Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,
Apparently me saying "If nothing unusually terrible and unexpected happens" was construed as a challenge by our troll universe, so today I bring you a mixed bag of news about The Legend of Iya progress.
First - the bad
Due to some unforeseen and quite unfortunate circumstances it looks like the release date of the game might slip by a few months. The reasons for it are personal, and quite unavoidable. I will, however keep you posted on all happenings as often as I can.
Now - the good stuff
After many weeks of banging my head against the wall I finally got the lighting effects in the game to work as intended! The light level now dynamically changes across large seamless areas, becoming darker in the indoor and underground spaces.
In other news - a decision was made to extend the game by adding "dungeons" - sub-areas accessible through doors from the overworld. These might range from a single room to a long, winding maze, complete with bosses and pickups.
Iya now speaks! Well - through text, really. Oh - and I hope you like cutscenes that don't pause the gameplay: )
Lastly - the amazingly talented Magnus "Philter" Gangstad Jørgensen has finished the LOI soundtrack! Shortly I will be sending out an update exclusively to the soundtrack tiers with links to MP3 320 and FLAC versions of the album.
Here is a sample track while you wait:
For those who did not pledge for a soundtrack tier can buy the complete album from Amazon, iTunes or listen to it for free on Spotify. The physical soundtrack CDs will be exclusive to this Kickstarter, and will be sent out upon completion of the game.
Anyway - I hope I didn't bum anyone out too much!
It's been a long time since my last update, and I saw murmurings on the Kickstarter and Steamworks pages, so – I wanted to pop in and assure everyone the project is still going on schedule. If nothing unusually terrible and unexpected happens - I will most likely make the October-November deadline. I do apologize for the lack of updates. To myself I justify it with my personal dislike of progress updates from other Kickstarter projects - “Oh, you are continuing to make the game I backed, and have absolutely nothing interesting to say! Thanks for clogging up my mailbox with a useless wall of text!”
So – here is what's been happening:
- Fully migrated the game to GameMaker Studio, which means – easy ports! Linux, Mac and OUYA ports are guaranteed now. I am currently working on securing PSN and Vita ports.
- Upped the resolution to 424x240, and redesigned the hud elements. This led to a lot of design changes, such as sped up gameplay and room overhaul that is still going. But the game looks much less lo-fi now.
- Created an advanced lighting system for darker “dungeon” areas (implementing it still).
- Redesigned the main player object - Iya now controls a lot more responsively and moves faster. This led to a bunch of changes in her animation and attack system. Hopefully all for the better.
- A lot of work on the backgrounds and tilesets. Due to higher resolution a lot of backgrounds had to be extended. Tilesets have been overhauled to use 16x16 rather than 8x8 tiles which were a nightmare to work with.
- 2 new bosses designed and partially implemented.
- Changed map structure based on things I learned from Ultionus. Now areas are larger and have multiple tileset and background swaps. This is currently causing some performance issues on platforms like OUYA, but will be fixed.
- New monster animations.
- Some huge setpiece art animated in Phaeton. Even regular trees now have small sprite-moving animations.
- GAIA finally has a face: )
- Started on Iya swimming animations (hopefully I wouldn't have to cut the water areas)
- A ton of smaller stuff that's too numerous to mention.
Oh - another thing!
All backers of $10 and over can claim their Steam copy of Ultionus here:
I was also working on ways of producing all those collectors edition LOI boxes without ordering thousands of them by basically making them myself. Here is a snap of the Ultionus box that is the prototype of the Iya box: http://i.imgur.com/yWMf6Eh.jpg
High tier backers ($250+) will get a copy of the Ultionus collectors' edition in addition to the Iya collectors' edition game. Both games' boxes follow the form factor of the old Psygnosis big-box Amiga games and should look good on a shelf alongside them: ) Sort of like this: http://i.imgur.com/C7R0OKI.jpg
Cheers guys and gals!
Hey guys and gals!
It has sure been a long time since my last update, but I assure you – I haven’t wasted a moment of my time since. The game has been fully migrated to GameMaker Studio allowing me to get it running in Linux and Android, the resolution has been bumped up, and many of the processes required to make the game more playable, and more importantly – finishable from the development point of view, are well on their way!
Manwhile – as you might know I have released a new game -
Ultionus: A Tale of Petty Revenge!
Last night I have sent out a personal message blast to all supporters who pledged $10 or more with a DRM-Free copy of that game. So I hope you have fun with it this holiday season.
Oh – and the game is now available for purchase via the Humble Store! Also – please take a moment to upvote it on Steam Greenlight.
Thank you SOO much for your support.
Well, that was a surprise this morning when a friend of mine messaged me "Congrats on the greenlight." Whaaaa? What was he talking about? Checked the Steam Greenlight page - holy crap! The Legend of Iya was indeed greenlit! That's crazy-good news!
The contract with my musician - Magnus has been signed and is now good to go!
As GameMaker Studio 1.2 landed yesterday, it meant another round of corrections and rewrites on the code, and I still can't get the YYC machine-code compiler to not choke on my source, but I opened a trouble ticket with the YoYo guys, and that might get resolved soon. As it is - even the regular 1.2 compiler is now able to make my code run about 10 times faster.
Ouya port's been a bit of a problem though - it seems to lag quite a bit more than I expected, considering the game runs super-fast on Xperia Play - an underpowered pre-Tegra phone from 2 years ago. But hey! I didn't do any of the resource optimization yet - so that will get fixed one way or another.
Anyway - cheers guys!
PS: A friend of mine is running a Kickstarter for a double-pack of his games. The games look fun, and the KS goal is modest - maybe check'em out?