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Octodad: Dadliest Catch
Where We're At with the Project
29 de Novembro de 2012 - Luthyr

Original article on our website[www.octodadgame.com]

It’s getting towards the end of the year, making it a good time to get an overview of the progress we’ve made on the project thus far. We ended our Kickstarter August 10th, 2011, which really marked the beginning of development, having spent the previous months kicking around what could be done with Octodad.



To give you an overview of accomplishments thus far:

Summer 2011

  • Kickstarter Planning, Success & Award Fulfillment.
  • Built a new editor for level creation.
  • Reworked the Octodad model and controls.
Fall 2011
  • Prototyped new gameplay mechanics unexplored from Octodad 1.
  • Began prototyping the Church level as our intro and tutorial to the game.
  • Showed off Octodad at MineCon and Fantastic Arcade.
Winter 2011
  • Created our first teaser trailer.
  • Settled on the story outline and level progression of the game.
  • Moved on from our first polished level (Church) while prototyping aquarium-type levels.
Spring 2012
  • Worked on the House and Grocery Store levels.
  • Finished creating the rest of the family character models.
Summer 2012
  • Blocked out additional Aquarium levels and flashback levels.
  • Continued iterating on Aquarium level blockouts.
  • Began our Steam Greenlight campaign.
Fall 2012
  • Finished up the House level and entered final stages of Grocery Store level.
  • Showed off the game at PAX Prime.
  • Succeeded in being Greenlit through Steam.
If we put our progress in terms of level content creation we get this sort of chart:



So about where are we in the project? The consensus seems that we’re probably around 40-50%. A large portion of the prior work was iterating on new ideas, testing them out, and building up our tech. Not to mention, we ended up tackling some of the more content-heavy levels early on. We have high hopes of reusing some assets and other trickery to make the latter Aquarium levels quicker to create. Lastly, we’re still aiming for a high layer of polish with voice acting and story progression cutscenes for when we are ready to wrap up the project.

What’s been great about this project has been the evolution since we originally pitched it on Kickstarter. For something that we weren’t sure what we could do with it, we’ve come a long way towards delivering a solid, focused, and refreshing experience. Every time we have the opportunity to show it off to different people, we are always humbled by the great response!

13 comentários
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. -julez.a 22 Dez, 2012 às 12:25 
Can't wait!
txdarlin 14 Dez, 2012 às 14:22 
might get it
Conor 7 Dez, 2012 às 15:50 
Man this game looks so funny!!!
Luthyr 2 Dez, 2012 às 8:33 
There is a decent amount of borrowing from popular editors so that people can quickly learn it when we release it. :)
PTibz 1 Dez, 2012 às 12:19 
No worries! Thanks for asking. :)
Cadeη 1 Dez, 2012 às 12:11 
Sorry, on first glance that top bubble looked like a screen-shot from a Hammer Editor. But I guess when you look closer it doesn't really.
PTibz 1 Dez, 2012 às 11:56 
Nope. We're using the Irrlicht rendering engine, PhysX physics engine, FMOD audio engine, and the editor was created by Luthyr, aka Kevin Geisler. You can read more about the tech we use here: http://www.octodadgame.com/2012/08/06/tech-behind-octodad-dadliest-catch/
Cadeη 30 Nov, 2012 às 18:06 
Are you using Hammer to make this game?
ThreeSon 30 Nov, 2012 às 14:30 
The wait is going to be agonizing for this one.
russellfs 30 Nov, 2012 às 13:23 
I enjoyed seeing this at PAX. Glad to see an update.