IGN: It’s December. I think this is the first update at this year’s tunic. The silence only deepened my interest in the tunic. How is the game going?
ANDREW SHOULDICE, Tunic Lead Developer: Really really well. Tunic It’s been a lot of evolution since I first started it, but in the last few years things have really made their progress. The game started as a look and feel, but the larger comprehensive structure was a bit vague. Creating new content and adding sophistication is almost always like a click, as the game “knows what it is”. New audio from Kevin (Legamei). New music from Terence (Lifeformed) — I’m really happy to see this come together.
Some time ago I stripped off the level decoration (temporarily) -not because it was bad, but because I loved it too much. It’s easy to get lost in space, add details, put leaves on the grass, and so on. I was still grayboxing much of the game, but such details weren’t really the perfect place to spend my time. So earlier this year, Eric Billingsley (@SparseGameDev: Spring Falls, Cuphead) Helps build and decorate levels. I can still create a cool space and things are really gaining momentum with Eric’s help.Silence is tricky. I like talking about design and art, but I want to leave a mystery. I don’t want to be overly valuable about wrapping certain things — it’s about the feeling of going fresher. It’s like picking up a rental cartridge and jumping into a new world where you know almost nothing. I would like you to experience the tunic.
IGN: COVID-19 has influenced us all in many ways, including the development team. But since you’re (basically) a single developer, did COVID slow you down at all?
Andrew: As with some points, the fact that we are a small, already dispersed team has greatly reduced things. I had to move home last month. It wasn’t that much fun during the epidemic, as you might expect. Of course, there are always anxious basses, but well …
IGN: Has the size and scope of the tunic changed since you last saw it a few years ago?
Andrew: Production has evolved from a figurative whiteboard with lots of question marks to a more realistic and concrete to-do list. Now we are almost through it.
Honestly, I’m having a hard time making decisions about scale / scope! Whenever we put together playable chunks for testing, people always spend far more time than I would expect: exploration, secret search, build replay, etc. That’s good, but “how big is it?” Is a difficult question. answer.
IGN: Do you see the finish line of the game now? Can you be confident that 2021 will finally be the year we all can play it?
Andrew: There is no official official date yet, but I am very excited to finish TUNIC. Over the past year, the game has done more work than ever before and it feels great.
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