Songbringer: Free DLC and Game Update Coming Next Week

By | Double Eleven

Greetings, space cadets! Great news for Songbringer fans: one-man-development-magician Wizard Fu hasn’t stopped working. Since the game launched last august, Nathanael has been beavering away on Thai beaches, in order to bring you a major update addressing combat (new moves!), enemies (hit boxes!) and items (A SHIRT!) and a brand spanking new free DLC: The Trial of Ren. Check out the new trailer!

The update and DLC will be available, at no cost, from 24th April 2018 for PS4 and Steam, and from the 27th for Xbox One and Windows 10.

Here’s our marketing bumph for The Trial of Ren:

Lead Roq on an additional quest to track down Ren, a former Songbringer crewmate. Discover Ren’s whereabouts and complete his combat trial to reach spiritual ascension and develop new meditation powers. In Ren’s constantly shifting dungeon, you’ll fight your way through waves of remixed enemies and monsters from across Ekzera’s dungeons and overworld.

The DLC contains new items, including:

  • Eiael’s Snare – An equippable ring, which increases the overall difficulty of the game and expands bosses’ special attacks, but also increases your end-game score.
  • Flamethrower – A craftable weapon used to launch trails of fire, which damages enemies on contact.
  • Lightning Boots – A craftable footwear upgrade which leaves behind tiny electrical charges for your enemies to stumble upon.

PS4 Dynamic Theme and Avatars

PS4 players in EU and US regions will also be able to download a free Dynamic Theme from the 24th, as well as a load of Songbringer themed avatars. Here’s what the theme looks like.

Here are the full PS4, Xbox One, Windows 10 Store patch notes for the game update:

Update 1.02

NEW

Items & Features:

Charge Attack – Hold the sword button then release for a powerful swing.
Parry Ability – If hit during a charge, Roq will parry the enemy and take no damage.
The Shirt –  Delivered from the heavens to those that die a lot. Equipping it reduces damage.
Ferret Drones – Will mark any undiscovered items on your map.
Courage Skeletons – Sometimes, help can come from a past life.
Jewelry – Item for Velle (Replaces the Jibstache if you have Velle)
Skip Dialogue – An option has been added to skip dialogue automatically.
Brightness Slider – Brightness can now be adjusted

IMPROVED

Combat:

Attack hitboxes are now more accurate and last longer.
Repeated usage of blink has a faster cooldown, increasing momentum.
Sword swings have a faster cooldown.
Roq slows down less when swinging the sword.
Roq only takes damage from his own bombs if he is too close to them.
Top Hat direction is remembered after the direction is released.
Top Hat bounces more accurately.
Viper difficulty is now based on dungeon number.
Ice Dragons now only shoot one ice blast at a time.
Bath Kol no longer heals from Lightning attacks
Lassarium is less random in her final phase
Drobth enemies are bigger and have more distinct colours.
Fear Midges have more contrast and do not emit blood.
Added more Drobth to the initial cryo scene.
Dispelling Metatron is more immediate.
Jibs light upgrade now applies to Velle too.

Overworld & Dungeons:

Remove thickets around start area if player has the ‘Victors Emblem’
All dungeons can now be revisited to gain 100% items/map on one save file.
New enemy mobs will appear.
Ally speed items are now purchasable in shops.

Display:

Reduced the visibility of enemy bodies and blood to improve visibility.
Blood and burn marks fade off quicker to improve visibility.
Reduced the number of hopping insects to improve visibility.
Ripples no longer appear on top of each other to improve visibility.
Display completion % for items and map coverage.
Improved Map contrast.
New art to clarify location on map.
Frozen water has a new look.

