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Underworld Ascendant Update #12: Prototype Gameplay Footage, now with commentary

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Underworld Ascendant Update #12: Prototype Gameplay Footage, now with commentary

Game News - posted by Infinitron on Tue 13 October 2015, 06:53:08

Tags: Chris Siegel; OtherSide Entertainment; Tim Stellmach; Underworld Ascendant

As expected, in the latest Underworld Ascendant biweekly update, OtherSide Entertainment have followed up on last week's prototype gameplay footage with a cleaned up version with developer commentary and additional explanations. Now you can watch it accompanied by the soothing voice of Tim Stellmach rather than annoying game journalists:

The Prototype is tightly focused around highlighting key areas of recent progress:
  • We wanted to have a big step up on the visual bar from the rough prototypes we showed during the Kickstarter. The final game will look even better of course, but this snapshot shows a lot of progress.
  • Finding the right look of the Stygian Abyss. We looked at classical artists like Dore, 18th century impressionists, and even some surrealists out of Russia. We wanted to show a couple of different types of play spaces, so we are showcasing a few signature spaces in the Abyss, such as the colossal caldera, with a towering lava vortex, and a more typical hallway and natural meld you could expect to see while travelling in the Abyss.
  • In the gameplay department we're showing some fun stealth gameplay, but flipped on its head of what we designed for Thief. Here a stealthy monster, the Shadow Beast, is stalking the player. Our protagonist is a virtually unarmed rogue who must rely on her wits to defeat a deadly Shadow Beast. This interaction highlights the capability of the Improvisation Engine, from manipulating the lava flow and lighting torches to change the light levels to keep the beast away.
  • Then there is the immersive audio soundscape to help deepen the immersion, as well as select voice overs to convey the game's narrative. If you listen closely to the soundscape you will hear some 'musical' beats happening. We have some ideas on how to work with sound as a game system and to enhance the character of the Underworld itself. We learned a ton of lessons about sound and its importance on Thief and System Shock 2. Just to be clear, the VO of the rogue in the prototype is there only as a narrative piece to explain what the player might be thinking. There will not be player VO in the final game, as it's a true role-playing game and we don't intend to speak for the player.
The Prototype covers just a tiny corner of the Abyss, and is focused on just the single encounter between a rogue character and the Shadow Beast. In the actual game there will be a lot more going on, and many more choices for a player. Regardless, we think the Prototype shows great progress since the Kickstarter and we hope you agree. We will be updating the Prototype about monthly going forward, showing more gameplay and features at each step. Right now in the alchemy lab Tim is whipping up the spell system, Will is working on a new playground for development and testing, and others are off on secret quests for the time being.​

OtherSide have also uploaded a completely commentary-free version to their YouTube channel. Or you can watch a version with commentary from both Tim Stellmach and lead producer Chris Siegel over at IGN. There's something for everybody! Hopefully we'll get to play this ourselves soon, as implied last week on the game's forums.

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