Archive for the ‘Game Design’ Category

Taking a look at some AI War 2 ships during late alpha.

Chris here! This is just a video looking at a variety of the ships in AI War 2, or at least the graphics for them. These are in the version 0.124, which will come out early next week. It’s presently late alpha for the game (in the pre-Early-Access sense), and so these are coming up […]

Recent Hacking Attempt

Hello everyone, Quinn here. Quick Reminder! We will NOT request any passwords, emails addresses, or other personal information via PM. If any information is requested via PM, please report it and do not respond. With that out of the way, on to the meat of the post: Hacking Round 1 Sometime yesterday, some of the arcengames.com […]

AI War 2 Alpha v0.103 released!

Here are the release notes, which are mostly bugfixes and more quality of life adjustments. A Tale About Linux Okay, so — Linux support, grr.  Mostly that has been going fantastically, and we have a lot of folks playing the game on linux machines with no issues.  That said, we’ve had a few problems with […]

AI War 2 Video Dev Diary for February 10th!

Chris here!  Lots to share today. Obligatory: 106 of you still have yet to send in your surveys, so please do that soon if you have a chance.  Thanks! Marquee Video In this one, recorded just moments ago, I walk you through some things that are happening in the game right now: Highlights: Lots of […]

The AI From Within – Part 4: The Special Forces

Keith here. A Short Update on Development Goodness, how time flies. We’ve been pretty quiet for the last few weeks finalizing the Kickstarter (95% of you have completed your BackerKit surveys, thank you! 137 backers have not yet, please do so!) and getting everything setup for the alpha. We been applying our noses directly to […]

Another batch of AI War 2 working videos!

Chris here!  Last update I talked about a variety of random things, and that’s what’s in store once again.  Later this week, Keith will have another update for you in the running series about the AI. :) The Ark Is Finished! Mostly finished, anyway.  And bear in mind that this is just the first Ark […]

AI War 2 Random Working Notes Video Roundup – Circa January 19th

Chris here!  Okay, so this is a whole lot of random stuff from the last month, and these are some of our internal videos that I did a quick vetting of and figured were safe to release for those people who might be interested in them. These are all unlisted on our youtube channel, to […]

SPACE ARCHAEOLOGIST tier live, OST now available in select tiers, and 10% funded in 30 hours!

Wow what a whirlwind of a few days!  If I haven’t responded to your message yet, I really apologize and will do so as soon as possible.  I’m caught up on the kickstarter messages and comments themselves, but I’m behind on Steam and the Arcen forums. Funding Is Starting Strong! Our kickstarter for AI War […]

AI War II – Far Zoom First Look

Lots of stuff has been happening on the AI War II forums in general, and a lot of news in the dev diary section in particular.  Once the kickstarter for the game launches — later this week — we’ll be sharing more through our blog and social media.  It’s been an intensive process so far […]

AI War II Art Diary: Player Base concept work.

Here’s a new look at whats under development art-wise for AI War II. I’m been tasked to create a high-definition model of the player base ship. With 3D modeling, it’s not usually so simple as to jump into the program and get to work. Lot of times you need a thought process to kick it […]

AI War II: Design Document First Unveiling Is Now!

This is only the beginning.  The first 36 pages of the AI War II design document are in place.  I’m sure that folks on the forums will have a lot of commentary already about this.  I’m going to be out over the weekend, just to warn you, but I wanted to leave this with you […]

Time for some straight talk: Release Raptor is being pulled and refunded.

First up: as promised, Alpha 16 is now out.  This includes fixes, improved and extended AI, a new robot, and a minimap. In A Nutshell, What’s Up? I’m going to give all the customers of In Case of Emergency, Release Raptor a full refund and let them keep the game, then take the game off sale.  The […]

August 22nd release and Arcen AMA.

First of all, I want to do a shout-out to the reddit AMA that we did yesterday.  We’re still answering questions in there some, even though the AMA is technically over. I am going to be traveling this afternoon and over the weekend, so will be responding less (if at all) during that time.  However, […]

Volumetric Lights And Custom Frustrum Culling

What!?  Shouldn’t this post be about procedural generation or new robots? ;)  That stuff is coming, don’t worry.  As you can see in the release notes, a lot of work has been done on that.  But in the meantime I did want to do a release with a few other things in it. Volumetric Lighting […]

“Release Raptor” Steam store (coming soon, anyway) is a go!

