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Master deadly traps and savage hazards to slaughter your foes in turn-based tactical combat. Guile & Glory: Firstborn is the story of a world on the brink of ruin. A legion of nightmarish immortals sweeps across the land, slaughtering all who would oppose them. Blades shatter and arrows snap against the demonic flesh of the horde, and death follows in their wake. But as swords fail and kingdoms crumble, three heroes rise to challenge the darkness.

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Hello again, and welcome to another Firstborn development blog! It has certainly been a while since I posted an update here, but the team and I have not been idle. A lot has happened with Firstborn in the last year, and I figure it's past time to bring you all up to speed on where we are right now, and what to expect going forward.

PAX at Federation Square:

Those of you who follow my Twitter likely know we're freshly back from a preview event for PAX Aus held at Federation Square in Melbourne. It was a wild ride, and it's always awesome to meet new people and connect with some familiar faces. You may also have heard that we showed off a new demo. If you missed the event, or just fancy taking another run at that boss fight, you can get your hands on the Fed Square demo for free by clicking on the image below:

Improved Visuals and Audio:

Working on the art and sound for Firstborn has been a long road, and we still have more ground to cover before we're ready for release, but things are definitely moving in the right direction.

In addition to an ongoing overhaul of all the in-game colour palettes, we now have four distinct area types with their own style, colours and ambient weather effects.

We've also been busily recording new audio effects for all the characters and gameplay effects. It's been a steep learning curve, but we're starting to make tangible progress in that aspect as well. More on the audio later.


Early Access and Release:

There's been a bit of a question mark hanging over the time-frame for Firstborn's release since the project started, but we finally have a launch window pretty close to locked in. We will be launching Firstborn on Steam in February of 2019.

Whether we will hit full release right away, or first undergo a period of early access remains to be seen. Whatever the case, I will endeavour to keep you all in the loop here and on Twitter as development continues.

Free Pre-Alpha:

As you likely know, we have a range of free demos available right here on IndieDB, including a public pre-alpha that offers a fairly sizeable slice of in-development content for players to test out.

Our next major milestone is a significant update to the Pre-Alpha, focusing on narrative and world-building, to give players a proper taste of what Firstborn will be like before the game hits Steam in February.

We don't have a final date for the launch of the Pre-Alpha update just yet, but it will definitely be rolling through before the end of the year.

PAX Aus 2018 and Other Announcements:

That s right, we'll be at PAX Australia again this year, and thanks to the generous support of the Academy of Interactive Entertainment's Incubator Program, this time we'll have our very own PAX Rising Indie Pod!

We also have a couple of other exciting Firstborn-related announcements due in the next week or so. We're not quite ready to make those announcements officially yet, but stay tuned as they'll be coming through soon.

If you are coming to PAX Aus this year, please feel free to stop by the booth and say hello! The team will be there, along with a new demo to show off some of the content we've been working on in the last few months.

Thank you for reading this Firstborn development blog, and I hope to see you at PAX Aus!

Creating the Firstborn: The Art Pipeline

Creating the Firstborn: The Art Pipeline

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This week we take a look at the art pipeline for Firstborn - how we come up with characters, the tools we use to bring them to life, and the steps from...

Magic in Firstborn: Essence, Invocation and Sorcery

Magic in Firstborn: Essence, Invocation and Sorcery

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For this week's development blog, we take a closer look at how magic works in the savage world of Firstborn.

Firstborn Lore Breakdown: Human, Firstborn, Unborn - Oh My!

Firstborn Lore Breakdown: Human, Firstborn, Unborn - Oh My!

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It's been a little while, but the Firstborn development blog is back! This week, we go in-depth with the three mighty factions at play in the world of...

Firstborn - Guardian Hero Breakdown

Firstborn - Guardian Hero Breakdown

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For this week's blog, we learn all about the upcoming Guardian hero and some of the abilities she can bring to bear against the Firstborn!

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Firstborn Federation Square Demo 2018

Firstborn Federation Square Demo 2018

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A free, public version of the demo we showed at the PAX event in Federation Square this year. Similar to last year's PAX demo, with a host of visual improvements...

Firstborn PAX Aus 2017 Release V1.1

Firstborn PAX Aus 2017 Release V1.1

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A revised version of the build from PAX Australia, with a host of bug-fixes and tweaks.

Firstborn PAX Aus 2017 Release

Firstborn PAX Aus 2017 Release

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The public version of this year's PAX build for Firstborn! Play the same content that we showed at PAX Aus 2017, revised and improved based on your feedback...

Firstborn Pre-Alpha 3.1 (Lorebook Update)

Firstborn Pre-Alpha 3.1 (Lorebook Update)

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The latest update for the Firstborn Pre-Alpha brings a range of visual improvements, the Lorebook, and a massive new boss to test your skills!

Firstborn PreAlpha 3.01

Firstborn PreAlpha 3.01

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The first patch for the new pre-alpha! Contains a handful of bugfixes and some small visual updates.

Firstborn Pre-Alpha 3

Firstborn Pre-Alpha 3

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This is it! Firstborn Pre-Alpha 3 is finally available. This version should be stable, and includes a lot more content than previous versions Expects...

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