Being an independent developer is as rewarding as it is challenging! Being able to be creative on your own terms is something to be envied, for sure, but with that comes a lot of responsibility and struggle that, as a contracted developer, you usually don't have to worry about. Or rather, somebody's job is to … Continue reading Supporting indie devs
Following on from a previous post that gave some tips on working in UE4 I thought I'd expand a little with a few more tips and tricks. Especially with the recent announcement of UE5 and a new royalty scheme, Unreal Engine is looking more and more like the go-to engine for gamedevs! Everybody has their … Continue reading Further tips for working in Unreal Engine 4
Though every attempt is made to ensure a game is as bug-free on release as possible, it is almost guaranteed some errors will slip through the net. Testing by various parties, myself, QA teams, publishers and eventually users will throw up all manner of little quirks nobody else had noticed. Luckily in these days of … Continue reading Creating patches (v.1.0.1)
When using a powerful set of tools like those provided within Unreal Engine 4 it's not a bad idea to keep any bespoke tools you may need to use within the engine as well. The idea being that when you're creating your game and, say, you need to add or adjust a new puzzle, in … Continue reading In-editor tool design
After every project is "finished", so far as they ever are, I like to look back on the development process and see what I learned, what mistakes I made and what I did well. Though Piczle Cross Adventure has barely been released I thought I'd do a post-mortem on it already, even though at this … Continue reading Piczle Cross Adventure post-mortem
Future-planning when I make my projects mostly revolves around doing a little work right off the bat to avoid tedious work later on. One example I'll give here is for those little buttons you see in the margins of the game that tell you what buttons do what. You'll have seen them in Piczle games. … Continue reading BluePrints: dynamic button graphics
Just a quick update today. This week saw the Japanese launch of Piczle Cross Adventure for the Nintendo Switch eShop, with the EU and US releases to follow, as well as the PC Steam version, next week on April 16th. The day players can buy and play the game - and invariably start finding bugs … Continue reading Piczle Cross Adventure release!