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Forsaken is a post-apocalyptic civilization rebuilder. At the head of a group of survivors, your goal is to recreate society as you see fit. Scour through infested buildings to find resources to survive, clean them and convert them into what your new society needs (houses, hospitals, cafeteria...). Above all else take care of your survivors and make sure they still want to live in this devastated and hostile world... Forsaken is inspired by Prison Architect, Banished, The Sims and has various RPG elements.

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In this article, I explain where the ideas behind Forsaken: Year One come from, and what I intend to do with the game. We discuss inspirations and important gameplay elements (City building and how is differs from other city builders, Unique Survivors, Tactical Combat and Survivalism inspirations)

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Welcome and let me wish you a Happy New Year and all the best wishes! Here’s to an apocalypse free 2017! In this post, I’ll talk about what inspired me to create “Forsaken: Year One” and I will describe a few of the important features that I will be including in the game.

I] Inspirations

A few years ago, I was playing a lot of Left 4 Dead with my brothers. The game is amazing and it’s great to play with friends and kill infected. The only thing that always troubled me was: what do the survivors do after we’ve left them and where are they going? After all, you can only kill so many zombies. You need to rest and rebuild at some point. At the time, I didn’t really act on that feeling but a few years later (about 4 years ago) after leaving my full time job in a big video game company to become independent, I was reading the Walking Dead, and I started thinking that it would be amazing to be at the head of a group of survivors rebuilding the world after an apocalypse. The game could include mature decisions and adult themes, allow the player to decide who he would allow into his new community and what the community would be about. Basically rebuild the world in his image. At that point I started researching a lot of apocalypse materials, not necessarily zombie related, both books, movies and comics, and I started writing down a lot of ideas about what the game could be.

Some screenshots of the notes that I took while doing research for Forsaken: Year OneSome screenshots of the notes that I took while doing research for Forsaken: Year One 2Some screenshots of the notes that I took while doing research for Forsaken: Year One 3


II] Gameplay Elements

In this section section I’ll be describing the main elements of the game. Some are already implemented (although in a basic state) and some not yet. But this should give you an idea of what the game will be about.

2.1) City Builder

First of all, Forsaken is a different kind of city builder. Unlike other city builders, I don’t want to focus on creating buildings, but on cleaning, on looting and on reusing the buildings that have been abandoned. There will be a few things that can be built though but nothing major. (for example fences, farms)


2.2) Unique Survivors

Second, Forsaken will put a big emphasis on survivors. To that end I was inspired by The Sims and RPG games in general, because I want the survivors to be unique, both by having their own characteristics, and by having their own personalities, interactions between each other, and develop their own opinion of you and the people they cohabit with.


Left: 6 Unique survivors with randomly generated appearances. Right: Character sheet showing the selected survivor’s traits, competences, inventory, and needs.

Left: 6 Unique survivors with randomly generated appearances.

Right: Character sheet showing the selected survivor’s traits, competences, inventory, and needs.


2.3) Tactical Turn-Based Combat

A few months ago, I had implemented a prototype of the real time combat in Forsaken, but I was a bit disappointed at how messy the combat felt, and how difficult it was to control. While playing Divinity: Original Sin I realized how amazing their combat system is and that it would really fit well in Forsaken and what I wanted to do with the game. It would allow fine control over the characters and it would resolve the messy feeling I was having with the combat’s current implementation.


2.4) Survivalism

Finally, I want survivalism and survivalist methods to have an influence on the game’s resources. To that effect, I have been reading a lot of websites, posts and books about survivalism (most notably the book: “The Knowledge: How to rebuild civilization in the aftermath of a cataclysm”). The goal of this research is to create interesting resources to the game, and survivalist methods (for example, how to recycle waste, how to make a hand made weapons, how to get clean drinkable water). Of course, it’s not a documentary and all these methods will be gamified but should still provide some idea how to do it.

The Knowledge: How to rebuild civilization in the aftermath of a cataclysmPhoto of one of the note sheets from the survivalism research

Left: Cover of the book: "The Knownledge: How to rebuild civilization in the aftermath of a cataclysm".

Right: Photo of one of the note sheets from the survivalism research


An illustration of an artisanal water filter.A handmade double barrel shotgun

Left: An illustration of an artisanal water filter.

Right: A handmade double barrel shotgun

Sources: Left, Right


So there you have it, the most important ideas behind Forsaken: Year One, and what I want to have in the game. Please keep in mind that this is still an early prototype, and is subject to change depending on how well they interact together and what fun they add to the overall experience.

Thank you for reading through the entire text, and don’t hesitate the comment and share your thoughts on the game, I love hearing about it, and it will help me make the game better!

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HenryT77
HenryT77

It's look promising.But please - no f..ng zombies again!!!

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Shanat Author
Shanat

Thanks! I have zombies for now, but if all goes well i'd like to have different apocalypse scenarios, so if you don't like zombies, you can still play and avoid them :)

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Guest
Guest

Suncrash Studio does Demons (Judgment: Apocalypse Survival Simulator), so that's taken as well. :^)

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Shanat Author
Shanat

True... But either way, Walking Dead taught us that the real threat is the other people ;)

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PlanMan
PlanMan

This looks like a neat idea.

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Shanat Author
Shanat

Thanks! Working hard to make the game as neat as the idea :-)

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eu-sou-antonio
eu-sou-antonio

Looks a really good idea. I don't think anyone has done it.

Since it has combat, I presume it's with zombies. I mean, nothing against killing others hostile survivors, I loved Warzone 2100, but sincerely, things like that must be set right, or you will just feel quity for kill them. Zombies solve this problem entirely, you will never feel guity for killing zombies.

And if you want to see an strategic game based on post apocaliptic world Warzone 2100 é gratuito (http://wz2100.net) and may give you some ideas. Of course it's about RTS, Oil and Tanks, so don't expect nothing tribal level, you begin with a pretty good quantity of tech and can expand it very, very much, if used as reference, make it to the last part of the game.

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Shanat Author
Shanat

Thanks for the feedback! Also thank you for the recommendation, I'll check Warzone 2100 out.

Yes there is combat with zombies at this point, but I intend on adding combat with other groups of hostile survivors at some point in the future too. One thing I liked about the Walking Dead comics, is that they realized that zombies are not the worst threat, it's other the hostile survivors, and it's something I want to have here too.

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eu-sou-antonio
eu-sou-antonio

Warzone 2100 is free, sorry, for some reason I got distracted and written "é gratuito" which means "it's free" in portuguese. Just saw the mistake now.

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