A Fresh Blaze of Fire

Lethal League Blaze is out and banging! It reached number one best selling game on Steam during the release and it placed #7 best rated game on Steam of 2018! The game went from two week prototype, to Steam hit, to arriving on consoles and spawning a sequel that is our most successful game yet. It has seen it’s fair share of changes over the years. Of course the latest entry, Blaze, is the biggest jump. Although even the original game varied wildly over time, people tend to forget. Let’s go over some choices in Lethal League Blaze, intentional and incidental, what was and what’s to come.

Mobility

Many numbers remained the exact same coming from the original game. It was important to me that the high speed feeling of the game stayed. However, overall stage size was increased and each character was also sized up a bit. This does make the movement seem relatively slower in the end. A higher movement speed will be introduced to remedy this in the next update.

Commitment is a new concept for Blaze so to speak. You could get pretty damn far spamming in Lethal League, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Once some flexibility was sacrificed in Blaze, signs began to show that it didn’t really feel right (it did look good for that matter). I started to adopt a methodology of tech-to-circumvent where you could get more flexibility if you worked for it. This plays into the ‘easy to pick up, hard to master’ ideal, so I liked it more. From this mindset came the double jump turns and reverse aerials, the return of late turn swings and, most recently, pivoting. Swing recovery remained the same as the original however, although that’s still something interesting to tweak in the future.

The upcoming ‘pivot’ tech on the left and regular turning on the right.

Reads

For everyone not aware of all the hip fighting game speak: a read is short for predicting your opponents next move and acting upon it. You’re reading your opponents mind. Every competitive game has this in some form. It’s not a random guess, because people can fundamentally not be random. However, there’s always an however. Punishment in the game for making a wrong read, especially grabbing and parrying, is pretty much a K.O. No one in their right mind would bet their stock on a single read. The reads that did somehow go right don’t feel like something thought through. This is frustrating because you want to be beaten by someone smarter, not a clown seemingly throwing out moves. In the next update we’ll be seeing a system of non-life-or-death results from high speed grab counters and parries.

Damage

Honestly, the HP system was a huge change and the idea was that it would be tweaked more over time. Complaints about this weren’t really coming through, so it was shoved back. The public beta will next go live with an increase of minimum damage from 20% to 25% and a decrease in the speed needed to K.O. from 150 to 120. We’ll see how this will fare. More changes can happen here, but they will have to come with a split between Free For All and 1V1 or a damage scale setting in the lobby options.

Character Balance

Now character balance is a more feely subject than you would expect. It has to do with numbers, but also perception and preference. Lethal League has always had characters that were very close to each other in terms of mechanics (aside from their special moves), making tier lists not as important as you’d think. Nevertheless, we’re interested in your thoughts! You can share them with us through this google survey.

Stay tuned to the Team Reptile Twitter or Discord channel if you want to know about coming updates and other eye candy!

Lethal League Blaze Full Online Match

Check out this online Lethal League Blaze footage between Saxxy and Nobody, two highly competitive Lethal League players. Things heat up a lot!

Only ONE week left until Lethal League Blaze will be released on Steam on October 24th. Get the game on your wishlist here: https://store.steampowered.com/app/553310/Lethal_League_Blaze/

Lethal League Blaze Trailer

We are excited to announce the release date of the sequel to the hit game Lethal League, Lethal League Blaze. The game will launch next month on Steam on the 24th of October. PlayStation® 4, Xbox One® and Nintendo Switch® versions are also coming and will land in spring 2019. For more information, visit www.lethalleagueblaze.com

Together with the announcement, We have released a face-smacking trailer featuring an exclusive track by infamous composer Hideki Naganuma which can be viewed:

Hideki Naganuma will be joining the already wild cast of artists on the soundtrack, including Frank Klepacki, Pixelord and many others.

