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I'm not really sure what Black Riddles Studio are doing with Crazy Justice [Steam] at this point, as they seem to change their mind about it constantly. They constantly said Early Access was coming out on August 23rd. When actually, it wasn't at all. 

Instead of Early Access, they decided to send it to only their backers. After testing it, I'm really not surprised. I've seen a lot of bad releases in my time to be fair to them and since it's unfinished, issues are to be expected. The problem is it's quite literally broken. I would have expected such glaring issues to have never been sent out to their backers.

So many issues with it, I honestly don't know where to begin. To be clear, I'm well aware that it's an unfinished game but let's remember they had planned to launch this last month. Given the state it's in a month later, that's pretty damn worrying.

Firstly, the Linux version doesn't even launch because it cannot find the "libsteam_api.so" file. Fixing that is easy, they either need to adjust their launch script so it knows where it is or copy it over to the same folder where the executable is. If that's not in their first update, I will be both amused and disappointed due to how easy it is to solve.

When you go to enter the game, it will instantly count down even though there's only two people. It doesn't seem to wait until it has a group of people, so you don't really get a chance to have a good game.

Even worse, is that there's black patches all over the map, which is probably some sort of broken shader. That's not the absolute game-breaker though! Being a game with a Battle Royale mode (the only mode currently live) it has a storm that gradually reduces the play area. As soon as that starts moving, the FPS completely nose-dives down making it completely unplayable and the storm never stops moving.

That's just the tip of the iceberg, you also need to register again to even login to the game and it doesn't save your login details, so you need to login again every time you load it. I've seen players on Windows unable to even open the map (works for me), the map doesn't even show your own location, some people have been in a game where there's literally no loot and the list just goes on and on from there.

As a backer, someone who pledged $30 to them to help make it happen, I fully want them to succeed. So my words aren't written out of spite as I really do hope they learn from this experience. They've got a lot to prove, let's hope they recover and hammer out some fixes.

I will continue testing it as time goes on and update you when the situation is better.

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wintermute 24 Aug, 2018
Quoting: Spud13yThe game doesn't even launch for me.

The libsteam_api.so is incorrectly referenced, you can copy it in manually to get the game to run, some methods on this thread.

Quoting: BeamboomIt had to be some stock assets from the Unity editor being used, and more than indicated that they had a lot of work left. Like, a lot.

It's using Unreal, not Unity. Probably the same or similar stock assets in both stores though.
Naib 24 Aug, 2018
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Quoting: Ehvis
Quoting: BeamboomTo be honest, and this is of course very easy to say now in retrospect, but just by hearing the audio effects and background music in that gameplay video clip earlier this week, this really doesn't come as much of a surprise to me. It had to be some stock assets from the Unity editor being used, and more than indicated that they had a lot of work left. Like, a lot.

It's weird because the BR mode was a late addition to the game. Half of the issues should have been worked out for the original game. Especially the sound, since that is such an important part of shooters.

The really should have pulled in the backers for testing way back with the E3 build. I don't see them releasing anything free to the public in a short time now.
Exactly, all games have bugs, but some of these are quite...
There is going to be pressure to finalise something to start pulling in $$$, the longer the game is in development the more likelihood it just fizzles out
Spud13y 24 Aug, 2018
QuoteThe libsteam_api.so is incorrectly referenced, you can copy it in manually to get the game to run, some methods on this thread.



The password won't work. I'll wait a day or so to see if I can login later.


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Naib 24 Aug, 2018
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Quoting: Spud13y
QuoteThe libsteam_api.so is incorrectly referenced, you can copy it in manually to get the game to run, some methods on this thread.



The password won't work. I'll wait a day or so to see if I can login later.
You need to make a new account, so do that at the login screen
Liam Dawe 24 Aug, 2018
Quoting: Naib
Quoting: Spud13y
QuoteThe libsteam_api.so is incorrectly referenced, you can copy it in manually to get the game to run, some methods on this thread.

