Dec 30, 2017
Estranged: Act I - Alan Edwardes
This was cross-posted from the Act II news hub

As 2017 draws to a close, I thought I'd round up some of the things that happened over the past year, and look ahead to what 2018 will bring.

Here are some interesting statistics from the past year:
  • Over 19,000 downloads on Steam
  • 262 Steam reviews (74% positive)
  • Over 30 content updates (many more undocumented)
  • Over 300 builds (some are duds and don't go live)
  • 2,829 commits in source control
  • Over 40 GB of content (raw levels, code, textures, models, sounds)
  • 18 development blog videos on YouTube


Concept level from photograph of sewer - view tweet

Twitter

I am going to be posting more smaller morsels of news and screenshots on Twitter, so if you'd like to get smaller development updates follow me @AlanEdwardes and @EstrangedGame.

These will propagate into the update news posts on Steam, but if you want to get more detail from behind the scenes and development updates as they happen then Twitter is the place.

Looking Forwards

The next year is going to be a big year for Estranged: Act II, with the first content update of 2018 arriving very soon. There will be more action, story and awesome environments to experience in the next few months – the fisherman's voyage is not yet complete!


Upcoming changes to forest level

Thank You

I touch on it every news post, but I want to thank every person reading this for being involved in the project – whether you're waiting for the series to be complete, or you're playing the content updates as they are released – thank you all.

Here's to 2018!

Alan
Estranged: Act I - Alan Edwardes
We are excited to announce that Estranged: Act II is now available to download on Steam Early Access!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/582890
During the Early Access period we'll be using the Act II forums to talk to the community about the direction of the game, features you'd like to see and any bug reports: http://steamcommunity.com/app/582890/discussions/

Please let us know what you think! We'll be continuing development of Estranged: Act II during the Early Access period with regular updates adding more content, and improving existing content.

Thank you for being part of the development so far, and we hope you'll continue to work with us to make the finished version a fun, immersive experience.

The Estranged Team
Community Announcements - Alan Edwardes
We are excited to announce that Estranged: Act II will be on Steam! We will be releasing Estranged: Act II into Early Access - for free!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/582890
Estranged: Act I was released in incremental “alphas” while it was being developed. This allowed us to regularly provide players with new content, and for players to continuously give feedback on the development process.

Early Access vastly simplifies the incremental update process, as it is a lot easier for us to release often. We no longer need to prepare and advertise large releases ahead of time, the process of pushing a new build to Steam takes a matter of minutes.

Once Early Access has finished, we plan to charge a nominal amount for the game – but this will be when we are satisfied it is complete. Estranged is (and has always been) a spare time project for everyone involved, alongside full-time work and education. We would love to get paid for what we do, but only if we make a fun game.

Anyone that downloads the game during the free Early Access period will keep the game in their library when it releases fully, paid-for or otherwise. If you are a part of the development process, you deserve to keep the game forever.

We will be using the Act II Steam forums as our primary means of communication, with transparent release notes and a public bug tracker to streamline the development process.

We will be putting the Early Access build live over the next few weeks. Thank you for being part of the Estranged project, we hope you’ll continue this journey with us!

- The Estranged Team
Jan 15, 2017
Community Announcements - Alan Edwardes
Today marks the 3 year anniversary of the Estranged: Act I Steam release! I recorded a developer commentary to mark the occasion, available to watch on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqV-9bdXEkY&list=PLFxFKQapTGSGf53ujxMwuY-UqFWKaLZZ9
We'd like to thank everyone that played Estranged: Act I, it has been amazing to see so many people experience something that we built!

Development on Act II is in full swing, and if you haven't already, you can download the first alpha from the official website: https://iamestranged.com/download/act2/

Thank you for your continued support!

Alan + The Estranged Team
Community Announcements - Alan Edwardes
A quick development blog video showing vertex painted water in Unreal Engine 4.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUrUonwASIA&list=PLFxFKQapTGSFAsR5LzRrG0N69bADwkeEt
Save the Dev Blog playlist on YouTube to keep up with all future Estranged development videos.
Community Announcements - Alan Edwardes
A client-side smooth crouching implementation for Unreal Engine 4. The code: https://gist.github.com/alanedwardes/aba1ad897b94d02a0fe3033fb48c8d42

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmSNdDspIB4&list=PLFxFKQapTGSFAsR5LzRrG0N69bADwkeEt
Save the Dev Blog playlist on YouTube to keep up with all future Estranged development videos.
Community Announcements - Alan Edwardes
Showcases a very simple work in progress water shader, for Estranged: Act II.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LnFALYEHy0&list=PLFxFKQapTGSFAsR5LzRrG0N69bADwkeEt
Save the Dev Blog playlist on YouTube to keep up with all future Estranged development videos.
Community Announcements - Alan Edwardes
Showcases a very cheap light shaft effect using two planes and some scrolling soft smoke textures.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOlIh03vQzA&list=PLFxFKQapTGSFAsR5LzRrG0N69bADwkeEt
Save the Dev Blog playlist on YouTube to keep up with all future Estranged development videos.
Community Announcements - Alan Edwardes
Quick look at the HUD so far in Estranged: Act I, showcasing the health and damage indicators.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CClLgr552WE&list=PLFxFKQapTGSFAsR5LzRrG0N69bADwkeEt
Save the Dev Blog playlist on YouTube to keep up with all future Estranged development videos.
Community Announcements - Alan Edwardes
We're excited to announce that the first alpha of Estranged Act II is now available for Windows and Mac!

This release includes the first section of the game and allows you to play what we have been working on so far. Most importantly it gives the team a chance to get important feedback for future development.

To download Alpha 1, visit the downloads page on iamestranged.com: https://iamestranged.com/download/

Alpha 1 is also available from itch.io (and can be downloaded with the desktop app): https://alanedwardes.itch.io/estranged-act-2

Thanks for being a part of the Estranged project!
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