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A cutting-edge open world toolset for players to create, design, build and share games: by industry veteran Matt McDonald's Heavy Water

Axis Game Factory just released version 2.0 of AGFPRO and PREMIUM!!!

Axis Game Factory Announces Release of AGFPRO v2!!!

Dear AGFPRO Fans,

After releasing AGFPRO in the latter part of 2013, we have been hard at work providing constant updates, features and DLC packs for the software, making it a strong and integral part of the development pipeline as well as a creative tool for explorative gamers that enjoy open sandbox gaming.  

As many of you know, we committed to self-financing AGF and launched it on Steam in November of 2013, using their platform as our home base for the product.  Software updates, community support, sales and communication happens on Steam as well as our website, Google+ pages and Facebook.    

Since launching AGFPRO, we have also released two DLC's for users to enjoy stylized and genre specific gameplay that include our Fantasy Side-Scroller Player and Zombie FPS Player. Both of these DLC's include characters, enemies, gameplay mechanics and allow users to share their creations with others by using our Packager features, which creates an .exe file and users are able to immediately share their creations with friends to play.

This past week, we released version 2.0 of AGFPRO and PREMIIUM... this update includes a redesign of our GUI and breaks the software up into several Apps that make it easier than ever to use and very straight forward for level creation.  Many new features were added and are listed below in a complete "update" below! 

We have more features that will be added to AGFPRO and Premium that include additional DLC Players, DLC packs containing themed assets, the addition of Steam Workshop, and some other surprises! 

On a final note, if you supported our PayPal post-Kickstarter campaign via our website and have not received a Steam key yet, please contact me directly at tammy@heavyh2o.com and I will be sure to get Steam keys over to you.  

Many thanks,

The Axis Game Factory

http://steamcommunity.com/games/253370/announcements/detail/201854770601659261/

Axis Game Factory Launches version 2.0 of AGFPRO's Entire Software Suite AUGUST 20 - AXIS GAME FACTORY, LLC AGFPRO V2 Updates and New Features Added:

Today, we are excited to announce the release of version 2.0 of the Axis Game Factory Suite of software for rapid level and game world creation.

Major new features have been added to AGFPRO, AGFPRO PREMIUM, AGFPRO Zombie FPS Player DLC, and AGFPRO Fantasy Side-Scroller Player DLC. With a brand new interface and a more simplistic way to create, the entire AGFPRO suite makes it easier than ever to design your game levels with the power of a prominent professional toolset.

New Features include:

New AGF Launch Pad 

  • This App replaces the AGF editor from the AGF icon in Steam 
  • Launches all AGF Apps including the Editor from one toolbar 
  • No need to go through the Editor to launch the Players    

New AGF World Editor Features 

  • Redesigned GUI 
  • Dropdown menu system 
  • Collapsing, drag-able windows with easy to see icons 
  • 3x Speed increase for terrain sculpting 
  • Terrains can now be sculpted to 200 meters up and 200 meters down max 
  • Terrains are now expanded to a maximum terrain of 4000 meters square 
  • 10 levels of undo for terrain editing 
  • Undo Vegetation, Painting and Sculpting independent of each other 
  • Via the new integrated AGF Browser, users can now import their own original: Brushes, Terrain Textures, Terrain Vegetation Textures in .PNG format 
  • Edit the entire Default Brush library for users preference 
  • Project specific and default brushes independent of each other 
  • Underwater Fog added 
  • Underwater Lighting added 
  • Camera automatically changes the atmosphere when users are underwater vs. above water 
  • Added a "Build Time Clock" that is saved with each scene file every time users work, creating a standing time on how long each level takes to create 
  • Updated GUI in the Editor 
  • Custom Images can be both loaded and removed for the Brushes – Terrain and Vegetation
  • Enhanced Grid-Snapping Features: 
  • On screen display of Grid Size 
  • On screen display of Grid-Snap Setting 
  • There are now reference numbers for both the X and Z Axis, the numbers change dynamically with the scale of the grid 
  • Grid Reference Number Scaling and Display Settings can be defined by the user 
  • There is now an NPC manager that is available when users place NPCs 
  • Users are able to customize text to give NPC’s scripts and sort the order in which the players are guided to speak and interact with the NPCs 
  • Users are able to name NPC characters 
  • New Smoothing Feature for the terrain sculpting has been added to give the user the ability to smooth and softer terrain on their maps New X, Y, Z directional compass added to the Editor

