Happy New Year! 2019 Retrospective

A Look Back at 2019

I hope you all had a fantastic year! This year was another busy one for us. Let’s take a look at what happened in 2019, and then talk about what we can all look forward to in 2020.

 

Siralim Ultimate was announced!

The latest installment of the Siralim series was announced last month, and I can’t wait to dive deeper into all of its features in upcoming blog posts. This is our most ambitious game yet, and I’m very excited for players to try it out in just a few months from now.

 

Siralim 3 was released on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4!

This year marked the first time we’ve ever released a game on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One. Playing my own game on a Nintendo platform was a childhood dream come true. I was very happy to be able to get our cross-platform cloud saving functionality working on the Switch as well.

I also did an AMA on /r/NintendoSwitch. You might find some of those answers interesting if you’re into that kind of thing.

 

Siralim 3 was released in physical format for PlayStation 4!

Limited Run Games once again helped us out by publishing physical copies of Siralim 3 on PS4. Hope you managed to grab a copy for your collection before they sold out!

 

 

We launched a new merchandise shop!

Earlier this year, we revamped our merchandise shop and launched a whole new line of products, including mugs, phone cases, posters, and much more! Keep an eye out for Siralim Ultimate merchandise in the near future as well.

 

Project Bestiary started and ended

We started a podcast about monster catching games called Project Bestiary. The podcast ran for a total of 20 episodes, but I decided to put this project on an indefinite hiatus so that I could dedicate more time to making games. I still haven’t decided if/when the podcast will make its return, but I hope everyone enjoyed it while it lasted! The episodes are still available on the Project Bestiary website, so check them out if you haven’t done so already.

Project Bestiary

 

Creature of the Day started and ended

Every single day on Facebook and Twitter, we posted a “Creature of the Day” image that featured a randomly-selected creature’s lore, stats, trait, and a custom drawing of that creature. Now that the year is over, however, I have decided to stop releasing Creatures of the Day. I’m afraid that such constant spamming annoys a lot of people, not to mention it clutters our social media pages and makes it difficult to find important information such as game announcements. While I’m sad to see this feature go away, I hope you enjoyed it while it lasted!

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What’s in store for 2020

Siralim Ultimate Kickstarter

We’re going to launch a Kickstarter for Siralim Ultimate in early 2020. All the proceeds from this Kickstarter will be fed back into the game to add even more content and polish to it. It will also give players the opportunity to add their own ideas to the game!

 

Siralim Ultimate will be released on Steam, iOS, and Android!

This game is shaping up to be absolutely massive. It’s going to have more content than all three of the previous Siralim games combined, and I know you’re going to love it. And with your help, we’re going to make it even better.

We also look forward to bringing Siralim Ultimate to consoles in 2021.

 

Trial of the Gods: A Siralim Collectible Card Game

Yes, we finally have a name for our upcoming digital card game: Trial of the Gods! Jay and I have been play-testing it for a few weeks now, and it’s an absolute blast to play. We’re almost done with the trailer, so you can look forward to that in just a few weeks from now, as well as a full feature announcement. We’ll also have a few blog posts dedicated to this game before it releases on Early Access. We’re currently targeting early February for Early Access on Steam. It will make its way to iOS and Android later in 2020 as well, but we’re still not sure if it will come to consoles yet.

 

And a quick note about The Negative

Right now, my full focus is on development for Siralim Ultimate and Trial of the Gods. For that reason, The Negative is once again on the back-burner so I can fully dedicate myself to my other games. I realize this is disappointing news for some people, but the truth of that matter is that I’m still not 100% satisfied with the direction The Negative was heading in. I’m going to need to re-visit it at a later time with a clear mind and try to re-think some of its core gameplay mechanics. This is an extremely personal game for me as it’s a gamified representation of my own philosophies and ideals, so it’s very important that I do it all the right way.

Just to be clear: The Negative is not canceled.

 

Thank you!

I can’t thank you all enough for yet another year of your support. It is absolutely humbling to watch so many players interact with each other and discuss their love for the Siralim games. Your passion is what drives me and the rest of the team to work as hard as we possibly can to continue delivering deep, engaging gameplay experiences to you.

