News & Updates

Weekly Update

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Hello Descenters!

 


We are bringing back the week in review blog, but calling it Weekly Update - because that is way more compelling, right, RIGHT?

 


Lots of fun stuff happening here at Descendent Studios - we just released a new version to the Proving Grounds, there are things in there to test that will scramble your mind!

 


 
Here are just a few of them:

  • Linux joystick support
  • Multiple joystick support
  • New game mode - Conquest
  • New "The Shaft" map by Jittress - everyone loves Jittress' new Shaft.
  • All 3 color enhancing features for KBs, mice, headsets, you name it...

    • Razer Chroma support
    • AlienWare AlienFX support
    • Logitch G

  • Rear View
  • IFF
  • "Bullet Hell" weapons balance


Just so much stuff in the Proving grounds for Underground members to test and give their feedback.

 




The Underground is a group of folks that want to help development out by testing all the newest stuff and helping us balance it before it gets out to the live product.

 


Also, single-player balance testing will ONLY be in the Proving Grounds until we leave Early Access... So, if you are a single-player person, you will want to be in The Underground in order to get in on the earliest stuff!

 


So, lots of stuff happening here in the Studio - which is spread out from Texas to Germany to Finland - some passionate folks working hard to make the game we all love the best it can be - I am proud to be working with them and you helping to bring Descent back from its 17 year hiatus.

 


This new generation of gamers has no idea what they have missed for all those year - but they will, they will.

 


Please be sure to like our Facebook page (and invite your friends!) and our Twitter. This is the best way to get news about Descent: Underground FIRST!

 


Enough talk, here is this week's Studio Snapshot:

 


https://youtu.be/VMm...

See you in the mines!

 


Wingman

Most Valuable Post for August 28, 2016

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Hey there, Descenters!

RinseCykl gave us some great VR feedback that got us right in the feels!

 


https://www.youtube....

Congratulations, RinseCykl!!!!!!!

Enjoy the MVP forum badge that will appear on your DescentUnderground.com forum account!

You will also receive a shout out on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

 


Our MVP award is given to forum members who actively contribute to making Descent: Underground a better experience for us all!

If you don't yet have a Descendent Studios account, you can link your Steam account to enjoy the benefits of both sites with ease!

Our great moderation team picks a member each week who goes above and beyond.

Get to posting!

 


Until next time, keep being awesome!

-Dunk

Most Valuable Post for August 20, 2016

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Howdy, rock jocks!

Swingarm1032 combined our map kit with some retro textures and is creating a singleplayer-themed level with the community!

 


https://www.youtube....

Congratulations, Swingarm1032!!!!!!!

Enjoy the MVP forum badge that will appear on your DescentUnderground.com forum account!

You will also receive a shout out on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

 


Our MVP award is given to forum members who actively contribute to making Descent: Underground a better experience for us all!

If you don't yet have a Descendent Studios account, you can link your Steam account to enjoy the benefits of both sites with ease!

Our great moderation team picks a member each week who goes above and beyond.

Get to posting!

 


Until next time, keep being awesome!

-Dunk

Most Valuable Post for August 13, 2016

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Howdy, rock jocks!

Jobode has done a lot of great things helping out the community, and his plethora of vulcans made us laugh!

 


https://www.youtube....

Congratulations, Jobode!!!!!!!

Enjoy the MVP forum badge that will appear on your DescentUnderground.com forum account!

You will also receive a shout out on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

 


Our MVP award is given to forum members who actively contribute to making Descent: Underground a better experience for us all!

If you don't yet have a Descendent Studios account, you can link your Steam account to enjoy the benefits of both sites with ease!

Our great moderation team picks a member each week who goes above and beyond.

Get to posting!

 


Until next time, keep being awesome!

-Dunk

Most Valuable Post for August 6, 2016

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Hey there, Descenters!

Splotchie made some cool Descent-themed music and shared it with the community!

 




Congratulations, Splotchie!!!!!!!

Enjoy the MVP forum badge that will appear on your DescentUnderground.com forum account!

You will also receive a shout out on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

 


Our MVP award is given to forum members who actively contribute to making Descent: Underground a better experience for us all!

If you don't yet have a Descendent Studios account, you can link your Steam account to enjoy the benefits of both sites with ease!

Our great moderation team picks a member each week who goes above and beyond.

Get to posting!

 


Until next time, keep being awesome!

-Dunk

Achievements, Kickstarter link-ups and other topics...

