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Crimson Keep is a first person Hack n'slash roguelite being developed by Ian Atherton and Ben Rog-Wilhelm with music by Matt Oglesby. It's a game about exploration, combat, and survival, but not necessarily in that order. Inspired by 90's classics Hexen and Diablo, we're setting out to make a game that marries the two, in a hellish downward spiral into a dangerous dungeon, combining RPG progression and player skill to make something very rewarding, and very fun. And maybe a little spooky.


Features

  • Randomized Content
    • Dungeon layouts
    • Enemies
    • Weapons, equipment, potions, scrolls
    • Traps, shrines
  • Engaging Combat
    • Weapons with different speeds, damage arcs, ranges.
    • Many abilities to choose from, useful for different combat situations.
    • Enemies that require special strategies such as hitting them in their weak point.
  • Paced Perfectly
    • Condense the enjoyment of an MMO's 1-60 grind into about an hour.
    • Frequently earn levels, new abilities, and new equipment, that empower the player.
    • Incremental progression that is helpful, but not completely nessecary to beat the game.
  • Re-playability
    • Each run should take a player 50 to 90 minutes to complete.
    • With every victory new floors, enemies, classes, and bosses will be unlocked.
  • Hardcore Roguelike Elements
    • Permadeath
    • Cursed items
    • Hunger
    • Deities

Every drop of XP, every piece of loot, and every bit of damage you take could determine whether you survive, or succumb to The Keep's dark power.


You will die... Alot?



Development of the game started in September 2015 using the Unity Engine. Thanks for checking out the game, and stay tuned for more updates, articles, and tweets regarding the game's development. Please feel free to comment and offer feedback on any element of the game.

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Hey everyone, Ian here. In the newest dev log video above I talk about the first couple abilities for the Scoundrel, including the very fun sneak ability.

In Depth - Combat Movement

Later in the video I talk a bit about the changes to movement in combat. It's an element of the design I've been wrestling with for quite awhile now, but I think I've settled on the model that 3rd person action games often use. In older first person slashers like Hexen, or even the more recent Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion the player can attack freely while moving, unrestricted. In Skyrim they hampered movement somewhat during attack animations, but it also depended on the weapon you were using, with one-handed weapons incurring less of a movement penalty. I find that this "Run'N Gun" style of movement, especially in melee combat is problematic. The dominant strategy becomes strafe around the enemy and quickly hit it, and back off again, or move in attack back out. It gets repetitive, and moreover because it can trivialize combat, designers have tended to over-correct by making enemies cheap. Enemies often attack too fast or at a range that feels larger than it should be (and sometimes is even larger than the player's range (without reason)).

In Dark Souls (Talking about 1 and 3 here since that's where most of my playtime has gone) very, very few enemies have attacks without a wind up before hand. If you could attack while moving in dark souls it would be a very easy game, but instead, every attack with every weapon requires you to stop moving and commit at some point. This system makes every attack you do in Dark Souls a risk/reward decision. And on top of that, choosing a weapon is an EXTREMELY important decision because of its move-set. Each weapon has a different range (hit box), animation (which amounts to speed), damage of course, and a whole other host of less important, but still relevant stats. Getting a feel for the weapons and deciding which one suits you the most and your play style is one of the most engaging and awesome elements of Dark Souls, and it all hinges on the player's inability to move while attacking. A dagger does less damage, has a shorter range, but the fastest animation speed, and a high critical damage. A great mace has a fairly large range, and a slow wind up, but massive damage. A halberd has a big range, and a fairly quick attack speed, but if you miss your target you stagger and are left vulnerable. No weapon does it all, and it takes time to learn the strengths and weaknesses of each one. This is the system I'm attempting to bring to Crimson Keep. I won't let weapons in our game amount to just numbers.

Thanks for reading my design rant!

Stop by the Merge Games booth at PAX West if you want to play the game and say hi!

-Ian

Crimson Keep News: Many new features!

Crimson Keep News: Many new features!

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This week Ian discusses some of the new features in Crimson Keep.

Crimson Keep News: Shields, gore and a publisher!

Crimson Keep News: Shields, gore and a publisher!

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This time Ian talks about shields, some flashy gore decals, and finding a publisher...

Crimson Keep News: Pathfinding, perks, and the danger zone?

Crimson Keep News: Pathfinding, perks, and the danger zone?

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This week Ian talks about the new navmesh generation and pathfinding system, a low health 'danger zone' system, and perks.

Crimson Keep News: Weapon abilities and a bunch of new enemies!

Crimson Keep News: Weapon abilities and a bunch of new enemies!

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Ian talks about the different weapon abilities, all the new enemies, and their interactions.

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HeadCrab--PRO
HeadCrab--PRO

Love the Art Style of this little indie game but the Mocap animations are a bit off.. The same goes for the ragdolls which sometimes act weird and overall the caves don't really look like caves... But everything else is good :)

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IanAtherton Creator
IanAtherton

Thanks for the feedback HeadCrab, what do the caves look like to you? Maybe I can improve the textures. They're suppose to look like caves/mines.

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HeadCrab--PRO
HeadCrab--PRO

Well , the Cave walls look like cobblestone and not stone. If you could make a more smooth version ? With maybe some water , which is next to a more mossy version of the stone and such. And the celling of the cave is just way too high. If the cave area is huge then yeah , would make sense to have the celling high. Maybe add some rails burried in the ground as you said it's in caves/mines. And minecarts with some sort of loot ? I would love to see something like this - Revozin.com ( Yea , i took a Minecraft mod as a reference. )

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jakefreeman
jakefreeman

is this game going to be free found this one i was looking for new stuff cant wait to see how good this becomes keep up the awesome work guys

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IanAtherton Creator
IanAtherton

Hey Jake, it won't be free, but shouldn't be too expensive ;)

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pie113
pie113

I come here again and again to check up on progress, and I always find that the game is still being developed further and further. I love the way it looks like it will turn out and hope it becomes a success.

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IanAtherton Creator
IanAtherton

Thanks for the kind words pie! Comments like this make it that much more rewarding!

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ReezeTheVampire
ReezeTheVampire

This looks freaking sweet. I'll be sure to keep an eye on it.

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IanAtherton Creator
IanAtherton

Thanks Reeze!

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RequiemLux
RequiemLux

looks like a lot of fun, tracking.

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IanAtherton Creator
IanAtherton

Thanks RequiemLux!

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