I hope you and your family have a happy and safe New Year! 2020 is going to be our biggest year so far, and I can’t wait to show you all the amazing things we’ve been working on.

– Zack Bertok

Siralim Ultimate – Dev Blog: Artifacts

Welcome to the final dev blog post for the year! I hope everyone had an excellent 2019 – and if you didn’t, let’s look forward to next year instead. Keep an eye out for tomorrow’s New Year’s Eve roundup where I’ll discuss what’s in store for Thylacine Studios in 2020!

In this post, we’ll take a look at how Artifacts work in Siralim Ultimate. While their core functionality remains the same as in the previous Siralim games, Artifacts come with a lot of quality of life improvements in Ultimate that should make them feel drastically different from before.

Forging an Artifact

The first step to acquiring an Artifact is to forge one at the blacksmith.

This is the only way to obtain an Artifact in Siralim Ultimate. In previous games, you could sometimes find them in treasure chests and other sources of loot, but that idea didn’t really work out very well in the end. Players ended up with hundreds of pages of useless Artifacts in their inventories, which made inventory management a total nightmare. Aside from that, it caused some serious performance issues when players refused to ever salvage their Artifacts. I always wanted Artifacts to have a “Diablo” feel to them, with the hope that you’d stumble across a really powerful Artifact with just the right properties to suit your needs… but Siralim is a bit too complex for that type of system to work out in the end. For that reason, I have decided to make Artifacts a “craft-only” item in Siralim Ultimate.

You’ll start by choosing from 1 of 5 different types of Artifacts to craft: Swords, Staves (Staffs), Shields, Boots, and Helmets. The type of Artifact you choose determines its first property, much like it did in the previous games. Each Artifact corresponds to a different stat:

  • Swords boost Attack.
  • Staves boost Intelligence.
  • Shields boost Defense.
  • Boots boost Speed.
  • Helmets boost Health.

The type of Artifact you choose also determines something else, but I’ll explain more about that in the next section.

Upgrading an Artifact

Artifacts now have something called a “Tier”. Each Artifact will start at Tier 1, and you can upgrade them to a maximum of Tier 50 by spending resources at the blacksmith. Here’s what this new Tier system does:

  • Every few Tiers, your Artifact will gain a new “slot”. You can add a property to these slots which makes the Artifact more powerful. There are many different types of slots:
    • Stat Slots are the most basic, and grant boosts to creature stats such as Attack and Defense. Each Artifact starts with one of these slots.
    • Trick Slots are a little more advanced, and grant your Artifacts all kinds of interesting effects such as a chance to debuff an enemy when your creatures attack.
    • Trait Slots grant your creature a new trait.
    • Spell Slots allow you to socket a Spell Gem into the Artifact. This spell has a chance to be cast automatically under certain conditions. The type of Artifact you chose determines how the spell will be cast. For example, Swords give your creatures a chance to cast the spell when they attack, while Shields give your creatures a chance to cast the spell when they defend. In other words, Spell Slots replace the “Awakening” system from Siralim 3.
  • Each Tier determines the potency of all the Artifact’s properties. For example, a Tier 1 Artifact with the “Chance to Inflict Fear On Hit” might have a 15% chance for this effect to occur, but the chance might go up to 30% by the time an Artifact reaches Tier 20. In other words, this system replaces the blacksmith’s “Reforging” function from previously games, effectively removing the frustrating, random nature of Artifacts and giving players a steadier sense of progression.
  • Every 10 Tiers, your Artifact’s icon will change to make it look a bit more prestigious and powerful.

Socketing an Artifact

While the enchanter handled the process of adding new properties to Artifacts in previous games, the blacksmith will be your go-to NPC for all things related to Artifacts in Siralim Ultimate. For that reason, the concept of “Enchanting” has been renamed to “Socketing”, and is now performed at the blacksmith. This system works exactly the same way as in previous Siralim games: you’ll bring an Artifact to the blacksmith, select a property slot you’d like to add a property to, and as long as you have enough resources and materials, that property will be added to your Artifact. Easy enough.

One interesting thing to note is that all crafting materials have unique icons now. Believe it or not, this addition to the game makes it feel much more rewarding when you find materials in treasure chests and other sources of loot.

