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So there was no January Update due to the Mayan Apocalypse, but we're back and running for February with some important info.

Posted by ferriswheel42 on Feb 14th, 2013

Hi everyone!

So I skipped a January Update due to the Mayan Apocalypse, and a lot of the work lately has been trying to fix bugs in the mechanics system... So really there's been a lot of work done, but not a lot to show.

In response to the last update, I removed the 4th and 5th generation Pokémon from Survival Island. This game is now Gen 1-3 only!

But it's Valentine's Day and because I love you guys I'm setting the release date of the P:SI demo for March 1st.

(But you already knew the date from reading the comments.)

Here's what you can expect:
- The current first "level" of the game, including the first Temple.
- Overworld Pokémon encounters (in addition to regular walk-through-grass encounters).
- Since you won't be able to access the regions with different Pokémon for the on you're currently in, I've implemented a system where you can pick your starter from the Pokédex list (no legendaries, though).
- Character Selection.
- Crafting mechanics, storage system mechanics, etc.
- The difficulty system.
- The happiness and death systems.
- A bunch of Easter Eggs for those looking for them.
- Three different Spirit Statues.
- A few new items.
- The achievement system, though with a shortened achievement list.

Things you won't see:
- The rest of the island.
- The end of the game (duh).
- A big chunk of the story.

Basically, I'm treating this like an open Beta version, so I can find out where all the remaining bugs are and see how to make the experience more fun. There's still a lot of work to be done on the visual side of things, so it'll likely be very rough around the edges in a few places. People who are expecting a full, polished experience from this will probably be disappointed, because this game is not finished yet.

I also want to hear your opinions! What do you want to see in the demo? What do you want to see in the finished game? Let me know in the comments!

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PsychoEliteNZ Feb 14 2013 says:

Wow this is nice,but why not fourth gen aswell,The fith gen sucks!
But the fourth gen were cool,thanks anyways.This is cool

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DrSalvador Feb 15 2013 replied:

Fourth gen was worse the Fifth... But I must confess I honestly like every gen.

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kahoshi Feb 15 2013 says:

I agree with this guy ^ 5th gen was garbage, 4th was acceptable, and not half bad.

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BluishGreenPro Feb 15 2013 says:

I must confess I don't really get the hatred for 5th gen... Okay, the garbage bag Pokemon was ridiculous, but overall I enjoyed Pokemon Black and White a lot more than Pokemon Diamond and Pearl.
I'd actually really like it if there was some sort of catastrophe that resulted in a mass extinction event whereby you could get rid of all the least liked Pokemon. Maybe hold a poll or something...

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ferriswheel42 Feb 15 2013 replied:

I don't really get the hatedom either, but their removal makes balancing the game easier on my end. I've never actually played 5th gen.
I *could* take a poll to remove the least liked Pokemon. Or, I could fill all caves entirely with the ones voted and laugh maniacally from a distance :P

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BluishGreenPro Feb 16 2013 replied:

Perhaps you could just make a poll so that only the favourites of 4th / 5th gen make it in, and then if people still don't want them then indeed, it would mean less work for you!

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sn0wwarrior Feb 15 2013 says:

get 1-3 is a nice touch, cant wait for the demo to release, keep up the work

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ElitestarEX Feb 15 2013 says:

hi guys (of the comments). I need ideas. I need to sprite a new legendary but I don't know what pokemon to use to make it.

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darkpikachu May 10 2013 replied:

honestly i dont think anyone would really care

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Hurtful Feb 17 2013 says:

I honestly don't mind gen 4-5, I liked both D/P and B/W but I think the game would be better with just the first 3 gens. Lots of people just hate 4-5, but who could ever hate 1-3, plus it would be more work for you and I just want this game to come out already haha.. :)

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Omen267901 Feb 18 2013 says:

Gonna throw my two sense in on 4-5 gen. I agree you should have a poll where people can vote for what pokemon from 4-5 they don't want, and add the rest.

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