Day 20 brings more UX Design talk! This time the subject being Starbase, and told by one of the UX designers. User Experience design (or UX design) is an interesting facet of game design, which has fairly recently been split off as its own thing. Essentially the focus is on the player and their experience. So, for example, Starbase has tons of different kinds of designers. Some focus on building ships, some focus on the economy, some focus on planets and, you know, space, just to name a few things that need to be designed. UX Design in the production […]
🎄 Day 19 🎄Today we have a special gift for you from the Frozenbyte writing team lead – a Nine Parchments story! Yuletidea Nine Parchments storyby Maija Koivula It is the darkest and coldest time of the year in the Kingdom. The students of the Astral Academy prepare to spend Yuletide holidays in various ways. Gifts are given, taken, stolen, and machinated. Some dubious punch is had, as well as tea and delicious plum tarts. A legendary monster makes an appearance. No fireballs are thrown. The First Part. ~*~ I. Afternoon. Carabel and Gislan in the Library. Carabel has anxiety. Gislan […]
✨ Day 18 ✨ – and one more week to go! If you haven’t started your holiday season preparations, now is the time to do so! Today we would like to share some old storyboards from Trine 4. Storyboards are often used in projects to pre-visualize animations or videos. Here are a few storyboards used in Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince and Trine 4: Melody of Mystery. Hope you like them!
🖋️ Day 17 of the calendar brings you a Starbase fan fic, written by one of the Community Managers. If you’d like to read more, you can find the previous post here! Hope you enjoy! ”A simple mission,” Seven had told him. ”Sneak aboard, get the thing and get out. We’ve done this twenty times already, ain’t nothin’ weird about it.” Rookie – model RK-13 – cursed his blue-eyed faith as the Remus, their old cover up ride, landed smoothly between two tall dunes and sent a cloud of moon dust billowing in every direction. The Remus, a banged up […]
🌲 Day 16 🌲 Some time ago, several Frozenbyte employees participated in some speedpainting activity. The subject for the art was Trine, and the participants could either do a challenge mode (10 minutes’ time) or the regular mode (30 minutes). Here are the masterpieces they created – hope you enjoy! Feel like taking up the same challenge? If so, don’t hesitate to share your creations either on social media or on Discord!
Starbase Alpha invites are back! Now that the game has a proper starter-experience and a ton of new features, we are resuming additional invite waves. Here’s a new video showing some current gameplay from the alpha: If you’d like to participate in the Starbase Closed Alpha, and you’ve done one of the two signup surveys – await your invitation! If you’ve not done the survey, head over to starbasegame.com/alpha-signup and fill out the form, and join our Discord (discord.gg/Starbase) for the latest info. We’ll start with moderate amounts of invites first, but before Early Access launches, we hope to properly […]
🎁 On the 15th day of December we’re giving out 3 Nine Parchments game codes for Steam! 🎁 Nine Parchments is a co-op action-RPG game released in 2017. The story of the game revolves around a group of drop-out wizard apprentices, who’ve decided to skip their training for a quick path to the Nine Parchments. If you’d like to learn more about the game, check out the post here! ❕ Update: All codes have been redeemed. ❕ We will be hiding the keys on our platforms throughout the day. Keep an eye on the following platforms: 1. Nine Parchments Discord […]
Week 50 (December 7th – 11th) Hello everyone! Here are the progress notes of week 50! Please note that the “Progress Notes” are different from the Starbase Alpha “Patch Notes”. Progress Notes are snippets from the development team and what has been worked on during the previous week, and many of the features might not be present in the current or upcoming builds of the Closed Alpha. Some features, especially in the design portion, can be subject to change as the development continues. Design Features Fuel Rod does not require bolts anymore when attached to Fuel Chamber New ellipsoid safe […]
✨ Day 14 ✨Let’s be real – one of the best things about the holiday season is the food. Today, we’d like to introduce some traditional Finnish Christmas food for you! One of the most common food during the holidays is baked ham. The ham is slowly baked in the oven and is usually the main dish of the dinner. If you don’t eat meat, you can replace pork with seitan, for example! Fish is also a very common sight on the dinner table. Salted and smoked salmon and herring are something that people often have on the side. If […]
⛄ Happy 13th of December! ⛄ Today we would like to talk to you about User Experience Design. One of the Frozenbyte’s UX Designers is here to tell a bit about their role and share a few snippets of the player experience in Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince. User Experience Design (or UX Design) is an interesting facet of game design, which has fairly recently been split off as its own thing. Essentially the focus is on the player and their experience. So, for example, when making Trine 4 level designer focused on the pacing of the level, the difficulty […]
❄️ Day 12 ❄️ Something that we greatly enjoy here at Frozenbyte is community-made content inspired by our games. Seeing fan art, fan fiction and videos along with all the other material made by you players always brings a smile to our face! Thank you all for your creations and thank you for sharing them with us – it means a lot! Some time ago, we started collecting Starbase-themed player-made content and started publishing it on the Starbase Forum, creating Starbase Community News. Starbase Community News is a monthly article series, where we take a look at what players have been […]
In three weeks the year will have changed and we have reached the first day of 2021. One could say the year 2020 hasn’t treated us well: the global pandemic has been on our minds quite regularly and forced us into dealing with rather exceptional situations. Despite the unfortunate events of the world, we have kept the company running remotely and released several games! Today’s post will cover our released titles of the year 2020. Starbase Alpha Starbase is an upcoming space MMO, with a hybrid of voxel and vertex-based technologies, fully destructible environment and an infinitely expanding universe. The […]