Unsocketing an Artifact

As you can probably guess, “Unsocketing” allows you to remove a property from an Artifact. This functionality works the same way as it did in Siralim 3, except it is now performed at the blacksmith.

Branding an Artifact

Just like in Siralim 3, you can rename your Artifacts in Siralim Ultimate.

Salvaging an Artifact

You can salvage your unwanted Artifacts and receive some resources in exchange for them. I’m not sure if this feature will stay in the game for release, though, because I have a feeling you’re not going to have too many unwanted Artifacts since you won’t be finding them in the wild anymore.

The Fate of Itherian Artifacts

Itherian Artifacts are gone. It was really difficult to tell if an Artifact contained an “Itherian Trait” or not, and obviously, they wouldn’t work well with the new system anyway. In their place, you can now find legendary crafting materials that don’t correspond to a creature. In other words, the spirit of Itherian Artifacts will remain intact, but they’ll be less frustrating and more rewarding when you find them.

 


FAQs

Q. [Artifacts] There were 20+ types of Artifacts in Siralim 3. Why did you remove so many of them in Siralim Ultimate?

A. Such a large number of Artifact types was simply unnecessary. It led to an overwhelming number of options, and caused the loot table to feel cluttered as well. Now, your Artifacts will start out feeling pretty basic, and will grow in complexity over time as you learn more about the game. Aside from that, limiting the amount of Artifact types opens up some interesting design space for trait and spell interaction. For example, a certain trait might empower Boots, incentivizing players to consider giving all their creatures Boots.

 

Q. [Artifacts] If I unsocket a material from an Artifact, do I get to keep the material?

A. No.

 

Q. [Fusion] If I fuse two creatures together, can I fuse the offspring with another creature and continue fusing over and over again?

A. No. You can’t fuse a creature that has already been fused before.


Please note that nothing mentioned in this blog post is finalized. I reserve the right to change or remove anything mentioned in this post at any time. If you’re reading this post after the game has already launched, your best bet is to forget everything you just read because very few of the things I write about will remain untouched in the final product.

Siralim Ultimate – Dev Blog: Fusion and Other Things

Welcome back to another development blog post for Siralim Ultimate! In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the mechanics of the Fusion system.

How Fusion Works

Fusion is a straightforward process. First, you will choose two creatures from your stables to fuse together. After that, you’ll choose from 1 of 4 appearances for the resulting creature to have. These appearances take Parent A’s “model” and apply Parent B’s color palette to that model, as you can see in the screenshots below.

Note that these fusion outcomes aren’t final yet – I’m still tweaking the code that is responsible for creating fusion appearances, and everything will probably look much better by the time the game launches. With that said, having a dud or two with some combinations is most likely inevitable.

 

 

 

 

You can change your fused creatures’ appearances at any time. I also want to note that fusion does affect each creature’s overworld sprite (the ones you can see when you walk around in the world), but it’s really hard to show those in screenshots because they’re so small.

The resulting creature will have the average base stats of its parents. For example, if Parent A’s base Attack is 20 and Parent B’s base Attack is 10, the offspring will have a base Attack of 15.

The resulting creature will inherit both traits from its parents. This means that a fused creature has 2 traits, along with an additional trait from their Artifacts for a total of 3 traits per creature.

The resulting creature will have Parent A’s race and Parent B’s class. That means you can end up with a Berserker Fiend (normally a Chaos creature) that belongs to the Life class, for example.

You can only fuse a creature once.

I also think that it’s interesting to note that fusion will be available to players toward the start of the game, so you can start experimenting with this system almost immediately!


Other New Things in Siralim Ultimate

I know this post is significantly shorter than last week’s post, but that merely highlights the beauty of fusion: it’s straightforward and easy to understand, but it also gives players an insane amount of room for customization. With that said, I figured this would be a good post to reveal a few smaller features that wouldn’t fit in with other blog posts.

Creatures can have 1 of 20 different personalities in Siralim Ultimate. A creature’s personality dictates its stat growth rates for each stat, while also affecting some other parts of the game such as flavor text. For example, a Lazy creature has additional Health, but less Attack than other creatures. You can change a creature’s personality at any time by using various consumable items on them. Personalities change your creatures’ stats retroactively – that way, you won’t feel like you did something wrong if you level up your creatures with a non-optimal personality.

