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Cold Hard Cash | Backstage Toontown

Posted by The Toontown Team on August 23, 2019 at 3:30 PM

Welcome to the third and final Backstage Post this week for Sellbot Field Offices! Today, we'll be talking about the all new mini-game, the Cold Caller Office. Much like Mover & Shakers, Cold Callers are finally having a place to call home. As seen by their name and Ice Blue faces, Cold Callers like it to be very cold in the workplace.

The Cold Caller's Office

Once again, everything written here is subject to change. We're conducting loads of internal playtests -- not to mention listening to the community's feedback! Don't be surprised if a feature outlined here is majorly reworked or outright scrapped when Sellbot Field Offices hit the streets. Above all, our goal is to deliver on the most fun and challenging experience possible!


What is the Cold Caller Office?

The Cold Caller Office is an entirely new mini-game built from the ground up by the Toontown Rewritten development team! Cold Callers, doing what they do best, are trying to Cold Call as many unsuspecting phones as they can. Nobody likes getting Cold Called, even in Cog Nation. We Toons, of course, will have none of that. You and your friends can skate around the office space, cause mayhem, and turn up the heat! Of course, you'll need to heat up the room if you want to escape with your Laff points. The elevator is frozen over, and it's the only way to the next floor!



Each Cold Caller Office is equipped with multiple thermostats -- just skate by them to adjust the temperature. Once enough thermostats have been activated by Toons, the elevator will unfreeze and you'll be free to get out of there. That said, you won't be without opposition! Watch out, as the Cold Callers will be constantly resetting the thermostats around the room, hindering your progress. They can't Cold Call without the cold, of course.

Our main focus with the Cold Caller Office is to create a skill-based game where you can build up speed as you improve at dodging obstacles. The Cold Caller Offices are still in deep development, but we do have some images to show you from our super-secret internal testing. Check them out below!

Matching the Original Vision

Many may not know this -- but the Cold Caller Office is not a new concept. Toontown Online's original developers had far grander plans for Field Offices, referred to as Cogdominiums internally at the time. Field Offices were at one point intended to feature unique offices for many types of Cogs! Some of you may know of the unreleased Legal Eagle Office from Toontown Online -- which was unfortunately one idea that was nearing completion but went unreleased due to budget cuts. Despite this, unused content remains discover-able on the internet to this day, mostly through portfolios and similar websites. This gives us the unique opportunity to fulfill the original vision of Toontown Online's developers -- finishing what they started nearly a decade ago.





When we decided to overhaul Field Offices entirely, we knew that realizing the original vision was of utmost importance. As it turns out, there was a fantastic piece of Cold Caller Office conceptual art uploaded to the internet -- the perfect reference. Using this image as a guide, we began work on our own ideas to enhance the base idea while also remaining faithful to what we believe Disney's developers originally intended. Keeping our new content to the quality that was seen under Disney is extremely important -- which is also why it takes so long for us to release new content to the game.

Paving the Way Forward

Sticking to the original developers' intentions hasn't held us back from adding new ideas of our own, though. In many cases, we'll have an idea for a new idea that has no prior references from Toontown Online. As seen in the accompanying images, we've done new content ranging from icy re-textures of existing props to all-new GUI elements designed for the Cold Caller Office. Each detail may seem small, but when placed together they add up into a truly... cold experience. We really wanted to sell off the idea of a Cold Caller's office, and we think we're on the right track!


Once again, we want to hear YOUR feedback on what we're doing with Sellbot Field Offices. The best way to deliver that feedback is to send an email to [email protected] -- they'll get your feedback along to the developers as fast as possible! While we can't respond to every single piece of feedback, we do read all of them. With your help, Sellbot Field Offices will be the best update we've ever created!

With that, we've finished our three-part series on Sellbot Field Offices for this week. That doesn't mean we're done though! We're committed to communicating to the players about what we're working on more often. Look out for #BackstageToontown on Twitter -- where our artists will post their progress from time to time! As usual, you should also keep your eyes peeled on the Toontown Blog and follow us on Social Media so you don't miss any of the latest news.


