HAPPY HALLOWEEN! – Work In Progress [10/31/17]

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This year has been a total NIGHTMARE for me…

There’s been a lot of things that happened in my life, some of which did affect progress of the game and I dare not go into too much details about it, but at long last, I finally have some progress to demonstrate how far Maze Qore is going.

Before I do, let’s just get the bad news out the way first.

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Uncle Sam’s Salvation – Summer UE4Jam 2017

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You just returned from a battlefield after merely surviving an attack from enemy air-raids. As the only survivor from your unit and no vehicle or radio support, you’ve just walked a long way through the dry and heavy desert, and still need to find your way back to your base. However the base is heavily guarded with mines and you need to carefully make your way through them without tripping on them.

In times like these, there’s only one man to trust.
Controls: 

WSAD – Move
Space – Jump
LMB – Fire Weapon


Created during the Summer UE4Jam 2017.

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Gene-Soldier – GDL June Game Jam 2017

During the Gene Wars, your fellow genes were wiped out by a genetic virus created from the result of bio-chemical warfare. You are now the last of the Cyan Genes. Fight your way from the hordes of Red Viruses and reach the exit. Your path to salvation AWAITS!

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Created during the GDL June Game Jam 2017.
Also a submission of the Slamdance Jam 2017.

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Maze Qore Livestream

Last week, I was live-streaming progress on our latest project Maze Qore and it was somewhat successful. Here is to hoping we can do more of this every week. I have discovered that I can focus and work more efficiently when I am streaming progress on my game for the audience than doing so offline. Perhaps it is motivation boost, the support the fans gave me, or just simply a mental psyche trick.

That said, please check out our official Steam group, that is your best chance at getting notified on live-stream updates and other events, not just on Maze Qore, but with any behind-the-scenes work on our future marketplace projects, games, artwork, and much more.

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Maze Qore: Upcoming Development Livestream

Where the hell have we been?!?

Last year, I have stated in our last article that we were going to try to reach the April 2017 release window for the game. That was before I realized how limited UDK truly is. Personally, I don’t care about the complaints on graphic inferiority compared to Unreal Engine 4, or Unity, as most computers are still not strong enough for UE4 yet anyway and the graphics of UDK can still suffice to this day and the gamers will still buy and love a UDK game if it shows promising potential. That said, I only cared for the most important aspect in making a great game – the gameplay. Problem is, UDK only supports 7th-gen consoles. What this means is that if we want to ship our game to consoles such as Xbox ONE, PS4, or Switch (which we do), then we’d need the full-license source code to UE3 AND we have to implement 8th-gen console support manually, which neither prerequisites are cheap or worth the hassle (since I have to pay my way through each console provider individually). So we chose our best and only option – move to UE4. They console support and code is already bundled and updated in UE4 saving developers the finance-crushing hard-work. That also meant we had to restart the project nearly from scratch, which leads to our next problem.

I am currently struggling with publicity and marketing for Maze Qore. With our first game, this was less an issue since we were using an existing IP and the notoriety from it could still be diverged into a positive one with just a bit of know-how (which I have). However with a new IP, it becomes insanely difficult and an easy make-or-break scenario. No one knows what Maze Qore is yet and we’ve not proven enough reason for them to care either nor do we have enough resources to do so. I am afraid it may take longer than I hoped and I am unsure if we’d even get the game into early access before the end of the year, especially now that Steam will be replacing their distribution model.

Starting on April 20th, 2017, I will be hosting a live-stream on the game. Hopefully this will help garner some support for this project. We will create a Twitch account for NeotlEmpire in due time and will announce it a few days prior to the stream date, but just in case something goes wrong with Twitch. Feel free to follow us on Beam instead.

 

Alright, time for screenshots as you’ve all been waiting for.

A few developer-only editor nodes to guide us with our AI system and our custom-made actor master-class.

Waypoint Actor In Game Cover Node Actors Ammo Pickup Actors

We have also redesigned our HUD from the UDK version complete with mini map (WIP).

The New HUD

Finally as an added bonus, I have made one promotional drawing to celebrate the #MakeItSUPERHOT contest from the last two months.

HOT Qore

 


Meanwhile, stay tuned for more in the future through social media.

That’s all for now, Lord Iheanacho signing off.

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Valentide! – GDL February Game Jam 2017

Valentine finally grew tired of Valentines Day and the people who exploit it and goes on a mission to ruin his own holiday – kill everyone.

One hearty bastard with a bio goo gun.
Plenty of men wondering out of nowhere.
One large sandbox shooter sidescroller.
All made with Unreal Engine in 4 days.

Only struggles – time management and firing projectiles.

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Valentine’s Day 2017 Submission

Created during the GDL February Game Jam 2017.

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