Welcome to Crest, an indirect god sim where you take care of humans as if they were your own children. But your only way to interact with them is by issuing commandments written in a pictographic language.
How these commandments are interpreted and remembered is not set in stone. What you communicate and what experiences your followers have with the environment is the basis for their religion. Over time, commandments can develop different associations and completely change their meaning. After all, your followers still have a free will and will sometimes do what they think is best for them, regardless of what you had in mind.
Consequences of your actions may not always be clear and you will need to be aware of the ever-changing environment and your people's disposition, amongst others their disposition towards you. Expressing yourself is the key of Crest; you will do so through your people and the world they shape.
Every new world you start is unique and will write its own little stories. If all your followers die, that world is gone forever. However, you will still be able to view the legacy of your previous worlds. As long as your people live you can continue playing and further shape your own history by creating more and more complex commandments with newly unlocked words.
Crest is an Afrofuturist game that reimagines how humanity arose in the cradle of humankind on the African continent. It's a historical themed game that tries to emulate an advanced iron age civilization that could have existed a few thousand years ago. The setting for the game world, its flora and fauna is based on African biomes, with rainfall determining the tug-of-war between desert, savanna and jungle.
Well, we got a launch date! 8th March 2018! Check out what's all going to be in the full version:
We will have an Official Launch Trailer as well soon, for now here's a little tease:
Yes, the secret is out, I've been working on the launch trailer for a few weeks now. It's almost done and I look forward to see your reactions to it!
This week, I've done a little bit of everything. I've been sick, I've been doing some playtesting, fiddling around with UI stuff and helping out with the trailer. The main thing I've been doing is Steam Achievements! Gonna be a lot of fun to unlock them all when they're added. Below is a sneak peek!
I have mostly been balancing, polishing, and fixing minor bugs. It is kind of like playing whac-a-mole. Usually when I go to fix something, I discover something else that I need to do. The biggest balancing task was the new stamina rework that Johannes W made.
Previously, followers were allowed to overperform and do actions even though their stamina was depleted. The stamina system is now consistent and much better at predicting how much work the follower can do. I have gone through all the follower actions and given them reasonable stamina costs.
For me, this week has mostly been about hunting bugs. I fixed so followers can mine right after they have built a Mine and I fixed some camera movement glitches. I also finished up the code for how we track Steam achievements. We have a bunch of achievements now that are ready to be published but have some graphics and design left to do for that. I look forward for when the Steam achievements are fully done!
I have been working with the tutorial together with our resident designer Emelie. It is getting an update to accommodate all the changes that are in the game since the last release.
The core tutorial system has been tweaked a bit and I have constructed brand new debug tools for it to ease testing it out. It is all shaping up really well and it will probably be complete some time next week.
I have been working on updating the tutorial, making sure that all the new features are explained and that the flow is improved upon. I have also been working on balancing and a little bit of whatever comes up since we are doing our best to make everything work as intended. Tweaks here and there on pretty much everything is the best way to explain it all really.
This week has seen a lot of game balancing and bugfixing. I have been actively helping out with playtesting to focus our efforts on the most important parts these coming weeks since, Holy crap, we're actually releasing the game soon! Beyond that I've also kept up the preparational work for GDC, and some other stuff concerning the company, so I've been kinda split between all sorts of things..
Have a nice weekend!
It's been an exciting four years of development for us and now we're finally ready to share our official launch date for Crest with the world!
This week all our programmers gathered together to take apart Crest's code piece by piece to find what's causing the random crashes. We finally did! But...
More pixelated images, a folder named Company Secrets and running away from dangerous animals. Yes, this is how gamedev life looks like.
What a week it has been! We’ve put out two patches and one hotfix since the last Dev Blog but we’ve also done lots of other stuff this week!
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Public Prototype build of Crest for Linux - Patch 2
Public Prototype build of Crest for Mac - Patch 2
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