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So this week you might see me as a guest on the Wingman's Hangar show.... talking about Achievements so I thought I should resurrect this old blog and put some more information out there for the people who would rather read or additional information for those that did watch the show.

 


Before I do that, just a few small announcements / reminders.

 


Wingman's Hangar airs on Friday at 11am Central and you can watch it at https://www.twitch.t...scendentstudios or afterwards on Youtube at https://www.youtube....ugOmyubzn6lzPPQ. You will even see me on it this week putting the K back in quality.

 


Those 912 of you who were Kickstarter backers and still haven't registered an account with us, you really should and join us in the game. The game has been making some huge leaps and the new survival and miner mayhem modes are a lot of fun! As a reminder, if you haven't linked your Kickstarter account, please go out to https://descendentst...m/backer-portal and fill out your information and you should be able to join us in the game. You can download the game or link your account with Steam to get it delivered there by going to the downloads area here: https://descendentst...ts&page=du-game.

 


Also, Keith "dunkelza" McCormic has been busy lately and as a preview of what is to come check out this link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JNIBV70. The other shirts will be up soon and a little bird indicated that some time in the future things other than shirts will be available too.... so keep an eye out for a blog post from him Posted Image

 


Now onto some boring details about achievements.

 


We have put in place an achievement system that activates achievements after the match is completed. So when you exit a match you should see any achievements you haven't had activated before activate. There are four categories of achievements we are looking at currently:


  • Achievements based on awards here on the site- Right now the only one of these we have active and plan to have active is the Steam Link achievement which you can earn by simply linking your account with Steam and completing a game. Easy achievement available now if you are looking for one for kicks.
  • Achievements based on medal criteria- These are currently the easiest for us to implement and are going through the art cycle now and you should start to see these pop up as the art is completed for them. These activate based on total number of medals earned over a career. Right now they only focus on medals earned after a specific point earlier this week when we added environment tracking to the medal tracking code and forward so there are very few people who have earned these yet. There are 5 active at the time of this post (all based on the Kill Streak medal) and more to come as the art is finalized.
  • Achievements based on more complex criteria- These require custom code in the API to detect and they will start showing up once we are done with the medal criteria achievements. They are based on more custom type criteria like "50 different medals earned over the players' career".
  • The Mystery achievement- If you want to know more about this one, watch this week's Wingman's Hangar but be prepared to be underwhelmed.


One thing to note about the achievements that is important is that these are all still in testing and while we are finalizing these we will be potentially wiping user statistics and resetting people's stats. We have no intention of retroactively removing achievements from people but be aware that achievements might appear and disappear as we test and review and decide what the final set of achievements will be. In short bear with us as we are under construction.

 




Either way, enjoy and I hope to see you all underground!

 


-Elfindreams

Community Campfire - Influencer Hunting!

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Howdy Folks,

 


I just realized it's been awhile since our last Community Campfire. You might have noticed that we are coming out of a quiet time- this is normal. There is almost always a period of time in the middle of a game development cycle when a lot of the work isn't "sexy". It's about getting systems working, it's about implementing part of this feature and the second third of another feature. Then of course, there are those unexpected bits where the engine implodes and you spend most of a month fixing the lasers that have been working for a year...

 


The good news is that we are coming out of that quiet time. Just this past weekend, we released Survival mode- our first (mostly) complete stab at singleplayer and cooperative gameplay. Sure, we had Vs. Bots, and there's still plenty of polish (and voice acting) to add to Survival...

 


Here's the thing- this preliminary release of Survival marks a tipping point. It means that we are turning more of our attention to the "player vs. environment" experience (PVE). We've said all along that this was part of our plan and you're getting to see that plan take shape. For "player vs. player" (PVP) fans, we've still got more coming for you as well- like Corporate War (already in testing), Conquest mode, and of course our metagame! We also have a flight training mission in the works, it's already in Kaji's hands for beautification.

 


So here's where you come in: Now that we delivering the things we said we would back in the Kickstarter, we will be seeing some returning pilots, and a lot of new pilots. We need your help to make sure they have a great time.

 


We need you playing the game, helping out new players, keeping games going as much as you can- and still giving us feedback of course!

