Category Archives: Level Design

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!

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

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!

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

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!

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

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!

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

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!

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

DevBlog 85 / What’s hiding behind the masks?

Greetings curious ones!

Work on the Canyon Zone is coming to a closure as our craftsmen have been polishing it up while implementing its last mechanics, such as the boat that was revealed in a previous DevBlog, NPC placement for storytelling purposes, as well as a new puzzle that will give access to a very special place. It involves a few masks and… that’s all we’ll share, for now!

I’m masking you a question!

The village hub has been getting some love as well, even though we’re not ready to share a screenshot of its current state, rest assured that it will be an area which will always spark your interest, no matter how many times you revisit it.

We’ve also been working on the last key characters for the game, which we’re not going to spoil for you just yet, maybe sometime in the future as we’d like to keep some of them a mystery at least for the time being!

The Royal Guard, however, keeps insisting on making an appearance on every blog post.

Someone just took a wrong turn!

As usual, we’re happy to indulge, as he’s been getting a few new animations and some further polish as you can see by the screenshot.

That’s all folks, thank you for tuning in and have a pleasant weekend!

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

DevBlog 84 / A Hole new area to explore!

Hello noble readers!

A Hole new area to explore!

This week we’ve made great progress in populating the Bottom Rift Windmills area, which is nearly fully implemented in regards to both props and logic, as we’ve also prepared it for our area streaming system!

Water we doing here?!

Ambushes and enemy placement throughout this area have been carefully considered as so to provide a different feel and encouraging players to be on their toes at all times.

Canyon ambushes!

The village, our main hub, has passed to an artist blocking phase since we’ve only had the initial designer’s blocking for quite some time already. We’ve drawn inspiration from Dark Souls 1’s Firelink Shrine, Dark Souls 2’s Majula, “Quinta da Regaleira” in Portugal, Sintra, and Everfall from Dragon’s Dogma! We’ll have more to show in a future DevBlog post, and we know you will all love it. * wink *

The Royal Guard continues to learn new moves, preparing himself to become one of the most dangerous and challenging elements of the game’s combat, one many would try to avoid rather than engage.

That is all for this week, we hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s updates, and thank you for tuning in!

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

DevBlog 83 / Pole-ishing things up a bit!

Hello fellow adventurers-to-be!

Hopefully you’ve all been having a blast stockpiling gifts for your dearest ones and yourselves too (come on, you deserve it!) during this week’s amazing sales! If not, that’s fine too!

But we digress… the DevBlog post #83 is here for your delightment!

We’ve been performing the final pass on building the Canyon Area, which includes the logic for the area’s content, gameplay and general flow.

Some NPC interaction events have been added as well to provide some additional story and lore, as well as some new assets such as…

Boats goin’ on here!?

The main puzzle we mentioned in the last DevBlog post, within the Roratory Temple, is now complete and fully functional, and all that is left now is to build up some dungeons and spice up the already existing ones!

The renowned dancer that was waving his weapon around last time we wrote you, or the Royal Guard if you prefer, is coming to life in terms of gameplay… basically he’s being taught how to make your lives miserable!

And he’s really committed to it!

The Canyon Kids have also picked up a couple of tricks, we felt that despite being really agile they were but lacking in the sneakiness department, so we fixed it!

Don’t worry, they’re in battery saving mode!

Hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s post, stay tuned for more and thank you for reading!

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

DevBlog 82 / Boy does she look puzzled!

Hello friends!

We are almost finished with the largest puzzle that you’ll have to tackle in the game, it’s been a blast designing it and seeing it come to life as we all expected!

This puzzle will be present within the Rotatory Temple, and it draws inspiration from the Rubik’s Cube, which was part of our team’s childhood and maybe yours as well, so without further ado here’s a little something for you!

This gif puzzles me…

Our QA barbers have combed the lands thoroughly for even more nasties, trapping them all in neatly organized cages for the programmers to do some pest control… we take bug hunting seriously, honest!

Oh, the Elite Guard you saw in the last DevBlogs is already in the game, and he’s picking up some groovy moves, look!

Just Albert swinging its Halberd.

Lastly, the Canyon zone continued being spruced up, and it’s looking damn good! We’ve even added the interior for a Windmill that you may or may not find… what’s up there you ask? Well, you’ll have to find that out for yourself as well!

We promise it’s not flour!

That’s it for this week’s DevBlog, we hope you’ve enjoyed it and that you have an amazing weekend, see you next week and thank you for reading!

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

DevBlog 81 / Oh my guard!

Hello all!

A lot has happened this week, we’ll do our best to keep it short and sweet with all the juicy details, so let’s jump right into the news!

Pun intended!

The Canyon area has been under heavy construction, our chief mason has been busy chipping away at all the rocks and cliffs so it won’t be long before we share some details on this zone!

Some of the dungeons have been blessed with added complexity and intricacies and several new sounds have been added to the game, as some are still temporary, but there is still a handful of work to be done here.
Also, here’s a shot of the Royal Guard in-game, on a scale of 1 to Big, he’s pretty big!

And as tough as he looks!

We also came up with a new solution for the torches and their mechanics as we weren’t at all pleased with how they were working before even though they were working as intended. As it was, our beloved main character had to look for a torch every time one was needed because she wasn’t able to store them, but it quickly became more of a chore than a complementary mechanic to the game. For this reason, we’ve changed their logic and now a torch is available at all times, yay!

Our QA army has been combing the game for all those nasty pesky bugs, much squashing was heard throughout the week with more to come in the next!

What’s this? The Royal Guard is being animated already? Uh oh!

Oh no!

We honestly can’t wait to see them in action, terrorizing our protagonist!

Stay tuned for next week’s DevBlog, thank you for reading!

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail