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Will To Survive
28 de março - Liquidoodle

Hi everyone, as promised here is the new development diary showing the new game in action so far. You'll hopefully see how closely linked they are so as we develop the new project the work done will also go into making Will to Survive. Once the new project is finished we'll be able to turn our attention back to Will to Survive and we will have a really solid foundation on which to build.

Doing this also enables us to focus on only a couple of the main mechanics, combat and exploration. It means we can really devote time to polishing them and making them super fun and we'll be able to get super important user feedback on those systems meaning when we get back to Will to Survive we can be safe in the knowledge that these systems work really well and give us time to concentrate on the other mechanics such as defences, simulation of attacks and cross platform save syncing.

Hope you enjoy!

http://youtu.be/rT56qRMMLkI

Cheers

Alex

25 de março - Liquidoodle

Hello everyone, it's been a rather busy couple of weeks since the last update. This update is a rather important update and brings with it a spot of super fun exciting good news and a small bit of not so great news.

I'll go into everything in far more detail below but the quick and painless version is as such... we are currently postponing development on Will to Survive in order to craft a smaller project based along similar lines, the codename for which is Project Tunguska.

Full details below...

Will to Survive Development Postponed Temporarily

As mentioned above we have decided to postpone development temporarily, it's really important to note that this is temporary and I can't stress this enough. The game is certainly not cancelled but we won't be releasing it any time this year unfortunately. I know some of you will be upset by this and you have my sincere apologies, it wasn't a a quick and easy decision to make.

Will to Survive has always been a rather ambitious project so the reason why is fairly simple... size and funding. We realised early on after the failed Kickstarter attempt that without any form of funding finishing the project off was going to be quite difficult. Our initial goal was to carry on developing and eventually make a new Kickstarter attempt later on once knowledge of the game had increased. However as the project grew and adapted to certain changes we realised as time went on that even launching a Kickstarter for a small amount to fund an early-access build would probably still not give us enough funds to develop the game properly, we would need more cash in order to secure a bigger team.

For a while now I had been trying to think of a smaller game that we could tackle to release quickly and help fund development but not detract too much from the main project. Up until recently most ideas were too different to Will to Survive, then one day my house mate suggested something that sounded fantastic and we set about working out how we could develop it but still make everything so that it can go towards helping the Will to Survive project as well.

Our main goal in all of this is to develop the new project in such a way that a lot of it will go into further development of Will to Survive, so in essence although development is postponed the project will continue to develop by proxy.

I hope you understand our reasons for doing this and aren't too disappointed. Our thinking is that delaying releasing a game is better than never releasing it at all.

Project Tunguska

So, what is the new project?

Project Tunguska as it's currently code named until we finalise it's real name is a project based along the same lines as Will to Survive. It's a randomly generated adventure survival game with roguelike elements. Think the Binding of Isaac meets Uncharted.

I won't divulge too much information just yet but I can say that it will feature the same exploration, interaction and combat mechanics used in Will to Survive as well as some of the survival elements. The great thing about these shared mechanics is that by focusing on a few core mechanics exclusively we will end up with highly polished versions that can later be used in Will to Survive so developing this new project will greatly help improve that in the long run.

We are looking into the prospect of launching a Kickstarter for this game in May/June and releasing an early-access build no later than November.

Here is a sneak peak of what it currently looks like:



What Next?

On Friday all being well I'll be putting up a new development diary video showing the progress we have made on the engine as well as what we have done on the new project. We'll be releasing more information about the new project in the coming weeks along with a new IndieDB page for it and possibly a Greenlight page once we have a solid build to show.

Thanks for reading and hopefully you understand why we are shifting our focus and are excited by the new project. Feel free to ask any questions and I'll do my best to answer them.

Until Friday!

Alex

8 de março - Liquidoodle

Howdy all, it's been a good few weeks since I last updated so I figured you were all due some progress info, how time flies eh!

Progress is marching on at a nice and steady pace, we could probably do another dev video with what we have done but we're thinking of waiting until we have the enemy AI stuff working before we do that.

Interfaces

Interfaces are now fully ported, improved and are hooked up to drive the game through events.

Portals

I've recreated the portal code which allows you to move between maps based on the other improvements done already and also added Spine artwork which makes portal creation more straight forward. The portals now also use Spine based hit box detection to make them more accurate to interact with. They also now use the same interact prompt as objects so when this gets more advanced you'll be able to choose actions such as picking the lock or kicking a door down.

Combat Animations

I've made a bunch of new animations for Will which are going to be used in combat. Animations such as crouching, aiming and firing along with variations for when Will is unarmed and armed with a pistol, other guns will come later. I've learnt a lot through working with Spine and figured out quite a few areas where I can speed up the work-flow meaning I'm now working like a well oiled machine with the entire process so I should be able to build a lot more art in a smaller space of time. Here, have a sneak peak...



