The time draws near!
In the last dev blog I sent out, I mentioned that we were going to announce the release date for our first playable game module, the Town Square. Those of you who follow our Twitter and Twitch streams will have already learned this date. It’s a very exciting and important time for Identity; we’re fast approaching the time where you’ll first step foot in Identity’s grand world.
We’ve crunched all the numbers and can now say with fair confidence that the Identity Town Square module will be released, to all backers with a $30 or higher pledge, on this coming March 21st.
What will you find in the Town Square?
The Town Square is a social game module. You’ll be able to create your character, which may be transferable to the retail game after release, and meet hundreds of other Identity backers in the town square of the clean and quaint city of Ash Hill.
You’ll be able to talk to those around you, add them to your phone contacts and have full phone and IM support to stay in touch. You’ll find a completely functional cinema playing full movies around the clock, a karaoke bar to show off your skills (or see me making a fool of myself), a working restaurant, art gallery, shops and more.
The biggest single feature is the housing system. You’re getting a taste of the full and complete player housing mechanics that you’ll find in Identity. Everyone will have access to a tiny apartment, but those who pledged for higher rewards will be able to check out and decorate their larger spaces. It’s a preview of what you’ll have in the full game. Invite friends to your place and party it up!
After the initial release of the module, we’ll continue to add features to the Town Square as they are completed in development for Identity. Barbershops and tattoo parlors will let you customize your character further. A garage will let you sample your vehicles. You’ll even get to test your ability with firearms in the police shooting range before the SWAT module is released.
For me, one of the most exciting parts of Town Square is just to get inside the game and finally get a feel for Identity and how it plays.
Check out a few of the Town Square work-in-progress shots we’ve released in the past. It’s been a long road for the development team here at Asylum, but we’re almost there!
Flexing our new manpower
Productivity has skyrocketed with our new office. We’re working better and there are now many more of us knocking out code and assets each day. Our programming team has expanded with Charles and we’re still hiring more. We’ve brought three new and incredibly talented 3D artists on board as well as a new technical artist. Brandon, our new Community Manager, has been hard at work keeping you in the loop. These guys are all proving their worth each day and I’m extremely excited about where Asylum is going.
Looking to the future
With some of our Town Square art wrapping up now, we’re beginning to shift a bit of our focus to the second module: SWAT. The SWAT module will be a team vs team competitive shooter using the combat mechanics you’ll find in the full Identity release. Expect combat to be slower and more realistic than most similar games. You’ll learn much more about this module as work progresses.
Above is an MP5 sub machinegun which will be used by the SWAT forces. This particular model was created from scratch in a matter of days by one of our new artists, Dan. The awesome talent of our art team is undeniable!
— John VanderZwet
Let’s Make Identity Great!
Identity’s development is going great thanks to the support of people like you, but systems like these take a lot of manpower and resources to create. Identity has an awesome community behind it, but when more people know about what we’re creating and our budget grows from pledges, we can not only work faster but we can do more, too.
If you’re as excited to play Identity as we are making it, help spread the word. The gaming industry has needed a game like Identity for too long; let’s make it great together!