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Jellybean Jolly Joe (137) said on August 23, 2019 at 3:40 PM
This is lit! Very nicely done! Can't wait to see the finished product!

Dr. Bananasticks said on August 23, 2019 at 3:47 PM
I'm so hyped for this.

Trixie MegaMuffin said on August 23, 2019 at 3:53 PM
That all looks so cool! I'm glad the Cold Callers have a home now lol! :D

Cool auntie said on August 23, 2019 at 3:56 PM
It would be interesting to see this I loved the way you guys did with cashbot that was pretty fun hope you guys some like that with the others

Star said on August 23, 2019 at 3:58 PM
is the remote reward doctor dimm's remote?

Epic Duck said on August 23, 2019 at 4:05 PM
This field office is gonna be great!

Ace said on August 23, 2019 at 4:08 PM
I hope that the map can be sharper and put into higher quality along with this update!

Jack McMew said on August 23, 2019 at 5:02 PM
Looks amazing as always, guys! Can't wait for the final thing to be released!

Orange Chips said on August 23, 2019 at 5:35 PM
Good stuff. The only main difference I can spot between the concept art from TTO and the TTR playtest screenshots is that the room in the concept art seems darker.

Sir Fangs Rockenfish said on August 23, 2019 at 6:13 PM
I really like the decorations like the desk and the cooler! I just wonder if we can get them for your house from the Sellbot Sewers.

Barney Wondersnout said on August 23, 2019 at 7:06 PM
Cool! i remember the part where they were testing the Field Offices for the livestream. I loved it in the livestream where Joey changed Sir Max's DNA to make him fat! It was like when he ate too much cake on Toontown's Birthday.

Barney Wondersnout said on August 23, 2019 at 7:11 PM
IT'S SO COGGISHLY BEAUTIFUL! No wonder it's been taking a while! I appreciate all the time and work you put into this game. Thank you!!

Fluffy rhinofidget said on August 23, 2019 at 7:46 PM
I can what for sellbot field office to come out so I can beat these cogs in the own offices and take back the HQ

Mister J.C. (Laff 120) said on August 24, 2019 at 5:56 AM
It looks amazing! I'm really looking forward to its release! (March or April 2020 release?)

Astrid/Sundae said on August 24, 2019 at 7:26 AM
For some reason, my computer won't even let me walk or run in a straight line. Sliding on ice will be interesting to say the least. LOL Sounds like fun, bring it on.

Jake Thundergadget said on August 24, 2019 at 7:36 AM
I don't comment here often, but I wanted to stop and say I'm really proud of the work the team's done on this and am so excited to see it released. Keep it up guys, we appreciate it!

Tears in the rain said on August 24, 2019 at 8:56 AM
oooo so cool

Sir Slappy said on August 24, 2019 at 10:10 AM
Can't wait to see this in game in about 5 years or so, very epic!

Lillie said on August 24, 2019 at 10:28 AM
Only time I’m excited to read the news! Keep it up :)

Star Butterfly said on August 24, 2019 at 12:02 PM
Yay Yeah!!!!!

Fawn Dover said on August 24, 2019 at 12:47 PM
That sounds like fun! Can't wait!

Lucky Charm said on August 24, 2019 at 3:12 PM
Will you be able to use whole cream pies on the cold callers as you skate by? :P

Ginger Sparklesticks said on August 24, 2019 at 4:09 PM
Wow, looks AMAZING :D Can't wait to get my battle on!!

Sparklescooter said on August 24, 2019 at 7:19 PM
Wow!

Dianna said on August 24, 2019 at 7:34 PM
So excited. Yay. But wait, if everything is so cold, Why is there a brrrgh then? That's something that struck me when I saw the "cold" part. I am looking foward to this! Oh, and I am hoping for some stuff on the Movers & Shaker thing too!

Quackup said on August 24, 2019 at 9:36 PM
I wonder if there will be an office for each variety of Cog.

