Weekly Update - June 14th, 2019

HEY THERE GHOST HUNTERS!

Welcome to the Weekly Update!

Kite here - Lead Developer on Midnight Ghost Hunt! I wanted to take a moment to welcome everyone who joined our growing community this week. Thanks so much for checking it out, and I can’t wait to play the game with you all!

So, this week, let’s give a little recap of the super eventful week we had for anyone who missed it.

We premiered our new teaser trailer at the E3 PC Gaming Show on Monday!

It was such a great feeling to finally show everyone what we’ve been working on since the last alpha test.

I even made a guest appearance on the E3 stage, interviewed by the magnificent Day9 himself!

At the same time, we also announced our publishing partnership with Coffee Stain!

Coffee Stain is an awesome indie publishing label that has a specialty in these quirky and viral games - they are a perfect fit for this project and I’m thrilled to be working with them.

Some Coffee Stain folks will likely start arriving in our Discord in the coming weeks, make sure you give them all your love!

We’ve been so lucky to have a lot of positive buzz about the game since our announcement - there’s a bunch of great articles and interviews out on the net, feel free to check them out.

Here’s a great article written by Christopher Livingston over at PC Gamer!

Most recently, we’ve also been nominated for an Unreal E3 Award under the ‘Unreal Underdog’ category!

This category recognizes really small teams that do their best to make a big splash at the big show.
We’re so honored to be considered for the award along with these other lovely games!

Well, that’s it for this week - next week we’ll break down the new trailer! If you played any of the previous alpha tests, you may have noticed a number of new fancy equipment or mechanics.

We’ll dig into it next week, and maybe show some cool concept art!

Stay cool, Ghost Hunters!

-Kite

Weekly Update - June 7th, 2019

Hey there, Ghost Hunters!

Welcome to the Weekly Update!

We’ve had one heck of a busy week behind the scenes - and a lot of stuff to go over!

First order of business: the team developing Midnight Ghost Hunt has a new name!

We think Vaulted Sky Games is a lovely new name for the team - very grand and poetic.
Let us know what you think!

Secondly, you may have noticed that we have added a number of new Moderators to our Discord team!

If you haven’t met them already, we have added Ailleron, Biscuit, Calinyth, CmdData, Rory and Zatara to our team! Please be sure to give these folks a warm welcome and be respectful to our newest Ghost Hunters.

Some will also be helping out on our subreddit - if you haven’t subscribed yet, come over and say hello!
Assign yourself a flair, browse our archive of older weekly updates, maybe even submit a meme? (Please?!)

We are striving to improve our subreddit every day, if you have any suggestions, please feel free to message the MGH ModMail bot in our Discord!

And finally… we come to our last point!

This upcoming Monday, June 10th, 2019 there MIGHT be a VERY special announcement!

You MIGHT want to tune in to the PC Gaming Show at approximately 10:15AM PST…

Things. Are. About. To. Get. Serious.

Things. Are. About. To. Get. Serious.

That’s it for this week, Ghost Hunters!

Until next week!

Your friend,

Poggers


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Weekly Update - May 31st, 2019

Hey there, Ghost Hunters!

Welcome to our Weekly Update!

This week, lead developer Kite is going to talk a bit about recent progress on game framerate and overall performance!

Don’t leave your electronics out in the rain.

Don’t leave your electronics out in the rain.

Hello all! Your friendly neighborhood Kite here.

We’re brewing up something really fantastic, and we’ll actually be able to tease it a little bit next week. Make sure you don’t miss it!

This week might be slightly more boring. I’m going to talk a little bit about some of the performance optimizations that we’re doing for the next alpha!

If you all remember, the previous alpha event was not optimized in any way, shape, or form. People with even pretty solid GPUs were reporting some pretty poor performance under certain circumstances.

While I’ve been working on new content for the game, my main man Birdm’n has been tasked with making sure the game runs better on lower end hardware.

