Frozen State is a brutal, survival game set in a world embraced by the man-made ice age meant to protect mankind from pestilent hybrids. Bitter cold and numbing fear are the constant companions in the journey through the retro-futuristic Frozen State world.
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Release Date: Aug 5, 2016

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June 4

Progress Update "Project N"


Hey guys,

Apologies for a rather long gap between the updates. It’s been so much work that I didn’t even notice how the time just flew by. I’ve been throwing some gifs on reddit pretty regularly, but haven’t given any updates on where we are and how everything is going.

The progress

As the core idea gradually taking up a more defined form, we are cutting down things that we think might not work together or just simply too ambitious for us. Yeap, we’ve learnt this lesson the hard way.

After many discussions we decided to drop the 4-weapon slot system. I think, with this loadouts, where you could sort of define your own character build, we wanted to bring something new, but in reality it would clash with the fast-paced nature of the game. Any kind of interaction with the inventory to swap the gun in the middle of a fight would inevitably slow the pace or, what in my opinion even worse, would require you to be more defencive. We want you to feel powerful, reckless and be in control of the battle. You are a hunter and your enemies is your prey.

Besides, to justify the loadouts we would need a big variety of weapons, otherwise it becomes pointless. And as I said in the beginning, we know our limits. It takes me about 60-80 hours to make a gun model, from a concept stage to its final, textured model with vfx and animations. Even twenty guns would be roughly about 1500 hours. In days it’s almost two months of ceaseless work without sleep and breaks. In real life those 2 months will easily stretch into 4-5 in the best scenario. And it’s just weapons. For a game you need enemies, levels, environment art, vfx and so on and on and on. That’s why many indie games take years to make.

Knowing all that, we reduced the number of weapons to seven. Each with a secondary fire mode and a distinct role in the gameplay.

This is what we have so far:

1) The basic handgun: Primary mode - rapid fire, not very accurate, close to mid range.
Secondary mode - large, relatively slow projectile that can slow enemies.


2) Shotgun: Primary mode - slow, large spread, shot to mid range. Secondary - a fast projectile that explodes spawning bouncing shrapnel.


3) Machine gun: Primary mode - very fast, good accuracy, mid range. Secondary - grenade launcher, explode on impact, average damage.


4) Railgun: Primary mode - slow, perfect accuracy, long range, projectile can bounce of the surface and change direction. Secondary - scope.


5) Plasma rifle: Primary mode - slow projectiles, high damage, close to mid range. Secondary - energy beam, fast, instant hit, gradually builds up damage with time.


6) Rocket launcher: Primary mode - fast projectile, high direct and splash damage, large radius. Secondary - grenade launcher with bouncing projectiles.


7) Plasma shotgun: - huge spread, high damage, close distance. Secondary - heat wave, very close range, massive damage.


As you can see, many of the models are untextured and don’t have animations. It helps to iterate quickly and change design without being too attached to your work.

These is our first iteration and I’m sure the guns’ firing modes will change as the first feedback starts to come in.


Enemies

Designing our enemies we’re trying to follow a simple design principle inspired by chess.
In chess every piece has its own, unique set of move/attack patterns. If you look at each piece by itself, their patterns pretty simple and straightforward. Yet the game is very deep and complex due to a massive number of possible combinations those pieces can occupy the board.

If we translate it into the dimension of video games, with clear patterns and in the right combination even a simple AI can create interesting and complex situations.

So, for the last few weeks, my priority has switched from guns to enemies.

I’ve fully finished two more enemy types: the Oracle and the Knight. And just started a new one, which I call the Restless Sleeper. Though it is more an environmental hazard, than an ordinary enemy.









Oracle - is a slow flying head that casts large orbs of energy.







The Knight - has two types of attacks. Her main is wide, rapid sword slashes. And If you gain a large distance there is a chance that she’ll toss a grenade at you.







And the family photo




There is some lore behind each of them and how they all come together, but I want to keep it for the game)


Meanwhile, Anton has re-written and optimized the code for our procedural test levels, which will be our playground for testing the core mechanics. The system is relatively simple. It uses hand-made rooms and put them together in a particular order. Similar to Spelunky.

However, it’s NOT a rogue-lite. This procedural part will eventually become a separate mode where you’d be able to generate a level for a quick play.



Ok, what else…. Oh, yes! We’ve made gibs!
It’s actually pretty fun, gory, and maybe slightly over the top, but it completely changes how the gunplay feels.

This gif is a bit old, and we’ve already changed a few things, but it gives the idea)




I think, this is all for today.

Thank you for sticking around and making it to the end)

Devs

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May 29

Mac & Linux missing files

Hi guys,

If you have missing files and cannot start the game, try a new build in the beta branch. It should fix the issue.

Thank you,

Devs

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About This Game

The entire world is embraced by the man-made ice age meant to protect the human race from alien hybrids. The last survivors have formed the Resistance.

On the way to the Resistance, the main character gets stranded in the closed experimental city Duga-40, where he has to survive and repair his transport to continue the journey.

The game’s world is vast (65 different locations) and populated with the human survivors, military groups and pestilent alien hybrids. The world and loot are randomly generated every playthrough.

There is a deep crafting system that allows you not only to cook food and make different weapons, but also to build traps, barricades and shelters.

Accomplishing the main goal, which is to repair the transport and not die by the hybrid’s claws, you will discover the story of the city, meet the survivors and understand what really happened.

Key Features:

  • Rogue-like and normal modes
  • Three main characters
  • Diverse enemies
  • Large open world
  • Dynamic weather conditions
  • Procedurally generated building interiors, loot and enemies
  • Stealth
  • Crafting and building
  • Transport
  • Basic needs (hunger, thirst, sleep, etc)
  • NPCs and Quests

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: 2.4 Ghz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 9800M GTS or Radeon HD 6770M
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or higher
    • Processor: 3.0 Ghz Quad Core CPU or faster
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GT 650M or 750M (strongly recommended)
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8
    • Processor: 2.4 Ghz Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8
    • Processor: 3.0 Ghz Core i7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: 2.4 Ghz Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: 3.0 Ghz Core i7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
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