Audio:

Improved Soundtrack (wub wub)

BUG FIXES

Additional auto-saves added autosave after various story points.
Water now surrounds acid horns to prevent progress blockers.
Stop Virlocke eye opening before all spawn are released.
Fix an issue where bombs could not be re-equipped.
All secrets now reveal to either meditation or a cactus.
Prevent Roq from being crushed by treasure room stones.
“Survivor” triggers the instant a boss dies.
Stop Leaderboard entries appearing in the wrong order.
Bard gets less confused.
Fixed slow down glitch when fighting Eiael (the wall boss) with Smith.
Fixed list of passive items overflowing.
Roq automatically unsheathes his sword after drinking a flask.
Automatically re-equip previous item after using the Scanner Drones or Bio Detector.
Fix multiple simultaneous achievements/trophies overlapping.
Fixed Puriel’s fire spiders having green fire at the wrong visual height.
Fixed Bath Kol not triggering Survivor achievement/trophies.
Prevent Roq being knocked back on top of water, sky or invincible tiles.
Stop path around courage refill pillars being blocked in some worlds.
Falling bombs no longer land on sky.
Fixed leaderboard seeds overlapping names for Russian language.
Improved the display of Chinese and Japanese fonts.
Minor bug fixes and improvements.

Thanks for reading this and for purchasing Songbringer, you rock!

First Escape Mode DLC details revealed

By | Double Eleven, Prison Architect

You might remember that we announced an Escape Mode DLC for Prison Architect: Console Edition, back in November.

Well, we’ve been beavering away on development and today Kotaku UK shared some early details of the DLC:

Escape Mode for Prison Architect: Console Edition puts you in the shoes of a newly incarcerated prisoner trying to climb to the top of the heap in the big house. To do this, you’re going to need to take advantage of the new skill system!

Earn experience points by; taking part in reform programs, digging tunnels, creating a crew or hitting the gym and then plough those points into new skills such as the ability to swim across water, sabotage machinery, pick locks or bribe members of the prison staff. With plenty of skills to choose from, each prison becomes its own puzzle.

You can rewatch the teaser video here, and make sure to follow us on Twitter for more updates.

Super Cloudbuilt Console Patch 3

By | Double Eleven, Super Cloudbuilt
Hey rocket parkour fans!
We’ve pushed out a small update for Super Cloudbuilt on console, fixing up a couple of niggling issues. See below for more information:
Xbox One and PlayStation 4
Fixed an issue where achievements/trophies that had been unlocked could potentially block others from unlocking. For example, an achievement with an ID of 5 could block 4 from being unlocked. This was due to an indexing issue in code, which is now fixed.
PlayStation 4
We addressed a rare crash where if a new player Rush Mode and attempted a Rush pack, upon reaching the end where the scoreboard would display, the game would result in a crash. This issue was addressed by moving the erroneous code into a null pointer check.
To keep up to date with updates an announcements, follow us on Twitter.

Doctor Who Infinity: Double Eleven announce investment and support for upcoming game

By | Double Eleven

We’re thrilled to confirm our involvement in Tiny Rebel‘s Doctor Who Infinity, coming to mobile and PC in spring 2018. We’re hopping in as investors and will be offering support throughout the title’s development.

Doctor Who Infinity follows the success of Doctor Who Legacy, a story-driven puzzle game set in the Doctor’s Universe. The first adventure is titled Dalek Invasion of Time, and you can see some awesome comic-style art for the story below!

To keep up to date on Doctor Who Infinity by following Tiny Rebel on Twitter.

Super Cloudbuilt Wardrobe Update: New Skins and bug fixes!

By | Double Eleven, Super Cloudbuilt

Howdy Rocket Soldiers!

We’ve got a little treat for you in the form of a new Super Cloudbuilt update. We’ve created some fancy new skins for you to unlock, including a set which transform Demi’s jetpack into a rocket-limbed teddy bear (and seriously, isn’t that what you’ve always wanted?).

As well as these funky unlockables, we’ve added a bunch of tweaks and fixes, some of which came from our awesome community on the Steam Public Test Branch. You can read the console patch notes below and find the Steam patch notes here.


THE WARDROBE UPDATE IS HERE!

