The motion role-playing sport Nightmarchers is including a tropical twist to the top of the world. Developer Wyrmbyte crafted a postapocalyptic model of the Hawaiian island Oahu, incorporating native mythology in protagonist Kai’s quest to reclaim the land from evil gods. The sport is elevating funds on Fig, with an estimated PC launch coming this summer season.
Wyrmbyte portrays Oahu after an occasion referred to as the “Great Thunder” wracks the island. In the aftermath, individuals are struggling to outlive as otherworldly spirits and raiders maraud the island. An outdated god named Kamapua’a leads the forces of evil, and the one one who can cease him is Kai, a descendant of shamans who can wield mystical powers.
“I’ve had a ardour for postapocalyptic settings since seeing Mad Max and enjoying the unique Wasteland and we thought what about doing a postapocalyptic sport in paradise as a substitute of a brown, lifeless world,” mentioned Wyrmbyte’s president Scott Brown in an electronic mail to GamesBeat. “With Hawaii being one in all our favourite locations on the earth, it appeared like an amazing match. Then as we started studying increasingly in regards to the previous of the island it simply grew to become a very sturdy story that we lastly determined we should always create.”
Despite the calamitous Great Thunder, Nightmarchers’s world options lush tropical flora. Wyrmbyte did analysis to attempt to carefully replicate Oahu’s geography. It studied coastal erosion scans from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in addition to maps of the island. It additionally constructed inside instruments to research information that it received from the coastal scans.
“While we thought we would make your complete island playable, it’s simply too large so we’ve got as a substitute targeted in on elements which are distinctive and attention-grabbing to discover,” mentioned Brown. “Starting from this information and utilizing all of the instruments we’ve got now constructed permits us to actually shortly construct massive maps in [Unreal Engine].”
As for the inhabitants of the doomed Oahu, Wyrmbyte mixes actual lore together with fictional parts. Kai will encounter people who’ve totally different concepts about the best way to survive, in addition to spirits and scientists who’re attempting to harness the ability of the supernatural. His arsenal is a mixture of magical “demigod” skills — as an example, gamers can unlock the ability to summon a small volcano — and high-tech weaponry, like a “wave condenser” gun that appears prefer it shoots vitality blasts. And the developer based mostly most of the creatures on Hawaiian mythology, together with the titular Nightmarchers, that are ghostly warriors who defend the land.
“We went into this with being respectful to the mythology from the beginning,” mentioned Brown. “We had this wonderful dialog with a Kahuna from Oahu for hours listening to him discuss in regards to the previous, points we should always keep away from, and extra. It was a very enjoyable option to begin constructing a lore that match into one thing as wonderful as Hawaiian tradition. The shocking factor is that no one else has carried out this.”