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Update #15: April 20

We're wrapping up development! We're looking to publish the full-release game on Steam sometime within the next week or so, so be ready. We've been hard at work cramming-in as much polish and juice as we can before we all graduate and go our separate directions (more on that later). Also, a fun side-note, it's officially been 1 year since our first blog post! 

Game updates:

We have begun the achievement implementation process, so for our full release players will be able to earn a variety of cool game achievements for their feats of strength and stupidity. Dylan made some really cool UI symbols that Hayden re-purposed into achievement icons. Below is a sneak peek at just a few. 

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We've also made small changes to balance, created a save system to keep track of your progress, and have done a lot of work the game's UI. Below is a tiny taste of the UI that we've been improving over the last few weeks. Dylan's been doing some great concepts and Ben has been turning those concepts into reality. 

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Jeremy's been helping us fix bugs, but has also been going real hard at making some super cool VFX. Projectiles and explosions mostly... And a bunch of really juicy stuff that you can find by playing the game!

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And Our 3D artists (Bryan, Nate, Tyrone, and Ruohan) have been hard at work finishing up the assets in our game. These are a few object from what we call the Mining Kit. These items will be scattered around the planet's surface telling stories of the old civilizations that used to mine there. 

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In addition to all this visually beautiful work, the engineers have been hard at work fixing bugs, tweaking AI, and optimizing our game. The designers have been occupied with game testing, level polish, gun balancing, and making the experience rewarding in single-player. We've reduced enemy health and added a few more tweaks that makes the game 1. beatable, and 2. fun for those playing solo. 

We're also working to add more scenes that will bring the player further into the universe we've created for them, as well as give players clearer instructions on how to play the game now that we have the full game loop implemented. We've also created Steam Trading Cards, but need to hit a certain threshold of sales before they enable us to implement them. 

We also added a neat little feature where dead players can now move their spawn beacons. This gives players something to do while deceased, and can create some pretty funny griefing opportunities. 

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We've done a whole lot more on the game over the last few weeks, so please go check out our game, it's only $1 on Steam and the price will raise once we fully release so we'd recommend getting it sooner rather than later. 

Team updates:

Some of you might be wondering where we're all going after we graduate in two weeks. Stephen, Eric, Isaac, Ben, and Bryan are working/ will be working - for WB Avalanche here in SLC on a new, amazing game that will be announced later this year. Karan will be moving from WB Avalanche to Wargaming (World of Tanks) in Chicago. Jeremy will continue working at Rockwell Collins making some phenomenal war vehicle simulations. Hayden is headed to Austin, TX to be a Program Management Intern for Blizzard Web & Mobile. Dylan is heading over to local indie studio Parallel Plaid. That's all for now, but many others will be getting jobs as we go along, so we will report more in our next, and last Update. 

Update #5: June 5th

Hey everyone, 

So as you might have noticed, communication here has been pretty lax over the past couple of weeks. There are a couple of reasons for this, and we want you to know that it's absolutely not because we've lost interest in the game or feel as though we don't owe you guys. In truth, many of us are taking a bit of a break from development over the summer. As mentioned before, a good chunk of our staff are off at internships at AAA game studios creating the next multi-million dollar best seller. Many others have returned home to spend some time with family and friends. And some of us have been fortunate enough to get part or full-time jobs here in Utah as well. Ben, Jeremy, Isaac, and Bryan - four of our phenomenal artists/tech artists - are doing some amazing 3D work at Rockwell Collins, a company that specializes in military simulations. Hayden, Stephen, and Tyrone are all working at the GApp Lab on the University campus making therapeutic games and apps. Dean just got a job at castAR doing QA work. The general idea here is that many of us are taking this summer as a time to develop and refine many of our disciplinary skills. And, as mentioned in previous posts there are still a handful of our crew who are here in the office making strides on the game. Jeff is often in the lab getting company logistics figured out and reaching out to otherworldly forces that can help support the game. Dylan is always churning out some crazy cool concept art and developing ideas for where our cosmonauts will land in the future. Regardless, we'll all be back in August to work on the game and are going to be even more motivated to finish strong having already been approved on Steam Greenlight! We promise that we'll keep updating all of you guys with more info as features and prototypes are developed, it just won't be on a weekly basis.  

We thank you all for your support, and remember: we love you <3 

Update #4: May 12th

So as you probably already know, this week we've been busy putting the game up on Steam Greenlight and managing all of the resulting consequences. If you haven't yet voted please do so here. Since last week, we've made a new trailer for the game specifically for Steam Greenlight, recorded our first video dev blog (these will improve over time), and will be working on more video content for the future including brief insights into weapons, enemies, and more. We also pushed our first Facebook ad that's been generating some good traffic.

Isaac made the Rover move independently of the characters, which might become core to the gameplay in later iterations. Ben hooked up his awesome main menu to the game build, so players are first presented with a legit main menu before entering the game. Jeremy has been looking into creating exaggerated readability techniques for the game so that certain actions or elements that are currently difficult to see are modified in a way that makes them more apparent. Jeff has been working on refining small bits of our latest build to send off to notable Twitch streamers so we can get the game in the eyes of more people. More on that coming soon. Darrell and a few others have been refining design ideas of how our game could evolve further, taking inspirations from other twin stick shooters like Livelock and Helldivers, as well as from multiplayer co-op games like Overwatch and Magicka. Hayden's been busy updating the Crew page of our website so if you'd like to get to know the staff better feel free to read a bit about us and gander at the overwhelming beauty of our faces. He also slightly changed the Images & Video page of this site to be more organized. 

And lastly a quick update on our Greenlight campaign. We're currently sitting at almost 550 Yes votes in just 4 days - exceeding our expectations. Talking with some other EAE games that have been published on Steam, they were been able to be approved from less votes over a longer period of time, so at this point we are pretty sure that we'll be Greenlit here in the next few weeks. 

For the most part, though, this week has been somewhat of a working-break with most of our crew being out of the office recovering after finals and initiating summer plans. Thanks for reading!