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Hey everyone! It’s Sav and Tarn here this week
What's been going on this week?
This week we shared the awesome and HUGE news that Ninja Kiwi has been acquired by Modern Times Group (MTG). You can see the full announcement from Chris and Stephen here and they also did an AMA today that talked more about this! You can watch that here.
One of our artists also heard "penguin skin" and delivered. Enjoy!
BTD6 received a small update that fixed an issue with the collection event and BTD5 was given a new map, Daffodils!
B_B_B_Boat race results:
1st: Tobi - 2 minutes and 16.55 seconds
2nd: B_B_B_Baum - 2 minutes and 16.81 seconds
3rd: Trymacs - 2 minutes and 17.34 seconds
4th: G_G_G_Glue - 2 minutes and 17.84 seconds
5th: RIZE - 2 minutes and 18 seconds
This weekend's focus:
- BTD6 -
Ongoing collection event, ending in two weeks.
Pile O' Monkey Money and T3 Insta Monkeys on sale.
Ongoing "Monkey Pirates Pool Party ~By LoK" Odyssey, ending Tuesday.
"Caught outside the loop" Race this weekend.
- BTD Battles -
Professor Evil appearing on Indoor Pools this weekend. With a second tougher one starting Tuesday and ending Thursday.
Friday: MOAB, MOAB R3 Speed - BFB, BFB Boosts Only, BFB Card
Saturday: MOAB, MOAB Card Club - BFB, BFB Club, BFB Card
Sunday: MOAB, MOAB R3 Speed, MOAB Random 15 - BFB, BFB Card, BFB Boosts Only
2x Medallions with Bag and Chest of Medallions on sale.
- BATTD -
Ongoing collection event, running for 2 weeks.
Ongoing Martian games: Half cash and allies only.
Clones, more shields and more fortified starting on Sunday
Flame Princess Adventure Pack, Jake Adventure Pack and Character Bundle Pack on sale.
- SAS4 Mobile -
LMS on Friday, Apoc with black box as rewards on Saturday and VS on Sunday.
Sales on nantos, NV vet pack, epic pack and 9th premium gun set: Contagion, Ahab and Calamity
- SAS4 web -
LMS on Friday, VS with black items as rewards on Saturday and Apoc on Sunday.
Sale on Epic pack.
- BMC web and mobile -
Daily monkey teams with Monkey Knowledge pack on Sunday.
Knowledge Pack sale (ancient on mobile too).
- BTD5 -
Easter event starting Friday, running for a week and a half.
Ceramic counting for the leaderboards. Wizard skin and monkey money on sale.
- BSM2 -
Double blops and boosters.
- Tower Keepers -
Hero battles rewards x2 and x2 Gold sale.
Ongoing Zaluss and Learned Scholar.
Questions from the comments:
So if Jones’ last name is Jones, then is Jones Jones’ middle name Jones or is Jones Jones’ middle name Striker? Also what’s the first name of Jones Jones’ father? Is this like Quincy again where all his ancestors are Quincy? We need to know the lore you see this is very important to society.
His name is Jones Striker Jones but his father is Bob. Nice guy.
When did Battles 2 start to be developed?
This is a big question, and we understand the subtext - how long we’ve been working on it is a bit of a proxy for how good it’s going to be. At the same time, we kept quiet on it being developed for so long that some of you might feel like we were keeping secrets. Just remember some surprises are even better the longer you don’t know about them. To answer the question, though, like almost everything we work on it starts with thoughts and conversations and then gets into a design doc, which was drafted in early 2018. Actual art and code started as we were wrapping up BATTD later in 2018.
Are any of the Heroes relatives?
Based on both scientific and philosophical expressions of relative relationships with all other objects in the multiverse, by definition all heroes are relatives. In terms of backstory and forbidden ships, we prefer everyone’s speculation over our own occasional attempts at narrative.
What descendent of Quincy is Quincy? (Ie. Quincy the II, Quincy the III)
We are still searching the genealogical records. We all know there was a Dad of Quincy, but he’s a bit flighty when we ask him.
Don’t get too greedy!
If Pat were to shave his head would he lose his strength like Donkey Kong and Samson? Also is his hair poof part of his skull too?
Pat’s strength is in his heart and his hugs. The hair poof is pure style, enhanced by his own banana-pondwater mousse.
When is ennttie getting a skin
When he finally decides what he wants to wear! He’s so picky.
Who was the narrator in the btd 1 game that sent out messages before a round started, it seemed like he was on the side of the Bloons. Is the person now the same guy reformed, or a different person?
The hints in the original games are definitely the spiritual precursors to General Monkey and other hint givers. The original persona was named something like Ohcrapweshouldprobablytellplayerswhattodo.
Does sauda use her swords to chop things besides bloons?
Oh, absolutely. Any chance she gets but if I also had super cool swords, I would too.
Would you want to have a crossover with another game?
Mario Dart Racing when?
Is the NK Archive going to be available on Steam for Mac?
Not through Steam at this stage but you can download a version of the Archive for Mac! :)
Does Ettiene like bees?