Combat Interface

Something else that I've tackled has been a brand spanking new first pass interface for the combat screen, it doesn't have any hooks to the game code yet but it's ready for when we start on the combat mechanic itself and uses the same event driven UI as the rest of the game meaning it's extremely simple to have it talk to the main game screen. Here's a sneak peak at it running in game, note though that it's all using place holder art for now, certainly don't take this as any inkling of what it will look like in the end...



Enemy AI

And finally Dan has been busy working on the enemy AI, he has them patrolling about and is currently working on player detection and vision cones. They sometimes have a tendency to not stop walking however, so when the code is a bit more stable and they are behaving themselves we'll look at getting a dev diary up to show you it in action.

Hopefully soon we can start looking at some combat!

That's all for now folks!

Alex

7 de fevereiro - Liquidoodle

I figured I would make a quick weekly progress update seeing as it seems like I managed to get a massive amount done since last Thursdays post. I'm not going to make a video as they take a bit of time to make but it's safe to say you'll be seeing all these improvements in the next development diary.

Interface
This week I've mainly been tackling a re-write of the user interface library to convert it into a much more efficient event driven system. This has been on the cards for a while as the old system was a little cumbersome and I've learnt a lot since I first wrote it. Also, seeing as we are moving from a prototype build to actual alpha/release code it seemed pretty important to start off on a good footing before we begin to tackle combat and other improvements.

In updating this system I've also created a new object interaction interface to replace the pink rectangle that could be seen in dev diary #1. This allows you to accept or cancel an interaction as you walk to it and will support future expansion for when we give you other options. Later down the line objects/items will allow you to perform certain actions without the need to go into your inventory screen such as picking up, examining, using, eating or equipping.

World Objects & Items
I've also been re-structuring the objects and items of the game. These were written very early on and so were in dire need of improvement. It was a pretty quick task and most importantly has allowed me to change the way I create art for objects to be more efficient. Objects are now using a Spine file for their art, this allows me to position them in the tile map editor much more easily and also create a polygonal hit box for them individually so that interactions with them has pixel perfect precision. It also means I can animate them using Spine and do some other interesting things later on... exciting!

Spine Interface Items
After I changed the way objects worked I realised using Spine for the detail and list artwork in the inventory screens and such would work really well and speed up the art creation process. So all UI screens now use shared Spine files for rendering item artwork.

Next Week
Dan's going to be continuing his work on the enemy AI and patrolling this next week. All being well I should have the last few elements of the interface porting done this weekend so that next week I can create some more artwork for Will's combat animations.

Until Next Time!

Alex

30 de janeiro - Liquidoodle

Good day everyone!

It's been a long time coming but we finally have a new development diary video for you to watch, everything has started to come together this past two weeks so we finally have something worthy of being shown. I'll get into detail about what we have been up to after the video for those who want to read the wall of text that follows.

http://youtu.be/bCY4c7s6I6o

Path Finding
So this has been a royal pain in Dan's side over the past few months, after several re-writes on his side of things and a few changes on my side with tile map code and the like he has finally got the system working and in-game. Hurrah! It works really well so far minus a few small issues that Dan is sure to fix later down the line and it really helps when navigating around by mouse/touch input as you can see in the video. For those who don't want to play using mouse/touch there will also be a keyboard/game pad input system available too. This system will also be used for AI patrol logic and the combat screen so it's been really important to get this working and working right.

Tile Maps
The tile map system as I said last update has had quite a considerate re-write because quite simply it was a little broken and needed to be fixed to work with the new artwork. I've ironed out the last few issues that were left with it so that it is now incredibly precise when drawing and converting from screen space to map space.

I've also tackled some of the things I've been wanting to do for a while with the system so the draw order is now fixed and allows Spine artwork to be drawn behind height tiles, the combat grid and other elements can be drawn above the base tiles but below everything else, the entire map can be tinted a specific colour which is mainly used for the combat screen and the whole map is cropped to the screen so there is no drawing done off screen to improve drawing on mobile devices.

Combat Grid
Something that needed to be looked into before going head long into tackling the combat was planning the way the combat grid would work and designing it's aesthetic. This is something else that I've got done and put into the game all be it in a basic manner.

Lots More
There's also been a lot of core code updates happening that don't entirely come across in the video. We've had a bit of a shift around and clean up of the main classes to improve things for what we were doing and for the future as the way I had tackled them was a bit strange.

The intro screens can now be skipped and I've massively improved and changed the screen and screen management system which will help later down the line. Spine artwork and the process of creating the art has also improved to allow me to make it quicker as well as supporting future clothing/skin changes. The tile map art generation and map creation has inevitably been worked on now too so we have a solid technique for creating this new style art and getting it into the game.

What's Next?
Now the path finding is tackled to a decent state Dan is going to be looking at enemy A.I. Logic for patrolling and guarding, line of sight for player detection as well as reacting to the player once he is seen. Hopefully this should be shown in the next development diary and once done Dan will be making way with the combat mechanic... exciting!

For myself, I'm split between making sure Dan has all the art required for the combat screens as well as having a re-write of the user interface system.

Phew, I think that just about covers everything...

See you next time!

Alex

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