Have you ever wondered what happens to a virtual world of an abandoned video game? All those digital inhabitants with their artificial lives…do they just vanish when the game is turned off for the final time?

Village Monsters is an easy-going village life-sim set in one such forgotten world.

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SO WHAT’S ALL THIS?

My name is Josh, and I’m a solo dev working on Village Monsters, a life-sim game very much in the style of Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley, with visual and tonal inspiration from the likes of the Mother series, Undertale, and Shenmue.

Village Monsters is set inside the world of an abandoned video game. Over time, the monsters that once served as enemies grew tired of all the waiting around, and eventually decided to abandon the whole ‘bad guy’ thing entirely.

They’ve thrown away their axes and fireball spells and now live a more peaceful life in a sleepy little village in the country.

You are a player booting up the game for the first time in decades, finding yourself as the sole human living among a village of (mostly) affable monsters.

SO WHAT CAN YOU DO IN IT?

Glad you asked. Here’s a partial list of features and other fun stuff you can expect to enjoy in Village Monsters

  • Personalize your very own home with furniture, decorations, and upgrades. Hang up new wallpaper! Plant a garden! Sit atop a strange golden throne you found in the woods!
  • Pick up a new hobby, like archaeology, critter collecting, cooking, or fishing, then donate your findings to the Historical Society
  • Meet dozens of whimsical villagers each with their own personalities, schedules, and problems to solve
  • Leave your mark on the village by unlocking new buildings, fixing up infrastructure, and customizing different aspects
  • Discover something new every day! The calendar is packed with events & holidays, and you won’t have a problem filling your daily routine with shopping, watching TV, writing letters, and much more
  • Explore a bizarre digital land that’s been forgotten and transformed by its abandonment
  • Bring back treasures and trophies from your expeditions to decorate your home with
  • Experience total immersion thanks to a robust day/night cycle, seasonal changes, and dynamic weather
  • Unravel a unique story in a world where everything is contextualized with lore and history
  • Enjoy the deep satisfaction of dog ownership
  • Uncover strange mysterious, solve riddles, and puzzle out puzzles
  • Complete a massive compendium to track all your collectibles, secrets, and triumphs


WHEN AND WHERE IS IT RELEASING?

Village Monsters is releasing to PC in the year 201X.

You can play a very early alpha demo of the game right now. As in, today. As in, right here!

It’s a rough version that’s not fit for a wide audience, but it’s updated monthly with new features, content, bug fixes, and kisses on the cheek. Check it out if you like to follow along a game as it’s being developed.


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It’s the weekend, and that means another edition of the Village Monsters Dev Diary Digest (VMD3)

There is now less than a month to go until the version I’m working on releases for you all to play with. This’ll mark the very first Alpha version that I make public, and I’m pretty excited about it.

September is shaping up to be quite the month, and it’s not just the Alpha release; stay tuned for more information on that very soon

A Day at the Beach

Due to the nature of the game it’s not often that I get to create a new area, so it was a real nice change of pace to work on one this week.

Introducing…the beach.

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The beach is just a short walk away from the village - just head south from the gate and keep going until you reach the surf.

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Though you or I would consider such a trip to be a nice day out, it seems that monsters haven’t really taken to the human notion of spending the day in the sun and sand. Unless there’s a special event going on you’re likely to find the area to be largely empty.

Still, you’ll probably enjoy the solitude. You can catch fish, work on your tan, and nosh on some whoopie pies in peace.

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Ancient Ruins of Soon

Longtime followers of the game know that I often try to slip in as many ‘meta’ elements as I can. After all, this is a game in which the conceit is that the NPCs have taken it over and the digital barrier between our worlds is thinner than ever - I’m hoping it gives me some artistic liberty

Alongside beaches I added another new area to visit, though this one won’t make it to the final game. It’s called the Ancient Ruins of Soon, and it’s an area you can visit to consult stone tablets on prophecy…

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…in other words? You can view my plans on future features and changes from the game instead of going to my website or elsewhere.

I tried to split it up by category, so if you want to know what the future holds for hobbies or story or your house then you can view just that information.

Even More UI Changes

This marks the 2nd week in a row in which UI changes made it to the top of my priority list. Here’s a sampling of what I worked on this time.

Notifications have been slightly resized and now rotate so that the newest is always displayed at the bottom

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Meeting villagers for the first time now produces a notification

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The inventory now has context-sensitive prompts depending on the mode or item

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Finally, I did an initial pass on an in-game version of the world map.

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Ok, that’ll do it for this week. Hope you’re enjoying these dog days of summer, because I’m definitely not. I hate the heat. Autumn can’t come fast enough!

Until next time

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