This update contains:
- Release date pushed
- Progression report
- GDC activities
Release Date Pushed: (October 2015)
In Developer Update #27 we pushed the release date until the end of June 2015. Over the last 6 months we've been able to see that our production speed is slower than we anticipated. We have tried to look at gameplay features and content that we might cut so we could stick to the release date in June, but we feel the game will suffer from it. Instead we think it is better to push the release to October this year. The last thing we want is to release the game before it is done.
One of the reasons that development is slower than anticipated is that were counting on having more people on the team. Recruitment is not the easiest, and so staffing up has taken longer than hoped. Our new veteran team member is starting work in the beginning of March.
We have completed Ramoo Island and totally redesigned Plumpet Island. While doing Plumpet we have also to some degree redesigned the harvesting and crafting system for more flexibility.
This will all be demonstrated at GDC in about 14 days. Basically we have detached the direct harvesting of ammo, and introduced recipes where the crops from harvest have become ingredients. So now you can craft potions and various ammunition from the resources harvested. You will also need recipes that need to be deciphered or purchased at the library.
The new Plumpet island is now completed and in-game, but we will not reveal it until GDC.
We are proud to announce that we have received the GDC Best in Play award. 8 games out of more than 50 were selected as the Best in Play.
We are sending over Bendik, Eivind, Frits, Kenny and our new team member.
We will be showcasing the game at GDC Play @ Moscone Center, North Hall from Wednesday 3rd though Friday 6th.
We are also participating on another event during the GDC week, but are not allowed to make any announcements about this event until it is over. Due to this, we will also hold any previews or testing until after GDC.
The Snowcastle Team