Ato Progress Report January 2019

Hi all, Brandon here.

With the help of my friend, Mike, he was able to help me code the map system into Ato. I’ll keep it short and say that it was not easy to add, especially with the current logic of the game’s save system and room design (and even Game maker’s fickle ways of handling data). After tediously coding in each line to carefully add every single room into the map, I can at least say that the feature works and hopefully will help you enjoy Ato a bit more.

Menu work is still coming along, still a bit fickle. Menus are also pretty tedious having to put in entries for things and adjusting stuff constantly. (and to be honest I’m not really that skilled at advanced coding for flexible UI menus/systems)

Some assistance has been given as well for translation work for the menus in the game, I don’t think it was entirely necessary but I think it will be nice to have regardless.

Work on sound effects is being worked on, sound design is actually pretty easy to get into. It’s definitely a very playful and experimental role when it comes to creating sounds and ambiance. The biggest challenge is just trying to nail the right feeling of a sound and having its timing fit well with whatever it is you’re making.

Music is coming along nicely, a good number of the songs are done and just need to be implemented. Unlike the demo, I’ve been cranking away at making the music a bit more dynamic and having a more intense version of a song kick in when a fight starts to pickup.

Also minor news I’ll probably be doing the Global Game Jam 2020, I’m not 100% sure if I’d want to show that game on an update on indiegogo (since I feel it’s kind of irrelevant?). Otherwise following tinywarriorgames.com or the discord will keep you tuned in regarding that.

https://discordapp.com/invite/MHS7Vqj

TLDR:

-Map system
-Warp system
-20+ sounds implemented
-10 rooms added
-2 side things
-bugs

-Brandon

Ato Progress Report December 2019

Hey hey gang, Brandon here just want to give a quick update with Ato.

So far I have scripted in most of the side content in, there’s still a handful of rooms left and some other fights. After that, I’ll have to get the music, sound effects implemented. Then code in the menu and map system.

Eventually when I have gone through the game several times I’ll announce the beta.

Don’t forget to join the discord so you can partake in playing that when it’s ready:

https://discordapp.com/invite/MHS7Vqj

TLDR:

-most side encounters now functional

-2 new abilities added

-backer boss added

-side boss added

-shockwave effect

-projectile to projectile collisions

-twitch arena

-a certain pickup added

-15 rooms added

-fixed audio and volume adjustment functionality

-bugs like glitched palette swap shader

happy holidays,

-Brandon

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Ato Progress Report November 2019

It’s that time to update people again, this time I changed it up with an update/recap video.

Also here’s another Music Sample:

TLDR:

  • Intro screens added
  • Backer statue rewards put in
  • 12 side bosses added (just need to be scripted into actual rooms)
  • Side challenge mechanic added
  • 2 ability added
  • Bug fixes

happy late thanksgiving and black friday!…and regular saturday!

-Brandon

Ato Progress Report October 2019

Hey guys, let’s give a quick rundown of things done this month.

I’ve been cranking away at endgame areas, I finished the environments and rooms. In fact I even got the final boss done including the ending cut-scenes and credits. The finale was pretty tedious to code in, lots of trial and error, changing values, bugs left and right. Generally boss fights are not very fun when you implement them for the first time.

Of course, game development usually involves making you think you’re done when in fact there is still plenty of work left (side bosses, menus and so on). But overall finishing this aspect of the game will be a good benchmark.

I WISH I could share the work I’ve done for it, but it would probably be best to not spoil too much. (Until I eventually reach the point to have public beta play-testing)

I’ll be making some minor tweaks to the UI, hopefully these little additions will spice things up a bit.

HP UI Animation

Here’s another music sample for another encounter…what kind of opponent could this be for?

I don’t have much else to share, but here are just a few of the many hundreds of particle effects that have been put into the game. enjoy!

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(TLDR) Comprehensive list of things completed:

  • 4 combat encounters added
  • finale is done
  • ending cut-scenes added
  • credits added
  • bug fixes

Thanks for reading! (and Happy Hallows Eve!)

-Brandon

Nameless 1st Anniversary quick post

I’m kind of ashamed to even talk about Nameless. I don’t want to delve too much into my thoughts on it because honestly there’s not really much to say that’s positive. Please understand that I rushed development because it wasn’t worth investing more time into it because people were not interested at all in it. I know it’s disappointing to anyone who was eager to play an incredible game, as was I. But I just lost all morale when it became clear that people were not interested when I tried to crowdfund it in the past (it didn’t reach it’s goal).

I will still try and put it on sale when appropriate and just hope that people understand that it is inherently risky for them to play a game like it as I don’t think many will really enjoy it. You might think that I should just “fix” the game and all of the problems will go away. But to “fix” the game would basically involve throwing out 2 years of work and redoing everything.