More than that, we’ve also optimized the bandwidth usage of the game pretty significantly. The first weekend of Alpha 2 at the end of March was plagued by some pretty serious disconnect bugs, which we tracked down to be a result of sending too much data over the network.

Stuff that didn’t need to be synced got synced, and if there was any packet loss on this massive chunk of unnecessary data, the host would declare that this newly joined player has an outdated version of the game and got booted.

We were talking to some Unreal Engine folks and we determined that the problem wasn’t necessarily our code, but just the sheer amount of replicated data that could fix it. So Birdm’n and I found a way to reduce the amount of data sent to each new player joining a server by 80% or more.

On top of just the initial join sync, we’ve also improved the amount of networked data being sent by our physics objects by 50% or more, with no noticeable loss in quality.

This, in combination with our new dedicated server setup I outlined a few weeks ago, means for a more stable multiplayer game for next alpha.

SWEET!

Who pays the electric bills in the Warehouse?

Who pays the electric bills in the Warehouse?

As for actual framerate, we’ve made some pretty big gains there too. I’ll avoid getting too technical here if possible.

The short of it is, we’ve upgraded our Unreal Engine 4 version from 4.19 to 4.22, which comes with a pretty big renderer update that does a lot of mesh instancing for us, thus reducing draw calls.

This basically means just free performance gain just for upgrading the engine version.

Nice, right?

Birdm’n has also been working on a super-low-graphics option for players with very old graphics cards, or even integrated graphics. This will obviously not as good as our High/Epic settings, but it allows me to run the game on my old integrated GPU laptop at lowest settings at 30 frames per second average.

Definitely an improvement, but we still got a ways to go there!

We’re also doing a lot of level of detail tweaks - you may find objects have jagged edges, and that the lighting is a bit more flat, or that textures look a little more muddy. But this is all just for the minimum settings so that players that previously could not even play at all at least have a chance to try it out. The high/epic graphics settings will still look very nice and atmospheric!

We’ll share some screenshots of this at a later date when we’ve fleshed it out a bit more.

That’s it for my status report this week - but make sure you stay tuned for next week! Something I’ve been working very hard on will be debuting fairly soon.

Cheers!

-Kite



Thanks for the write-up, Kite!

One last order of business - here is a quick reminder that we are running an emote contest!

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If you read our Weekly Update last week, you’ll know we announced an emote contest! We are looking to add some much needed swag to our Discord, and you’re invited to help!

We are seeking at least 3 original emotes that reference MGH in some fashion, whether it be about Ghosts or Hunters or something else. These emotes should be your own original artwork, not an image that you have modified! Any style is accepted, cute or realistic or whatever you come up with!

Should you participate, keep the following in mind:

  1. You will direct message your emote design to ModMail. (Midnight Ghost Hunt ModMail#3502)

  2. The emote will be no larger than 112x112px, and no smaller than 64x64px.

  3. Bonus points for animated emotes!

  4. By submitting your emote, you grant MIDNIGHT GHOST HUNT full permissions and usage rights to use the emote on the server.

If we decide to use your emote, you will be guaranteed 4 extra alpha keys at the start of the next alpha test! Won’t need to spam the key bot, they will be set aside just for you.

All emote winners will also get a special vanity Emote Artist role, and will get their social media linked when we announce the new emotes!

Squad up with your buddies, or give them out on the Discord - anything goes!

These alpha keys will persist all the way until the end of beta, as currently planned.

(Alpha 3 is still unscheduled, but do note that Kite says progress is going very smoothly and can’t wait for everyone to try out the new stuff! He appreciates everyone’s patience - and it will be worth the wait!)+

Weekly Update - May 24th, 2019

Hey there, Ghost Hunters!

Welcome to our Weekly Update!

This week, we’re taking a look at our social channels, and what we can do to improve them and make them even better for our community. We are hoping to achieve this by adding new moderators to our team, as well as aiming to deliver content you want to see.

Although things are quiet for now, big things are on the horizon!

