Early Access Dev Blog #4: The Updated Whale Road-Map

Hello Everyone!

Gamescom was only a little bit over a month ago and we have been super busy in the meantime. Update v0.3.0 will be released on Monday (10/3) instead of today, as we have added so many new things that we have given ourselves a few more days for testing.  

MONDAY - v0.3.0: TRADE, QUESTS & LOADS OF NEW FEATURES

New Features:

  • Character loyalty
  • Character afflictions
  • Dynamic trade
  • Healers in settlements: See them if you want to recover quickly.
  • Fast travel
  • And hunting dogs finally hunt!

Improvements:

  • A new event screen with a larger font and space for an illustration. We even added the first event images, with a lot more to come in the next updates.
  • Optimised for full HD and screen resizing for lower resolutions. Please let us know if you experience any issues on smaller/older screens.
  • Winter planning and results: revised screens and we changed the system from assigning focus points to assigning your villagers
  • A new weather system with fog, wind and sky variations
  • Streamlined the amount of intermittent screens
  • Combat rewards! Now some fights will result in you getting loot, in v0.4.0 we will limit loot to when you actually win a fight.
  • Odin, beer is no longer free! Spending the night partying at a tavern costs silver now.
  • Reduced the number of personality traits

Content:

  • Two character storylines with quests and winter events
  • New sailing events for character afflictions
  • New winter events
  • Updated most location names in the game to increase their authenticity. Special thanks for historical-linguistic advice go to: Peter Alexander Kerkhof, PhD

END OF OCTOBER - v0.4.0: COMBAT & STORY

New Features:

  • Enhanced combat system

Improvements:

  • New combat AI
  • More new screens and Event illustrations
  • Loot!

Content:

  • Danish storyline chapters 2 & 3
  • New character storylines
  • Additional Danish characters (Thorir Throatcutter & Widukind the Beardless)
  • Additional NPCs
  • Locations along the Frankish & Frisian coast
  • New winter events
  • New location events
  • New sailing events
  • New rumors

END OF NOVEMBER -v0.5.0: RENOWN & PROGRESSION

New Features:

  • Renown
  • Character progression
  • Ship upgrade

Improvements:

  • Combat enhancements
  • UI upgrade - part 1

Content:

  • New warcries
  • Trading quests
  • New winter events
  • New location events
  • New sailing events
  • New rumors