The concept of “pending” items from Siralim 3 doesn’t exist in Ultimate. Now, you’ll gain an item find bonus called Fortune that stacks up to 5 times for each realm quest you complete. If you die, the bonus is reset. That’s the new death penalty.

In Siralim 3, there was a limit to the amount of stats a creature could gain in battle: after a creature reached 500% of its starting Attack, for example, it wouldn’t go up anymore. In Siralim Ultimate, there is no longer a hard cap on stats, but instead, the stats your creatures gain past the 500% mark will be reduced by diminishing returns. It’s more fun that way, and should make the stat-boosting archetype more viable.

 


FAQs from Last Week’s Post

Q. I’m concerned about the new Summon Meter system you mentioned in the last dev blog. If I want to stockpile a certain creature and summon a bunch of them, I’ll need to run back and forth from a realm to the summoning brazier.

A. I strongly doubt you’re going to feel the need to “stockpile” the same exact creature like you probably wanted to in Siralim 3. There’s really no reason to have multiple copies of the same creature in this game. First of all, the nature of the Fusion system ensures that you won’t need duplicate creatures to try to get different creatures like you did with the breeding system in Siralim 3. Aside from that, the ability to sacrifice a creature to obtain knowledge doesn’t exist in Ultimate (which I’ll discuss more about in a future blog post dedicated to Knowledge). At the absolute worst, you might want 1-2 extra copies of a creature to use their traits in your party, but that’s a matter of only a few extra minutes of your time and doesn’t really necessitate a change to the whole summoning system. If I turn out to be wrong, I’ll gladly re-visit this idea, but please wait until you get a chance to play the game to see if this is even an issue.

 

Q. Will you add an auto-summoning feature to summon creatures immediately after my summon meter is filled?

A. No. Aside from everything I mentioned above, you earn bonus Knowledge while a creature’s summon meter is filled, so to add any sort of auto-summoning feature would be pointless since that’s not necessarily an optimal way to play at all.

 

Q. I heard that Singular creatures don’t exist in Siralim Ultimate. Why?

A. Singular creatures were an interesting addition to Siralim 3, but it would conflict with the new summoning system and fusion system in Siralim Ultimate. I understand that some people prefer Singulars over Fusion, but that’s simply the reality of making big changes from game to game. I’m confident that Fusion will be both rewarding and satisfying enough to offset the loss of Singulars. With that said, I’m still thinking of different ways to bring back the feeling of stumbling upon a rare creature in the wild to deliver the same thrill that Singulars gave you, but I have nothing to announce about that yet.


Please note that nothing mentioned in this blog post is finalized. I reserve the right to change or remove anything mentioned in this post at any time. If you’re reading this post after the game has already launched, your best bet is to forget everything you just read because very few of the things I write about will remain untouched in the final product.

Siralim Ultimate – Dev Blog: Acquiring Creatures in Siralim Ultimate

Welcome to the first of many development blog posts for Siralim Ultimate! Each week, I’ll focus on one main feature of Siralim Ultimate and take a deep dive on its related game mechanics to give you a better idea about what to expect. I’ll also try to end each blog post with a list of frequently asked questions that some of you came up with on Discord and social media. My goal is to make Siralim Ultimate’s development process as transparent as possible. With all of that said – enjoy!

In today’s post, I want to talk about the way creatures are acquired in Siralim Ultimate. But, before I get started, I want to talk about what I dislike about the way creatures are acquired in the previous Siralim games.

Extraction, Cores, and Breeding

In Siralims 1 and 2, players used the “Extract” command on an enemy to hopefully obtain a Core that belonged to that creature. The more damage the enemy had taken, the greater your chance to obtain its Core. This Core could be taken to the summoning brazier in Siralim to summon the creature contained in that Core. In Siralim 3, this formula changed slightly – the chance to obtain a Core was no longer dependent on how much damage the enemy had taken, but instead it was based on how much Knowledge you had about that creature.

