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Light Fall: Pushing the Immersion One Step Further

Hey everyone! First of all, we know we have been pretty quiet about the game for the past few months. It was an uncharacteristic behavior from us, as we usually try to keep the updates rolling every month or so. We’d like to apologize for the radio silence, but rest assured that it’s not because Light Fall is in jeopardy or anything of the sort. In fact, we have been quite busy with Light Fall!

We were working on so many different things at once that we didn’t have anything conclusive to reveal. But today, we’re ready to talk about several of these things. We also have news concerning the Kickstarter In-Game Rewards. You can read more about that in this Kickstarter update.

Pushing the Immersion One Step Further

Light Fall is all about immersion. We want our players to experience an emotional journey. We want them to travel to the mysterious world of Numbra and totally immerse themselves. That’s why the two core points of Light Fall have been designed for this very purpose.

Firstly, we have created the Shadow Core; a game mechanic that allows you to do as you please and explore as you want. In some way, the Shadow Core gives the players access to ultimate freedom. Secondly, we have developed an intriguing story, delivered by the grumpy narrator Stryx. The story and gameplay are both united in their immersive purpose. But we weren’t satisfied yet.

Light Fall has always been aesthetically pleasing. Now it feels alive as well.

Light Fall has always been aesthetically pleasing. Now it feels alive as well.

We went one step further and made the game itself feel much more immersive in its audio and visual aspects. The world of Light Fall has always been beautiful, but we wanted it to feel alive. Our goal has always been to make it react to the player. That’s why we have added multiple animations and interactions in the levels. Below are some examples of this new immersive world.


For the past months, we have also been working with Peak Media, an agency based locally. While Peak had mostly worked on films before, they were very excited about getting their feet wet in the video game industry. As such, they jumped at this opportunity and have decided to help us with the sounds of Light Fall. The in-game sounds are now much more professional and impactful. You can hear a few of them below.


We are very happy with the results so far and we believe these changes, when applied to the whole game, will make Light Fall much better.

Ironing Out the Last Details of Light Fall

Looking at the big picture, we are currently ironing out the last details for our complete alpha of the game. It means that, soon enough, we will be able to play the entire game from beginning to end. That also includes every cut scene, NPC and puzzle.

Last time we spoke, we said that we were working on the bosses of Light Fall. It’s with excitement that we announce that the bosses will be complete killers! Each boss brings its unique challenge and we can’t wait for you guys to face them.

For the cut scenes, we’ve also been working with the Sequence Group, based in Vancouver. With their expertise, we were able to plan the in-game cut scenes better and make them more appealing both aesthetically and story-wise.

All in all, Light Fall is progressing nicely! Right now our priority remains our Alpha version of the game, but soon enough we will start working on the console ports as well. Stay tuned as we get closer and closer to release!
-BEN

Light Fall Update: New Steam Beta!

Hey guys! It’s been some time since our last update about the game. The truth is we have been working on a new Steam build for our beta. Beta access was one of our Kickstarter rewards and it was a way for us to keep getting feedback with our fans throughout the development.

A big thanks to Ubisoft

A few weeks ago, we were offered a great opportunity by the Ubisoft team in Quebec City. They hosted two playtest sessions for our new material and it was a very awesome experience to see their playtest lab. We watched 16 testers play this new version and immediately spotted the glaring bugs and things that needed to be fixed. After the playtest, we went back to the studio and improved and fixed what needed to be done. If you were an Alpha Agent backer on Kickstarter, you can now directly test the new build in your Steam library.

We had a blast at Ubisoft's playtest lab a few weeks ago.

We had a blast at Ubisoft’s playtest lab a few weeks ago.

What’s new?

Obviously, we’re not going to leave the rest of you in the dark. Just so you know, the development is progressing nicely and the entire beta should be completed in December. Here’s a list of the new things in this version.

  • A beta version of the Prologue has been added in this build.
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The prologue takes place in a mysterious setting.

 

  • We have improved several elements of the first Act, the Lunar Plain, ranging from the level design to adding new in-game narrations. All in all, this act hasn’t changed much but the changes will make it more fluid and immersive.
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Some parts of the levels have been redesigned to create a more adequate learning curve.

 

  • We’re presenting for the first time the second Act, the Marshlands of Sorrows. This act is a brand new region; new enemies, new game mechanics and new platforming elements will await the player.
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The player will be able to experience the second act’s beta version.

 

  •  We’ve also added in-game collectibles in every level. These in-game collectibles are not doing anything just yet, but will be lore-related in the final game. Do you think you can find them all?
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Be on the lookout for hidden collectibles scattered across the levels.

 

  •  We have three brand new songs to share with you. We’ll post more about the soundtrack pretty soon but go find out in-game and you will not be disappointed!

We are excited to share this build with you guys. Your feedback, suggestions and bug reports can be sent at feedback@bishopgames.com! Your help and comments will be greatly appreciated; it will help us when we get to the polishing phase.

That’s all for now, stay tuned and thanks for your continued support.
-BEN

Light Fall: Introducing the Shadow Strike

Hello everyone!

Today we’d like to share a new game mechanic that will be possible with the Shadow Core. It’s something we’ve been working on for a while and something we always wanted to do. Finally, after putting many hours into it and after a few iterations, we are now ready to present it publicly.

Behold, the Shadow Strike!

That’s right, you can now spin your Shadow Core at high speed and turn it into a weapon to break various elements of the game! Take control of the level and show everyone who’s the boss. The idea came from the clumsy nature of the main character, who inadvertently breaks things around him while travelling across Numbra.

Obviously, not all elements of the game are breakable. There is also a downside; you cannot move your character while you are taking control of the Core, so think carefully before going berserk!

Below are some other examples where this new in-game mechanic will come in handy.

We hope you are excited about this new mechanic, which will open up many possibilities for the level design. One thing is certain, with the Shadow Strike on your side, you will have what it takes to survive the many dangers of Numbra. We wanted to empower the player with this mechanic, you now have a clear impact on the world around you.