Lethal League is a projectile-fighting game known for it’s ridiculous speeds and hitstun. The original game amassed tens of millions of views on youtube. For this installment, we upped our game using 3D graphics (best seen in the zoomed-in K.O’s) and new modes like the event-based ‘story mode’ and something called Lethal Volley. There’s double the amount of characters at launch and more on the way post-release.

Gameplay has also seen additions, with a grab move that allows you to pitch the ball back and directly counter your opponent’s defense. The new HP setting will see you reach even higher speeds before getting knocked out and as if there wasn’t enough chaos, there’s an option for all new ball power-ups to really mess you up.

You can wishlist the game on Steam here: https://store.steampowered.com/app/553310/Lethal_League_Blaze/
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Lethal League Blaze Art Contest

Hey all! Today is the kickoff of the Lethal League Blaze Art Contest!

Here’s the scheme: until the 20th of July you can submit your fanart of Lethal League Blaze and we’re going to be giving out prizes to a top 3 we think are really dope.

Prizes
1st place: The PS4 limited edition Lethal League with soundtrack and poster AND the fundamentals t-shirt
The 2 Runner ups: The PS4 limited edition Lethal League with poster

How to submit
Post the piece on Twitter with #lethalleagueblazeContest before the deadline. Or just in the Reptile Hideout #create channel with the same the hashtag . Feel free to show your progress too!

Rules
1. One submission per person
2. You can submit an old piece, but naturally we’d like to see something new
3. Make it loud. This is a piece to show Lethal League and your personal flavor to the world. We’re gonna appreciate you giving it your all to level yourself up too. No model sheet looking poses. No weak shit. But you already knew.

You can do one character, or multiple, or use letters, or macaroni. It’s all allowed!

In addition we’re going to have a new role in the discord: Fan Artist. With a nice violet color. Posting your own fanart in #create will make you eligible for this role (and doesn’t have to be for the contest!).

Lethal League Blaze Update

Lethal League Blaze is the sequel to the popular projectile-fighting game Lethal League, to be released in Q4 2018 on PC and console. Known for it’s ridiculous speeds and hitstun, the original gamewas intense to watch and amassed tens of millions of views on youtube. This time around there will be more characters at launch, doubling those of the last game. There’s also new game modes to choose from, like the event-based story mode and something called Lethal Volley.

We have upped our game with improved, 3D graphics, but the game still maintains the extreme, high speed experience of the original Lethal League. Gameplay has also seen additions, with a grab move that allows you to pitch the ball back and directly counter your opponent’s defense. The new HP setting will see you not instantly dying to the slowest speeds anymore. And of course there will be lots of hidden tricks for each character.

 

 

 

Among the newcomers are Jet, a bubbly jetpacked inline skater and Grid, an electro mafioso who doesn’t hold punches. What’s more, the boss of the previous installment, Doombox, will return as a fully playable character in Lethal League Blaze. 

When it comes to the soundtrack, Klaus Veen will be returning with a remix of the infamous Ordinary Days. Frank Klepacki of Command & Conquer fame is contributing a track and Moscow based producer Pixelord joined the fray as well. Then there is a secret composer whose name should ring a bell, to be unveiled further down the line.

Check out the presskit for all the material on Lethal League Blaze. 

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On the success of Lethal League

For Reptile, Lethal League has been a huge success. Released in August 2014, it sold over 100.000 units in half a year, prompting us to start porting it to consoles. Now that our slightly troubled porting process is over, the game is set to release on XBox One and PS4 on the 10th of May. This is an important step for us as a company, as our type of action games have always felt nice to play with a gamepad, sitting in (or jumping on) a comfy couch.

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By now the game has sold over 400.000 units, granted that’s including sales and multi-packs as full units (and a Humble Bundle feature above all). Considering our small team size and the fact that many games have trouble breaking 10k units on Steam, that’s still amazing. We’ve been blessed with such a lovable bunch of fans, who actively organize tournaments and draw fanart. Even though updates from us have frankly been sparse since the first year after release.

