There are those in life who are just way better than others at making people do what they want. But how to express this in games? Today I will go through how we have done this in Mesmer.
Resources and influence are the core of Mesmer, so for us, this system is very central. I will go into the process of swaying individuals today. Swaying the masses is an entirely different animal that I will get back to some other day.
Games are doing far better these days in terms of characterization and dialogue. It used to be that even in games that let you talk to whomever you wanted, they would only have the one single thing they ever said. Today, developers often weave dialogue far better into the narrative, using it to create fuller, breathing storylines.
Hi everyone. My name is Peter. I am project lead on Rain Games new game, Mesmer. I am also the game designer for the project.
With Mesmer it occured to me that over the last one and a half year, we have been working on and building a lot of things that as far as I know have no equivalent in other games. Perhaps this is something that people would be interested in knowing more about?
It is a big step for a small Indie company to leave the safe playground of PC gaming, and go out into the big- boy company arena of consoles.
We are happy to announce that Teslagrad is coming out for the PlayStation®3!
Like our general release we are aiming for this fall.
It has been pretty clear to us that Sony is doing it’s best to make us, and probably other indies too, feel welcome on their platforms.
We are glad we are using Unity as a game engine because this allows us a great flexibility in porting the game to different platforms, and we might have some other exciting news for you in the near future.
In other news we are doing really well on Greenlight. We just got up to 90th place today in total yes votes ever, joining company where many have been on the list for a long time. We will still need about twice as many votes to have a chance of getting greenlit, so we hope we keep enough wind in our sales to stand the race to the finish.
We have arrived at GDC, and had a great first day. It´s gone by quickly with meetings. The main expo is still being built but we will be ready to show our game at the nordic pavillion tomorrow.
Peter, posing in front of the soon to be finished expo floor.
GDC is a huge convention, and we where a bit overwhelmed at the start, but after struggeling a bit with the registration and studying some floor plans, we have a pretty good idea of where everything is.
Consulting the internet for meeting locations. Lucky for us that GDC has more wifi hotspots than you can shake a stick at
We just got on Desura, and apparently this is the time of year for their “Indie of the year” award. We don’t have a game out yet, not even a demo, but since we got automatically entered trough our Inide DB page, we might as well try to make the top 100.
In fact: If we make it that far, we might even manage to get a demo out before the contest is over. So please vote for us. Here is a convenient link
In other news we had a nice little round of press. Indiegamer and Eurogamer amongst others picked up on our Indie DB debut, and it seems people like the look of the game. We hope we can get similar coverage once we actually have something people can download.
We have 8 Levels, 2 bossfights and some art assets left to build on Teslagrad before we are in pure bugfix and polish mode. This has made us focus more on the testing and eventual release.
Our goals for the game is to release it on Steam, Xbox live Arcade, and Playstation Network, but concrete deals are still pending. We may yet have to pass through Steams New and still quite scary Greenlight Project. In any case we would like to be available through as many different avenues as possible, and so we are giving Desura a try.
The main feature with the site that caught our eye is the possibility of running alpha testing through the site. With a great feature like that of course we also owe them a release on their system.
From the looks of it you can expect to see Teslagrad on sale on Desura in the future. It is already possible to read about the game on Indie DB that is run by the same group.
It is a bit shameful that we still only have the short ingame video that we made in all haste for IGF to show people. Making the game itself takes up most of our time, but we are pretty confident that we will be able to post a much stronger video before the end of the year.
We got hacked. Or at least a plugin for our homepage did. Unfortunately we cannot make the old posts from Tumblr display there again the way the page has been set up. For about a day, you could instead read about the greatness of Allah…
We are working on the graphics for the next area of the game. The picture above is a sample.
And: I am sorry for the lack of updates lately. Hopefully this will improve.
The first game out of Bergen has finally been released. Naval War from our good friends and competitors at Turbotape Game can be found on Steam, and the release party was this week. We were invited along with the rest of the game studios, local press, sponsors and others, and it was a blast.
The game itself is a hard core strategy game. Not the most accessible, but a fantastically realistic simulation that nonetheless is quite playable. Reading the manual is probably still recommended, though.
Later this year we are expecting Owlboy form D-Pad and Gravity run from badger punch to come out too. It seems that the first year of Bergen releases will be a busy one.
Spillmakerlauget arranges developers beer next week. This is an informal get-together for the video game companies in Bergen, as well as students of any subject somehow related (Art, programming, 3d and so forth), or any individual interested in games and the designing there of.
The event is held on the 25th of April, at Kvarteret in Bergen at 18:00 o’clock. Are you wondering whether you might be welcome here? Well… There will be alcohol, so you need to be at least 18. Other than that all you need is the interest. These events have started to gather quite a few attendants (About 30 last month), so you will have to take the initiative to blend in yourself as it is getting harder to notice who might be new.
So: Look for the guy with the sideburns at the event if you want me to introduce you to people. Well met to all you new devs.