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Vox Machinae
« on: September 24, 2018, 01:10:01 PM »

Strap yourself into the cockpit of a robot seven times taller than a Tyrannosaurus Rex and prepare to do battle in Vox Machinae: the ultimate giant robot combat action-simulator for both VR and standard screens.

Homepage: Here
Steam: Here
Official forum: Here
YouTube: Here

Multi-player, Online Multi-Player, Local Multi-Player, Cross-Platform Multiplayer

VR Support: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift

Vox Machinae - Trailer (2018)


Take command and pilot a giant fighting machine in an escalating war between powerful corporations. Select your GDR ("Grinder") chassis and customize it with a powerful arsenal of lasers, missiles, cannons and more as you’re pitted against rival Grinder squads. Engage in seamless drop-in multiplayer action with no loot-box or micro-transaction nonsense. Vox Machinae respects your time, and your wallet.

Earth's resources have been depleted. People try to migrate to where there is work, but many end up detained in border camps living off what scraps the governments are able to provide. Powerful corporations explore the heavens in search of raw materials. You are one of the lucky few to be a certified pilot, able to take on the distant mining jobs. The rough alien landscapes can only be navigated by enormous walking robots called GDRs or "Grinders". Rivalry between the corporations is heating up, your job is about to get a lot more dangerous.

Key Features

•   A weighty tactical VR simulator blended with responsive action
Experience the ultimate giant robot combat action-simulator that’s strong enough for your average screen, but BUILT for VR. An immersive physics simulation drives movement and combat, allowing you unleash your massive momentum on both ground and in aerial jumpjet battles.

•   Crossplay between PC VR and Standard Screens
Fight Together with your friends both inside and outside of VR. And with full support for Rift, Vive, and Mixed Reality, everyone can take part in the fray.

•   Experience Mega Multiplayer Mayhem with Unique Game Modes
Play offline, on a local network, or online with up to 16 players. Work with your team to recover and protect the monolithic Decker machine in Salvage mode. Control the most factories scattered across the battlefield as your team reaps the benefits of their production in Stockpile mode. All modes can be played with 2-4 teams, making it easy to squad up with your comrades.

•   Fully Immersive Motion Control Cockpit Operations
Be the pilot and immerse yourself in VR, operating a giant grinder with your real hands. Fully motion control supported with a myriad of grabbable controls, each carefully arranged for maximum usability. Turn the ignition key to start’er up, tilt the sticks to guide your metal beast and jam on the throttle when you really need to punch it.

•   Customize your Giant Grinder, loadout, and Pilot too
Choose between five Grinder chassis, each with their own unique strengths and weaknesses. Then, deck your Grinder out with an array of devastating weaponry that caters to your preferred play-style. Finally make sure you’re looking your best for team VOIP comms with an assortment of headgear styles earned by proving yourself in the field.
•   Bot Resistance, Bot Assistance
Stave off those solitary moments with full bot support across all modes of gameplay. Whether you’re filling some empty seats on your server or honing your skills offline, our competent bots will gladly fight with or against you in epic battles.

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Re: Vox Machinae
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2018, 04:31:32 PM »
Patch Notes - 0.27.10 alpha

•   Add "Aggressive" blinder mode for extra comfort.
•   Hide radio model on pilot customization screen.
•   Mirror pilot on the customization screen.
•   Increase Grab threshold to make it easier to blind-grab cockpit controls.
•   Add RESET option in the Controls menu.
•   Add "Reticle Offset" option to set the reticle off-center vertically 2, 4, or 6 degrees.
•   Fix networking error that could cause the server to become unresponsive. (rolling out to dedicated servers on version 0.28.0)
•   Add more communication with server during level loading and increase max allowed loading time before being disconnected from server to avoid problems for players on spinning hard drives.
•   Add visual cues to show that some radial menus contain more entries and can be scrolled.
•   Fix virtual nose turning transparent during training.

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Re: Vox Machinae
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2018, 12:09:31 PM »
Patch Notes - 0.27.11 alpha / 0.27.12 alpha

0.27.11 alpha - October 6, 2018

•   Fix server browser menu freeze if trying to select an option before it finishes opening.
•   Preliminary support for Razer Hydra. May not work properly yet.

0.27.12 alpha - October 8, 2018

•   Fix bug that prevented launching training missions or creating a match if the install directory had an apostrophe in it, such as C:\Bob's Games.
•   Prevent irrelevant XInput warnings in log file.