This system has a lot of problems. Here are a few:

  • Many players preferred to create teams of creatures that could defeat enemies before they even took a single turn in battle. This means that some players never had the opportunity to Extract from an enemy because they killed the enemies at the start of battle. This caused some players to intentionally weaken their team to ensure that they wouldn’t kill enemies too quickly, which feels really bad.
  • Extraction consumed your creatures’ turns, which feels awful when you’ve fine-tuned your entire team to work together in a specific order. Aside from that, it sometimes feels tedious to scroll down to the “Extract” command and then target a specific creature to obtain its Core. This might seem like a minor issue, but it really does interrupt gameplay when you’re “in the zone”.
  • Cores had no other uses outside of summoning creatures. Many players had thousands of Cores in their inventories, and they didn’t serve any real purpose. Outside of the gameplay issues this presents, it also impacted game performance, bloated save file sizes, and much more.
  • The system simply wasn’t interesting. It was a glorified Pokemon catching system with the added step of summoning the creature in your castle.

There are plenty more issues with the Extraction system, but the point of this post isn’t to convince you that it needs to change, so let’s move on.

Another way to obtain new creatures (especially in Siralim 3) was through the breeding system. Players could either find breeding recipes to obtain a certain creature, or experiment with their creatures and see what they could come up with on their own. I like this system a lot. It’s reminiscent of Dragon Warrior Monsters which is what Siralim is inspired by, after all.

(To be clear, this is a screenshot of Siralim 2’s breeding system in action.)

The problem is that there wasn’t a very good “secondary effect” for breeding. Heredity just isn’t interesting. And, to make matters worse, most players don’t understand how Heredity works anyway. It’s an extremely complex game mechanic, which is fine… but the reward just isn’t that noticeable, so why bother figuring it out? The end result is that breeding feels like it was very much forced into the game. That’s why I replaced it with the new Fusion system (which you can read about in my original announcement post for Siralim Ultimate), which I’ll discuss in a future dev blog post.

The Summon Meter

With all of that said, here’s how you’ll primarily obtain creatures in Siralim Ultimate:

At any time, you can open up your Creature Bestiary to view information about all the creatures you’ve discovered in Siralim Ultimate. You can review their stats, traits, read their lore, and much more. But, aside from all of that, each creature now also has a “Summon Meter” next to its name. After you kill an enemy in battle, the energy in that Summon Meter will increase. Most creatures will fill their meters up to 100% after only one kill, but some others (particularly event creatures and things like that) might take a few extra kills.

(See those meters that say “0%” next to each creature? Kill those creatures to fill up the Summon Meter and you can summon that creature!)

Once the meter reaches 100%, you can visit your summoning brazier in Siralim and summon that creature. At that point, the meter will reset to 0% again, and you’ll need to kill that creature again if you want to obtain another one. Alternatively, you can leave this meter at 100% in order to gain bonus Knowledge whenever you kill that same creature again. This incentivizes players to keep their meters at 100% instead of making them feel obligated to summon the creature without another thought.

The new system is easy to understand, convenient, and ties in with the Knowledge system to make for a smoother, more streamlined gameplay experience. As you might have guessed, this means that the “Extract” command has been removed from battle. In addition, “Core” and “Egg” items do not exist in Siralim Ultimate as they are no longer necessary with the new system.

Other Ways to Acquire Creatures in Siralim Ultimate

That’s not the only way to obtain creatures, of course. There are over 1000 creatures in this game, and it would be ridiculous to expect you to wait around for your favorite creature to spawn so that you can kill it and summon it. Here’s a brief overview of how you’ll obtain other creatures as well:

  • There are 21 gods, and as your Favor Rank increases with each one, you’ll be able to purchase new creatures from them. Each god will eventually offer 10 creatures, so the gods will account for 210 creatures in total.
  • Each realm has new objects that cause you to fight against a certain creature race. For example, you can now find Im Caves in Meraxis’ realm which will pit you against creatures from the Imler and Imling races. This means that if you want to obtain some Imlers or Imlings, you should visit Meraxis’ realm for a guaranteed chance to fight against them and fill up your summon meters for those creatures. Each realm has anywhere between 1 to 3 of these race-specific objects, so roughly 200-250 creatures will be easily obtainable in this way.
  • Some creatures must be purchased, such as the Alementals from the Tavern or the Constructs from the Arena.
  • Some creatures are obtained by completing side quests – most notably, this is how you’ll obtain all the Godspawns in the game.
  • The rest of the creatures in the game (roughly half of them) must be obtained using the new “Summon Meter” system.
  • There are a few other ways to obtain some rare creatures as well, but obviously, that would be a spoiler.

