Imagine casting a line off your boat and hooking Godzilla.
Shadow of the Leviathan is a single player adventure game about fishing for giant monsters.
This epic adventure will have players traveling dangerous seas, exploring a lost world, and dragged through perilous encounters against mysterious giants...
Nick again. Sorry we missed you last week, I was out of town. But I’m back! After a long week in Florida and a lovely wedding, I have returned (just in time for Jeff to be off at GDC, timed that perfectly, ha!). The week away gave me a good opportunity to reflect on some of the ideas we had going forward and breath a little, but it also set me back on how much I wanted to be in constant, direct communication with the team - so I’m jumping right back in. Justin (our gameplay programmer and technical artist) and Sarah (our concept artist and 3D modeler) did a TON of kickass work, so I’m here to show you some of what they worked on and get you hyped for more!
I wanna start this week’s post off by sharing a little something Justin worked on. Currently, the monster is a shadow of its future self, so it needs some backbone to really put the fear in ya. It’s not quite done, but check out Justin’s efforts here. We swear he tried his best…
Continuing on the art rampage, Sarah cranked out concept after concept and diligently adjusted things to my feedback. “A little to the left…” Sarah is a talented and fast artist, so after putting her through her paces we quickly got to designs for the Leviathan and the fishing boat that were to all of our likings. I’m too excited, I gotta stop talkin’ and start showin’… Here we go!
Let’s start with the Leviathan. I asked Sarah to pull from creatures in Godzilla and Pacific Rim, adding in aquatic elements. And she nailed it. Here’s the first Leviathan you’ll be reeling in...
If you look really hard you can see a liiiiiittle black dot between the tail and the back. Yeah, that’s you. That’s the scale of beast we’re lookin’ to set you up against. (Good luck...)
Here’s a quick storyboard tease...
“Oh… shit.” - You, probably.
And here’s what you’ll be using to wrangle in these deep sea terrors.
Everything you’ll need: Good old fashioned mechanical fishing rod, spears for spearing, and - of course - state of the art jump thrusters.
After we finalized designs, Sarah got to work on the models and sent over some assets for the vertical slice Justin made.
GET IT TOGETHER, TEAM! ---
So what else was going on at Mutant Studios? What do ya wanna know? We’ve gone to see Captain Marvel twice each (it was great!), had some burritos, did some laundry...
Ohhhh you wanted to know about the game? Well, we have our internal demo in a good spot and next week we will show off more gameplay concepts to you all. Jeff’s off at GDC learning about all the new tech and resources we can try to leverage in the coming months.
Some modeling revisions (Leviathan pieces)
Level design tools (Lightning attacks, obstacles)
Partying (because Jeff is out of town)
More documentation (Design docs, schedules, asset lists)
Gameplay scripting and implementation
MORE, MORE, MORE!
The team has accomplished a lot in the last two weeks. Hopefully you’re excited to see what comes next. Now that we’ve made our big push to get the vertical slice together, we’re gonna take some time to get feedback and organize ourselves for the rest... This will include discussions about the other Leviathans, the environment, the story, the team, the schedule, and nailing down every little detail about the experience. Maybe we’ll set up some cameras and get some sweet behind-the-scenes action of us arguing about the details.
--- FROM THE SHADOWS ---
I feel like I, personally, missed out on a lot by being away for a whole week. This game’s premise and scope is so massive and epic that I want to just spend all of my time on it. Not working on it for a week was honestly crushing, which I think says a lot about how excited I am to help bring this thing to life.
At the same time, I couldn’t be more proud of what this team accomplished in such a short time - Justin and Sarah both deserve all the praise in the world and more for their epic work and incredible attitudes. Justin’s design for the gameplay has the game feeling phenomenal place and Sarah’s art has set the tone perfectly. I look forward to seeing how much these two can push the limits and continue to exceed my expectations.
--- STAY ONBOARD! ---
That’ll do it for this week. More Shadow of the Leviathan updates will be coming steadily as we work, so follow us on Twitter to get different development updates or subscribe to the Mutant Studios newsletter to get updates there.
We’ll also be reaching out for playtesters, general feedback, and doing other fun things on Twitter so be sure to follow us for all of that!
Weekly Update: Slashin’ and Dashin’ Week of April 1, 2019 --- Hey everyone, This is Nick, producer at Mutant Studios, back with more about our work on Shadow of the Leviathan. Now that we’ve gotten our feet wet with an internal demo, we’ve nailed down a lot more about where we want this game to get to. This week involved a few pretty hefty studio discussion days that locked in a couple of exciting things for us, which I’ll talk about in the next section. --- SPINNING A YARN --- Something we wanted to dig into with this game was having more focus on the world and less focus on a lot of having a lot of written content. With games like Questr and Steamulator, we had spreadsheets with hundreds and thousands of unique lines of dialogue and interactions. That isn’t something we want to continue doing necessarily because it’s a bit exhausting and it meant that some of our mechanics relied heavily on jokes landing. We want this to be a world and a narrative that hooks you into it without a lot of dia…
Weekly Update: A New Artist Joins the Fight! Week of May 6, 2019 --- Hey everyone, This is Nick, producer at Mutant Studios, back with another weekly update. We officially made an exciting new addition to the team: Sarah! She’s a kickass artist who was behind the Leviathan art we’ve already shown off and she’s already hitting the ground running to prepare us for our Kickstarter! --- LOBSTER MADNESS --- These past few weeks we spent a lot of time discussing and planning out the Lobster Leviathan, the fight that we'll be showcasing for our Kickstarter. As we sat around craving Red Lobster biscuits, we nailed down the mechanics and assets we’re going to show off in that fight.
The shortlist is weak points, claw slams, and some unique animation techniques. --- GET OUTTA THE WAY! --- Our plans for the fights and levels have seen a ramp in intensity, so we’ve been working on a way for you to dodge the many chaotic attacks we’ll be throwing at you: A DODGE ANCHOR. Check it out in this GIF below!
Weekly Update: Juice that Lobster!!! Week of May 13, 2019 --- Hey everyone, This is Nick, producer at Mutant Studios, back with more about our work on Shadow of the Leviathan. We have some big changes coming up, many of which we’ll announce next week, but this week was another Lobster-filled week. This week, we’ve been hard at work with models, documents, and a lot of logistical considerations. --- MAKE IT MORE DISGUSTING! --- The process for art in this game is a unique one, especially for the current Leviathan. The Lobster is a tortured and angry soul so it’s visuals and design are equally as tormented. Screws tightened to it’s flesh and shell, armor plates mashed against it with reckless abandon, and exposed injuries from conflict. This thing has to have history. So when Sarah calls me over to review something, our discussions often revolve around making the poor thing look MORE beat up and disgusting. It’s quite fun. The majesty of the Leviathans is in their scale, but up close they really…