The Mansion sits quiet, awaiting the next group of Hunters to come searching…

The Mansion sits quiet, awaiting the next group of Hunters to come searching…

We are closing closing our Moderator applications today - after 2 weeks we have gotten a huge pile of applications, and have already begun reviewing and interviewing potential candidates! Thank you everyone for your interest!

For those of you who applied, make sure to keep an eye out for a DM from the moderation team!

Did you know we have a Twitter account? Probably not - considering it’s a ghost town, get it? Ha!

Come engage with us! We love questions, comments, feedback, and memes.

If you haven’t noticed, our Discord emotes are a bit sparse! We only have 5 emotes, sadly.

While we love our Hyper Hunter, and the Hyper Ghosts, we’d like a little more flavor to our emotes, and so - we are happy to announce the MGH Discord Emote Contest!

If your emote is one of our selected winners, you will win 4 beta keys!

If your emote is one of our selected winners, you will win 4 beta keys!

That’s right, Ghost Hunters! We are looking to add some new emotes to our Discord Server, and we need your help!

We are seeking at least 3 original emotes that reference MGH in some fashion, whether it be about Ghosts or Hunters or something else.

Make sure it is your own original artwork, not an image that you have modified! Any style is accepted, cute or realistic or whatever you come up with!

Should you participate, keep the following in mind:

  1. You will direct message your emote design to ModMail. (Midnight Ghost Hunt ModMail#3502)

  2. The emote will be no larger than 112x112px, and no smaller than 64x64px.

  3. Bonus points for animated emotes!

  4. By submitting your emote, you grant MIDNIGHT GHOST HUNT full permissions and usage rights to use the emote on the server.

If we decide to use your emote, you will be guaranteed 4 extra alpha keys at the start of the next alpha test! Won’t need to spam the key bot, they will be set aside just for you.

All emote winners will also get a special vanity Emote Artist role, and will get their social media linked when we announce the new emotes!

Squad up with your buddies, or give them to randoms - anything goes!

These alpha keys will persist all the way until the end of beta, as currently planned.

(Alpha 3 is still unscheduled, but do note that Kite says progress is going very smoothly and can’t wait for everyone to try out the new stuff! He appreciates everyone’s patience - and it will be worth the wait!)

That’s is for this week, Ghost Hunters!


That wraps up this week’s update! We have some exciting things coming in June, stay tuned for new information!

Make sure to check back next week, and as always. Stay cool, Ghost Hunters.

Your friend,

Poggers

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Weekly Update - May 17th, 2019

Hey there Ghost Hunters!

Welcome to our Weekly Update!

This week, we are gonna take a behind the scenes look at the problems we have faced with our multiplayer server system from our recent alpha event, as well as lay out our plans for how we hope to solve/avoid these issues as we look forward to Alpha 3! (coming soon TM)

Despite all the time as energy the development team is putting forward into working on the next Alpha, I managed to have Kite come on board with us once again to break down not only how multiplayer support for a game like MIDNIGHT GHOST HUNT works, but how we plan to address our server issues moving forward!

Probably a haunted lamp.

Probably a haunted lamp.

Hello everyone! Your friendly neighborhood Kite here.

We have a lot of big things happening behind the scenes right now - and can’t wait to show it to everyone! This week I wanted to discuss the topic of multiplayer networking! A very fun and technical topic but I’ll try to break it down.

During our last alpha test in March/April, we were using Steamworks multiplayer support with player hosted matches. (These are often called “Listen Servers”).

This, in theory, is a really nice option for us indie developers because it essentially means it incurs no costs. One person in a match is acting as host and doing all the heavy lifting so to speak.

However, it’s a double edged sword. During the last alpha, there were a lot of issues that were directly related to players with older hardware and/or poor network connections hosting a match for 7 other players.

