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A look at a setpiece level that will be featured in the demo! ...and more!

Posted by Serygala on Jun 21st, 2013

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I'm really glad I am not a professional gamedesigner. A few years ago I took it into concideration to take that route but decided against it simply because I did not wish to spend the majority of a day behind a screen and work in an industry where good ideas and idealism often gets stomped by investors and the cranks in the marketing department.

If Spyra would become a professional indie title with investors, publishers and deadlines it would be a major headache but since its more a late evening "thing to do" while chatting or skyping it allows me to vent a lot of creativity in overdesigning a hallway for an hour or add some gameplay elements that 70% of the gamers will most likely miss. This game, for me, is kind of like a 40 year old virgins stampcollection. I do it whenever I have the time and often to meditate over an other thing in my life.

You probably wonder why I am telling you this. Well! Simply because interest in my game has slightly increased and people seem to expect something "up there" with AAA fantasy titles from me. I dont know how you folks get that in your head but I am not qualified nor capable of doing anything even remotely like Dark Messiah or even Skyrim.

I am also not changing the engine for this title.

I cant do any epic cutscenes, dynamic dialogues with lipsync, action packed, hit-detection and animation heavy combat or even a decent stealth system. None of that! I can however make an entertaining, even if short, action-adventure and thats all I aspire to do. Dont ask these things of me, I really dont want to disappoint you guys! (and by the way! Thanks for all the requests to help on the game.)

Alright! Now:

I built a testversion of the demolevels intro-setpiece. Here you will have some dialogue
and find stuff in a chest. After that one of the 4 chapters in Spyra will be fully playable. For freebies!

Thats the looting system. You can select to take these items out, a key will spawn in the keyhole adding some movment to the otherwise static chest and the items will spawn on top of it for you to examine, consume or collect. Some chests are also animated and open up ;)

The System is a mixture of sounds, spawning objects and HUD's. It gets the job done and seems rather "complex" without actually being it. This pic is for presentation purposes only and I'll likely refine this later on.

Of course, the first level of a demo shows of some above average fpsc visuals and the setting of the game.

A little fountain. While having a lowres and lowpoly style, spyra aims to show visual effects that have been rarely or never seen before in FPSCreator.

Thanks for reading! Please leave some feedback :)

-Adrien

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timstro59
timstro59 Jun 22 2013, 7:06am says:

enough messing around, when's the release?

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Serygala Author
Serygala Jun 22 2013, 10:46am replied:

After a lot more messing around I'm afraid. If I would have to guess, I'd have to say that I'm only 25 % done. ...thats already substantial but far from done. Thanks for the interest though ;)
Please keep in mind that its a one-man-show I'm pulling of here. :P

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RancidRandy
RancidRandy Jul 9 2013, 9:07am says:

For a one-man show, you've already made major strides! After taking a long, harrowing look at the majority of games built on that same engine, I can't help but to think that you might just be the first developer to actually take the FPSC out of its box and DO SOMETHING with it.

Out of the hundreds of generic zombie shooters and other try-hard horror wankeries, Spyra seems to be the first one to show legitimate effort.
I just read the storyline premise, and I'm even further convinced, that this game definitely pushes the boundaries of what people can see in FPSC.

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Serygala Author
Serygala Jul 17 2013, 11:40am says:

Thank you!! :)

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