Well, it's here! Our move to the new studio is officially done. Well, 95% done at least. Everyone came together and did a ton of work to mitigate downtime. So here it is, Monday and we are back at it. We shut the studio down for half a day on Friday the 28th to allow for packing so that the movers could come in and do what they do. Really this whole month has been insanely busy for but the studio came in through the weekend and set up their spots and PC's which allowed us to get things up an running Monday, October 1st. And that brings us current :)
This won't be too extensive like the others but it will cover some elements that we want you to know.
The Deadwood Status, as a recap...you know we hired two level designers and they have been BUSY. Insanely busy. There will be a fleshed out, playable build and level that we want to show you very soon. Like really soon. Also with that, we mentioned before that there were talks of pushing an updated version of the Kickstarter build back out so that you can play as well. Get ready for that as well :) There are a ton of cosmetic revamps with the menus, in-game UI, and enemy AI that we can't wait to show you. Gameplay is the same but tweaked for precision so no changes there unless it helps with user control and function. Animations are being implemented heavily as well and I am particularly fond of Knot's run animation.
Yeah...those things! We are putting ideas together so that everyone who backed Deadwood can look hopefully look forward to getting some rewards before the game ships. One comment was asking for a Roguard plush toy. We heard you and we are working on that as well as some other stuff so stay tuned:)
So we haven't done a twitch stream in a while. I would say a month and a half at a minimum. In this new place, we will have a designated spot for Twitch but as of now, that part of the studio is not done. It's still under construction but when the new build is ready, we will most likely stream from a desktop just because we couldn't wait for the other section of the building to finalize. The hype is really real!
This week and along with this month will be our settling in phase. Getting situated acclimated to Mt. Dora's beautiful downtown area. The change of scenery already has a big positive impact on team morale and that's always a sign that we are moving in the right direction for our team, for Deadwood and for you. It's super freaking awesome to do this with you all! In the coming days, we will be showcasing the game and our culture on Twitter and Facebook so get ready!!
No Pictures...Just Words.
3 months ago
– Thu, Aug 23, 2018 at 01:22:03 AM
Evening Everyone! After going through the comments here and there, I thought I would address a few things that are important to you, thus important to us. This is of course being, the delay in Deadwood: The Forgotten Curse. The original ship date for the game was slated to be Dec 2016.
It is Aug 2018.
We are late... We did a live twitch feed to address the concerns of those who back and supported us. We laid it out with one of the founders of Steamroller studios, Adam Meyer. From everything to changes and delay in the game, we talked about. BUT we get that not all of you watch the streams. So, we will address the delay aspect here for you.
We made quite a bit of promise and with what we had, felt completely competent at meeting those. However, as the game began to take shape…growing and getting bigger, it demanded more time and resources we struggled with meeting all while we carried normal jobs outside of the development of Deadwood. It became clear very quickly that we were going to come out of pocket even with the Kickstarter. What we assumed to be enough in Kickstarter, was sadly not enough. The funds raised from the Kickstarter went to the development of the game and paid for the staff’s salaries. We the owners choose NOT to take a salary for months after to ensure our people were compensated and production continued. In the Twitch, we acknowledged that we grossly underestimated the amount of time, staff and resources it would take to make Deadwood what we envisioned it to be and we want to make that clear here as well. We apologize to everyone who supported us and backed us. We thank you for holding on this long even if that’s no longer the case. As it went on, we've had to curb quite a bit and go back to the drawing board. And because of what was previously mentions, after resources began to run low, we've had to take on smaller jobs here and there to supplement and support the staff. As this went on, what we envisioned for the future of Steamroller as an animation studio began happening in the middle of the process instead of after Deadwood.
We became known and companies reached out to us for work. While we have taken on these jobs, we have always had a dedicated team on Deadwood. We thank you for the compliments on Dauntless but please understand that games like Dauntless are what allows us to always continue Deadwood. Those projects support it. So again, we sincerely apologize for it all. We will not make excuses for our error. We at the time were overly ambitious. We missed the deadline for a release that we promised you and our other backers severely. We did not correctly estimate the amount needed to make this game. I could say that delays in the video game industry are so frequent, it's considered normal and IF the game is delivered on time or rushed, it's not a smooth experience and most likely unfinished to a degree.