What do you think about the new system for acquiring creatures in Siralim Ultimate? I think it will take a lot of tedium out of the game and provide for a smoother, more satisfying gameplay experience. As an added bonus, it will cut down on inventory clutter with the removal of Cores and Eggs.

I’m keen to hear your feedback and answer any questions you have about the new summoning system. I’ll post the most frequently asked questions and answers at the end of next week’s blog post as well.


FAQs

Most of these questions are related to the Kickstarter, since that’s the only thing I’ve posted about so far.

Q. I’m afraid that the game will be imbalanced if players are allowed to design their own traits and spells. What do you have to say about that?

A. Players won’t be able to blindly design a trait or spell with the guarantee that it will be implemented. I’ll do my best to make sure everyone gets what they want, but I won’t sacrifice the game’s balance for it. I’ll work with backers to ensure that their creations fit well with the game and won’t completely break it. Nothing to worry about!

 

Q. Will you launch Siralim Ultimate on consoles at the same time as on Steam?

A. No. Console launch will come long after the Steam release. I’m the only developer and programmer for these games, so I can’t possibly handle a simultaneous launch, especially since consoles are so much more difficult to work with. Steam will come first, and then mobile, and then the consoles – one at a time. I know that’s not what some of you want to hear, but it’s the only realistic way to handle a game launch as a one-man band. It’ll cut down on bugs and make for a better game in the end.

 

Q. What about physical rewards, such as art books, plushes, t-shirts, etc?

A. I’m not planning to offer physical rewards for this Kickstarter campaign. I want all the money to go directly toward the game. It’s what the players deserve. With that said, I respect that some people want to get their hands on some Siralim merchandise, and I will definitely keep that feedback in mind as I continue to expand our merchandise store in the near future!

 

Q. Will you offer any exclusive in-game content to backers?

A. No, because it feels really bad to miss out on exclusive content and I want everyone to have access to the same game content regardless of whether or not they backed our Kickstarter or not.


Please note that nothing mentioned in this blog post is finalized. I reserve the right to change or remove anything mentioned in this post at any time. If you’re reading this post after the game has already launched, your best bet is to forget everything you just read because very few of the things I write about will remain untouched in the final product.

Introducing our newest game, Siralim Ultimate!

I am extremely excited to announce the latest game in the Siralim series: Siralim Ultimate!

(I know the title of this game might be a bit confusing for some people, so I’ll just come out and say it now: Siralim Ultimate is essentially Siralim 4. I decided to go with a different naming scheme this time around for a variety of reasons.)

In early 2020, I will launch a Kickstarter for Siralim Ultimate with the hope that I can acquire enough funding to add even more content to it and support it for a long time to come. The Kickstarter campaign will also give dedicated fans a chance to shape the development of the game. I’ll provide more information about the Kickstarter in a few months.

Let’s not waste any more time. I’m sure you want to hear about the main features of the game, so let’s get started:

Fuse your creatures together.

The breeding system from previous games is long gone. Now, you can fuse two creatures together instead. The resulting creature not only inherits the traits and stats from both parents, it also inherits their visual properties as well.

Seriously, this is the best thing that has ever happened to the Siralim series. With over 4 million different appearances available, no two players will have a team that looks the same.

(The resulting creature receives the average amount of its parents’ stats and experience points, along with both of their traits. You can’t fuse a creature that has already been fused once before, so choose the parents wisely!)

(You can choose from one of four different appearances for your new creature. I’ve wasted countless hours checking out all the different combinations of creatures I have in my stables. The choices that are offered to you are based on the “model” of Parent A, and the color scheme of Parent B.)

Choose a specialization for your character.

Learn perks that are exclusive to your specialization to change the way your creatures fight in battle. Will you be a Necromancer and raise an army of minions (minions are an all-new battle mechanic, by the way) to fight alongside your creatures? Perhaps you’d rather go it alone with only one or two creatures in your party as a lone wolf-style Druid. Or maybe you’re prefer to manipulate healing effects to cause massive damage to your enemies as an Inquisitor. There are 15 specializations for you to choose from, and each specialization has at least 15 perks for you to level up.

