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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 : Alpha version !

Postby manutoo » 02 Jul 2020, 21:33

Version 0.23 - Build 39 SubBuild 2020.7.2:

New Features :
- 3D Player : the female player is now fully configurable, except for her face that may receive a few additional options in the future
- Surface : the grass gets damaged as long as the current tournament advances (like in TE2013)
- Tour bases : Players & their rankings updated to end of 2019
- Tour bases : added 1 week of grass between the French Slam & the UK Slam
- Junior Tour : added the Grade D tournament level, which should make it much easier to win a few matches during the 1st Junior year and maybe win a couple of tournaments in the 2nd year (if it's not the case, please report it !)
- Legacy Base Support : the game can now load saved games using previous versions of the official Tour bases, so you should never lose your saved game again when updating
- Players : fictional players now will mostly get fictional names instead of recycled names from the player base
- Tournament : 2 new victory cups
- Tournament Registration : low ranked CPU players didn't register correctly for tournaments, which was making it very hard for the new good players to emerge, so the system got a complete rehaul
- Qualies : now winning a match in qualies always gives ranking points, so low ranked players who never make it out of qualies still get a somewhat meaningful ranking
- Animation : the players won't swing in the air anymore when the ball ends in the lower part of the net
- Physics : ball bounce on sliced ball tuned, so it shouldn't be overpowered anymore
- Players : Forehand, Backhand & Service Powers of top players in a very good year will get a bit less up, so it's their other skills that go up more (eg: so the serve doesn't become super fast during such year)
- World Tour : allow top players to have a bit more easily their skill above 90% (which in turn allow having more skills under 90%)
- Serves : the 1st service speed has been lowered by 5km/h on average, so it's more on par with real-life averages, and it should give a more realistic number of aces for top servers
- Serves : topspin & kick serves now do less net clip ; instead, they get sometimes shorter but still pass the net
- Player style : the Counter now rushes the net a bit less often
- Controls : controllers' analog stick now allows you to accelerate your player run in any direction
- Modding : the player's StartRank is now used to determine his strength when he's a Junior, so he'll try to reach his StartRank when he gets to 18 years old (note: if the 1st RankPerYear is better than 100, then the player is becoming a Pro on his starting year)
- Modding : add the TE2009 Net, so TE2013 Mods using it & changing its texture will work with TEM2 ; you have to specify its use in GameSys.ini , though, by adding this line, under [Game] :
DefaultNet = Net2009

Changes :
- Tour bases : many low ranked players had some years off and thus on some years a few qualies draws could miss a few players
- Tournament : fixed a crash when loading a saved game containing a draw with bye vs bye matches (ie: when there were not enough players)
- Physics : completely reworked the spin after the bounce, as the fix for the sliced bounce lead to having too much topspin on flat serve, making the ball bounce too low ; these new changes also make the topspin strike a bit more effective, as it now bounces a bit higher & deeper, which is welcome
- Strikes : the acceleration and the shoulder acceleration speed bonus both require to have been perfectly positioned for at least 0.25s & 0.5s respectively to achieve their fastest speed

Bug Fixes :
- Sound : the skid sounds weren't played
- Statistics : doubles historic for CPU players could be wrong, leading to wrong reports
- Rendering : the vertical ball shadow could disappear
- Animation : the player animation while bouncing the ball could be jerking
- Replay : the rackets were mispositioned in step by step mode
- Country Cup : the surfaces weren't saved correctly once the encounters were over, leading to issue in the Head To Head & other screens
- Strikes : the drop shop could end too easily in the net
- Animation : the player could wrongly choose to do a forehand or backhand volley when the ball was crossed a lot and he was far from it
- World Tour : top singles players could too easily play in low ranked doubles tournaments
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 : Alpha version !

Postby manutoo » 03 Jul 2020, 19:39

SubBuild 2020.7.3:

Bug fixes :
- Controls : keyboard was always making the player go to the right
- Animation : the woman player was glitching when running & striking the ball at the same time
- Animation : the woman's racket wasn't correctly animated
- Animation : man's service #21 fixed
- Player : the racket was mispositioned for the left-handed woman

Notes :
- Linux version is built ; no idea if it works or not, please report in the comment topic if you give it a try ! :blackeye: (to get your download link, request your License Key email to be resent : => https://www.managames.com/Key_en.php?Lost ) (EDIT: it has been reported as working correctly !)
- MacOs version updated
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 : Alpha version !

Postby manutoo » 20 Jul 2020, 21:10

Build 40 SubBuild 2020.7.20:

New Features :
- Rescue : you can now press the Left or Right shift during the game start-up to open the Data folder, so you can easily find the Tennis.ini to delete it or modify it if the game crashes on start (the last version of Unity removed the Launcher, so it's a trick to live without it :fear: )
- Controller : added the Dead-zone settings in the Controls menu

Changes :
- Animation : tuned a bit the animation synchro so the racket connects better with the ball on the strikes

Bug Fixes :
- Animation : fixed a couple of bugs leading to animation glitches
- Animation : the racket orientation for the woman player could be wrong
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 : Alpha version !

