Quick update for everyone. Not much to show but some awesome news to hear!
We have our original lead dev back. Oh... That would be me!
So what happened? It killed me but I hit a point where i could no longer support my family and work on Knite full time with no income. Well.. I sold out, worked on some commercial projects for about 6 months and saved up enough to be back full time - and am more committed than ever!
More good news. The first thing I did upon coming back was secure solid publishing deal for us which, we will announce soon. This is huge for us and we are super excited!
Even more awesome news is that all of the art is now finally 100% done and we are into full-on dev mode only and it's coming along really nice.
Please note that it's not background music from the game. It's an additional collection of musical pieces that can be rather described as 'Music based on and inspired by Mistland'. The game will feature other tracks. However, all music is written by the same composer, so you know what to expect.
Xavier is online! While everyone is busy doing their job, I was sent here to tell you about the things I recently saw.
Well, chicos, I've just got back from my short trip to Chimney Mountain. It's just right here, let me show you...
Let me have a sip of Cactula...
So, as you see, it's not so far from the point where you start the game (you know where it is, right?) and you can reach this place pretty fast and painlessly. Of course, if you have two guns and you're, actually, me, haha!
So, Chimney Mountain... Well, let me tell you that making a mountain that looks like a mountain is not an easy job at all. You may, of course, ask...
Because, mis amigos, stones are all different. But you can, of course, take a bunch of bunches of bunches of many different stones. And a bit of concrete. Wait! Doesn't it look like...
Yep. It does. But what's more important is that it also looks like an awesome rocky structure. All you need is some paint, to make it look solid and cool.
Now we can use this to build a really nice mountain level. With lots of dangerous gaps, cool arches, streams of water, falling rocks, and stuff.
There we can also place some creepy statues that look like infernal twins of Oscar...
...or use these, not so nightmare friendly, funny fat dudes.
Or maybe some kind of a strange spooky gate? Just like this one. I bet you will think twice before entering! Especially when the candles are lit.
Right now they aren't, which looks like a 50% reduced chance of dying in the first five minutes.
Oh, yes. And there's a bridge, atop of Chimney Mountain. The Kalin Bridge. You should know about it if you have read some updates from the ancient past. Oh, what a bridge it is...
A wicked organ with pipes topped with dragon heads screaming their fiery notes. Dios mio!
Well... I'll give you a chance to see those pipes while they are harmless.
Here are these fellas...
Next time you meet them, don't get distracted by their innocent look. They will fry your bottom without ceremony. So, seize the moment!
Bueno, see you soon! Or maybe not so soon, who knows... Anyway, it was nice to drop by and see you guys. Take care. And...
In today's update we will get more familiar with some of those who make Mistland not so deserted place. Despite the fact that Mistland was severely devasted during a series of wars, and during the time of Knite it looks more like a post-apocalyptic wilderness, there is still a lot of living creatures of various levels of intelligence and friendliness, who either live in seclusion or set up settlements scattered all over the continent.
Well, here are two to start with.
Fen gazers, or simply gazers, are quite common creatures that can be found mainly throughout marshlands and wet regions. They got their name after their strange habit of climbing out of a swamp upon hearing someone's presence and unceremoniously staring at whoever it is until they lose them out of sight or get distracted.
How could such stupid and careless beings survive after years of wars, famine and mass migrations? In fact, they never were the object of hunting for anyone. Gazers are extremely poisonous and their skin glands produce paralytic toxins that make every sane Mistlander avoid any contact with them.
Good news is that gazers are non-aggressive at all and quite easy to kill if you have a weapon long enough to hit them without touching. And, of course, enough cruelty to murder a helpless animal.
The Gardener is a creature of unknown origin settled in Blackwoods in days gone by. Besides shadowy silent beings called lunars he is the sole inhabitant of the Garden. It is uncertain whether the Garden already existed before the Gardener came, or the Gardener was, in fact, the one who created the Garden. Anyway, at the current time the Gardener and the Garden are almost synonyms, as no one has ever seen the Gardener outside his domain and, actually, no one around would be happy to bump into the Gardener even in a bad dream.
Nobody has ever seen the face of the Gardener as well, yet there are some claims that he is leper or even an undead and therefore never takes off his mask. The latter is doubtful as the undead don't breath, while the Gardener sometimes sighs and coughs disturbingly noticeable. He also doesn't feel any fear against the Sun or anything else. Quite the contrary. All other beings, even dark creatures of Blackwoods desperately try to keep out of the Garden and its owner. His rare guests usually come during new moons and look as terrifying as the host. The sentinel trees around the Garden seem to be far more agile than ordinary Blackwoods trees, so it's very hard to sneak into the Garden and oversee what happens inside. Some daring adventurers claim to have seen wonderful orchards full of gleaming fruits and strange flowers, though.
The voice of the Gadener himself is low and enthralling, it's usually heard when he sings one of his strange songs while working in the Garden. It is unknown how old he is, whence he came and what his business in Mistland is. However, he was once heard to say to one of his late night visitors, "The mystery of life is something I am yet to figure out. I spent centuries trying to unravel it, and it's still not enough."
Nevertheless, the Gardener did figure out something important during his long fruitful life. If you manage to break through the dangers of Blackwoods, deadly traps and vigilant sentinels, you will have a chance to have a chat with an old man.
Ok, I think that's quite all for today, see you in the next update!
Summer ends. Soon the autumn winds will blow. The fall is at the gates. Not so much time left for those who forgot to unearth the cursed treasure. Grab your shovels, take your maps and waste no time while the soil is still soft!
So, it's #50. And this is definitely the update we have been waiting for. I think, this is, actually, the most desired update right now.
It's quite hard to say something new and clever about the thing you were worked on for long sleepless months. All I can tell you is that we tried to do our best to to make it look awesome.
Hope you love it as much we do.
Official Game Trailer
And that's not all for today. We know that not everyone likes it loud. We made another trailer for those who prefer more romantic and mysterious side of things. This video is so charming and intimate that you can use it as a lullaby for your little ones. Here it is!
Through Hardships to the Stars
See you soon. Enjoy the mist and always listen to the echoes.