Dev-Diary: 41

Whoops!

So in the lead-up to my little holiday, I may have become absolutely consumed by work…. In this, I missed the normal ‘dev-diary’ time and when I noticed I decided to just update when I could because of how stressed I was. Then I ended up just getting more and more stressed as time went on so I decided to just do a big ol’ post at the end of the month before I go away! So here it is; the big ol’ post!

Aside from the extra hours of ‘money’ work I picked up to pay for this trip, and the time spent actually planning of the trip, I committed a large amount of efforts to my project. As I will be away for number of weeks, I wanted to have as much as I could completed. Naturally, there were problems along the way, however I think I am only approximately a week behind schedule, which is really good! Unfortunately, one of those problems is my computer is kind-of failing… An issue I won’t be able to address until I get back. Even though I am yet to narrow down the cause of the cause, I know it will take me a few days of work and backing-up, and possibly a couple of hundred dollars worth of parts, to fix. This is a problem for future Matthew.

I was hoping to include a photo of how the engine has come along. It now has a lovely little day-night cycle, I’ve created a sequencing system (which allows multiple events to be played in timed and specific order), and a dialogue system! There is still a bit more to go, but if all goes to plan (haha…) I should have it finished up by the end of June!

Art-wise, didn’t get to complete everything I needed. I have a lot of art completed, but this will be an on-going task. Currently I am hoping to get character profiles completed to be used as bases for modelling, which I did not get done. I will however up-hold my promise of showing some of the sketches I’ve done while working on this project. Keep in mind; everything is subject to change, or are just rough drafts, and there is plenty I can not show because spoilers~ Check down the bottom of the post for the fancy image~

Well, that’s it for me now. I’ll be heading off very soon on break so you won’t hear back from me till about June, been wracking my head around this project and work and I need a bit of a break.

Till next time, all the best~!
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THE:Concept Art

Dev-Diary: 39

Hey all~!

Sorry I’m a day late, I’ve had a random flu hit me pretty hard this week so I was a bit off with my dates and times.

This past couple of weeks have been busy, partly with boring-making-money work, partly with super-fun-time developer work. On the fun side, I’ve fixed up bit more pre-production (I told you it never stops…), and I’ve started work on the game engine proper; I’ll include a little screenshot of my early but proud progress at the end. Hopefully I’ll have a working draft with all the key features by the end of the month, and I can start working on design.

On that note however I have also been fine-tuning the characters and doing a lot of preliminary visual design for the game; from the key characters to what a chair should look like. Gotta make sure everything looks amazing! Not today, but coming up when I’m happy with how everything is looking I’ll pop up some screenshots or scans of how things are looking. For now you’ll have to settle with my current test environment~

Until next time, all the best~!
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THE:Demo Screenshot

Dev-Diary: 36

Hey everyone!

Soo the past month let’s see. I’ve mostly been doing some training in Unity and Blender for personal projects, and doing work preparing meta-game and pre-release social work for T.H.E. game. A lot of social stuff is aiming for release at the end of the month so I’ve got a number of things to prepare. Because of the nature of the game, these are all hush hush secret stuff you’ll have to figure out yourself, but I’ll be putting up links to all of these at the end of the month! Yay! Progress! As for the personal projects; I’ve been playing a lot of VRChat lately because it’s hilarious and wonderful with the Oculus (as long as you stay away from the toxicity) and I’ve been doing some modelling and unity work for it (just simple avatar stuff, but everything is experience)! Below is a screenshot of my Bill Cipher (from Gravity Falls) test model. It needs to be re-weighted, shape keys for the eye, and some custom animations, but I’m pretty happy with it for something I was just working on on the side~

BillCipherTest

ALSO! So remember ages ago I did a super short animation bit for a reanimate collab? It’s out now! Check it out at the link below! It’s a hilarious and wonderful blend of so many different art styles, and I was so happy to be a part of it! Link: https://vimeo.com/252091266

Well that’s that! Till next time, all the best~!
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Dev-Diary: 33

Hey all~

Been quite hard at work lately, lots of 3D model practice, Unity practice, and heaps of writing! I think the modelling is coming along really well! I’ve added an image at the end to show some of my progress. I’ve been practicing getting ready to start making game-ready objects and I think I’m getting there! Once I’m a bit more comfortable with Unity I’ll start doing some samples and roughs! I’m very excited!

The writing is really taking shape, a handful of different characters and locations with rather complex and overlapping  stories shared between them! I’m going to aim to get the base of the pre-production done before the end of the year; that means getting all the characters and their progress paths written up, a brief on all the areas, and general player progression. Hopefully some more concrete sketches as well (been doing a bundle of them as well~)!

I’m going to keep working hard, and hopefully try to post up a progress image every post now! Till next time, all the best~!
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3D Training - Comp 2

Dev-Diary: 31

Hey all~

Been busy with lots of random things these past couple of weeks, trying to progress with my 3D training and pre-production with T.H.E. Game. Not heaps to report, but because of the lack of unique news lately I thought I’d add a composition of some of my 3D models. They’re super rough because I’m still new to this, but compared to the poorly constructed boxes I was making a month ago I think I’ve come a long way. I’ve still got ways to go before I feel I will be game ready, but I’m getting there! Plus I need the time to refine all the pre-production fully and get more comfortable with Unity. Still lots of learning ahead of me!