The password won't work. I'll wait a day or so to see if I can login later.
You need to make a new account, so do that at the login screen
It's under the login button, but it's not too clear :)

I just hope they don't wait a week or so to fix all this, the longer it's left in this state the worse it will be for them. I'm still in a bit of shock it was sent to people like this.

They showed it off at MIX during E3...so how did it get so bad?
Naib 24 Aug, 2018
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Quoting: Naib
Quoting: Spud13y
QuoteThe libsteam_api.so is incorrectly referenced, you can copy it in manually to get the game to run, some methods on this thread.

The password won't work. I'll wait a day or so to see if I can login later.
You need to make a new account, so do that at the login screen
It's under the login button, but it's not too clear :)

I just hope they don't wait a week or so to fix all this, the longer it's left in this state the worse it will be for them. I'm still in a bit of shock it was sent to people like this.

They showed it off at MIX during E3...so how did it get so bad?
I have been thinking about this... They probably rewound to a version which could do multiplayer across the internet

They demo on switch so probably had a private lan for that. Maybe they just couldn't get all the "shinies" merged in and just decided to release


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mao_dze_dun 25 Aug, 2018
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Quoting: mao_dze_dunSorry, but you could have straight taken the bills and lit them on fire. This game was DOA the moment it was announces. PUBG can't keep up with Fortnite, but Crazy Juice (which looks like a straight rip-off) will? Please...
You don't have to be the #1 most popular in a category to be successful. Fortnite might be the one to beat, but my friends and I don't even like that one. Consider that League of Legends would be considered more popular than Dota 2, yet Dota 2 is still a very successful game that many players love.

Aside from that, I guess I'm not so eager for Crazy Justice to release now. It goes without saying that a game has to work.

Except that this game is not DotA 2 and it's developers are not Valve. This is just another derivative game born out of a trend and it's going the way of all the unsuccessful MOBAs, MMOs and zombie/survival games. Oh, and BR games, which are dropping like flies at this point. But hey - everybody decides for themselves. Hope you get your money's worth out of it.
14 25 Aug, 2018
Quoting: mao_dze_dun
Quoting: 14
Quoting: mao_dze_dunSorry, but you could have straight taken the bills and lit them on fire. This game was DOA the moment it was announces. PUBG can't keep up with Fortnite, but Crazy Juice (which looks like a straight rip-off) will? Please...
You don't have to be the #1 most popular in a category to be successful. Fortnite might be the one to beat, but my friends and I don't even like that one. Consider that League of Legends would be considered more popular than Dota 2, yet Dota 2 is still a very successful game that many players love.

Aside from that, I guess I'm not so eager for Crazy Justice to release now. It goes without saying that a game has to work.

Except that this game is not DotA 2 and it's developers are not Valve. This is just another derivative game born out of a trend and it's going the way of all the unsuccessful MOBAs, MMOs and zombie/survival games. Oh, and BR games, which are dropping like flies at this point. But hey - everybody decides for themselves. Hope you get your money's worth out of it.
I never said that I spent any money on it. I haven't yet.
RossBC 25 Aug, 2018
Well seems, they decided to redesign their game right when they were supposed to release it officially. and now its become this...
They have gone through periods where they said nothing at all... and they were ruthless "purging people" from discord because anyone who told someone how to get a refund it seems wasn't wanted on their server.

I don't actually think they are a good company and they def only care about retaining any money they got from backers but honestly don't believe they deserve it purely on how they have been treating everyone across all platforms.

It's almost like they gave early adopters their keys so they can just say well you've played your 2 hours no refunds, when they eventually pull the plug.
richip 25 Aug, 2018
As a backer, I'm glad they gave us early access to the game. I've had enough issues with companies who try to hide the fact that they're completely behind schedule to appreciate that they, at least, let us know that it's not vaporware (Duke Nuke Em 3D, anyone?). As a software developer, I can appreciate their situation. It's not easy making a delivery and no matter what your estimates are, you're always behind. It's a delicate game one tries to play: full disclosure and there'll be less backers. Say everything is all good and eventually the truth will catch up and bite you in the rear.

I'm just glad it's coming.
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