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The best way to tell you about this game is to tell you how we came up with the idea. Everyone at Repulse loves anime. Especially fantasy stuff like Full Metal Alchemist, Attack on Titan, Berserk.
We have been making VR games for 3 years now. When we finished our last project the question came up. What if, we could bring what we love most about fantasy anime to a full interactive VR experience.
We didn’t want to do just a story that you can watch. Or just the sex, or just a battle system. We want everything: A story, To participate in the battles, To fly through skies using a grappling hook, To explore an anime world, choices, and to do whatever we feel like with sexy anime girls.
All of this in full VR, and of course with the option to play without VR.
We are putting together some of the pieces. We have an early pre-alpha that you can test out. We update it every 2 weeks and also provide changelogs, and videos explaining the changes. Right now we are looking for early testers that can help us make this game better. If you are interested in becoming a tester, or following our progress on this. Check out the links below.
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Baby’s first grapple – We noticed that a lot of players were having trouble the first time they encountered swinging and they were dying a bunch. And it makes sense. Players need to learn a new mechanic in an environment that does not give them much leeway for experimentation. That’s why we made the gap that they have to swing over quite a bit smaller. Hopefully this translates to an easier and more pleasant learning experience.
Soldier should be able to fight – We think that the armored soldiers in Iragon look pretty cool. However, we also think that they have no clue how to fight. So, we sent them off to knight college and they came back quite more proficient at the art of the blade. They now approach you with their shields up and once they reach you, they will try to surround you and attack you from all directions. They will also divide their forces between you and your companions who decide to put up a fight.
Mages- Bulky guys in armor is good and all, but what is a fantasy world without mages? These slippery arcane tricksters will throw fireballs at you from a safe distance and try to teleport away once you come near them.
Health bars – Mages and soldiers who can actually fight. Things seem to have gotten a bit harder but don’t worry, we have given the player a tiny bit of help too. You will now see health bars above the enemies. Hopefully this will make it easier to prioritize enemies with lower health and make fighting groups of baddies less of a threat.
Sword fighting animations – With our new combat system we needed cool new animations. So we put some in. Fighting with swords looks way better now, regardless of if you are using one sword in one of your hands or dual wielding.
Main menu sounds – The main menu of Iragon might still be in a very early stage of its development but that doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t even have sound effects.
Red tree crowns – They are now red. Sounds weird but it’s true. The red tree crowns stand out way more in our snowy swinging level and it makes it way easier to plan your route of swinging. Bushes are also the same color. Hopefully that helps players realize that they can grapple to them to make their lives a bit easier.
New rocks – We have made new rocks to replace the old ones, that looked like they were pulled straight out of a game from 2005. The new rocks look way better and go a long way towards making the whole level more pleasant to look at.
Swinging level art – The first swinging level has gone through many, many changes and has stayed in graybox for far too long now. Those days are over. It is now almost entirely finished and we hope you like it.
Combat – We decided to spice up the fighting in Iragon by making it a bit more dynamic. Now you can choose between wielding a sword or a magic spell in each hand. If you feel like going full melee, just equip two swords. And if spells are more your thing use both hands to cast.
Dodge and Stagger – With new ways to fight we also needed some new mechanics to make things even more interesting. When you hit an enemy it staggers for a second, giving you a chance to reposition. If they do get to you and try to land a hit, try dodging out of the way.
Weapon enchanting – If you have a fiery spell in one hand and a sword in the other, you can choose to enchant your sword with the spell. You still keep the spell in one hand but the sword in the other is enveloped in flames.
Equipment menu – New weapon/spell loadouts means that we need a new way of selecting what to equip in each hand. That’s why we made a simple menu for each hand, with which you can change your fighting strategy on the fly.
Level changes – We have been working on a few levels that are not available in the build that we give to testers. This is not because we don’t want them to be seen. We just need time to make them nice and interesting for the players so that they are not disappointed when they finally get to play them. This time we changed the beginning of one of the levels with a beautiful cave with glowing red crystals that you can grapple to. We might have also added a few secret paths and places in there.
Swords – We have some history with swords. We had one when we first started making Iragon. Then we decided that we will only be doing spells and removed it. Well, as you might have read at the start of this changelog, we added the sword back. Not only that, but it now has a fancy new model and it looks great. The soldiers also have two new swords. Your sword also leaves a trail when you swing it.
Sounds – Oh boy, there are quite a few new sounds in the game. While walking around, you might notice that there are three new sounds for stepping on snow and three for stepping on stone. When fighting with a sword you will hear three new sounds when hitting an enemy and the sound of blood flying. And if your sword happens to be on fire, you will hear another three new sounds. Spells also have new sound effects.
Other sounds – So far I have told you about what happens when you hit an enemy, but what about when an enemy hits you? There are now sounds for Darick taking damage. And if things aren’t going well and you end up with low health, you will hear your own heartbeat and all other sounds will go numb.
Ambient – There are new ambient sounds in the cave in the beginning of one of the new levels. The cool thing is that the cave ambient makes a smooth transition into the ambient sounds from outside of the cave.
Bridge level – We have added an entirely new and pretty big level in which you talk to Annah, swing on some more trees and fight some wolves. It is still in a gray box state but it’s the beginning of an exciting new level to explore.
New sounds – There are a few new sounds added to the game, including dog barking, magical sounds, for when you cast spells and we added sounds to the runes that block your path during combat.
Animation – There are cool new animations for casting spells that are blended with the walking and jumping animations so that they look nice and smooth. Picking up crystals now also have a new animation to make it feel a little bit more special.
More art in the swinging level – The swinging section after the cabin now has even more art and is looking more and more like a finished level.
Annah has a stick – We felt bad for poor little Annah for being so defenseless, so we decided to give her a stick when you find her so she at least feels like she has something to defend herself with.
New dummies – The combat training dummies in the beginning of the game now have a nice straw suit to provide it with some protection from your attacks.
New cutscenes – We have started working on a few new cutscenes that will provide some much needed character building and story progression. One small step for Darick and Annah but one giant leap for us!
Introducing Kate – Kate is and elf that despite her young and voluptuous looks is hundreds of years old. So far she has a nice head of hair and a gorgeous outfit but, unfortunately, her face is just a copy of Annah’s for now and she doesn’t have a skin color. Don’t worry, we are getting on that a.s.a.p.
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?