We now have our Steam store page live for “In Case of Emergency, Release Raptor.” What is this game? In short: you get to pretend to be a raptor, but in computer game form instead of just walking on your toes at home. (Or was that just me? I’m afraid I have to admit I […]

Raptor Dev Diary #3: More Audio And Video

Oi, Raptor!  Been four business days since we saw you — what’s new? The short list of new stuff shown in this video: Improved post-processing visual effects. Improved raptor skin. Completely re-rigged and freshly animated raptor. A couple of glitches there, though, most notably in the walk animation. Completely new sound system based on SECTR […]

Raptor Dev Diary #2: Thar Be Dinos Behind That Longwinded Man

First video of any of the parts of the game in action!  Bear in mind this is circa alpha 0.1, a private build.  The video should make that pretty clear, though.  I wound up talking about a TON of stuff with the project in general, and unity development as a whole as well, instead of […]

Stars Beyond Reach: Release Date Now 2016, and Tales of Woe Part 3 of 3

First up the good news.  You may recall that we were doing  a series of visual shorts set in the world of Stars Beyond Reach.  Well, the final part of that is now here! Since it’s been a while, here are all three parts of the video in one series: “Tales of Woe” is a […]

Interview with SpaceSector about Stars Beyond Reach!

Interview with Arcen Games, By Edward Varfalvy This was a great Q&A with Edward about the game — he asks some really great questions that get at not just what the game is, but what the motivations were behind it.  Some of the questions get at future intent as the current beta progresses, as well, […]

Podcast with eXplorminate about Stars Beyond Reach!

StraX #17 – Interview with Arcen Games Rob and Nate speak with founder of Arcen Games, Chris Park, about their upcoming 4X hybrid, Stars Beyond Reach. They learn about how the game plays, what their time line is for release, hints about the story connection between SBR and AI War and The Last Federation and […]

Stars Beyond Reach: What we’re working on, plus spotlight on the Zenith aliens.

Apologies again for my slowness regarding Stars Beyond Reach updates at the moment.  I’ve been active in the forums since this project answering questions here and there if you haven’t been there.  But carving out the time for organized posts sometimes is a bit tricky. The last week or so has seen Keith working like crazy on implementing […]

No Multiplayer For Stars Beyond Reach.

Some things that I’ve been thinking about regarding Stars Beyond Reach, adapted from an email I originally sent to Keith. In my testing at the moment, despite all the early-alpha things that either Keith or I need to fix up before we bring in more players (ETA still hopefully the start of March), I’m finding […]

Hey, the Arcen wiki is now open for all to edit!

 Well hello!  I’ll have more information on Stars Beyond Reach later in the week.  But for the moment, I wanted to give a quick important announcement about our wiki.  Previously it was invite-only, and mainly edited by staff.  Consequently it was often out of date. Now it’s open to anyone to edit, although you do […]

For shame! No cookie for Chris, lots of Stars Beyond Reach screenshots for you.

Are you kidding me, self?  It’s really been since December 4th that you last posted an update? Sorry about that, me.  I, uh, have been really busy.  First of all, we’ve been working like crazy on the game itself.  Plus some other fun stuff related to the game.  And, you know, Christmas and New Years. […]

Who says dead bodies and smog can’t be fun? (Stars Beyond Reach Teaser)

Keith and I were emailing back and forth about some of the design specs for the internal Stars Beyond Reach prototype that we’re working toward having done in the next week-ish. Cemeteries and crematoriums have been a part of the roster of buildings since way back, and I had the design for them in my […]

A note about “no units” in Stars Beyond Reach.

A bit ago, I announced Stars Beyond Reach, which you can read a lot more about at that link. The very-short explanation is that this is Arcen’s first true 4X title: think Civilization meets SimCity meets AI War meets New Stuff.  More recently, I posted some updated screenshots and some portraits of some of the […]

Let’s Play The Last Federation: Delivering Spacefaring Tech 2.0

Delivering spacefaring tech has recently seen a large update, and this video is a brief LP for The Last Federation that shows off missions and how to go about navigating them.  It also shows off a number of mistakes and how to avoid making those mistakes hurt more than they have to. Enjoy!

Sneak Peek At 5 Leaders In Stars Beyond Reach (Plus A Couple Of Screenshots)

New details for you, and some new art! A bit more than a week ago, I announced Stars Beyond Reach, which you can read a lot more about at that link.  The very-short explanation is that this is Arcen’s first true 4X title: think Civilization meets SimCity meets AI War meets New Stuff. A much […]