We make a prototype for the Oculus Rift as our first joint game. You play a sorcerer standing on top of a castle wall, defending against an attacking army of ents & dragons. We add an element of soldiers passing from one side to the other and the player has to defend them.
I’m a huge The Walking Dead fan. Love how the show carves out aspects of the apocalypse that are neglected in all the shorter formats. Like the permanent presence of imminent death, often depending on a quick reaction from your peers. We felt the format of our prototype would nicely convert into this scenario
Fall 2013, 2 weeks later:
We submit our prototype that has survivors running towards you and you have to pave the path for them to reach you. A small backstory introduces a train as the destination for those survivors, going to an unnamed, safe place. The game gets the mysterious name “Last Call, Paradise”
Late Fall 2013:
Our prototype makes finals and gets some nice press mentions. We decide to make it our first commercial release.
I present an almost finished game with to my Indie peers. They all hate the puzzle element of needing to learn a level scenario before being able to master it. They all love the protect-your-friend scenario and fast paced sniping mechanism. Over the course of the convention we decide to give an endless version a try, as strongly suggested by pretty much everybody. Also, nobody else finds our mysterious game name mysterious and after hearing Alexander Bruce’s name change story we decide to go with the simpler “Dead TrailZ”.
The endless-runner mechanic is so compelling to play, it is the core game of the first release candidate. We hope to come out on mobile first in June, then build up cross-platform and re-introduce the puzzle variation into the desktop version. We will first show the game publicly at the Denver ComicCon.