Art Direction Note + Wallpapers
Herman Saftleven inspired our first game. Who inspires the second one? Also, pretty pictures!
What keeps us so busy in the art department? It’s maintaining a cohesive visual language while so many other development aspects are screaming for our attention. Of course if you say that gameplay is king …you are totally right. All good level designs cater to the core mechanics. Visual guidance, covers and navigation spaces create […]
Making a Gun Come to Life
Showcasing what it takes for the simple act of firing a gun feel good.
This week’s post is inspired by this fantastic tweet: We chose to show what it takes to make the simple act of firing a gun feel good. It’s more modest than the above tweet that shows what is basically a full combat encounter, but we hope it’s still interesting for people who want to know […]
Current focus: Combat Vertical Slice
Also, what is the Vertical Slice?
In game development, the “Vertical Slice” is basically a high quality fragment of the game, a short one but long enough to represent the game. Imagine one level of Candy Crash or one bullet-time fight in Max Payne. It’s a simple idea. The cake is the game, and the slice of the cake is, well, […]
Aim Assist in Witchfire
The real black magic in our game. How does it all work and why?
Why does aim assist exist? Why does aim assist exist for mouse and keyboard? The answer to the first question is easy. Aim assist was invented to make it possible to play first person shooters with the controller. Aiming with the controller is hard and nowhere near the precision that the mouse offers (there’s a […]
Snapshot: February 2019
Shotguns and shields, walls and gates.
We’re working on a so-called combat vertical slice, basically an encounter that shows off and proves all basic combat elements. We should be showing some of it to the public in March. Karol is sick and out today, but what is the rest of us up to this Wednesday? Adam started to mesh a new […]
A Word or Two About the Player's Movement Speed
How fast is too fast?
Two phrases that spring to mind when we think of old school shooters are circle-strafing and backpedaling. The first thing helped avoid the incoming projectile-based fire and to keep enemies in the player weapon’s effective range at the same time. The second thing was basically the result of all enemies just mindlessly – or fearlessly, […]
The Basic Philosophy Behind Witchfire's Combat, Part II
Literally half of the team is sick, so no real Witchfire material this week. At least nothing visual, as what I want to talk about does concern the game. Posted under one of our Facebook updates, specifically the one about the way we approach combat in Witchfire, a certain comment caught my eye. To me, […]
The Making of a Monster
Creating a good 3D model is one thing, but having it 100% support a vision is another.
In one of the previous posts we have shown what it takes to make a weapon. Now, let’s see what it takes to make a monster. The pitch to the fantastic 3D modeler Paweł Jaruga was as follows: A galley slave Same enemy faction as the “swordsman” Dead, inflated body of a drowned man Big, […]
The Basic Philosophy Behind Witchfire's Combat
What do games like Dead Cells and Dark Souls have in common and how Destiny and Call of Duty are on the opposite side of the spectrum? If you said health, you’re right, but that’s just the beginning. Indeed, the first two games don’t have a regenerating health as the core element of the experience, […]