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Deep Blue

July 25, 2014

Again, a new stage that was in the previous AirMess (at that time, Frozen Canyon) completely redone for this version. Will be included in the August update 🙂

Icarus

July 14, 2014

Just trying out the new (old, as it existed in the previous AirMess) Icarus track that will be available in the next AirMess Release (sometime in August :))

AirMess – Release 6

July 13, 2014

AirMess July (R6) Release available in the Windows Store!

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Main focuses for this releases where in improving performances on low end devices and adding new weapons:

  • When running in DirectX 9 mode, greatly increased performances to deliver 30 fps. Note that AirMess is still running too slow on the first Surface RT, but it’s running way faster for x64 tablets and small laptops. You can still run at 60 fps and use DirectX 10+ visuals by selecting it in the options.
  • New weapons:
    • Cannon : fire a salve of 30 bullets which bounces on walls and slow down targets
    • Mines : drop 3 mines which stop any colliding ships
    • Rockets : fire 3 rockets that which bounces on walls and hit any ships in front
  • A shield is also available now. It protects from everything (including collision with walls) for a limited amount of time.

Next month I’m planning to work on more races, so stay tuned!
Here’s the new update in video 🙂

I haz motion blur :)

July 6, 2014

Motion Blur

I coded a little motion blur effect that will be available in the next AirMess release (if you are running a DirectX 10+ level graphic card). It was implemented using this technique from nVidia.

I also greatly improved the performances of the game when running on down level graphics by having both a DirectX 10+ renderer and a DirectX 9 renderer but … this isn’t a perfect solution:

  • The rendering quality it obviously less than the DX10+ one
  • Can achieve a solid 30 fps on some x64 tablets but I couldn’t get more than 12 fps on the original Surface RT. On that one I’m actually CPU bound rather than GPU bound …
  • The game will try to auto-detect the best settings but you can still override them later on

But still, the next monthly release should happen this week and also brings new weapons 🙂