Hey guys! A small update today but something worth looking at especially if you are interested in Manchester as a game development location or are interested in our outlook as a small indie developer in the north west of England. A recent article published over at pocketgamer.biz took a greater look at Manchester’s developing community and the challenges that the area faces as it moves forward with growth in mind. Both ourselves and our friends over at Greenfly Studios were involved in the article partaking as interviewees. The interviews show some interesting and different insights into Manchester, PC game development and mobile game development as business within the area. You can check it out here and to celebrate here is a large picture of Stephen Morris from Greenfly studios. Doesn’t he look handsome? Check them out, they just released the delicious looking Drop that Candy and its awesome fun.
“Ether One wants you to take it slow. It’s the “buy me dinner before ramming your tongue down my throat” of first-person experiences in games, and when you do take the time to consider its form, it won’t hesitate to jump into your mind and reward your contemplative patience just as you’re getting snuggled up to it.”
A fine opening statement for any preview – check it out over at Indie Statik and give it a read!
Another preview of the demo can be found on PC Gamer by Tom Hatfield. Here is a quote…
“Playing Ether One has left me with more questions than when I started, but they’re the good kind of questions. I don’t doubt it’s possible to make a first person story without violence, I just want to know how it’s all going to end.”
The article is excellent and well worth a read so made sure to check it out.
Secondly we have also been doing some great interviews with great peeps such as The Killer Bits and Prescription Pixel where we talk about Ether One as they play the game, letting us know their thoughts.
Here’s the Killer Bits video – plenty of in-game footage here.
…and here is the Prescription Pixel video which is also well worth a watch.
So.. It’s official! We have now been Greenlit!! Wooo!! Thank you all so SO much for voting for us and pushing our game out to all your friends and to anyone else that would listen. It’s such a relief for us knowing that we’re now going to be releasing on such a huge platform such as Steam. It came as a total surprise to us all and kind of caught us off guard. We’ve been waiting and watching through many different Greenlight batches and seen some awesome titles get through. Thanks to the guys at Valve, our time came this week!
The development has not stopped though and we’re not celebrating just yet! We’ve got the Rezzed game show coming up next weekend (22nd + 23rd) down in Birmingham, UK where we are showing the first playable demo of Ether One as part of the Leftfield Collection! This week we’ve been making lots of tweaks to a (roughly) 45minute playable demo along with a small Oculus Rift demo to showcase at Rezzed too. We’re hoping to see lots of you down there and it will be a great chance for us to chat with you all about what we’re working on and what we’re trying to achieve.
This next week will be crazy busy for us but it’s also an exciting time of development for us all. We are hugely grateful and excited to be considered as one of the titles to be Greenlit and although we may not be able to reply to all the comments and enthusiasm you guys are sending our way, we do read them all and it really drives us to keep making sure we’re delivering the best game we can to you all.
We wanted to make this thank you a little more meaningful so we cleaned the studio and hid all the leftover food wrapper to create a video that shows just how thankful we are to you all!
Hey everyone – it’s been a while since we last gave an update on Ether One – so in this post we are going to cover a whole load of info such as Greenlight, Development Progress, Interviews as well as FAQ’s.
So for those of you guys that are unaware of our current Greenlight status – we are now in the top 30 on Steam Greenlight with current ranking of 29 in the top 100. Lots of comments, votes and support have really helped us get closer to our goal of getting Ether One green lit for Steam and we really owe everyone who has shown support for us a big thank you.
We are currently pushing into the later stages of developing Ether One with many of the structural elements of the game being present – as we continue to build the game up to its release we will be showing some more content, and screenshots whilst releasing more information about some of the more impactful elements of game play interaction within the game. Keep posted soon for a more detailed update on this.
Following the release of our latest trailer (which can be viewed below if you missed it) we received a substantial amount of press attention – from this we did a few important interviews that are worth reading for more juicy information on Ether One and White Paper Games. These can be found below:
We have been getting a load of questions regarding specific things over the past month and I think its best that we answer some of those here for you guys – so that everyone gets the correct info about some of our development goals.
Linux – Lots of people have been asking us about a linux build for Ether One and we do hear you. Currently the game is being developed with UDK which cannot be used for Linux builds – with this in mind we are looking into other ways that we can bring the game to Linux – so keep your eyes peeled for more information on this in the coming months.
Oculus Rift – The Oculus is something that people are really raving about at the moment and after the recent announcement of Oculus having UDK support it is something that we are actively looking into right now and we feel that our type of game would work very well with it.
Release Date – We haven’t set a release date for the game yet but as stated in our latest trailer – summer 2013 is our aim – with a heavier emphasis on late summer. Again more info on this will surface soon.
Controller Support – Ether One will come with full customisable controller support as well as a whole host of features for you to customise your game play experience.
Localisation – At this very moment in time Ether One is slated for English and Spanish language options due to the native tongue of our team members – yet we again are researching heavily into expanding this so that we can cover as many languages as possible.
Obviously this is a smaller update post and doesn’t feature much more about in-game content – this will be coming soon. Again thank you for all the support that we have had from you guys – it has been absolutely invaluable in our development as well as the hard work each member of our six person team is putting into creating this game to the best possible standard.
White Paper Games is proud to announce the release of their first game play trailer for Ether One, the first part in a two game mini-series named Ether.
The game play trailer takes the viewer on a journey through a small portion of Ether One showcasing story elements, puzzles and interactive actions displaying the core game play elements of a science fiction first person adventure game.
This is the first entry in a new series of Ether One updates that are going to chronicle the development of the game from its current position through to final release.
