It's been a while and we'd like to let you guys in on everything that has been going on in development.
First things first: it has been a slow but steady realization for us that we will not be completing this game by our original goal of October this year. Over the past 3 months, we have worked almost every day, and still there is much to do! In those months we continued to learn and produce more technologies for the game, as well as better ways of getting the atmosphere and mechanics that we feel are crucial to the land of XING - especially when it comes to the Oculus Rift!
Instead of finishing quickly and giving you guys a game that is less than we want, we have opted to continue our development into the winter - striving to hit all (or most) of our creative goals for the game. Quality is what we are striving for, and we hope that everyone will understand that the wait will be necessary for a better and more polished product.
Long story short, the release for XING: The Land Beyond is now looking closer to early-mid 2014.
This was us back in April:
End of Summer Catch-Up
Our Daily Routine
Now that summer has ended, we have all gone back to our homes and are working remotely each day. A typical day means waking up around 9am and turning on Video Chat with the other two members by 10am. The rest of the day is spent working on XING, with breaks for lunch and dinner. We generally work until around 9pm, but many nights go on till around 12am. Then it begins all over again. That may sound like a lot, but we are all still excited to be working on this awesome project - with each day bringing new challenges and solutions.
Also, we take one day off each week :)
We make good use of our small amount of time off:
Look what we found!
By the Ocean
Yar! We Be Pirates!
Puzzles and Mechanics
Let's just say you guys will be in for a treat! We have tons of exciting new gameplay we have added to enhance the PC and Oculus experience! Everything from new types of puzzles to how the player can interact with objects to the detail of the material applied to each mesh.
Videos will be coming out later, showing some of these things off.
Kickstarter Rewards : The Miniatures!
We decided to order a few 3-D prints of our latest models to see how they would turn out. At first we were unsure of how some of them would come out, knowing many of them have fine details.
When they arrived, we were really ecstatic with the results:
Displayed in a cabinet:
If you missed out on getting one of these guys any would like to still help raise funds to support the project, we are extending the Add-On for miniatures until the game's release date.
After you play XING: The Land Beyond, choose your
favorite character statue from the game. Let us know what it is (within the
first 3 months of the game release) and you will get a paint-able miniature
version of that character to have and to hold. That's right, you get a real
physical miniature of any character you want.
These are $65 + Shipping.
If you decided to donate through paypal, please leave a note that says that you would like one of the miniatures. Thank you!