After 16 months of alpha, beta, and early access testing, Siralim Ultimate has finally exited Early Access and is fully available for Windows, Mac, and Linux on Steam!
Special thanks to everyone who took the time to contribute feedback and submit bug reports to make Siralim Ultimate the best game it can be. This game is the culmination of over 8 years of work on the series, and I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out. I hope you enjoy playing it as much as I enjoyed making it.
Please spread the word about today’s release, and if you haven’t done so already, please write a review of the game on Steam – it helps more than you know!
Siralim Ultimate will exit Steam Early Access on Friday, December 3 for its full release! Huge thanks to everyone who contributed feedback and submitted bug reports during Early Access.
As always, I will continue to monitor our forums for any issues. Later today, I will release a small patch that fixes some minor bugs that were reported since the last update, and this patch will also change the version number to 1.0.0.
Q. Will my save files carry over to the full release?
A. Yes. You won’t lose any progress.
Q. Do I need to do anything on my end to prepare for the end of Early Access?
A. Nope! This release won’t affect you at all outside of causing uncontrollable excitement.
Q. Is the Mac port still coming?
A. Yes, I’m working on that right now and fully expect to have it ready before December 3.
Q. When will Siralim Ultimate be released on other platforms?
A. I’ll start working on console and mobile ports very soon, but there’s no way I can provide an accurate estimate this early on. While console development is my top priority, the certification process involves a lot of downtime while I wait for Nintendo/Sony/Microsoft to do their part. For that reason, the mobile ports will likely come out before the console ports since I’ll be able to work on mobile development during console certification. I will provide you with regular updates about my progress on all platforms.
Q. Will I be able to transfer my save files to the mobile/console versions when they’re released?
A. You’ll definitely be able to do this on Android, iOS, and Switch. I’m not sure about Playstation and Xbox simply because I haven’t had a chance to dive into those platforms yet.
I am proud to announce that Siralim Ultimate is now available on Steam Early Access!
You can purchase the game, or read about it here: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1289810/Siralim_Ultimate/
Please report all issues to our forums: https://forums.thylacinestudios.com/
More platforms will be added over time, but we don’t have an ETA for any of them yet. For now, enjoy!
Hey everyone, welcome back to the Thylacine Studios Podcast. I hope you’re all having a great start to 2021! I have a lot to talk about in this episode, so let’s get started.
First, I want to remind you that I sent out the backer surveys to everyone. You should have received them in your e-mail that is associated with your Kickstarter account, or your PayPal e-mail address if you purchased something on our backer shop through our website. The due date for these surveys is March 1, so make sure you submit them in time. If you haven’t received your survey, please contact me via e-mail (zack at thylacine studios . com).
I also want to remind everyone that Siralim Ultimate will be released on Steam Early Access on March 12. This will be for Windows and Linux only – none of the other platforms have an ETA yet, it’s just too soon to predict something like that.
With that out of the way, let’s talk about what you can expect to see in the next major content patch for Siralim Ultimate. We have five new specializations on the way, along with some new arena modes, Nether Realms, and much more. I’ll start by explaining how each of the new specializations works.
First, there’s the Rune Knight. Rune Knights have access to five unique spells that no other specialization has. Each spell belongs to one of the five classes, and they all pretty much do the same thing. They deal a large amount of damage to their target, and they also activate the caster’s on-attack effects. They also utilize whatever stat their class is associated with instead of Intelligence. For example, the Chaos spell uses Attack instead of Intelligence to deal damage. The specialization revolves around your creatures casting these spells and gaining benefits based on the number of times they’ve cast them. The specialization is meant to feel kind of like a “spellblade” or “mystic knight” archetype you might be familiar with from other games. I’m a big fan of the Rune Knight – it’s very unique and adds a totally different way to play the game.
Next up is the Purgatorian. I know I just said that Rune Knights are really unique and change things up quite a lot, but the Purgatorian really turns the game upside down. The idea behind this spec is that your dead creatures are still able to fight on their own, and they’ll be much more powerful than your living creatures since all the Purgatorian’s perks revolve around enhancing your dead creatures. This spec might end up being totally broken and I might need to revamp it at some point because it changes so many game mechanics that battles are designed around. For example, one of its perks allows your creatures’ traits to be active even while they’re dead. Some other perks allow your creatures to maintain their buffs, minions, and stat modifications through death as well. The idea behind this spec is that it’s very high-risk, high-reward, since in an ideal world you’ll only leave one of your creatures alive while you intentionally kill off the others to take advantage of your perks. I’m really excited to see what builds people come up with for this spec, and hopefully, I won’t need to change too many things to make it all work well.
