In the last development update I wrote that the next weeks would hopefully give opportunity to build some 'real' content for the prototype. Turns out there was a whole lot more coding needed on the base framework. And there still is.
While I managed to adapt the sequence editor that is already used for all dialogues and other logic constructs to be also usable for building behavior patterns for the NPCs and enemies, this needs a lot more finetuning, bugfixing and refactoring. The Aseprite Animation Importer I mentioned last time got some improvements and an official home on Github: Github.com
A good friend of me, Richard Baxter (@raxterbaxter), helped with adding a custom skin/hair color shader to the project. Makes the game instantly more colorful. The world will still have appropriate color schemes for the different parts and scenarios, but crowded areas like the Puke Bar can now be shown it all its glory and variety. (The image below, quality of characters etc. is just work in progress, of course.)
Handling of characters, dialogue etc. saw many small improvements. Characters have partings words now, comment when picking up items and entering combat etc. And finally, dialogue gets interrupted by nearby enemies and can be resumed afterwards.
World building continues mostly through images and writing some ideas down. There is an abstract of a story I have in mind, but I should work more on factions etc. before nailing it down. On a side note, I finished the Daily Art Streak, which means 365 artworks of any kind on a daily basis. I plan to continue with daily artworks because they were the foundation of last year's productivity and the beginning of Death Trash itself. You can find my latest images over here: Streak.club
There was a lot of positive feedback from many people about the project. The concept and the artwork in general gets love and encouraging comments. What some of those people interested in the project wrote to me is that they would rather have a great experience, a full game, than a rushed one. I agree there. I would rather create a quality experience than getting a premature game out sooner. So while the possible release date of 2016 still stands for now, there's a good chance it will be changed to a later date when the scope of the project unfolds.
The next weeks I will continue with world design and more coding. This time hopefully a bit more on the gameplay side than 'just' framework and tools.
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