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THE GAME



In a distant kingdom long ago laid a secluded, peaceful mountain village, untouched by the ever changing world around it. The villagers, however, know only one thing: Leaving is not an option; for any who do, will find themselves in the grasp of a mysterious dark curse.

That is until the village’s only child, a young boy, begins to uncover strange messages from an unknown source. These messages are seemingly warning him of a darkness, guiding him towards something, something mysterious, something that will forever alter his legacy and those around him. Will he take up the blade and embark on a treacherous adventure to become the hero this forsaken kingdom needs? Or stand back as he watches the mistakes of the past be repeated once more?


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The Untold Legacy is an engaging, atmosphere drenched action-adventure RPG, with a bright and colorful art style set in a surreal and often creepy setting. You will be brought to tears as you uncover the twists and turns in this emotionally story-driven experience that will leave you shocked and surprised as you discover the secrets the world of Touchstone has to offer.

Explore this breathing and vibrant open world, as you tackle dungeons and overcome obstacles in any order you deem necessary, in this non-linear adventure. Become immersed as you encounter the kingdom inhabitants and help them in meaningful and rewarding ways that promise only to enrich the game experience. Face off against a plethora of unique monsters and bosses, as you combine strategy and skill with real time fast paced combat, that will reward you with every landed blow.


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FEATURES

  • Emotion Driven Story
    Drawing from the experiences in our everyday lives, The Untold Legacy sets out to recreate some of the most heartfelt and gut wrenching moments imaginable.

  • Atmosphere Drenched
    Using the latest in advanced lighting, animation, and particle effects, The Untold Legacy is set to truly bring a living breathing world to life for your enjoyment.

  • Dynamic Movement
    Due to the technologies being used, we are able to seamlessly blend or combine animations in ways that will make the world feel more natural and alive.

  • Hand Crafted Open World
    Everything is 100% handcrafted and designed with the utmost care, from the art, puzzles, enemies and secrets. It’s all been strategically placed for the greatest experience possible.

  • Non-Linear Progression
    Tackle any obstacle in any order you wish. We won’t hold your hand, nor would we want to. Whether it is the game's main story, or a side stories, it’s completely up to you to decide what to do, and when to do it.

  • Exploration
    A vast open world to explore from creepy forests, caves, swamps, mountain tops, snow covered wastelands, deserts, temples, hidden shrines, haunted houses, castles to the various dungeons that fill the world - all of which is at your disposal from the very beginning.

  • Natural Growth
    Just like in the real world, nobody starts off as an unstoppable warrior. Begin the adventure and watch as our young protagonist transforms himself from a feeble boy, to an epic hero.

  • Fast Paced / Intuitive Combat
    Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better we made the combat faster and more intuitive, making it possible for you to feel like more of a hero than ever before.

  • Beautiful Custom Music and Sounds
    Music and sounds beautifully orchestrated from scratch for each and every occasion. Whether it is a meaningful heartfelt moment, or an all-out battle to the death, we will leave your ears satisfied.

  • Items
    A completely unique and fresh set of items designed specifically for this adventure. Whether it is a puzzles, or combat, you’re sure to be pleasantly surprised to see what's uncovered.

  • Puzzles
    Puzzles are built into the very core of the game. They are tailored it to fit perfectly with every skill, item, enemy and weapon at the player’s disposal, resulting in the most engaging and intuitive puzzles possible.

  • Dungeons
    9 uniquely designed dungeons each with their own set of enemies, puzzles and bosses.

  • Enemies & Bosses
    A plethora of enemies, all with varying degrees of attributes, behaviors, difficulty and skill. Research and study them well if you have any hopes of overcoming them all.


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INSPIRATION


The game draws inspiration from many popular titles, ranging back to the classics of the 80’s, up until the console behemoths and indie titles of the present. One of which will draw the most obvious of comparisons is the action-adventure defining series, The Legend of Zelda. As massive Zelda enthusiasts ourselves, it has been a major influence for this game and will no doubt be a treat for long time fans of the series and newcomers alike.

Although this game has some obvious influences, it is not a clone or cookie cutter project - at every turn we are injecting our own flavor and unique ideas. From the story, combat, items and puzzles we are finding ways to expand and enhance old ideas, as well as insert completely new concepts to create a unique experience for today’s players.


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Devlog #09

Where Have We Been?

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So lets just address the elephant in the room, where have we been? For those of you who don’t know we launched a Kickstarter October 26th of last year. (2017) It was harder than I had ever imagined and our team took so much positivity away from the experience. You guys, the fans and supporters, are so awesome. It’s what has really kept us motivated to continue forward. We obviously didn't hit our goal but gained a lot during the process. We collected a ton of feedback and had managed to grow a little community of fans during the process, but I would be lying if I said it didn't leave me disappointed and partially broken from the experience.

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My team and I really put our best efforts into that campaign and despite us having what we felt was a fair/attainable target we still came up fairly short (close to 18k of a 60k total with 588 backers). Don't get me wrong, I am incredibly blown away by the support we did get. We launched during the most volatile time of the year and had almost 600 backers, which is actually pretty astounding. That is a ton of support for a game that had only a handful of supporters prior to its launch and the amount of money is nothing to scoff at. I'm convinced that if we had demo things may have been drastically different but that is something we will be addressing later in this post.

