For the last 18 months, the Soulbound Studio team have been working their butts off towards completing their first playable version, dubbed 0.5.0, a major milestone in releasing a complete(ish) game for their Alpha backers to test, play and enjoy.
The main focus with 0.5.0 is the testing of mechanics and will be released to Alpha backers through the PreElyria client. PreElyria uses the same mechanics intended for the full release but uses low-poly graphics, meaning that it’s the same game but with non-realistic graphics and animations, making it much easier for backers to test the game without the team getting backlogged with creating the realistic 3D graphics and mocap animations required for the full game release.
The mechanics to be included within this pre-alpha stage are:
- Access Restriction
- Artificial Intelligence
- Character Creation
- Dynamic Environments
- Equipment & Inventory
- Knowledge & Gossip
- Locomotion & Physics
- NPC Interaction
- Procedural Story Engine
- Reputation & Fame
- Survival Mechanics
- World Interaction
Take a look at some of the GIF movies below which show a few of these mechanics in action, from interacting with buildings, aiming and firing arrows with archery and interacting with NPC’s.
Caspian stated that the team are around 60% complete with integrating the above mechanics, with the last 40% mainly being dedicated to artifical intelligence, with NPC’s and the story engine. As for a time frame on getting this last 40% finished he said:
While I don’t have an exact date I can provide, it will likely take until this summer to finish up. But stay tuned! – Caspian (9th March 2019)
If you’re lucky enough to have Alpha 1 access, then around once every fortnight, new screenshots and gameplay videos are released within the Early Access forum (and protected under an NDA). But for those who don’t have that privilege, here’s a handful of publicly released screens of the devs work on 0.5.0 and PreElyria to date.
If you’re still reading this far in this update post then awesome! We’ve saved the best clip til’ last… Let us introduce to you little piggy!
Awwww! Isn’t he/she cute?!?
Well, that’s it for this update. In conclusion, the dev team hope to have PreElyria 0.5.0 ready to go by Summer 2019. But until then, we’ll keep on bringing you any updates and screenshots in-between.