DevBlog 94 / What? Ada is evolving!

Hello, travelers!

Today we’re excited to bring you exciting news, pardon the redundancy, regarding our protagonist, which has received a full overhaul! Feast your eyes upon her new look!

Hello, gorgeous!

The reason why we’ve reworked her visuals is because her original version was inspired on an old concept of a different artist, and the game’s visuals have been taking a slightly different path than what was originally planned.

What should we be wearing today?

We’ve decided to do it at this stage since we have much more experience in creating something that melds with the current art direction and visual style, and we’re already done with the High Poly version, so she will be in the game soon enough!

Some of the initial areas of the game are being further developed according to this logic, as we enter the final stages of production.

Regarding the last area, we’ve been fleshing out both the Palace and the encompassed region, and the following screenshot might be related to this!

Hold it!

One of the cutscenes is being actively worked on and will make its debut on the show build, some new animations were… animated specifically for this, and some additional logic as well. This build is nearly 100% complete, we’ve been squashing some bugs and will perform further QA in order to make sure it’s buttery smooth!

That will be all for today, we look forward for the next Friday!

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DevBlog 93 / Jumping Ada, Hidden Blacksmith

Hey there!

We weren’t expecting our plaster DevBlog post to become so popular, so we considered talking about bricks today..! Jokes aside, we’ve had alot on our platter for this week, so let’s get right into it!

Woah, we’re half way there!

We’re working hard… I mean, we’re always working hard, but lately we’ve been putting some extra muscle into a show build for the upcoming Expo’s! More information will be shared when the time comes, please bear with us.

A new NPC has also been added to the world, her name is Nuri and she’s a large blacksmith that will be tucked away inside of her shop, providing additional conversations and a new mechanic to the game.

Where’s this Blacksmith I read about on the blog?

She will offer to repair your items, if they are worth her time, that is! Don’t bother trying to get her to fix your flimsy, rusty swords and battered straps of wood, pieced together as makeshift armor!

You can jump but you can’t hide!

And here’s the latest, new and glorious animation, the new jumping while sprinting that will be invaluable for bypassing gaps and traps.

On a final note, we’ve also been doing a pass on all the cutscenes for the game, revamping the old and starting to work on the new!

That’s all folks!

Have a great weekend!

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DevBlog 92 / Today, we bring you…

…plaster. That’s all you’re getting today. Hello!

Today’s post will be a little bit technical, since we’re still working on the last area of the game, which should have no plaster, planning and tweaking the final battle, adding some new animations and working on an unexpected and surprising new… thing, which is not plaster.

We aren’t ready to share any details yet since we want to make a full reveal of it when it’s done so, for now, all we have to give is this tease! … and did I mention that we also have plaster?

Plaster.

In all seriousness, we’ve implemented these two workflows to achieve two different types of results that, albeit simple, convey different moods. The faded plaster on the right is simply one mesh with two textures blended through Vertex Paining, while thick plaster technique is achieved by combining two meshes, as you can see on the right wall.

We hope you’ve enjoyed the fine plaster we brought you this week, we promise to make it up to you in the near future with some exciting revelations!

Have a great weekend!

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DevBlog 91 / Elk used Charge. It’s super effective!

Hello world!

We’ve just finished the last character for the game but, unfortunately, it’s not going to be revealed in this post… not sure if we want to keep it a secret yet… we’ll share this instead!

What if I told you…

Here’s a sneak peek into some artsy, performant trickery that we use to simulate world elements in the distance, it’s not pretty seen up close but it does its job pretty well if you’re far, which you will be!

There’ll always be room for some more polishing in regards to every aspect of the game, up until release, and characters won’t be an exception, of course. Still, it’s an important milestone and we’re glad to share it with you!

She was not the only one to knock, after all!

Some additional logic has been added to the Elk, meaning that our faithful companion has a couple of additional mechanics under its metaphorical belt ( saddle? ), as you can see in the image above.

The dialogue system has also been further tweaked, and the order by which you meet and talk to NPCs will now affect what they’ll say, adding some additional depth to the narrative and exploration even though you have no conversation choices, which is intended.

And that’ll be all for this week, everything is shaping up nicely as you can see by our most recent posts, soon we’ll have the last area finished and more effort will be put into the polishing of the game as a whole, perhaps even adding a couple of new surprises and extra content, yay!

Happy weekend!

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DevBlog 90 / She’s the one who knocks!

Hi everyone!

This week we’ll have a “slightly shorter than usual as far as words are concerned but always great in content” DevBlog post, and while you can expect a few more like these down the road let us assure you that we’re always at full momentum behind the scenes!

During most of the week we’ve focused on the final area of the game, as well as its characters, which are still work-in-progress but will make their appearance in the near future.

There was also a major review and overhaul of the dialogues and lore text for the whole game, which has been a bit time-consuming as the whole team has taken some time to express their thoughts and pitch some suggestions, we’re nearly done with it though, phew!

Oh, and the game manual is being reworked as well, as it was ancient, dusty and full of spider webs.

Also, here’s a special treat, just for you, a screenshot and a quote from one of our characters, take it, it’s yours!

*epic battle music playing*

“But you listen to me, and listen closely… when blue blood drips from your fingers… don’t let it taint your spirit. There is just something rotten about the Royalty…” – Some Misterious Character

And on the subject of Magicae, which we approached in the last DevBlog, we’ve put some thought on how it may be used outside of combat and have taken the first steps in that direction, as you can see in the following gif!

Nothing can stop us now!

That’ll be all for today, wasn’t as short as we initially expected it to be but we just love writing! Feel free to get in touch with us with suggestions on what you’d like to see in future posts, we read all emails, messages and comments we receive on our social networks and it fills our hearts with joy to get your feedback!

Have a great weekend!

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DevBlog 89 / What sorcery is this?

Hello dear readers!

As promised last week, we’re bringing you some magical goodness for this devblog… so without further ado, let’s all put on our robes, wizard hats and get our hocus pocus on!

*Ahem* Oh! And please take note that both the names and effects are work-in-progress!

Magic in the world of Decay of Logos is called Magicae, an ancient art that has been nearly lost to time, and that may only be tapped into by prodigious individuals with a strong life essence.

Light spell and Fire potion in action.

While we’ve decided that it would be optional for players to learn and use Magicae, those who choose to practice it must be aware that it comes at a cost, as it will slowly drain one’s vitality.

If the main character gets involved with the world and its characters, the opportunity to learn the following spells will come up at specific times during the adventure:

– The Light spell will be useful for navigating dark areas without the need of handling a torch, and might even blind some enemies.

– Shockwave will damage and push certain enemies away, possibly causing some of them to topple!

– Finally, the Fireball will do what fireballs do best, burn and bring pain to your foes!

As you can tell by the disclosed information, different enemies may react differently to spells, and some may be more resistant than others to certain damage types or effects, which brings us…

To the potions! We’ve talked briefly before about how we’ve added new potions for buffing the main character, and now we’re finally ready to share some additional details. We’ve added the following potions buffs that will add additional depth to combat and inventory management:

– Apply/Anti Fire
– Apply/Anti Poison
– Apply/Anti Paralize

The anti/drinkable potions remove the respective status effect from the main character, while the appliable ones are used to enchant the currently wielded weapon for a short duration, causing each attack to stack the effect on enemies!

Shockwave spell and Paralyze potion in action.

Similar to the spells, some enemies may be resistant or even immune to certain effects, while others vulnerable. Feel free to experiment on them, for magical science!

That will be all for this week, hope you’ve enjoyed the reveal of this new mechanic and that you partake in the mystical arts of Magicae when you get your hands on the game!

Have a great weekend!

Ah, yes, you can take off your robe and wizard hat now… bye!

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DevBlog 88 / Village, Potions and Polishing

And it’s our favorite time of the week again, yes!

…Hello!

That’s one big wishing well!

Ain’t it a beauty? The village is now complete AND populated, so all that remains for it is a final polish round, together with all the other areas, when we’re done with all the locations of the game world.

The Royal Guard has also been completed, with all its animations and behaviors, and he’s been particularly busy destroying our testers and developers without breaking a sweat!

Two familiar faces, one shirtless torso.

Oh, there’s the village again, awesome! Anyway, we’ve also added the final set of potions, with additional logic for the buff/debuff system, which will provide more depth and dynamic to combat, choose what potions to carry wisely and you’ll have a better time!

Another QA testing session took place, where we reviewed older issues and took note of a few new ones that came up, we’re doing these more frequently as we further development and the results are speaking for themselves.

The final chapter is on its way!

Glorious! Work has just begun on the final areas of the game, which lead to the Kingdom Castle… we’ve come a long way!

For the next week, we’re hoping to bring you some magical goodness and further details on this new system that has been recently introduced, we’re all very excited about it and you should be too!

Have a great weekend and thank you for reading!

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DevBlog 87 / We’re back in town!

Happy new year!

Hope your holidays were as awesome as ours and that you had the chance to spend quality time with your loved ones, just like you are spending right now with us, as you read this devblog!

We took the chance to do some playtesting over the holidays, resulting in lots of fun, but also a few bugs and issues that we’ve corrected over this week, while also taking the time to polish things up a bit.

Ianua is brought to life!

The masons and carpenters have finished building the village, and our in-house painter, well, he painted the following images for your viewing pleasure.

No time to rest!

Our wizard has finished the logic for the magic system, which is also great news for us all as we are thrilled to play around with this new mechanic!

Power! Unlimited power!

New animations are going to be added both to the main character and the enemies for this new system, we’ll be sharing some of them down the road.

Lastly, we’ve added full support for the steam controller.

Thats it for this week, thank you so much for reading, the team wishes you all an amazing new year!

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Season’s Greetings!


Here’s our cat-proof Christmas tree!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! The team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We’re taking some time off to be with our other loved ones, and would like to thank all of you who follow our DevBlog posts and keep up with our game’s development.

Get ready for a new year full of new surprises and adventures, we’ll see you soon!

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DevBlog 86 / Full Steam ahead!

Why hello there!

If you’ve ever heard of Steam, or if you’re currently using it, you’ll probably be ecstatic to know that we’ve included the Steam API into our project!

This allows us to have some sweet features such as Achievements, Cloud Saving and Stat tracking. It also means that our game might or might not be on Steam… take a guess.

Since you’ve probably guessed it right, we can also share that our Steam page will be online in the near future, so stay tuned!

Navigation mesh fix.

What is this? It’s our navigation mesh for the Canyon Puzzle, which had some issues that are now solved through navmesh control, allowing it to be updated as required by this event.

New area accessible by boat!

What is that? The boat we’ve showcased before is nearly fully implemented, and it will allow our hero to go forth and explore a new area which contains a quest item, some additional challenges and loot, of course!

A sanctuary, its buildings currently work-in-progress.

And this is the Village Hub we’ve mentioned before, which is shaping up to become a sanctuary to all, being not only rich in visual storytelling, but also holding its share of secrets! Oh, the houses are still work-in-progress, as such they are enveloped in a black, velvet fabric.

This tool will definitely come in handy!

Our Master Puppeteer, or Animator as some would call him, has implemented his new physics tool that will allow him to breathe even more life into his Puppets! We asked him how he does it, he said “Animation Magic”.

That is all for this week, everyone is thrilled for having the game on Steam and for all the progress that has been made so far, we can’t wait for the upcoming devblogs and to share more Decay of Logos goodies, so thank you for reading!

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