Ethereal tells the story of a ghost reliving traumatic memories in an attempt to reconcile with his past and move on into the true afterlife. Eight worlds each tell the story of a different memory in his life such as his parent's death when he was 10, being picked on in school, going to war, and other unrevealed memories. In each world the player gains a new ability that he keeps for the rest of the game. This means the puzzles will stay challenging and feel fresh as the game progresses. Unlike most platformers, there is no jumping in this game. Instead, the first of seven unique abilities allows you to reverse gravity. Some of the other abilities include turning into a fog-like form, haunting the living, possession and more that will be revealed in time...
I've been neglecting the indieDB page so here's a big update with everything since last time I updated!
Posted by ThomasFinch on Apr 11th, 2014
That's a bunch of concept art for the game. Gravestones and other scenery used in world one, birds flying away from the cabin fire in the woods, spikes, platforms and grates, and a concept for the gravedigger used in world one!
I also wanted to update you guys on what's going on. For a while I've been working on a short demo to test out my level designing skills and to give to certain people. The good news is that according to testers, the level design is great! Other notes are that people loved the difficulty level (challenging but not frustrating) and said it felt really polished for such an early build.
I've decided that I want the game to keep a consistent tone, so I'm removing a couple of the sillier sides of the game. The game will have cheat codes and one will add the pause music back in. I also plan on having cheat codes to unlock Easy Mode and Hard Mode. Easy Mode will make the player move faster and fall slower so its easier to get past precision and timing based puzzles. It will not lower the difficulty of figuring out how to solve puzzles though. Hard Mode will add hell voids at specific spots throughout the worlds to make puzzles harder.
We have big stuff planned for the next three months. In about a month we'll be making a big announcement. One month after that we'll be launching a kickstarter campaign. We might be holding back a lot of stuff we'd usually show for the next two months so that we have a ton to reveal throughout the kickstarter. This is of course my first kickstarter so if anyone has any big awesome tips, let me know! I still haven't decided if I'm planning stretch goals. I don't want to tack on features that are unnecessary.
Last note, we don't need any more testers for now. We always need translators though! So if you want to translate for Ethereal, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You guys can also follow me on twitter at: @despawngames
And here's some more art since last update:
Cabin Area Parallax Background
Pain, the Hellhound
Seething Spirit Dead Animation