In a planet torn by a cataclysmic phenomenon of ages past, you take the role of a spiritual wayfarer akin to nature, as your path becomes entwined with the fate of the world by a mysterious curse which extinguishes life on whoever carries its bewildering mark.

Accursed and forsaken, you’ll begin a journey to save yourself, as this world divided between light and shade depends upon your own fate; what outcome will follow, that’s for you to find out in Khromagick.

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Hi everyone in the Indie DB community! First of all we would like to thank those who have being supporting and following our project (family and friends included) as we welcome our newest supporters. Despite being absent for a little while, we have been working hard on achieving our goals.

We have taken some time to find the most suitable aesthetics, and we can say that we have finally found it. Also, we have been very busy putting together the elements to convey a captivating and enticing world. With this new update we want to share our progress with all of you.

World Assets (Props)

Trees

For our world vegetation, we used as inspiration some of the flora that appeared during the first sequence of the movie “Star Trek Into Darkness” attempting to resemble a good looking tropical forest with high contrast and matted colours. We created the trees taking those key points in mind, but our design require them to be minimalistic, hence low detailed texture and modeling a low poly mesh. Since unity offers a good tool for tree creation we used the game engine features to develop the trees and place the vegetation on the terrain.

2015 09 16 Bamboo Tree Red CPT
Red Bamboo Tree Concept


2015 09 16 Bamboo Tree Large
Large Bamboo Tree


2015 09 16 Bamboo Tree Dry
Dry Bamboo Tree


Rocks

Details are what make an environment feel whole and cohesive. Even the simple things can make a difference. Even if it's minimal, the overall experience is more enjoyable. In oder to continue that idea, some ambient elements need to be placed in the world. For instance rocks must fit into the visual aesthetics.

2015 09 16 Rock Large
Large Rock


2015 09 16 Rocks Small
Small Rocks


Lakes

Our main goal for the prototype is to highlight the landscape of the planet's game world. For instance, we found the thermal lakes from Iceland to be a source of inspiration. In order to convey the mood those lakes have, the assets must have water steam coming up and the water colour has to give the feeling of having diluted minerals.

2015 09 16 Geothermal Lakes CPT

This is a concept art made to try to explore the idea.

2015 09 16 Geothermal Lakes Scre

Finally, the look achieved in the game. (Please note that we still have some limitations with our current technology, since the trees are visible in the foreground and the water shader somehow hides the trees).

Animation

Having this opportunity to share a glimpse of the animation progress, we are very excited to present you with Malek’s first steps. The team has had a great time with this task; the main objective was to capture the personality of our beloved character, the feeling and flow of every single movement. Besides using professional videos for some key actions, we filmed ourselves to ensure a more organic and fluent movement.

This is a sample showing some animations of Malek.

By the way, we are also including a male character, called Tarek. By

Visual Effects

Sometimes less is more and under this premise, having an impact on the player it’s been quiet a challenge. We have done several tests with Unity’s Shuriken System to craft visual effects that follow the aesthetics of the game. Thus, creating a visual unity has to be done with all particles, in particular the Magick Spells to have fall in the "colour" category.

2015 09 17 AmbientParticles

Ambient Particles (from top to bottom: Save Point Aura, Energy Orb and Footstep).

2015 09 16 MagickSpells

Magick Spells (from top to bottom: Mind Shield and Hawk Claw)


Graphic User Interface

Our main visual influence is the North American tribes art (in particular from the North West part). To maintain the same aesthetics along different elements of the game (menus, icons, in-game spells), we used our guidelines developed previously. The result is shown in the improved heads-up display of the game: Life Containers, Magick Bar and Light / Shadow Spell Displays.
Even if developing different assets used in GUI has been exciting – as they were in constant change and improvement – we had to finish our “sprint” and focus our efforts in other tasks. We hope you like it!

2015 09 16 HUD Screenshot caps
KHROMAGICK in-game HUD


We are planning to launch our campaign anytime soon (probably using the Steam Greenlight service); that is why we want to keep some surprises for the playable prototype. So some features will be kept in the vault for a better good ;)

Thank you very much for reading. Feel free to leave us a comment :)

[A.D. Moro]
Founder & VG Project Director @ Mechanical Box Interactive

Development Update - A Taste for New Artwork, Props and More!

Development Update - A Taste for New Artwork, Props and More!

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This time we are going to show some modeling progress and the new visual look.

Development Update - Some Technicalities and First Screenshots

Development Update - Some Technicalities and First Screenshots

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We dedicate this update to bring you news about some technical concepts about the Graphic User Interface, Artifical intellect and Level of Detail and...

Development Update - Dev's Holidays Plus a Small Surprise

Development Update - Dev's Holidays Plus a Small Surprise

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It's Development Friday here at Mechanical Box Interactive, where we bring you updates for our latest title currently in the works.

Development Update - A Dev's Journey with Character

Development Update - A Dev's Journey with Character

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It's Character Monday here at Mechanical Box Interactive, as we continue to bring you bi-weekly updates for our latest title currently in the works.

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TruLogic
TruLogic

This game looks great! Ill be checking in on this form time to time.

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Neobits Creator
Neobits

Thank you very much for your support! We will try to add a weekly update. Hope you like the progress :)

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*Flame*
*Flame*

the concepts are looking great ! ill be watching this ^^

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JoseMoreno Creator
JoseMoreno

Hey *Flame*, thank you for your kind words bro, we're glad you like them, there's more to come and we can't wait to show them, but we're trying to adjust to the IndieDB rythm so people can appreciate each update :).

p.s. Your soundcloud page is real cool, keep up the nice work :)

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*Flame*
*Flame*

Thanks for that ^_^

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