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As the demo is about to be released, let's look at the past of the island of Ylina...

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Five years ago,

I decided my previous casual projects were enough to start making what I had dreamed to create since the 90s: a Role-Playing Game. More specifically, an Action-RPG.

And I started making Dreams of Ylina.


Words, Images, Sounds, Paper

I love writing and creating stories. I'm not saying I'm an expert, but I love that. And creating a story-driven game was an idea I definitely liked.

I love poetry, painting and music, I have studied all of these at different levels, and I believe they all can have an fundamental role to play in a story, inside a video game.

Dreams Of Ylina Demo: the hills


Over the years I tried to improve the visual aspects of the game: the terrain and vegetation, the underground caves and ruins, but also the overall atmospheres. I tried to include meaningful musics that I composed, for most of them. I also included stories or cutscenes about the History of the island, especially as rewards for side quests.

Leaning, Improving

I started making this game on Unity 5, starting with just a random island, to try functionalities: talking to people, searching a chest, managing inventories, dialogs and quests...

The first steps though, were on paper: drawing the map of Ylina, listing potential side quests, and writing the main story. From the beginning I tried to keep in mind I should keep it small: an open world, but on a small island, villages, but not crowdy cities...

DOY retrospective


I learned a lot about the whole process too: several times I thought I could finish the game earlier, while the demo is just coming out of the oven these days, after many, many corrections and improvements.

After that I designed things and at the same time I was discovering tools that could improve my workflow. The project could have been developed faster using them right from the beginning, but that is also learning.

I code now better than before, and in some other projects I was able to write the same scripts that took me weeks at the time, in just a day.

Ylina underground


Demonstration

In a few days, the demo will be available on Steam, and I'll start a small Indiegogo campaign, not to fund the entire game development, but to cover the fees for some elements in the last part of the production process (voiceover, etc.).

You can add your game to your Steam wishlist already, and follow the news here or on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram!

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