Till next time, all the best~!
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3D Training - Comp 1

Dev-Diary: 21

Hey everyone,

So I didn’t make the proposed deadline for my demo unfortunately. The first half of the past two weeks I was working non-stop to try and get the demo done, however when I hit my anticipated deadline I burned out completely and crashed. Because of that, I’ve spent the past week recovering and easing back into it. I’m going to start working hard again to have it done by the next Dev-Diary on the 15th, but not so hard that I put my work before my own health.

Even though I didn’t make my deadline, I finished the showcase area which simulates an example environment for the first game I’ve planned and I’m really proud of how it looks! If I have time I’ll add a few more features to it, but as an apology of sorts for not making deadline I’m attaching two screenshots to the end of this post! I also managed to get about 70%+ of the character animations completed! After that, it’s menu visuals, final room fixes, and final bug sweeps, then it will be ready for any of you who are interested to run around in and see if you can find any errors I may have missed!

Stay tuned, and all the best!

ME:Demo Screenshot

ME:Demo Screenshot

Dev-Diary: 20

Hey everyone!

I am exhausted… I’ve been putting in the extra effort to get my demo done asap because it’s taking a really long time to produce something that not many people will actually see. A lot of the time has been consumed by simply fixing the engine along the way, however now all my Demo time is being consumed by actually making it presentable, especially the ‘Free-Play’ area which doubles as a showcase for what I hope to achieve with the projects using the engine.

Unfortunately, despite how intense work has been, there isn’t much that I can talk about mostly because I have been spending the majority of my waking, at-home, time drawing visuals. That being said, I will drop you all a little shot of how the ‘Free Play’ area is coming along! It still has to be updated; some of the walling needs to be re-textured, it needs to be cluttered, and the background needs to be drawn up, but IT’S SO CLOSE! After that, it’s character animations, menu visuals, sprucing up the (already completed) racing levels and a final bug-sweep. Let’s try and get this all in a week, yes?

Because it is so close to completion, friendly reminder that if you want to be added to the tester list for the Demo, just send me a message through the contact page on this website. Till next time, all the best!

ME:Demo Screenshot

Dev-Diary: 16

Hey everybody!

Two days late again! That’s my bad, been dealing with work and life. However, I completed the NPC area for the Demo! Those last couple of rooms got intense, nice bundles of rather complicate AI structuring. But it’s all done, and I squished a few bugs along the way! I’ll now be moving onto Combat and Inventory, however this area should be considerably simpler; the working projects from this Demo have been rearranged so that the current projects are much less combat intensive, which in-turn removes some of the Inventory issues I was having. I’ve briefly spoken about the project rearrangement before, but to clarify I will be working on the same projects, but with a different engine for a different platform, which will mean I save a lot of time and can produce higher quality and more specific works! I will announce more details sometime in the future when the Demo is done and the current generation of projects are in the works.

Outside of the Demo, I’ll be returning to put more effort into physical game production, and structure the plans for the graphic novel I’m collaborating on! The aim is to have at least 2 physical games completed by the end of the year, along with a digital game after the Demo.

Time to get back to work! Till next time, all the best!
(Oh also, here’s a screenshot of the NPC Stress-Test Room~)

Monochrome Engine - Demo - 04

Dev-Diary: 15

Hey everybody!

Sorry about being a few days late, was a bit busy with personal commitments over the past few weeks!

Anyways, I’ve been off-on productive with a few different projects; I finished the animation I was collaborating with, and I’ve included a completed screenshot at the end of this post. When the final animation is published I’ll share a link to it, but my scene in the final work is actually a colourised version I made, whereas the screenshot posted here is of the original!

The demo is still coming along. Delays from personal commitments and other work keep slowing me down, but I’ll be keeping at it! More work completed on the NPC testing area (nearly done with it!), and after this I don’t believe there is too much in the way of design, just a few more buggy updates and a nice bundle of visuals to work on.

I’ve also started some writing for another collaborative project with a friend of mine! It’s nice to focus on just writing instead of coding and art as well, especially since it’s of a whole new story outside of my own works. This is something that probably won’t show any content for a few months at least, but I’ll be keeping you posted here.

Hopefully March will be a bit kinder on how busy I am outside my projects so I can focus and try to get as much as I can done!

Till next time, all the best!

YGORA Teaser

Dev-Diary: 14

Hey everybody!

Nothing too new to report over the past 2 weeks, just general work on various projects, talking to awesome people about hoping to make awesome things. I’ve touched up some stuff in my demo and progressed further with the NPC demonstration rooms, as well as getting some drawing done for the animation project I’m helping out with. Because there isn’t really too much to report this time, I’ve decided to drop a sneak peek screenshot of the animation I’m working on into this post!

Till next time, all the best!

YGORA Teaser