How do you pronounce Etienne's name? Sometimes it confuses people.
Will COBRA be in BTD Battles 2?
Another trick question - are you asking about the Cobra tower and abilities? Or about having to pay to buy the character. We’ll answer the second question and confirm that no towers in Battles 2 will be IAP only and leave the first conspicuously unanswered in a completely noncommittal way.
What is Benjamin's favorite programming language? Is it bloon++?
We’ve heard he is partial to C-SHARP
What do you think of portable lake stacking?
I have no idea how they manage to stack them so high. Surely the inflatable pools would pop!
When is linux version comeing out for BTD6? I switched a few months ago and cant get it; proton GE is not working.
Unfortunately, this is something we are still waiting on Linux for. :(
Does this mean that if I am using Chrome rather than Windows of Mack OS, and don't want to pay for Steam, I can't use your website? If this is not true, can you explain how to access the games with Chrome?
Sadly, you cannot play the games through Chrome.
If BTD5 had the Z-Factor map, and BTD6 has the X-Factor map, will there eventually be a Y-Factor map?
Based on that logic, Y-Factor would have to be in BTD5.5 right?
Does sushi bento have anything to do with the existence of the skeleton fish on encrypted?
Sushi Bento has the highest standards and would never leave bones scattered about. Clearly they are pulverized and used as part of the
Been having issues with the NK archive. A lot of the games are having FPS issues and the games seem to play in slow motion. None more than the SAS series, specifically SAS 3. Now i think i should state that my PC is more than capable of running current gen games on high settings. Can we get an update or maybe optimizations to the games?
We aren't planning on updating these games or optimizing them at this point.
I never thought you guys would be chill confirming btdb2 to many players when we saw the ending of that video after that, but why are you really confirming the game to us?
Because we want everyone to be excited with us! :D
Are you guys going to do something with the blog on April fools like "How much do you know Sav?" or something.
I’m not sure I’m prepared for what I might get if I did that! - Sav
Can we please get tower keepers for computer players working again?
We hope to get it working soon but unfortunately can’t provide you with any more info than that at present.
How does Benjamin make sushi and hack in money each round?
He’s just that good
What music is Benjammin listening to on his headphones?
Wait, so striker Jones' full name is Jones Jones? That sounds unlikely and extremely impractical.
Of course, that would be silly to name a monkey Jones Jones! His name is Jones Striker Jones. Much more practical.
What would you do If someone at your hometown recognized you and asked for a bloonchipper in btd6?
This has actually happened! Our team went to a protest for climate change and wore our NK shirts and someone asked for Dartling Gunner, back before we had added it. To be clear though, we aren’t adding bloonchipper curently.
Are the monkeys from the original BTD the same ones in BTD6 or are they ascendants of the heroes we have today?
Many of the towers and heroes in BTD6 are their descendants!
You started BTDB2 so that means you give up on sas5
Definitely not. We love the SAS universe and want to get back there, but it has to be the right time for the game and the team.
Will you answer this question?
What is the weirdest/oddly specific thing you track in btd6? (For example how many games were lost to a yellow bloon)
We track pretty much everything in-game but we do have one called “release cave monkey” which is fun.
Where did Benjamin go to school?
You are implying he went to school.
Will you add a story mode or something similar to that? Would be fun if it there are multiple stories which introduces lore and makes the player understand game mechanics. And maybe you can add more stories every few updates!
We love stories and lore, too, and we’re always tempted, but the community comes up with so many great stories that we worry we’d put a damper that.
Have you ever considered adding skins to monkeys in BTD6? Like in BTD5.
We have talked about it but it's a HUGE amount of work for our artists as there are so many cross paths that give all the monkeys different items on their models.
How many times has something gotten past Quincy's bow?
I don’t think we have enough stats for that…
okay but what is Jones Jones' military rank? Does cpt. Churchill outrank him?
Striker is a Sergeant but with so many years on battlefields across the monkeyverse, rank hardly matters - it’s more about mana, and they are both maxed.
What's Striker Jones' middle name?
How good is Sauda's cooking?
Oh! Uh. It’s...great? (She has giant swords, I’m not gonna insult it)
What do the Bloons fear the most? Tsar Bomba? Apache Prime?
A good old fashioned dart is pretty good at striking fear into their rubber hearts
When is BTDB2 *not* coming out?
this leads me to be scared, are things going to change? Is MTG in control now? are others joining the team?
Yes, no and no! Things are going to change but only to become even MORE awesomer! MTG is an amazing company and we are so excited to be working with them but they also care about us and care about the games we make and want to see us keep making those amazing games. Scott, Stephen and Chris talked about it a bit in the AMA so make sure to check that out! Link above.
Will there be eSports for BTD Battles, or will it only be for the upcoming BTD Battles 2?
We have a lot of conversations in front of us with the ESL team before any decisions get made. There may be possibilities for both games but it will make more sense for us to focus on Battles 2, as it already has some amazing visual polish that’s only going to get better.
Bagel has been very relaxed!
Have a great weekend and happy gaming!
- Sav and Tarn