Category Archives: Level Design

DevBlog 110 / Meet us at Unite Berlin!

Hello!

This year we’re going to be present in Unite Berlin with two booths, one for Decay of Logos and another one for our Amplify Creations gamedev tech, so you’ll have a chance of trying out the game AND also to know more about our products!

Visit us there!

If you have the opportunity, come and visit us to meet the developers and play our game, we will definitely love to meet some more of our community members and fans!

Regarding this week’s progress, we have started working on using our newest asset within our game – Amplify Impostor Editor, which has already been submitted and is going to hit the Asset Store VERY soon.

We’re going to be using it in great scale in objects like bushes, trees and other small props, in order to achieve a considerable performance boost without compromising the user experience – you won’t even know they’re there!

New Bushes and Impostors LODs!

In addition, this is also extremely powerful for further optimizing our console ports, so we’re very excited to test the results.

We’ve also continued polishing textures and animations, doing Q&A runs and fixing bugs, so every day that passes the game matures into our vision!

To those who are visiting us at Unite Berlin, looking forward to meeting you soon!

Have a great week everyone!

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DevBlog 109 / Hoarders, rejoice!

Hi everyone!

We’re here for another weekly devblog post, this time with some fresh, new screenshots to share, and some additional information regarding our progress!

Hoarders, rejoice!

We’ve finished adding some additional content and logic to the village, such as the bottomless well, that you can see in the screenshot above, which allows you to stash all the goods you find without any limits.

Perfect for anyone who, like us, loves to hoard stuff!

Look how cozy he is now!

The NPCs’ positioning has been adjusted, and they will show up as you meet and interact with them during your adventure, and the village’s mood will be changing as you progress in your quest for the truth.

We’ve also continued to work on polishing the game, adding some further detail to the characters’ textures and animations while also reworking the terrain for certain areas, as we’ve mentioned in a previous post.

And now for something completely different!

We’re sharing a sample of the music that’s being worked on for the village, which will also change dynamically throughout the game, let us know how you feel about it, all feedback is welcome!

Next week, we’ll do another extensive bug fixing run with all the issues and nitpicks we’ve found during out daily QA sessions, which have been both fun and gratifying as we see the game shape up to our expectations!

Enjoy your weekend!

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DevBlog 107 / Gotta get them all!

Hi all!

We’re going to be present in a big event here in sunny ( but somewhat rainy as of late ) Portugal during this weekend, the Euro Gamer – Portugal Summer Fest, in which a demo of our game is going to be available to be played so, if you’re currently in Portugal, come and meet us! This also means that we’re going to get even more invaluable feedback from many different players, and that is very important to us as developers since we get to see all the distinct reactions and gather all sorts of input that will definitely help us shape the game.

Come and visit us for a chance at playing Decay of Logos!

Regarding this week’s development progress, we’ve continued reworking the terrain meshes for the first areas, working on the cutscenes and preparing a build for this event, while continuing to fix issues and polish certain mechanics.

We’ve also got a few new weapons, fresh out of the forge, which will add variety to the combat and also work as sweet rewards for players who enjoy exploring. Our blacksmith focused on crafting many types of equipment so that we have at our disposal a balanced number of swords, bows, caestus, shields, among others. Here are some of these tools of war:

Gotta get them all!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s DevBlog post, stay tuned for the next one and have a great weekend!

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DevBlog 105 / Treats for the eyes and ears!

Hi!

Remember us mentioning in the previous post that we’re cooking up some new weapons? Some of them are already modeled and ready to be pushed into the game, feel free to let us know what you think:

Pro-tip: poke the baddies with the pointy end!

Also, the small introductory area, that will serve as the starting point for Decay of Logos, has just been completed! It will provide some gameplay and a cutscene, allowing for players to be introduced to the game’s Lore and mechanics just before being set free to roam our world.

Next, we’re going to overhaul the initial terrain and environments, bringing in some of the workflow that we’ve adopted while setting up the more recent areas, since these zones are ancient in terms of their development stage. In practice, they’ll be tweaked to look better, play better and feel better!

The new HUD is also in the game in its entirety, and its a treat to the eyes while also providing an overall better user experience while navigating those menus!

New UI, simple and elegant!

On the more technical side of things, namely audio, we’re done with fully implementing FMOD, a sound engine used by many popular titles, both AAA and Indie, that melds quality with flexibility. Trust us, your ears will love it!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this update, tune-in next week at the same time for more Decay of Logos goodies, and have a great weekend!

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DevBlog 98 / Our interface has leveled up!

Greetings!

As the time to showcase our game draws near, we’ve been polishing and tidying things up a bit in our latest build, more details will be announced in the near future!

We’ve also added FMOD to our game, which allows for greater audio fidelity while also providing some nifty features such as setting our music dynamically according to certain fight stages or events, improving the overall experience.

Epic battle music ensues!

Regarding our UI, it’s being completely revamped as it was still an old placeholder from the dark days of the early alpha stages, here’s a sneak peek at what its shaping up to become, feedback appreciated!

Elegant and functional!

As we finish building the last zone, which we’re REALLY looking forward to share with you as soon as its complete, we’re adding new, unique materials that are specific to its architecture, can you guess what each of them represents?

Those are some marble-ous materials!

That’s all for this Friday update, stay tuned for more next week, and thank you for reading!

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DevBlog 95 / Debugging, Polish and Beautify

Hey there!

The team is still hard at work preparing the show build areas by fine-tuning animations, enhancing the mood through color grading, as well as placing new assets in the scene. All this will serve as a guide for the remaining parts of the game, particularly regarding the level of polish.

New particles on the way! Echo shells sound like waves in the distance.

Debugging some stuff on the editor, always fun!

Another cutscene is finished and now it is time to begin focusing on bug fixing before integrating the final zone of the game, adding mechanics prefabs, manage the streaming logic and such. After this last step, the whole team will be on the “polish phase”. Almost there!

In other news, Ada’s high poly model is pretty much finished, as you can see below. We are still testing which should be the main color of her clothes, as you can tell from the polls we’ve posted. We’ll share the final version once we’ve settled the matter!

Ada High Poly is done!

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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 to 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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