Inspired by the adventures of Link in the Zelda-series, the intriguing nemesis system of Shadow of Mordor, Fable's choice-dependent progression and the dance-like combat of Bloodborne, Pine brings you an ever-evolving world that provides each player with a truly unique journey.
In the world of Pine, every action, even inaction, has an effect. The direction in which you explore the island of Albamare and way in which you come into contact with its many inhabitants, defines how the world will change, evolve and adapt.
Pine is world-centric, meaning things will happen across the island even without your involvement. Based on principles borrowed from evolution and ecology theory, every single species will try what it can to survive - from small power shifts to the utter extinction of a group, Albamare's living, breathing and constantly evolving world can and will make it happen.
As you embark upon the quest to save your tribe and find a new home, you uncover intriguing details about the history of the island and how the current evolutionary course came to pass.
The island will provide you with everything you need, and as you progress, you will even discover many mysterious and helpful contraptions that will change the way you traverse, interact and fight: Scare away creatures with the Igniter, make your way across large gaps with the amazing Airglider or scale the highest cliffs using strong Climbing Axes!
The island has its share of predators and territorial species. To defend yourself against their attacks or influence the course of action, Pine features a solid and varied combat system, inspired by the "dance-like" attacks and dodges of Bloodborne.
But be wary, as your enemies will learn how you fight: They will observe you, try out different combos against you and physically evolve, to specifically oppose your style! It will force you to adapt to them in turn, so choose your enemies wisely.
Based on their specific needs, some species will try to find shelter during storms or on cold nights, or even move to a new territory in large migrations. The weather can be your ally or your worst enemy, so keep an eye out for what's coming your way.
Inspired by both classical symphonies as well as contemporary game and film music, Pine's soundtrack by Ratchet Audio seamlessly flows through the experience as if it were coming from the island itself.
In the world of Pine, Humans never reached the top of the food chain. In this novel ‘evolutionary timeline’, other species got the chance to develop language, cultivate and become smarter than ever.
You play as Hue, a timid adolescent growing up in an isolated group of Humans, deep into some beautiful pine woods. Traditionally, the tribe you live in does not go into the Out, afraid of the creatures wandering through the biosphere and afraid of losing their safety.
We are filling Albamare's ecology with wondrous locations. It features mountains, plains, forests, beaches and swamps, ready to be explored in an open world-fashion.
The weather on the island is always active, meaning a species on the other side of Albamare might be fleeing from the storm that's raging there. You might even need to take advantage of certain weather conditions to get things done!
Pine is all about your adventure and the way it evolves through your actions and interactions with its world. On your journey you will meet a wondrous cast of creatures, some more, some less evolved.
With every encounter, every interaction, you will learn more about the species you share the island with. Your decisions will alter the course of what all of Albamare will become.
You can choose to befriend a species, fight alongside them, help them to gain territory or even bring them food and resources. But you may also choose to attack them, steal their food or force them to abandon their current habitat and move on.
Your actions will shift the power of balance between Albamare's inhabitants - choose your friends and enemies wisely!
Find pieces of equipment on the island, or trade with and steal from the species living on Albamare! Earn their trust by using armor sets that resemble their cultures.
Each organism within a species looks different. Using procedural algorithms, we give each organism a personality and specialty. Based on their stats and style, they look differently. Natural selection and survival of the fittest will do the rest: the entire species will grow more towards the organisms that are strongest against you.
Let us know what you think in the comment section below! We read all feedback, suggestions and ideas.
A while back we shared a teaser preview of something bigger to come – we are glad to say that we’ve been working to update Hue!
There are a few core reasons:
This was no quick decision, obviously. The Humans underwent a lot of iteration and research. We wanted Hue to be found somewhere on the spectrum of Humans of now and Humans of old, to highlight the different evolutionary approach on Albamare.
The new Hue is something that will need getting used to, just like we had to for a few weeks – but we think there’s much more character, depth and uniqueness to the new Hue.
Alongside Hue, we did work on the other members of the tribe. Their clothing, culture and bone structure/physique was important to get right for the starting base of the story. Here are two examples:
Not only Humans, but some other unique creatures will be featured in the story too. This jolly fellow is one of them that you’ll meet along your quest!
While last month we showed a blockout of the Vaults, we have improved them further and done a large art pass on both. Here are some examples of materials for the Vault in the swamps:
The Vault in the mountain area is very moody and dark and holds a very unique secret in the area of materials and mining…
For a while we’ve been working on improving the combat a lot. As mentioned, this entails making all moves have more momentum in any direction so that the whole is much more dynamic. To tweak everything to perfection, we’ve built a combat editor, allowing us to tweak (per frame!) where the hitboxes are, what damage each attack does and what effects plays. Check it out!
We’ll keep moving forward with the world, the story and the combat. Everything is coming together already and we hope we’re building something truly special for all of you.
We are eager to share some cool stuff we worked on last month, and to tell you all about where we’re headed.
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