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Re: Vox Machinae
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2018, 12:01:02 AM »
Patch Notes - 0.27.13 alpha

•   Fixed bug which caused projectiles (cannon, railgun, missile, bullets) to not be associated correctly with the target they hit. This caused a number of issues including impact visuals appearing inside/behind the target, damage texturing not updating, combat music not playing, and cockpit shake/haptic feedback not triggering when taking hits.
•   Increase mid-range damage of Lasers. Before: 500m = 60%, 750m = 30%. After: 500m = 80%, 750m = 45%.
•   Catalyst receives a 25% bonus to heat dissipation.
•   Changes in this patch require an update to servers, which will happen at different times depending on location.

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Re: Vox Machinae
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2018, 12:30:33 AM »
Patch Notes - 0.27.16 alpha
16 October - TonyDanza

•   Update Oculus SDK to 1.30.
•   Add "Invert Y" option back to the Aiming settings, which was removed by accident.
•   Fix match browser saying "No matches found." instead of "Refreshing..." while refreshing.
•   Add error screen if server process fails to launch.
•   Add HAPTICS menu in settings with vibration STRENGTH and FADE.
•   Tune haptics on WMR controllers.
•   Fix crash that could occur in the server networking under certain conditions.
•   Players with Mic volume muted can now still transmit gestures to the video chat.
•   Animate mouth on Pilot customization screen.
•   Fix frame hitch when grabbing or releasing radio.
•   "STICKY" grip mode. Tap the grip to latch on and let go, OR hold the grip and release to let go.
•   Add strong rotation bias to eject handles to avoid grab conflicts with other controls.

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Re: Vox Machinae
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2018, 01:03:14 PM »
the Spooky Update is live for Vox Machinae!

Spookiness Descends on Vox Machinae

We’re happy to announce that our first content update to Vox Machinae is here: the SPOOKY UPDATE. Here’s a quick rundown of all the things both big and small that we’ve managed to cram into it:

•   Listen to the tremors, something BIG is ready for a tasty Grinder dinner!
•   Many new headgear options, with an overhaul to the hats system too.
•   Flak cannon mechanics have been changed.
•   Dredge receives less damage from physical impacts.
•   Grinder health re-balanced, adding more health to limbs and increased health on Dredge.
•   Blast shield stays open longer when ejecting.
•   Fix Mic not working for Vive players if Steam VR was not open when the game launched.
•   Players with no Mic can now transmit gestures to the video chat.
•   Add announcement in menu when new hat is unlocked.
•   Decorative pumpkin to ring in the festive season.

It has been a whirlwind month over at Space Bullet. We crunched, launched Vox Machinae, and people are finally seeing what our game is all about. First of all we’d like to give our sincere thanks to all the kind words you lovely people have expressed over the various places of the internet. We’re proud as punch that the reception has been so positive and are committed to continuing to develop the experience with surprises, improvements, and sharing those plans with you so you guys can take part in contributing to the journey.

Speaking of taking part, we’ve decided to share big chunks of our development roadmap over on Trello with you guys. You can get involved and vote on your favorite ideas, and we’ll try our best to take your votes into consideration as we flesh improvements/features over the coming months. Here’s the Trello board:

Vox Machinae Roadmap:

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Re: Vox Machinae
« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2018, 11:18:26 PM »
Holiday Update
20 December - TonyDanza

Don't forget your booties, because it's cold outside! A bit of fresh powder has hit the Serpent Plains for a limited time only. You'll look stylin' with a new pilot model and festive hat while piloting the latest-est in Grinder technology: Rook. Two large free-aiming weapon slots allow previously unavailable weapon combinations. We've also got a bunch of other changes including a much-requested new throttle control in the shape of an L (on your forehead). This lets you easily shift between forward/park/reverse without looking.

Patch Notes - 0.30.0 alpha
•   Add new Grinder "Rook".
•   Add Gamepad button combo to eject: Back/Start on 360 controller, View/Menu on XBone controller.
•   Add Exclusive Fullscreen option.
•   Connecting to servers from the Steam server browser while the game is running now works.
•   Fix audio muting when game window lost focus.
•   Add new hats for Limb-taker achievement and for viewing credits achievement.
•   Festive content.
•   Add briefing animations for multiplayer missions.
•   Added L-shaped throttle for much easier shift to Parking gear.
•   AI/comms monitor screen bigger and better angled towards player.
•   Graphical improvements to Oasis. Refined textures and added additional scattered vegetation.
•   Added new pilot model.
•   Balancing tweaks to railgun, now 2.75sec to charge with slightly reduced damage.
•   More dramatic overheat lighting.

