After a long development period I am pleased to be able to show my efforts with this major update which brings a lot of new things to CSK. This update brings a whole new game play system as well as many new interface and game elements. Unfortunately I was not able to implement all of the features that I wanted to add within this update so what you see right now is not the complete update.
Overview of new additions:
Pet combat system
Ability to summon and unsummon pets that follow you around
Monsters to fight against
Pet equipment with dynamic stats
AFK sound effects
candysugarkingdom.com website changes
From this update forward pets will be a big part of the game and will bring a whole new game play style. Pets can be acquired in many ways but each Player will be awarded a free pet from the start of the quest chain. When a pet is summoned it will always follow you around throughout the world.
Pets will gain experience through combat and quests which will allow them to become stronger as they level up. Each pet will have it's own strengths and weaknesses which allow a pet to excel at specific abilities or weapons.
Not all pets are the same and some pets are very rare and difficult to obtain.Pet summon and unsummon
As a pet owner the player will be able to summon a pet that they have obtained or unsummon a pet while within the game World. When a pet is summoned it will follow you anywhere you go within the game World.Pet combat system
A summoned pet will always protect it's owner which means that when a pet believes that it's owner is in danger it will fight against any odds to project it's master. The pet combat system is a type of RPG turn based system that works in real time using the Action Bar.
Within the current update there is no ability to have a Player pet vs Player pet fight, this feature will be added in a future update with no specific date set as of yet.Pet abilities
Each pet will have it's strengths and it's weaknesses which means that some pets will be able to learn some abilities easily while other pets will have a very difficult time learning other abilities. Pets have the potential to learn various different new Spells and Skills that will be used in combat. Each Spell and Skill can also be upgraded to higher levels to make it even more stronger than what it already is.World Monsters
The World has started to become increasingly filled with dangerous monsters and it is up to each player to find out the reasons behind this. Monsters can be found in various parts of the world and they vary in different types from regular monsters to very powerful Boss Monsters.Player Parties
An important feature that has been added as of this update is the ability to create and manage a Player Party. What this means is that Players can create a Party to play with their friends or to make new friends and it will also be a critical part in helping defeat Boss Monsters in the World.Quests
Within this update a quest panel has been added to the user interface as well as the ability to accept and complete quests throughout the game World to progress through the story of the game and to acquire quest reward items.NPC Shops
Some NPCs have shops now that the Players can purchase shop items from, each NPC shop sells different kinds of things which makes these shops very important to know where they are and what they sell.Player Inventory
As of this update all Players have an Inventory which they will store all sorts of items within it. The Inventory can be used to store candy, pet equipment, pet eggs and much more with a very simple and easy to use interface that will allow the players to drop unneeded items or move them around to organize the inventory.Pet Inventory
Each pet will have it's own inventory of items that is unique to the individual pet. The pet inventory can only be used to equip pet equipment such as different types of weapons and armors. The items equipped on to the pet will significantly enhance the combat strengths of the pet.World Items
Within the world there will be many different types of items that will be acquired from different ways such as purchased from and NPC shop, dropped from a monster and or rewarded as a quest item. Each item serves a purpose and is used in some way as part of the game World.Pet Equipment
One of the great features within this update is that the pet items that are dropped will have different rarity of quality such as common, uncommon, exceptional and superior. But on top of that the stats for each individual item is randomly generated at the time of the creation of the item. This means that the exact same item will most likely have different stats associated with it and as the items go up in levels it will be increasingly unlikely for two identical items to have the exact same stats.AFK sound effects
This is one of the features that was requested by the community so here it is. If a player is AFK for greater than 30 seconds any chat messages and friends that come online will trigger a sound effect to get the attention of the AFK Player. These sound effects will only play at intervals of every 5 seconds so it will not be annoying, this does not mean that it will continuously play every 5 seconds. These sound effects are triggered by an event and another similar event will not trigger the sound effect until 5 seconds have elapsed.http://www.candysugarkingdom.com
The official candysugarkingdom.com website will now allow players to login to the website and see their own game stats as well as the costumes and pets that they have acquired.Premium membership
An important thing that has been added to the game is the ability for those Players who wish to support CSK and get the benefits of premium membership can do so for a very small cost. The benefits that come with a premium membership include larger friends list, more costumes, special pets and items, larger inventory and a badge to show that you support CSK. Without the support of the Players CSK can not survive without any financial earnings and will be shut down if there is not enough support.Bug fixes
Some of the previous bugs have been fixed within this update.
Future updates will change and or modify the existing game elements in different ways, currently there is still major game elements that are missing which will totally change the game mechanics and how the game is played.
As an important note it is very important that everyone knows that it is very likely that there will be account resets done to all accounts as they become required for future updates. This is a necessary process in all projects that are in alpha stages of development. When the resets do happen it will effect possibly any and all game elements that are apart of this update and future updates. What will most likely not be reset is your costumes, friends list and previous game content that existed before this update.
To conclude this update from a users point of view is not very large but the amount of changes both the game client that runs in the browser and the changes made to the server are quite large for a small project. As a result of this there will be all sorts of new game bugs that will range from minor to major and will need to be resolved over time. There is a number of minor bugs that I am already aware of which I will fix when I can.
On top of everything else the game needs to have balancing done to the pets, items, quests, combat, spells and skills which will also be done over time. This update is not the end but the start of another piece of the whole project that is Candy Sugar Kingdom.
I worked really hard on this update and I hope that you the players enjoy my hard work. Have fun and be respectful of other players