All hands on deck

The pressure is ratcheting up as we get ever closer to our deadline. An announcement on the launch date of our Kickstarter campaign will be made next week; in the meanwhile, the team is in high gear working its way through a long check-list of assets.

Fortunately, things seem to be going quite well. We’ve added two new faces to the team this week, ramping up our graphic design capabilities. There’s an awful lot of interface design and layout work to do, but already we’ve been impressed by the attitude and ability of both new members.

Elsewhere, our concept artist Joe has completed work on his third piece. It’s an illustration of a emergency climate conference, set some time in the future, and called in response to a crisis of rising sea levels and inundated cities.

Its purpose is to illustrate our main new gameplay feature, which is the Conference mini-game. This has been specifically designed to model negotiations between a large number of participants, such as the summit which gave us 2016’s Paris Agreement. This sort of diplomatic gameplay was practically absent from the original, and we’re very excited to explore this direction further.

The Conference artwork is another very strong piece from Joe, and we hope that those of you on our mailing list enjoyed the first look at it earlier. Meanwhile, Joe’s now at work on a fourth artwork. The subject of this new illustration is currently shrouded in mystery, and forms the basis for the competition in today’s newsletter.

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That pretty much wraps it up for this week. Next week we’ll be doing some filming, which is going to be an interesting departure from the norm. Whatever happens, we’ll be back with another Dev Blog to make sure you’re kept up to date with what’s going on.

As always, thanks for reading, and enjoy your weekend.

The Fate team