If you’re the host, your computer has to handle a lot of calculations and keeping all players in-sync. Some multiplayer games could totally handle this with low system requirements, since 4v4 is not a lot of people and our maps are pretty small. However, you may have noticed there’s a lot of physics going on in MGH! All possessable objects can get knocked around by any and all forces.

Most games do these physics calculations locally on the client - which is to say it may not match up exactly for all players. A chair getting knocked over might fall the other direction, for example, when comparing the results from two different players.

But in our game, the physics objects need to be in sync with all players. If a chair gets knocked over, it’s got to be knocked over very similarly for all players in the match, otherwise you’ll see chairs come to life and start moving that might be, on your screen, several feet away. Not so good.

So in MIDNIGHT GHOST HUNT, the server (host) calculates all the physics and sends “transform instructions” to all the other players in the match a few times a second. These instructions are then used to move the physics object in roughly the same way as it occurred on the server.

Bam, networked physics!

As you might expect, this can cause some serious slowdowns if the machine hosting can’t handle sending all that data, especially if someone is “haunting” in a room with a lot of props.

Also known as the Alpha 2 Lag Switch.

During our next alpha test, we’re planning on testing a new solution. We’re going to be setting up a fleet of dedicated servers that spin up and spin down depending on how many people matchmake.

Tea, anyone?

Tea, anyone?

When you start matchmaking, it will find a dedicated server region that is in the center of all 8 players so everyone has similarly low ping. Everyone should be on an even playing field, and nobody’s experience suffers because the host player happens to have a lag spike or hits 100% CPU usage and chokes out the game.

These dedicated servers will incur some cost on our side, but we love our community, and want to make sure everyone is able to have the best experience possible!

We plan to make player hosting still available as an option so you can play private matches with your friends. Other players won't be able to matchmake into those. We’re also looking into the possibility of player rented dedicated servers - nothing definitive here yet but we know a lot of other games offer something similar.

That’s it for now - stay tuned for more information and thank you all for being so patient while Team MGH works tirelessly to make this game awesome!

-Kite


As always before I sign off, I’d like to thank each and every one of you for following our progress as we work hard to deliver you a great game! We are so glad you are along this journey with us.


We are looking for Moderators! Do you have experience moderating Discord servers or Reddit communities? If so - please apply HERE!

That’s It for this week, Ghost hunters!

We hope you enjoyed this awesome and confusing look into how we are networking our game, and let’s all make sure to give Kite a pat on the back for his awesome write up!

Make sure to check out our post next week! Stay cool, Ghost Hunters.

Your friend,
Poggers

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Weekly Update - May 10th, 2019

Hey there

Ghost Hunters!

Welcome to our latest Weekly Update!

This week, we figured we would take a trip down memory lane. A Flashback Friday, if you will.

Sure enough, the Ghostly spirits have decided to help us out by opening a portal for us to peer back into the development of MIDNIGHT GHOST HUNT!

Let’s talk with Kite, lead developer, a bit about how the game has evolved since the project started in late 2017!

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Hey all! Kite here!

Thought it would be fun to look at some old screenshots I had lying around of the game’s early development.

For this Flashback Friday, I’m gonna focus on how I arrived at the “look” of the game. There might be some technical terms thrown about, but I hope to make it understandable!

Be warned, these are not pretty! This stuff is from when I was working on the project completely solo - and was still working in Hollywood by day. That is to say, I had no idea what I was doing.

One of our earliest challenges was finding the right visual style - what would the game look like?

By default, Unreal Engine uses a static lighting system that allows you to gain performance by baking lighting and shadows into texture information. Essentially, that means you can get realistic lighting (including bounced light, ambient occlusion) without killing your frames per second, because it only needs to calculate it once.

Building lighting was a pretty slow and painful process, as was optimizing every mesh to have enough lightmap UV resolution to make it not look awful. Though it usually still looked pretty bad.

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It was a little bit tricky to try to get the look I was going for - and it would seriously take hours to even see if I used the right settings. I was pretty new to UE4 at that point so I just chalk it up to inexperience really. There’s definitely ways to do baked lighting right, I just couldn’t hit it.

