This game has been Greenlit by the Community!

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Project AFTER
Progress Update + Addressing the Artwork
June 2 - de3Sol

First off, AFTER has been Greenlit! Much rejoicing! Thank you to everybody that commented, gave feedback, and showed their support. Now, a much needed update.

Currently, the cutscene, dialogue, and quest systems are under heavy work by other people on the team. All of those systems are at the state where their Lua integration and interactions with each other are being worked on.

I've been looking a lot at the feedback at the graphics. While the style isn't going to change a whole lot, I felt it was time to clean up some of the character models to the best of my ability (which isn't much). As one comment mentioned: we could use a professional artist. For us, that's a dream scenario. We don't have a lot of money to spend on hiring or contracting people, so we're stuck with the engine coder's – that's me – 3D art abilities.

In addition to the whole artist issue, AFTER runs on a custom engine that was created from scratch by yours truly. The artwork pipeline is not an issue, as it was created very early on in development, but within the past five months, the engine's renderer, object hierarchy, physics and animation layer, sound system integration, and terrain engine all had to be rewritten, some of them from scratch. There hasn't been a lot of time to really focus exclusively on graphics, since all of those engine parts needed some oiling to run, and I wanted to focus more on gameplay.

However, since the engine has been more or less stable since the beginning of May and gameplay mostly decent, I've been pouring a lot more time into the 3D models. There's also been complaints about the animations. I how know awkward and silly some of them look and I'm working on those too.

I don't take the criticisms personally. Please keep them coming! We may not reply to them all, but we do read them and take people's opinions into account when making decisions.

12 Comments
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Samuel Shank Nov 19 @ 7:22pm 
i'm drooling to play this game
RisingPheonix1138 Sep 4 @ 7:59am 
This game looks like it will be absolutely incredible! If the makers read these posts, Keep it up, guys! I look forward to the completion of this game!
falcon lord Aug 4 @ 3:43pm 
I found this on GameJolt very early and i´ve been following this project and i cant wait until it get published to steam
de3Sol Jul 5 @ 1:03am 
@Jedia Kyrol The comment about the skeleton positions has been on my mind since you posted it, and it just came to me today how I could use that to improve on the characters a bit! Thank you XD

I'm getting pretty tired of being the only active artist on the project, so I'll be looking for additional help down the line when we can demonstrate to possible artists that they're not going to be wasting their time. That should be within the next two months.

To everybody, thank you for showing support!
Sir FussyPucker Jun 30 @ 8:03pm 
the game looks great i will definetly support you guys. i hope i hope you all make it big so we can see more of this
Jedia Kyrol Jun 19 @ 9:02am 
like some others have said...the textures and models aren't bad...but the animations and skeleton positions need a bit of work. (but hey...Bethesda can't ever get those right either...)
Cloud 141 Jun 16 @ 12:11am 
I like the art style of the game. It looks diffrerent, It stands out from other games.
de3Sol Jun 14 @ 12:19pm 
@testbox360 Thank you! As for the archery, the animations are wonky, but to us feels better than Skyrim's. Right click or left trigger brings up to bow to aim and draws the string, and the opposing button fires the arrow. To not shoot the arrow, you just let go of the right click or left trigger.
We'll keep working on it, though.
testbox360 Jun 13 @ 10:13am 
And the archery feels kinda off; but besides that, this game may not have the graphics of Skyrim, but it has the Gameplay of something much better! Great job guys, and keep it coming!
testbox360 Jun 13 @ 10:12am 
I Would buy this at half retail value, if the graphics shape up a bit, and add a more darker complex to the game; like Skyrim.