Set within a fantasy world of dragons, dungeons and foul-mouthed customers, you are an alchemist-blacksmith forging weapons and brewing potions.
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Release Date: Apr 21, 2017

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April 28

Craft Keep VR Patch - 28th April 2017

Hi everyone.

There is a new patch to download on the public branch! Generally it fixes a couple of bugs spotted by the community and added a meter to Chapter 4 so that players could understand how much progression was made in that particular mission.

ChangeLog 28th April
  • annoyance meter added to Chapter 4
  • Wood logs wont clog the furnace anymore
  • Orders that require weird unobtainable items removed

If you discover any other issues, do let us know!

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April 21

Craft Keep VR Full Release – Oculus Touch Support & New Chapters

Hello everyone,

Today Craft Keep VR enters its full release. With it comes some new chapters and support for a new platform, the Oculus Touch. We would like to thank everyone who has purchased the game during its early access period and hope that any new players will enjoy the game too!

To celebrate there is a 25% launch discount and we have created this spiffing trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4L9xaDhUSQQ

If you come across any issues in this update, do let us know!

It’s always a difficult transition when moving from Early Access to Full Release and I wanted to talk about some of the development and obstacles we faced to be a little open with how the game had progressed. Initially I wanted to cover the very questions that were asked on Craft Keep VR’s store page, and see if we had hit them.



We still believe that Virtual Reality is still in its infancy, there are three major players in the VR world. However, we had chosen to go full on with virtual reality with room scale and this meant that the only technology available to us was the HTC Vive as it was able to fully replicate hand movements. Later on Oculus Touch support had been added too. We wanted to grow a community, however we did struggle to gain some traction with this as the audience is still pretty small and reaching out to those who have VR is quite difficult.

We had approached both Vive and Oculus before the game had released in Early Access to see if there was a way to further communicate with those who own VR, but was not successful. We also launched at a time when Steam’s discovery system had been going through a few changes which could have meant some visibility was lost and impactful traffic meant that we ended up not targeting core VR users. I don’t think we had a large enough community to shape the game, those that were with us, we are truly grateful for, but I wish we could have built that.

We did discover some interesting things from watching people play and had chosen to implement a few subtle changes to try to make the game feel better. Some of them included feedback on how the teleportation system worked and introducing a brand new tutorial to help players learn to play.



We are about 5 and a half months in development for Craft Keep VR so we did hit the intended release date. Today we are releasing all seven chapters which have progressed the story and have added some new gameplay mechanics like teleportation, some new recipes to create, Sushi to eat, hats to wear.



We had increased the number of swords with the inclusion of daggers, gold ingots, fire bomb arrows and a few chapter specific crafting recipes like flame oil. There is also a shooting range and the story now has an end with an unlockable item within the hub area (I won’t tell you what it is!)



This was the original Craft Keep VR.



We were considering increasing the price with some chapters, however I must admit that we did not hit an audience and gain enough traction to input into development to add major features that would warrant a price increase. Therefore, the game stayed at $14.99 indefinitely.



We had some great involvement during the first few weeks of Craft keep VR and had a lot of engagement and ideas, however we did see quite a large drop in activity and we had some trouble reaching new players. We did spend a lot of time trying to gain new players and feedback by attending a few exhibitions and contacting several press and media. However we did struggle with Valves new discovery system as it changed some of the algorithms which made things a little difficult. But overall, we did have some trouble reaching players to help support the game and allow us to spend more than we anticipated on the project. I wish that we were better at that!

The Future of VR

So today, while we are adding new chapters, adding support for a completely new VR platform and entering a full release, it is at the same time quite a sad day too. While we anticipated a 4-6-month development time as a worst-case scenario, something that we could guarantee. We found it difficult to reach the audience needed for it to be sustainable and allow us to continue development even further.

We have had more fun developing in VR than we have had developing many other titles. We are strong believers of the importance of VR in gaming and see a lot of great promise in the technology. However, if I’m being honest, the audience is not yet there to become sustainable and we’ve seen a lot of VR games release in such a short time span, many of these being free technical demos.

With around 175 million players using Steam, much less than 1% of those are VR users. Consider that 1% may not even want a blacksmithing game, this is an example of segmentation and means that the further we refine our game, the fewer the number of people are interested in it. That number will surely grow in time and as the kit becomes more affordable and accessible we’re going to see some truly awesome VR games. But to create a sustainable development you need to make sure that people can see and want to play your game.

There are some awesome VR experiences that do not compromise their potential player base like Resident Evil 7. Sure, it’s not designed to be a full room scale motion controlled title, but what it does is offer a fully playable VR game with hours of entertainment! It’s tough to get people invested in a VR game for hours, and Resident Evil 7 is one of the few VR games that hits it. If they had added Motion controls, I could very well say it would be the ultimate VR experience. However, what Resident Evil 7 has done is not water down their audience. Anyone can play it, no matter whether you have a VR headset or not.

This is incredibly important for VR developers because if you create a VR game that can be played without VR, it means that you can reach those 170 million players who don’t have the space or budget for VR technology.
VR’s success relies not only on the players who support VR by purchasing the technology, but also by those who don’t want VR. There is room for VR only games, in fact it is important that these types of games continue to exist because there are things you can do in VR that cannot be done without it. In fact we could not make a non VR version of Craft Keep, as the game relies so heavily on motion controls.

