Project update two

Project update two

A huge groups of incredibly talented imgurians with experience in the video game industry came together to start an indie video game project. We’ve recently started out third month of development and incorporated ourselves. In short. It’s a 3D narrative focused adventure game that spirals into psychological horror as the story progresses. If you want to get involved in the project as a contributor, keep reading for details.

What started out as nothing more than a small idea has evolved into a large scale collaborative project full of incredibly talented and skilled people driven by imgur’s love and support in last month’s update. We’ve all been putting all the effort we could into seeing this project through and making sure it doesn’t die off like many of you were fearful of. We split into departments, assigned teams along with their leaders, set goals, established guidelines and workflows, along with community standards. We’ve written so much story, written so much music and sound effects, drawn so much concept art, started creating websites and we’re all really excited to finally show what we’ve been doing!

So here we are again Imgur! Everyone in the project has been anticipating this day to show the community they love all the hard work they’ve been putting in. After a long an exhausting month the love and support of the community the game is being made for is much needed at this time.

Our story follows the siblings Cain, Clara, and their corgi Nacho who live in peace outside the forest until they are met with grave misfortune as mysterious forces rip them from the safety found in their village, in each other, and within themselves. Learning what it means to hunt and to be hunted won’t be enough to prepare them for the terror that riddles their magical world. As the siblings struggle through the seemingly infinite forest which towers above them, they become more aware of the incomprehensibly powerful force of nature and the darkness that suffuses it. Their only hope to put an end to their struggle lies in reaching the elusive Heart of the Forest – the source of all life, stunning in its mythical presence only to veil a foul stench which reeks of death.

We can only give so much away without spoiling the entire plot of the stories along with it’s mysteries. There’s even a good amount of amazing artwork we need to omit in order to conceal any potential spoilers. Our plan is to craft a true story-driven horror experience utilizing various RPG elements in new and innovative ways for a truly evocative, engaging and terrifying experience.

Along with a peak at some of our best concept art, we’re also going to treat you to a compilation of some of the Sound FX and Music that’s been produced for the project so far:

We’ve also had a small group of people working on building websites. The websites themselves haven’t been given all the love they deserve, nor are they fully functional, but they’re a work in progress and we’re hoping to have them looking beautiful and perfect as soon as possible: https://crackling-heat-6427.firebaseapp.com/ http://ForestHeart.net/ (I’m not sure how much traffic these websites can handle, they might go down)

This past month has definitely not been any sort of cake walk though. Since our last imgur post, I’ve personally received over 300 messages from people interested in joining the project, and we went up from 20 members to 120, and then dwindled back down to around ~40 throughout the month.

Now if you’re sitting there wondering how you could help fund the project, then I’m going to say that you’re out of luck for now. We don’t plan to start crowd funding until we’re at least at the pre-alpha stage of the game. Once we are, we’ll let everyone know in the following monthly update!

Finally the biggest support we can get are from new people looking to contribute and join the project! We’re at the point where we have enough people to form a solid team, and simply opening the flood gates to everyone who wants to have a say only leads to chaos. For this reason we’re only looking for people of at least 18 years of age with at least some college experience in a relevant field of study and more importantly, professional experience in the industry using the skills they wish to contribute to the project.

If you’re interested in joining this project, check out our open positions.¬†We’re all one big family working together on this project! Again. To contact us. Reach us at out e-mail address. ForestHeartOfficial@gmail.com Imgur’s messaging system can get glitchy and randomly decide not to send/receive messages.

While we’re on the subject of contributing, I’m readily aware of the huge amount of imgurians who are hoping to be able to play test the game. Once we’re at the point where play testing is needed, we’ll call out to the imgurian masses first for support in that area.

For those who attempted to join the project in the past but didn’t receive a response: I was primarily using the imgur messaging system to manage new contributors as using comments was rather inconvenient for communication. If you made a comment last time, didn’t get a response, and feel you’re qualified enough to contribute to the project then please shoot over an email. If you messaged me on imgur though and didn’t get a response, the most likely thing that happened is that the imgur messaging system either ate your message or my response. After using it to communicate between 300 people, I did notice that it has it’s failings as a messaging system and tends to glitch out pretty badly which is why we switched over to using email.

Now what if you have no money or skills but still want to contribute? Leave your name in the comments and we’ll be sure to tag you and notify you when ever we release an update. Just help us break out of user sub to get the exposure we need, spread the word and that’s the best type of help we can get!

Also: We know there’s already a game called “Forest”. The project name is “Forest Heart” though. It’s a working title, we’ll most likely change it when we get closer to releasing a finished product.

Lastly, social media! We haven’t prioritized the social media plugs so they’re pretty much empty for now. Starting soon however, we’ll be making them more active, assigning people to manage them and share sneak peaks and news through them! https://www.facebook.com/forestheartofficial https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAf3zFu6NCfDvQGDh_vF3Ow http://forestheartofficial.tumblr.com/ https://twitter.com/Project_FH https://forestheartofficial.wordpress.com/