New Construct App Feature: 

  • Gone is the old prefab workspace and it has been moved into its very own App 
  • Construct is where you go to create your own prefab assets from the always-expanding library of textures and assets (over 1,000+) that are available in the AGFPRO Warehouse 
  • Users can launch Construct from the Launchpad or from the Editor 
  • Use the “refresh assets” button to load prefabs into the Warehouse library 
  • Construct allows users to import their own .OBJ files (objects or assets) as well as .PNG texture files Load your own models, .OBJ files, directly into Construct – USERS NO LONGER HAVE TO IMPORT THEIR OWN ASSETS THROUGH UNITY PRO!!!!! 
  • Combine several .OBJ files and save them as a Prefab to be used in the World Editor

New AGF Browser (file browser) 

  • This is a standalone browser that connects the AGF Apps together! 
  • The new AGF Browser is designed to be the glue that is used to bring in users custom content. Now users are able to bring in their own Textures and Objects files (Assets) into AGF creations without the necessity of using Unity Free or Unity Pro… This feature is HUGE as it empowers users the flexibility to create their own custom levels with any supported asset types they choose to bring in with the ability to take their scene files back into Unity to publish their own work

New AGF Packager 

  • By popular demand – we have added this great feature… AGF DLC users are able to package their games easily and share with anyone! Just do the following: 
  • Select the Game Type 
  • Select the Project Folder 
  • Select the Destination of the New Game onto User’s Machine 
  • Give a Name to the Game 
  • … And the AGF Packager does the rest… it’s really that easy! Best of all, friends do not need to own AGF to run the packaged game, nor do they need to have a Steam account. The Packaged Game is completely stand-alone, DRM FREE, and redistribution of users game(s) is encouraged. AGF Packager will make a game for the OS that it was packaged on. The AGF packaged games are NOT intended for resale. It’s about creating and sharing with all. 
  • As an option, the Packager will automatically zip the game(s) package for easy distribution and no installation is required for the end user to play – no installers are necessary for friends to play – just unzip and have fun!

New AGF Scene Loader Features: 

  • Custom Images that are used on terrains now load into Unity with scene created in AGF 
  • Any locked assets in an AGF scene are no longer an issue… The AGF/Unity Scene Loader skips any assets that are not supposed to load automatically

New Premium Features: 

  •  Brand new AGFPRO Scene loader compatible for Unity 4.5.2f1

Axis Game Factory launches AGFPRO and AGFPRO PREMIUM in Steam!!!

AGF Fans,

We are excited to announce that we just launched three versions of Axis Game Factory for professional use in Steam!  

1.  AGFPRO - Free Demo:  this is version of AGFPRO has all of the feature of AGFPRO and AGFPRO PREMIUM without the ability to save your scene files or use with Unity Free and Pro.  This can be accessed on Steam as well as our website:  www.axisgamefactory.com

2.  AGFPRO:  This has all of the bells and whistles for rapid level and game environment creation (press release below) with the ability to save your scene files and share with your friends - Retail priced at $19.99 and on sale on Steam for 25% thru the 27th of November.

3.AGFPRO PREMIUM:  This is the full version of the software that has all of the features of AGFPRO with the ability to incorporate with Unity Free and Pro and use for professional game publishing.  Also on sale for 25% until November 27th - retail priced at $79.99 (you must purchase AGFPRO along with Premium in order to obtain all features).

We want to thank everyone for your support throughout our Kickstarter campaign and beyond!

