Even the Ocean
Even the Ocean is two thematically related and mechanically similar games, The Ocean and Even, present within the same game.
Watch this video for the best explanation:
The Ocean, as a story, is about Aliph the repairwoman and her travels through her world, working for The City, seeing and meeting residents of small riverside prairie towns, tropical seasides, as well as more urban landscapes.
In this longform platforming adventure, move through and learn the nature, boundaries and future of an fantasy world with diverse landscapes. Balance your energy bar to modify your horizontal and vertical movement speed as you travel through the world of The Ocean, carving your own style of traveling through The Ocean's many areas.
A motivation for The Ocean's creation is looking at platforming as a way of combat with a 2D space, but in a non-violent manner: by changing the energy bar balance and focusing on this with level design, each player develops their own ways of taking on each room.
Even is a woman in her 20s in a fictional present-day seaside town: meet and learn about people around her town, as well as move through Even's thoughts through this slice-of-life walk-and-interact + daydream-exploration-platforming hybrid game that also looks at mechanics developed in The Ocean, but in a shorter manner.
We have not started development on Even yet. Even will be shorter than The Ocean and we will work on it after The Ocean finishes.
Get the demo at http://www.eventheocean.com/ .
Available only through Humble (humblebundle.com/weekly) till 4/3, then, itch.io : http://seanhogan.itch.io/even-the-ocean-motion-demo-1/
Devlog Table of Contents
Entity Communication, Editor choices 5/11/13 First shot at describing the game 5/16/13 Okay5/22/13 Sean makes his own data format 6/11/13 Game is named Even the Ocean, character = Aliph (not Alif!!) Focus of Level Design:
(2013-12-12) Jon SeanLEVEL BLOCKING AND SKETCHING (2013-12-23) - http://forums.tigsource.com/index.php?topic=32220.msg977995#msg977995Explanation of a "Nature" song (2013-12-25) - Linktalking about tutorial (2013-2-11) - here Sean's music making process here
| FacebookJonathan Kittaka
and Sean Hogan
(me) are developing Even the Ocean. We last worked together on Anodyne
! Our roles are similar. We are both sharing game and story design, I write the music and program, Jon will be doing writing and art. Music
I'm the only composer like with Anodyne, you can listen to music here:
soundcloud.com/seagaia (Pretty good WIPs)
seancom.nfshost.com/songaday.html (pretty good to really awful WIPs)Release Date / Platforms
Even the Ocean will release on Steam, Humble Widget, and probably GOG whenever we finish it.
We are aiming for Mac, Windows and Linux on release, and PS4/Vita at some point in the future.Tools
in-house editor, HaXe Flixel, flashdevelop, REAPER, photoshop, GIMP, graphicsgale
A gradual process through development is Jon and I's back-and-forth on discussing structure/design/story/etc of the game. Not mentioned much. Likewise is music-making.The beginning
March 12th, 2013 - Development starts in AS3, as "PRMCA". Still in school.
March 22nd, 2013 - Move to HaXeFlixel1 Month
April 12th, 2013 - Finish super-basic editor, player behavior, other architecture, and start on a level
April 25th, 2013 - Serialization + other stuff finished, start on other levels, finish more entities
May 7 - Sfx/music stuff working...etc2 Months
May 15th - Dialogue/localization working
late may/early june - i am working on iOS anodyne so that takes up some time
June 8 - Get a test sprite, resizing window, various serialization thingies related to entity and dialogue data finished. Sean goes to E3. we both graduate college. i think most of the editor work finished around here
June 10th - Named Even the Ocean!3 Months
June 17 - I get to NYC for the summer, change from HaXe2 -> Haxe3 + openfl
june 19 - finally fix fucking slope collisions for the last time
jun 27 - ios anodyne released
June 29 - Pause menu, death state fixes, various world state transitions fixed, level work, etc..4 Months
Jul 12 - Lots of misc things, get cutscene support working (scripting basically with hscript)
Jul 15 - Jon moved into new apartment, starts work - I write importer for CSVs and stuff, explain how to use everything
Jul 19 - player sprite!!
late july - editor updates, misc level stuff, etc... start to get ready for PAX Prime
early august - i'm in taiwan and also am working on localization for anodyne. I do some misc things with even the ocean5 Months
aug 12 - work resuming a bit more, but i'm still on semi-vacation (in cali)
aug 31 - pax prime show demo7 Months
oct 13 - android anodyne done forever, yay, we figured out the detailed game world and structure and full story and now are just working through that...lots of assets8 Months
nov 15 - Accepted to Steam
nov 26 - #OceanBucks(tm)9 Months
dec 23 - Kinda winter break, but working.11 Months
Feb '14 - Went to Indiecade East.12 Months
Mar 12, 2014 (year mark) - almost really finished with one area in The Ocean. By that, final assets/etc. Lots of progress made on other areas, a lot of tiling/level designing at this point, implementing dialogue, etc.
March 2014 (middle) - GDC
Late March 2014 : Released the public Motion Demo for The Ocean's mechanics.13 Months
April 2014 - constant work on areas etc, game coming together...14 Months
May 2014 - Really finalizing some areas, The Ocean feels pretty good.A great picture