Late July update - New features and more!
Sincere apologies for the late update. While we’ve been very very busy working on the game, I was really holding off on an update since we have made a number of key decisions and personnel changes. So, let’s get into it…
Our goal has always been to make the best game possible! Plus we want the game to be re-imagined for the next generation of gamer- making it better than the original. To this end, we have decided to add some new and exciting features along with additional content that we think are pivotal to making this the best Shadowgate experience we possibly can.
Cut Scenes - Last month we announced that we will be doing cut scenes. These will be complete with music, sfx and voice over. Since Chris is swamped trying to get rooms finished (he’s about 5 rooms from being done with the castle proper), we brought on Kalen Chock to help us with cut scenes. However, while he is awesome, we decided that his style and Chris’ wasn’t meshing as well as we would like so we’ve contracted with a new artist. He is speedpainter Wang Ling and we think his style is fitting in great!
Achievements – Karl has designed an achievement system that adds more replayability to the game. This is something that Shadowgate has never had before. Basically, there are many different ways for you to gain achievements - these range from how quickly you finish the game, to discovering all the rooms, to finding every single object in the game, and many more. Once we are greenlit on Steam, we hope to tie into their achievement system as well!
Hidden Deaths – Since Shadowgate is synonymous with dying in multiple ways, Karl has added a feature that we are calling ‘hidden deaths’ to the game. These deaths have to be unlocked through game play and will require you to think of creative ways to, er, die. Fun stuff all around!
Localization - Lastly, we are considering localizing our game to other languages. We've designed our engine to handle additional languages and we are currently discussing which ones we might target.
As we have shared in previous updates, we chose Unity because of its flexibility, ability to port code to other platforms and solid code base. Still, it is a new platform for most of us and the learning curve isn’t trivial. And while we are thrilled at the results we are seeing, it’s taking longer than we anticipated. The PAC (Point and Click) engine, and the custom XML scripting that commands and track objects and each interaction is proving to be a huge and intricate task. To help alleviate the development burden (and also to implement new and existing features), we have brought on a few new folks to the team. This includes an additional programmer who will help with engine specific tasks as well as three interns who are helping with object and particle placement, 2D animation, and scripting objects. These guys are fitting in well and providing a huge lift for our development team.
We are doing everything we can to not only finish the game but to make it bigger and better. As you might imagine, hitting out estimated November date will be difficult especially in light of all the additions to the game we shared above (as well as the stretch goal we hit). We feel this is the right direction and we hope you will agree that the Shadowgate universe deserves our very best effort towards this re-imagined game! We’ll keep you up to date on how things shake out in the next month- especially with the addition of our extra help.
We take the tier rewards as seriously as we do the game development. We have been very demanding with our vendors to make sure you get what you pledged for. So…
- Shirts – We’ve sent entire batches of t-shirts back for re-prints. We are pleased to say that the last of the changes are in. Woot!
- Quests of Shadowgate – This 72 card game could have been its own kickstarter considering all the work required (heh). We are in the process of working with the card company to get the colors correct and are very close to finalizing everything.
- Staff of Ages – Kenny has finished all the 18" staffs. But we decided you should get a base with each staff for proper displaying of this ancient relic! He’s finalizing those now.
- Soundtrack CD – The CD is finished and will ship with the staffs.
- Books – We want to let Chris and Wang finish more of the art before we get this rolling.
- Boxes and maps – I know these rewards don’t ship until the game is done but we’ve identified our box company and our cartographer is working on the map as we speak. It’s very cool!
So, we’re working on the rewards on all fronts and will bundle and ship as they are completed.
That’s it for now. Again, sorry about the late update but as you can see, there’s just been a lot going on and we wanted to share everything that we are doing. I'll also be uploading more screenshots to the Zojoi website over the next week so be sure to check them out!
P.S. Check out Rich Douglas’ “Dragons’ Lair” inspired audio below for a preview of what some of the unfortunate demises will sound like.
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ARCHMAGE: We'll FLY YOU OUT for a weekend with Shadowgate creators Dave Marsh and Karl Roelofs in beautiful Virginia. You'll get to help brainstorm future Shadowgate titles as well as play QUESTS OF SHADOWGATE with Coleman Charlton. We'll visit Jefferson's Monticello, play board games and enjoy hours of wiffle ball home-run derby in Dave's backyard. You get all this plus previous rewards. (Domestic backers only).Estimated delivery:
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