This post in particular is going to be an update on Ether One and the impact that White Paper Games recent success has had, allowing us to move forward confidently with developing the title.
Firstly if you have not already heard, White Paper Games (the developer behind Ether One) received backing from Abertay Universities Prototype Fund grant scheme, gaining financial aid of £25K to build Ether One to a completed beta standard. This sort of aid has allowed us to move Ether Ones development into a lovely and creative studio environment as well as focus our creative ideas and spirit into getting this title out to you guys so you can finally play it. We have also had the great opportunity to hire a dedicated programmer for the team, allowing us to troubleshoot effectively fixing any issues with our game mechanics that we have. Keep your eyes peeled for a personal tour of our new workspace!
With this boost we have been hard at work refining our environments and game play whilst building up a detailed and comprehensive game play trailer that we are all very excited to show to the world. We are particularly excited as we feel you guys will be delighted by the depth of game play as well as the way that the story is unfolded and the ways you can interact with it. We have a core Milestone at the end of October that we are incredibly confident that we will hit and hopefully we will be releasing our detailed Game Play trailer shortly afterwards. Until then we have a couple of new in-game screenshots from Ether One below for you to look at.
So thanks for checking out this post and we will be getting more info to you guys soon.
We are delighted to announce that we have been extremely fortunate enough to obtain up to £25K of grant funding to develop our two part PC adventure game, ETHER.
The grant awarded through Abertay Universities Prototype Fund has allowed uss to step up and focus on developing our classic science-fiction inspired adventure game for PC and Mac, as well as expand to a new studio location. Moving out of our ‘home office’ space, we have set up our new studio in the heart of the Manchester area, where a large array of creative and media industry resides.
This opportunity will allow us to fully focus on creating a great game as well as finally have a studio home. Below are some pictures from the move in
Hey everyone! Some big info coming in this post as well as some exciting news for Ether and the White Paper Games team.
Ether One News
Firstly you may have noticed a slight change in the name of Ether in the title of this post which is no coincidence or spelling mistake. Due to the scope and size of the project coupled with the size of our teeny Indie development team and financial situation Ether is now going to be in two separate parts. These parts are aptly named Ether One and Ether Two and will be impressive sized chunks of episodic game play for you to enjoy.
The great news about this is that by releasing in two parts you guys will be getting the first part (Ether One) a lot earlier in 2013 than we had initially penned Ether in for and hopefully Ether Two will follow shortly afterwards. Due to this change we have also updated out Indie DB site and our Ether Home site that has lots of features (and secrets) so check it out.
Steam Green Light News
Our next big piece of news is really exciting as we have just added Ether One to the list of awesome games over on Steam Green Light which means that you guys can go and view a newrevised Ether One Teaser Trailerwhich shows some new footage of the game! Please help spread the word about Ether One and Steam Green Light, the more votes that we get the more likely we are to get Ether One on to Steam for everyone to enjoy! Our main goal as a studio was always to get Ether onto Steam and through Green Light we are hoping we can achieve this, but we can only do it with your help.
For more info on Ether please visit www.ether-game.com.
In this speed paint our resident Environment Artist, Oliver John Farrell, uses a block map created by our designers to concept a piece of environment art. The piece of art produced is for an environment in Ether that is named ‘The Case’.
Music for the video is by our resident Sound Designer and Composer, Nathanial Apostol.
So as I am sure lots of you have noticed we have been pretty quiet on the blog and dev diary scene recently. This was primarily due to us all working very hard to get our teaser trailer released for Ether as well as our attendance at this years Develop Conference, where Ben was speaking in two different sessions.
First off Develop Conference was excellent as always with us meeting new people, catching up with old friends as well as talking a lot about White Paper Games and Ether. Lots of things were learnt from the carious sessions on during in the week and lots of fun was had during the various networking events – Ben was even on the team that came joint second at the Guardian Blog Quiz and Pete met the legendary Mark Rein (VP of Epic Games).
Ben giving his lecture at Develop Conference
Although Develop is always a large week on the White Paper Calendar it was even more important to us this year as on the Friday prior to the conference we released our teaser trailer for Ether our up and coming first person adventure game. As an Indie Developer we always hoped that we would get a small amount of interest in the teaser trailer, to spur us on with the development of the game as well as gain feedback on the the overall idea behind Ether.
A mysterious marker stone.
We can now say that we were pleasantly surprised with the trailer being picked up by multiple international publications and being watch over 13 thousand times in the past 2 weeks – and its still rising! Really all we can say is a big THANK YOU to all of our supporters and the great journalists who took time in writing articles about the game and its début. As a catch up I have listed some great quotes about Ether and its teaser trailer below with links to the relevant articles – some of them have pretty awesome titles!
A Fishing Hut
So that’s pretty much it from us at the moment, keep your eyes peeled for a whole new approach to our development diaries that we are working on as well as an upcoming post about the lecture that Ben gave at this years Develop that he is making available to everyone via his blog.
Ether Press Quotes and Links
“Ether definitely seems odd in the best of possible ways.” – Indiegames.com
“From what they’ve shown us so far, the art style of Ether is just gorgeous” – Destructoid
“I’m keen to have my faith in first-person adventuring restored and what better game to do it than one starring a person known as a ‘restorer’?” – Rock Paper Shotgun
“Every once in a while a game comes along that hits you with a vivid art style and intriguing design at a hundred miles per hour.” – The Indie Game Magazine
“If you’re looking for something different to play, I may have found the game for you!” – Gamebreaker.TV
That’s it from us folks, if you have not yet seen the trailer any one of the links above will show it but you can also get info straight from us at www.ether-game.com ! Speak to you all soon!