(This is a description of the “Hell Knight” specialization. Each specialization has a unique costume. Of course, there are hundreds of alternative costumes to collect as well.)

(Can you guess what this specialization is called?)

Customize your castle.

This time, the kingdom of Siralim (yes, we’re back in Siralim again) is truly your own. There are thousands of decorations to collect, along with dozens of tilesets for you to customize your castle and make it look exactly the way you want. Many decorations do something special when you interact with them. I also hope to add a way to allow you to visit other players’ castles, but I can’t promise anything on that end just yet.

(Note: these aren’t actual screenshots – they’re mockups, and they are not reflective of the actual castle layout.)

(Note 2: those aren’t actually creatures depicted in the screenshot. They’re plushes. There’s a plush you can collect for each creature race!)

 

Revamped graphics.

Every creature from the previous Siralim games has been completely redrawn. In previous Siralim games, many creature races contained a bunch of re-colored creatures without any other obvious differences, and that problem has been solved in Siralim Ultimate.

In addition, several other visual components of the game have been revamped, such as the battle backgrounds.

(Doomguards always looked too similar to each other. They’re much more diverse now, and look way better than before!)

(Some creatures needed some serious help. I always thought Golems looked pretty bad… so this race, along with several others, were overhauled from the ground up. This is the Haunted Golem.)

(What do you think about the new Brim Smith?)

All-new user interface.

We all know that the Siralim games are extremely deep. For that reason, I felt that the user interface could use some serious love to make the entire game feel more accessible. The new UI features thousands of icons to make information more readable and visually appealing. Functionally, the UI is more streamlined and easier to use, and includes a plethora of quality-of-life features such as on-the-fly sorting and filtering for all menus.

(This is the new and improved Bestiary interface. I wonder what those empty bars that say “0%” are for…)

(Oh, by the way – legendary crafting materials all have unique icons now.)

(The inventory UI isn’t quite finished yet, but it’s coming along nicely. You can press the F key at any time to change the way your items are sorted.)

Over 300 new creatures to collect.

Most of these creatures belong to new races, while there are a few additions to old races as well.

(This creature belongs to the new “Sea Shambler” race. It was designed and drawn by Unagio Lucio.)

(This creature belongs to the new “Cockatrice” race, and was also drawn by Unagio Lucio.)

(Whoa.)

6 new realms to explore, and 6 new gods to meet.

This brings the total number of realms and gods to a whopping 21. In addition, old realms have a few new objects to shake things up a bit.

(This realm is called Bastion of the Void. It is comprised of shadows… some of which have come to life to wreak havoc on your party.)

(This realm is called Titan’s Wound. It is comprised of nothing but blood, bone, and flesh. You can pop zits to earn resources, which I believe is a first for the gaming industry.)

 

Over 100 new spells.

Along with these new spells, there are several new Spell Gem properties. One property is called “Magnetic”, which increases the spell’s potency for each other gem of the same type your creatures have equipped. Another property, “Singular”, increases a gem’s power for each empty Spell Gem slot the caster has.

The Spell Gem system has also been completely overhauled, but that’s a topic for another time…

 

Visit the Menagerie.

Your castle has a facility called the Menagerie, where you can interact with your creatures directly. You can feed them, talk to them, and even send them out on missions. Your creatures will also have one of 20 different personalities which affects their in-game dialog, among other things. I want players to feel a bit more emotionally invested in their creatures than in previous games, and the Menagerie is where that will happen.

 

Tons of side quests.

One of the most prominent pieces of feedback I received about Siralim 3 is that many Godspawn creatures were frustratingly rare. In Siralim Ultimate, you will unlock each of these creatures via optional side quests instead. There will be plenty of other side quests as well, all of which will grant precious rewards.

 

A dynamic world.

Siralim Ultimate features an insane amount of in-game events. New creatures will be released frequently after launch, and there will be plenty of holidays (both small and large in scale) to ensure that there’s always something new for you to do when you play. In fact, there’s so much going on that we’ve added an in-game calendar to help you keep track of when these events will occur!

