Screenshot Saturday - AI Freeplay vs AI Freeplay!

MikeSlugDisco

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#1
Here's some early results from adding AI colonies to freeplay! You'll be able to add them from the freeplay setup menu. In this initial implementation they're all enemies, and you'll be able to choose their species, colour and play difficulty.

In the 2nd image you can see 3 AI colonies after they've excavated their nests. You can also see one of our dev tricks here - all the underground nests are actually right next to each other! Of course this doesn't matter in the actual game, but it's an interesting detail to point out.

The AI will do all their own excavation (it won't be pre-built for them) but in this first implementation they do follow one of a selection of developer-made nest designs. Further in the future we plan to have the AI design its own nest.

They control their ants in the same way players do, by placing markers near interesting things. In the 3rd image you can see a clash between a leafcutter AI and a wood ant AI as their foraging trails crossed paths!

There's no specific ETA on this (because we're not very good at estimating times) but the systems are well underway at this point.

 
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#10
Wait a sec, Mike, I don't think you mentioned how many colonies you can choose to play with, right? Or is my memory going?
Only 4 nest locations on the map so it should be 3 enemy colonies maximum.
"Daniel7Sly’s Colony" ? We'll have custom colonies ?
It's kinda amusing that the dev use crash report save files for testing.
 
#12
This will single handedly make Freeplay fun for me. The possibilities are extreme with this. You could have so many challenges made with this and test your Formicarium colonies to see which is more effective.
I personally will be challenging myself to master all of the species.

I also wanted to point out: With Formicarium saves you could battle other players colonies!
 
#13
This will single handedly make Freeplay fun for me. The possibilities are extreme with this. You could have so many challenges made with this and test your Formicarium colonies to see which is more effective.
I personally will be challenging myself to master all of the species.

I also wanted to point out: With Formicarium saves you could battle other players colonies!
Oh, yeah! It's not out yet but I cannot wait. I put so much time on my colony.......................
 

VarmintLP

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#16
This will single handedly make Freeplay fun for me. The possibilities are extreme with this. You could have so many challenges made with this and test your Formicarium colonies to see which is more effective.
I personally will be challenging myself to master all of the species.

I also wanted to point out: With Formicarium saves you could battle other players colonies!
Atta cephalotes, Formica Fusca, Formica Rufa and Formica Reptor.

Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony. Then, everything changed when their pheromone trails crossed. Only the Avatar, master of all four antspecies playable in the game, could stop them, but when the world needed him most, he rekt them all. xD

Edit: Correcting acromyrmex to Atta cephalotes. P.S.: This is supposed to be a reference to the Avatar: the last airbender opening.
 
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Buffalo981

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#18
Acromyrmex is the leafcutter species they use?
No they use Atta cephalotes but I think it would be cool to see a leaf cutter variation Acromyrmex added with the possible release of multiplayer after the game is complete. They could just have different stats (less health, smaller size, more damage, cheaper), and of course a different appearance. It seems like a bit of a shame to have a great fungus growth system, but only have one species that can use it.
 
#20
I really hope they make non-playable ants playable in Freeplay someday. That'd make the troop choices a bit more interesting, leading to better replay-ability.
 
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