The latest update for Super Cloudbuilt has just gone live and it’s brought with it a whole bunch of extra outfits for Demi as well as some big changes to the energy system!

NEW WARDROBE OPTIONS

There are a total of 16 new outfits in the game which you can unlock by doing things like completing certain levels, taking on challenges, collecting items, improving your Cloud Rank or by completing Rush Packs.

The outfits are all brand new and feature items like boarder jackets, goggles, eye patches, razor sharp fringes and even… rocket powered teddy bears!?

RECHARGING THE ENERGY SYSTEM

The changes to the energy system came about because we love watching our community tearing through levels but hate it when you have to come to a complete stop while you wait for your energy to recharge.

Now once your energy has started recharging, it will continue to recharge as long as you don’t try to spend any energy, this means that you can jump from platform to platform or wallrun without pausing the energy regeneration.

We think this change makes the whole game feel more fluid and opens up new exciting techniques, we’re excited to see how it could impacts the leaderboards!

LOTS OF TWEAKS & BUG FIXES

As well as the above, the following tweaks and bug fixes have been uploaded in the latest build:

  • More robust save checks to protect against information loss in rare cases.
  • Fixed numerous issues with the collectable keys and item lockers.
  • Fixed a bug that capped the use of Extra Life / Checkpoint Packs to 3 per level.
  • Fix for an infinite lives exploit.
  • Improved German translation.
  • Improvements to the ‘New Information’ lights on the Instruction Terminals.
  • Various improvements to the Ranked Mode menu, such as remembering the last challenge you attempted when returning from a challenge.
  • Various improvements to the Outfits menu, such as highlighting the currently equipped Outfit when entering.
  • Improved Demi animations on the Outfit menu.
  • Improvements to the Challenge Completion screen, including more satisfying S-Rank awards and the ability to speed up the whole animation.
  • Camera improvements, particularly when close to ceilings.
  • Drop Mine improvements.
  • Improved UI Feedback when you try to place a Checkpoint while not carrying any.
  • A minor tweak to the Gun Hunter AI.
  • Various Achievement fixes: The Dead Baron, Ruthless, Quick On Your Feet and An Inner Journey.
  • Various fixes for Outfit unlocks.
  • Restarting a challenge mode now resets your deployable checkpoints to 1.
  • Various improvements to the Hint Strings in the tutorial levels.
  • Fixed a bug with the ending area of Beacon Challenges.
  • Improved messaging when picking up the Fog Core item in the Another Way level.
  • Wall spikes will no longer kill you during Fragile challenges.
  • Fixes and improvements for the Super Weapon item.
  • Improvements to the level flow of the Initial Entry level.
  • Various collision tweaks in the Initial Entry level.
  • Removed an unintended shortcut in the Reflection level.
  • Extended the total dissipation and resistor field section in Reflections to help new players.
  • Made it impossible to use powerup items in the ending areas of the levels, meaning new players are less likely to waste powerups right as they get them.
  • Fixed a rare bug with the energy recharge in Supercharge challenges.
  • Fixed an audio bug with the dash charging SFX.
  • Various improvements to the Inventory screens.
  • Improved the signs and feedback in the Items menu for items that can be unequipped.
  • Fixed some VO that wasn’t being triggered in the Initial Entry.
  • Improved the challenge tutorials with some hint strings which pause the game allowing players to read and understand what is being taught.
  • Extended the pathfinder challenge tutorial to ensure player learn the rules better.
  • Visual improvements to the Another Way level.
  • Improvements to the instruction terminals in the hospital.
  • Fixed a bug with a frame perfect input that could be missed in a very rare case.
  • Fixes for the Arachtoids reset behaviour on respawns
  • Boosted the pickup radius of the Beacons in beacon challenges to make them a bit easier to collect.
  • The small Arachtoids have changed their style too and are now sporting a new yellow paintjob.
  • There has been a tweak to how vertical wallruns interact with 90 degree corners to make it a bit more stable.
  • There has been some tweaks to some of the hints and when they trigger.
  • Improved the sound ducking on a few VO lines in the Initial Entry.
  • Fixed a bug with the Inventory UI where the controller input could sometimes could get locked after having an item selected that was used.
  • There are now a few more places where hints can be shown outside the tutorial.
  • When the player is in a Resistor Field the drain VFX that were previously only the floor are now applied to the jetpack to make it clearer when you are affected by it.
  • The buggy smoke pillar VFX from the small drones is now fixed.
  • There have been a few tweaks to high speed wall impacts, as it could feel quite underwhelming at times and not representing the force that was displaced.
  • The Pulse Core path lines are now visible!
  • Improved the input buffering in certain situations.
  • Improved a few edge interactions in the Regrowth level.
  • Hints about shooting something will now be hidden when they are not relevant anymore.
  • A few lines in the tutorial area can now be interrupted by playing journal entries.
  • Added additional green shields in the early levels to encourage the use of the Burst Shot.
  • Fixed a few camera based bugs.
  • Added some guidelines to certain walls to help new players judge where they should be jumping to and from.
  • Various improvements to the hints display.
  • Various level design improvements in Mistakes to avoid players getting lost.
  • Made it so that the ‘Place Checkpoint’ hint in the Initial Entry pauses the game if they are struggling so we can ensure new players read it.
  • Various fixes to the Outfit menu UI.
  • Improved time formatting in the leaderboards.
  • Improved the shielding of some Sniper turrets.
  • Fixed a low frequency bug which could sometimes effect Air Dashes.
  • …and maybe a few other things