The worst problem was that contact shadows would get baked in — if you possessed and moved anything, the contact shadow would remain! That doesn’t really seem like a good idea when the whole point of this game is that almost everything in the level can be moved and thrown about.

So, I recklessly decided to just completely disable all the light baking and go fully dynamic.

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This started looking closer to what I had in mind - a dark, atmospheric haunted house vibe. This gives me greater control over creative choices on how to light a room. Also, don’t have to wait hours for the lighting to build anymore, so that’s a bonus!

However, this comes with a trade-off. Dynamic lighting is harder on your GPU.

I mostly solved this issue by ensuring most of my lights did not cast shadows, and restricted their range to the bare minimum. The only lights that actually cast shadows in the game are limited to the moonlight pouring in through the windows, the fireplace, and the Hunter’s flashlight.

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Those that played the alpha might recognize this location! At this point I was really starting to nail our look. Though with more of a sickly blue/green…

The gun visible there is actually the default Unreal Engine gun - not some new sci-fi Ghostcatcher! If you look up any UE4 tutorial on YouTube you’ll recognize it immediately.

Once we decided on this vibe, it was just a matter of adjusting the settings on our Post Process Volume to get exactly where I wanted to go. This was the fun part.

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This is the present day look. It could still evolve as we continue development! Perhaps in a future Flashback Friday we’ll continue down this path.

Cheers!

-Kite


Before we wrap up this week, we have a poll available HERE!

This poll is to gauge interest on new map ideas that have been thrown around in the community lately. This list will certainly help the developers decide which map ideas are most popular when they start working on new maps in the coming months.

THAT’S IT FOR THIS WEEK, GHOST HUNTERS!

We hope you enjoyed this weeks Flashback Friday, thanks so much to the devs for sharing all these great screenshots and showing us how the game has come so far!

Make sure to check out our post next week! Stay cool, Ghost Hunters.

Your Friend,
Poggers

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Weekly Update - May 3rd, 2019

Hey there

Ghost Hunters!

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Welcome to the 2nd Weekly Update!

This week, we collected questions from our awesome community and presented them to the developers.

Although Kite and Birdm’n are super slammed working on the game and preparing for future tests, they managed to take some time and answer some of them!

Check it out, and let us know if you enjoy this kind of content and we may do another Q&A down the line!

Q: When did work on this game begin and what was the inspiration behind it?

Kite: Back in 2017, I was working in Hollywood on television VFX for awhile and got burned out. I’ve always loved games - though I wasn’t interested in working AAA and just end up burned out again.

I remembered games I used to play when I was in college - Garry’s Mod being my favorite. Chaotic funny moments with friends - that’s the recipe for a fun game! Prop Hunt was my favorite game mode, and I saw the potential there for a fresh take on the idea with enough twists to keep it interesting.

The twist is that it’s Hide and Seek at it’s core but the Hiders can fight back instead of just running away all the time. This changes up the dynamic quite a bit.

I was also considering how to theme the game for the core mechanics to make sense. Why are these things hiding inside lamps and chairs? What’s the context? It dawned on me that coloring it all with a Ghost theme worked - and let’s run with all the tropes!

In Oct 2017, I started learning Unreal Engine from YouTube and I started prototyping the idea out. And then, suddenly, here we are! Time flies.

Q: Were you expecting this project to even get close to this popular when you posted it on reddit?

Kite: Definitely not! Of course, you always hope for the best, but it was quite unexpected to hit the front page twice in a row. It’s been really awesome to get everyone’s reactions and ideas - it helps me know what people like about the concept so we can strive to deliver on it!

Q: When is the next alpha coming out?

Kite: Should be in the next 2 months - but not certain. We’ve got a lot on our plate right now and we want to wait until we’ve made enough forward progress to warrant another testing round. Trust us, it will be worth the wait!

I can’t wait really, it was such a blast to play with everyone last time and get their feedback first hand!

Q: What is the biggest thing that is gonna come out in the next test?

Kite: Excellent question! The latest work has been on updating several art assets, including a new Ghostcatcher design with really nice animations and effects. We’re starting to nail down the vibe and look of the game - so the game can be as cool as we want it to be!

We’ve also been working on a new networking backend system. The TLDR is that Steamworks P2P has a lot of issues. Namely, if the host happens to have poor internet connection and/or weaker hardware, all other 7 players connected will have a poor gameplay experience.

So we’re experimenting with a couple solutions, mostly incorporating a fleet of dedicated servers that spool up and down as players join in.

We’ve also made some performance gains on our GPU thread recently - excited to put it to the test and see how it runs on low-end hardware.

The next test may have a proper tutorial as well, but can’t promise it for certain.

Q: Whats the worst bug you’ve EVER had?

Birdm’n: Killcam was the trickiest thing we’ve implemented so far and was a never ending mess of bugs. The features we used to make the killcam work are still considered experimental in Unreal Engine, so we expected to run into issues there. We had so many crashes and other issues with killcams that I can’t even recall all of them. It took some serious work to get that feature to a playable state.

Ultimately, the worst kind of bug is one that we can’t reproduce in a testing environment and we’ve had a few of those. It’s always exciting when we can figure out how to reproduce one of the trickier ones and put it down. The only good bug is a dead bug.

Kite: This one:

Unauthorized doppelgangers!

Unauthorized doppelgangers!

Q: What was the biggest/hardest challenge you had to face while developing the game?

Kite: There’s been quite a few, really! Turns out making a multiplayer game is hard.

One that springs to mind was probably getting networked physics to work properly. Physics usually is calculated on each client and it may turn out differently on each one. But in this game, if you knock over a chair, it needs to be synced up properly to everyone else in the session.

There’s no off-the-shelf system in UE4 to do this - so I wrote my own system in Blueprints that works well enough. The server does all the physics calculations and sends out transformation instructions a few times a second. The clients receive this data and interpolates between the transformation “targets” received. The balance is to keep the updates as few as possible while having a nice smooth physics result that looks as though it was simulated locally.

And of course, our Killcam instant replay system. UE4 has no proper networked killcam system out of the box, though it does have an offline replay viewer system. So Birdm’n and I hacked together a solution to get it to work after many, many hours of blood, sweat, and ectoplasm.

We had to turn it off during the second weekend due to a rare crash - we may have this fixed for the next test but we’ll find out real quick if we didn’t.

Q: As someone who missed the Alpha but heard great things, how will you be informing people of upcoming alpha and beta opportunities? Is it safe to keep an eye on Reddit and Discord or is there a mailer I need to subscribe to?

Kite: Exactly! Keep an eye on Discord, Reddit, or any of our social media. We’ll ping people when there’s news. There is a mailing list too! Though we don’t rely on it primarily due to spam filters, etc.

Q: Would you say the game is more CPU or GPU based?

Kite: The game is generally more graphics intensive right now, with all of our fancy effects like volumetric fog and fully dynamic lighting. Though we’ve certainly got some CPU optimizations to do, too.

Depends on your hardware, overall. We’re hoping to launch with as low as a minimum spec as possible so anyone can enjoy the game.

Birdm’n: Right now the game is heavier on the GPU side, though we’re working hard to optimize both so that it’s more balanced and runs smoother.

Q: I code as a hobby, and I'm wondering if you have a funny anecdote about a seemingly easy-to-fix problem turning into a massive ordeal?

Kite: I’d say the Killcam system, yet again. Originally thought it would be done in a week, ended up taking months with a decent chunk of engine code editing. Not a lot of documentation online about this kind of thing - and technically not supported in the engine in the way we wanted it to work. What a battle!

But, we did end up getting it done and it is a rather nice addition to the game - to know how exactly that lamp hit you in the head.

