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An original turn-based role-playing game set in a world of machines and magic, a world that stopped spinning thousands of years ago.
An original turn-based role-playing game set in a world of machines and magic, a world that stopped spinning thousands of years ago.
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A Visit to the Dark Side

Nadirian Mining Outpost - click image for desktop background version
Nadirian Mining Outpost - click image for desktop background version

We wanted to show you some more of Umbra. In the last world update we focused on Zenit, the desert side of the planet. This time around we wanted to show you a couple of pieces of concept art from Nadir, the dark and cold side of the planet.

As Amon and Ive and their friends have unravelled a small part of the mystery of Umbra’s past, clues will eventually send them on a quest to the cold and treacherous - albeit mythically beautiful - Nadir, and into the depths of the ancient mining station above.

Deep in the mines
Deep in the mines

Since the planet doesn’t revolve, Nadir never sees the sun. We talked about how to light this side of the planet. Being from the cold and dark north ourselves, we thought about the aurora borealis and how it creates an otherworldly and eerie light when it appears. It seemed like a fitting way to lend this inhospitable region a mysterious vibe.

North side of Nadir
North side of Nadir
Nadirian Amri Scavenger
Nadirian Amri Scavenger

Several other mysterious locations in Nadir are places we’d love to explore further into Earthlock, in episode 2 and 3. Nadir is a dark land, where anything can be buried beneath the snow and ice - and many things that should never be found, as well. We have many ideas for our main story line, and smaller quests, throughout the Earthlock saga, where we use the mythical lands of Nadir and its many strange and dangerous locations.

We are designing Umbra to offer a great variety of environments, we’ll get around to showing some more temperate areas later, now that we’ve covered the polar opposites!

If you like the Mining Station concept art, here's a handy link to 1920x1080 desktop background version!

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    1. fceramic on April 4, 2014

      Thanks a very cool idea Joachim. Like the idea of having some plant interaction. Giant mutant plants!

    2. Joachim Bjørne on April 4, 2014

      Yeah, really like these art updates. In the demo I must say I really loved the elevator room and the stairs moving smoothly. I hope you will keep the design choice of dynamic environment all around the world. Carnivorous plants retracting and allowing you to pass if you have picked up the right item like a torch of sort.

    3. Vince Vazquez on April 4, 2014

      Less than 50k left to go with a final week push ahead, guys! Exciting :) Keep up the updates! Keep up the PR push. Get tons of previews out there - talk to everybody!

    4. Dyon Martin on April 2, 2014

      great artwork. I'm looking forward to the game.

    5. Raül Meroño Pericas on April 2, 2014

      Another update with great stuff. I'm sure all of us will enjoy our trip to the dark side.

    6. Chelle M on April 2, 2014

      I'm a fan of this dark side. ;)

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      Brett Schwartz on April 2, 2014

      Gorgeous. Keep up the great work :)

    8. Brandon Morris on April 2, 2014

      This art is just stunning!

    9. Saodhar on April 2, 2014

      I like the icy side much more than the sunny one. :)

    10. Jeremie Lariviere on April 2, 2014

      Very nice, thanks for the update!

    11. Charlaina on April 2, 2014

      Another beautiful update :)
      Keep up the work and thanks for the background!

    12. Fredrik Dahl Tyskerud on April 2, 2014

      Hey Vince! I'm Fredrik, the other part of the Dynamic Art Duo over here at Snowcastle ;) So stoked you're into the artwork and for the artbook pledge! Thanks!

    13. Vince Vazquez on April 2, 2014

      I continue to love the art here (Glad I recently bumped up my pledge to include the Art Book). Thanks for the high res versions too! Keep it up guys!

      If I used social media, I'd help you out with your Ninja Team stuff. But I don't - I certainly hope people who do use that stuff are getting the word out!