We would like to once again say thank you to our awesome community who helped us find these bugs and get them fixed and tested.

Good luck unlocking the new outfits and mastering the new energy mechanics everyone!

Thank you for your continued support!

Songbringer gets September release date!

By | Double Eleven, Songbringer

Good news, eager beavers! Songbringer, the pixel-art masterpiece from one-man dev Wizard Fu has a confirmed release date! OH MY GOD WHAT? I know, right? We’re as excited as you are to share that Songbringer will come to Xbox One, Windows 10, Steam on September 1st, with PS4 coming September 5th.

Here’s the new gameplay trailer

That means there’s only a couple of weeks left for you to work out that hat-throwing arm ready to go! You can read more details on this PlayStation Blog post.

 

 

 

Get Psyched- Prison Architect DLC out on PS4 and Xbox One this week

By | Double Eleven, Prison Architect

In June 2016 we launched Prison Architect on console. In January, it received a free content update, bringing players sniper towers and exclusive textures. Now we’re super excited to say that players can download a console-exclusive DLC pack, Psych Ward, available on PlayStation™ 4 from 6th of June, and Xbox One on the 9th. In it, you’ll find a load of stuff including, for the first time, a new inmate security type: the Criminally Insane.

Watch the trailer to see what’s included:

Detailed list of DLC content:

  • The Criminally Insane- inmates with new and varied reputations and desires, forcing you to explore new approaches to prison management.
  • Psychopathic Inmates – The most volatile and unpredictable criminally insane inmates have 5 or more traits and are branded Psychopathic! Keep a watchful eye out for these guys stepping off the bus.
  • Psychiatrist staff member- Hold consultation sessions to help support your prisoners’ needs.
  • New room types- Who doesn’t love their own space? Padded cells gradually improve inmate’s desires for Privacy, Comfort, Safety and Freedom, as well as feelings of Suppression.
  • Breakout!- A new game preference setting which allows you to ramp up the frequency of prisoner tunnel attempts.
  • Two new Wardens- Hawk Hartman improves the performance of guards, while Dr Slugworth offers additional benefits for Criminally Insane inmates.
  • 2 new pre-built prisons and 2 new building plots to use in Prison Warden mode

 

Bug list to follow.

Follow @DoubleElevenLtd on Twitter for news and updates for Prison Architect Console Edition.

