Saturday, 5 May 2018

Dead Frontier 2: Tendril Boss, Concept Art & More!

Boss Teaser
So today I was messing around with some ideas for segments we could use in the Dead Frontier 2 trailer, and this was one of the first things I came up with. I thought it looked fairly neat on it's own so figured I'd post it up here for you guys:




If you're unfamiliar with DF1, this is a Tendril; the second most hated of all enemies due to her rapid speed and hard hitting tentacles. I'm pleased to say that we're bringing back this loathsome creature as a boss in DF2. She is pretty much finished and ready to go into the game. I must admit I'm not looking forward to actually fighting her though!

Release Woes
So I know back in January I gave you guys a bunch of options on what we should do with the planned release date. You wanted me to delay the game until it was properly finished, and not launch as an Early Access title. Giving myself the extra time was a *huge* help, and the game is definitely a lot better for it. However I still don't believe it will now be fully feature complete by our Summer deadline. 

I've weighed up the options and I've decided that I don't want to delay the game any further. The truth is I work so much faster when I have a bit of pressure, and another extension might just allow me to slip back into my usual, slower pace. Not to mention, I'm so hyped about the game that *I* can't wait to let you guys in so I've got someone to play with :-)

So the release will be Early Access on Steam. However that doesn't mean it'll be a broken buggy mess either. We will still have gone through an alpha testing period to iron out most of the problems first. My goal is to have a nice, polished core game game loop for everyone to enjoy at launch. I will then get to work on the less critical features such as clan systems, competitions etc.

Writing Competition Update
A big thanks to everyone who submitted an entry for the writing competition. Unfortunately because we've had so many entries (well over 1000) it's taking Ian (Xaelath) and I longer than expected to go through them all and do the judging. I suspect we'll probably need another week or so to pick the final winners. If you're one of the lucky ones you will receive an email from me with details on how to go about getting your prize.

Patreon
Since I've been bombarded with so many messages from people wanting to support DF2 financially, I've setup a Patreon page here:

I don't want you guys to feel obliged to do this, honestly we do already have enough money to complete the game and the most important thing you can do to help us is: play it, write a nice review on Steam, tell your friends about it etc. But if you're still feeling the urge to send us some pennies it would allow us to spend a bit more on launch advertising (which can make a big difference).

Discord
We've recently setup a Discord server for Dead Frontier 2. This is quickly becoming my favourite social platform as it allows me to communicate with players/fans in the most convenient fashion. If you haven't already joined please follow this invite link. I'm online a fair bit there so if you have any questions feel free to drop in and ask.

https://discordapp.com/invite/QwvjvQW

Other Development News

- After making some optimizations to the multiplayer system I've decided to increase the player limit per instance to 8. This should help to make the game feel a bit more like an MMO.

- Our server company recently had a sale at their Singapore data-center,  so I went ahead and snapped up one of their machines. Now anyone from East Asia or Australia should be able to get a decent ping.

- I'm SUPER HYPED about this game now. It's gotten to the point where it's hard to get any actual work done because all I want to do is run around with a shotgun and blow zombie heads off. I can't imagine how awesome this game is going to feel once I've got some of you guys to play with. 


Concept Art
Here is some of our enemy concept art. These pieces were made by Greg Taylor and Milen Kalachev. Please note that not *all* of these designs will be in the the final game. Can you guess which ones will make the cut?














If you'd like to stay up to date with DF2 developments, please sign up to the mailing list, like/follow/subscribe/wishlist us on social media (especially Steam!). All those lovely links can be found here: http://deadfrontier2.com :)

Thanks for reading!
-Neil

45 comments:

  1. Damn, the Tendril looks bad-ass! Looking forward to getting absolutely obliterated by it

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  2. So excited to play this!I been around since 2D and seeing a different play style to my beloved grind fest zombie game makes me so happy!

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  3. woot! let's do this can't wait to shoot those tendrils off!

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  4. Thank you Creaky Corpse for making it alive at SEA server... It will become awesome

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    1. No worries, hope it makes the game better for you :)

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  5. I hope DF1 also solve issue for SEA server high ping.