What did we do to deserve this? Is it skill or is it luck? Luck is something I like to throw out of the equation. Even if it was up to chance, it’s no use thinking about something that is by definition out of your control. Saying it was mostly due to popular youtubers picking it up is true, but that’s not the root of it all. Why make a video about this game? There are many more polished games out there to choose from. All this has been in my mind for a while and I speculate it comes down to these factors:

– The hook: exponential extremity and anticipation
– Gameplay that supports the gimmick: fast and responsive play
– Online Multiplayer
– The style

In that order. The power of the hook (think gimmick, but not cheap), the extremity, is something I saw firsthand in our playtests. Especially that if the players don’t know it’s there and don’t reach that stage when they try it for the first time, they will lose interest very quickly. Likewise, seeing other players reach that stage made people excited to line up and try it for themselves.

There are many things to say on the gameplay, the speed, the disguised depth, the short matches, but the essence is that it supports or pushes towards the gimmick. One of the easiest moves to do is the one that doubles the speed. In theory, the gameplay could have been totally different (maybe slow and strategic), although the hook would have to change with it to avoid clashing logic and expectations.

On Steam, the value of online multiplayer should be clear. Humans are endlessly more interesting than any game, with the right stimuli (which is where a game comes in). Online also makes a game stand out between many other independent titles. But it seems to work like a kind of multiplier, meaning the base game still matters most.

The style is last on the list. It probably could have been a different setting, but I believe the level of abstraction was good. Between Pacman and Nathan Drake, there is a spectrum of ‘definedness’ and each point has a certain believability. Lethal League’s point is just right to have interesting characters and still not be childish. Aside from that, I think the almost untouched setting of street culture within video games certainly counted for something.

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That’s not to say that these elements are of particularly high quality. Our fans know that the online multiplayer has had its ups and downs (and still does). I think we could have pushed the extremity a little more and the game is definitely rough on the edges visually. Colors are a hit and miss, backgrounds can be ugly at times, the character animations are really low on frames. It’s not pretty, it’s raw. And that’s sincere in a way. It’s not trying to be something it’s not, not pleasing anyone for the sake of pleasing. I truly think that people in general, probably subconsciously, appreciate sincere effort like they appreciate kindness. Did that help move more units? Hard to say, but the thought did help us in making the game.

Lethal League is coming out on Xbox One & Playstation 4!

Finally, proud console owners can join in on the Lethal League! We’ve made a celebratory trailer featuring the game’s finest batters doing their thing to the ‘dub-hop’ sounds of Grillo. We hope you feel… inspired?

Now, before you ask “Is there online multiplayer?” let me tell you that there is online multiplayer. Plus, even though it’s a console title, the controls are fully configurable. Amidst of course the usual features of Banging Beats, Street Styled Characters and up to 4 players Free For All, Team and Striker modes. We’ve localized the game into 8 languages this time around, so grab that Russian cousin and sit tight when the game launches on both platforms in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Japan on the 10th of May!

A big shoutout to the players in the footage: aTastyT0ast, Ice Coldas, Diplomat, MrGentleRape, Orion, RedBlueJ, Zea, Jawbreaker, Drunken Luna, Missingno. and Smellyhobo101!

In other news, over at Eighty Sixed they’ve added a new Lethal League T-shirt design titled ‘Fundamentals’:

Fundamentals

Take a look here if you’re feeling it!

Firstlook Festival 2016


This year we showed Lethal League for the third time at the Firstlook Festival and we must say this was one of the best so far. We had two setups where 8 players were able to play simultaneously. There was hardly any moments where the Team Reptile booth was empty. As a tryout we introduced a new kind of tournament format which is already widely used in break dance competitions. Seven to Smoke is a format where 8 competitors stand in one line and matches are played 1v1. The winners gets a point and battles the next challenger in line. The first player to ‘smoke’ 7 other players wins the tournament. We also added a time limit of 30 minutes, when the timer ran out the player with the most points won. In total we ran 8 tournaments throughout the weekend with over 128 contestants!

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