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Shadowgate remake Kickstarter!

Post by Austin » Sat Oct 27, 2012 12:38 am

I just found out that the classic Shadowgate point 'n click adventure is due for a remake! Apparently the original developers reacquired the rights to it, and they are looking to remake it for Windows and Mac. To fund it, they are hosting a Kickstarter. Judging by what I saw in their promotional video, it is staying very true to the original game, keeping the first person perspective and two-dimensional art style, but with a sleek, modern look.

I know a lot of you here aren't into digital downloads, but this one looks too good to be true. For me, Shadowgate is a personal favorite in the genre, and the remake is looking great so far. I figured I'd let you guys know, since there will probably be a few here that remember it fondly as well! :)

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Post by Trev » Sat Oct 27, 2012 1:57 am

I just found out about this today. If it does well, maybe they'd remake Deja Vu also!
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Post by Austin » Sat Oct 27, 2012 2:20 am

That's what I'm thinking. They did get the rights to that as well as the Uninvited, so if this does well I can picture them also remaking the others.

Does anyone know if these guys had a hand in the Turbo Grafx Beyond Shadowgate? I never played it myself so I have no idea what it's like, but I've always been curious about it.

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Post by 3DO Experience » Sat Oct 27, 2012 5:04 am

Grrraa! I want the $100 set! Why does this expire before x-mas!?! I can't get this right now!!!!

PS. I made this an announcement 'cause I want this game to come out.
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Post by Austin » Sat Oct 27, 2012 8:32 am

Awesome!!

I contemplated pitching in for one of the $60+ sets, to have a physical product (and a collectible). But damnit! I can't afford it.

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Post by 3DO Experience » Sat Oct 27, 2012 2:07 pm

We I got 30 days to get all my x-mas shopping done and hopefully have enough $ left over... Amazon here I come!
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Post by Trev » Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:25 pm

Nine days to go and 70% of the way there ... do you think it'll make it?
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Post by Austin » Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:43 pm

I don't know. I'm crossing my fingers that they do!

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Post by 3DO Experience » Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:58 pm

Here's hoping they make it.
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Post by Austin » Sat Nov 24, 2012 8:19 am

IT JUST MADE IT. :D

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Post by Trev » Sat Nov 24, 2012 4:10 pm

Wow, it was close. But that's great cause it show there is still a fan base for those old MacVenture games. :)
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Re: Shadowgate remake Kickstarter!

Post by Austin » Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:59 am

The team working on this sent out a notification via Kickstarter a couple of weeks back and it seems like they are really blazing through this. The soundtrack is completely done (and can already be purchased via the artist's bandcamp page if you didn't get it as a Kickstarter bonus), and they are making great headway with the other areas of the game. This should hopefully be ready by the end of the year! :)

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Re: Shadowgate remake Kickstarter!

Post by Austin » Fri Oct 25, 2013 6:31 pm

For those that didn't back this project, here is the latest update from Zojoi on the Shadowgate remake. As I've been getting the updates since the beginning, to me it sounds like they have been making relatively swift progress all year long. Here is their latest update (#40 I believe) with some behind the scenes details and information:

Happy autumn everyone!
Here’s an update on where we are at:

Programming – The programmers have been tackling some rather complex load/save functionality these past weeks but also a TON of work has gone into our scripting system, allowing Karl to handle 90% of all interactions himself. That said, I’ve asked Karl and Nathan (one of our programmers) to give us a bit more of a glimpse behind the scripting engine as this is where these guys spend most their time…

Nathan: As Dave has mentioned in previous updates, we have been developing a custom XML scripting system that we are using to define the ways in which the player interacts with the game. We're doing our best to make it as robust as we can in order to maximize the amount of gameplay that can be scripted rather than hard-coded. This month we wanted to detail a bit more about the game scripting and puzzle logic. We have/are creating a game engine that can not only display animations, play sounds, and show text message through Unity, but that can also process scripted logic for puzzles and game behaviors. This is our PAC engine. Which stands for Point And Click engine.

