May 2024 Progress Update

Hello everyone! We hope you had a good start to spring! Here’s what we were up to last month!

Turn Battle Animations

Guess what? We are almost done!

To be specific – we have basically all of the VFX complete. A few need some last minute touch ups but otherwise it’s there. It’s real. It’s… not in the game yet… But it’s there.

We’ll be doing a big round up about the animations next month and start showing them off with some explanations, but a big shout out to Owen who popped off coming up with these guys.

As for what’s remaining – well we need to stick them in the game and assign them some relevant stats so they do what they are supposed to do. And SFX. Yeah these guys need to make sound too. But we’re just about there for the turn-based battle re-balancing we started last year. Look forward to more information soon!

Layoffs & Future Development

Well, with the good news out of the way let’s get to the unpleasant news.

Unfortunately this week I (Paige) was subject to layoffs. That on it own sucks, but I’ll be explaining what that means for the project.

For those who are not aware, this project is 99% self-funded. Yes, we had a small Kickstarter and got a small grant in 2014, but it only covered the initial tileset & visual assets (which was the purpose of the Kickstarter). Most of the game’s development costs are covered out of my own pocket. I obviously don’t pay myself either. I was using a certain % from my monthly pay to pay for development. This is why development is on the slow side – we need money to pay people to do work, we need money to live, but there is no money. So we work to pay for people, which means not working on the game.

But I digress – what does this mean for “Gataela”?

Well- simply put the next quarter is going to be a weird one.

In some ways development might be faster, in other ways it might be slower. For example, all of the work assigned to myself might suddenly zoom since – well – other than job hunting what else do I have to do 🤷 However for anything where others are involved that’ll probably be put on a stand still.

So please have some understanding over the next little while.

What’s Next?

We’re going to move into some REALLY vague goals for the next quarter below since there’s no guarantee on what will be tackled. Some things to look forward to include:

  • Wrapping up the remaining TTBattle animations (minus SFX)
  • Interior Completion
  • Cutscenes Galore

And of course, wayyyyy more development streams. As always, you can find them here.

Take care everyone! Enjoy the good weather!