Portobelly Production Journal #5

18/01/2019

Today I have been working on the size changing ability as I felt that the previous system (as seen below) prevented the player from staying a consistent size. The old system also required the player to hold down the trigger if they wanted to maintain their size. If the player released one of the triggers they would immediately snap back to Belly’s normal size.

Fig 1 - Current state of the size changing ability (-1 = left trigger fully pressed, 1 = right trigger fully pressed)

Fig 2 - Belly size changing ability without a limit on the size.

My new approach to the size changing ability allows the player to gradually increase their size when the trigger is pressed. When the trigger is released the player no longer shrinks back to their original size and they will stay at the size they were when the trigger was released. This new system allows the player to maintain the desired size without having to hold down a trigger. The GIF above shows this system before I added a clamp to the maximum size of the player.

Fig 3 - Changing size slowly using the new system (-1 = left trigger fully pressed, 1 = right trigger fully pressed)

Fig 4 - Changing size quickly using the new system (-1 = left trigger fully pressed, 1 = right trigger fully pressed)

Fig 5 - InputAxis Shrink Expand Set CurrentSize calculation

The 0.05 value in the blueprint about controls the speed in which Belly changes size. The first GIF has this value set to 0.05 and the second GIF has this value set to 0.2. I prefer the size change that is slower because I feel it will give the player more control over their size compared to the other size changing speed. This size changing speed may change in the future depending on the feedback we receive during playtesting.

Fig 6 - Belly changing size when the player taps the gamepad triggers

Tomorrow I plan to create a system that prevents the player from expanding if they are in a confined space as this may cause problems with the player getting stuck within the terrain.

 

Figures List

  1. Rees, O (2019). Current state of the size changing ability (-1 = left trigger fully pressed, 1 = right trigger fully pressed). [Offline]. [Accessed 19/01/2019].

  2. Rees, O (2019). Belly size changing ability without a limit on the size. [Offline]. [Accessed 19/01/2019].

  3. Rees, O (2019). Changing size slowly using the new system (-1 = left trigger fully pressed, 1 = right trigger fully pressed). [Offline]. [Accessed 19/01/2019].

  4. Rees, O (2019). Changing size quickly using the new system (-1 = left trigger fully pressed, 1 = right trigger fully pressed). [Offline]. [Accessed 19/01/2019].

  5. Rees, O (2019). InputAxis Shrink Expand Set CurrentSize calculation. [Offline]. [Accessed 19/01/2019].

  6. Rees, O (2019). Belly changing size when the player taps the gamepad triggers. [Offline]. [Accessed 19/01/2019].