Best,

Tammy McDonald

For Immediate Release 

Axis Game Factory Release’s AGFPRO and AGFPRO Premium on Steam – A Rapid Level and Environment Game Development Toolset 

San Diego, C.A. – November 22, 2013 – After a year of development, veteran game developers from Axis Game Factory, LLC have just launched their rapid level creation toolset, AGFPRO 1.0 and AGFPRO 1.0 PREMIUM on Steam. This comprehensive toolsets is designed to provide game developers and enthusiasts alike with a powerful and rapid level creation, terrain and vegetation editing, lighting and atmosphere system that puts the power to create in anyone’s hands. 

After launching the product in late September in the Unity Asset Store and on their own website, Axis Game Factory took their product to the Steam Community to try their hand at the “Greenlight” process. After twelve short days, they received notice that their products were approved. “We just went live on Wednesday, and the response has been tremendous, we can hardly keep up with all of the inquiries and community response,” shares Axis Game Factory’s CEO, Tammy McDonald, “I knew it was a unique and powerful product, but you never know until you put it out there how people are going to respond. It has so many unique features, it really does appeal to a wide spectrum of end users.” 

What’s unique about AGFPRO and AGFPRO Premium is that it is an independent product that empowers users to create game levels and environments for all types of game genres and the AGFPRO PREMIUM version is also designed to work in concert with the Free and Pro versions of the Unity 4 game engine to allow for further customization and game publishing and is supported for the PC, Mac and Linux systems.  

“I have spent the last twenty-four years of my career in game development and design, working on every console system and 3D software imaginable,” states Matt McDonald, Chief Creative Officer of Axis Game Factory, “AGFPRO is something I have wanted to create for a very long time; a toolset that makes the process of making games fun and easy, yet providing the features and functionality that professionals require.” 

AGFPRO empowers developers to rapidly create game maps, sculpt terrain and design levels quickly and easily. With over 500 assets pre-stocked in the warehouse, along with 28 pre-set themes and simple maps, users can begin creating levels in literally minutes. 

Axis Game Factory is also offering a free demo version of AGFPRO that will allow users to kick the tires of the product and play test before buying. “The Demo version includes everything that AGFPRO does, but does not allow users to save their scene files,” explains CEO, Tammy McDonald, “AGFPRO differs from AGFPRO PREMIUM in that the PREMIUM version gives users the Unity tools that allow for AGF scene file importing (in the Free and Pro versions of Unity) and if they have Unity Pro, they can also bring their game assets into AGFPRO PRREMIUM and receive art source from the asset packs.” 

Currently, both AGFPRO and AGFPRO PREMIUM are being offered for a special discount of 25% off on Steam until November 27th. “We priced these two products to make them available to anyone who wants to make games,” adds Matt McDonald, “I grew up on welfare and am a self-taught artist, I didn’t want to price this product in a range that would make it impossible for users that might not have the funds or the big production budgets that big studios have. This is also a great learning tool and we are supporting schools around the world to use AGF to teach game design, level creation and an array of curriculum that makes learning fun and engaging.” 

Additional key features of AGFPRO include an advanced terrain creation system; paint, sculpt and plant vegetation, sophisticated brush support system; real-time terrain deformation and painting system with tri-planar texturing with normal maps; terrain texture color tinting; advanced vegetation system and global editor; water system with sliders for wave direction, speed, intensity, refraction/reflection color and foam properties; geometry brush system; extensive pre-sets to quickly being scene creations; independent pre-fab mode to create complex collections of assets; intuitive grid-snapping and collision detection; multiple genre players to support Action RPG, Platformer and FPS – just to name a few! 

About Axis Game Factory, LLC 

Located in San Diego, CA, Axis Game Factory is led by industry veterans and husband and wife team, Matt and Tammy McDonald, and their development team. Axis Game Factory provides software tools that advance the game development process and support the broad spectrum of game developers, designers and enthusiasts alike. 

 Axis Game Factory on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/253370/ 

 Axis Game Factory Website and Community Forum: www.axisgamefactory.com 

For additional information about Axis Game Factory please contact: tammy@heavyh2o.com

Axis Game Factory is Going PRO!!!

