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Ever had that itching desire to break out of hell and into the highest reaches of heaven? In Party of Sin, you take control of the Seven Deadly Sins in a coopetitive puzzle-platformer for 1-4 players. Master a large, dynamic team of anti-heroes -- the Seven Deadly Sins -- as you forge your destiny on a quest to troll humanity. Envy, Greed, Sloth, Pride, Wrath, Lust, Gluttony are all multi-dimensional with special powers useful in many situations. Swap characters on the fly as you change tactics based on the situation: ALL the Sins are useful in combat, ALL the Sins aid in puzzle solving, and ALL the Sins have coop interactions, both Good and Evil. Adventure: A full 6 to 8 hours of gameplay is provided, in both solo and coop modes. Play over 20 levels on your adventure through Hell, Purgatory, Earth and Heaven. Upgrade your Sins in the shop by collecting God's forbidden apples. Five bosses like the Demon Narwhal and the Airship Captain stand in your way.

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The Party of Sin team continue their commitment to open development updates. Pictures of Hell inside!

Posted by MadMechwarrior on Feb 11th, 2011

Hello All!

Here is our second post as part of our commitment to open development. We had our usual weekly meeting on Monday (we do it over Skype) and we had an in depth talk about some core issues in our development. Tobias, our concept artist, started the discussion. We’ve got some more progress pics as well. Let me fill you in.

We’re putting everything we’ve got into Party of Sin and we want to make sure it’s an exciting experience from beginning on end. That being said, a lot of our levels are taking longer than anticipated. Introducing unique mechanics in each level and having exciting action sequences puts a strain on level designers and artists alike; but we don’t want to ship with filler content! Of course, we also want to get the game in the hands of gamers as quickly as possible and get feedback. These goals contradict each other, but here are a few options we discussed:

  1. Selling the game in episodic packs: This way we can get a little money and get some early feedback to make the following episodes better. We could sell Hell as one product for instance.
  2. Reducing Purgatory to a few levels, leaving us with fewer levels in the end (We will NOT sacrifice quality, just concentrate the awesomeness)
  3. Taking preorders with open development: This is the strategy Wolfire is taking, but it might make the experience of the game a little disjoint (and make the story rather hard to follow).
  4. Stay the course and stick to the plan.

Story really isn’t a priority in Party of Sin, and that means we can switch things around to make the game as enjoyable as possible. Our main focus is combat and platforming, and we’re making some great progress there. What do you think about our strategies? As an indie gamer, does getting a half-finished adventure bother you? Will you replay it as we update it?

On the technical side of things, I have been working on fixing a lot of bugs, including a doozie with the renderer this morning. We’ve been making a lot of changes to deep and dark parts of the code and it has made the game a little unstable. We’re getting it fixed though, no worries! I implement scripted camera movement last week and the artists have started putting together some cutscenes. Blake has been working on some new music which I had a chance to include in the game this week. I’ve also need working on categorizing our sound effects and tweaking the sound levels a little better. XACT is a really powerful tool.

Scripted Camera Test
First scripted camera test, this is when a sin triggers his/her superpower.

For design, Vince has been working on Hell4. This is our turtle riding level. The Sins have to dodge obstacles, machine gun fire and traverse through a set of locks in this level. Vince has been working on the machine gun section and the locks recently. Last week progress was slow because of sickness, but he’s told me he quit his WoW subscription, so we should be seeing some good progress soon :P .

Hell3 has improved considerably thanks to Liz and Paul this week. Liz has worked like a pro and gotten the lighting from last week fixed. Here are a few renders of the level taking shape!

Hell3 in Max

Hell3 Pillars Sink Hole


Finally, Alex and I had a chance to interview with Global TV’s Focus Montreal this week (we’ll be on air Saturday at 6:30 pm for those in Montreal). We taped that yesterday and I have to say it was a wonderful experience. Thanks to Thalia and Richard for inviting us to the show. The video will be online Tuesday, we’ll post about it in more detail then.

Stay tuned for more progress next week!
Dan

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Snarboo
Snarboo Feb 12 2011, 9:32pm says:

The level design in Hell 3 is giving me Ghouls 'n' Ghosts vibes, which is awesome. :D

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Alex_Galasso Creator
Alex_Galasso Feb 13 2011, 1:03pm replied:

:D there are still a few tweaks to be done... but its coming along

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