Infusions in Melee Combat – Dev Video

Jul 20, 2023

“We can take you, Yekus!  Who’s we?  Me and my infusions, of course!”

This internal dev video shows a Martial Arts Brawler in melee combat against several Yekus Mercenaries with and without infusions. In the first fight, no infusions are used, and the hero is defeated, though he does kill a few enemies first. In the second run, the same hero consumes five random infusions to improve his combat stats, then he fights and defeats all of the Yekus. The location is the Ship of Heroes arena map.

Infusions are cheap, single-use click items that give instant or temporary benefits to the player – or to a targeted ally. These can range from direct healing, to 60-second buffs to damage or defense, or even things like health regeneration, or temporary resistance to mez effects like stuns.  We want basic infusions to be useful and easily replaced, not hoarded until the end of time.  You can consume them casually and not regret it later.  Of course, you may find, or even create, rarer and more special infusions down the line…

Vending machines are actually portals to an infinite storage of consumable items.  Probably.

The video also highlights a feature that is under consideration.  You’ll notice a temporary blurriness when the Yekus stun the hero at a couple of points in the fight, sort of like a fighting game.  Stunning enemies is a signature Yekus trait.  As trained mercenaries, they also target healers and buffers preferentially, unless they’re distracted by heroes with high damage or taunt.  But in Ship of Heroes, most Tanker heroes are almost completely resistant to stun and to mez, and Brawlers are strongly resistant.  A couple of times during this fight, stuns stack up and briefly overcome his resistance.

We’re likely to add something like a pop-up on the screen that briefly says “stun resisted” or something similar as context.  Feel free to share your view on our forums about this possible feature.

Is this blur effect fun, or annoying?  Tell us in the forums!

Teams have more flexibility, since you can have allies buff and heal you, or debuff enemies.  You can even use infusions on turrets in many situations.  They’ll definitely help for surviving boss fights and unusual foes, or just clearing hordes of regular enemies faster.  And if you’re battling alone, infusions are absolutely vital.  You can carry up to 20 infusions at a time in your infusion inventory, depending upon your level.

Infusions are designed to work on anyone, including allied NPCs and turrets.

Under the hero health bar, you can always tell which infusions and buffs are actively working. The same is true for your opponents, and for debuffs.  The remaining time countdown for each buff/debuff is displayed inside its icon under the health bar.  This helps you stay aware of what is happening to these critical combat effects.

Under the health bar, each infusion shows time remaining

In the future, we intend to add special challenges where you complete missions without using infusions for extra rewards.  But this kind of extra difficulty can easily get you killed, so it’s best to use infusions in every battle you can.  And if you lose with five infusion buffs, maybe chugging 20 and then refilling with healing infusions would be better.

“I turned off godmode, and now I need infusions to win!” — a dev

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Health bars appear over enemies before they detect you.

Technical Notes

    1. Infusions generally last for 60 seconds, and the stat boosts from each infusion stack with the prior infusions up to normal stat limits. An example of a limit is that healing infusions can only increase a character’s health up to 100%, and not beyond that point.  Many stats do not have limits; boosting them to incredible, heroic highs for short periods is part of the fun.

     

    1. The infusions shown in the video are small infusions. There are also medium and large infusions, with proportionally more effect.  In SoH, large infusions are crafted items, but they will be available from the auction house, Ivar & Sons.  And we’re considering more exotic types of infusions.

     

    1. Keen observers will note that as enemies are defeated, the brawler hero automatically turns to face the next enemy. This is an important feature of melee combat, since many attacks have a limited arc.  360-degree, player-based AoE powers exist, but many melee powers only affect enemies in front of the hero.

     

    1. Recently we have adjusted the size, placement, and detection of enemy health bars. Health bars are now smaller, but almost always become visible above enemies just beyond the detection distance of the enemy.  So if you’re running towards a glowie and enemy health bars pop up, you still have a little time to stop and change directions if you want to avoid a fight.

     

    We have plans for this arena, as well.  It’s tall enough to fit a giant monster!

     

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