Swamping Slough Creek
Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2020 2:20 pm
One of our goals with WolfQuest: Anniversary Edition is to recreate seasonal changes of Yellowstone’s Northern Range in accurate and immersive ways. As we work on the upcoming Slough Creek episode, while Tommi works on the den quest, Mikko works on refinements to multiplayer movement, and Andrei fixes bugs and a whole variety of things, I’m spending some time on spring changes in the environment. Today’s devblog looks at two of these: the lingering presence of snow on north-facing slopes in April, and the floods that often fill the meadows with water in May.
These flooded meadows will present hazards to pups, but not in the way of the old game, because…wait for it…in the new Slough Creek episode, pups can swim! Well, at least they can stay alive in the water…in good conditions….for awhile. Water will still present a hazard, but it won’t be instant death for pups like it was in the old game.
The amazing aerial photos of Slough Creek flooded in May were taken by Jenny Golding and George Bumann, used with permission. Be sure to check out their website and YouTube channel for a lot more photos, stories, and information about Yellowstone nature.
We have released the first episode of WolfQuest 3: Anniversary Edition (Amethyst Mountain) for PC/Mac on Steam and itch.io, as Early Access. While in Early Access, we are updating the game frequently with more features, multiplayer, and ultimately the Slough Creek episode with pups. The mobile version will come after the game is completed on PC/Mac platforms. We’ll then resume development of the next episode, Tower Fall (DLC).