Despite that it was hard to not feel a bit defeated when the dust had finally settled. It was the most stressful period I have ever endured during my 15+ years of game development. Every day we were doing everything we could to spread the word, however many of the bloggers, youtubers and media would not cover the game without a demo (We did have a ton of interest though). It always felt like we were not doing enough despite doing everything we could think of day in and day out. We did have a handful of people vouch for us and report on our game, and for that, I am eternally grateful. I'm certain their support definitely had a positive impact on the game, campaign and its future. Afterwards the team and I took some time to pick ourselves up, re-evaluate things and decide what we would be doing as we go forward. That way we would have the best chance of success.

Adjusting Our Expectations

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One of the first things I realized is that we were going to have to adjust our scope and expectations if we were going to be able to develop & deliver TUL. The Untold Legacy as we had shown it was a massive undertaking, it was going to cost 60k at a minimum on a shoe string budget with a year and a half of development. (2 full time developers with the others having only part time involvement at best) The game is planned to have 9 dungeons, a massive open non-linear world that is populated with npc's, monsters, mini bosses, main bosses, unique villages, cities, side quests and main quests all while promising to deliver a heartfelt story driven experience.(plus all kinds of bells and whistles not mentioned) We may have been making games for years but Iconic is not a well-known game development team outside of the casual game market. It became apparent to me that I wanted to increase our chances of success even if it meant making some minor sacrifices in the short term. To make things happen I needed to reduce costs and decrease the duration needed to develop a high quality/ polished adventure.

Sacrificing Content But Not Substance

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That's when it hit me. Why not take the funds we had left and pour our efforts into building a solid game engine, story and more personal adventure that could be developed in a fraction of the time and cost? This way the overall vision wouldn’t change while allowing us to add something to the experience as a whole. The most time consuming part of The Untold Legacy's development was no doubt developing all the content, story and world building we had plotted out. Regardless of our plans, building and polishing the game engine was the first step. The engine, while still a large task, could be completed relatively quickly (in comparison to TUL as a whole) and be used to develop a smaller scale game set within the same universe in a fraction of the time. (with plans to tackle the full adventure afterwards)

This to me seemed to have all the perks and none of the downsides. We could develop the game at a much cheaper cost while also drastically reducing the time needed to develop said game. We also would be able to get something out sooner (this year as opposed to 2019) to those of you who are ready to sink their teeth into the game. Not to mention, once it is complete we could take what we had developed (the engine, editor and various tools) and segway the engine and core mechanics into the initial/ full scope project proposed on Kickstarter. Everything required would be there for us; it just seemed like the most logical step for our team. It may seem silly from the outside but it’s something we hadn't really thought about.

Forging A New, Yet Familiar Legacy

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Now came what was actually the easy part. We have been writing, crafting and developing TUL for several years at this point. We have hundreds of pages of lore, stories and adventures to draw ideas from so it seemed very natural to expand upon these ideas and concepts that wouldn't have been explored in depth otherwise. I had been wanting to create a smaller scale introductory adventure that would be given out to backers as a demo since before the Kickstarter launch. But now, with this new plan in place, we would be able to deliver something truly compelling on a larger scale, but as its own full game. We would be able to deliver an introductory adventure, that fits within the games main story, while expanding everything in cool ways that was impossible before.

Whats Next?

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Development for this has actually been underway since the end of our Kickstarter (2017). We have been and still are hard at work on the game and intend to get something playable as soon as possible. We are really excited about what we are doing and cannot wait to share what we have been working on. Our first plan of action is to release our first demo / playable teaser which will be available in just 2-3 weeks. We know that it seems like forever but we appreciate your patience in advance! Following the teaser release we will continually update the teaser/demo with fixes and polish.

Next we will deliver our first "game demo" which will be available at the end of June / beginning of July. The game will follow the first moments of the game and include puzzles, a dungeon, mini boss, enemies and a boss battle. I had initially planned to share art, animations, videos and tidbits of story during this post but this devlog has ended up being much larger than I had thought it would be. So I will share that in my following posts coming this week.

Playable Teaser / Demo

The playable teaser is going to be our very first demo which is going to initially only be available to those who have pre-ordered The Untold Legacy at the "Game Keeper +" tier. If your interested in supporting us and helping us a bit further with development you can check out our backer rewards here.
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We would greatly appreciate your support!
We have various rewards and even have contemplated adding more tiers, so if you guys have suggestions feel free to reach out and let us know!

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Dev Log #08 Being A Hero Doesn't Come Easy

Dev Log #08 Being A Hero Doesn't Come Easy

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In this update I discuss our inspirations when developing The Untold Legacy, an expressive & evolving hero, player progression and other features in the...

Dev Log #07, Darkness to face the light (Designing Enemies, Items & Bosses)

Dev Log #07, Darkness to face the light (Designing Enemies, Items & Bosses)

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In this update I discuss our thought process as we continue forward designing enemies, bosses, items, dungeons & puzzles within the open world of Loomia...

Dev Log #06, New Milestone Hit

Dev Log #06, New Milestone Hit

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The Untold Legacy hits a new milestone in its journey to successfully find funding on Kickstarter. We also have setup a thunderclap, discord and was featured...

Dev Log #05, Hero Redesign, Podcast, Youtubers & Kickstarter

Dev Log #05, Hero Redesign, Podcast, Youtubers & Kickstarter

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After collecting backer feedback I decide to redesign the games protagonist. We also are on a podcast and featured by Annoying Bokoblin!

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This looks great! Following!

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Awesome Blacksmith house!! :) Amazing artwork. Well done.

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Tracking.

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Thank you. We appreciate it!

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This looks seriously epic! I can't wait to here more.

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Thanks for the comment! Super motivating to have your support!

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Looks very promising, loved the Zelda series, can't wait to see what this offers :)!

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