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Get ready for a BOOtiful new beast! Creepy decorations! The spookiness has arrived in Outernauts with a haunting new update!

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Download the update RIGHT NOW from the App Store! 

And if you haven’t downloaded the game before, this is a perfectly eerie excuse to play more games!

Here’s some more info about what appears in this latest update:

Update Content:

– Tournament Rewards Fixed

– Halloween Theme

– Ragnarot added to the Challenge Shop – He’s breedable too! Breeding some Rare beasts means you have a chance to maybe create him too!

– Halloween Decoration added to Shop

– Bug Fixes

Happy Halloween, Outernauts!

~ Stephanie

12 Days of… Sunset? Come sing along. Plus what’s cooler than a boat fort? More traps maybe? We have that too. You know what they always say? You can never have too many traps. We also discuss wall running and a cat named Dazzler. We can’t make this stuff up folks.

If you missed our Twitch stream of the first hour of gameplay, check it out. Spoiler alert! It’s pretty awesome. But, really, it’s also the first full hour of gameplay.

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Ahoy ahoy, humans! If you missed last Friday’s stream and have any interested in systems design, I’d highly recommend checking it out. Systems designer Liz England (@lizardengland) goes over her method for balancing and tuning the score requirements in Slow Down, Bull. There’s a lot of complexity for a seemingly simple game, and if you don’t let the spreadsheets scare you away, I think there’s a lot to learn.

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Bug fixing continues to be the name of the game, but it’s always important to remember that even late in the project you still need to be playtesting your game with fresh new faces. I just had a new player playtest and spotted some important things that need to be adjusted that all of us playing at Insomniac probably have internalized by now. The playtesting cycle is neverending!

To give you an idea of the sorts of bug fixes and adjustments I’m making at the moment, here’s a list of fixes that just went in this week:

  • Made starting zoom further out and pushed out camera lead slightly
  • Slightly increased the amount of boost you get from bouncing off a wall
  • Directional arrows on warp holes
  • Cooldown visual on warp holes (drop opacity)
  • Moved level name text up slightly on map page
  • Removed the positional lerping of the bull after deposit but kept the rotational lerping
  • Removed level overview cam from very first level to reduce excess information thrown at the player
  • When you get caught by a bullcatcher, all other bullcatchers have their collision turned off for the cooldown to prevent stacking
  • Fixed several bad spawn grid bugs

Meanwhile, a new QA member has joined the team to help root out those tricky bugs that I could never find on my own. This is a wonderful help, but it does mean more work for me!

Current status:

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~ Lisa

Miss out on the livestream of the 1st Hour of Sunset Overdrive? Lucky for you, there is a mystical wonder known as an “internet archive”!

Watch as Nerdist.com’s Jessice Chobot interviews Creative Director Marcus Smith and Sunset TV host Brandon Winfrey, while Brandon plays through the 1st hour of Sunset Overdrive at our Best Buy event in Torrance, CA.

Also, don’t miss out when Jessica and Brandon have a chug-off with cans of OverCharge. Just like Highlander, there can be only one…

Trouble loading the video below? Here’s the direct link to Xbox’s Twitch channel too: Xbox Twitch: Sunset Overdrive 1st Hour


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Hey all! Just a super quick update to remind you about this Friday’s stream, wherein Liz will be giving a systems design overview. Spreadsheets galore!

As for the project itself, I’m in maddening bug-fixing mode, trying to get all the annoying little bugs sorted out. It isn’t particularly glamorous, but it is certainly time-consuming! I feel kind of like Annette does here:

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And don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about the name of our possum friend, we’re just still waiting to hear back on the all-clear. This weekend is also IndieCade, one of my favorite independent games festivals, and I’ll be reporting back on my adventures there next week! Stay wonderful!

~ Lisa

Life is filled with so many things to achieve. Liberty, happiness, and Achievements!  Well, Sunset Overdrive has 64 of the latter and we give you a run-down on a portion of them you’ll be attaining. But, we thought it’d be a great way to also show off some of the faces behind the game. These are the people who have been working incredibly hard to bring you a fantastic gaming experience. Well, except for one of them. They were really, really lazy most of the time. Full list of Achievements here. Full info on Saturday’s live-stream and fan-event here.

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Between you and 1,000 shiny new Gamerpoints is 64 Achievements to slay in Sunset Overdrive. Want to know what they are? We’d assume so, since you clicked this link. So, let’s just stop the tibber-tabber and get listin’!

A Challenger Appears Complete 10 challenges with at least a bronze rating. 10G
Second Place Complete 30 challenges with at least a silver rating. 20G
The Champion Complete 50 challenges with a gold rating. 30G
Perfection Complete an optional Night Defense without losing any of your Overcharge. 10G
Replay Replay any Mission and complete it under par. 10G
Not the Boss of Me Replay the final mission and defeat the boss under par. 10G
Chaos in the Old Factory Survive Chaos Squad in the Old Factory District with at least 150 Chaos. 25G
Chaos in Little Tokyo Survive Chaos Squad in Little Tokyo District with at least 325 Chaos. 25G
Chaos in the Harbor District Survive Chaos Squad in the Harbor District with at least 750 Chaos. 25G
Chaos in Downtown Survive Chaos Squad in Downtown with at least 1625 Chaos. 25G
The Floor is Lava Chain together 100 traversal moves without stopping or touching the ground. 10G
Orange Soda 5,000 OD’d massacred. 10G
Orange Soda II 15,0000 OD’d massacred. 25G
Grind Kills Kill 100 enemies while grinding. 5G
Bounce Kills Kill 100 enemies while bouncing or while in the air. 5G
Trap Kills Kill 500 enemies with traps. 5G
Flung to Safety Kill 100 enemies by flinging them into danger using the Springboard Trap. 10G
Stylish Kills Kill 500 enemies while at Style Level 3. 10G
Grind Melee Melee 50 enemies while grinding. 5G
Let Me Count the Ways Burn, Shock, Freeze, or Enrage 1000 enemies. 15G
Favorite Upgrade one of your guns to Level 5. 10G
Many Favorites Upgrade ten guns to Level 5. 20G
I Like Them All Upgrade 20 guns to Level 5. 30G
Amped Up Equip five AMPs on your character at the same time. 10G
Over-Amped Earn an Amp upgrade in Chaos Squad. 10G
Mixology 101 Collect 20 Amps from Floyd. 15G
Out of Stock Destroy 250 Overcharge XT vending machines. 10G
Crash Landing Destroy 25 Fizzco Blimps just because you can. 10G
Badge Earn a badge. 10G
Overdrive Unlock an Overdrive. 15G
More Overdrive Unlock at least one Rank 4 Overdrive. 25G
Intel Collect all 40 Smartphones. 20G
Explorer Find all 20 secret sightseeing locations in Sunset City. 10G
Big Brother Destroy all 150 Fizzco security cameras. 20G
Wire Tapping Eavesdrop on nine conversations by hacking into satellites. 10G
It’s Art, Ok? Deface 40 billboards with graffiti. 10G
Shoe Closet Collect all 150 shoes hanging from wires. 20G
What’s Your Sign Collect all 150 Overcharge hologram signs. 20G
Hot Air Collect all 150 Fizzie balloons. 20G
Litter Collect all 150 scraps of toilet paper. 20G
Who is Sending These? Loot 25 emergency supply drops. 10G
Going to Need a Bigger Closet Collect 250 fashion items. 10G
Can’t Commit Equip one piece of clothing from each Faction at the same time. 10G
The 0.1% Spend at least 25,000 Overcharge. 10G
Overachiever You earned an achievement. 5G
Appreciation Watch the credits all the way through. 10G
I Should Get Paid For This Beat Insomniac QA’s high score of 534, 080 on the Challenge “Buck’s Revenge.” 25G

Spoiler Alert

These next few have some story elements in them, so divert your eves now cuz’ spoilers. (if you want. We’re not being pushy.)

Not So Secret Ingredient Get to the bottom of Fizzco’s corporate secrets. 20G
Roleplay While Roleplaying Reach Level 99 in Ignatius’ epic RPG campaign. 10G
Vat Pack Rat Upgrade the Overcharge vats at every Fort. 15G
Ultimate Collection Liberate all the comic books for the comic book collector. 15G
Defender of the Realm Clear Fargarthia of a hidden evil. 15G
Revolutionary Take back Sunset City for the misfit survivors. 15G
Equal Opportunity Complete a quest from every faction. 20G

There are actually 10 Secret Achievements, as well. But, we’re not going to put those here because that would defeat the whole point of them being a secret.

Some things are still sacred, okay?

What would life be without the challenges? A cake-walk, that’s what. Which, actually sounds amazing, BUT THAT’S NOT THE POINT! Well, Sunset Overdrive’s got its fair share of Challenges, as well. Find out all the details in this weeks episode of Sunset TV. Also, see some sweet fan-art and find out if Chaos Squad can support fewer than 8 people at a time. Get watchin’!

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Ahoy ahoy, humans! Thanks for stopping by! In last week’s stream, we started doing a color pass process on all of our game elements to help them stand apart in the order of what is most important for the player to notice to least important.

You can check out the before and after versions of the grassland area below

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As I mentioned in the stream, this is one of those polishy things that you can do with your game towards the end when all the art assets are mostly finished.

October’s going to be a wild month for streaming, as a lot of stuff is going on that might disrupt our schedule. Here’s the plan for the next couple of weeks:

That said, the schedule this month is full of adventures, so let me give you a preview

  • Oct 3 (that’s this Friday) – the community team is out and about the whole day, so there will be NO STREAM this Friday. A thousand tears!
  • Oct 10 – Liz, who I introduced in last week’s devlog, has graciously offered to do a systems design tutorial during this week’s stream. If you are curious about game balancing, you should come check it out. Though, fair warning, there will be spreadsheets involved.
  • Oct 11-12 – this weekend is Indiecade, and though we won’t be streaming, Lisa’s going to record her adventures at her favorite independent games festival, and promises to share it with you in subsequent weeks.

Meanwhile, the team is plugging along fixing bugs and polishing up! We’re trying not to stress out if everything’s not perfect, but, you know.

C-C-C-COMBOOOOO! Combos are fun, which is why we have them in Sunset Overdrive. Today, learn how the Combo COunter is going to be your best friend. Also, prepare to break the news to your best friend that you have a new, virtual best friend. That’s going to be rough. And, finally – we say BAD WORDS! Because we are edgy. Enjoy!

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