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Update #20

February Update! Plus New Dev Note Access!

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The best way to keep track of Duet work at the moment would probably be to follow @willstall and @dainsaint on Twitter and Instagram (same handles for both!). We tend to post any cool daily work we do in those places, hashtagged #duet.

For anyone interested, we’ve built a new particle system to use in Duet (it’s called Rho), which uses Unity’s procedural 3d mesh generation capabilities, with some pretty neat results. You can do things like first person fly-throughs of particle systems, and we have much greater control of the final visual product. We’re also working on getting some purdy volumetric effects (think clouds and explosions) integrated into the system.

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On the audio side, there’s another piece of tech in the works called Soundboard. We’re integrating tech from Echo Nest Labs (makers of the Infinite Jukebox--check it out if you haven’t seen that site!) that will enable us to vivisect any piece of music, grabbing really detailed information about a song (beats, pitch, timbre, etc.) and allowing us to make a much more aurally reactive experience.

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For dev note backers, we apologize for being really bad at writing. We’ve set up a bare bones site that will auto-update with Duet posts from our instagram and twitter feeds and centralize new content for you. All you have to do is go to http://duet.cipherprime.com and log in with the same username and password as the old dev notes blog. If you've forgotten, send us a message!

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Thanks to all!

Love,

Dain, Will, Aaron, Jackie, and Andrei


Update #19

A quick hello and Happy New Year!

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Hello Guys and Gals! Happy New Years!

We were all lucky enough to take some much needed R&R this holiday season and we hope you were too. 

This is just a general update to let everyone know we're alive and kicking. Duet is still quite a ways from being done, but we don't have any plans on rushing our creativity. Joel Baxter had mentioned to not stress a multimedia update (which we were), so here's a little insight into the conversations we had this morning.

We talked about the possibility for multiple timelines in the single player campaign, generative audio rather than prerecorded tracks, we spoke in-depth about our editor and how we could make it more accessible (we'd like to ship one in-game), we spoke about possible ways to create "worlds" inside the current Duet universe we have, and we also mentioned Garageband's  "Multiplayer Jam Sessions" feature.

There were a lot of ideas and a ton of renewed vigor. Making games is hard work and we're unbelievably grateful to everyone who has helped make this possible. Thank you all so much for being patient with us and we'll try and get prettier updates out sooner rather than later.

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Happy New Years from Will, Dain, Andrei, Aaron, and Jackie!


Update #18

All Backers Are Getting a Free Bonus Game!

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Hey there Backers!

It’s Cipher Prime’s five year anniversary, and we’ve got some exciting news! We're giving backers a free bonus game as a thank you for their patience, and there's a fantastic new Cipher Prime promotion happening!

As part of the Cipher Prime Humble Weekly Sale, we’ve bundled together all of the Cipher Prime games to date! While working on Auditorium Duet, we were inspired to set aside some time and finish up a project that had been waiting in the wings for some final polish. So along with releasing all our previous games, we’re proud to announce the release of our newest full title, Intake! Make sure to let all your friends know!

Intake is a fast-paced arcade shooter. It’s a bit of a break from our signature style of soothing colors and contemplative gameplay (think Auditorium and Splice). Instead, we bring you explosions, particles, bass, and white-knuckle mouse action.

As a big thank you we’d like to offer our Auditorium Duet Kickstarter backers a free copy of Intake. It’s a special thank you for your unwavering patience while waiting for Auditorium Duet. We will provide you with more information on how to procure your copy of Intake soon, so stay tuned!

Just to clarify, this doesn't mean we've stopped working on Auditorium Duet in any way! Thank you so much for your extended patience while we figure this title out.

xoxoxoxo

<3 Will, Dain, Aaron, Andrei, & Jackie The Team at Cipher Prime Studios


Update #17 - For backers only

Duet News and Gossip!

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For backers only. If you're a backer of this project, please log in to read this post.


Update #16

The One Where They Make an Update

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First, Will and Dain talk about where we are with Duet:

Second, the takeaway:

  • Duet production is in full throttle. We’re partway through several weeks of prototyping. We have a rough recreation of the original game in Unity, and are deciding how to build on that. 
  • Our estimate of six months to a year (September 2013 to March 2014) still stands, we’ve just gotten off to a late start.
  • Sorry for the delay! Splice was unexpectedly successful for us, and ports, bundles, and showcasing took up a huge chunk of our time this past year. We ended up with some great business opportunities we just couldn’t pass up.
  • Sorry for the delay, again! We wanted to smooth out all the kinks of having a bigger team, so we focused on two pre-production projects for several months (news on those later). We’re better developers and a better team thanks to the work.
  • Dev note access is live, backer tiers with dev note access will receive a message with more info. Physical rewards are getting mailed out, and/or created, and/or double-checked against the naughty/nice list. (We’re watching!)

P.S.: The song in the video is part of the second movement of Dain’s magnum opus, “La Ballade de la Chatte Grincheuse” (The Ballad of Grumpy Cat).

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