I feel that in today’s day and age of highly polished, high expectation software development, a lot of those highly awarded games start to become a bit “artificial” and “factory made”. I say this in how you can compare a real painting to a digital painting. One is very real and tangible and has mistakes, while the other is robotic and cleaned up. I say this because, Nameless is like a real painting, it was not made to be perfect and is a very “human” game.

I just want to say I’m sorry to the people that were eager to play this game, hoping that it would have been the next best crowdfunded game but were disappointed by the final result. I feel that development was extremely mentally draining and morale was pretty low (albeit similar though a bit worse than Frog Hop’s development).

I feel that Nameless truly suffered from comparing itself too much and didn’t really have a clear identity (which is funny because the main character kind of represents this). It simply tried too hard to be like Earthbound, Undertale, Hotline Miami, but in actuality achieved a result that did not represent any of those. In some ways, Nameless resulted in a reflection of myself (More so by the feelings that are felt in the game were what I was experiencing). I wish I didn’t try to outshine those games. Undertale was obsessed with itself to the point where it knew it had a huge following coming and would hide secrets knowing people would find them. In Nameless I worked hard to try and implement easter eggs and all sorts of endings to try and match it. But frankly it ended up being pointless because there wasn’t really anyone there to play it and explore it all. But, uh…I’m not gonna talk much more about that.

A sequel would be incredibly unlikely, so unlikely that it will never happen ever. But because it’s fun to come up with game ideas, if it ever did make a sequel, I probably would make it:

  • Drastically more focused on being consistently light hearted and funny, no more edgy, weird sensitive topics.
  • Removal of moral decisions (because frankly killing and sparing was not interesting at all, period).
  • Just make a shooter with deeper mechanics and abilities, maybe upgrades.
  • Remove gimmicks like the mini-games, money system and store.
  • No more 4th wall breaking gimmick nonsense, that stuff gets old fast and wasn’t at all interesting.
  • Would probably be shorter, arcadier, bite sized fun game without all the pointless dialogue (but would keep the funny dialogue).
  • Much less story focused, but still have some kind of simplified narrative.

Thank you for reading through this, I know it was a bit heavy and depressing. I sometimes feel anxious with my current game Ato , but at the same time I feel I’ve learned a lot from the past to make my current project Ato at least a little bit better than last time.

I know I’m not one of those people in the web articles where I’m a legendary 5 year old game developer who makes his 1st game that looks like ori and the blind forest that sells millions of copies and gets all sorts of awards. Nameless is not perfect, please understand that it is very much like a real painting, presented as it is in its flawed and real state by a human being who is still learning to get better at creating games…

…Just know that Ato would never have existed if Nameless never got fully completed.

I am not going to promise anything with Ato, I can’t even guarantee anything until it’s done. Just know that when it reaches beta, I will need all the help I can get.

Thanks for reading,

-Brandon

 

Ato Progress Report September 2019

Hi ho gang, just want to give an end of the month update on what has been done.

Launch Animations Code

Added more variations to launch animations, nothing huge, but took the extra time to have a bit more variety when they get hit by certain attacks.

And while I’m still cranking away at the last area for endgame content, I might as well show this environment art off

(not related to endgame)…

(also not related to avengers endgame)…

(also not related to ender’s game)…

I spent a bit of time adding more frames to the run animation, perhaps if I have extra time (which I generally don’t) I’ll see if there’s any other animations that can be smoothed out.

and who knows what else i’ve been working on…

(TLDR) Comphrehensive list of things completed:

  • 3 environment art assets made (just need to actually MAKE the levels and then decorate with these assets)
  • Encounter added
  • 1 Area completed (1 more left)
  • 20 Rooms added
  • Decorated area 4 with new assets (not related to the assets mentioned earlier)
  • Footstep sounds bass levels reduced
  • Cuttable bamboo
  • More launch code animation work
  • Cornucopia of bugs fixed (and plenty more to come)

I still have 1 more main area to complete, after that, I’ll spend some time adding side encounters (including that backer boss), fixing endless amounts of bugs and important features like menus, map system, extra decoration work…and plenty more…man the work just never stops piling on does it?

Thanks for reading!

-Brandon

Ato Celebration Stream Success!

Hi everyone, just want to quickly drop by that the celebration stream went well. I went ahead and uploaded the Archive to youtube.

I made this video jump to probably the most interesting part of the stream which was the developer vs stream moment. Viewers were able to type into the Stream chat and it would affect things in game.

Otherwise if you go to the video page itself, I put some time stamps to jump to the different sections of the stream such as the pixel art animation, old game versions and so on.

As for the game itself, yes I’m still working at it and yes there is new content that has been made, I’ll do a post on that by the end of the month.

-Brandon