Lucky Justyn said on August 25, 2019 at 12:34 AM
I remember when i first played Toontown all the years back, it's so beautiful to see the dedicated fans to rebuild and build upon the existing game with features that could've easily fooled me into thinking it was part of the base game. keep up the great work folks! can't wait to see the finished product!

wolfie (80) said on August 25, 2019 at 5:10 AM
i can imagine the swarms of toons piling outside elevators to get in lol

The Powerful Donkey said on August 25, 2019 at 6:35 AM
Hm...? Where's Midnight? He must be at school or something. Anyway, this new Cold Caller Office looks AMAZING x1000! I can't wait to see the new 'cold' atmosphere you put into the office, as well as the new mechanics. I hope this thing will, as you said, remain faithful to Disney's original intentions. Oh yeah, I also hope that it will be a good challenge. Of course.

Quackers said on August 25, 2019 at 8:20 AM
When’s this coming??? I can’t wait!

Cupcake said on August 25, 2019 at 9:12 AM
This is SO exciting. I can't wait!

Little Grape Bunny said on August 25, 2019 at 12:13 PM
Game ON!!!

Ladybug Gigglehopper said on August 25, 2019 at 12:17 PM
Looks Toontas-- err, should it be Cogtastic? Either way, the Cold Caller Office is looking great! Considering the massive impact each Field Office is going to have, I think there should be an alert sent out to all Toons across Toontown, similar to those that announce invasions and specific events. For example - when one appears, a message goes out to all Toons currently online, letting everyone know which street a Field Office has just appeared on. Meanwhile, for those logging on after it has already appeared, a message would let them know where the Field Office is. And since Toon HQ usually lets us know about invasions, maybe the Toon Resistance could be the ones letting us know about Field Offices, since, y'know, the Toon HQ has just been TAKEN OVER.

Bingo said on August 25, 2019 at 3:38 PM
Looking great! ;)

Broadway Pixels said on August 25, 2019 at 3:42 PM
I seriously love the concepts for this, great work guys, can't wait to test in-game! :)

Sun E. Dae said on August 25, 2019 at 3:45 PM
You guys are rockin' it! I love how you're going all out on everything, and it sounds like a great design! Keep doing great, and stay toony!

Super Croc Light Zap said on August 26, 2019 at 3:50 AM
Hmmm interesting keep progress ttr staff

Cold Classics said on August 26, 2019 at 6:21 AM
Perhaps this'll be an upgrade for us Cold Callers! After all, we've been pushed around for too long, even the Flunkies take advantage of us. Well no more! Today We Cold Callers go into the same ranks as a Telemarketer! Not very high, but still an upgrade, even if the Vp gives us the "Cold" Shoulder....

Jaydon said on August 26, 2019 at 10:38 AM
I am very excited and so proud that the TTR team is finally making some content to add into the game!

Speed Toon said on August 26, 2019 at 12:34 PM
WA HA HA OOO!!!! COOL!

Aurora Hulaknees said on August 27, 2019 at 9:37 AM
Toonerific! I can't wait to go through and show those cold callers how we toons roll. It'll be a chilling experience or a warming one as we toons turn up the heat on these cold callers.

Ziggy said on August 27, 2019 at 9:59 PM
Omg!!! Everything I've heard about these field offices is amazing! I can't wait for this development to be implemented, it's going to be amazing!

fluffy purpletail said on August 28, 2019 at 9:22 AM
IIIIMMMMM HYPED FOR THIS IVE BEEN WAITING YEARS FOR FIELD OFFICES TO BE A THING IN TTR

ginthehouse said on August 28, 2019 at 2:18 PM
cool

TheSmallCogBuster said on August 29, 2019 at 6:34 PM
Wow..... Really something... An interesting plot twist to the field office scenario's, I am going to be straight on this but, man this is some real hard work being thrown into giving those annoying dark blue calling machine's with their own challenge to give to the toons!(And me) I can't wait till it's released to the public!

Peanut Butter Puppy said on August 30, 2019 at 9:11 AM
I'm hyped! This is definitely an improvement from TTO's Field Offices :)
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