Forge of Legends - Development Update
Empire Forge Software has posted a new development update for Forge of Legends.
Forge of Legends: Post Mortem
It has been quite some time since the last update was posted on the Forge of Legends project. I am finally able to share some information.
In the time since I last posted, the single largest factor in delaying work on the game is that I have moved my family twice. Selling and buying a home turned out to be a bit more than I bargained for. Moving twice even more so. I totally stopped coding work during this period.
However, even while I was still coding the game, I noticed a few troubling trends. Foremost was that when I began coding on FOL years ago, there were precious few examples of the kind of game it is intended to be. That is, a party-based, turn-based dungeon crawler, old school in every way. At the time, I wanted a game like that so badly that I decided to make my own! After years of coding, the market has shifted. There are more and more games like this out there. I feel the moment has passed, in essence.
Even when the game was making steady progress, I had outlined such a large feature scope that I was probably doomed never to complete the game. This in spite of lots of good advice out there about keeping your scope limited! I knew it was too much, but every feature was just too precious to cut, it seemed to me. I was designing the game I always wanted to play…
And the post ends with news the game is on now on hold, and to be redesigned.
What happens next? I haven’t explicitly stated what I now intend for Forge of Legends. Partly that is because I am not sure. I will say that I am putting the code down for now, and moving to another project. There is still a largely complete 2D/3D game engine, however, and a usable level editor. I think I would be open to making the code for both of these available, given the right kind of person was interested in it. I have also given some thought to releasing a free, scope-reduced version of the game.
There is also a chance that I could return to the project in the future when the winds have changed. Who knows? Never say never, right?
As for me, I do have another project underway. One of my first and primary efforts is now to design what is minimally viable (see reduce scope above). I intend to bring it almost to completion before I bug anyone about it.
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