T-minus 50 days until Roundabout is out!
The wait is almost over. Soon you will be able to play Roundabout, and we will be able to sleep!
Let’s kick off the countdown clock with some fan art of the DMV Instructor. Played by ixnay1, the DMV Instructor is the guy who’ll give you your ticket into the lucrative luxury revolving vehicle industry.
My favorite thing about this piece of fan art is that it’s for a character that we haven’t shown you any FMV footage of yet. Time has lost a lot of meaning for us as we prepare to ship Roundabout, but I’m still pretty sure we’re in a “time goes forwards” universe. Slightly less sure after seeing this great piece of accurate fan art, but still pretty sure. 80% sure.

T-minus 50 days until Roundabout is out!

The wait is almost over. Soon you will be able to play Roundabout, and we will be able to sleep!

Let’s kick off the countdown clock with some fan art of the DMV Instructor. Played by ixnay1, the DMV Instructor is the guy who’ll give you your ticket into the lucrative luxury revolving vehicle industry.

My favorite thing about this piece of fan art is that it’s for a character that we haven’t shown you any FMV footage of yet. Time has lost a lot of meaning for us as we prepare to ship Roundabout, but I’m still pretty sure we’re in a “time goes forwards” universe. Slightly less sure after seeing this great piece of accurate fan art, but still pretty sure. 80% sure.

Now that we’re getting closer to the finish line, we’ve been ramping up our playtesting with full start-to-finish gameplay sessions. 

The basic No Goblin Playtest Process is Panzer and/or I quietly watching someone play while we furiously write down scrawl about things to change or problems to solve. In my case, said scrawl is indecipherable at best.

I love this stage because it gives us hundreds of tiny things that we can fix quickly. It’s the game development equivalent of popping bubble wrap. We burn down the list, find a new fresh player, then repeat the process all over again.

The scale of these things is pretty wide. The last shot in this gallery is a tweak we made to the pulled out camera - it now pitches down a bit as you pull the camera back, giving you a slightly more top down view. That’s a pretty minor five minute fix that makes things feel a little more polished.

The other shot is a good example of the other end of the scale. With our first few players, we noticed they didn’t have a good sense of whether a ride had been played, completed, or how they were doing against the other players on the leaderboards.

With the latest build, we now have completely different UI for unplayed and played rides, and our played view now shows a completion and leaderboard summary. Hitting RB pops up the “How’s My Driving” card and leaderboard info to show you what you need to do to get 100% on a particular ride.

Thankfully, both of these ends of the scale are pretty minor. Playtesters seem to be enjoying the game, which is a nice feeling when we’re 56 days out from release. Not long now!

When we announced Roundabout, Polygon commenter Bitrona mentioned that they didn’t like the people splattering:

This is also something we heard a bit at PAX East as well - while a lot of people loved our blood splatters, it’s also something that makes some people uncomfortable. We don’t want to make stuff that makes people uncomfortable, so we brainstormed up some things to fix that.
The big one is that we’ve added a “No Violence” extra that you can turn on while playing Roundabout. When you turn this modifier on, people turn into fun stars and a “boing” sound plays instead of a blood splat. 

When we announced Roundabout, Polygon commenter Bitrona mentioned that they didn’t like the people splattering:

This is also something we heard a bit at PAX East as well - while a lot of people loved our blood splatters, it’s also something that makes some people uncomfortable. We don’t want to make stuff that makes people uncomfortable, so we brainstormed up some things to fix that.

The big one is that we’ve added a “No Violence” extra that you can turn on while playing Roundabout. When you turn this modifier on, people turn into fun stars and a “boing” sound plays instead of a blood splat. 

Roundabout Pedestrian Audio

panzerskank:

Hi hello! I need some help with the game I’m making! It’s called Roundabout and you play as a spinning limousine! 

What I need help with is that the limo hits a LOT of people, like you mow the fuck over dudes and splat em to the pavement. These people need voices!! This is where all of ya’ll come in.

We need you to record yourself as a pedestrian in the city of Roundabout! Details are under the cut!

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See a mountain? You can go there.
While we were doing our website and press revisions for the release date announce, the following Twitter exchange happened:

@deliciousbees Better yet, rename a location in-game to “A Mountain” and let players visit it.
— Rory Young (@bluexy) July 9, 2014


Consider it done. Thanks for the suggestion, Rory!

See a mountain? You can go there.

While we were doing our website and press revisions for the release date announce, the following Twitter exchange happened:

Consider it done. Thanks for the suggestion, Rory!

ANNOUNCEMENT TIME!

Roundabout is coming to Steam and the Humble Store on September 18th. Look at that! Not long now until all this FMV spinning craziness will be in your hands.

We’ve also updated roundaboutgame.com along with the date announcement. You can preorder both the normal and Deluxe Edition versions of Roundabout for 20% off over there!

But that’s not all!

We’re also going to be bringing some open world puzzle limo spinning action the the PlayStation 4!

A PS4 version has been our most requested thing to do, so we’re pretty psyched that we’ll be bringing Roundabout to it. Both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions will be out early 2015.

Roundabout fan @hi_im_the_moon very recently tweeted:

any game that allows you to be made of gold is a good gmae
— the moon (@hi_im_the_moon) July 2, 2014


20 minutes ago we were not a good gmae. Now we are. Paint job added. Thanks for the inadvertent suggestion!

Roundabout fan @hi_im_the_moon very recently tweeted:

20 minutes ago we were not a good gmae. Now we are. Paint job added. Thanks for the inadvertent suggestion!