Dev Blog #27 – Night Time Lights

By 2018-01-18Dev Blog

Hi friends! Guess what? Lake Ridden is featured by both Get Indie Gaming and Finger Guns as their top picks of upcoming indie games releasing 2018! We’re so honored to be included on their lists <3 Other than this Midnight Hub was mentioned in The Local, and our screenshots made it to Nerd Time’s #screenshotsaturday top list!

Huge thanks to everyone spreading the word about Lake Ridden, without you this wouldn’t be possible. Last year around 7 672 games were released on Steam, so being visible for our players is without a doubt our biggest challenge.

As you might remember Steam Greenlight was removed last year, and the number of new games in Steam has absolutely skyrocketed since. I know a lot of fellow indies developing good games for Steam that are really struggling to get their product in front of potential players. It’s still nothing compared to the App Store, where around 3 000 games are submitted to the store each month.

We are still doing some last minute tweaks on the nighttime lights in the game, but right now it’s pretty much done!

Atmosphere and mood of the night forest done! Patches of light should help players find their way even without a flashlight. We dropped the flashlight some months ago since some players got motion sick by it.

At the office, the whole team has entered this magical stage late in production, where everyone’s super concentrated, working to push the last things into the game. You can almost hear a pin fall to the floor..! As you can tell by the images below,  the Estate has gotten a lot of love lately, and so has the nighttime lights and atmosphere as well.

The first mockup of the stairway in the Estate in Lake Ridden.

Basic materials and some default lights. The Estate should be an exciting place to explore!

Estate this week. We’re still not done, but it’s starting to look mysterious and inviting! Hopefully, you’ll enjoy searching through the old house for clues to what happened at Lake Ridden.

As usual, don’t forget to Wishlist Lake Ridden on Steam, and tell all your puzzle-loving friends about the game. Until next time!

Sara & the Lake Ridden team