Plurum is a tower defense in which you get near-total design control over your loadout of towers: design projectiles from different types (bullets, missiles, energy weapons with different characteristics and payloads) and then design towers with different firing heads and other on-board intelligence.
Everything costs you, and everything dictates what your strategy will be - designing towers that work well with each other is the key. Customisation isn't an extra in Plurum - it's how you win.
Fight through a difficult and fun campaign, design and share a highly personalised military and unlock advanced technologies as you progress.
First of all, let me give you a little taste of the game's state right now. It's come a long way since those basic all-circle towers on a pure white background!
Last time I mentioned that I was working on souping up the art assets for the game's prologue / demo battles. This has come a long way in the meantime.
Let's start with the big stuff. As you can see, I've seriously revamped the towers themselves. A few things to notes: the structures are now blended with their dusty / snowy environment, and the player's army colours are emblazoned all over them. Customisability is about looks, too :)
The demo's levels will take place at remote asteroid outposts in the Serena Outlier system. The environment on these asteroids is barren and rocky, covered in dust, ice and snow. The game engine will now populate maps with randomly chosen and positioned terrain details like these rocks and craters to make the otherwise harsh landscapes more featureful.
In a similar vein, I've reworked the path assets to keep in line with this snow-covered-rock aesthetic.
I've been looking at lighting and overall ambient effects too. The towers now emit muzzle flashes, and some particle effects, and explosions light up the area. There's a lot more to do with this sort of thing, but it's making a big improvement to the overall feel of the level.
The other area I've been developing is my control over levels as directed pieces. I've now set up mechanisms for dialogue to be triggered in-game, and for victory / defeat conditions. This work's really exciting since it's gluing the whole thing together as a game much more clearly than previously.
Shortly after my previous update, we unveiled the work of our two concept artists Erel Maatita and Meggy Vodusek. These two did fantastic work on (respectively) our centrepiece landscape of Skissus and three key enemy designs.
In case you missed it, we also wrote a popular article on the process of writing a brief for and commissioning concept art, which you can find here.
That wraps us up for today! Great progress has been made, and we're really excited about the game - it's getting closer and more fully formed by the day!
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I discuss the process of improving Plurum's in-game assets, and working with concept artists Erel Maatita and Meggy Vodusek toward our new Skissus landscape...
Let me take you through the second two weeks of progress on Plurum. Hopefully you'll be able to get a taste of the finished product.
We've been working hard on Plurum's tower design interface, as one of the core pieces of gameplay takes place here. Let's take a look at where it's at.
We're at an exciting point in development and are now in dire need of some concept art. We've just put out a public call for artists.