Songbringer coming to PS4, Xbox One and Steam this Summer!

By | Double Eleven, Songbringer

We’re delighted to officially announce our partnership with one-man development studio, Wizard Fu. Together, we’re bringing Songbringer, a procedurally generated action RPG set in a 13,000 B.C. Milky Way, to PlayStation® 4, Xbox One and Steam for PC, Mac and Linux this summer.

During times of peace the people party. Roq is a carefree dude just cruising the galaxy in search of the ultimate party aboard the space-faring art party ship, Songbringer. Roq wakes up, shirtless and confused on a strange planet. When Roq accidentally awakens an ancient evil army, the galaxy as he knows it is thrown into war. Now it’s up to Roq and his trusty robot sidekick, Jib, to save the galaxy from total annihilation.

Songbringer is a gorgeous procedurally-generated world populated with ten dungeons in 3/4­ perspective. Enter a six-­letter world seed code when starting a new adventure, granting you the possibility to explore 308 million unique environment combinations – no adventure is ever the same, unless you share your code with friends.

A rich, immersive story line and a fantastical sci-fi universe littered with secrets, Songbringer introduces the unique concept of hidden realms. As Roq, learn to utilize the powers of the rare cacti you will find in the world to see things that aren’t there (or are they?): doors, items and other loot that can help you on your journey.

With action-packed combat and several unique weapons to choose from, including the epic and humming nanosword, the boomerang-like top hat, the ghost sword projectile, and plenty of bombs, Songbringer allows players to go it alone in the galaxy or with a friend – local co-op allows for a second player to join you as Jib, your robot companion with a strange propensity for moustaches. Overcome crowded mobs, virus androids, gigantic bosses and solve a series of puzzles to get you back where you belong; at peace and partying the night away on the Songbringer as you sail the solar winds of the galaxy with your friends.

Check out some beta gameplay footage in preparation!

 

Songbringer will be on display at PAX East in Boston in March.  For more information, check out songbringer.com and be sure to follow @wizard_fu on Twitter.

Welcoming a new Community Associate

By | Double Eleven

At Double Eleven, nothing is more important than our players. To make sure we give them the best experience possible, we’ve brought on a new Community Associate. Natalie will be concentrating on interacting with our user base, as well as creating content and supporting marketing operations.

We’ve posed Natalie some gruelling questions, so you can get to know her a little better.

 

Who are you?

I’m a married cat lady, living in Teesside. I’m a regular gamer, a board game reviewer and comedy enthusiast. I love sci fi, cats, crafting and cats. Sometimes a combination of all the above.

What sort of games do you like to play?

My main loves are adventure games and RPGs. My early gaming history is in top-down strategy games like Dungeon Keeper, as well as point-and-click titles like Simon the Sorcerer. Since my first console (very worn out Crash Bandicoot disc), I’ve been a committed PlayStation fangirl, with a collection of PSones that borders on obsessive.

What makes you excited for working for Double Eleven?

Having been a gamer my whole life, it feels like an immense privilege to be on the inside for once. I’m excited about engaging with our players and making their lives better, while championing great projects and building strong relationships with other studios and partners. It’s a fantastic opportunity to be part of a company with such a strong reputation for quality and commitment. Also, the office is fantastic, which obviously helps.

What do you hope to achieve?

As Double Eleven move into a publishing-focused role, it’s more essential than ever to make sure that the company is communicating effectively with its players. Information and openness is key, and it’s important to make sure that not only are customers hearing about products, but also that players’ voices are being heard. Going forward, I hope to grow on Double Eleven’s user-first attitude, and help to improve the user experience. I want to showcase all of the things that makes Double Eleven unique and wonderful.

We’re really excited to have Natalie on board and finally give our valued community the attention it deserves. If you have any questions for Natalie or you’d just like to give her a warm welcome to the team, email contact@double11.com and she’ll be more than happy to help you out!