that's probably the most important changes and modifications introduced in this version. Although at first glance it may not look somehow spectacularly I think, many advanced players will appreciate them.
One more note. The Movie Business so far was stored on my private Dropboxa account … as, that the company has changed its policy and no longer allows easy file sharing (Now when you click on the link it opens a page asking for login and although you can still download file without login, however, this is not as intuitive as before) I decided to, that official versions of the game will currently be downloaded from the website dedicated to this goal.
So it's independent game portals itcho.io and IndieDB. Page Download MB2 from which, as usual, you can download the latest version of the game now contains the appropriate redirection. A list of all changes, as usual, in short can be found in version history.