June 2021 Progress Update

Happy June! Here’s what we were up to during the month of May!

New Levels

As we mentioned last month, we got a whole slew of new assets to help diversify Gataela’s world. One of the key areas we looked to enhance was the city of Vescha, pictured above. This is a small city located in a wetland forest and is noted for it’s monochrome buildings and vibrantly purple-pink trees. We also started to work on the surrounding wetlands, as pictured below.

Around this time last year we finished up the Lakure province and noticed that the world was beginning to feel very samey as you traveled throughout it. As a result, we did a ton of research and work to create these new assets, plus we’ve also begun work on new music for the areas! We hope you all enjoy these sneak previews!

Cutscenes & Story

This past month we started to do more work on the cutscenes and story and decided to make a slight change to the story that we thought was of interest to share.

When Gataela was first drafted in 2012, the story wasn’t very mature. It was a story of a bunch of people without any relation to each other or any power “saving the country/world”. Those types of stories are fine, but it was a major flaw in Gataela’s writing with the sort of topics its attempting to tackle. It also led to a lot of leaps in logic and relied heavily on plot armor for things to progress. It was the sort of story where if you stopped to think about character motivations it would be difficult to see why one character would side with another outside of “that’s what the author wanted”.

Quite a while ago (perhaps 2014 or 2015?) this was changed. The character relationships were reevaluated and the plot started to make a lot more sense. The core outline hasn’t changed much at all, but it made A LOT more sense. This past month we got to rewriting the mid portion of the story. In the original outline, this was the part where your final party was formed, and the final goal of the game was determined. It was interesting rewriting this portion of the game with the new character relationships, and it led to reorganizing the order of events for this section.

This coming month we will finish off this reorganization, but it means that we are beginning to approach the “open ended” section of the game, writing-wise. It was mentioned a few times over the years, but Gataela was intended to be very linear until the final party configuration, branch out to allow the players to explore the whole country at their leisure, and then come back together at the end of the game. Even though finishing the final rewrite is a while away, it feels like it is coming in reach.

What’s Next?

Next month we’ll be focusing on story, levels, and more battle improvements. We’ve been doing a big push to get the SFX completed for the new animations during May and this will continue into June. Right now our summer plans are to continue splitting our focus across various tasks in order to avoid burnout.

May 2021 Progress Update

Hello everyone! We hope everyone is enjoying the spring weather and continues to stay safe. Here’s what we were up to for the month of April!

Trailer Update!

Last month we mentioned that there would be a small surprise released and that was a new trailer! We spent quite a while working out the new trailer and trying to have it represent the current state of the game. While we were doing that, we looked back at all of the old trailers and – Wow! Gataela has come a long way. We hope that this new trailer gives you a better idea of Gataela as a game and how development is going!

Battle Updates

We spent another month working on battle upgrades and knocked a lot of items out of the park. To give a brief summary:

  • Added about 80-90% of the skill animations into the game with the new graphics
  • Enabled status effects
  • Items that apply status effects are now affected by chance as specified on the inventory summary page
  • Group-wide skills that apply status effects will affect each party member with chance differently
  • Started to work on new SFX for these animations

We’ll be continuing to work on battle upgrades over the next few months, but to a lesser degree as we begin to shift back into level making and cutscene adding. We do plan to hold a game development stream sometime in the future focusing on the TTBattle System and rebalancing it. If this is of interest, please make sure to follow our Twitch channel or Twitter to get notified when it goes live.

6 / 2 (1 + 2) = ?

It seems like just about everyone had an opinion on how to handle this math problem this month, so how about we ask the cast of Gataela?

What’s Next?

Starting next month we’ll be shifting to working on levels, cutscenes and battle related work inter-spaced throughout. We’ve gotten a ton of new assets from the wonderful folks at Buko Studios that we’re itching to put into use so we hope everyone will enjoy the new environments!

April 2021 Progress Update

Hello everyone! If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, we hope you’re enjoying the warmer weather!

Battle Classes

Continuing on the battle upgrades, this past month we began work on adding visuals for the different battle classes! There are a total of four different battle classes depending on the type of weapon the party members use, and each class has it’s own strengths and weaknesses.

Close Quarters Combat

Fists? Daggers? Whatever. Use what you have and take matters into your own hands. With your high speed and attack, just about any opponent can be taken down with a solid one-two!

Guns

Hey there quick-draw, if you like to move fast and wide-range damage, this is for you! Focus on taking control of the field and whittling down your enemies before they can even approach.

Swords

The noble sword of a well trained knight; focus on counters and supporting your teammates. Don’t think they’re just guarding though! Once ready to attack they will mercilessly slash through all of the enemy’s defences!

Gun-Swords

Pistol-sword, pistol-axes, bayonets, you name it. Get the countering skills of the sword, with the speed of the gun, and the added bonus of paralyzing and petrifying your enemies in their tracks.

Surprises?

We have a (very very) small surprise this month that we’ve been really working hard on. Keep an eye on the twitter to see just what it is~!

What’s Next

We’ll be continuing to work on the TTBattle system, and hoping to start on some new areas. In the meantime, we hope everyone enjoys the warm weather and remembers to stay safe!

March 2021 Progress Update

Hello everyone! It’s March again.

Battle Upgrades

Last month we spent time working on adding new Battle Animations, but we also made a few changes to the battle system to help support that! The first one was adding group-wide skills and items! The second was adding a respawn timer for enemies on the overworld.

Our original design for the overworld had enemies respawning every time a new level was loaded. The idea was that the levels were large enough that there wouldn’t be too many enemies, so having an instant respawn when re-entering a level was fine. We got some feedback that we hadn’t accounted for: if you’re changing between two different levels fairly often (ex. Wiska Forest) then it would actually feel like there were too many! So we’ve added a five minute respawn timer to all of the enemies in hopes this will help alleviate some of the problems.

What’s Next?

We’ll be continuing to focus on Battle Animations and the TTBattle system in the near future. We’ll be looking to show off new enemies, skills and areas over the next few months! In the meantime, we would like to thank everyone who takes the time to fill out our bug report form! We’ve started to address some of the issues, and are looking to address more this month. Take care!

February 2021 Progress Update

Hello everyone! We hope you all had a good start to the year. Here’s what we were up to for the month of January!

Beta Update

In case you missed it, the Beta Update went out a couple weeks ago! We added a lot of story, new debates, new skits, updated all of the existing SFX and much, much more!

Backer Rewards

We’ve started work on some of the in-game backer rewards. Below are some of the custom NPCs made by Owen!

Font Options

One of the things we’re planning to tackle this coming month is font options. We’ve been slowly adding accessibility settings to the game on an as-needed basis, and this is an option that has been requested a couple of times before. There’s a lot of work that needs to go into this, but here’s a sneak peek!

Battle Animations

Another thing we’re looking to add in this month is a bunch of new battle animations made by Owen and Louis! Look forward to seeing more gifs of these in the future!