The PAC engine uses a custom XML scripting system (we chose XML because of our team’s familiarity with it) to control the interactions and results in the game. And this is where the power of our system really comes in to play. Instead of having the game hardcoded on a room by room or object by object level by myself or one of the other programmers, we have empowered Karl (or anyone else) to script that logic himself by defining it in the xml files. So we have basically given him a 'toolbox' of options that can be used to create virtually any interaction he wants. However, this means that there is a ton of tedious work as every object has to have its behavior defined – including how it works with all the commands, other objects, rooms and animations.

Karl: Right. For instance, in the Dragon Room from the video below, the design calls for the dragon to breathe fire at you after every turn (a turn is completed after a player uses any command except LOOK). For this puzzle we have an excellent example of special case scripting– in this case it revolves around the iron shield. If you have the shield equipped on your arm, then it is raised to block the dragon fire from turning you into a crisp. If you do not have the shield equipped, then the fire engulfs you and sadly your adventures have ended. An additional condition is set so that if you stay in the room and do things, additional blasts of fire will cause the iron shield to quickly disintegrate. For this item logic, the XML script uses ‘On-turn behavior’, allowing for scripting things that happen each turn in response to the player's actions. But don't worry, we've also scripted it so that you can beat a hasty retreat backwards out of the room should you find yourself shield-less.

Nathan: This is a simplified description of one scripted PAC engine conditional for that room. The toolbox of xml script commands contain many more things that we can add to rooms, objects and behaviors. We can define scripted actions for every command we have in the game. We can control things such as Random events which are basically a dice roll to decide if something is going to animate or appear. We can fire things off when you enter or exit a room or after every turn in a room. As mentioned above in the dragon room we can base actions off a series of conditions. As we mix and match these script and interaction commands you can begin to see the power and flexibility of the engine.

Karl: So, that brings us back to what we are working on currently- which is hooking in the animations and sounds for our puzzle logic sequences- a real milestone for us because we can see the game script, engine work, and art/sound assets coming together in a full visual experience on the screen controlled by the game engine.

Artwork - Chris has around 8 rooms left to paint before moving on to some UI changes we need him to make. Rooms can take quite some time to finish since he needs to paint all the objects (in multiple states and for the inventory) in additional to the background. Wang has finished the first two sets of cut scenes and all the death (and hidden death) scenes.

Audio - As I mentioned last month, all the music audio is finished and there are only a handful of sound effects to go and Rich will get to those when the art for those rooms are completed. Also, over the next few weeks, the script for the cut scenes will be complete and we’ll hire the voice over actors to literally breathe some life into them before Rich wraps it all up with a score.

Rewards - For those who ordered The Quests of Shadowgate card games, they just arrived this week! You can learn more about the card game HERE. So, now that they are in, we can bundle them with posters and shirts and have a packing and shipping party in the next couple of weeks. Also, our great cartographer Jarod Blando completed the cloth map last month for those who are getting the box game and it has arrived as well. It’s awesome! (Oh and Kenny has started shipping the small staves as well.)

That’s about it. We’re doing everything we can to make the game a blast and get it done asap! If you have a questions, just ping me at contact@zojoi.com.

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Re: Shadowgate remake Kickstarter!

Post by Austin » Tue May 06, 2014 2:40 am

It looks like these guys are getting close. A pre-order page is up now for those that didn't get a chance to back their Kickstarter. It appears the game will be discounted slightly for those that pre-order it. Link: http://www.zojoi.com/shadowgate/

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Re: Shadowgate remake Kickstarter!

Post by Austin » Tue Sep 02, 2014 4:33 pm

The game is done and was officially released about a week and a half ago. Here's a link to the Steam page for it: http://store.steampowered.com/app/294440/

The game can also be picked up through the Humble Store for those that want a DRM-free version of the game.

I put together a brief video of the first few screens of the game along with my first impressions. Link: http://youtu.be/2ZubE6ERbig

So far I think it's pretty cool. A little simple in the design, but it's a 100% honest throwback to the originals, which I am extremely happy to report. :)

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