Official Update #23 and New Backer Feedback!
- Battle System: A Collaborative Effort.
- Backer Feedback: Echoes of Eternea's New Logo.
- The Last of the Indar: Summer.
- New Area Revealed: Fire Temple and the Indar Sutan.
- Sprite Upgrades.
- Soundtrack Complete!
Thank you all for joining us for another update on Echoes of Eternea. We are excited to share with you some of the things we have been working so very hard on these last few months. We've got a lot to talk about tonight, so let's get started!
Battle System: A Collaborative Effort
We received so much feedback from everyone about our Battle System and are over whelmed by how positive it was. We made it a goal to read all the comments and to seriously consider the critiques and suggestions that were given to us. After doing so, we found Two reoccurring critiques. The First was that the overall action felt slow and the Second was that some animations (while looking good) seemed slow and awkward. We are pleased to announce that we have corrected these issues along with many others that we were aware of before the video release.
Thank you for all your comments and suggestions. In the end, this will truly be a collaborative development process!
Backer Feedback: Echoes of Eternea's New Logo
Directly following our praises for your feedback is a brand new "Backer Feedback!" This time, we are requesting your help in selecting a new style for our official game logo. We have had plans for a long time to remake our logo into something much better, but we have just now been able to set aside time to make some prototypes! Listed below are two versions of the logo and will be referred to as "Logo Blue" and "Logo Red." Please comment below stating which logo you prefer, along with why you chose that logo.
Please note that the font choice and styling are not final.
The Last of the Indar: Summer
Continuing our look at the Indar, the strange beings associated with the months and seasons of the year, here is a list of the three Indar of Summer.
Summer is a time of hope, when crops are planted and life is teeming. It is a time of commerce when the trade winds carry the fleets of nations across the waters. It is a time of adventure when pirates take to the seas, armies clash in the field, and airships are most often seen in the sky. It is the season when mankind feels most in control of its destiny and tests itself against the world.
One of the Three Sisters of Harvest, Ekaina represents the harmony of nature at its most pure - the scent of life in full bloom carried by a warm wind across the land. Ekaina’s winds are a sign that it is time to plant for harvest. She appears as a farmer facing center, but her aspect facing stage left (toward the next season), and she wields a sickle and oxen crop.
Larre is a powerful kraken. It is said his movements in the waters were what created the migratory patterns of all sealife, as they fled from him lest they be consumed by his insatiable appetite. Knowing that Larre will catch them eventually, the creatures reproduce and spread out so that their kind will never be destroyed completely. This is why the waters of the world give up such a bountiful harvest. Merchantmen and all who make their living off the sea have a love/hate relationship with Larre. They thank his name for the bounty of the sea, and curse him when ships are lost. He is an example of how, even though the Indar are physically locked away, it is still commonly believed by most that they still exert their will. This may be true.
Sutan is man wreathed in flame, wearing only a loin cloth and a set of walking chains. The legend goes that Sutan was so powerful a creation of Reia’s that he threatened to burn all of Rivera to cinder. Dovah, in his wisdom, created chains that bound him. For eleven months out of the year, these chains contained Sutan’s elemental power. However, in the eighth month - Sutan’s month - the Indar's power was such that the chains broke and his powers were unleashed. For a month, Sutan roamed the earth unfettered. Dovah understood that this would be the case, so over the course of the month, the chains magically reform and at month’s end, Sutan’s power is once again contained. The cycle then repeated down through the years. This is why Sutan's month is traditionally the hottest of the year.
New Area Revealed: Fire Temple and the Indar Sutan
Atop the Illian Mountains lies the resting place the the Grand Eirin of Fire guarded by the Indar Sutan. Serving as Echoes of Eternea's first "true" dungeon, the Fire Temple will be considerably more difficult than any other area so far. Aside from housing the Grand Eirin of Fire, the Fire Temple serves another purpose. The towns people of Illia are protected by the cold temperatures brought on by their high altitude by piping in heat directly from the Fire Temple. That is why you can see piping all through the Fire Temple and Illia.
Now that we are done producing new pixel art, we have the opportunity to go back and polish the assets to optimize their quality. While many of our sprites have received tweaks, below you will see Two examples of what has been done. How do you like their upgrades?
We are very pleased to announce that last month marked the completion of the soundtrack for Echoes of Eternea! Many thanks go to our composers Aakaash Rao, Angelo Cicero, and Aaron Krough for their excellent work. Today, we are sharing a remade version to an older song that we shared many updates ago. The track is titled "That Which Brings Us Together" and was composed by Aaron Krough. We are pleased to announce that it will serve as EoE's opening track!