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Re: Vox Machinae
« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2019, 12:17:05 PM »
Spring Update

Welcome to the "Update Formerly Known as Polar Vortex".

In this update we introduce some new weapons: the Scattershot which rewards those who like to get in close with a high damage close range weapon without splash damage, and the Skyjacker which is a specialized anti-air weapon that only triggers on fast-moving enemies.

We also have a new map to play on, the Cryptic Tundra, a snowy place to blast each other to scrap. You will also find a wider variety of pilot models to choose from!

One of the big under-the-hood changes is the control system, which now supports remapping. You can remap keyboard/mouse, gamepads, assign actions such as steering and jets to motion controller inputs, and even use your joystick and/or throttle controllers. For a list of the initially supported joystick/HOTAS controllers, see the patch notes below. If your device is not in the list, we encourage you to join us in our Discord channel, where you can help us out in adding support for more controllers.

We would also like to thank you for sticking with us while we took a little break to organize moving our office so we can ramp up development. Look forward to many more updates to come. You'll be seeing more weapons, Grinders, and game modes in the coming months!

Patch Notes - 0.31.0 alpha

•   Support for Thrustmaster T.Flight X, 4, and One HOTAS.
•   Support for Thrustmaster T.16000M joystick.
•   Support for Thrustmaster TWCS Throttle.
•   Support for Saitek X56 Rhino Stick/Throttle.
•   Controller Mapping menu allows all gameplay functions to be reconfigured.
•   Fix incorrect top-left menu option hotspot for mouse and motion controller input.
•   New close-range weapon "Scattershot".
•   New level "Cryptic Tundra".
•   New anti-air weapon "Skyjacker".
•   Fix AI getting stuck when walking through tunnels/underpasses.
•   More pilot model options. They real good, the artists worked real nice on them.
•   Fix conflict with Citrix Workspace software.
•   Native controller integrations for Oculus and Steam VR. This should resolve issues with some uncommon controllers not being detected through Steam VR. It also allows for some previously unusable buttons such as A and X on Oculus Touch to be used in Steam VR, and mapping the WMR trackpad.
•   Fix game not shutting down completely through the Steam overlay when playing a tutorial or offline match.
•   Grip on Knuckles controller now properly detected.
•   (Maybe?) Fix some euro players not seeing any servers listed in the browser.

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Re: Vox Machinae
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2019, 02:09:06 PM »
Patch Notes - 0.31.5 alpha
0.31.5 alpha - Grab bag of improvements and fixes.

•   Add support for X52 Pro HOTAS. Note that some buttons on the throttle will not be available for mapping currently due to an engine limitation.
•   Mission briefings now play automatically during warmup or when joining an already started match.
•   Instead of a radial menu, weapon group picking in the loadout editor now shows controller graphics and prompts to press a button (like before the Spring Update).
•   Fix scavenger beams not rendering on Stockpile mode.

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Re: Vox Machinae
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2019, 11:48:37 PM »
Patch Notes - 0.32.0 alpha

Hello, Pilots!

Today's patch brings you a bunch of improvements to hosting matches, tweaking your cockpit, and some weapon adjustments. Be on the lookout for a future article to learn about some of the new content coming up in the next major update.

•   Host can adjust Match Config settings such as Duration and Remix toggles after match has started.
•   Dedicated Server launched without a playlist will become a player-controlled server. The first player to join will become host. Look for servers labelled "FreePlay" to take advantage of this new feature.
•   Add support for CH Fighterstick.
•   Add support for CH Pro Throttle.
•   Add support for Saitek X45 Flight Control Stick.
•   Hands will no longer fly into the air when tracking is lost on some motion controller types.
•   Revamped explosive weapon damage. New method takes into account surface area of the component, volume of the explosion, and other factors when calculating damage. In general, smaller components take less damage, and larger ones more damage.
•   Reticle can now be offset both horizontally and vertically. It can also be offset in smaller increments.
•   Remove "DISABLED" aim speed, add "2.0" aim speed choice.
•   Head-tracked aiming on the scope for VR users. (Default is the old manual aiming. Look in the menu under Controls > Aiming to change to the new style.)
•   Eject handle position can now can be offset forward/back and up/down.
•   Fix JOIN menu freezing when trying to connect to a server you are already connected to.
•   Fix some cases of radial menus not fading out properly.
•   Fix Space Bullet splash screen timing and fading issues.
•   Skyjacker requires targets to be moving slightly faster than before to detonate. Damage dealt is much more consistent per shot.

