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Iragon is a Visual Novel that you can experience in full virtual reality. It includes a high fantasy story, romance, combat, and flying through the skies using a grappling hook. It is also playable without VR.
In the game you stumble upon a mysterious girl carrying an ancient book. The book contains a powerful secret that everyone is after. If you love anime, let us take you on a magical anime journey in full VR.
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Changes on the spell system: We changed up the health and mana bars because we thought the old ones were dumb. And because everything was a bit OP, we nerfed the basic fireball spell and removed the tier 2 spell.
Changes on characters: Annah has texture and materials improved on her clothes. We also made our soldiers a bit smarter by also giving them an AI for companions.
Environment changes: Training dummies have new materials and textures, they are no longer boring.
Size matters! That’s why we decided to scale up the whole town x2 and the buildings are also higher.
The path outside of town that leads to the combat area has been entirely remade.
Darick’s parents won’t be living large in a 2-storey house anymore. The second floor has been removed and some room dividers were added in the living room.
We added a new level – The Guildhall! But it’s in grey box though. And guess what you’ll come across in the guildhall – the guildhall bar layout which is also in greybox.
Another new level in greybox – The Road to Avoch. Nothing to see on it yet, but be patient, folks.
Added art to the Floating Islands level so that it now looks a lot better and less boring.
Some waypoints and quests were added in the town, so that you don’t get lost or anything.
General changes: We made the big bad wolves even worse by adding a sound when they attack. They have a new texture as well. We also added sounds to the spell charge ups, spell hits on target and foliage sounds on the grappling trees.
A very crude combat scene has been added in the area of Darick’s hometown
New animations and cutscenes are being made and added but nothing is final and most of them are very crude.
Added collectible crystals!
There is now a crude version of a main menu.
You are now allowed to have a free will and can choose what to do next in the game.
You are going to fight some soldiers! We added combat in the gameplay and we have been constantly improving it, but it is still a work in progress.
You will also encounter your first boss fight in the level Road to Avoch.
5. Bug fixes:
– Fixed an issue where wolves appeared to be stuck in the ground.
– Fixed mana regen in VR
– Fixed not being able to start a dialogue with the other characters in VR
– Fixed an issue with the grappling targets on the ground
– Fixed taking damage in VR and enemies not seeing you
– Fixed some floating trees
One of the major changes is the script of the game. We now have a new slightly different storyline that includes new characters and some changes to the dialogue. Of course everything is still a subject to change and the voice acting is only a placeholder.
Magic system and tutorial – We decided that using magic would be more fun than running around with a big bulky sword. So now you have two fire spells that you can use and a bunch more to come. And to teach you how to use those spells we have made a handy dandy tutorial.
The staff – Magic doesn’t just happen out of thin air. Everyone knows that. So like every good magician you now have a staff to cast your spells with and as a bonus, it shows you how much mana you have left. Well… in VR at least.
Health and mana – You don’t want to run out of magic juice mid-battle. Or even worse, you could run out of health. To help you keep track of those resources we have added health and mana gauges in third person and the previously mentioned built in mana ball in your staff for VR. Mana regenerates passively over time and you can press Q to regenerate health.
Wolves – We all like dogs right? It’s all fun and games with them until one decides to try and bite your flipping face off. You now get attacked by some wild wolves while you’re on your adventure. And like it or not you will have to defend yourself against them or get turned into a class A dog food.
Battle music – Whether you decide to fight for your life or to feed the wolves your body parts, you will be accompanied by pulse raising music. Nothing like getting your ass kicked to a soundtrack.
A new and wonderful world – The levels are now surrounded by beautiful mountains, floating rocks, other islands and huge stone pillars reminiscent of the Archtrees in Ash lake from Dark Souls.
Motion capture animations – Using our fancy motion capture technology we have made new animations for the cutscenes that should hopefully make them look way more natural and less like a conversation between Amazon Alexa and Google home assistant.
New city level – You can now go further into Darick’s quest to help Annah. After the exciting swinging section you can finally get to Darick’s home town. It is still a bit empty because it is in a grey box state, but that won’t stop you from running around in it, will it?
Interior of Darick’s house – In this new level you can enter the house where Darick grew up. It is still “under construction” and needs some work. But this will do for now.
Annah’s new look – Annah got a major facelift so that people won’t be able to take their eyes off her. Of course, her new look won’t be complete without a new haircut and a new hair color.
Soldier cutscene animations – The soldier cutscene is now far more cinematic, with changing camera angles, close ups, new animations and it’s way more clear what is actually going on.
Giants – Yes giants! We have three new types of giant enemies that look wonderful. You might not get a chance to take a good look at them while they are playing golf with your head so for now they are just chilling in your path after you go through the city level.
With every new thing in the game there come new bugs to fix.
- Removed sword. You have magic now. Who needs a sword?
- Made sprinting a toggle so that you don’t accidentally open the Steam UI.
- You can no longer run after Annah after the cabin cutscene.
- You should no longer be able to get stuck under those pesky trees.
- Some changes to the cliffs surrounding the first island.
- There are a few new grapple targets. More swinging = more fun!
- Swinging improvements. Better swinging = even more fun!
