Firstly, let's be upfront. It is a free update, and whenever you buy a new copy in the future, it will be v. 2.0.
You may ask, "Dave. Man, why bother putting out an update when the remake is coming anyway?" Let me tells ya. The Uber Edition remake is still a long ways out. The graphical style is pretty out there, and has no direct precedent. Which is a pretty way of saying "I'm making the whole process up as I go along." It's taking much longer than expected- even Intrinsic DX, which is assets-wise much smaller and meant to develop and normalize the process, has taken over a month for graphics alone. The Bounty: Uber Edition is still a long ways off, and features a LOT more new content- levels, features, modes, gear- than 2.0. One does not diminish the other. A crowdfunding campaign will be coming in the next month or so for The Bounty: Uber Edition, so more on that then.
So, here's the thing. I'm still using the modified RMVXAce engine to prototype the new levels and systems going forward. The original version of The Bounty is still for sale, of course. Why not take that extra couple of steps and give players some of these new features and some new content? I believe the practice mode alone makes it a much more complete game, and makes it much more attractive to new players, or previous players wanting to get back into it.
The Bounty version 2.0 will be released shortly- all that remains is testing and publishing, so stay tuned for news in the next week, and I hope you're looking forward to it. I know I am.
PLEASE NOTE! The parent company of Desura, one of the storefronts which sells The Bounty, has filed for bankruptcy. I will update the game in that store for those who have already bought, but DO NOT purchase there. I retain no customer records from Desura, which means your support relies on a company possibly in flux. Not to mention the payment will probably never reach The Ludicrous Ones, due to their bankruptcy situation.
All other customers will receive an email and a download key from itch.io.
To summarize the update-
The changelist for version 2.0 includes:
Practice Mode- Freely save your progress in this scoreless non-competitive mode. Includes autosave feature.
Saleable Gems-Which can be fused together to increase value, adding a new layer to your scoring strategy.
Updated Death Messages
New Scoreboard link/faster weblauncher
Till next time, dear players.