Been a LONG time since the last devlog, hasn’t it? After the Indiegogo campaign ended, it took me a while to reorient myself and get back to my old daily schedule of actually developing the game.
As mentioned earlier, I shall be moving in with my friends. This is actually great, as the work of game dev can often get lonely and a little maddening when working all alone - so being around should help keep my spirits up as we head into the final months of development! Expect pictures of the new work space! (if it ends up looking good, that is
This isn’t my new bedroom. I don’t live in the 90s. But the game’s characters sure do! Recognize anything? :)
During the past weeks, after wrapping up campaign related work, I dived head first into finishing up the remaining scenes so as to bring the core of the game to a 100% completion state. I’ve been able to keep a good pace, and the 100% should be achieved in the next 4-5 days! Then it’s on to the new, exciting parts!
Here’s the updated sprite for fan favorite “Grandpa”!
Exciting parts include - Adding the diary mechanic, improving speech bubbles/ UI (woo!), expanding the town hub “open world” and filling it with life/ NPCs/ dialogs/ things to see, connecting the hub with all the existing scenes so that the player can play through it accordingly. I hope to have this done between Sept-Oct. (Huge trouble if I don’t, so wish me luck!)
That’s a lot of extremely important work, after which I shall get on to polishing, adding/ improving cutscenes, weather effects, and trying to bring everything together in a cinematic manner so the whole experience “flows” cohesively.
That’s it for this update. Just a few more months to go. Just a little more (hah) work to do! Thanks for coming along on this journey <3
Exciting news - physical rewards tiers are now available for the Indiegogo campaign! These include stickers, posters, mugs and T-shirts!
Check out the campaign here: https://igg.me/at/rainswept/x/19050938
Want to have a chance at getting these for free? Check out this giveaway contest! https://www.destructoid.com/contest-get-swept-up-in-this-rainswept-prize-pack-515994.phtml
I’m really excited to announce that the Indiegogo campaign for Rainswept is now live! Please consider supporting the game by following this link: https://igg.me/at/rainswept/x/19050938
Also, here’s the new trailer:
What do you think? Let me know!
This week I’ve got something cool to show you - the process that I’ve used for creating a couple of short cutscenes so far for Rainswept. Check it out!
As you can see, the scene is created by animating separate images for the eyes, nose/ eyebrows, face, body and the hands. The process is pretty simple, a lot of fun and also very satisfying!
You can see the component parts here:
These are the kind of cinematic and dramatic and moments I want to provide in Rainswept, and I’ll try to add a few more detailed shots of this kind to complement the simplistic style of the rest of the game.
I decided to record me painting a cloud that'll be used in Rainswept. Also, I love painting clouds.
Here's a couple of new screenshots from the game. Can't say much more without giving away spoilers!
It's been a while since the last devlog, mainly because I've been working on the final scenes of the game. I wouldn't want to show anything related to the climax! Something I can show is the new artwork for the interrogation/ interview room. The original art was basically a conference room being used for interviews, but it didn't suit the atmosphere of the game. It was too... clean, and I wasn't satisfied with it. The perspective type view also didn't fit very well:
You might have read that the game is, in part, inspired by Korean thriller/ murder films, the biggest influence being Memories of Murders (which is also my all time favorite film) One of the things these films have influenced is the atmosphere. And I feel the new interrogation room (which is a store room being used for interviews) fits this influence, and the atmosphere of the game a lot better. The color palette is also very inspired by what is usually seen in those films, especially when it comes to scenes in police stations. I'm also happy with how damp, grungy and cluttered it looks.
I feel this blends well with the rest of the art style of the game as well, and I'm quite satisfied with it!
You can see a lot of those elements in this shot from the opening minutes of Memories of Murders:
It's been a while since the last devlog, but development is moving along smoothly. Almost 80% of the game's content has been created, which will then be followed by UI improvements, QA, polishing, bug fixing, localisation and admin tasks. That should give a decent idea of a possible release date! (Which could be anywhere between August this year to Feb 2019)
Here's a few shots of what's new:
Painterly skies from a specific scene in the game. Making this has inspired me to add cool clouds throughout the game. I might just!
The motel at night. Still a work in progress, but it's coming together well, I think.
A shot of the detective from one of the cutscenes. The trees in the background had just been imported and yet to be scaled up, which made the shot look quite surreal. Wish I could show more!
That's all for this week, thanks for reading these and supporting the game!