The environment of the first level and the beginning area after the cabin cutscene fully textured and populated with art.
Grappling Improvements – the grappling hook now corrects it’s rope height while you swing.
Added hand animations.
There have been new checkpoints added to the level after the cabin cutscene.
You no longer “float” while jumping.
Extended the level after the cabin cutscene.
Landscape has been capped with rocks.
Bug fixes and minor changes:
- Mesh no longer floating above ground
- The speed of shooting the hook has been slightly increased.
- Added collision to hands
- Added an additional island to the left of the main arch
- Added impact sound on for when you hit leaves with the grappling hook
- Fixed landscape issues and text in VR
- Fixed terrain under the ruins
- Fixed terrain issues bad foliage
- Fixed lighting issues
- Fixed bad foliage
- Fixed floating tree
- Fixed glitchy arrow in third person
Level 3 redesign – The third level, the one after the cabin, went through a complete redesign. It is currently in a greybox state, but it’s much wider, with more to explore, no invisible walls and new targets to grapple, some of which are located on the ground.
New particles – There are now particles for when you hit something with the arrow of the grappling hook.
Added feedback form – There is now an in-game feedback form which you can fill out at the end of a playthrough. This way you can more easily share your opinion with the devs.
Swinging control – There have been improvements made to the swinging control while grappling to make swinging more enjoyable.
VR hand model – In VR there are now actual models for the player’s hands.
VR grappling hook – You can now see the grappling hook on your arm in VR and the rope has a rewind animation after firing.
New sounds – The grappling mechanism now has sound and you can also hear the rustling of leaves when you hit them with the hook.
Hook indicator – When a target is within range of your grappling hook your crosshair will now become green.
Bug fixes and minor changes:
- Fixed foliage where the player could get stuck
- Fixed tree stuck in a rock
- Fixed getting stuck in grapple mode after respawn in third person and added a collision feature while grappling
- Fixed Annah moving before standing up
- Improvements to spell targeting
- Fixed skip cutscene button for gamepad
- Fixed bug where you couldn’t attack after putting sword away in intro
- Animation bug fixes
- Fixed a hole in the ground where the player could get stuck
- Fixed issue where you can skip the soldier cutscenes by jumping over a tree
- Fixed issue where you can jump over Annah if you climb on the brick wall
- Fixed glitchy cloud
- Added sword sounds in VR
- Cabin music adjustments
- Synched voice and disappointment animation
- Added more trees to prevent the player from going around the cabin
Changes to Annah – You do find Annah passed out in the woods but that doesn’t mean that she can’t look nice. So she now has pretty blue eyes and a whole new outfit to make her look good, even in a dire situation such as this.
Controller support – VR is awesome! And keyboard and mouse have served us faithfully for many long years. We do however realize that some people enjoy playing with a controller, so we integrated that into the game.
Additional checkpoint – Being fantasy knight Spider-man isn’t easy. It’s also not uncommon to fall to your death in this world, so we decided to add a checkpoint after the first swinging section. Now if you happen to fall at the very end of the second swinging section you won’t have to go through the entire first part, all over again.
New text background – The old background for the dialogue was a bit boring and it lacked character. That is why we stuck some rocks in there and called our best blacksmith to make a nice steel border.
Level 1 redesign – The entire level before you reach the cabin has been redesigned from the ground up. Gone are all the invisible walls that trap you in a tight glass corridor. Player is a free elf now. Go explore… Well the new level IS still in gray box, so you won’t have many interesting visuals. But that’s a small price to pay for freedom!
Swinging – Regardless of how funny swinging around in a squatting position was, we decided to make an actual swinging animation. Darick now soars through the air in a way more natural pose, reaching the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow.
Hand crossbow – The days of having an arrow that magically shoots itself from your hand are long behind us now. Darick got himself a fancy new crossbow that he stuck on his hand. He uses it as a grappling hook, to swing from rock to rock.
Changes to the sky and clouds – We often stare at the sky and daydream about the awesome games that we are going to make. Fortunately, the sky in Iragon is something that we can change however we like. So we made like an airbender and shaped in a way that we find even prettier.
New sound – Don’t you just love falling to your death? No? Well at least if you do that in Iragon you will hear a nice little scream. And if you jump from a reasonable height, like from the ground, you can hear a pleasant landing sound. We also tweaked some sounds and booped others to make everything sound nicer.
Skip button for cutscenes – We realize that not everybody is into voice acting, or reading for that matter. Some people just want to go kick ass and take names, so we added a skip button for the cutscenes that you have already seen once.
Invisible wall changes – Believe it or not, we are not insane. We know that no one likes invisible walls. But they do help us a lot by keeping the game world a manageable size. Some walls were moved, some were removed and a few new ones were added. There were so many moving walls that you would think this was an ancient tomb, hiding some shiny treasure.
Bug fixes & small changes – You can no longer go on the wrong side of invisible walls. Hitting the ground with the rope still attached to a flying rock will no longer send you to sideways walking purgatory. The cabin has gotten minor interior improvements. You can no longer fall between tall trees and get stuck. And a bunch more.
There were enough bug fixes and small changes to make your head spin. Surely you don’t want to read about every little texture change and every insignificant new variable that was added to the code, do you?