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New stunning Concept Art and Music is only one half of this month's update. It also includes all news that clarify the most important questions that had been asked throughout this whole month.

Posted by iQew on Mar 25th, 2011

Another month has gone by since we published the last big content update. Many people have applied for the open positions in the team and many hours have been spent on interviewing in order to find new talents. I'm happy to announce that we have found a couple of really dedicated people who are more than willing to produce high quality for Mindworld. But, we are still looking for a couple of people (especially a female voice to play the main character Katherine Evans) to join our team and realize this project - maybe you're the right person for us?

Current open positions:
• Concept Artist
• Female Voice
• Level Designer

You can find more information on the current open positions right here.


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In the last article, we answered the most fundamental questions that had risen while we were developing the early stages of pre-production. One question that has been asked frequently was which engine Mindworld is going to use. And this is going to be the first question that we answer right now.

What engine is Mindworld going to use?
After we have asked many experienced teams who were in the stage of production or in the phase of releasing, reading a lot of articles and asking God for help, we have decided to not use the Source Engine. Instead, we are going to use the new UDK (Unreal Development Kit) and therefor Mindworld is going to be an indie game.

Wait, you are not developing in the Source Engine? - Why did the modpage say HL2-Modification then?
Well, we wanted to let you experience the early stages of pre-production with us and already let you be a part of this. However, we needed to decide what engine to choose for the modpage and we went for the Source Engine for two simple reasons. The first reason is that HL2-Modifications do enjoy a lot of attention on this site and we used that for marketing reasons. The second reason is that I wanted to develope in Source at that time, but it doesn't make any sense to go that way, if the game concept doesn't fit the engine. And, we only want to deliever the highest quality for the community to enjoy.

If Mindworld is now going indie, is the game going to be free to play?
The release of the game is years away and I find it useless to discuss that topic already. It is going to play a big role later on and I think that, if we work so hard for this and the market is ready for us, we are going to go commercial. Making money with an indie title does not just need a high quality game, you can crush a whole project, if the marketing strategies and plans for the shipping don't work. Therefor, we are going to choose whatever might be the best solution at that time.

I've applied for a position in the team, but I didn't get a response from you, why didn't you write back to me?
I have replied to most of the applications, but I don't spend any time on responding for the application, if you clearly didn't spend any time on the application yourself. The more time you spend on the private message or e-mail you want me to read, the more likely it is to get interviewed for the position, it only makes sense, doesn't it?

How far in development is Mindworld right now?
A lot of time has been spent on building up the team. Some of the people are still working on sample tasks I gave them and some are already part of the team. We have a new 3D artist, who is currently working on the model for Katherine Evans, our main character. Also, we have found a voice actor for us, who is currently studying certain material thoroughly. Two coders, including one leader for the programing department, are going to start working for us in Summer.
Other than that, we have worked on the game story, included a few new concepts and ideas for the game, thought about the fighting system, worked out some areas with concept art and spent a lot of time for composing to experiment with atmosphere-settings.


Mindworld Concept Art

Artbible wrote:This shows the 'Outer World'. It's a dreamworld that isn't fully stable yet and Katherine needs to focus to not fall into another dream. The tower is probably going to play a significant role in the game. It's also the first time you encounter the Helping Senses.

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Artbible wrote:This shows the metamorphosis of an important symbol in the game: A red-eyed raven. The first raven can be found in the Outer Ring, the second in the Inner Ring and the last one can only be seen in the Core.


And finally two brand new tracks by Alex Michajlow. They show some great atmosphere for the overall gaming experience in Mindworld:

Our Ghosts (by Alex Michajlow):

Breathing Towers (by Alex Michajlow):


We are always publishing the monthly article on the last Friday of each month.

- Kjell 'iQew' Bunjes
(Teamleader and Art Director)

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Degor
Degor Mar 26 2011, 5:49am says:

Great news! Seems like hl2 mods are going commercially on unreal these days. I would do the same thing. Anyway I wish you good luck!

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kazumo
kazumo Mar 26 2011, 6:11am says:

Pfff...Okay guys, Good Luck, I'm out, if the game isn't on Source anymore...but good luck in the future ;)

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xXMaNiAcXx
xXMaNiAcXx Mar 26 2011, 10:51am says:

I love how much potential HL2 modders have. Good luck guys, will continue tracking and waiting for the next update!

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Metalspy
Metalspy Mar 26 2011, 3:42pm replied:

They are going to use UDK :P

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xXMaNiAcXx
xXMaNiAcXx Mar 26 2011, 4:35pm replied:

Yeah I know, I meant that HL2 modders have a potential good enough to go indie easily.

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jjawinte
jjawinte Mar 26 2011, 4:20pm says:

Change is a constant, is it not ? Keep the momentum going guys - I'm really interested in seeing how this project will develop.

One thing I'd like to express though, is how strongly the above mentioned " Tower " idea and it's being ( conceptually ) an integral story element, reminds me immediately of the Stephen King's outstanding, " The Dark Tower " series. ( In case you aren't familiar with it Stephenking.com ). It's the protagonist and his quest to a both physical and metaphorical " tower ". I wanted just wanted to say how fast the similarities connected for me. You'll find a lot of Roland fans out there !

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iQew Author
iQew Mar 26 2011, 5:37pm replied:

There are going to be seen a lot of similarities to other games, stories and movies. That's because I really focus on including core concepts of things. We use a lot of symbolism and methaphorical elements, aswell as symbols from dream interpretation which are based on real studies.
In the end, there won't be any way to not connect with the game on some level and that's why Mindworld is going to have such an impact on the player.

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ElderGamer
ElderGamer Mar 26 2011, 7:54pm replied:

Beat me to the chase. As soon as I saw the picture of the tower I couldn't help but notice the similarities.

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