We, however, are not them. We want to live up to what you expect and what we promised. In all the complaints, you, the supporters, are correct and right to feel that way but we want you to know that we understand that, and we have addressed it multiple times and will continue to offer apologies and give thanks to you for sticking in there even though you're not happy with us. In fact, this is not the first time we’ve had to do it. We did it back in an update on Feb. 1st, 2017. You can find that here, ”State of Deadwood”. So, if you can bear with us for a little while longer. We have corrected those issues as Steamroller has now for a while, been able to fund the game fully and I promise you...we will not let you down again. I do want to address a few questions that the community has about Deadwood.
1) The Switch port: This comes up on almost every Kickstarter update :)
As of now, there are no definite plans for a Switch release but we DO want to release for it. First, we must deliver what we promised THEN consider it. We had Deadwood planned before the release of the Switch. It has been out for about a year and a half with plenty of life left into it on the release of Deadwood.
2) We posted in an update or so ago on the search for level designers for Deadwood. Well, we found not only one but two. This has played into a large part of the finalization of Deadwood. This means that of course, we can create the world and dungeons but here’s a piece that we are looking to do…we want to create a newer version of the level that you played in the alpha and push that back out to the backers so that you can see and play it for yourself. That is the short-term goal and come to the end of the year, there will be substantially more to show and tell. We are almost there :) The Kickstarter and was used to get it started. We should have looked at that instead of looking at it to supply everything needed for this game.
Again, we dropped the ball. We understand how you feel. No excuses. We didn’t meet the line we set and the promises we made. We are being very transparent about this and have made steps to constantly maintain a line of communication with you. We understand if you want to leave but we would love for you to stay. Thank you either way for everything.
4 months ago
– Mon, Jul 09, 2018 at 11:56:35 PM
So! Let’s start this off talking about Point 2 from the last update The Animator. Remember when we said we needed one and we picked up draft pick, Nick Arbiter?
Yeah, he's been putting in work on Lathe and the deadwood as well.
Now I know what you are thinking...Don't we have Lathe already up and running? Didn't you guys have the game animated? Well, yeah...we did. Most times other people who were animating had to pick up other duties. With Nick, he's dedicated to just animating Deadwood and as people come onboard or get freed up, we will add more to assist and help with that particular chore. That part is a bit difficult because we’ve been ramping up on the gameplay side and working on Boss Fights. Yeah…Boss fights. Didn’t know they were in the game? If you don't know, now you know. Can’t tell you anything else past that but it’s there and there is more than one.
Overworld and Camera
Now...the Overworld map. A few updates ago, I showcased that concept to show you what it could look like. We know this has been an area of contention. We totally get it. Not to rehash older updates but sitting with veterans in the field has given us the confidence that we made the right choice for you all on this change.
We are still on the lookout for a level designer though. This is the last piece that we need to get deadwood where we want it to be. We've had quite a few submissions that are currently under evaluation so here's hoping that we find one that can successfully help flesh out the world of Knottington. There have been a couple of minor changes as well. In the Kickstarter release, the camera was player controlled. After testing extensively, we have decided to go with Art Directed camera. This frees up the player’s controls such as the Left and Right Bumpers and allows us to direct the story a bit more for dramatic effect. The bumpers are now used to cycle through weapons and defensive fortifications.
Quick blurb here and this should hopefully help to quell any misgivings and second thoughts about the state of Deadwood. Every first Thursday, there is an event called Indienomicon. It is a gathering of Central Florida indie game devs and it allows them to showcase their projects. We’ve attended quite a few and have shown Deadwood to the attendees. July 5th was a very impromptu showing off a test arena of Deadwood and the folks at Indienomicon were gracious enough to allow us to display that. A couple of people got to play it and the response from those who played and even those that watched were overwhelmingly positive! We are even more confident in the game that we will deliver to you! Again, we thank you for your patience with us on this and can't wait to deliver the final product to you!
Summer Time June Update
5 months ago
– Tue, Jun 05, 2018 at 03:20:52 PM
Hey hey! It’s June and I don’t know where you all are but it’s hot down here in Florida! As the heat continues to rise, so is the production on Deadwood. A lot of things are being put into gear around here so let’s get to it, shall we? One of which is some news that I've been wanting to share. We don't have a date yet as to when this would happen and be implemented but this is what we want to do...In a Twitch Stream of Deadwood, we alluded to pushing out an update to the version of the alpha that you already have. To do this, we need a few things... well, three things. A triforce if you will.