We are pleased with some of the feedback we’ve received in making a VR game and are particularly pleased with this endorsement from Turps of Yogscast!

https://twitter.com/The_T/status/847459628996636672

While exhibiting the game at several shows we were looking for some feedback from players, but we had nothing but praise from many players. We do feel that this also might be due to the players experiencing VR for the very first time.

Those who make these VR only experiences should continue to do so, there’s so many things you can only experience in VR. But we couldn’t quite make it work, we couldn’t hit the audience we needed but now have a better understanding of the technology and some plans to make VR more sustainable for developers like ourselves.

So, what do I think of the Future of VR? I think it’s looking promising. There are some truly awesome games coming out which we can’t wait to play. Even though we didn’t hit what we wanted, we loved working on VR and we still want to make another VR game because we had a lot of fun developing Craft keep VR. However, it’s not sustainable for us right now… But we are not giving up on VR.

We are in the process of prototyping other projects and while we are not planning to make a VR game where VR is the core focus, we will make sure that the game also has some VR functions. As a small developer, we must target as wide a net as possible for development to be sustainable and VR right now for us is a tough one to crack. So, the next game we develop will be completely playable without VR, but to continue to support this awesome technology, the game will include VR functions.

We want VR to succeed, it has brought a completely new life to gaming and it is truly a new way to play. We will not give up on VR technology, but until the audience and install base are there to make this a less risky proposition for developers, we must consider Non VR and VR to become a single install base than separating it and reaching fewer players.

I do hope that this lengthy announcement tackles some of the core discussions with our Early Access promises, our thoughts on VR and some of the difficulties that we may have faced. I do once again thank everyone who purchased Craft Keep VR and for supporting us and do stay tuned for the future as we do intend to visit VR for our next game too.

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About This Game


Do you want to craft magnificent blades and brew powerful concoctions for local adventurers? If the answer is yes - and why wouldn't it be? - the position of local trainee Alchemist-blacksmith has just become available, thanks to a staffing grievance from the resident dragon who decided to e͞at̷ o̶u̵r̀ ̧las̕t͟ ̕trainee̸. Please see below for more details on the J̴̨̧͚̳̩̙͉̫̮̲̲̖̖̻̙͚ͅǪ̷͙̦͔̱͡B̵̨̘͕͉̱̻̣̬͔̱̣̰̫͔̀͘ ̶̛͕͉͙͙̦̰̫̬̪̙̭̹̤̖́͟R͡͏͇̜̲̮̫̞̠̘̞̲̻̥̜͎̱̞͚ͅÒ̷̡̲̪̱̬̞̘͓̻͈̹̗͕̼̬͕̣̀͟ͅL̵͖̭͖̦̤͕̠͟ͅE҉̸̛͔̲̥́




As the local blacksmith you'll be trusted by hundreds of adventurers to provide them with powerful and reasonably priced swords. Adventurers will rush to your stall asking you to craft something as simple as an iron PlainGru sword... What, you'd think you'd be ready to craft a frizzy dragonbone JagMar sword? Of course not, you build up to that! The last trainee we took on that attempted to create a frizzy dragonbone JagMar sword now requires a bag to poop in... Yes, to P̨͠͏̵̮̱͇̬͉̯̙͇̦̥̣̻̣͇͞O͍̹͈̲̣͇̕͞͝͝O͏̘̖̗̤̞̺ͅP͏̸̰͈̖̻̣̹̮̲͇̠̭̤!͏͇͕̩̫̱̼̜̯̹̯̲͚̣͈͎̕ͅ


The cauldron is a beautiful tool for every alchemist. You can create some pretty potent concoctions with this bad boy. I would know, I spent a good time in my college years creating several cheeky potions as a prank. Good times.... Anyway, With the cauldron you'll need to mix a selection of herbs in order to create useable items like health potions or to charge up enchantment stones.



What are enchantment stones? Well, they are stones that have properties to enchant things. It's not rocket science, i mean er witchcraft, well, maybe it is... Anyway! The enchantment stones can be used on swords and daggers to give them brand new properties like fire and ice. Simply etch an engraving on the sword or dagger you wish to enchant (I tend to use a variety of obscenities in various languages) and then rub the enchantment stone across the dagger until it glows. Job done! You'll have a legendary enchanted sword fit for any adventurer. Just be careful where you wave those stones, we will not be responsible for any third degree burns caused by the use of Enchantment stones.



More often than not, the local adventurers do not maintain their blades. This leads to an adventurer running to their mommy from even the puniest of beasts with a few dozen bruises. These adventurers need someone to repair their blades so that they may return once more to defeat the foe that made them look foolish and try to claw back any shred of dignity. Repair their blades using the forge, anvil and hammer. Remember, an adventurer with a broken blade is a poor sorry excuse of a man so treat them with kindness and respect... After they leave and pay for your services you have our permission to snigger or chuckle at their shocking negligence of weapon preservation.


VIRTUAL REALITY


Craft Keep makes use of the Valve HTC Vive’s motion controller capabilities and uses room scale. We’ve been having great fun in the environment and really can’t wait to see players enjoying the game with this tech.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel® i5-4590, AMD FX 8350 equivalent or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 970, AMD Radeon™ R9 290 equivalent or better
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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