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Development Info Avadon PC & iPad Updates

Discussion in 'RPG Codex News & Content Comments' started by Jason, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. Jason chasing a bee

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    Tags: Avadon: The Black Fortress; Spiderweb Software

    <p>The latest Spiderweb Software newsletter brings word that <a href="http://www.spiderwebsoftware.com/avadon/index.html" target="_blank"><strong>Avadon</strong></a> is right around the corner for PC gamers as well as folks who enjoy staring at tiny screens until they go blind.</p>
    <blockquote>Of course, we want to make sure more than just Mac owners get in on the fun. The Windows version of Avadon: The Black Fortress has entered beta testing, and we hope to have it ready in the beginning of May.<br /><br />Also, we are thrilled to announce that we are also finally entering the exciting world of developing for portable platforms. Avadon: The Black Fortress will soon be available for the iPad. We aren't sure exactly when it'll be ready, because that will depend in part on what Apple says. When it's out, we'll let you know.<br /><br />* What Else Is Coming?<br /><br />We are also slowly starting work on a ground-up rewrite of Avernum, which is itself a rewrite of our first title, Exile: Escape From the Pit. After a decade, Avernum is showing its age and very much in need of freshening up, with a new engine and graphics. (As well as a long overdue appearance on the iPhone.) But don't worry! This will only be a several month detour for us before we get back to writing all-new games.</blockquote>
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  2. Trash Simply fabulous

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    Wait, what? A remake of the remake? Talk about milking it dry...
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  3. Coboney Educated

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    Trash - given the umm... quality ... of the newest released rpgs - wouldn't it be better to just have them re-release old ones with updated graphics?
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  4. Trash Simply fabulous

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    Stagnation is death.
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  5. Fowyr Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Re: Avadon PC & iPad Updates

    AHAHHAHAHAHHA OH WOW!
    Awesome news :retarded:
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  6. felipepepe Prestigious Gentleman Codex's Heretic Patron

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    Makes you think how the Codex would react if Bioware announces a spiritual successor remake of Baldur's Gate II... :M
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  7. Azrael the cat Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    What's the big deal? It's a sensible business move. Vogel makes a very large proportion of his income from his back catalogue. If it is only going to be a short 3 month diversion, then it makes perfect sense to update them to new engines/graphics. There will always be players who will come along wanting tactical isometric turn-based crpgs, and due to the overwhelming shortage they'll want to play the earlier ones as well. Vogel's games during that period had horrible graphics, and in any event, people seem to have a 'brick wall' that they can't get past in terms of graphic-whoredom. It makes perfect sense then, given how little time it takes up, to shift that brick wall forward every few years, so gamers that have entered the market for that kind of game can still play the back-catalogue from the beginning.

    It would be different if it was replacing a new game. But a 3 month project to extend the life of your catalogue is hardly complaint-worthy. I'm amazed more companies don't do it (and they should do it, so long as the originals remain available, as they do with Vogel's games).
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  8. Zed RPG Codex Staff

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    What's the deal with Mac first on this title?
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  9. thesheeep Liturgist

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    They love propriatary, closed, overpriced systems developed by Stasi-like economic entities.
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  10. Dyskolos Scholar

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    I'm curious to see how he handles the ports for the iphone. ipad's screen size makes that platform decently congenial but I can't imagine comfortably playing isometrics on the iphone screen, especially once you take into account the obscuring effect of fingers on the touch screen controls.
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  11. ElectricOtter Scholar

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    If he gets rid of those terrible portraits, I'm on board :thumbsup:
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  12. Mangoose Arcane Patron

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    Good point about new players. I have to agree that if I were a converting mainstream gamer then there's a much better chance of me playing Avernum if it had updated graphics.

    Secondly, props on being brief for once, Azrael.
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  13. Coboney Educated

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    Not only did they have horrible graphics - the interface was pretty horrid which is more my issue when I try to play the older games.

    Also it lets him judge the response to his new game line better. Which means he can see what worked in the fans eyes and what didn't so that when he goes to make a sequel (Cause thats... probably his plan knowing Vogel) he can improve upon it to where people would like.
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  14. HardCode Arbiter

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    Hell, I'd like Avernum 1 to 5 on the A6 engine.
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  15. AlaCarcuss Arbiter

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    As is Bioware and Bethesda's so-called "innovation" :x

    Ya know, as much as I hate to admit it, I'm itching to get my hands on one of these new fangled tablets. (iPad or Android - haven't decided yet).

    I really think there is some great potential for touch based, TB (or even RTwP) gameplay on the move here. Much more so than the tiny handheld consoles or phones.

    There's even the possibility of playing some older PC games through emulation and with touch (I believe this already exists on a jailbroken iPad and/or Android/Windows tablets).

    Who knows, the iPad (and it's clones), may end up being the saviour of TB games (RPG/TBS) :smug:

    EDIT: ^ assuming some devs see the same potential.... ;)
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  16. Stabwound Magister

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    I was about to start loling, but Azrael makes some good points. Vogel makes his entire living off of his games (doesn't he?), and you can't fault him for wanting to make some easy cash.

    I'm surprised it's a "ground-up rewrite" though. It's not using the Avadon engine?

    I wonder when the Geneforge remakes will start being made.
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  17. The Gentleman Loser Novice

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    My guess is that's the platform used to make the game.
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  18. Johannes Arcane

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    I hope the new Avernum/Exile will have some better combat mechanics.
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  19. Luzur Prestigious Gentleman Good Sir

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    who plays RPG's on an Iphone?
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  20. ortucis Scholar

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    Less piracy. Also, Mac users (thanks to not having enough games) are willing to pay anything for any type of game. On PC we don't want to pay more than 20 for Indie while we pay 60 for AAA.
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  21. angerpowered Novice

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    I play 100 rogues on my iPhone. It's pretty fun. I can see turn based games doing well on the iPhone. It's great for a few minutes of gameplay. Just play a couple turns of casual gameplay.


    I am actually posting this on my iPhone right now while I'm in the car. :M

    Also I hear Macs are easier to code for.
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  22. Saxon1974 Arbiter

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    Very much looking forward to the Avernum series upgraded to new graphics and hopefully with walking animations. This works great for me since I only played halfway through #1 and 4 I think.
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  23. ElectricOtter Scholar

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    Which happen to be the worst Avernum games :lol: . Give A6 and Exile 2/3 a try, those are my favorites. If you can't handle the graphics, just go for Avernum 2/3.
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  24. Zuercher Novice

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    I hope the new Avernum/Exile will have some better combat mechanics.
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  25. Kosmonaut Lost in Space

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    At least this plant made a half-assed attempt to hide the links.
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