Here at LightBox Interactive, the new year brings with it a lot of change -- new office space, new production methods and a new game!
As some of you may already know, we're working on a new mobile game and its been incredibly exciting to see it take shape. We've been focusing on the core gameplay for a couple months now and no, it's not a "tend your garden" game! It's still a bit early to reveal a ton of details, but we can say that a single goal has been driving the design and development of our new game. Simply put, we want to let you experience epic space battles in the palm of your hand!
Picture capital ships ripping each other apart with explosive turret fire in debris filled fleet battles. Formations of attack fighters swarming enemy bombers as they execute torpedo runs -- It's about fast, real-time 3D action with controls and a supporting meta-game that just feels great on mobile devices.
Because we love to show you guys behind the scenes of game development, here are some pics of the team hard at work in our new studio. Its a pretty small space that used to be an old attorney's office. And yeah, there's wood paneling.... but hey, its the game that counts and not the smell of old attorneys, right!?!??
The artists are cranking away on graphics, 3D models and texture maps while the designers are spending a lot of time -- as you might expect -- on controls, combat, and the over-arching system of upgrades and customization. All the while the programmers are engineering the new code that supports and drives our new mobile game. Stuff like capital ship movement, AI, online features, and cameras.
As you can imagine, its one thing to design and engineer groups of attack fighters that stay in formation and strafe enemy capital ships, or to develop a system to customize and configure your own personal capital ship, but its an entirely different thing to do all of that and make the interactions, the "touches", the gameplay all feel perfectly at home on a mobile device. Not like a PC or console or web game jammed onto a tablet or phone -- but an epic space battle game that's been designed from the ground-up to be a mobile game!
Its definitely an exciting challenge for us and there are really no games quite like ours on the AppStore. So be sure to stay tuned to our Dev-Blog right here as we start showing more about our game and letting y'all see how it's shaping up!