Godus Update with Jack and without Peter #26
We've got quite a bit of information to get through this week, as the mercury is about to hit 30 degrees centigrade (or 86 fahrenheit) in England it's smiles all around and it's not just the weather that's a reason to be happy!
Firstly, the annual DEVELOP AWARDS took place earlier this week in Brighton, England. These awards honour the development of video games and award studios across a range of categories. They are voted for by the development community itself rather than a panel of judges so it is a very honourable prize to receive. It was a big night and we saw 18 different games firms take home key accolades. The majority of the awards went to UK studios after a strong year for games businesses in all forms – independent, online/social, mobile and console. Curiosity - what's inside the cube? won the accolade for ONLINE INNOVATION, making for a lot of happy developers around the studio. You can find the full list of winners here.
Secondly, our lead programmer, the amazing Gary Leach discusses how we established a new development pipeline with a lot of technical details. Developers need tools to make the delightful Godus and so Gary runs you through our choice for the core engine, particle system, a strong audio system, user interface and finally the supporting infrastructure, including version management, continuous integration and bug tracking. "Our highly iterative design process is all about light descriptions, followed by fast, data-driven changes. On top of that, we need to support multiple platforms, devices and specifications, from low-end phone all the way up to high-end desktop machines. We want to have just one codebase for each game that can be tweaked and tuned for each target specification."
You can read the entire article with all the juicy pipeline details here.
Thirdly, physical rewards. We're making steady progress on getting the teeshirts, posters, figurines and all that jazz sorted. In the following picture you see some of the posters being packed (or is that rolled?) up for sending out and as you can see, there's quite a lot of them…
Fourthly, we found out which university won the games design masterclass with Peter at their institution. Students from Teesside University came out top in the number of Kickstarter Godus student backers. Peter will now visit Teesside University later this year, where he will give an exclusive masterclass on video games design. You can find out more about this on their website as well.
And finally, this week's video update! With Peter not in the office (he's at an undisclosed location) we catch up with several different team members to give you some glimpses of what they're working on; early multiplayer code, meteors, wind, fire, production, new abodes, weather mockups, and more!
That's it for this week, if you are lucky enough to have sunny warm weather then please go outside and get some vitamin D.
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BENEFACTOR - You get an additional digital downloadable copy of GODUS plus access to the GODUS beta version (playable but unfinished) and your name will appear on the '22cans website roll call of thanks', you will be granted your own in-game pet or familiar (a mystical animal who’s unique to you) in GODUS. Plus everything else a SUPPORTER gets and @22cans will follow you avidly on Twitter.Estimated delivery:
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PATRON - You get TWO digital downloadable copies of GODUS plus TWO access keys to the beta version (playable but unfinished) and your name will appear on the '22cans website roll call of thanks', you will be granted TWO of your own in-game pet or familiar (a mystical animal who’s unique to you) in GODUS. Plus everything else a SUPPORTER gets and @22cans will follow you avidly on Twitter. All tiers above PATRON will also receive this additional copy and beta key.Estimated delivery:
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ACOLYTE - You get all the previous rewards (BENEFACTOR, SUPPORTER and BACKER), plus a third digital copy of the game (this TIER makes a good HOLIDAY SEASON GODUS GIFT, see details on our page). Your name will also appear on a Curiosity layer for the duration of a layer, assuming the experiment hasn’t concluded.Estimated delivery:
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ASSOCIATE - You get one special digital edition of GODUS, which includes a personalised title screen for your copy of GODUS and a non-digital but exclusive 22cans GODUS teeshirt. It also comes with an exclusive Kickstarter level and you get an unlock code for an exclusive GODUS god power. Plus you get everything an ACOLYTE gets (your special edition replaces the other three normal editions from the previous rewards).Estimated delivery:Add £10 to ship outside the UK
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PARTNER - You get two special digital GODUS editions. Your followers in your Homeworld will carve a statue of your image. You also get access to GODUS Alpha where you can download and test the game with the 22cans team (not onsite). You also get an in-game credit – your name will appear for all to see. Finally, your teeshirt will be signed by anyone or everyone at 22cans, including Peter Molyneux.Estimated delivery:Add £10 to ship outside the UK
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VALKYRIE - You get the three special digital GODUS editions that a PARTNER gets, with an exclusive Godus Wishing Well, inspired by the Temple in Dungeon Keeper, for your Homeworld. Sacrificing the right items will gain you bonuses! Plus you also get a GODUS design/art book signed by anyone or everyone at 22cans. And you get everything else a PARTNER gets. (Please note that any tier above VALKYRIE will also get the Wishing Well).Estimated delivery:Add £10 to ship outside the UK
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ELEMENTAL - You get the three special digital GODUS editions that a PARTNER gets plus a GODUS design/art book signed by anyone or everyone at 22cans, including Peter Molyneux. You also get a visually stunning and beautifully-framed print of GODUS artwork. This classy limited edition is numbered. Plus you get everything else a PARTNER gets.Estimated delivery:Add £10 to ship outside the UK
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IMMORTAL - You get four special digital GODUS editions (includes those a PARTNER gets), plus an in-game character will be named to whatever you wish (within reason), it will display a unique personality and look which you create with the team’s help. This character will appear in every person's Homeworld. You also get a unique physical figurine of your character. Worldwide shipping is included! Plus you get everything a PARTNER gets.Estimated delivery:
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DEITY - You get a real, exclusive piece of hand engraved GODUS Titanium jewellery, hand made and beset with one sparkling real diamond. Diamonds are forever (this TIER makes a lovely HOLIDAY SEASON GODUS GIFT, see details on our page). Plus you can help design GODUS and can name an in-game power to anything you wish (subject to legal and moral restrictions, of course). Plus you get everything a PARTNER gets.Estimated delivery:
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IDOL - You get everything a DEITY gets, plus a monthly Skype design meeting with the team during the development of Godus, a 22cans design workshop in Guildford, England with Peter Molyneux, who will help craft your design ideas. You’ll also be treated to a lively design session over dinner at Peter Molyneux’s house. Accommodation and flights are not included.Estimated delivery:
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GOD OF GODS - You’ll receive a once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit E3; The Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles in June 2013. You’ve arrive there as the guest of honour of Peter Molyneux and the 22cans team. You’ll be given a coveted VIP pass and will, should you wish, agree to be interviewed with Peter for G4 TV. E3 is the world’s leading electronics show. Chances like this to attend as a VIP with developers of the calibre of 22cans are of course extremely rare. Flights and accommodation are included. Plus you also get everything a DEITY gets (excluding the jewellery).Estimated delivery:
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