The Sinking City Is A Promising Lovecraftian Adventure – Watch The New Behind The Scenes Video With Gameplay Footage
As someone who enjoys playing video games, I have spent some time researching what actually goes into making a game. What I've discovered is that it takes time, talent, dedication, money, and even a little bit of luck to produce a successful game. Exposing that game to the public and finding an audience that will play, enjoy, and share it with others is a challenge in itself.
Indie games don't have the same backing and built-in audience that AAA games enjoy. But, that doesn't mean that many indie games aren't just as enjoyable or even more so than the larger game franchises. They also don't have the heavy weight of expectation placed on games from the big publishers. They do, however, have a different set of challenges. Currently, the indie gaming market is huge and great games are being released all the time. The oversaturation of the market and a wealth of games that appear very similar means that it is hard for indie developers to find an audience for their games. That means relying on creative marketing to get their game noticed. Some publishers and developers are going one step further and allowing consumers a glimpse into the process of creating what they hope is the next big hit.
Video game publisher Big Ben Interactive, together with Frogwares, is venturing into new territory with their latest behind the scenes video. In the revealing footage, they're allowing viewers a chance to see part of a game's development process, specifically the work and process that goes into producing a public demo. Frogwares plans to showcase their Lovecraftian adventure, The Sinking City, for the first time to the public at GDC San Franciso and EGX Rezzed London.
“We wanted to show our community, and the gaming community in general, a perspective which hasn’t really been shown to the public that much — the process of preparing an event demo of a game that’s still in production,” said Sergey Oganesyan, Frogwares Community Manager.
The team started the challenging demo production process back in November and encountered their fair share of difficulties, including an "ethical dilemma", detailed in the video.
“It’s tempting to spice up the demo and make it look better than the final product. But this will be short-term gain for long-term loss,” said Wael Amr, the CEO of Frogwares. “We don't want unfulfilled promises haunting us. We want to show as much truth as we can.”
"The Sinking City is an open world, open investigation game set in a Lovecraft universe. The player steps into the shoes of a private investigator who finds himself trapped in the city of Oakmont Massachusetts — a city suffering from unprecedented floods of supernatural origins. The player must uncover the source of whatever has taken possession of the city, and the minds of its inhabitants."
The Sinking City is currently in production and will be available in 2018 on PC and consoles.
Watch the behind the scenes video, complete with never before seen gameplay footage and a brief look at the actual demo: