Tennis Elbow 4 : Prototype !

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Tennis Elbow 4 : Prototype !

Postby manutoo » 15 Aug 2019, 17:39

Hello,

with a 5-month delay over what was announced in last November 2018, here's the TE4 prototype !

More info about TE4 : topic15-30551.php .

Pre-ordering TE4 & getting your download link

Pre-order the game with a 10% discount to get your License Key & your download link now : https://www.managames.com/buy.php?g=TE4 (Alternate way with additional payment methods : https://www.managames.com/buy.php?g=TE4&Alt=1 )
Only the Windows download link is available now. MacOS version might come tomorrow. (EDIT: MacOS version was released)
If you pre-order now, you'll get a free Steam Key once the game will be available on Steam.

If you already pre-ordered the game, request your License Key email be resent from here to get your download link : https://www.managames.com/Key_en.php?Lost&game=TE4 (I'll send it automatically again to you tomorrow).


Requirements

- 64-bit Windows 7/8/10 or macOS 10.12+
- 4GB of RAM
- For the 3D courts with high quality, a 3D card with about 5000 points here https://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html , and DirectX 11 support
- For the 2D courts, an IGP or a 3D card with about 1000 points here https://www.videocardbenchmark.net/mid_range_gpus.html , and DirectX 11 support

2019-08 - Prototype #1.png


What is a Prototype ?

So a prototype can be resumed to : it's to test a concept, plus there's a lot of issues right now.

The main concept to test here is the new rendering engine, its performances, the rendering quality and if it runs on most of your PCs or not.

Else, it's TEM2 + TE4 Menu Design + the new 3D clay stadium + new 3D props (but not players nor NPCs).

For the problems, here a non-exhausting list :
- the performances seem a bit low now ; in TEM2, I was getting 310 fps and in the prototype on TE4 around 117 fps (485 vs 126 without SSAO nor FSAA) ; this is not good enough, especially as there are not much polygons in my test view. I'll look into that and try to optimize in the incoming weeks.
- the new 3D clay court, the only 3D court available in the prototype, has too much space after the baseline : around 11m instead of 6 ; my 3D artist should fix that within a couple of weeks
- obviously, the new 3D players aren't there, so it's still the old TE2013 ones ; same for all the NPCs
- the 2D background rendering (it's the new name of the 2D court) doesn't work well, and right now for some unknown reason the lighting refuses to work on it (it might be some Unity bug, as it's working fine in the Unity editor :fear: ); actually, if you really want to play with the 2D court, at this point you'd be better playing TEM2 as it's better optimized and has fewer bugs ;)
- Changing the Quality in Settings -> Video to Fastest gives an empty blue screen
- etc.


No advertising

As the game still looks strange, with the mix between the old & the new stuff, you cannot publish publicly anything except here on the Mana Game forum.

If you want to do a Youtube video, set it to unlisted and you should still be able to embed it in a post here.


Comments about the Prototype

Comments go there so the changelog will be easier to follow : topic15-31734.php
Suggestions for TE4 : topic15-30550.php
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 : Prototype !

Postby manutoo » 16 Aug 2019, 20:37

SubBuild 2019.8.16:

Bug Fixes :
- Fixed a bunch of small & bigger issues
- 2D Background : they now can be used, but it's still the textures from TEM2, and the sun light doesn't work :sweat:
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 : Prototype !

Postby manutoo » 17 Aug 2019, 22:15

SubBuild 2019.8.17:

Changes :
- Optimization : improved the FPS on the test scene from 117 to 155 (ie: +33%), still not great but already more acceptable

Notes :
- the MacOS version should come tomorrow, or at least I hope so (I have to find a way to fix the sun light with the 2D Background 1st)
- To get the new version, just download the game again from your License Key email
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 : Prototype !

Postby manutoo » 19 Aug 2019, 14:41

SubBuild 2019.8.19:

Changes :
- Camera : aperture range raised

Bug Fixes :
- 2D Background : sun light now work with the 2D Background
- Character Sheet : the 3D player was disappearing after have launched a match with the 3D stadium

Notes :
- MacOS is there ! I didn't test it though, as I'm super short on time and my old Mac might not be up to the task. To run it, you need as least MacOS 10.11 (El Capitan) + the Metal API
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 : Prototype !

Postby manutoo » 20 Aug 2019, 09:54

SubBuild 2019.8.20:

Bug Fixes :
- 3D Stadium : the lighting was corrupted and thus it looked strange when the sun was in the front of the camera
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 : Prototype !

Postby manutoo » 21 Aug 2019, 10:40

SubBuild 2019.8.21:

Bug Fixes :
- CPU vs CPU : nothing was shown on the screen
- Controls : Alternate up/down weren't working
- Registering : going into the World Tour right after have activated your full version was crashing the game
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 : Prototype !

Postby manutoo » 22 Aug 2019, 20:17

SubBuild 2019.8.22:

New Features :
- GUI : can disable the GUI (with Right Shift + F12, by default)

Changes :
- Fullscreen : now the fullscreen mode is exclusive instead of fullscreen window ; it gives a ~5% performance boost (right now, if you switch to fullscreen from within the game, it'll be in fullscreen window, but only for the current session ; in the future, I'll add the option to select between the 2 modes)

Bug Fixes :
- Menu : some menus were crashing (eg: World Tour's New Game)
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 : Prototype !

Postby manutoo » 30 Aug 2019, 18:06

SubBuild 2019.8.30:

New Features :
- Base engine updated to TEM2 v1.0a (more info => topic11-31790.php )

Bug Fixes :
- Indoor : the game was trying to load the Indoor stadium that didn't exist, and thus it lead to some crashes
- Animation : the running animation speed was always the same, whatever your player actual speed was
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 : Prototype !

Postby manutoo » 04 Sep 2019, 12:02

SubBuild 2019.9.4:

New Features :
- Rendering : downgraded to Unity legacy Built-in pipeline ; it should boost the fps up to 70%, depending on what's on-screen and on your GPU/IGP
- Menu : added the Fullscreen Window mode in the Video settings

Notes :
- MacOS version might come tomorrow
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 : Prototype !

Postby manutoo » 05 Sep 2019, 14:06

SubBuild 2019.9.5:

Changes :
- Lowered a bit the shadow darkness

Bug Fixes :
- 2D Background mode was super dark and got a weird deformation instead of scrolling
- Switching 2D Background on & off could lead to some rendering issues

Notes :
- MacOS version updated, and it now works on Intel Iris IGP and doesn't require Metal support anymore
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 : Prototype !

Postby manutoo » 11 Sep 2019, 09:07

SubBuild 2019.9.11:

New Features :
- Upgraded to Unity 2019.2.4f1, to fix the crashes detailed below

Changes :
- Optimized a bit the Clay stadium

Bug Fixes :
- The game was crashing with Window 7 when entering the Character Sheet or playing with the 2D Background
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 : Prototype !

Postby manutoo » 14 Sep 2019, 18:34

Version 0.06 ; SubBuild 2019.9.14:

New Features :
- 1st Indoor stadium (it's not the final version, but it's very close of it)

Bug Fixes :
- The 2D Background was stretching weirdly
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 : Prototype !

Postby manutoo » 17 Oct 2019, 11:51

Version 0.07 ; SubBuild 2019.10.17:

New Features :
- UK Slam Grass Stadium !
- New line judges, although they should be only place holders before newly produced ones, they look much better than the legacy ones... :blackeye:
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 : Prototype !

Postby manutoo » 19 Nov 2019, 14:32

Version 0.10 ; SubBuild 2019.11.19:

New Features :
- New 3D male player ! Most of the outfits aren't done though (ie: hairs, cuff, hats, shirts, etc.), and the Low Detail model is still the legacy player from TE2013

Bug Fixes :
- The ball shadow wasn't visible most of the time

Notes :
- MacOS version updated
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 : Prototype !

Postby manutoo » 26 Nov 2019, 21:31

Version 0.11 ; SubBuild 2019.11.26:

New Features:
- Stadium : the new AO Slam stadium is there ! :yes:

Bug Fixes :
- Crowd : the crowd wasn't applauding since a couple of builds (because of a change in the crow optimization)
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