Monthly Archive: January 2017

2017 plan: goals and milestones

Big year

Let’s face it. This year we’ll either make it or break it. We’re not really considering the latter because this would mean we would not get through Steam Greenlight. And honestly, seeing how bad titles get greenlit nowadays we’re pretty sure we’ll make it aswell. But you know, we don’t want to underestimate this campaign – better safe than sorry! Successful year needs a plan, so take a look at our vision for 2017:

Going public

First official teaser of Sapu will go public on March. We’ll sort of introduce Sapu to the media. We hope we’ll get some attention with this short teaser video. And of course – we hope you’ll like it!

Crowdfunding campaign


This is a big monster, and great unknown. That’s why we want to prepare solid ground for the campaign and our first goal is to carry out sort of preliminary campaign on Square Enix Collective to get much valuable feedback. This will take place around June/July.

For the main campaign, which will take place between August and October, right now I see 3 options:
Kickstarter
Indiegogo
Fig

Kickstarter is the most popular and we would get most chances there, but it is not available in our Country (Poland). So to perform campaign on Kickstarter we would have to start company abroad most likely. Indiegogo however, is available in Poland, but it seems that the number of successful video games campaigns there is decreasing. Third option would be Fig which is rapidly gaining attention (saw Pillars of Eternity II hitting their goal on first day?), but its a combination of crowdfunding and standard investment/publishing deal. Which means that investors take a share after game launch. I’m not sure what percentages they take – let’s say 30%, in addition to around 30% of steam cut we would get 20-25% net out of the gross price. It’s not a lot.

Tough decision to make, right now we’re not sure which platform to choose. Do you have some advice? The result of this campaign will determine the final look of Sapu. Based on how successful we’ll execute it, we’ll decide how complex world we’ll create.

Steam Greenlight

Simultaneously to the crowdfunding campaign, we’ll make a push through Steam Greenlight. We hope that cross-linking strategy will help us reach crowdfunding goal as well as get greenlit. So there you go, creating breath-taking trailer for those two events is our one of the biggest task of 2017!

Indie game conferences and competitions


2017 is the year that we want to connect with community more and go out of the basement with our demo version that we’ll finish mid February. We’ll try to be on at least 4 conferences this year. This number will of course increase if crowdfunding will be successful. The main conferences that we would like to attend this year include:
A Maze. or Pyrkon in April
PixelHeaven in May
Gamescom in August
Poznań Game Arena in October

New team members

As the game and core mechanics are shaping up, we have much more knowledge of how much work is left to be done. The ship is heading the right direction. It’s accelarating. We’ll try to reach young talents that would be willing to create Sapu with us. Don’t get me wrong, we won’t hire 15 people now, but we’ll seek to connect with three candidates at maximum. Folks that are willing to gain knowledge, love games and who will love Sapu, as we do. We’d like to have these three additions before crowdfunding, but we’ll see.

Lately we’ve been contacted from one of such young and talented folks, Szymon Kusior – a composer that has shown interest to cooperate with us. After exchanging few emails we agreed that we’ll try to do something special together. Currently we are trying to get along with Szymon as he tries to meet our expectations, which to be honest – are pretty big. We all know how music can affect emotions in the game. We want players to feel strong emotions playing Sapu.

So there you have it, a quick look at our plans for 2017. It is very ambitious but we are very motivated to make it big! Stay with us – we need you!

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Monthly Report #12 – Annual Summary

What a year it was. I remember this post from one year ago, when we struggled with how the gameplay should look like. Do we want to keep movement on WASD? Or by mouse clicks? Back then, we were not sure about many things, both gameplay and technical wise. I am very happy that we picked up a methodology of creating Minimum Viable Product and then enhancing it into prototype iteration. With proper feedback and open mind, and of course more experience we progressed tremendously this year comparing it to 2015. A long road still ahead of us, but this was a very good year of learning gamedev.

2016 in a nutshell

Graphical improvement during the year

Instead of tens of words, just watch this video!

Commits over the year

1049 commits overall! Although there is no direct connection between the number of commits and how much work was put into, it is a pretty good indicator of it. And certainly, we can see when we had some internal deadlines. As trendline shows – our work has intensified during the year (and still is I think). As we get closer to finally show the game to the open public, we tend to care much more. Also, our workflow is much more efficient then it was earlier. Now we have clear milestones to achieve in agreed time periods. We’re not lost in the fog as it might seemed at the beginning of our journey.

Followers over the year

Honestly, when we started this blog I thought we’ll have more followers by this time. Of course, Sapu is still in development stage and for the first half of 2016 we were still searching for the right gameplay, so it was hard to get any atention. I’m sure that this year is gonna be much better in terms of building a little community around the game out of some action RPG lovers. We’ll have a pretty polished demo version with which we’ll try to connect with them. Keep your fingers crossed! As you can see we have our first subscriber on newsletter 🙂 Thank you Hijo!

Latest news

December was almost all about adding new stuff to the game, including:
● few skills for enemies to make fighting with them more fun
● brand new scene and enemies on it, which will serve as a first (tutorial-ish) scene for the game
● new Sapu skills. Those are being continued in January

Make sure to read next post (will be online in few days) to read about our plans for 2017, which we hope will be big for us. Thanks for reading, the whole Ende Games team wishes you absolutely amazing year!

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PS. In case you missed our Chrismas wishes, here you have it 🙂