Postby manutoo » 05 Sep 2020, 09:16

Version 0.27 - Build 41 SubBuild 2020.9.5:

New Features :
- Animation : new dynamic system to the player centers his racket on the ball and can stretch a bit to do so, so the ball is always hit with the center of the racket as long as it's not too far away (1)
- Animation : new dynamic system to make the players look at the ball more naturally
- Animation : now the players keep correctly their off-hand on the racket

Changes :
- Strike : deep changes in how the acceleration works ; now you need to hit the ball at the top of its curve else your acceleration speed will be harshly penalized (2)
- Strike : raised the topspin rate on the acceleration
- Strike : raised the ball difficulty when it's high for the 1H Backhand, and when it's low for the 2H Backhand
- Strike : the backhand maximum speed greatly decreased (3)
- Camera : lowest zoom now shows a lot more of the court
- Controls : the analog stick now allows to lower the maximum running speed
- AI : tuned the CPU so it uses a bit more efficiently the acceleration
- World Tour : Junior Grade D tournaments now give less ranking points, so it'll be more interesting to switch to playing Grade C ones
- World Tour : ensure fictional players have high enough Concentration & Constancy to avoid them getting very high technical skills to compensate for their lack of constancy

Bug Fixes :
- Animation : animation selection based on the chosen Forehand wasn't working for some gestures

Notes :
(1) - there are still a few glitches, though :fear:
(2) - this is really a Work in Progress here, with a big change in gameplay from the previous version, so I'd like to gather feedback and see how to orient everything moving forward :blackeye:
(3) - if you check the stats here, you'll notice that the fastest backhand over 3 years at the AO is only 134km/h ..! (83 mph)

Known bugs :
- the dynamic animation system doesn't work on replay after a skipped point
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 : Alpha version !

Postby manutoo » 09 Sep 2020, 10:12

Build 42 SubBuild 2020.9.9:

Changes :
- Animation : tuning the forehand on low balls
- Physics : retuned the bounce, so the topspin strike rebounds higher
- AI : the CPU now uses the topspin more often when relevant, and do a bit better strike selection on passing-shots
- Stats : balls hit with the frame of the racket aren't counted as winners anymore, but as forced errors instead

Bug Fixes :
- Outfit : it was not possible to configure the woman shoes
- Animation : one leg could get constantly arced (depending on the selected service animation)
- Animation : the smash could get a bit jerky

Notes :
- Nadal finally beats Federer on clay most of the times..! :P (and normally, vice-versa on grass, but maybe Fed needs a little boost there in his AI :fear: )
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 : Alpha version !

Postby manutoo » 26 Sep 2020, 13:32

Version 0.29 - SubBuild 2020.9.26:

New Features :
- Player : the male player now has most of his outfit configuration done (maybe he'll get a few more facial options) (1)
- World Tour : the players now use all the different outfits

Changes :
- Menu : greatly improved the time needed to customize the player texture (especially when your CPU is multi-core), so it's faster to use the outfit configuration menu

Bug Fixes :
- Menus : the player wasn't correctly positionned in the face editor

Notes :
(1)- The male player still has a bunch of little glitches ; hopefully the artist will have them all fixed within a couple of weeks
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 : Alpha version !

Postby manutoo » 28 Sep 2020, 20:49

SubBuild 2020.9.28:

Changes :
- 3D Player : fixed a bit the male player's clothes

Notes :
- MacOs version updated
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 : Alpha version !

Postby manutoo » 02 Oct 2020, 19:17

SubBuild 2020.10.2:

Changes:
- Rendering : slightly more details in the texture when seen from far

Bug Fixes:
- Animation : the hand was misplaced when bouncing the ball on the serve
- Menu : the language was wrongly set to Slovak on the 1st launch of the game
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 : Alpha version !

Postby manutoo » 12 Oct 2020, 19:00

Build 43 - SubBuild 2020.10.12:

New Features:
- Animation : now the dynamic animations work during the replay after have skipped a point

Changes:
- Strikes : the forehand slice can now be up to 3km/h faster (it's still noticeably less good than the BH slice)
- Animation : the ball was bouncing a bit too low on the grass during the serve bouncing
- Animation : tuned a bit how the player turns to look at the ball

Bug Fixes:
- Animation : often the ball wasn't centered perfectly in the racket because of a bug in the new system to make the head look to the ball
- Recording : the replay of a .dmo could lose sync when skipping a point where a player was running right on the 1st frame
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 : Alpha version !

Postby manutoo » 13 Oct 2020, 21:45

SubBuild 2020.10.13:

Bug Fixes:
- Gameplay & Animation : I had totally forgotten to activate the extra reach since the Version 0.27..! :shock: It was only active in my testing version and thus I noticed it was missing from the released version just now... That explains some of the feedback in the past month... ':D

Notes :
- Linux version updated
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 : Alpha version !

