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SOLUS First Person Mystery for iOS | Dev Blog

12-21-2014, 04:47 AM
Joined: Dec 2009
Location: Los Angeles
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SOLUS First Person Mystery for iOS | Dev Blog

Hey TA'ers!

In the past few weeks I've started on a new game for iPhone and iPad called SOLUS. It's a first person mystery/exploration game set aboard a space vessel in the near future. I had a lot of fun posting about my first game, qub so I thought I'd start an exclusive developer blog here on the forums for SOLUS. (Also, so you guys can help keep me on track. )

Please feel free to chat, contribute ideas, etc. as the game progresses. If there's any specific areas you'd like to know more about, I'll try to cover it. And I feel like it goes without saying but everything shown here is pre-alpha and much of it will change/improve as development continues.*

| story teaser |
Year: 2080. Location: NGC1049, Fornax Dwarf Galaxy. Name: Allister S.

I'm awake now and I'm pretty sure I'm looking at my own blood on that wall. My head hurts like mad. This place is a wreck, I wish I could remember what happened... I've got to find a way out of here.

| Updated screen grabs throughout the thread! |
Early screen grabs (All in-engine)

Current feature plans:

• Professional voice acting
• Immersive, interactive environments
• iCloud saving
• Custom musical score
• 60fps gameplay
• Metal API integration
• Support for Bluetooth gamepads
• And more...

Last edited by andrewb21; 02-10-2015 at 01:58 PM.
12-21-2014, 06:27 AM
Joined: Aug 2014
Location: Philippines
Posts: 230
Another Sci-fi! Nice.

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12-21-2014, 06:45 AM
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Ohhhh look nice. add support RU lang.
12-21-2014, 10:22 AM
Joined: Sep 2013
Location: Vancouver
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Looks great, i just hope you throw just the right amount of action so it pulls the player in, what engine are you using?
12-21-2014, 11:14 AM
Joined: Apr 2014
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Posts: 820
Looks great, can't wait to see more
12-21-2014, 12:08 PM
Joined: Dec 2009
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 65
Thanks for the post Singer! Yes there will be as much language support as I can possibly muster.
12-21-2014, 12:09 PM
Joined: Dec 2014
Posts: 6
I'll be getting it!
12-21-2014, 02:27 PM
Joined: Dec 2009
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 65
Post #1 - development evolution and prototyping

One of the hardest things for me as a developer on a new project is just starting. Looking at pages and pages of ideas, notes, etc and imagining a completed game from it can usually be overwhelming enough to keep new projects at bay. One of the reasons I was able to get qub done as easily as I did was because the graphics end was very simple, and so I got that implemented quickly and then focused on features and backend stuff. I find that once a project is moving along, and there is a semblance of the final form visible, it's much easier to keep pushing and continuing to find inspiration. Luckily, I'm encountering familiar territory on SOLUS. Brian Kehrer from PSYOP, who did Guns of Icarus gave a great talk and something he talked about really stuck with me, rapid iteration.

When you're making a game by yourself, it's really important to keep the momentum moving, like I said. Its easy to spend a lot of time on one art asset, piece of code, level design, or whatever else but the problem there is you finish that chunk with not a whole lot more visual evidence of forward progress, which can be frustrating and deflating. With rapid iteration, you essentially treat the project like at any point, you could release and have a working product. Maybe not the right product or the finished product, but a working one nonetheless. The idea is that just getting things working is the most important. The question of how isn't important (yet) because this is just about getting things moving. In this way, you're able to iterate quickly on a foundation, adding functionality and features, ballooning the project into what will eventually be the game. Later on, once things are working and you want to lock it in, you go back and clean up the code/integration. I find this usually causes less headaches as well because it's already working, now it's just about cleaning it up and improving how it's done. Personally, I find the ability to jump from task to task like this very refreshing. Instead of feeling like I have to slog forward one area at a time. An example is that today, I went from programming UI states to adding flashlight functionality and now I'm working on opening scene animations.

initial flashlight integration

v2 flashlight revision few weeks later

That's all for now!

Last edited by andrewb21; 02-10-2015 at 02:19 PM.
12-21-2014, 02:29 PM
Joined: Dec 2009
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 65


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Awesome story moment from Coheed & Cambria's album 'The Afterman: Descension'.

Last edited by andrewb21; 12-21-2014 at 11:10 PM.