It's gettin' hot! 

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Re: Vox Machinae
« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2019, 09:02:19 PM »
Tweaking the Graphics on Level 3...
17 Jun @ 6:19pm - TonyDanza

On the path towards shipping any product, a development team will iterate countless times on assets/gameplay/code/pipelines for the game with the goal of increasing quality and fun while simultaneously improving their internal processes. So it’s only natural that at a certain point we run out of iterations we can cram in, and some aspects ship with room for improvement past Early Access release. Here are two examples of the things we always wanted to come back to, and how we are now working to improve them since our EA release.

Terrain Tech 3 (TT3 for short)

This one is a doozie. For starters, internally we have gone through many more than 2 versions of the terrain system of our game. There was a time when everything was going to be procedural, then everything was going to have unique textures everywhere, and finally we landed on a combination of the two. We went with procedurally designed textures that get tiled and combined at runtime to give the illusion of uniqueness. Ultimately the solution we chose, while serviceable, came at the cost of video memory.

The terrain solution at launch was working, but ultimately push came to shove when we started running out of memory and file size to cram new content the game as we patched and improved it. So the lion’s share of memory use, which was still taken up by our terrain system, needed to be readdressed in order for us to improve the game further. Enter TT3.

Taking cues from megatextures along with our own Space Bullet innovations, TT3 is being built to shave down on memory use and drawcalls (# of objects displaying to the player) while also boosting texture fidelity. And heck, while we’re at it let's fix our long-standing terrain seam/gap issues and throw in support for new stuff like ambient occlusion textures and glowing objects. It’s a tall order, and one that needs time in order to get it looking just right. So while it’s still several months from its debut, on the screenshot you can see the kinds of improvements to expect when its done (distant visuals are not yet working atm).

Grinder Visual Improvements

While our grinders have always had a unique look to them, one element that didn't make the EA release was armour panelling on grinders. Now you’re probably thinking we’re being nit-picky, and you’d be right! But, when 95% of the grinder’s surface area IS panelling, wouldn’t it make sense to give it the love that it deserves? We’re talkin’ bolts, little hatches, lettering/numbering, logos, markings, and of course, more rust. Also new with this update are dynamically paintable accents, which can be used by the game to give the grinders some added colour variety. Click the thumbnail below to check it out, oh and it’s coming in our next content update.

So there you have it, some deep under-the-hood work being done to elevate our visuals as we continue to work feverishly to take VOX closer to Version 1 release, one element at a time.

We're also working on finishing up a new content update for y'all and there will be more info to share about that very soon.

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Re: Vox Machinae
« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2019, 10:52:26 AM »
Summer Stylin'
26 Jun @ 12:49am - TonyDanza

With just a few days into summer, we at Space Bullet felt it was prime time to get things really heated up in Vox Machinae. Say hello to our Summer Update, jam-packed with new content to unload and lay digital waste on your fellow grinder pilots.

Introducing Convoy CO-OP Mode
To get things started, we’re proud to finally unveil our first ever Co-op gameplay mode, Convoy. As the title suggests, you and up to 3 other fellow pilots are tasked with protecting 3 mining trucks making their way through our treacherous battlefields. Along the way you’ll be greeted by the gunfire of enemy scavenger trucks and grinders, so stay sharp and protect those piggies. What’s more, you’ll have to keep a keen eye out for bigger foes and even competing enemy convoys attempting to cross your path as they chart their own course. Fear not though, as you may encounter optional opportunities in the form of dormant grinders and factories to capture and benefit from along your journey to the goal.

Overhaul, The Flying Grinder
People are always tell us that our signature jumpjet gameplay is one of the most compelling aspects of Vox Machinae. That got us to thinking, what if there was a grinder that could FLY? Well that’s just what we did! Sort of. Introducing Overhaul, the double fixed-mount medium class grinder featuring hummingbird propulsion jets. What’s hummingbird you say? It allows Overhaul to hover effortlessly over the terrain, surveying the battlefield below. With those 2 fixed weapon mounts, he can unleash a unique combo of weaponry on those poor pilots below.

