Alpha version 0.0.7 is now complete with fully working main menu screens allowing you to change menus between retinue, research, unit builder and battle skirmish options. The research and development menu is now complete which allows you to spend your Research Points to unlock new technologies and parts for your units! This tech tree is totally dynamic so items can be added in the future and it will auto-update and save to your save file. Currently research is limited to your research points and whether you have researched all of that items prerequisites, but in the future it maybe dictated by player rank too, so overly powerful items cannot be simply rushed to get.
As mentioned player data is now saved locally, so XP and research points are saved, as well as research items that have been unlocked. Player colour and name are also saved but currently cannot be changed at runtime.
Other changes include winnings at the end of a match, improved screen panning in-game, bug fixes such as preventing gunships creeping forward when set to hold, reset game time with each new session and preventing unit attitude changes when all units have not left the factory. (This caused a traffic jam!)
The all important Unit Builder! 0.0.7 was a bit bigger than expected, with the research tree taking many days to complete, so the Unit Builder is now the primary focus. Luckily it should be a little bit easier to implement now that player save data and the research data structure is complete. The Unit Builder will form the primary gameplay mechanic as you can customise and create your own units to flatter your play style. After this, all gameplay features will be complete! Focus will then be on content creation, so new maps and scenarios, new AI types, new platform types (jets, bombers and walkers) and new weapon types including long range tactical missiles and more!
After 0.0.8 I can see FCOM getting a test release for the alpha version, so if you want to get involved, please feel free to join the Discord! You need an Android phone and a Google Play account. Full details will available on Discord so watch that (and this) space!