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Could I make a third-party launcher?

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  1. spamquest1

    spamquest1 New Member

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    I'm sure that everyone is busy focusing on everything EXCEPT the launcher at this point, but to be honest it could use a little work. The command line interface is interesting, to say the least.

    I would like to ask if I could make my own trashy third-party launcher for the game.

    I know, I know, some random guy asking to make a program that downloads from your expensive servers and messes with your login system immediately sounds like a bad idea. I don't want any of that right now. If I ever end up being dedicated to this, and my code is of acceptable quality to the powers that be, then I might consider it in the remote future. However, the reason I am asking this is so I can make it potentially compatible with the official servers.

    To do that, I would need access to the JSON files and the vague outline of the server filesystem (only the download directories) so I could recreate it accurately for testing purposes, plus knowledge of your game update system if you want.

    I'm just looking for a project I can do which might be potentially useful to someone in the future as well as being good practice for me for the industry.

    (I am a senior year University student getting degrees in computer science and mathematics.)
     
  2. Lennian

    Lennian Dark Lord of Team Amorous Team Amorous

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    You are more than free to try, but you will have to try and figure out the API calls yourself ;) As long as it doesn't turn into a download accelerator. One download at a time. Most likely the firewall will kick in and refuse your connections.

    A new launcher based on Electron is coming out somewhere this week, later on, we will also be switching to itch.io for the download-servers (while still having our own custom launcher).
     
  3. spamquest1

    spamquest1 New Member

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    Thanks! I'll start looking by myself. I'm sure I can find out the right protocol. (inb4 weeks with no progress)
     

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