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« on: March 20, 2014, 03:00:06 am »

Hi Guys,
This is a game idea I have been tinkering with for a while.  No production art yet but these Photoshop mock-up screenshots of the potential levels would become actual game art.

Here is my initial 1 sheet:

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Umbilical

2d ‘infinite brawler’ that actually has a narrative and an ending.

You awake alone in the outpost after an unknown period of cryosleep.  You know nothing of the world around you.   
Journey into the wasteland above, attached to the outpost by an umbilical cable.  Battle the beasts, the ancients,
the feral the ice dragons and collect samples and get pulled back to base before you perish.

Research the world and the technology/ specimens of your enemies to progress the game narrative:   
Build new suits, robots, vehicles and weapons, go further into the world. There are four separate levels which
are all infinite: the wastelands, the metal tomb of the ancients, the dragon glaciers and the wilds.
Progressing in one allows you to progress further in the others- through pickups, research, obtaining new abilities.
Once the four levels are completed (and the key artefacts are researched) you open up the final level ‘the deeps’.

Back at the outpost between missions the game narrative is progressed is through researching key technologies. 
Expand your outpost, bring other colonists out of hibernation and use the outposts facilities to further your aims.

X com meets punch quest/fist of awesome + a dose of moon (film)
The Wastes


The Frozen


The Ancients


The Wilds



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I am also making a grpahic novel set in the same universe.  I keep a pretty updated stream on facebook of what I am up to:


Thanks!

Jake
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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2014, 12:42:20 pm »

A short narrative test for cut-scenes etc.

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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2014, 01:54:32 pm »

Liking the mood of the artwork and the general game idea, good luck Hand Thumbs Up Right
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2014, 02:42:48 pm »

Except the boring font over a even-more-boring greyed background.... Oh my gosh these artworks are just splendid! So much detailed, amazing skills here. I wouldn't believe you're already an established professional, any past games you've realized?

Super stuff anyway, keep it on!
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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2014, 01:15:14 pm »

Netsu: Thanks very much!

Ephoete: glad you like the art. Yes I have done a decade in 'AAA' development.  I make my living as a freelance concept artist now but I also like doing lots of projects.  I just released 'Tanuki Forest' on iOS as a two man team:

 

In terms of mainstream gaming I have worked on a bunch of stuff.  Started way back when on Second Sight and Time Splitters at Free Radical Design. making AAA was fun back then :D

Some old quick sketchbook thumbnail designs for mech enemies in the game.


I have been working on concepts for this universe for a few years now so I have plenty to share!
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« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2014, 07:03:02 am »


Concept for the games protagonist ( before he gets his mech to ride in he undertakes exploration on foot).


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« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2014, 10:12:25 pm »

I don't know if it was someone from tigsource (if it was then THANKS!) that put me forward but I just featured on kotaku, and the led with my game protagonist concept from umbilical !! woohoo!!

http://kotaku.com/some-people-call-him-the-space-cowboy-1550812278

Yes Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2014, 06:19:45 am »

This game looks so cool. Especially the technology research aspect.
Congrats on that Kotaku article! Your art is amazing. I'm so jelly

In terms of mainstream gaming I have worked on a bunch of stuff.  Started way back when on Second Sight and Time Splitters at Free Radical Design. making AAA was fun back then :D

Oh my god you worked at FRD I love you
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« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2014, 09:23:28 am »

Screw me. I quit gamedev. This looks amazing. I'll play your game instead...

The art on Tanuki is pretty crisp as well, albeit not my thing.

Love those silhouettes on the notebook there
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« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2014, 12:25:32 am »

Hi guys,

ugabuga: Thanks!!

migrafael I read an interesting quote once that tickled me, it was along the lines of 'The only thing you can do wrong with your creative work is stop making it!'  Thanks for your kind words!

Here is the hero Mech design for Umbilical.  (the plan is to start the game as a the cowboy dude on foot, then have a few mounts and stuff before being able to eventually build a mech for him to ride in. 

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« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2014, 12:07:53 pm »

'The only thing you can do wrong with your creative work is stop making it!'

Words to live by ;)

Outstanding artwork, can't wait to see the playable game.  Good luck!
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« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2014, 12:18:50 am »


acataleptThanks!!

A mecha design for a grunt enemy type:




 
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« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2014, 06:18:01 am »

grunt: better than anything ive ever done in my entire life

"yeah this is our trash garbage enemy"
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« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2014, 06:47:47 am »

that is some really delicious artwork. dem narrative scenes are very nice and atmospheric, thumbs high up!
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« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2014, 01:51:03 pm »

Following! Top notch art  Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: June 09, 2014, 06:08:55 am »

This looks so good. Really like the mood and the concept. Keep it up!

Them notebook sketches  Shocked Can't wait to see more! <3 the Wastes...
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« Reply #16 on: June 10, 2014, 02:16:31 pm »

Damn that's beautiful. Kind of remind me of Space Cowboy and Jin-Roh...
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« Reply #17 on: June 10, 2014, 10:40:03 pm »

Damn that's beautiful. Kind of remind me of Space Cowboy and Jin-Roh...

Oh man.... Jin-Roh. Oh, the memories  Hand Thumbs Up Right
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« Reply #18 on: June 11, 2014, 07:06:19 am »

Great looking art.  Can't wait to see more!
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« Reply #19 on: June 13, 2014, 09:38:04 am »

Nice looking artwork!  Looking forward to seeing what this develops into.
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