Good morning all, and welcome to The Blog.
I will be submitting a new blog each week and what better way to kick things off than to start with what makes North to Hollow Grove so unique - the detail! Our team takes great pride in focusing in on the "little things" that really bring our game world to life. Whether it be a completely custom soundtrack orchestrated to the game's story, custom character sprites and animations, or our amazing artwork that is the result of a lot of painstakingly long conference calls between the artists and the team. We want to release only the best game, and we feel that the core of our engine is finally there after a few years. Simply put, we feel our game is fun. Individuals who have tested our game feel it is fun. Focus groups who have seen additional media feel it looks fun. We hope you think it's fun as well!
Without detail, a fantasy-world cannot be appreciated. Imagine yourself running through a park on a Saturday afternoon. The soft breeze at your back has disappeared. The lamented, colorful flowers around every corner that dance softly in the wind with their summer-scent have vanished. The other beings around you; the young couple proudly walking with their new-born baby along the cemented walk-way, the dogs trotting along the sidewalk, pulling their owners wildly as a cyclist races by, the slow stomping jogger whom you can hear from a half-mile away, are... gone. A strange thought, right? Our approach to development and writing is detail, detail, detail. In North to Hollow Grove, the player can expect an overwhelming sense of a living, breathing world. A river can be traversed through a series of stepping stones; boulders and crates can be satisfyingly destroyed, revealing hidden paths and treasures; flowers can be picked, bundled, and given to beauties around town who may have lavish rewards. The beauty of North to Hollow Grove is in the detail. Every single non-player character has a story and can be impacted by the player’s actions. Towns, caves, and forests are filled with collectible lore artifacts, creatures that fly across the night sky, spiders that dangle from trees, nervous watchmen on patrol. That is just the surface of what North to Hollow Grove has to offer in terms of immersion. It will only become deeper and deeper.
Until next week,