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In the article I will introduce our game, its concept and it will be the first of a sequence of monthly articles that will discuss of development or ways of working that we have Isabel Raposo, the artist and I, Daniel Barreno, programmer of our NetherWorld.

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Hmm, hello, is anyone there?

First of all I would like to put you in context of what this means, as an indie developer you realize at some point that not only do you have to program, model, sketch or draw, but the time comes when you find yourself in need of tell what you are doing, define your project and tell it to the world, that's why I am here. I’m Daniel Barreno and I will introduce you to this little world that I am creating together with Isabel Armentero called NetherWorld.

NetherWorld was born as the need to tell a story, a different story, a video game "pixel art" can have a good narrative and dialogues.
We have been working on this game a little over 8 months, among other things we have worked on the visual, finding a style in which we feel comfortable and according to the nature of the title.

twitter-tweet" wrote:

Early / Current version comparison... and there is much work to be done. #pixelart #indiedev #indiegame #unity3d #madewithunity #gamedev

— NetherWorld (@NetherWorldGame) December 11, 2017

This is a early / current version comparison

twitter-tweet" wrote:

An organic behavior needs an organic appearance. #pixelart #indiedev #indiegame #unity3d #madewithunity #gamedev

— NetherWorld (@NetherWorldGame) July 19, 2017

And this is his almos final state.

I would also like to talk about the playable section, in Netherworld we will have both firearms, shields and swords, each one of them will be needed to finish with an enemy in particular, almost all of them are already developed, but today we are going to show you one in concrete, our flamethrower.

Ok, let's take a look at the stages of development that we have when we are going to create a new weapon.

First of all we have to design it, usually I do it on paper, not very impressive to be honest

Now we can start to implement it, usually I start with the bullet, in this case the fire.

A unity particle system, nice and easy to implement... well, actually they are 3.

twitter-tweet" wrote:

Now I'm afraid it looks too "hi-fi" for a pixelart game. #pixelart #indiedev #indiegame #unity3d #madewithunity #gamedev #gamedesign

— NetherWorld (@NetherWorldGame) December 28, 2017

The flamethrower's sprite is not its final version, it's simply a prototype drawn quickly by me to start implementing it, Isa will improve it a lot.

ok, now we have to be able to shoot it and control the flame. the next step is to test its behavior against objects and enemies.

That tree is hot enough already. Next, integrate the weapon into character animations reload, walk, crouch, walk backwards...

We'll talk about those pixilated arms in a dedicated article.

Time to debug, we have the following problem, the position of the decoration flames and smoke was not consistent when the flames had a length determined by the obstacle, we solve it by determining the distance to the obstacle (Raycast) and repositioning the decorative elements based on that distance.

Normally we now add and test the light generated by the weapons, in this case it is a bit more complicated.

Yes, I used a concept to test flamethrower's light.

And finally, integrate into a scene of the game and verify that everything is fine.

I hope this is to your liking, we will try to have this updated monthly. Isabel and I wish you a happy new year.

See you soon.

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