Wake Up Call is a next-generation sci-fi stealth-action shooter with a heavy emphasis on choice-driven gameplay and story in a unique and atmospheric post-apocalyptic world. Wake Up Call tells the story of Kyle Rogers, an ex-special ops soldier who has been awoken after over 150 years of cryostasis sleep. The world went to hell while Kyle slept, and it has been transformed into an alien planet. Experience Kyle’s story through a visceral and intense true first person perspective that allows for heightened immersion and gameplay fluidity. Challenge yourself to beat the game’s smart AI that adds new levels of challenge to the stealth-action genre. And finally immerse yourself in a dynamic and choice-driven story-line that will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Wake Up Call will be one epic adventure that any and all sci-fi fans will need to experience.

Report article RSS Feed Weekly Update #17: New Concept Art, Story Update, and Plans for 2011 and Q1 2012

Hey guys, this week brings a new direction in our development style, some new concept art, and a big update about the story behind Wake Up Call.

Posted by fragfest2012 on Dec 10th, 2011

Hey guys, this week brings a new direction in our development style, some new concept art, and a big update about the story behind Wake Up Call.

This Week:
This week was a slower week than the last two or three have been, except we have made progress in music, overall design, the main character in 3D (Coming Soon), and overall just kinking out minor details. We are happy with how things are going however, and we are still looking for concept artists to help us.

The Art:
The art you are seeing is the Cryo Station from the outside, and the reason it is so small is because the majority of it is underground, so the above ground portion is small in comparison. The Cryo Station, as some of you know, is where the remnants of humanity have been stored so that Kyle can wake them up, and it is essentially the end goal of the game. Anyways, I hope you like the art, and feel free to leave some comments of praise or criticism; we appreciate all of it.

Cryo Station Outside Art

The Story:
So, as many of you know, the story of Wake Up Call has been largely kept secret from you guys for a long time, but now we are going to release a bit of the backstory from the GDD to all of you. Leave your feedback and enjoy:

In 2064, testing began for a new initiative called Pure Sky, and a small shuttle was launched into the atmosphere to experiment with a micro synthetic archae bacteria that derived its energy from the sun and did not require oxygen or other things necessary for most organic life. In 2070, with a few years of testing under their belts and a lot of governmental pressure, the scientists launched Pure Sky to mixed critical and academic response. Many said it needed more testing, that all the variables could not be accounted for, that is was a flawed plan to start with, or that the Federal Government should not be pushing the scientists. Unfortunately, the skeptics were right...

By 2085, the only cities still on the grid in the world are New York City, Los Angeles, and Boston. In 2087, Los Angeles goes dark and is presumed to have been wiped out. 2090, the final human refuges come under attack by the alien enemy. 2094, the Western half of NYC is vanquished. 2097, Boston is gone. 2100, NYC is overrun and humanity's last hope resides in Kyle.

Hope you enjoyed that little tidbit, please do leave your feedback in the comments, I want all of it.

The Near Future:
The big thing that I accomplished this week was determine better what our schedule would be like for the rest of 2011 and for Q1 2012. This year will mark a few things, hopefully the main character will get finished and the animations started, the code base will expand a bit more, the demo level will get its first pass underway, and the art library will grow a bit as well. That sounds like a lot I know, but it is doable. As for Q1 2012, I have only outlined it a bit in my head, and all I can say is that I plan on a good, playable thing we can show off by the end of Q1 2012 which will probably include the basic character movement and weapon handling as well as some combat and a puzzle or two. That being said, we will probably launch our fundraising efforts around the end of Q1 2012, but I am unsure if we will be ready by then (I hope so).

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Acetyl
Acetyl Dec 11 2011, 7:00am says:

Energy harvested via photosynthesis still requires oxygen for the calvin cycle and oxidative phosphorylation, as well as water and carbon.

It probably wont be necessary to elaborate on that though, I'm liking the sound of this.

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fragfest2012 Dec 11 2011, 12:39pm replied:

Well, I had a little parenthetical statement that I took out, but archae bacteria are known for being able to live without oxygen, and don't use traditional photosynthesis, rather they use a different form that I cannot remember the name of. Regardless, it is likely impossible for the game's particular bacteria to exist, but hey, it's a game right?

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newbie2356
newbie2356 Dec 11 2011, 3:01pm says:

Not really much you can do about it sounding generic... oh well. Let's hope the execution really makes the backstory interesting. What I mean by that is, make the effects of this alien organism interesting, rather than a traditional style(zombies for example, are traditional). Call me a hypocrite in a few months when I release my own game. it's "totally" "original"

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fragfest2012 Author
fragfest2012 Dec 11 2011, 3:06pm replied:

What is so generic about it, I mean I know some have done the whole 'humans **** up and doom themselves' thing, but few go on to make the game centered around restarting humanity 200 years later, not to mention, those are usually poorly executed...

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Acetyl
Acetyl Dec 12 2011, 4:55am replied:

If you stick to the art style in the concept art...Nothing about it will feel generic regardless. Some of the best concept art I've seen for a while.

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fragfest2012 Author
fragfest2012 Dec 12 2011, 6:49pm replied:

Wow, that comment is going straight to my concept art team!

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