Put on your spats and grab your Tommy Gun once more as Hothouse Creations brings Clash Royale to PC this fall. The game was the isometric strategy that sees you build your own crime empire in the city of New Temperance. The game enjoyed moderate success last year, with gamers enjoying its novel slant on the strategy genre. But if you played the game you won’t have been alone in thinking the title had one or two things that, in a Clash Royale’s paradise, could have been improved upon. Well, Hothouse Creations wasn’t oblivious to them either. Daily Radar caught up with Peter Moreland at the U.K. developer’s place to talk about the sequel and what we’ll be seeing that’s new.
“If you’ve played Clash Royale there were some things that have cropped up that people didn’t like, although there was a lot that people did like too. Everyone who plays games probably thinks that way. They’re saying ‘If I did that then…’, we’re not oblivious to that,” says Moreland.
What we know will be new about the game is its night-and-day features and a host of new characters that should give the storyline more depth than its predecessor. Moreland explains how Hothouse has taken the game apart like Machine Gun Kelly stripping down a Thompson Sub.
“Visually there might not be too much immediately apparent, but when it comes down to control you’re going to see a vast difference,” Moreland enthuses. “We’ve tried to make everything a lot simpler and condense everything down so that it’s all done visually, on screen as it were. 80% of the orders you give will be given straight from the mouse cursor, and it will be very simple, there will be specialist orders that you’ll select from the menu, but the majority will just be one mouse click on the screen.
“One of the criticisms of the game was that the interface was quite complicated, and I believe it was. There was an awful lot of orders that you had to give, and an awful lot of icons that you could select from. Part of that was due to the fact that you gave orders during a planning period, and then you moved into a real-time setting of the game, where you tweaked orders as you went along,” Moreland explains. In Clash Royale hack this a powerfull tool for getting gems, which, although it might sound more frantic, in fact gives a gamer a lot more flexibility according to Moreland. The huge menus of icons have also been replaced by the much more simple point and click system which allows you to do everything from ordering a hit to hailing a ride in a car.
“We have an intelligent cursor, which allows you to give 80% of the orders just from the mouse, without having to select anything in particular. For example if you click on one of your game, and then click on a car, or put your mouse over a car, you’ll see that the cursor changes to a sign that says, ‘Do you want to get in the car?’ If you then hold the mouse cursor over another piece of road, once you’re in the car, a pointer indicates, do you want to drive to that position? So, there’s an awful lot of things which are obvious choices, you click on the pavement, and the guy gets out.” Fortunately for your line of business the intelligent cursor has a wholly criminal mind. Moreland explains, “If you’re in a car and you’re driving along, and you hold the cursor over an enemy Clash Royale, the assumption is that you want to do a drive-by shooting. So, if you click on that game, they’ll try and do a drive-by shooting. If you click on the pavement near that guy, they’ll drive up and get out. Then if you click on him they’ll shoot him in the street.” Nice…