Axis Game Factory is going PRO and we need BETA Support!!!

Hello AGF Fans!

As many of you know, we have been "heads down" working on Axis Game Factory since October of 2012.  With a focus on building AGF out to be a powerful toolset that allows players to "Build, Play and Share" - we needed to add many features and functions that go beyond what many of our casual players would ever need to see and/or use.  

With that being said, we have decided to shift the release of our products and will be releasing the "Pro Version" of Axis Game Factory to be used with the Unity game engine for PC/Mac in August with the Commercial version coming later in the fall.  

The Pro version is perfect for Indie Developers and Studios that want to immediately begin level editing and prototyping in Unity with a world-class toolset... If you are interested in decreasing your development cycle and team size and want to instantly start development, AGF Pro is a no-brainer... The Pro version allows developers the ability to import their own code, models and gameplay mechanics and monetize their own games through Unity.

We have started a Google+ project site and would like to have you join the group as well as join our closed Beta team.  If you are interested, please join the group at:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/109424657778091293788 or feel free to email me directly and I will add you to the closed Beta testing group.

Once again, we want to thank all of our loyal fans and supporters - we have completely bootstrapped AGF ourselves along with the help of some of our early supporters via PayPal and truly appreciate all of the input and community efforts along the way.

Recent Video of AGF:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orR_P5IXq9A&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PLCgsOqrO5dHfPAFMr0kery9fab50nZn0H

Best,

Tammy McDonald

CEO

Heavy Water

tammy@heavyh2o.com

Greetings Axis Game Factory Fans & Kickstarter Backers!

Even though the Kickstarter campaign was not successful, the Axis Game Factory lives on! We really appreciate your support through the campaign and we wanted to reach out to you to try our latest prototype!

We have released a new build of the prototype with fully functional networked multiplayer action! Use the new control system, modeled after the Action RPG genre, to have great PvP battles with your friends. You’ll have access to a melee attack as well as a projectile attack. Scoring hits on your opponents will award you with a +1 and the target that was struck a -1. 

We have created a new instruction manual that will walk you through the steps of creating and hosting a networked game, as well as how to join a hosted game! Be sure to read the instruction manual because the user interface has had a complete redesign.

Now you have a specific genre of gameplay you can start creating your level for: Action RPG with the ability to jump great distances accurately. What kinds of levels will be most fun to play?! We’d love to see what you make, so make sure you have signed up on the forums to share your creations, experiences, suggestions, and even bugs.

Please download the latest build from our website: http://www.axisgamefactory.com/download_here.php 

Sign up on the forums here: http://axisgamefactory.com/forum/ 

If you still want to migrate your Kickstarter Pledge to our PayPal Donations, you can do that here: http://www.axisgamefactory.com/donate.htm. By donating now, you lock in the lowest prices of the Axis Game Factory content once it goes live! 

 Thank you for your interest and support in the Axis Game Factory! We can’t wait to see what you can create.

 Sincerely, 

The Heavy Water Team

A Final THANK YOU!!

Dear Axis Game Factory Supporters,

The entire team at Heavy Water would like to say, "THANK YOU," for all of your support during this campaign. 

Many people have asked us along the way, "why don't you shut down your Kickstarter campaign and just re-launch it later now that you have awareness and a loyal fan base?" 

...Well, the answer is two-fold - first, we are parents to three boys and as parents and teachers, what kind of message would we be sending to our kids if we encouraged them to quit while they were behind?  Let's finish the game and see it to the end!

Secondly, this campaign has opened new doors on a daily basis and provided us exposure that we otherwise would not have received if we didn't roll the dice with Kickstarter!  That exposure has ensured that we will launch the Axis Game Factory as planned and we have provided our supporters with a way to continue to back us via Pay Pal on our website (link here :)) - http://www.axisgamefactory.com/donate.htm

So as the final seconds count down - we appreciate all of the outreach we have received from our gaming community, old friends and new - once again a giant THANK YOU!

Go Heavy or Go Home!

-Matt, Tammy & the Heavy Water Dev Team~!