The past few weeks I've been working on adding new locations, story bits and new systems to play with. I've been playing around with ideas to allow players to do a bit more gameplay wise, and this involves the ability to pick and move objects about. Here's a preview of this using puppies as placeholders (cause, why not?)
Yes the puppy(s) will feature in the game as well.
As for new locations, here's where the detective will stay for the duration of the investigation. It's still a work in progress, and I can't wait to get it done!
Plotting out the surrounding areas
Added some color!
The woods around Pineview are a major part of the town's identity, so here's a look at the atmosphere within them:
We're making speedy progress, let's keep moving!
See you next time
After taking a break for a few days, this week’s been witness to hardcore development! The first couple of days were spent on restructuring the game and creating most of the systems that will allow players to move freely between locations using the main market street as a “hub” between investigations. This mostly meant creating a lot of variables to keep in check if a player has completed a certain investigation, and how the world state of the hub/ market street should react to that (stop the player from re-doing the same investigation, open up a new scene, change time/ weather etc)
Of course, there’s not much to show when it comes to that. But other than that, the next few days have been a bit more visually appealing, so here’s some screenshots!
The first is a concept art that I made in a couple of minutes while listening to some shoegaze :) The song in question is “Finland” by Vet Trip. Give it a listen, it’s as beautiful, shimmering and dreamy as you’d imagine.
I also spent some time creating lightning effects for the church interiors (the quality of the gif isn’t the greatest, but it looks fine in-game!)
See you next time!
This week, I'm taking a break from development in order to sort out the admin side of things. There isn't much to show this week, so I thought would be great to turn around and look back at how far we've come. The perspective gained by this should also help plan ahead for the final months.
To start with, here's some concept art created between October-December 2016:
It's also worth discussing the phases of development over the past year or so:
October - December 2016: Planning development, creating the idea, story and concept for the game
January - May 2017: Creating gameplay prototypes, learning how to work with Unity, fleshing out the story and creating foundations
May - December 2017: "Development" begins - The game consists of about 60 "scenes", 12 scenes were created and polished for the demo that was released in January 2018. A huge number of graphical assets (trees, vegetation, characters, skies, furniture, vehicles, coffee mugs, random clutter etc) were also created during this time, reducing development time for the upcoming months. Many other things, like particle effects animations etc also had to be created from the ground up, and can be reused throughout the game.
January - February 2018 : Demo release! A major highlight during the development that gave me a lot of valuable feedback, proved the viability of the game idea, connected me to an interested audience and gave me a LOT of encouragement. This month was spent on making improvements to the demo and fixing bugs according to player feedback.
February - March 2018: Next 13 "scenes" completed. It's interesting to note that the first 12 scenes took about 6 months to finish, and the next 13 took only about a month. This is, as mentioned before, because a huge number of assets were already created in the previous months. I also gained experience and became much quicker with the engine. With these two chunks of 12 and 13 scenes done, there were 35 scenes more of the total 60 to go - 40% of the way there in terms of "making the game" at least!
March - April 2018: Staying solidly on track and not falling behind schedule, chunk no. 3 is finished. 36 scenes done, 24 to go. Crossed the halfway mark and made it to 60%!
Future plans and schedule-
April - May 2018: Finish chunk number 4 (48 out of 60 scenes) to make it 80% of the scenes.
May - June 2018: Finish the final chunk and have the complete game ready and playable in terms of all content!
June, July, August 2018: Polish the game, add localisations, bug test, bug test, bug test. Make the game cooler in all areas, add some pending features and prepare for release.
End August 2018 - early September - hopefully: Release! This is the ideal scenario, but of course there could be delays. Fortunately, development is completely on track as of now and hopefully that continues!
It's crazy to realize that more than 15 months have gone by, and if things go according to plan, there are only 5 more months of development to go. It's been a lot of fun.
What's also crazy (And fun) is to look back on all the improvements that were made to some of the art for the game. For instance, here's how the first level (crime scene exterior) of the game looked before:
And here's the new one, which was seen in the demo:
The detective's coat also received an update:
Here's another one. First feeble, terrible attempts at creating the crime scene interior level, before I'd found the groove and discovered the art style for the game:
And a few months later:
A few months can make a big difference!
See you next time? :)
Hi, I'm Armaan, the creator of Rainswept. On this blog, I post weekly updates about the game's development (or as often as possible!)