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Community spotlight: Why Fight by Build on Barren

17 October 2019

Why Fight is a cross-platform massively multiplayer combat game. We caught up with the developers, Build on Barren, to find out more about it.

How did the idea for your game come about?

With the explosive growth of games and the popularity of smartphones, people tend to play games only in their spare time so gameplay is getting easier. Given that trend, we studied many games of the ".io” genre. However, we found that these games, though they say that you’re competing with other players, you’re actually only interacting with AI. In addition, these games are session-based and they are not any type of massive multiplayer game. 

After rounds of discussion, we finally decided to use the technology that SpatialOS provides to make truly great games that allows players to interact and fight with each other in the same big world. Players don’t need to open a session or queue to join the game. The gameplay itself is simple, but different roles, game features, support skills, and scene changes make the game battle very exciting.

The game has a familiar cartoony style.
The game has a familiar cartoony style.

What's unique about your game?

The game is fast - each session only takes about 5 to 10 minutes from your spare time. You select a character, enter the battlefield, kill other players, get a reward and escape the battlefield with it. 

What’s unusual is that it’s a unified battlefield - every player is randomly placed on the same battlefield to achieve a truly massive multiplayer mode. Every time you enter the battlefield, you start from scratch at Level 1. Your level increases after you kill other players or monsters. The higher your level, the more powerful you are. 

It’s also cross-platform with a single world. Whether you connect from PC or mobile platform (Android or iOS), you will always go to the same battlefield. (We will simplify the battle details for the mobile platform.)

This quiet village is your setting.
This quiet village is your setting.

We motivate players in two ways. We have a competition mechanism, to encourage you to find ways to kill more players and improve your ranking on the battlefield to get more unique rewards. That’s balanced by a risk mechanism - the higher your rank, the more players you will be attacked by. When you’ve got enough loot, you need to escape from the battlefield to retain it. If you die in the battlefield, you will lose half of the reward! When you escape, you can use your reward to unlock new characters. 

In addition to the classic big battle mode, we’re also looking to add new game modes. They’ll include siege warfare, where players are randomly assigned to either offensive or defensive teams and whichever teams win will get additional rewards. A boss-killing mode, where all the players work together to kill the boss, and they can receive additional rewards. And a parkour competition, where all the players are transferred to the designated location, and then try to reach the finish line as fast as they can. They will receive rewards based on the rankings.

Without SpatialOS, we couldn’t have achieved physical synchronization of an authoritative server, high development efficiency or persistence.

Combat isn't quick, but tactical.
Combat isn't quick, but tactical.

What's next for your game?

We will develop more characters, battlefield monsters, special modes, support skills, and also make the game available on Steam. We expect to start the first phase of Alpha testing in October and find ways to get funding for sustainable development. Currently the game is running only on PCs, but it’s expected to be also available for mobile devices early next year. Players can log in and play our game at anytime and on any platform with just one account. What’s more, we’ll introduce team mode to the game that allows big battles between teams.

The team consists of ChangTing Wo, ZhanXu Lin and Ya Yun Zheng.
The team consists of ChangTing Wo, ZhanXu Lin and Ya Yun Zheng.

Who are you? 

We are Build on Barren Studios, an independent game studio that is made up of 3 people. We were former members of another previous game project. After that project, because we entertained the same ambition and dream, and also knew about SpatialOS, we decided to move ahead to work on the current game project that using SpatialOS. 

What did you do before this project?

We were previously working on the project named “Infinite Isles”. This was an MMORPG based on Photon Server. However, we didn’t make it after two years’ development.

New characters are unlocked as you play.
New characters are unlocked as you play.

What couldn't you have done without SpatialOS?

Without SpatialOS, we couldn’t have achieved physical synchronization of authoritative server, high development efficiency, or persistence.

Why is SpatialOS so well-suited for your genre?

Because building an open game world is very easy using SpatialOS, and this is the main reason.

Did you start building on SpatialOS or did you port?

Before this July, we were using Photon Server to develop the game, and then turned to SpatialOS in mid-July. We use Unity GDK and Platform SDK. Admittedly, we are both surprised and enchanted with high development efficiency that SpatialOS provides.

What has been most helpful to you?

Generating code is very convenient, and this is super helpful to independent developers. In addition, with Unity GDK, we can set up authoritative server using both ECS and Mono, which contributes to all our features and synchronization.

What has been the biggest improvement in SpatialOS for you?

Game development efficiency.

We are both surprised and enchanted by the high development efficiency that SpatialOS provides.

Escape from the battlefield with your wealth to unlock new elements.
Escape from the battlefield with your wealth to unlock new elements.

What's your dream project?

My dream project is to make a game that allows any players to team up with friends in the big battle. They can use different roles to build an unbeatable lineup and to fight to the last minute. In addition, players can enjoy a fair and interesting game environment no matter whether they get connected from PCs or from mobile phones.

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