Tennis Elbow 4 - Early Version Roadmap

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Tennis Elbow 4 - Early Version Roadmap

Postby manutoo » 31 May 2021, 08:00

Hello,

here you'll find info about the TE4 development, and the features planned.

Do not use this topic to suggest new features. You can discuss anything exposed below, though. New feature requests go here : topic15-30550.php .

However, you can discuss the features exposed in the roadmap below.

Notes :
- I'll edit this post every time required
- Mini Dev Blog : you can follow the development of the game here => topic15-31541.php
- legacy topic : topic15-30551.php

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Version 1.0 Release dates

These dates are the target, but I'm not sure they are doable or not. :fear:
- Windows / MacOS / Linux : June 2023
- XBox : June 2023
- Playstation : December 2023

Ordering TE4 & getting your download link

You can order the game 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 )
With your License Key for the ManaGames.com version, you'll also get a free Steam key.

if you have bought TE2013, you can get a 15% discount from here :
- English : https://www.managames.com/tennis/promoTE3_en/
- French : https://www.managames.com/tennis/promoTE3_fr/




Roadmap :

(*) = mostly done in the currently available version.

Incoming features (From June 2021 - All done on October 2021 !) :
- (*) Input : new input configuration, much easier for controllers, with presets already done for XBox & PS4/5 controllers
- (*) Animation : better handling of the dynamic animation when the ball is very low and out of reach, to prevent the player to bend for nothing, and other little similar fixes
- (*) IA Modding : Advanced IA tuning (based on the real-time coaching of TEM2)
- (*) Modding : TE4 Modding SDK with Outfit Modding
- (*) Input : better menus navigation with a controller (it's mandatory for the console ports)
- (*) Gameplay tuning :
  • topspin efficiency (it needs some buffing)
  • slice (it's a bit too efficient)

Incoming features (From October 2021 - All done in March 2022) :
- (*) Animation : global improvements, with new stretching/sliding anims, and possibly some new ones for the high volley and volleying on the stomach, and a test of dynamic locomotion (ie: more natural player movement ; but it's not sure it'll work or not)
- (*) Animation : sync of CPU anim when he's late on the ball

Incoming features (From March 2022) :
- Stadiums : 10 new stadiums, plus new way to select them in the Training Club

Medium term features :
- Gameplay : new gameplay elements
- Gameplay tuning :
  • service (the 1st serve might be a tad too efficient, and the 2nd serve a bit too weak)
  • drive volley selection
  • other little things
- Gameplay : service training mode
- Tournament : Single tournament mode
- Menu : easy World Tour player loading from the Training Club Character Sheet menu
- Commentaries by Tennis TV commentator Darren Kilfara

Possible features, but still not 100% sure :
- Gameplay : Hawkeye
- Gameplay : Programmable ball thrower
- Online : spectator mode
- Online : cross-platform between all supported platforms
- Player : new talents
- Sound : sound improvements
- Little cutscenes during the match to show the players from closer as well as the stadium from different angles, and make the game more lively
- Tutorial to teach the basics of the gameplay

Note : only important features are listed ; there are many little other things that will come too :blackeye:

Current main improvements compared from TE2013

- Better visuals with new 3D players, stadiums & NPCs
- Reworked physics so everything is more realistic ; as the main example : now if you hit a ball when mispositioned and/or too late, it'll always have a chance to end in the net or go wild
- New menu design
- Men Tour starts in 1973 & Women Tour in 1983
- Junior Tour
- Future fictional years are generated in real-time, so each playthrough sees different top players in the future
- Olympiads
- 3 new player styles to match more closely the global strategy of what I'd call aggressive defensive players (ie: players who base their game mostly on defense, but also can feel pretty aggressive)
- Improved IA
- Dynamic animation system so the player always hits the ball with the center of his racket (as long as it's not too far from him, or really too much on the body)
- Better controller support
- Easier to install Modded animations & outfits

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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 - Early Version Roadmap

Postby iloveme2233 » 31 May 2021, 18:43

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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 - Early Version Roadmap

Postby BENNY » 03 Jun 2021, 19:19

Hi

I was wondering if it was still the same control method? (As in. auto-swing)
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 - Early Version Roadmap

Postby manutoo » 04 Jun 2021, 04:31

BENNY,
yes.
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 - Early Version Roadmap

Postby fabos » 04 Jun 2021, 19:15

:D yees i will post a video soon manutoo
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 - Early Version Roadmap

Postby fabos » 05 Jun 2021, 14:40

presentation video of your terrific game manutoo :applause:

https://youtu.be/i3M6rsOfZqQ
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 - Early Version Roadmap

Postby noys390 » 09 Jun 2021, 06:39

Hi Manutoo,
Very nice to see you publish the road map of this wonderful game.
Are the given 'incoming features' ordered according to their order of delivery or it's just random ?
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 - Early Version Roadmap

Postby manutoo » 18 Jun 2021, 05:53

noys390,
it's by the order they popped-up in my mind, so it doesn't mean they'll arrive in that order... :blackeye:
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 - Early Version Roadmap

Postby tennisfreak12 » 19 Jun 2021, 17:27

When can we expect the final version of the game to be ready? which is ready for the modders to dive into! and with all the features planned? 1.0c maybe?
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 - Early Version Roadmap

Postby manutoo » 20 Jun 2021, 06:30

tennisfreak12,
the final-final version will be there in 10 years. For the 1.0, it's written in the 1st post... :)
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 - Early Version Roadmap

Postby Babai » 27 Jun 2021, 19:14

Does anyone know when the steam key would be available for those who purchased the game from managames during development.
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 - Early Version Roadmap

Postby manutoo » 27 Jun 2021, 19:28

Babai,
they are 2 topics down from this one : topic15-33208.php ... ;)
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 - Early Version Roadmap

Postby Babai » 29 Jun 2021, 22:24

manutoo wrote:Babai,
they are 2 topics down from this one : topic15-33208.php ... ;)


Thank you very much. Yeah I should have searched beforehand. Thank you again for your time.
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 - Early Version Roadmap

Postby Ritournelle » 03 Sep 2021, 17:55

You can find our first impressions here: https://youtu.be/IFB_fjDDcXM

Thanks a lot!
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Re: Tennis Elbow 4 - Early Version Roadmap

Postby teamthiem » 28 Oct 2021, 21:21

I still can't get TE4 to work AT ALL on my 2016 Macbook Pro (with latest software). Spinning umbrella and then I have to force quit.
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