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New NAIRI blog post! How did NAIRI came to be? A bit about putting player experience first!

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03/10/2016 - From Nothing to NAIRI

Let's talk a bit about how NAIRI came to be.
It's weird to look back at some early stuff - so much has changed.
The game wasn't even called NAIRI back then!

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One of our first sketches of Nairi, Shirin and the Tower.


When we design games, we don't start with a story or a specific gameplay mechanic.
NAIRI didn't even start out as a point&click adventure!
Instead, we started with an experience we want our players to have.

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We wanted the experience to feel magical. Our modern exotic city gradually shifted to what is now 'Shirin'.


We really wanted players to enjoy a compelling narrative-puzzle experience, with a special art-style to bring it all together.
The next step was to think of gameplay mechanics that would effectively convey this experience.
This is why NAIRI eventually became a point&click adventure!

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A dungeon with a different, brighter feel and puzzle-set than, for instance, the Luna Ruins.


The same is true for NAIRI's story - first comes the intended experience.
We didn't start with narrative devices or specific plots.
Instead, NAIRI's world, characters and plot were - and are - finetuned around what we want our players to feel.

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Some pages of reference, descriptions and history - to build a believable world with interesting lore.


So we went from nothing, to an experience - and from there to gameplay mechanics and a story.
We slowly 'stumbled upon' NAIRI - and now we're finally ready to show our concept to the world,
and hope people will love it as much as we do!

yt_headerNAIRI organically grew from nothing to an intended experience, and finally a fleshed-out concept.


If you've been following NAIRI, or got interested by this blogpost, you should check out our Kickstarter page.
This is just the beginning for NAIRI!

Thanks a lot for reading, everyone - and remember, we're always available for questions.
Have a super nice day!

-Joshua, HomeBearStudio
(Co-Owner, Programmer, Designer, Composer)

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