Black Dragon Survive Dev Log #2

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Hello friends! Felix, J, here. Today I bring you the 2nd Dev Log, in the development of Black Dragon Survive. This crazy survival sim with rpg elements coming to Windows and Mac. There’s some very big ideas in mind for the future of the game, let’s get to the latest.

Playable Alpha Demo

Black Dragon Survive’s playable alpha demo is available to download from itch.io! Imagine an unlimited open-ended survival sim in a three square kilometer mysterious island, in the middle of nowhere with some RPG elements blended in to it to spice things up a notch. That’s Black Dragon Survive for you.

Below is a list of key features you get to experience right out the box

  1. Hundreds of hand placed vegetation
  2. Interactable wildlife
  3. Sliding rocks
  4. Dynamic weather system
  5. Online bonus features and news
  6. Online rewards (ruby treasure chests)
  7. Realistic day cycle
  8. Volumetric lighting
  9. HDR support
  10. UHD support
  11. Crepuscular Rays (godrays)
  12. Superb SSAO
  13. Enhanced occlusion culling
  14. Custom FPS enhancements
  15. All optional quests
  16. Open-ended story
  17. Balanced survival system
  18. Free Roam
  19. Enemies
  20. Bosses
  21. Scavenging system
  22. Hunting system
  23. Puzzles
  24. Over 30 different character animations
  25. Immersive actions
  26. Professionally recorded music and SFX
  27. 2K/4k Textures
  28. Realistic Ocean
  29. Support characters
  30. Time of day dependencies
  31. 50% of core mechanics
  32. Save and load as you please
  33. Bonus quest pays homage to the bestselling Knights & Legends: Dark Ink, tabletop rpg. (free copy requires internet connectivity while playing in order to redeem reward.)

About The Game’s Future

At this stage of development, the game is just about 20% complete. Development is moving slow due to budget limitations. Please consider donating to help speed things up. No contribution is too small. Here’s a list of future features that will be included with the final release.

  1. Swimming
  2. Rowing
  3. Fishing
  4. Building
  5. Crafts
  6. Camps and bonfires
  7. Climbing
  8. More enemies
  9. More bosses
  10. Optional quests
  11. Enhanced story
  12. Multiple endings

Development Progress Update

As mentioned above, one of the biggest challenges behind Indie isn’t the lack of skill, but budget. I primarily focus in programming. 3D modeling and animation comes a secondary skills. It costs nothing to program. However, assets like music, sfx, and complex geometries are what cost the most.

The game’s progress is moving slow right now. There’s two ways you can help, one is free. Included with the alpha demo is the option to take a survey from the main menu. This will only take a minute of your time. Your feedback helps me understand how you feel about the game’s mechanics and immensely helps with future development. Now is the best time to make changes going forward.

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Black Dragon Survive allows the player to play as they desire. Every quest is optional, survival isn’t!

The second option is also very helpful, and the most difficult. An Indie game fanbase varies, they can have hundreds, thousands, millions of followers. Black Dragon Survive aims for the high hundreds and low thousands, for now. The game might appeal to those with a taste for fantasy, mythology, roleplay. But it also strives to meet those who like strategy and survival.

Realistically speaking, Black Dragon Survive is still in its infancy and has a very long way to go. That’s why your donation matters. The game is just building its fanbase and no amount is to small. Ideally, for the first year of development $5.00 can go a long way. Still, no amount is too little. If you can’t contribute with much, anything helps.

For generous donors ($10.00+), feel free to reach out via contact form. I’ll reserve an unique build for you. This development strategy will be much simpler to rely on. No pressure donations will be much better than taking the already limited time slots creating crowdfunding campaigns proven to be quite stressful and time consuming in the end.

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One of the coolest mechanics players will find in BDS is the ability to name your favorite locations.

That’s All For Now

More news and updates to be announced in the coming months. Don’t forget to like and subscribe to hear the news first. Check out the new Black Dragon Survive Youtube Channel.

Black Dragon Survive Dev Log #2
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Felix, J.

Creator of Knights & Legends.