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  6. Nice job, I hope to play the game when it releases!

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  7. I'm so hyped about this game that I'm playing DF1 until this game comes out!

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  8. Awesome! Excited to play the game. This is just an idea- but you could offer 'Patreon Supporter' titles in-game on your Patreon. SCP: Secret Laboratory's does this and it works out really well for them. Plus- it's just cool to support someone and get some sort of reward for it. I'll toss some support sometime this month.

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    1. Yes eventually we will probably add better rewards for patrons. I didn't have much time yesterday so I just setup the most basic page possible, but eventually I'll add some more integration.

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  9. So less than 2 months to go?

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    1. It will probably more towards late summer still, so July/August.

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  10. Wow that upgrade to 8 people per instance is definitely a plus. More hyped than ever now!

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    1. Yeh I think it will make the game a bit better. Wary of having much more than this though as we still need it to feel scary :)

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  11. So hype even tho i llay this game since 2012 and i am in love with the DF1 and the 2's come out freakin hype brotha

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  12. That tendril looks crazy menacing, and the lighting is just perfect. You got me really excited, Admin (no homo). I'm sure this will be a smashing success if you play your cards right with advertising and keeping p2w out as much as you can.

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    1. Hehe I hope so too. And yes, no P2W :)

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  13. Idk why, but this tendril looks sort of sexy ;D hahaha! Can't wait for this! I'm actually a little glad you will be releasing this as early access. I couldn't wait any longer!

    linkhearo

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  14. That tendril reminded me a bit of resident evil 7. Great great work! I hope to play in early access soon!

    Dakkon

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  15. I'm sorry if im.postijg in the wrong forum. But customer service is terrible for df. About 3 years ago I got banned on df my main account that I work so hard for. But the point is I used my mom card to get some credits and was ban because my mom didn't know the game I purchased on using her card. I eventually cleared things out with her but by then it was too late my account was already banned. I contact customer service and let them know the situation and I didn't get a reply back. My account name is doraex. I just want my account back especially the fact a new df2 is coming.

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    1. I'm sorry, but we have a zero tolerance policy on credit card fraud (which is what you effectively did here).

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  16. Can you guys give some love to the brazilian community? I think theres a lot of guys in SA wants to play with a low ping

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  17. Reminder: to Fix Banned Accounts for DF 2 Rewards

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  18. Wews I'm very excited to play DF2, amazing :D

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  19. Everything that we've seen is looking superb. Will definitely try and donate when I have the chance. Super keen for this game. Been playing DF1 on and off for years so it'll be nice to play this one. Just as a tease are there any other DF1 infected coming to this game? Like spiders and leapers. I can imagine spiders in df2 would be a lot more challenging.

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  20. omg bro, this is amazing, im from panama and i played DF1 in 2012 and i came back in 2016... and 2018 DF2? wow, great job. i'll be waiting for it with my friends ;)

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  21. Is she still faster than sanic?

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  22. Hmm , by the way it looks , it'll be a huge game and needs a huge disk space alot to download its files , right?

    Im excited to play it. xD and that Tendril are so sexy but very scary to meet in game . :<

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  23. hope can be played soon :) looks amazing!

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  24. I can check the lowest requirements for your game. My computer is absolute trash. haha

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  25. @AdminPwn The game early access will be open for everyone? If not, how and where to register for it?

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  26. Literally a Huge fan been playing sence i was 13 an im 23 in June. lol super hyped for the newest creepycrop title. Keep it up guys!

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  27. Wow guys those pieces look Epic!! ^_^

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  28. Been playing since early 2000's. Super hyped for Dead frontier 2. You make zombie games worth playing. Can't wait for the release!

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  29. não consigo entra no jogo de jeito nenhum !!!

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  30. eu fiz uma conta e não consigo logar aparece que fui banido ...

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  31. Não usei nada de programa ilegal nesse jogo .

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  32. cant wait to need buy an extra pair of pants with the tendril boss

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  33. Cant wait for an update of some sort.... games dying already, cant wait around on steam people move on.

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