Coffee Diary 26/7/21


Hey Exanimates,

Yep, we're still trying to get this beta update released. Things got kind of nightmarishly complex with the new item management, the same item can now appear in various different contexts at the same time, so we have multiple virtualised instances of multiple real instances of the same item and some pretty complex interactions and usage cases. Converting existing saves to this new system proved problematic, largely because old saves are riddled with invalid copies of items and all sorts of weird issues that need to be cleaned up. Converting old instanced weapons to the new unique procedural weapons under the new system also introduced new problems to solve.

We have finally figured it all out and we're just putting some final QoL touches and testing some things now. It's taken a little longer than expected, but this all really represents a massive QoL improvement for arena and managing those ever growing collections of procedural items and expanding roster. We wanted to be thorough and create a good future proof system.

We've converted most user interfaces to the new system now too, with basically just the match board, which is currently getting a big update, left. Some of these new UIs are still a little WIP and we might not include them right away.

With this beta update we're getting pretty close to wrapping up the core arena overhaul, so we'll be looking at fixing any remaining issues and things like item duping glitches which can lead to problems. You can help us by reporting any problems and also just giving us your feedback. As always the best place to do this is our discord server.

Have a great week!
-the BM team


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