Pulse and Hammer your Foes into Submission
Speaking of weaponry, the summer update once again delivers with our two new guns, Pulsar and Hammer. Pulsar adds to our roster of small weapons, doling out a triple shot of magnetically-charged projectiles that proximity explode near enemies to deliver splashy damage goodness. Meanwhile, Hammer delivers the goods in a dramatically different way. Available to grinder pilots in fixed-mount form, this giant homing missile can be guided by the pilot’s cursor for targeted explosive glory. What’s more, once a player commits to a target and lets go of the fire button, the missile sheds its casing and accelerates to expedite delivery of its payload. Oh and did we mention that it can be controlled via your scope monitor? Because it totally can!

So to sum things up, hovering grinder, guns, and co-op glory is the name of THIS game with our summer update, available NOW!

Here are the patch notes that list some other fixes, etc:

0.33.0 alpha
•   New improved textures for grinders with more detail and paint decals and so on.
•   New Grinder: Overhaul. Float like a butterfly, and sting like a missile-tossing nightmare.
•   New co-op game mode: Convoy. Team up with your pals and see how high you can crank the difficulty!
•   Enabled Remix options are displayed in the lobby for all to see.
•   New small mount weapon: Pulsar. Toss some quarks or whatever at the enemy and make them Pul-sore!
•   New fixed mount weapon: Hammer. When you've got a giant guided missile, you can really nail those baddies!
•   Pressing any button on a controller (even if unmapped) will now cause that controller to become the active controller.
•   Picking up/moving a motion controller will now cause that controller to become the active controller.
•   When switching from motion controllers to an untracked controller (like mouse/gamepad), the hands will now snap to a default position.
•   Fix training mission saying "there is no input mapped" to aim when using a mouse.
•   Fix leg of Grinders kicking backwards after landing, resulting in getting moving again more quickly.

0.33.1 alpha
•   Possible fix for some rare controller detection errors.

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Re: Vox Machinae
« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2019, 12:13:55 AM »
Valve Index Controller - Update and Important Info
5 Jul @ 12:00am - TonyDanza
We've just published a patch that improves Valve Index controller support. This update uses the finger sensors to grab objects instead of the force sensor and results in a much more comfortable experience. It also enables use of the A buttons and thumbsticks, which previously were not mappable.

If you have modified the controller mapping using the Steam VR mapping editor, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you switch to the official mapping in order to be able to use the grip properly. You can then make any modifications you like to this new mapping (you are also able to edit the mapping using the in-game menu). For new players and those who have not edited the mapping this should (hopefully) happen automatically.

The default controls for Index controllers have changed a little bit. The menu is now operated with the Left Thumbstick and Right A/B buttons for Select/Back. Aiming on the scope is now mapped to Right Thumbstick by default. All other inputs remain the same.

Tutorials and weapon grouping prompts now also feature graphics specifically for the Index controllers.

This update does not add full finger tracking, which we do hope to incorporate in the future.

Also, due to a game engine upgrade this patch is unfortunately fairly large, and we do apologize for the inconvenience this might cause.

See below for the full patch notes:

0.33.2 alpha
•   Fix controller prompt for left trackpad press incorrectly showing left thumbstick press.
•   Valve Index: Add controller graphics for Valve Index controllers.
•   Valve Index: Added custom Steam VR controller profile for Valve Index controllers. Now able to use A buttons and thumbsticks. Grip has been changed from force sensor to capacitive touch sensor for more natural grabbing.
•   Valve Index: The menu is now operated with the Left Thumbstick to navigate and Right A/B buttons for select/back.
•   Valve Index: If you have made your own Steam VR controller mapping, we recommend using the new default mapping for the best experience and to ensure you have access to all controller buttons.
•   Valve Index: Default controller mapping has changed. Aiming now defaults to right thumbstick. If you have edited the controller mapping using the in-game menu, we recommend resetting the mapping for each controller.

0.33.3 alpha
•   Fix some errors that could occur during Convoy mode.
•   Fix error that could occur when Oculus Touch controller runs out of battery.
•   Adjust grabbing thresholds. Grabs when 80% depressed, releases when 20% depressed.

0.33.4 alpha
•   Add settings for motion control grip grab and release threshold.
•   Add setting to disable hand tracking.
•   Hands will no longer snap to default position when an untracked controller is moved/pressed. Please use the "hand tracking" setting if you have tracked controllers that cannot easily be turned off and want to use traditional inputs.

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