One specialization that is very different from what I originally announced is the Fanatic. Originally, I wanted players to be able to choose one of the gods to worship and that would confer different benefits to your creatures using the Fanatic’s perks. That didn’t turn out to work very well. It wasn’t practical to design hundreds of different perks for one specialization, and it was also really hard to think of unique ways each god could benefit this spec. So, I revamped it entirely, and I think it’s really cool now. The idea behind Fanatics is that they make great use of Avatars and Godspawn creatures. One of the Fanatic’s perks allows you to have 2 additional Avatars in your party for a total of 3 which is absolutely insane. Other perks give your Ultimate Spell Gems more charges. For Godspawn, some perks allow them to transform into Avatars in battle and utilize Ultimate Spell Gems as well. This is definitely a spec that is oriented toward the end-game, so for that reason, you won’t be able to unlock it until after you’ve obtained your first Avatar creature.
Next we have the Spellweaver. Spellweavers use a resource called Infusions. There’s an Infusion for each of the five classes, and you gain Infusions by casting a spell from that class. So, if you cast Fireball, you’ll gain 1 Chaos Infusion. Other perks have unique effects that consume these Infusions. While you have at least 1 of each Infusion, your creatures can cast a new spell called Colorwave. There’s a version of Colorwave for each class, and Colorwave does something different depending on its class. It’s an insanely powerful spell, but it also consumes your Infusions, so you need to think before you use it. This spec is designed for players who like to take their time in battle and think things through – I think it will be very rewarding to use this spec against difficult bosses, for example.
Last, but definitely not least, is the Grovetender. Grovetenders work a bit like Animators in that they gain access to a unique creature called the Herbling. However, that’s the only real similarity they have to Animators. The Herbling starts out as a tiny little… herb thing… and evolves in battle as your other creatures kind of… “water” it. Your Herbling will grow as it is healed, buffed, or when it gains stats. There are 6 different tiers for the Herbling, and its appearance changes with each tier. The higher its tier, the more powerful its perks become. For example, one of the perks is called Parasitic Fertilization: At the start of your Herbling’s turn, it casts Germinate. This spell affects a number of enemies equal to its Tier. So, at tier 6, this normally single-target spell would affect all enemies. The idea behind this spec is for your creatures to act in support of your Herbling to allow it to grow very quickly and become so powerful that your enemies don’t stand a chance.
That’s all I have to say about specializations for now. With this patch, the specializations I promised everyone will all be implemented. That means the only remaining specializations for me to add are the ones from our backers.
Next, let’s talk about some new arena modes. Originally, I announced there would be 2 new arena modes added to the game: Boss Rush Mode, which involves players drafting a team in the arena and fighting against all the games’ story bosses; and the other mode was called Spectator Mode, which made your creatures fight on their own using the same AI as enemies. Well, both of these ideas were terrible. Boss Rush Mode felt really redundant thanks to the addition of Nether Bosses, and Spectator Mode battles were really boring because it was possible for creatures to heal and resurrect each other for so long that battles could last for several minutes each. I scrapped both ideas and came up with 3 new ones instead, and I think you’re going to like them.
The first mode is called Infinite Arena. This mode works exactly like the normal arena mode, except there’s no limit to the number of matches you’ll fight and your enemies will grow stronger after each battle. It’s definitely a lot more difficult than the normal arena mode, but you’ll also earn more Glory from it. I’m planning to add a few more things to this mode in the future to spice it up, but it should be fun enough for now.
The other two arena modes are far more interesting. The first is called Wild Arena. At the start of a Wild Arena draft, you’ll receive a random “rule”. This rule might dictate the creatures that are available to you in your draft, or it might affect the battles in the arena itself. For example, one rule forces all creatures in your draft to belong to the Life class, and all your enemies’ creatures will be from the Life class as well. Another rule afflicts all creatures with Blight permanently, so you’d probably want to draft creatures that can heal your enemies to take advantage of this debuff. This is an extremely dynamic arena mode and should make for a fresh experience every time you play it.
Lastly, we have Masters Mode. As in, Creature Masters Mode. You’ll choose from 1 of 6 Rodian Creature Masters to play as, and you’ll fight the remaining 5 Masters in the arena. This mode is definitely for advanced players, and you can only play as Masters that you’ve already encountered on your journey. This one should be a lot of fun since all the Masters’ teams are pretty strong due to their racial synergies. You’ll also have access to that Master’s signature trait to really spice things up.
So, that’s it for arenas. I hope you guys are excited about these upcoming modes!
In other news, I’m already hard at work on some backer content. We have at least one Nether Realm ready to go that a backer designed, along with a few skins, decorations, costumes, and more. I’ll also have a preliminary set of NPCs that can spawn in realms that will have your chosen name and costume. When you talk to these NPCs, they’ll give you some treasure. I decided that they needed to give you treasure since otherwise they’d just be in the way and would become really annoying.
One other random piece of news is that I’ve made some adjustments to Nether Stones in the next patch. In general, the Nether Stones you find will be more powerful as your Realm Depth increases. Now, you can’t expect them to ALWAYS be more powerful – they’re still meant to be random, but they should be much better on average now. Also, there was previously a cap on how strong a Nether Stone could be, and that cap has since been removed. This ensures that Nether Stones can continue to grow more powerful no matter how long you play the game.
I hope to have this patch out in late February so we can test it for a few days and fix any issues that come up before the game hits Early Access. I’m also deep into the design process for the next major patch after that, and we have a lot of art done for it as well, so there’s really an insane amount of content in the pipeline. Of course, we’re also hard at work on all your backer content, and I’ll continue to add more backer content in each patch.
That’s it for this episode, and I’ll see you guys next time!
Hey everyone, welcome back to the Thylacine Studios Podcast. I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday! In this episode, we’ll take a look at everything that happened in 2020 (as far as our games are concerned), and take a glimpse at what’s in store for Siralim Ultimate in the year to come.
First off, we released Trial of the Gods, a collectible card game based on the Siralim series. This is the first game we’ve ever released where I wasn’t the programmer, and I think Jay did an awesome job on it. This game actually has a pretty interesting story behind it. I had always wanted to make a CCG based on Siralim, and I always figured I’d use the rules from Final Fantasy 8’s “Triple Triad” mini-game as the foundation for it. Well, one day, I randomly stumbled upon Jay’s page on itch.io where he was creating a game just like that. It was in the prototype phase but showed a lot of promise, so I contacted him to see if he’d be interested in partnering up, and as luck would have it, he was already a Siralim player and knew a lot about the game. That made the transition toward a Siralim-focused game much easier. Since Trial of the Gods was released, Jay has released several content updates for it as well, including an enchanting system to give it a bit more “infinite Siralim” flair, as well as a challenge mode that adds a whole new way to play the game. I think Jay did a fantastic job on the game, and I hope you all like it as well.
Later on, we launched our first-ever Kickstarter campaign for a little game called Siralim Ultimate. Needless to say, it went far better than expected. I honestly wasn’t sure if we’d be able to hit the goal of $10,000, but yeah, we managed to do that in about an hour. A month later, we had raised over $90,000 which is just insane. After the Kickstarter ended, I opened a PayPal shop on our website so people could continue backing and supporting the game, as well as purchasing the right to add their own ideas to the game. The PayPal shop has been ridiculously successful as well. So, thank you all so much for your support – I can’t tell you how humbling it is to know that there are so many people out there who enjoy the Siralim series – it has grown far larger than I ever expected, and I can’t wait to make it even better with your help.
Shortly after the Kickstarter ended, we released Siralim Ultimate to alpha testers on Steam. The alpha phase went very well. Most of the major bugs and crashes were mopped up in only a few days, and then I was able to put full focus on adding new content to the game. In fact, several Kickstarter stretch goals were already added to the alpha version of the game, most notably Nether Stones and Creature Skins, as well as standard content such as the arena, achievements, Nether Bosses, and more.
A few months later, we released Siralim Ultimate to beta testers. Beta has been amazing so far. We’ve delivered on even more Kickstarter stretch goals in beta already, including Rodian Creature Masters, five new specializations, and much more. We also released the Gate of the Gods which serves as a massive end-game progression system. I’ve also been hard at work to implement your feedback and suggestions. Thanks to everyone who has submitted bug reports and suggestions – Siralim Ultimate is a much better game with your help.
Since I just released a massive content patch for beta testers, a lot of you are probably wondering what I’m working on now. My most immediate concern is to get the Mac and Linux ports up and running. Alongside that, I’m working on getting some surveys ready to send out to our backers so you can finally submit your ideas for the game. I’ll have more details about these surveys in a future post. I’m also working on a new patch for the game. It won’t be anywhere near as large as the last several ones, but it’ll add some nice things to the game anyway. For example, I’m going to add in-game options that allow you to disable different types of floating battle text. You’ll be able to specifically hide text related to creatures taking damage, or being healed, or being afflicted with a debuff – pretty much any category you can think of can be disabled. For each of these text categories, you’ll be able to specify whether you want the text to appear for only your creatures, only your enemies, neither, or both. Regardless of how you configure these settings, all of this text will still appear in your battle history so you can go back and see what happened if you’re confused about something. This should speed up battles considerably, especially for players who rely on chaining a lot of effects together at once. I’m also working on a balance pass for master traits, god fight traits, and avatar traits. Lastly, I have a few smaller quality of life improvements in mind. I’m not sure when this patch will be ready but it shouldn’t take too long at all.
After beta ends, we’ll launch into Early Access on Steam. At that time, anyone will be able to purchase the game, even if they didn’t back the game on Kickstarter or through our PayPal shop. I still don’t have an exact date nailed down for Early Access yet, but it will most likely be in late February or early March. I don’t have an ETA for mobile and console releases at this time, but the plan is still to have those ready for 2021.
I know this year has been really bad for literally everyone – there were no winners in 2020, that’s for sure – and I hope this next year turns out better for all of us. Thank you all for sticking with the Siralim series and for putting so much trust in Thylacine Studios to deliver a great gaming experience. I can’t wait to release even more content for Siralim Ultimate and to get a finished game into your hands as soon as possible. I hope you all have a safe and happy new year!
Hey everyone, welcome back to the Thylacine Studios podcast! In this episode, I’m going to reveal the roadmap for Siralim Ultimate’s beta phase.
As you know, beta testing begins on November 12. If you’re already an alpha tester, nothing will change for you – you’ll be able to use the same Steam key for both alpha and beta, so you’ll be able to play the game like normal. If you’re waiting on a beta key, expect to see it in your e-mail by around 1pm or 2pm EST. The e-mail will contain all the information you need to learn how to activate your Steam key and start playing the game.
While we’re on this subject, I just want to thank all of our alpha testers for the valuable feedback they provided over the last couple months. With your help, the game is extremely stable right now, and honestly, I think from a gameplay perspective, it’s rock-solid as well. The only major complaint I saw during alpha testing was regarding realm properties, and after making a few adjustments to those, I really haven’t seen any core gameplay elements that players are unhappy with. That’s great news, since it means I can spend all my time on adding new content to the game rather than having to go back and re-do old gameplay systems.
So, with all of that said, let’s talk about what you can expect to see during beta testing. Now, keep in mind that I might not have time to fit all of this into beta – if that’s the case, you’ll see the rest of this content show up early on in the Early Access phase instead.
First, I’m going to add the Mailbox decoration to the game. Actually, I’m almost done with this one, so you can expect to see it very soon. The mailbox has two functions: first, it allows me to send you guys items and messages. When you load your save file, the game will retrieve messages and items from our server and you’ll be able to collect them by interacting with your mailbox. Generally, I’ll hand out items for special events or to celebrate things like the game’s launch. The other function the mailbox has is that it allows you to input codes, or passwords, or whatever you want to call them to receive items. You might be familiar with this functionality if you played Siralim 3 – it’ll work exactly like Blanche, where you input a code and you can receive an item. I’m planning to make the mailbox a lot more interesting than Blanche’s password system was, though, and I’m hoping to use it a lot more frequently. I have some fun ideas to weave backer content into it as well, but that’s a topic for another time.
Next, as you might have guessed based on our last major content patch, I’m working on the Gate of the Gods. The Gate of the Gods allows you to challenge any of the 21 gods to a fight. These are all really challenging fights, and you can choose the difficulty level you want to fight them at. In order to challenge a god to a fight, you’ll need to collect keys to the Gate of the Gods by either defeating Nether Bosses and collecting their key fragments, or by completing a new mission that rewards you with keys. After you defeat a god, you’ll gain Mana for it just like a normal creature. The higher the difficulty level you chose to fight the god at, the more mana you’ll receive. After you reach 100% Mana, you can summon that god’s Avatar, which is a creature that looks exactly like that god and has a really powerful trait. In addition, Avatars have an exclusive Ultimate Spell Gem. Ultimate Spell Gems only have 1 Charge, but they recharge after each battle. If you’re strategic enough, you can find ways to build your party around these Ultimate Spell Gems and allow your Avatar to cast these spells multiple times in battle. You can only have one Avatar in your party at a time, so you’ll need to choose wisely. Unlike in Siralim 3, there isn’t any infinite progression planned for Avatars – I don’t want them to get too out of control and make your other creatures obsolete this time. However, I will probably add some additional rewards for the Gate of the Gods in the future. Oh, and I almost forgot: you can fuse your Avatars as well!
Another major system I’ve been working on lately is the addition of Rodian Creature Masters. Each creature race has its own master, which is an NPC you’ll find in realms that uses creatures from that race. When you talk to them, they’ll challenge you to a battle. These are fairly challenging fights – they’re easier than Nether Bosses, but they’re still pretty tough. A master will spawn in every single realm, and the type of master that spawns is based on the creatures that can spawn in that realm – so for example, if you want to fight the Angel master, you might want to visit Surathli’s realm since Angels normally spawn there. There are a lot of achievements for defeating masters – in fact, you’ll earn an achievement for every single master for each kill up to 10 kills. In addition, each master has a chance to drop a race-specific trait material. These materials are really, really strong. A lot of you will probably end up building your entire team around them if you want. They all incentivize you to create a team of creatures that belong to that master’s specific race. As an example, the trait material for Apocalypses causes your Apocalypse creatures to act as if they take 2 turns at a time. That’s a really useful trait since it pretty much doubles the effectiveness of all your Apocalypses’ traits since their traits grow more powerful based on the number of turns they take. Each master also has an exclusive wardrobe costume for you to unlock, and these are all ridiculously cool because they’re basically sets of armor that are made out of body parts of creatures that belong to the master’s race. If you’ve played Monster Hunter before, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. Speaking of wardrobe costumes, after you defeat a master enough times, you’ll also unlock the ability to dress your character up as any creature from that master’s race. A lot of you have been asking for this for a long time now, and now you’ll finally be able to turn into a Dryad Raincaller or a Twisted Devil or whatever else you want. But that’s not all! Each time you defeat a master, you’ll also earn Mastery for that master’s race as well. Each point of mastery not only makes it easier for your creatures to kill enemies from that race, but it also empowers your own creatures from that race as well. There’s a cap of 50 Mastery per race, but that means you’d need to kill each master 50 times to hit the cap… so yeah, there’s realistically not a cap. Well, ok, I’ll probably regret saying that. Anyway, the final thing I want to mention about masters is that they’re entirely optional. There won’t be a realm quest to kill them, so you’ll never feel obligated to kill one if you don’t want to. There will be a Prophecy for these, but that’s it.
I’ve also been hard at work on new specializations. I’ve already designed the perks, Nieve has already finished the icons for the perks, and JC is working on costumes for them. I’m slowly chipping away at implementing them, and I will definitely add at least a few of them during beta. Some are really complex, while others are extremely straightforward. I think you guys are going to like them. They open up a lot of new playstyles, and some of them make you think about the game in a whole different way. You won’t be able to start the game as these new specializations because I don’t want to overwhelm new players with the ability to choose from 25, or even 30 specializations, so you’ll need to unlock these by completing a Project instead. Easy enough.
Creature Accessories are on the way as well. We don’t have too many yet – maybe 50 or so – but they look great so far. One example is a fiery aura that can be placed behind your creatures. I want to stress that accessories are just for looks, but they look really great and I think you guys will have fun customizing your creatures with them. You probably won’t find accessories in normal loot – they’ll probably be given to you as rewards for doing really crazy things, or maybe I’ll add a few to some of the game’s shops.
Another thing that I want to work on is adding more Nether Realms to the game. I think there are only what, 1 or 2 right now? Maybe 3? I don’t remember. I have plans for at least 20 more, so I’d like to start adding a few of those whenever I can to shake things up. I’m sure you guys are sick of running into the same Nether Realms over and over again.
Lastly, I want to talk about something that is probably kind of boring for most of you, but it relates to the Mac, Linux, mobile, and console versions of the game. For some insane reason, GameMaker (the engine that Siralim Ultimate was created with) updated to a new version that pretty much changes the way the entire engine works. It’s ridiculous, really. It’s like learning a whole new game engine. Luckily, it will try to convert old games to the new version, but Siralim Ultimate is absolutely massive – far larger than the average game made with GameMaker, if not THE largest game – so this is going to be a ton of work to get everything running smoothly and to iron out all the bugs. Normally, I simply wouldn’t upgrade GameMaker to the newest version so I could just ignore this issue entirely, but until I do this, I can’t release the game on any platform other than Windows – it’s a long and boring story about why that’s the case, but that’s just how it is. So, I’m going to need to take some time – hopefully only a week or so – and get all of that working. At that point, I can finally release Mac and Linux ports for everyone. I’m sorry for the delay on these – I definitely would have had them out by now if it weren’t for the issue with GameMaker.
Anyway, I do have a few more surprises planned for beta, but I’m not 100% sure if I can make them happen yet so I won’t reveal what they are just yet. That should do it for this episode. I hope you’re as excited as I am about what’s on the horizon for Siralim Ultimate! I’ll see you guys next time.