Welcome to our second official contest!
For this competition, we are looking for pictures of your pets. Why? We love our pets and want them to be remembered. Since animal companions are confirmed as a no show, we at least want to make sure that you’ll have a way to remember them as you’re surviving the zombie apocalypse.
You have two weeks to come up with the cutest or silliest picture of your pet. We really look forward to the entries that’ll be sent our way!
We feel that our Release timeline has never been clear. To amend this, we’ll clarify the future as we know it for Dead Matter in order to keep everyone 100% and up to date.
November 1st – ALL Crowdfunding for Dead Matter will end.
November 14th – Closed Alpha for all of our partners and QA staff.
December 14th – Once we verify the game is stable enough for a public test, Q4 Closed Alpha will commence.
Q1 2019 – Once the game is stable enough, we will launch onto Steam Early Access.
We aim to be on Steam Early Access as early as possible into 2019. Our plans are to essentially ensure that the game is stable and that a working gameplay loop exists before moving it to Steam Early Access.
We’ve released our first Development Vlog on YouTube and have officially opened up partnership applications. We’ve also announced that the Backing store will be closing on November 1st, 2018. Pre-Orders exclusively via Steam will commence shortly after our crowdfunding has closed up. We will be announcing details on some upcoming competitions and some new fan art boards/text channels that will be arriving on our forums/discord.
If you’re interested in the Partnership Program, click here.
We’re now on Indiegogo InDemand!
It’s not a new crowdfunding campaign. However, Indiegogo reached out to us about a month ago and invited us to join their platform as an InDemand campaign. It’s basically what our QI Store is but they accept a lot more payment methods, allowing us to have options on future perks. We will close down the InDemand campaign at the same time as our campaign on the QI Backing Site. We figured that InDemand is a good way to make getting involved with Dead Matter more easily accessible. Indiegogo has been extremely pleasant to work with during this process. We also took it as an opportunity to make an overhauled version of our Kickstarter campaign that includes updates on stretchgoals. Check it out!
We’ve also added more rewards for people that enjoy supporting the development of Dead Matter. They’re currently available on our InDemand Campaign page and on our pre-order site. We’ve aimed to keep the rewards to stuff we know we can deliver. (We’re hoping to get most of the rewards in towards the end of our Closed Alpha).
“Pet Pic” Add-on
Our Pet Picture reward gives you the ability to add your pet to the game. If you don’t have a pet, we also accept pictures of inanimate objects that resemble pets, including rocks. You’ll also get a blueprint that allows you to craft the picture at any time in order to show your friends (or mother).
We’ve also got a reward that allows you to get your name on an in-game hockey jersey that the zombies or survivors will be found wearing in-game. You’ll be able to pick a name and a number as well as a colour scheme once the surveys for this are sent out.
If you want to check out either of the new add-ons, you can do so here: qisoftware.ca/store we’ve also removed some packages as they came extremely close to selling out (we want to keep a few just in case).
Pet Mural Competition!
What’s better than a picture of your pet in-game? A mural of them on a wall! We’ll be announcing more details and info on how to enter on the 12th, and we’ll have multiple categories for cats, dogs and birds. Additionally, we’ll be giving Pet Pic add-ons to the runner ups that didn’t quite make it.
We’ve been working on bringing our websites up to snuff, as people felt we were very silent up until our trailer released–despite our Development Blogs being posted every 2 weeks (or so). From now on, all development updates will be posted to this blog instead of our forum, which will now function as an archive. We’ve also added a roadmap and a button to easily buy Dead Matter or to feed a hungry game developer with some pizza.
We’ve been hearing tons of feedback from our fans regarding the trailer. Even though there’s an incoming dev vlog, we want to show that we’ve been listening. Please note we’ll have more progress coming soon.
Our acting lead artist Shirk has been hard at work on revamping the look of the shading on our weapons to ensure that Dead Matter retains its realistic look.
Our Lead Programmer Jooni has been working on the Zombie AI in order to ensure that congo-lining is a thing of the past and that hordes are a thing of the future:
Just a heads up the big focus behind our zombies was horde size and ensuring zombie counts can be high regardless of players on the map.
(Because large zombie counts are important)
Improvements to animation and dealing with obstacles are pending but will happen soon. pic.twitter.com/VysnLsOGq5
— Johnny Guitar (@JohnnyGuitarDev) June 8, 2018
Improvements are now being made to the UI systems, and we’ll be changing the UI when reloading to simply give a rough weight of the magazine with a visual representation. This is meant to be an approximation of how heavy the magazine is to your character in order to give you an idea of how much ammo is in the magazine. We’ll also be bringing more Zombie AI improvements to the table, including showing off large hordes in the future.
Some people brought up that our trailer took place during the fall, so we’re just going to use that as an opportunity to show off the season cycle a little bit. Please note that all of this is still subject to change and we’re also missing a few key details that we feel complete the scene. (Distance Geometry and Clouds.) We’re also in the middle of tweaking the lighting in order to make the colors pop a little more.
Since Dead Matter takes place in Canada, winter is coming, and it will be merciless.