Piece Numero Uno
We needed a pipeline engineer. After a few interviews and searches, we found Liam Page and as soon as he came in, we knew why he was here! That's a puzzle piece inserted!
Piece Number Two
What's next? We needed an animator or the plural form of that. Most of everyone on the Deadwood team was working on the game itself. Q&A, Implementations, Enemy A.I and etc. We looked around at who we have to take on this task and as luck would have it, one of our awesome animators here were freed up and was promptly notified of it :) Now Nick Arbeiter is on duty to animate in Deadwood! A second piece of the puzzle down. IN a sense we could use more of that particular piece but Nick is very accomplished and when more animators come on board, Nick will have given Deadwood a huge headstart in the right direction to streamline the rest of the process.
3rd Strike...Or Piece Number Three.
The LAST piece of this puzzle would be a Level Designer. If you've seen our postings on Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin, you'll have no doubt seen the announcement for the position. We have very talented people here for sure. James and Adam took on that chore of creating the level you have played. But this is getting us to the End Game. This is still an open position which we have many applicants for. It's just a matter of time before we narrow the search down to the right person for the job to help us craft a great experience for you!
Illustrator On Board
Along the way, we’ve acquired an artist to do some character illustration for Deadwood’s dialogue boxes and scenes within the game. We’d like to introduce to you the madman we know around here as Tanto...
He can draw. I mean...I would say he's okay. Others would say, he's amazing. I prefer to keep him humble, is all. Be regardless, of the level of which others have placed him, he is indeed skilled with the pencil and has been turning out some pretty cool pieces like the worrisome Mayor and the Flamboyant and Sauve, Phillichop!
An also...what day is it?! TWITCH TUESDAY! We are doing our bi-weekly Twitch Stream today at 3 PM EST located at https://www.twitch.tv/steamrollerstudios. Today though will be a different experience. Today, we'll be playing Dauntless from Phoenix Labs. Steamroller Studios had the honor of being allowed to craft the animations for the behemoths in the game and we thought we'd show them and the game off :) Join us today and as always, we'll be here next month with another fine update!
What News from the Mark?
6 months ago
– Fri, May 11, 2018 at 02:40:59 PM
What news from the Mark?
Plenty of things! Including a new sneaky Deadwood and a studio move! Let's get to it!
While not quite finalized, we've been hard at work implementing the final Deadwood type... ROOT! Unlike the other Deadwood, this guy travels almost entirely underground. He's sneaky and wants nothing more than to steal your defenses. A well placed decoy will bring him out of hiding, and if you're quick enough you can get the kill.
For those that follow the Twitch Streams, you may have seen Root here and there in the form of a rough gray-box model with some crude animation. Even in this early state he's a lot of fun, and feels uniquely different compared to the other Deadwood types.
Moving on up!
So what else? It's our 50th update and we have some news! We have been undergoing quite a few changes here and all of them for the better. Lots of new faces have joined the team and we've been working on a few secret projects. One of which is planning a relocation of the studio. Currently we are located here…
We were based out of the old church which housed us at about 4,600 sq ft. We had an awesome time in it. Working and creating memories, but it has served its purpose and done it well. The studio is growing and we need bigger britches, so say hello to our new pair of pants!
This is just a before and after mock up of what we are looking at, paint-wise. It will provide plenty of space (for now) at about 10,000 sq ft. Located in Mt. Dora, Fl, this will accommodate our current crew as well as new members as we traverse the digital frontier to create new memories and moments we can all laugh at and enjoy with you. We would also like to take this time to thank each and every one of our supporters and backers that have been patient with us and continued to give their support.
We have not and will not forget you and hope that you enjoy the Deadwood game that we are crafting for you. Also, thanks to the Steamroller Team for all their hard work and dedication. It's because of them that we have come so far with our vision for Deadwood and future projects! Next month, we should be able to reveal a new enemy combatant by the name of Shaman so stay tuned for that! Lots of exciting things coming down the pipe!
Lastly, we haven't plugged any of our Kickstarter friends in a while. If you're interested in a 1/3 scale arcade machine for a crazy price. Check out TimberCADE. They only have about 23 hours left, we just backed them and hope you'll do the same. Check 'em out here!
Till Next Time!
Take care everyone, we'll see you next month for another update, but until then, don't be shy and check out our bi-weekly Twitch stream. The next one will be on the 21st. Till then!