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Planning for the Future

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Hey guys, I just wanted to say hello, and we haven't done an update for a while. We have a new gun ready for you, as well as our character controller. You can try out the controller here: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/28501152/Cus...WebPlayer.html
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t's a bit glitchy because while the controller is almost done, zombie AI is still in there, and it's a WIP. Also, we have some terrain: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/135029092/Assets.html and a gun that can shoot with firework particles at the moment: http://eclipseofwar.site40.net/Map.html. But today I wanted to talk about the future. This game still has several months of development, but the future and the end of the game, which is sad, is inevitable. I've talked to a couple of people on the team, and while we still have to confirm several members, we plan on keeping the team long-term to produce more games and quality content. And with that, we have a good foundation for another game that we plan to start development with after this project: The biblical end times: every Christian disappears, leaving the world in chaos. Husbands looking for wives, parents looking for children. People become savages. There are many excuses for what happened: alien invasions, nuclear radiation. But you know the truth. You turned from the ways of God, and now you've been left behind while the Christians were taken to heaven. The last seven years of mankind have began. Then a strong man will rise to power, claiming to be able to solve the worlds problems, performing miracles. Many believe him to be the messiah, but you know better: he's the anti-Christ, the Deceiver. He is here to destroy. Soon, he makes people take a mark of loyalty in the left hand or forehead. Many people do it, but you know that if you take it, you will burn in Hell for all of eternity because the Bible states in Rev. 14:9-12 states: "For any man takes the mark of the Beast and worships his image, for he will burn in brimstone and fire for all of eternity." Christianity is soon banned. People are allowed to kill christians on the streets. If you don't have the mark, you'll be beheaded. Then, it's the war between good and evil. Weapons of mass destruction are revealed. People are executed on the streets. Will you be able to live for the seven years, and be there for Christ's return? Because in the end, God will crush the anti-Christ, and all of the Christians and the people that turned to him will be in a New Heaven and reign with Christ for eternity. And the cool part? This is all predicted in the book of Revelation in the Bible! This will be a very explosive and unique idea for a video game. We want to finish our first game first, and then we will start development on this.

What do you guys think of this idea?

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hm... tough to say one way or the other. Your game seems overly religious ( not that, that, is a bad thing ) which means you will either be well received or hated in the public. Could work for you or could hurt you... really depends on the way you do it.

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As much as we'd love to have some people convert, we won't try to be too pushy, but more of an action packed thriller. We are kind of basing it loosely off of the Left Behind series, which was a best-seller christian book. All of this is prophesied in the bible.

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I am familiar with the works. Again, those books caught their share of flak as well... as long as you are aware of that before hand I think you will do fine. Interested to see what happens with this. Good luck

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Thanks for the nice comments. We realize we'll catch some falk from it, but we're still going to go for it :D.

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