 


We also need you to keep an eye out for some Very Influential Players:

 




aLexBY11



AliA



Alienware



Anders



Angry Joe Show



apEX



Barnacules Nerdgasm



BlueDrake42



Brofresco



CaptainSparklez



Clayster



Cloud 9



Comedy Shorts Gamer



Crendor



Cryaotic



Dread



Elrubius



FineBrothers



Future Man Gaming



GameGrumps



Gamers2



Got Drums



Hafu



H-otted



Hungrybox



HyperX



iBUYPOWER



Jack Frags



Jacksepticeye



James Vo (HTC eSports)



Jeffrey Axe Williamson



Jelly



Jericho



JP McDaniel



KeNoia



King Gothalion



Kioshima



KittyPlays



Kripp



KSI



Leonardo Decarli



LilyPichu & Hotshotgg



Lirik



Lupe Fiasco



Machinima



Markiplier



Miniminter



NadeShot



Navi



Nvidia



Ohmwrecker



OMGitsFireFoxx



OP Talent Office



Optic Di3sel + TheMissesMae



Pala



Paris Hilton



PewdiePie



PGL eSports



Reckful



@Skydart from @Machinima



Sky Wiliams



SkyDoesMinecraft



Slogoman



Smosh



Sodapoppin



summit1g



Sup3rfruit aka Pentatonix



Swiftor



Swoozie



Team EnVyUs



Team Liquid



Team Liquid EU Team House



TheDiamondMineCart



Tobuscus



Trump



TSM



Typical Gamer



Vegeta777



VideogameDunkey



Willyrex



XFactor



Yahoo eSports



Zerkaa

 




These folks will be receiving a copy of Descent: Underground today, courtesy of HTC Vive, and many of them will be playing the game! Please keep your eyes peeled for them in-game, and help them have a great time!

 


Also, we need your help to spot their videos and streams so we can share those with the world. Please post your sightings in this thread:

https://descendentst...rted-sightings/

 


Plus, if you're a subscriber to any of these great gamers and they don't make a video... we need you to give them a poke and ask why they haven't yet made a video about this awesome game Descent: Underground!

 


You folks are awesome, and we really appreciate your support and your help! Without you, we wouldn't be on this journey together. We've crested the Rockies along the Oregon Trail, we can see the Pacific, and none of us have died of dysentery yet!

 


Rock on!

 


-Dunk

 


P.S. - If you've been wanting to get a t-shirt but missed out on the last batch, we should have some good news for you soon!

Most Valuable Post for July 30, 2016

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Hey there, Descenters!

defcon_x laid out some great ideas on making Miner Mayhem even more fun!

 


https://www.youtube....

Congratulations, defcon_x!!!!!!!

Enjoy the MVP forum badge that will appear on your DescentUnderground.com forum account!

You will also receive a shout out on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

 


Our MVP award is given to forum members who actively contribute to making Descent: Underground a better experience for us all!

If you don't yet have a Descendent Studios account, you can link your Steam account to enjoy the benefits of both sites with ease!

Our great moderation team picks a member each week who goes above and beyond.

Get to posting!

 


Until next time, fly safe!

-Dunk

Most Valuable Post for July 23, 2016

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Hey there, Descenters!

Inspades brainstormed a whole pile of gadget ideas that might be cool to have!

 


https://www.youtube....

Congratulations, inspades!!!!!!!

Enjoy the MVP forum badge that will appear on your DescentUnderground.com forum account!

You will also receive a shout out on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

 


Our MVP award is given to forum members who actively contribute to making Descent: Underground a better experience for us all!

If you don't yet have a Descendent Studios account, you can link your Steam account to enjoy the benefits of both sites with ease!

Our great moderation team picks a member each week who goes above and beyond.

Get to posting!

 


Also, there are only a few days left to support the System Shock remake Kickstarter!

 


If you're a fan of genre-defining classics like Descent & System Shock, this one is worth checking out:

https://www.kickstar...95/system-shock

 


Until next time, fly safe!

-Dunk

Most Valuable Post for July 16, 2016

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Hey there, Descenters!

Kwongger worked with us to identify a bug with VR & DirectX so that we could address it!

 


https://www.youtube....

Congratulations, Kwongger!!!!!!!

Enjoy the MVP forum badge that will appear on your DescentUnderground.com forum account!

You will also receive a shout out on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

 


Our MVP award is given to forum members who actively contribute to making Descent: Underground a better experience for us all!

If you don't yet have a Descendent Studios account, you can link your Steam account to enjoy the benefits of both sites with ease!

Our great moderation team picks a member each week who goes above and beyond.

Get to posting!

 


Warrior of the Week is on a short hiatus.

 


Until next time, fly safe!

-Dunk

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