Postby manutoo » 17 Oct 2020, 18:23

SubBuild 2020.10.17:

Changes:
- Animation : disabled the look-at-ball system when the player is doing his return waiting animation

Bug Fixes:
- Animation : the pelvis wasn't correctly oriented when running & striking at the same time, creating many strange things :fear:
- Animation : the legs could get weirdly mixed when striking the ball
- Animation : if the player already started his strike when the ball ended in the net, his animation could get weird

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

Postby manutoo » 03 Nov 2020, 21:50

Version 0.30 - Build 44 - SubBuild 2020.11.3:

New Features :
- Player : the male player is now more or less final
- Commentaries : prototype of the commentaries, to get a 1st impression about how it will feel in-game once it's done (see below for the install process)

Changes :
- AI : the CPU will now lob more often on difficult balls when the opponent is at the net

Bug Fixes :
- Service : some serves could be way too slow
- Physics : some very badly hit balls meant to be sent to the side were instead ending in the court
- World Tour : the tournament filters the tournament selection screen were not working correctly

How to install the commentaries : (only for Windows)
- Launch the game and go to Settings -> Audio
- Click on Commentaries -> Download
- Close the game and install the downloaded file
- Launch the game, the Commentaries should be activated
- Notes :
  • the commentaries are vastly inaccurate ; only the winner / error / serve context is pertinent. Many, many commentaries are still not implemented.
  • the commentaries will also play during the warm-up if the DevMode is on
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 : Alpha version !

Postby manutoo » 26 Nov 2020, 12:08

Version 0.31 - Build 46 - SubBuild 2020.11.26:

New Features :
- Patcher : now when there's a new update, the game will propose you to launch the patcher ; for a gameplay or engine update only (ie: no new texture, 3D models, etc.), the update should be less than 1 MB each time
- Localization : Portuguese translation fully updated, thanks to antimouse ! :jap:

Bug Fixes:
- Character Sheet : the player was getting all white after have played in any 3D stadium
- Match replay : the .dmo was desync'ing like crazy when the player LOD wasn't the same as during the recording
- Controls : fast auto-positioning could go in the wrong direction for an instant on ball strike
- AI : the CPU could miss a ball passing right through his racket
- Animation : human-controlled players could jerk a bit on rare occasions
- World Tour : players existing in the base and getting a better best rank in the fictional years were losing it on game reload
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 : Alpha version !

Postby manutoo » 04 Dec 2020, 08:10

SubBuild 2020.12.4:

Bug Fixes:
- Stadium : the US Slam stadium was missing
- Crowd : the crowd animation wasn't working

Notes :
- MacOS version updated => /!\ Warning : to keep your settings & saved games, do that :
  1. Launch the previous version of TE4
  2. Click on Settings -> Profile -> Show Data Folder (on the bottom left)
  3. Close the previous TE4
  4. Copy Tennis.ini + the whole Profiles subfolder to "Documents/TE4" (or any folder of your choice)
  5. Install the new version ; run "Applications/TE4-Launcher", wait till it finishes to download & automatically launch TE4
  6. Click on Show Data Folder in the new TE4
  7. Close the new TE4
  8. Copy over the content of "Documents/TE4"
  9. Launch TE4-Launcher or directly "Documents/Tennis Elbow 4/Tennis Elbow 4.app"
  10. Optional : you can delete the previous version of TE4 in Applications
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 : Alpha version !

Postby manutoo » 20 Jan 2021, 16:59

Version 0.34 - Build 49 - SubBuild 2021.1.20:

New Features :
- Online Alpha : read more info and please report your technical experience here : topic8-33085.php (wait for the Prediction engine to be there, in a couple of weeks, to report your gameplay experience)
- Localization : Chinese translation

Changes :
- Skills : Focus was having a way too big effect
- GUI : during a Country Cup match, the countries are now shown instead of the player names on the scoreboard
- Modding : added 2 keys to speed up & speed down the camera movements done with the keypad keys (check Settings -> Shortcuts with the DevMode activated)
- Modding : now the engine save the Custom HUD and will try to restore it on match replay

Bug Fixes :
- Crowd : crowd could react at the wrong time during rallies
- Gameplay : fixed a rare crash (that could happen only in doubles ?)
- Gameplay : when controlling your player, Auto-Pos could make him goes in the wrong direction if he was standing further than the 2nd ball bounce
- Match Replay : the replay was failing when the match was from the World Tour with a player having stress from playing a lower-ranked player, and a few other things related to that
- Outfits : some players could get a wrong outfit number, leading to a metallic display
- World Tour : the game could crash when checking a player Palmares and the Country Cup wasn't done for the current year
- World Tour : when starting the Seasons mode, our player was getting his Skills set to his Potentials instead of the Skills for the year to come
- Modding : couldn't remove completely the court lines
- Modding : putting a Court_Used image wasn't working
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