Game Updates (in-game notifications)
A quick blog about how I let players know there is a new update or what is the latest game update that I uploaded.
1-Created a UI window in the main menu.
2-Set it to be always disabled (at start)
3-Connect it to the game database
(Hosted by the official game website: Ashore-Game.com)
4-Download the updates file if available.
5-If downloading the updates file was successful: Format the text and display it in the
6-Enable the UI (Only if there was an update)
With two buttons:
1-Refresh (Re-download the file)
2-Read more (Open update blog link)
Now to feed the database the update text; I have created a small app using unity to save my self time and to make it MUCH easier for me to upload the text.
In the app, you have:
- 4 input fields:
3-Update blog Link
- 2 buttons
1-Refresh (Download what was previously uploaded)
2-Upload (Upload what currently is in the input fields
And a status text to let me know whats happening..
So when I click on Upload the app will do the following:
1-Create a string of characters that has all the text inside of all 4 input fields
2-Create a .txt file and add the string inside > save.
3-Upload the file to the database (updates.txt)
That way when I launch the game all I have to do is:
1-Look for "updates.txt" file
2-Download "updates.txt" file
3-Re-format the single long txt to "version" / "Date" / "link" / "Updates"
4-Update the UI texts
Preview from start to end (Animated Image)