RobbyZ's Blog My devblog for 8BitMMO & March of Industry


Make GIFs with MOI

Now you can easily record a GIF with March of Industry!  Simply head to the options menu and use the new GIF Recorder tool.  You can even set an optional caption.


Which makes a nice GIF:


Livestream: Sunday @ 1PM Pacific

I'm planning to do a livestream Sunday at 1PM Pacific (convert to your timezone)

I will:

  • Show how to use Mod Sync to choose some mods and download them into March of Industry
  • Create a blueprint live and then download it in-game
  • Maybe give out some Steam keys 😉

It will be streamed on our twitch page.


Blueprint Downloads!

Now you can download resource and weapon blueprints into the game.  This allows you to make & share your own resources and weapons!

Simply click Sync on blueprints that you want to download.  When you next start the game, they will be downloaded automatically.


You can manually tune a blueprint's parameters (for instance, its ingredients), by modifying the appropriate file inside March of Industry\game\MarchOfIndustry_Data\StreamingAssets\ResourceMods\MOD_ID.resmod

If a blueprint needs to be updated, you can force it to be re-downloaded by deleting the appropriate .resmod's.

You'll note that when editing blueprints, you can now select whether they are resources or weapons.

There's also now a forgot password page, a link to blueprints from the options menu, and the build number is moved to be inside the options menu.


MOI Build 2000

  • Fixed bug where some text localization didn't take effect until after a game restart was performed
  • Fixed occasional issue where a save game could not be uploaded to cloud
  • Volume level now saves/loads
  • Steam trading cards are now launched


You can now play MOI on OSX, either via standalone download or via Steam.

The build was tested on OSX Yosemite, but I believe any OSX 10.7 or later should be OK.


MOI Linux Build

You may now get MOI as a Linux build in the following flavors:

  • Standalone 32bit (via download page)
  • Standalone 64bit (via download page)
  • Steam 32bit (via Steam)
  • Steam 64bit (via Steam)

These builds have been tested on Ubuntu 15.04 and 14.04


MOI Steam Keys Now Available

Steam beta keys are now available to backers!  The Steam build also includes Steam achievements, and (pending approval from Valve) will also include trading cards.




How to find March of Industry at TGS 2015

Out of hundreds of games submitted, March of Industry was one of the titles selected to be exhibited at Tokyo Game Show 2015!  If you'll be at the event, here is a map to find our booth.

TGS Map-650px


Beta.1956 + Heading to Tokyo Game Show!

I've just released Beta.1956 as well as v4 of AESU (download it from the download area to get it):

  • Installer, website, AESU, and MOI are all localized into seven languages!  English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian and Japanese.  Whew, that's a lot.  Some caveats:  there's still some missing Japanese strings and Russian plurals may not be correct.  Also, some strings may not be sized correctly to their buttons yet.  If you speak one of those languages, please report bugs affecting them :)
  • YouTube & Steam trailers now have Japanese subtitles.  Will have subtitles for the other languages soon also.
  • Much improved offline support:
    • AESU can launch the game if user is currently offline but previously updated/installed
    • Game can now skip registration if you start it offline, and will let you sync up and make an account the next time you launch with a connection
    • Game no longer hangs on Save & Quit if you are offline
    • MOI itself doesn't support proxies, but AESU proxy support has been figured out.
  • Steam achievements are implemented (but since I still don't have any steam keys, no one else can get them)
  • Pixel perfect UI disabled - now UI is ever so slightly more blurry, but also much better performance.  (No more drop to 4FPS when scrolling the buy list!)
  • Now you can only build in the factory area you have expanded to
  • Physics objects won't leave the factory area (unless you build a conveyor railgun)

With the build out, I'm getting set to hop on a flight in... 12 hours to head to Japan!  I'm very excited to take March of Industry and demonstrate it in the Tokyo Game Show 2015 Indie Area!  So I will be less active online for the next 10 days.


Please stop by if you are in Tokyo!


Alpha.1836: Monetization Changed

Over the past two weeks, I've brought the game to PAX, SIX, 8Bit History, and Vlogger Fair.  During that time, I've had the opportunity to chat with players about their thoughts on the game.  One point that keeps coming up is that they don't think a free-to-play business model makes a lot of sense for March of Industry.  This has been further reinforced in online conversations.

To that end, I've decided to move MOI away from being a free-to-play game with microtransactions.  It is now under a somewhat more traditional business model: a one-time upfront-purchase.  The premium items are now included in the game at no additional cost.  This business model is simpler to manage, and seems like a better fit for this game.

I've set the price at $9.99 -- you can purchase now and get access to the beta, which also includes a Steam key when the game launches.  If we later make an Android build, it includes access to that APK as well.

Alpha.1836 reflects this, with the premium items now being given out as rewards when you upgrade your factory to the next level.  Premium currency has been completely removed.  If you previously purchased anything in beta, you'll receive the full game on Steam once the Steam version has launched.  After Steam launch, I'll be e-mailing the folks who have previously paid more than $9.99 with bonus access tokens to give to their friends.

As always, I'm listening to your comments, suggestions and concerns.  This move may be a bit of a surprise, but I do think it's the right thing to do for both the gameplay experience and for you as a player.  :)