This month in Outer Wonders: February 2021

This month in Outer Wonders: February 2021

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Welcome to this second issue of This month in Outer Wonders! Just like every month, we're publishing this special blog post to highlight the progress we made in the making of Outer Wonders over the last month. We're in March 2021, so let's talk about the progress made in February 2021!

Implementing cutscenes through scripting

Outer Wonders will feature a storyline. In order to implement it, we built a visual scripting tool for internal use. More on this in our previous blog post.

As of today, we are able to create cutscenes akin to the following one.

Cutscene featuring Bibi rolling to the right until it reaches a rock. While on the way, Bibi rolls on a beaver's tail, causing this beaver to become bloated. Bibi then attempts to go back where it came from, only to be blocked by the bloated beaver.

Towards livelier in-game environment

Batpoussin has worked on making the in-game environment look livelier. Check out how some parts of the environment are now animated without requiring prior interaction!

Animation showing Bibi in a small environment with an animated sleeping snake, and animated tree roots waiting for interaction.

More improvements for the upcoming playable demo!

Additional improvements have been implemented to make the game experience even more pleasant. First, going from one puzzle to another one now triggers a fade-in/fade-out transition.

We now have support for multiple languages as well. Until today, we only supported one language: english. But starting today, our technology is more language-aware, so we can build support for additional languages, including french.

Animation showing the pause menu in english (with "Resume" and "Quit" buttons), and then in french (with "Continuer" and "Quitter" buttons).

Before we end this blog post, we have an announcement for you... the playable demo of Outer Wonders will be landing on on April 2nd! We're so impatient to put this first game experience in your hands.

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