The New Battle Interface
Not everything in Episode 2 is related to new content. We’re using the development time to streamline some other things, such as the battle interface.
The biggest difference is that we’ve re-claimed the top part of the screen. While in battle, normally the only links from the top menu you’d want are to Leave Battle or to Report a Bug. Instead of wasting inches of screen real estate on the logo and tabs, we’ve come up with a one-line version takes up a lot less room! The text “Emi” in the screenshot is the name of the test character I’m using.
Another major change that you can’t see in the screenshot is that new posts in forums are now attached to the bottom of threads instead of the top. This is the way that every forum in existence seems to work. To accomodate this, the forum automatically scrolls to the bottom (like in sTalk).
Since your eyes are now focused more at the bottom of the screen, I’ve moved the thread vitals section to be just above your toolbar, since you mostly look at it when you look at your own vitals which are now just below.
Now of course all of these cosmetic changes are still very much a work in progress (although have been stable for a while in the Episode 2 code base.) If you guys have any feedback we’d love to hear it!