May and June part 2 / 2

On dialogue We’ve added dialogue functionality. Players can now initiate a dialogue and tap through the pages, which will display the current speaker’s name in the upper left corner. An arrow will point down as long as there are more pages. Further, players can be given up to 3 choice options. The player can move a hand to pick their answer. Both answers and regular dialogue bubbles can activate a dynamic reaction script. The dialogue can also be branched.dialogueOptions.png

On bugs We fixed some bugs that emerged from the dialogue bubbles and removed camera effects from the UI.

On modeling we’ve made the 2nd iterations of trees for both worlds. We’ve also made hedges, a tree stump and a red painted bridge and finally a scarecrow for combat practice.

On visuals we’ve also added white and yellow flowers to the grass.

On coding we’ve made trees conceal themselves, if the player walks behind them.

That’s all for now! = )

Advertisements

May and June part 1 / 2

A long time has passed, but we are finally back to blog. The last update was in April and a lot of minor things has happened.

First we’d like to invite you to follow us on Twitter at

twitter.com/sigurdKnarhoi

since Twitter is our main channel.

On writing, we’ve finished a rough plot of the story and main characters. Obviously this is an area that will be iterated on a lot, however it’s nice to have the framework down.

On graphics, we’ve added a fog to the camera, to give a more voluminous feel to world. Further the bloom has been adjusted, to try and catch ‘that game feel’. The fog gave rise to some graphical issues for the code tile decay and the skybox, which we fixed later.removedFogFromBG.png

Speaking of fixes, we fixed a graphical issue with the water puddles in RW and later we also fixed an FPS issue. And on the water front, we’ve also worked on the water in VW in general.

Also we’re currently going with a non anti-aliasing look, to see if that fits the graphics style

On coding, we’ve prototyped physics for a sword practice scarecrow. In other physics news, the gravity now only works on the player, when they are not grounded – plus the player no longer floats above water tiles.

I’ll halt for now – you can read more in the next update.

April update

If we start in the more technical corner – we have fixed some bugs and set up some initial game states and made a simple event system. This will allow our game objects to invoke and subscribe to events, ie. ‘the player has initiated a dialogue’ and react accordingly.

Talking of dialogues, the 1st iteration of dialogues is ready. The player is able to activate dialogues and scroll through the speech bubbles. Dialogues are used to talk to NPCs (non-playable characters) and to investigate your surroundings. To allow the player to know when you can activate a dialogue, a speech bubble icon will appear when the player gets close. There’s three different icons so far: speech-, action- and mail icon.

To celebrate the availability of dialogues, a signpost has been put up outside of the church.

Before I mention a few areas where we are still tinkering, I believe I need to explain more about the game. The game as previously mentioned takes place in two parallel worlds. One we call the Real World (RW) and the other we call the Virtual World (VW). The player will be traveling between the two. If you look at the previous screenshots, the most obvious difference is the grass color.

We have been working on the cliffs in the VW. Jesper Paakjær has also been working on the two main BGMs (background music). We have found the overall mood for the VW and are getting closer to capture the RW mood. We have also played around with the skin shader for characters. Also, the tonemapping has been removed from the camera, in an attempt to find the exactly right expression of colors.

On a more physical level, we have modeled a train. However to allow for the train to travel between screens, we also had to create a shader that allowed us to hide and reveal the train gradually.

And last but not least – we found software to capture gameplay (and another for editing video), so now we can show actual gameplay for the first time. The video shows the train and how it moves out of a screen and the video also gives a glimps of the BGM for the RW.