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My name is Slawomir and I am developing "This is The End" game in my spare time, as a hobby project.

The game combines the squad-based strategy features of XCOM with survival elements; it is based in a steampunk + vermintide setting.

I am doing the development alone; I am working with a pixel artist who creates the graphics for the game.

I am aiming on creating a vertical slice of the game, which is focused on a single tactical mission. There's still a lot of stuff to do, but I am slowly making progress.

Make sure to leave some comments/questions below - I will appreciate any kind of ineraction. Many thanks for all of your interest!

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Well I'll be damned! It seems that polishing the game requires far more effort than I anticipated! In my defence I can say I didn't have any experience with it up to this point, so I am learning as I go.

I know that the game is feature complete. However, this does not stop me from expanding the work backlog.

But first things first: there were still directional animations missing, so I created some of them. Rogues now have up/down animations for throwing grenades:

I skipped the diagonal animations for the throwing. Seems like using the default ones work correctly when dealing with diagonal angles:

Also, I managed to fix some game bugs during my playtesting sessions. Man, I can't remember when I played something else than my game... good thing is that I am still having fun with it. I guess mostly because each run is slightly different, so this stuff does not get repetitive.

Here's one of the glitches I encountered. Two rats present on the same tile, one of them stuck in an infinite animation loop.

(Now that I think about it, I did play another game recently! It was Crying Suns, and it was amazing. Go check it out, there's a demo available.)

And here's the thing: during playtesting, I found a number of things that I believe need improving. That's why my work backlog keeps on expanding. But hey, I guess that's what the polishing phase is really about.

Anyways, even though I didn't plan to to anything about it, I changed the way the tutorial messages are displayed.

Here's the old way of handling them:

And the new one:


I didn't want the tutorials to take up whole screen space, so I put them on the side. The text has been split into smaller pieces that should be easier to handle by the player.

Hopefully this time I will be happy about the outcome and I won't touch this part of the game anymore.

What's next?

I need to work on the visuals for the loot points. The whole idea of the "scavenge run" demo mission is to search through these points, and I am not really displaying them in any way - they are simply marked by an indicator. Adding some real graphics for it might make the gameplay experience even better.

Thanks for reading!

As usual, if you'd like to receive more frequent updates about the development and a heads-up about release of the demo, follow me on Twitter at @bryquTheDev.

Also, do help me out reaching a bigger audience! Please share, retweet or simply tell others about the game - each new follower gives me a big confidence boost!

Devlog #51: polishing, adding animations

Devlog #51: polishing, adding animations


New gif-heavy devlog entry for my #steampunkratgame. Seems I am really closing in on finishing the tech demo!

Devlog #50: designing weapon overload mechanics

Devlog #50: designing weapon overload mechanics


New devlog entry for my #steampunkratgame. I am rambling a lot about game design, but there are some neat gifs there as well. Enjoy!

Devlog #49: Getting closer to the finish line

Devlog #49: Getting closer to the finish line


New devlog entry for my #steampunkratgame. Gif-heavy.

Devlog #48: Reducing difficulty and icons count

Devlog #48: Reducing difficulty and icons count


New devlog entry for my the squad-based survival strategy #steampunkratgame.


Is this turn based?

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Bryku Creator

Yup, it is. Same as in XCOM/Darkest Dungeon. You can read more at Steampunkratgame.com

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This is certainly something in which I'd be interested. Is this project still under active development, or was it abandoned?

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Bryku Creator

Certainly, the project is alive and well!
You can follow the progress on my devlogs on itch.io (https://bryqu.itch.io/this-is-the-end/devlog) or TIGSource (https://forums.tigsource.com/index.php?topic=65119).

Also, do check out my Twitter page: Twitter.com

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