June 22nd, 2018
Investments – and E3
What am I working on now?
Loads of things! Though I won't go into details about 'what' until we announce things proper, I can provide a meaty update on 'how'. As I already explained previously, I recently was forced to upgrade my development environment from Visual Studio 2008 to 2017 – resulting in the x64 upgrade for TAGAP 3. It seems this was just the beginning for a flurry upgrades to the ways we do things here at Penguin DT dungeon.
Second one on the upgrades list was Sound Forge Pro. When I bought the original version 11, it was still Sony Sound Forge Pro. However, about a month after doing so, Sony sold off almost all of their software development, Sound Forge ending up at Magix Software. For the longest time it seemed Magix had abandoned Pro, only continuing the development of the Audio Studio (think: what Photoshop Elements is to Photoshop).
Lo and behold, recently Magix came up with a brand new Sound Forge Pro 12 that fixes all the negative issues I had with the Sony version. Upgrading it was a no-brainer and since the software is now back in active development, I can wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone again.
In addition to programming and audio, my graphics design workflow has been reinvented, too. I finally decided to take the plunge and purchased a drawing tablet, Wacom Intuos Paper to be precise. Yes, this means majority of our next project will be digitally painted / drawn.
What all this means is that the pre-production has finally started to move forward proper. We already have some hand-drawn enemies and right now I'm doing the finishing touches to the art assets of the player character.
E3, aka the Christmas of Geeks, happened earlier this month. And much like the holiday, this one, too, was filled with surprises that made us all giddy. Here are our top picks from the new games shown;
On official Penguin DT front, it's all about pre-production. It's like building a Lego set – even with instructions, you can't do anything if you don't have the Lego bricks to build things from. In our case, I'm now painting those Legos into existence.
On gaming front, I finally got to finish The Evil Within and Space Hulk: Deathwing, currently living my vampiric 1918s life in Dontnod's Vampyr. I have no idea what's next, since there are so many great games in my backlog. Horizon: Zero Dawn or Ruiner, perhaps?
Until next time,
Jouni Lahtinen, the head penguin