Punch Planet is an Early Access Sci-Fi fighter in development from 3-man indie studio Sector-K Games. You may already be familiar with them thanks to their active presence — and character reveals — on the floor at Evo 2017 and Evo 2018. The latest version of Punch Planet just dropped today on Steam, and it includes some dramatic new changes to its online functionality: the addition of Online Lobbies and Spectating.
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— Punch Planet (@PunchPlanet) December 29, 2018
Players can now compete in rotation king-of-the-hill style with up to 7 other players, and spectate matches that are in progress.
Current features of the lobby system:
- Players can leave the rotation if they wish to only spectate
- If only two players are in the rotation, players can rematch as much as they want
- Players will be automatically skipped if AFK
- Lobbies can be private and steam friends can be invited / join
- Steam profiles can now be viewed
- Total amount of players online is now shown
The developers at Sector-K promise that this is just the beginning of their plans for the online mode — they have future plans for matchmaking queues, data/rank tracking, and more in the works.
In addition to the new functionality of online mode, there’s several game-play and graphical updates in the new patch. You can read the additions and balance changes for the latest version here, and purchase the game here.