Cross of the Dutchman is an action-adventure game about our cultural heritage, the place where we come from (Friesland) and the language that the locals still speak (Frisian). It tells the true story of ‘Grutte Pier’ (Pier the Great), a folk hero who fought to free the land of our ancestors. Our goal is to create an authentic game that not only reflects the story of Grutte Pier, but also reflects living in the 16th century in a stunning game experience.
Cross of the Dutchman is based on the folk legend of Pier Gerlofs Donia. He lived peacefully with his wife Rintsje in Kimswerd and he was destined to be a farmer. One day their village got plundered by saxon mercenaries. While he was trying to save the village from burning down, they caught Rintsje and killed her. In search for revenge he gathered an army around him and started fighting against the oppressors of Friesland. Soon his cause became a matter for all Frisian people, because he took it upon him to free Friesland.
We just can’t constrain ourselves to share this with you before we plunge into the weekend. The .gif below shows a night scene with a couple of new effects that add to the atmosphere of the game. Notice the mosquitoes flying around the lights, the gusts of wind, and the rain drops that make a splash as they hit the ground. These details make everything feel much more alive.
Longtime followers of our blog might remember this one: the ‘floaticles’ are back! As you can read in this article, floaticles are essentially particles that are a bit smarter than your average particle; they increase the spatial awareness effect that makes you feel as if you’re walking through a cloud of floaticles.
In the middle of the square, some mist can be seen which will be added to other locations in the game as well, like over water and farmland. These veils of low hanging mist are a common sight in the Netherlands and some people find it quite spooky. It’s not a coincidence that this mist is also called ‘Witte Wieven’, who are white spirits from Dutch mythology. Nowadays the mist is just a nuisance to many car drivers though.
Pretty sweet, don’t you think?
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