 

Tons of post-launch content.

I hope to support Siralim Ultimate with massive content updates for at least a year after it is released. I have so many ideas for future content that it’s actually kind of ridiculous. The better our Kickstarter performs, the more content we’ll release for Siralim Ultimate!

 

As endless as ever.

If you thought the previous Siralim games had a lot of content, Siralim Ultimate will blow you away with its diverse and limitless post-story content. I can’t get into too many details about this quite yet, but keep an eye on this blog as I continue to reveal new features over time!

 


FAQs

Are you excited? I’m sure you have a lot of questions about the game, so I’ve prepared a preemptive list of FAQs to tackle some of your most likely concerns. For everything else, please keep an eye on this blog, as I will release frequent development updates to reveal new features and dive deeper into some of the ones I’ve already mentioned.

I’ve also opened up a new category to discuss the game on Discord, so if you haven’t already joined us on there, now is the time to do so!

 

Q. When will Siralim Ultimate be released?

A. I don’t have a firm date to announce yet, but the game has been in development for a long time and we’re getting closer to a point where it can be shared with the public. I’m hoping to launch a Kickstarter in March 2020 and provide backers with a demo version of the game at that point. Closed beta testing (again, for backers) will follow shortly after that, and then I hope to release it on Steam Early Access by June. Of course, I’m absolutely terrible at predicting release dates, so keep that in mind. In the meantime, I’m excited to share more details about the game with you on this blog!

 

Q. What platforms will Siralim Ultimate be released on?

A. Steam (Windows, Mac, Linux), iOS, Android, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

 

Q. How much will it cost?

A. I haven’t decided on this yet. It will either be $14.99 USD or $19.99 USD on Steam. I haven’t even thought about pricing on the other platforms yet.

 

Q. When Siralim Ultimate is released on other platforms, will I be able to transfer my save files like I could in the previous Siralim games?

A. Yes, with the exceptions of PS4 and Xbox – I’m not 100% sure that I can support save transfers for those platforms yet.

 

Q. Why are you going to use Kickstarter this time?

A. The cost to create Siralim Ultimate is about 300% more than all three of the previous Siralim games combined. While the Kickstarter isn’t an absolute requirement for me to finish this game, it will certainly help quite a bit. It will also give players the opportunity to add their own ideas to the game, such as creatures, spells, decorations, and more.

 

Q. Who is working on Siralim Ultimate?

A. I’ve had a lot of help from several people – many of whom are part of the Siralim community.

Mario (Umaro) and Sergio have written some wonderful lore for all the new creatures in the game, just like they did for Siralim 3. In addition, they are writing the game’s story this time around. The story is a lot more complex and deeper than in previous Siralim games.

Nieve (gay monster aunt) drew the thousands of icons and other art that you’ll find in the new user interface. In addition, she drew all the decorations and tilesets that you can use to customize your castle.

Erin (Unagio Lucio) designed and drew several new races of creature, including the Amphisbaenas, Cockatrices, Crabsters, Sea Shamblers, Snaptraps, and Sparktails.

JC Malapit drew a lot of miscellaneous art for the game, such as the all-new gambling dwarf games (which are much more fun in Siralim Ultimate!).

Studio Oray is a team of artists who re-drew all the old creatures, all 6 new realm tilesets, over 100 new NPC sprites, and much more.

Joshua Queen provided us with over 300 new sound effects and 12 new songs that are sure to get stuck in your head long after you take a break from playing.

Janette Ramos drew the title screen art and app icon. This is my favorite title screen art for any of the Siralim games, and I was sure that Siralim 3’s art would be impossible to beat.

Rachel (RacieB) re-drew a few of the old creatures from previous Siralim games – most notably, the salamanders and gargoyles.

Alongside their primary roles, many of these people have provided valuable feedback and suggestions (in other words, they bluntly told me that some of my ideas were bad, and also came up with some great ideas of their own) which is sure to create a better game from the very beginning.

 

Q. What about The Negative and the Siralim CCG?

A. I’ll have more to announce about those games in a few weeks!


Thank you all for your continued support! With your help, the Siralim series can only get better. Stay tuned for regular development blog posts to learn more about the game in the months leading up to release!