Current State Of Development
Development is being solely completed by Lauren, and as the Founder of Dyak she’s also been at the helm of all things social media and hiring. Despite this, good progress has been made and she’s pretty happy with this progress. Tasks that have been completed include:
Artwork Changes: As you can tell, there have been some updates to the artwork from our combat prototype to now. A majority is still placeholder assets however as and when we get the artwork from our Artists, Lauren will be porting them into Unity.
Player Ability Refactoring: Lauren decided that the combat system in the prototype needed to be refactored as it didn’t allow for easy creation of abilities, and each ability was the cast button, rather than the cast button calling an ability’s Cast function on a separate object. To fix this, Lauren used a combination of OOP, ScriptableObjects (SOs) and lists (oh, so many lists) to make each ability type easier to create and cast. This has led to having scripts for each type of ability; single-hit, AOE, DOT and AOE-DOT attacks, which makes creating player abilities a lot easier. Each of these scripts then takes in an SO with the base stats and uses those to deal damage in the appropriate way. Healing and other buff abilities need to be added, but now that the base is down that’ll be much easier to do.
UI Setup: A majority of the UI has now been set up so you can navigate between screens. While there is no functionality just yet, implementing this navigation will save a lot of work so we can just focus on what each screen will represent. Some of the fancy and new UI we have set up is:
Next on the to-do list is the inventory, questing and save systems. When these are complete, the game will be ready for some pre-alpha playtests.
As you know, in November we started the process of bringing freelance artists into the team to create some assets for us. After a gruelling review process, we now have 4 talented people working with us to help bring Rise Of The Jemhaji to life! They are:
We also have now officially welcomed Eloise to the team. She was helping us out with some social media posts back in August and September, but after some discussions she agreed to join us as a UI designer to help create UI assets to replace our current placeholders.
They’ve all been doing some awesome work so far, and we’re very happy with what we’ve seen from them. Below are some WIPs of their work.
Over the coming months, we’ll be formally introducing Zoe, Chrome, Aha! and Alexis to you via our Meet The Tribe series, where you can learn a little bit more about the team. In the meantime, remember to follow us on our socials to see more updates on our progress with Rise Of The Jemhaji, as well as more WIPs from our brilliant team of Artists. In the next devlog we’ll be going over our progress with the inventory, questing and save systems.