What’s going on, all you fish-tastic scholastic fanatics!
We just finished celebrating April 15th--tax day, a favorite day of cheaters everywhere! Let's get back to work with a huge progress report on everything we've been working on for Classroom Aquatic!
Professor Porpoise has been stomping (well, swimming, er slithering?) around that dusty old classroom for too long. However, with new funding and grants, he’s got a brand new classroom to patrol, looking for cheaters!
We'll be moving in more of his possessions for you to throw erasers at right away.
Along with a new classroom, we’re excited to welcome a new teacher into the coveted halls of our underwater school. Everyone, meet Dr. Delphinidae!
Dr. Delphinidae will be teaching in the science classroom, which is under construction as we speak.
On the technical side (which is something Dr. Delphinidae likes), we've created a new way to project test questions to make them more legible (you can’t cheat off what you can’t see). This was done in conjunction with a super-secret new demo. We’ll be releasing details about it soon, but for now just imagine saying “Oh man, this is awesome! And the text is so legible!” over and over while playing our new version of the demo.
Finally, we’d like to share with you a game mode that didn't make the grade, and was held back from the game: the Anchor Ride.
Our original idea was that you would get from your bathysphere to the school by riding on an anchor-- a reference to mermaids sitting on anchors in the classic sailor tattoos.
Along the way you could snag air bubbles, dodge dangerous debris, all the while trying to get to class on time. Hey, we've all been there!
The problem was that this level was painful to play--literally! Looking up and down for five minutes straight with an HMD strapped to your face is something no chiropractor would recommend. And it turns out that the mechanic of dodging or hitting stuff as you fell from a distance didn't really mesh with the cheating theme of the game. So we dropped the anchor a safe distance away from our toes. Lorewise, we think you Uber to class.
Our production is moving forward at a good pace, but it’s clear that we were cheating, or at least dreaming, when we said the full version of the game will be finished by May. Now it looks like Classroom Aquatic could be a snappy Halloween gift, or the stuffing in your turkey. In the meantime, we will be updating the free demo to include our newest classroom, and keep you posted as we develop our new levels!
That's all for now! Until next time, remember that Conus shells are very beautiful, but incredibly dangerous--the animal inside could sting you, causing full paralysis. So if you have to have one, get your friends to pick it up for you!