Year: 2022

Dev Log 7/14/2022

[Click title to open article/images] The final test runs are underway, as I add in a few quality of life adjustments. The game is going to branch at this point, into separate builds that contain publisher code such as the Steam API (not that I’ll use most of it, but some of it’s necessary). I’ll be submitting the game to both Steam and GoG, and if one or both accept it, then the last stage will be testing their service to ensure its handling the game files properly. I can’t say there will be zero issues with this game. When you’ve got limited number of test machines and people to test, you can’t foresee everything a player will try to do. But we are doing our best to make sure ES releases with as few issues as possible. More to come..

Dev Log 6/15/2022

Beta testing has resumed after some physical changes to the studio location, and taking a month of downtime. During that period, I wrote and published a book which is a sort of companion volume to this game (in spirit). It is a non-fiction work titled Underworld: Esoteric Reality, which goes into some detail on various esoteric subjects, some of which actually inspired the writing and design of Exalted Seracthon. Voice tracks and some details for wrapping up Part 1 are complete, and I am currently focusing on some further play testing to discover any lurking bugs, and polish the overall experience. Some of this time will be spent gathering and editing gameplay video for promotion, and we will engage in some actual advertisement/promotion.

Dev Log 3/29/2022

[Click the title of these Dev Log titles to see the full version with images]This is just a status report: still very busy with testing and final details. After a full round of fixes, optimization, and polish, I’ve generated a second beta test build, which will undergo a new round of player testing. Voice tracks are still underway, and will be included in the final test build, as they do not impact gameplay. However, that will be the version I use to record videos for advertisement, and to send to play testers on YT or elsewhere. A Linux test machine has been set up at the studio to test the game. So far the early tests have been running very smoothly, and I think releasing on that platform as well as Windows will get locked in as long as testing is finished, and there are no serious issues. Both versions would be released on Steam and Gog.

Dev Log 2/20/2022

[Click the title of these Dev Log titles to see the full version with images] Development has been slow through the beginning of this year due to other work that has required time and resources, however testing and final details are still underway. One of the issues with end to end testing is that every change to the code requires another test run, as things that affect movement, combat, the flight model, etc are affected by various unique conditions in different scenes, which can often impact how that change needs to be implemented. This is normal development stuff, but it is actually a weak spot for a single developer scenario, because you can only be looking at one thing at a time. Release strategy for ES will be an ongoing effort. A compelling preview video can only get so much exposure, and even getting featured on a YT gamer channel is a limited audience. Time has shown that word of mouth is actually the best type of promotion that exists for an indy game, and that largely depends on whether people like the game or not. So for this reason, I’m focusing more on creating a quality game experience than I am on generating a temporary bubble of popularity. In terms of time frame, my soft target for release has moved out to April/May. Things will take as long as they need to, so I won’t be locking down any dates until a solid release candidate is ready to go.

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