Fallen Tree Video games’ GTA-style throwback American Fugitive was one in all Curve Digital’s most profitable titles of 2019. To have fun at the moment’s launch of brand-new free replace ‘State of Emergency,’ Artwork Director Lewis Boadle takes us by way of the historical past of the sport and what we are able to count on from its new content material.
Once we began manufacturing on American Fugitive method again in 2015, it was fairly a distinct beast to the sport that hit the storefronts this summer time. We didn’t have a totally scoped out imaginative and prescient for the sport, however we instinctively felt that the central pillar — the expertise of being an escaped convict on the run — had huge potential to be the beating coronary heart of an amazing gaming expertise.
And so we set to work exploring and prototyping methods based mostly round that central idea. After experimenting with starvation, crafting, and even cooking, we observed that each one our early playtesters (mates and colleagues primarily) really simply wished to get in a automotive and tear stuff up. They’d remark that the digital camera viewpoint reminded them of old-school GTA experiences, together with Chinatown Wars (who didn’t love enjoying that on PSP?).
Ding! (Lightbulb second) We pivoted away from our survivalist aspirations and waded into the fast-moving waters of the arcade expertise, including gunplay, melee fight, and a ton of breakable props, empowering the participant to wreak havoc! Certain sufficient, the sport rapidly took on a brand new lease of life.
After that time we by no means seemed again, inventing wacky new mechanics (automotive crushers, tow vans, altering garments) that may permit gamers to idiot round to their coronary heart’s content material alongside the story. In spite of everything, hasn’t chaos all the time been the perfect a part of GTA?
Following a profitable launch, we launched into an enchancment part adopted by High quality of Life additions, such because the a lot requested mini-map (yay!), after which we might start to contemplate DLC…
We had some nice concepts from the group for brand new content material, together with the ever-popular zombies, aliens, and even ghost-hunting. Nonetheless, one suggestion got here up rather more incessantly than the rest… tanks! It’s an ideal match with the chaotic nature of Redrock County, and is a becoming tribute (doffs cap) to daddy GTA. We’ve thrown military 4×Four vans (a.okay.a. jeeps), miniguns, and bazookas into the combination, to make sure that the brand-new 6-Star Needed Stage takes issues to an entire new stage!
It’s been fairly a journey, and we’re excited to see what PlayStation customers consider State of Emergency!