The Deathfire team is growing

As work continues on “Deathfire,” I wanted to let you know, that our team has been growing in the past weeks, allowing us to focus on more areas of the game and, naturally, to tackle more of the workload.

In order to illustrate some of the scripted events in the game, we are working with Adriano Batista, a well-respected freelance comic book artist from Brazil, who has worked on comic book series such as “Vampirella,” “Red Sonja,” “Battlestar Galactica” and “Lady Death” among others. In addition, he has also provided pre-production art and character designs to computer games such as “League of Legends” by Riot Games and others.

Thomas Kronenberg has also joined the “Deathfire” team recently, and with his extensive Unity experience he has quickly become the driving force behind trying to tickle the maximum potential out of the engine. Thomas has worked on countless games before, including the “Sacred” series and many others.

The latest addition is Michael Flad, a programmer I have been working with for many years. In fact, Michael was one of the programmers on “Shadows over Riva” and has also worked with Marian and myself on “Herrscher der Meere,” but was also part of other projects, such as “Gothic 3.” He is a very experienced and versatile programmer with well over a dozen games under his belt.

More and more, the “Deathfire” team feels like a homecoming to me, because in one capacity or another I have worked with virtually all team members before, and most of us actually go back together as far as “Shadows over Riva.” It is a cool feeling to “put the old gang” back together, in a sense, and to see how the magic is beginning to happen.

I hope you are as excited as I am, because with these new team members now working on the game, I expect that we will see some solid and steady progress in the months to come. Each of us has his/her own field of expertise and combined we can make things happen.

And to prove the point, today, here are yet another two screenshots for you. If you compare these ones with the ones we released recently, you will notice that there is a dramatic improvement in the look and detail of the shots. We have spent quite a bit of time, tweaking our scenes in Unity in order to increase the atmosphere of the settings. The result is clearly evident, I think, and I hope you agree. Just look at the shadows on the ground in the first shot, for example, where you can clearly see the gate of the portcullis outlined in the pool of light. We will keep pushing our technology and refine our engine to make sure that in the end, the game will look as polished as possible.

Let us know what you think, either here in the comments section, or head on over to our message boards to share your thoughts and comments with us. We would really like to hear from you.

11 comments to The Deathfire team is growing

  • chrisse  says:

    The new screenshots look really good. Also a sneak peek on a new monster? ;)

  • Kevin  says:

    Really excellent work! To add even more atmosphere. add a thin swirling white mist floating above the ground, through the portcullis and cascading off the sides of ledges like in the first screenshot!

  • Sacred_Path  says:

    Guido, I have to ask… have you played Wizards&Warriors? Because it was somewhat similar in its mesh of FPP and real time w/ turn based combat. Also the dungeons were very classically… dungeon-y, like what we can see in your screenshots.

    • Guido Henkel  says:

      No, I can’t say I have. In fact, I had to look the game up on the Internet because not even the title rang a bell. I does look kind of neat, though.

      • Sacred_Path  says:

        welp, despite having its own charm, the execution was lacking and it never got very exciting. Something Deathfire will hopefully improve on :)

  • Alexander  says:

    The new screenshots look awesome.

    Wizards & Warriors of D.W. Bradley’s first RPG after Wizardry 6 & 7, which are among my favorites. However, Bradley does not seem to understand what made those games so successful, as opposed to W&W and the more recent Dungeon Lords he made.

  • Jaumjaum  says:

    I like the looks of this. The graphics and lighting do indeed support a gloomy and mysterious atmosphere – which is then shown by the perilous situation in the 2nd picture: it makes one (if you are the player) want to halt and remain unseen in the dark, while letting these creatures pass by.

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    Yeah, I noticed that, too. I just fixed it today. :) Thanks for pointing out, though.

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