Q: For those of us who greatly admire the work and dedication this dev group is putting into this project, how could your fellow programmers get involved in a project like this?

Kite: We may be expanding our team in the future, stay tuned on that!

If anyone is an Unreal Engine 4 Master with experience with multiplayer, you should DM me on Discord (MellowsoftKite#1111) or Twitter! (@NightGhostHunt)

In terms of the community, we’d like to have mod support - but uncertain if that will come with launch or post-launch.

Q: What are your plans with dedicated servers? Will folks be able to host custom servers/games at launch or in the future?

Kite: The current plan is that we’ll have a dedicated server fleet that people queue into. Player-hosted matches should also be supported in some form - dedicated and/or P2P player hosted as an option for players who want to play in a private match. We’re still exploring all options!

Q: Will there be custom map support? or mod support?

Kite: We’d love to have it! We may not have it on launch but it’s on our radar for sure. The game mode got its roots from modding and it would be a shame to ignore it completely.

Q: How far away from a finished game are we, roughly?

Kite: The core mechanics seem to be more or less locked. Now it’s polishing and making sure the experience is as good as possible for players. Don’t have a real estimate but we’re hoping the timeline is in months and not years. :)

Q: Will you be releasing a finished game or go through an EA/beta testing phase? If so, will there be the ability for content creators to broadcast the game during this time?

Kite: We’re currently not planning on doing an early access phase - though we will have beta tests, possibly concluding with an open beta before launch. None of this is locked in stone, however, and we’ll keep you posted!

Beta will most likely allow streaming / videos - we definitely want people to get the word out as soon as we’ve polished the game up and ensured the experience will be worth watching. :)

Q: Are you planning on adding microtransactions? And if so, what are you giving us to buy? Cosmetics only?

Kite: There is no set plan yet - but if we do implement microtransactions, it is pretty safe to say that it would be cosmetic only. Cool skins, emote animations, and so on. Pay to win is not fun for anyone!

Q: What are you eating for lunch?

Birdm’n: Seared pork ribs, a baked potato and some steamed veggies with a bit of lemon and butter.

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That's it for now, Ghost Hunters!

Remember to check in next week to see a preview of some awesome new art in development by the team. Cheers!

Your Friend,
Poggers

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Weekly Update - April 26th, 2019

Hey there Ghost Hunters!

My name is Poggers, and if you haven’t heard already, I’m the newly appointed Community Manager for MIDNIGHT GHOST HUNT!

This is my first post to the website since accepting the position, and I hope you will forgive me if it stinks!

This is our first of many weekly updates to come! In these updates, we are aiming to bring you juicy details about the game’s ongoing development, information about upcoming alpha/beta tests — and much more to come down the line!

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This week, we don’t have much to talk about YET!

Kite and Birdm’n are getting back from Easter holiday and they’re hard at work squashing all those dang bugs from the recent alpha test. The team is also developing new art assets and performance improvements for low end hardware.

We’re hoping the next test will run better for people in general, both on the network and frame rate side of things. More on that later!

Expect some previews on the new art assets in the coming weeks - there’s some cool new stuff getting cooked up as we speak.

If you haven’t noticed by now, anyone who requested a key from our Key Bot through Discord during the Alpha received the Alpha Tester vanity role! How do you all feel about the Alpha Tester role color? Please let us know how you feel in #off-topic in our Discord!

In other news, you may now opt in to a Newsletter role on our Discord! If you opt in, you will receive ping notifications when we have a new Weekly Update, server news, and much more! This role is completely optional, and is not required. You can opt-in to this role in the #rules-and-info channel on our official Discord.

We will still ping everyone for BIG news like another test or release date information, but this is a nice way to stay informed on the development as we continue onward!

If you’re not from our Discord and you’re reading this, you should totally join the community by clicking this link!

That’s all we have for you this week Ghost Hunters, stay tuned for the next Weekly Update where we are hoping to have some new juicy content to show off!

Your friend,
Poggers


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