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I would like to share with you a bit of our development jorney with the focus on the new game, Egypt: Old Kingdom.
It all begun with the idea of making a strategy game which will be truly historical, not only set in historical decorations, like many other strategy games. But having some experience in the gamedev industry, we didn't want to rush into an ambitious complicated projects which we will have no chance to finish.
In 2013 our first game Stone Age was released. It was made by Mikhail, the leader and the mastermind of our team. The game was intentionally simple and focused on workers management. The feedback was mostly positive, so we kept the gameplay, and added more functions for the next project, Bronze Age. It became our main approach to making games - present the concept, check the feedback, keep the good parts, get rid of the bad parts, add some new features. On and on. Games got more complex, the team got more members in order to divide tasks like programming, art and game design.
The most challenging part of the process, aside of solving thechnical problems, was the historical research. Everything had to be 100% according to the history. For the games like Bronze Age and Marble Age Mikhail somehow managed by himself, but it changed when we started to work on Predynastic Egypt. The support came from Center of Egyptian Study of Russian Academy of Science (CES RAS). Scientists who work there are not only in the University, they are also archeologists and their support was invaluable.
That's how our main routine of game production was established. It's based on our ideas, players' ideas and scientific data. That's how, by the time we started to work on Egypt: Old Kingdom, we had a clear image of what we would like to make.
Before we will get into a more detailed explanation, let's cover the basics:
The history fo the Ancient Egypt is commonly divided by these main periods (credits to Wikipedia):
Early Dynastic Period 3150–2686 BC
Old Kingdom 2686–2181 BC
1st Intermediate Period 2181–2055 BC
Middle Kingdom 2055–1650 BC
2nd Intermediate Period 1650–1550 BC
New Kingdom 1550–1069 BC
3rd Intermediate Period 1069–664 BC
Late Period 664–332 BC
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