From the very starting of engaged on The Sojourn, we wished to inform a sweeping story of sunshine and darkness – a narrative of life itself and understanding the true nature of actuality. The Sojourn releases right this moment, and now we are able to lastly inform our story.
Challenges and puzzles
We didn’t know after we began engaged on The Sojourn that we’d be making a puzzle recreation, however ultimately it organically shifted in that route. Our recreation designer began engaged on a large number of concepts and after testing some puzzles utilizing nothing however a whiteboard, we believed we had discovered the route we have been searching for.
The puzzles ended up telling loads of the sport’s story by means of symbolism and metaphors, however what we’re most happy with is the core of the sport: the difficult puzzles. Each time you assume you’ve totally mastered what The Sojourn presents you with, it’ll throw you a curveball – however you are able to do it, we consider in you!
A soothing expertise
We all the time wished enjoying The Sojourn to be enjoyable so you can simply deal with getting by means of troublesome challenges. The colourful environments and serene music are crucial components of that, however so is the story. As a substitute of lengthy texts or cutscenes and voice-overs that interrupt your gameplay, we made The Sojourn with a deal with telling a narrative by means of its world and puzzles.
Most significantly nevertheless: this makes the expertise of enjoying it far more private, as a result of The Sojourn gained’t interpret its story for you and also you don’t have to interact with it should you don’t need to. The way you have interaction with the sport is totally as much as you.
Over time of creating this recreation, we put in an enormous period of time implementing and perfecting all of our concepts. It was crucial to us that the artwork within the recreation was not solely breathtaking, but additionally in keeping with the story. We crafted 4 distinct artwork types for every chapter of the sport, which every convey sure phases of life. One yr into the event of The Sojourn, we determined that the artwork we had wasn’t adequate, so we scrapped it and began over from scratch. We additionally put in an incredible quantity of effort into designing the puzzles, because it was necessary to us that they felt as pure and natural as attainable.
Concord was our purpose – for the gameplay, artwork, puzzle designs and music. For these to align with the message we wished to get throughout required hours of dialogue and loads of sprucing by means of trial and error throughout improvement.
We now have added an choice to both favor efficiency or favor decision on the Xbox One X model of the sport. What this implies, is that you just’ll have the ability to swap between a local 4K decision with the sport working at 30fps and 1080p decision at 60fps at will. We actually need you to have the ability to play The Sojourn in no matter method you’re most snug with and we hope this characteristic will assist quite a bit in that regard.
The Sojourn was an bold recreation to develop for our small staff, however we’re very happy with the end result and the reception up to now. Releasing The Sojourn has been an expertise almost 4 years within the making, so we actually hope you take pleasure in it as a lot we have now loved creating it!
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