Deuce – Devblog #1

Deuce – Devblog #1

I’m currently calling this prototype ‘Deuce’ although the name is subject to change and we will most likely call it something else if we launch.

What is Deuce?

Deuce is an arcade style tennis game with a focus on unique characters and courts.  Imagine tennis crossed with Street Fighter.

I wanted to make something different to other projects Facepunch has in development.  I’m more of an arcade game developer so wanted to play to those strengths.  I also love games with strong local multiplayer modes.

Basically I want to make a game that we can play over lunch instead of FIFA.

How’s it looking so far?

Here’s a short clip of Deuce in action.

 

What works so far?

So far I’ve pretty much got a functional tennis game with some placeholder special moves already in place.  There’s still some issues to iron out such as how and when to trigger special moves but I’m iterating on these ideas all the time.  There are also functional multiplayer modes including local and online play.

I’ve faced a couple of challenges in development so far, building a convincing animation system where it feels nice to return the ball has been particularly tricky.  I implemented a system that helps the player get in a good position to return the ball and it’s now a case of finding a balance between having to get in exactly the right position or it feeling more like a quick time event.

I’ve also spent a great deal of time making the ball move in a way that looks good and fun to return.  Instead of using Unity’s inbuilt physics engine I’ve coded my own system that lets me have greater control over the ball.  The ball can be hit with backspin, topspin or made to curve along a spline for some of the special moves.

So far I’ve got 4 special moves working to some degree. These are:

  • Ice (freezes opponent on returning the ball)
  • Tornado (Sends the ball flying in a random direction)
  • Teleport (Switches the ball position mid flight)
  • Fireball

There’s still plenty of work to do on these.. they’re not very well balanced. Particularly the Tornado which is almost impossible to return.

Characters

I’m planning a large roster of playable characters each with their own move set.  Some characters will be nimble around the court but with relatively weak hits whilst others may be more cumbersome but pack a heavier return.  The characters won’t look like typical tennis players.. so no Wimbledon starch white shorts here. We want to build a selection of characters that could star in their own games in the future or perhaps play different sports.

Here’s a selection of some of our ideas so far….

MexicanRoughs2PaulBradley

 

character-sheet-1-front-view

PaulBradleyFacePunchTestTennisplayerUSAfinal

Locations

Like Street Fighter each character will have a matching location. I’m toying with the idea that elements in the court environment will come in to play during a match.

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DeuceCourtArcticPlateauIdeasPaulBradley

PAULBRADLEYfacepunchtesttenniscourtUSAfinal

Progress

I’ll be updating the devblog for Deuce as I make progress (hopefully every week).  If you want to keep bang up to date with progress you can check out the trello Deuce board.

27 comments
SkippyNumNums
SkippyNumNums

You should add the Rust player model as a character. He can have a red hoodie and no pants!

StivtheStreamer
StivtheStreamer

I don't really like tennis games that much, but this looks absolutely amazing and fun, I will definitely buy this when it comes out :D

DonaldBarnett
DonaldBarnett

Well first off thanx for making it cartoon-like. Im a sucker for games like that. And the character designs look hilariously cool from what youve shown. And for its early stages this looks complete. By that I mean it looks great. You should accept feedback for designs and stuff too. Just please put this on ps4.

Haze2K1
Haze2K1

This is just too awesome, arcade style tennis games are highly fun when played with a friend vs. other players on multiplayer.


I remember playing a game called Fantasy Tennis or something like that on one of them Asian F2P game sites, you can probably find it if you Google it.


This is very promising and it looks great already, I love the art direction.


Good luck in development!


Love from @ http://www.indiekings.com/

qaisjp
qaisjp

I really really would like to see beautiful interactive environments, I'm just imagining the sun getting in your eyes at one position or my ace hitting a pot in the background and shattering. This looks great :D

jasondesante
jasondesante

its mario tennis :D  looks most like the 3ds one because that one had the most intense ball movements because of the powerups.  i love that game!  this makes me want nintendo to officially make games on pc or for facepunch to make a game with nintendo.  something!

AronMayo
AronMayo

This looks freaking awesome! Love tennis games...there hasn't been a good one in a while. Characters look great - similar-ish to Sunset Overdrive.

ErikPolsean
ErikPolsean

Guys. You see the title on the top and throughout the page? Does it say Rust? No... Please stop complaining about Rust and actually give feedback or interest for Deuce. Companies are entitled to make more than one thing at a time. Thank you for your patience.


Now...


I like the concept and people are wondering what are the differences going to be from Deuce to say Mario Tennis so I am looking forward to further development of the game to see how this will be answered. Also I am loving the game prototypes you guy are announcing, good to see you guys branch out a bit from the game genres everyone knows you guys for.

mattyice320
mattyice320

wow tennis, how about rust.... you know that thing we have already paid for and never really got a finished copy of!

timmarston17
timmarston17

Rust needs a hardcore facelift. Honestly no chance of purchasing anything released by this developer until other games get ironed out.

drof1337
drof1337

This looks absolutely fantastic and something quite different for a PC audience, which is lovely too. However, put the zombies back in.

_Kram_
_Kram_

It looks great but what will be the differences with others tennis games like Mario Tennis for example ?

(This is a genuine question because i'm quite interested in this game :). )

RedcoatGaming
RedcoatGaming

This actually really intrigues me, I love the idea and that gameplay above reminds me a lot of Super Sega Soccer Slam, one of my favourite sport games of all time. This seems like that sort of game you can just pick up and play, alone or with friends and still have a great time. I hope you guys keep on developing Deuce, because already it seems it has a lot of potential.

DonRobo
DonRobo

Does this mean GMod, Rust and Riftlight are cancelled?

Haze2K1
Haze2K1

@qaisjp 

This is just too awesome, arcade style tennis games are highly fun when played with a friend vs. other players on multiplayer.


I remember playing a game called Fantasy Tennis or something like that on one of them Asian F2P game sites, you can probably find it if you Google it.


This is very promising and it looks great already, I love the art direction.


Good luck in development!


Love from @ http://www.indiekings.com/

jasondesante
jasondesante

i just want to add that all the people getting mad at how you're making prototypes (which is an awesome thing I'd like to see more companies with a large diverse library of games like double fine does) are really dumb.  theyre really really dumb.


the people complaining have no idea how people make games, that actual people make things.  its ridiculous.  


maybe if you guys actually said the exact names of the people that started working on rust and how many have been working on it since, they would realize that rust is a game but also the result of work from a group of people and that group hasnt changed.  


or whatever, stupid people are stupid people.   its amazing how unique the stupidity is surrounding this though.   they're trying to be extra awesome and nice to us by sharing this information with us, but a few bad apples are spoiling the bunch by getting mad at nothing.


it doesnt matter because the complaining is a spoiled type of complaining in many ways, they have too much and don't know how spoiled they are, surrounded by great things.


i'm not personally a fan of this unless it is different enough from mario tennis, which is going to be very difficult to do.  it might be better to put your effort into simply convincing Nintendo to make games for SteamOS and to make their next system be a linux machine, and get that relationship greased by developing a game for nintendo since they always need more people who treat their games with respect.   

mattyice320
mattyice320

@ErikPolsean does this game have 1 million people that play it.... oh it doesn't , and rust isn't even in beta so i think that's why in my opinion "most people"  are sooo pissed. i can't support a company that doesn't set priorities and take care of their customers. 

mister jones
mister jones

@DonRobo "Assuming they read the full post and got all the information and are still angry.. they are probably going to be even angrier to find out that we have three other prototypes being worked on by Facepunch staff.

And guess what, we haven’t finished Rust, and we haven’t finished Rift-Light, and we haven’t finished those three other prototypes.. and we want to hire more programmers to start even more prototypes."


"Our strategy at the moment is to hire talented people to make the games they want to play. We’re not asking you to fund this. We’re not starting a kickstarter and begging you for money – we’re funding it."
--
http://www.facepunchstudios.com/2014/07/28/adam-cancelled-rust/

No.

timmarston17
timmarston17

@DonRobo Rust seriously needs work. I'm tired of having experimental crash every time i load it up on my Mac. Not purchasing another game from this developer till the other titles get at least ironed out a bit. 

ErikPolsean
ErikPolsean

@mattyice320 @ErikPolsean Yeah I can understand that some people that don't understand how these companies work would be pissed. BUT! This isn't the place to talk about your distaste about their other games. There are correct places to discuss this but not here. It is like you are posting a thread in the wrong forum, all I am saying is leave the discussions here about this game and talk about Rust in the Rust posts. Also a side note, if you don't know what priorities they have then how can you judge, it's not like YOU are in the industry. And if you think they are not taking care of their customers then go look at the Rust Devblogs and tell me if there isn't progress on the game, and don't just skim them, read them all and you will see the truth.

JoshuaGeorge
JoshuaGeorge

@timmarston17 @DonRobo 

The game is in development. You people don't seem to get that you did not buy a completed game -- you bought a window to look into the development of Rust. That means at times it won't work, or be fun or whatever (though if my 250+ hours say anything, it's that I've had fun), but until it's a completed game, complaining is just incredibly self-entitled and stupid. Grow up, please?