Devblog 39 – Weekly Update

Andrej Krebs

Mito Horvat


Disclaimer: Please be aware that these ideas and concepts are a work in progress and will most likely subject to change.

THE HUMANS OF FLOATLANDS

To give Floatlands some more depth we have decided to add human NPCs in the game. NPC’s will be split into clans which will be scattered around the islands. You’ll learn more about the clans and their backstory as you’ll interact with them via quests. We sat down, wrote some lore and started defining the factions:

The Farmers

The first clan will be more traditional, simple farmers who have shunned technology, because they blame it for the apocalyptic event that caused the world to break into floating islands. They live simple lives, rebuilding their settlements and farming the land for survival. They are a closed community with strict rules that prohibit outside technology and exploring dangerous forts of Floatlands.

farmers settlement concept floatlands

The farmers concept


The Techies

The “techies” will be a second clan you’ll encounter in the game. “The farmers” banished them from their settlement because of their reckless nature and progressive way of thinking. They are innovative people that want to simplify their life with the aid of machines and technology. After the split they found shelter in old factories which they rebuild and used as a center of their future settlement. The shelters and other buildings are constructed mostly out of scrap metal and concrete they managed to find in the area. For example, a settlement will usualy consist of several living shacks accompanied with a clan vendor shop, and of course a large factory complex.

techies buildings concept floatlands

The techies buildings


NPCs

To make the settlement seem alive there will be several NPCs walking around and doing various tasks, some of them will even have quests for you to complete. You’ll be able to easily recognize them by their unique appearance. Instead of rustic and rugged clothes, they’ll wear more neoteric clothes enhanced with various steel elements. For instance, the militia group that will frequently patrol around, will wear steel armor plates and helmets to protect themselves. Robotic/machine farmers will gather crops for food and even chop wood. If you’ll need some supplies you will be able to stop by at the vendor and purchase clan specific equipment.

techies npcs concept floatlands

The techies NPC concept

 

We also started researching ways to make random NPC characters, by dynamically blending different body shapes and facial features in combination with different outfits. This is made by making blend shapes which are then randomly blended inside the game engine or accessed and set individually.

human npc characters floatlands

Random NPC characters


Have a nice weekend!

quest character lowpoly floatlands

8 Comments

  1. David Allen says:

    I love this art style! This game looks amazing. I can wait for it!

  2. Aarij Imam says:

    i like the art style when is this gonna come out and can i get the beta version because i want to play it for my youtube channel

  3. gabriel says:

    I like the art. This game seems to have great potential. And I can help with something if they want to contact us by email

  4. Matthew says:

    Really enjoyed playing this at EGX Rezzed! I could’ve easily kept going for a few hours if there weren’t people waiting behind me, eager to play. ^^;

    I had no idea it was in early development while playing; it felt pretty polished with lots of fully functioning gameplay mechanics. I hope you guys put an alpha build out soon, maybe on an early access model or something (I’d definitely be happy to put money into it at this point).

    • admin says:

      Thanks for giving it a go! I personally really liked the overall peoples reaction and am really looking forward to release a playable alpha very soon. There is a lot of work to do but make sure to subscribe for an alpha!

      Cheers,
      Domen Koneski
      Game Director

  5. Ulishee says:

    This is simply the best game I’ve ever seen. It makes my feel rare but i really want to play it .

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