After its launch in December, one frequent Boneworks gripe was the dearth of any mid-level checkpoints, which meant gamers needed to full whole ranges in a single play session in any other case they’d lose their progress and be compelled to restart the present degree. A giant replace launched right now introduces a mid-level checkpoint system and brings new content material, climbing enhancements, and extra.
A Boneworks replace launched right now brings a spread of enhancements; as outlined by Stress Degree Zero developer Brandon Laatsch in a developer replace video, the replace focuses on three main themes: fixes for gamers not having a very good expertise, new content material for gamers having fun with the sport, and foundational enhancements to the sport’s tech to enhance Boneworks and future titles.
Checkpoints and Saving in Boneworks
Maybe the largest high quality of life enchancment within the replace is the introduction of a mid-level checkpoint system. At launch, gamers might solely progress by reaching the top of a degree in a single session. In the event that they bought interrupted for any motive (whether or not by a crash or just not desirous to spend a lot time with the sport without delay), they must begin from the start of their present degree.
The replace launched right now provides new checkpoint stations inside ranges which gamers can use to avoid wasting their degree progress. Gamers activate the stations by grabbing each handles and holding the controller triggers on the identical time. The save stations save all the things within the participant’s stock and any saveable objects positioned on saving bins subsequent to the station.
Stress Degree Zero stated that the dearth of a mid-level checkpoint system within the sport was an oversight because it turned out that gamers have been taking longer to finish ranges than the developer had anticipated.
New Area Mode and Sandbox Content material
The Boneworks replace additionally provides a brand new ‘Brawl’ scene to its ‘Area’ mode. Whereas initially the Area mode allowed gamers to battle enemies in pre-set wave situations, the Brawl mode lets the participant customise the encounter and determine which enemies they’d prefer to combat.
Within the ‘Sandbox’ mode, Stress Degree Zero says 50 new objects have been added, together with lots of the ‘gymnasium’ items discovered within the marketing campaign, which may make for straightforward stacking and constructing of enormous buildings. These and different objects may be discovered within the Boneworks marketing campaign to then be unlocked within the Sandbox mode.
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And, whilst you’re at it, a brand new show case within the sport’s essential menu will present you what number of objects you’ve discovered and unlocked within the sport. And in case you suppose you already discovered all of it, suppose once more: two new melee weapons, the Pickaxe and Katar, have been added with this replace.
Boneworks additionally bought a brand new Sandbox scene known as the BlankBox, “a very open sandbox with minimal surroundings items for optimum efficiency.” Moreover, the Museum Basement Sandbox scene has been improved with an ammo spawner, well being setting machine, and another adjustments, and Stress Degree Zero says the scene will proceed to be improved over time.
Core Tech Enhancements to Climbing and Extra
The replace additionally addressed the underlying physics-driven programs powering the Boneworks sport, which the studio says it plans to proceed to construct on high of for future tasks.
One of the vital impactful enhancements is probably going adjustments to climbing which is now stated to be extra steady. Within the launch model of the sport, climbing may very well be extraordinarily ‘springy’ and yank the participant round, making it tough to climb and doubtlessly resulting in discomfort.
Moreover, adjustments to the inputs have been adjusted to enhance hand responsiveness to “fast actions.”
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That’s a whole lot of enhancements in a single replace, and there’s even some bits we didn’t cowl right here; take a look at the complete patch notes if you wish to see all of it.
Stress Degree Zero known as this the “first main replace of 2020,” and stated that gamers can count on “extra frequent movies in between updates” going ahead.