The Latest on Dead State
For the last month, the team has been transitioning to full-time and taking care of much needed post-Kickstarter business tasks while we continue to develop Dead State. We’ve added forum badges and we’re getting t-shirts printed very soon. We’ll have more info on them in a future update.
We’ve started designing some of the new allies that were added as a result of the stretch goals – it’s been pretty interesting to add new allies after having our group fleshed out for so long. What we did was look at gaps in our line-up and expand on conflicts that we thought were interesting but maybe weren’t represented by allies already in our shelter. For the City ally especially, we wanted to make sure they are worth the trouble of braving the City content – they should be a pleasant surprise. The dog and stretch goal allies will definitely expand your shelter’s capabilities quite a bit.
Most of the work the team is doing right now is a continuation of tasks that we have been working on for the Kickstarter presentation. Design is continuing to work with art on new GUIs, writing continues to be a big part of the design schedule, programming is working on fully-implementing combat rules, and art continues to work on new props and level assets to allow us construct the many types of locations in the game. We’ll have a lot more to show off soon. We hope to start releasing video updates in the future to show off the game’s progress. We’re also going to be adding new team members as development continues, especially to help us with the additional content from the stretch goals. We’ve already brought on an additional programmer to help out with the workload. We’ve also looked into some interesting programs that will help speed up some our processes, especially on the animation side.
The Radio is going live next week. We’ve added a special sub-forum to the Dead State forum that will be limited to those at the Radio tier and above. We’ve sent out surveys to the $21 and $30 ally pack backers to get their forum tags to be added to the Radio sub-forum. For all $30 and higher backers, we have your forum info already, but if for some reason you did not include that info in the survey and want the radio updates, let us know. Remember, once we have the Radio update up, it will stay up, so don’t worry, you won’t miss any content if you can’t access it immediately.
Now it’s back to work for us. Remember, you can find the latest info and discussions on the forums. We’ll be bringing you more news and game screens on the Radio and here on Kickstarter in the near future.
Oh, and here's a visual slice of our "prop level". The prop level holds a copy of every area prop we have, so that our area designers can get an idea of what they have to work with or what might be missing. These are just some of the many real-world objects that we have had to create to make Dead State's world seem as true-to-life as possible.
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The Radio Tier: This tier includes the DRM-Free digital download of Dead State plus access to exclusive developer updates featuring developer videos, first looks at in-game shots, writing from the game, game art, and much more. We will be regularly updating “The Radio” with new info throughout development. Everyone at the $21 tier or higher will get access to this content.Estimated delivery:
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