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Cornerstone: The Song of Tyrim – Vehicles

by on Apr.06, 2016, under Cornerstone, developer diary, featured

Cornerstone contains a number of different playable vehicles that Tyrim uses to get around. Some of them he even crafts himself!

 

Hang glider

Sick of falling? Craft a hang glider to make otherwise treacherous jumps and insure a soft landing!  Just stock up on wool and you’ll be good to go. This will be the first new mode of travel you’ll encounter in the game.  Make good use of it!

 

Raft

An old carpenter made plans for seaworthy vessels and this is his most compact one yet!  You’ll need this to start your journey out to the other islands, so that you can eventually upgrade to…

 

The Mad Goat

Like father like son. The son of the designer of your raft has made plans for a truly seaworthy voyager.  Equipped with a garden where you can grow food and medicine, you will not worry about starvation or sickness as you sail the seas of Nygard.  This vessel will stay with you throughout the rest of your adventure, no rebuilding necessary!  But first, you have to retrieve those plans from your old “friends”, the Rocklovers.

 

Windsurfer

The desert can be wide and empty.  Perfect place to shred some grains as you ride Mokaga’s trademark (patent pending) windsurfers through the dunes and canyons.  Use the dust devils for extra boost but be careful of the explosive flora that can ruin your flow! Comes in 2 flavors: personal and cargo.  Personal windsurfer blueprints can be found at the local shops; there’s one conveniently located on the Mokaga pier. Enjoy!

 

Mine cart

What’s a mine without carts to re-enact Temple of Doom in?  The mine cart system of Dune is in need of some repair but you can still get some short thrills zooming down a stretch or two, and even use them for some creative problem solving! But don’t forget to mind the gap.

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Cornerstone: The Song of Tyrim Developer Diary: Monsters

by on Mar.25, 2016, under Cornerstone, developer diary, featured

Learn more about the design and changes in development for some of the unique monsters and enemies Tyrim will encounter in Nygard,

 

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Cornerstone: The Song of Tyrim – Explore the Islands of Nygard!

by on Mar.17, 2016, under Cornerstone, developer diary, featured

Cornerstone: The Song of Tyrim is set in the world of Nygard, where Tyrim will explore 8 unique islands on his quest. Let’s take a closer look at some of them!

 

Borja

Tyrim’s quest begins on his home island of Borja, where the Vikings live. A lush and green island, it was originally called Borjana in the game and was listed as such on the map for most of development. Only the village was called Borja.  It ended up getting too confusing because the “na” just wasn’t enough to distinguish them clearly in conversation, so now the island and village share the name of Borja.

 

Rockwell

The dwelling place of the mysterious Rock-lovers, Rockwell is an underground stronghold and library where Tyrim must sneak carefully to avoid detection and travel vertically to explore the full island.

Above ground on the island are fiery exploding skeletons. Testing this section proved quite challenging for QA, leading to giving players more of a heads up about the upcoming explosions so the section was a little more forgiving!

Himama

Himama is a smaller outpost island with connections to the island of Himalu, and currently inhabited by bandits!

Mokaga

A large desert island, Mokaga is littered with ancient ruins, huge bones bleached in the sun, and small villages built around oases.

Here, Tyrim travels through the dunes on his windsurfer!

The Veil

Mystery shrouds this mysterious, misty island…

 

 

 

 

 

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Cornerstone: The Song of Tyrim Developer Diary: Islands

by on Mar.09, 2016, under Cornerstone, developer diary, featured

The world of Nygard is made up of eight islands that Tyrim visits on his quest. Get a closer look at each and hear what inspired the designers to create these eight very different locations!

Cornerstone releases of April 26th–pre-order today and save 20%!

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Cornerstone: The Song of Tyrim Character Sketches

by on Mar.02, 2016, under Cornerstone, developer diary, featured

As we saw in last week’s Developer Diary, Cornerstone is filled with quirky and interesting characters of all kinds, from the main character of Tyrim to the people and creatures he’ll encounter on the way. This week, let’s see how some of them changed over the course of development!

Tyrim

Tyrim has gone through some changes since his conception and even since he was first seen in the Cornerstone Kickstarter. Below you can see some of his evolution into his final look for the game.

Yngvar

Yngvar is someone you encounter early on in the game, an Older Viking who teaches Tyrim how to fight. The developers kept a distinct style that they carried from the concept art through to the 3D versions of their characters.

Alma, Tyrim’s Mother

Tyrim lives with his mother, Alma, and his twin sisters on Borja; below are some early concepts for Alma. 

Skeleton

It wouldn’t be a role-playing adventure game without some skeletons to fight!

Samurai

On the island of Gou-Hai, the temple is guarded by fierce Samurai. They are quick to attack and carry fuel barrels on their backs to use in a dangerous fire-breathing attack!

Rocklovers

The mysterious hooded figures known as Rocklovers are an ancient cult that specializes in elemental summoning.

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Cornerstone: The Song of Tyrim Developer Diary: Characters

by on Feb.24, 2016, under Cornerstone, developer diary, featured

This week, we’re taking a closer look at Tyrim, the hero of Cornerstone, and some of the characters he’ll be meeting on his journey to find the men of his village.

Cornerstone releases on April 26th, and is available for pre-order at a 20% discount in the Phoenix Online Store. Try the demo for free at the Cornerstone website!

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Cornerstone: The Song of Tyrim Developer Diary: Gameplay

by on Feb.19, 2016, under Cornerstone, developer diary, featured

We are kicking off the countdown to April 26th and the release of Cornerstone: The Song of Tyrim with the first developer diary! In this video, developers Jon and Sam talk about the gameplay, from physics to crafting to combat, and how they designed, implemented, and refined their systems over the course of development.

 

Cornerstone is available for pre-order at a 20% discount in the Phoenix Online Store, and the demo is available for free at the Cornerstone website!

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Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller Now In German.

by on Nov.11, 2014, under cognition, developer diary

Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller - Game of the Year Edition follows the story of Erica Reed, an FBI detective with the power of retro-cognition. The game has previously won several awards including the &#8220;Adventure of the Year&#8221; reader award over at adventure gamers.<br />
Today we&#8217;re proud to announce a new update which adds German subtitles to every episode. The update will be automatically included into every online store.<br />
Gonçalo GonçalvesSocial Media AssociatePhoenix Online Studios

Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller – Game of the Year Edition follows the story of Erica Reed, an FBI detective with the power of retro-cognition. The game has previously won several awards including the “Adventure of the Year” reader award over at adventure gamers. (continue reading…)

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Gabriel Knight Soundtrack Pt. 2

by on Jul.14, 2014, under developer diary, featured, gabriel knight

 

Not too long ago we checked out some of the remastered songs for the 20th Anniversary Edition of Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers.

Today we continue our look into these songs, all of which were remastered by the series’ original composer, Robert Holmes. (continue reading…)

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Quest For Infamy Out Now!

by on Jul.10, 2014, under developer diary, featured, quest for infamy

The wait to be infamous is over. As of today Quest for Infamy is available to purchase from several sites for Windows PC, Mac, and Linux.</p>
<p>The land of Lonaria is a beautiful place, albeit full of dangers and rogues with nefarious agendas. You play as Roehm, a man on the run from a baron whilst caught in the act of trying to defile his daughter. Heading west, he finds himself in the Valley of Krasna and in the arms of J.S. Rayford, sheriff of the quaint town of Volksville. Seeking to escape further north, Roehm quickly finds out that the bridge is out and he’s stuck in town for several days.</p>
<p>Three factions end up vieing for your attention: the brigands led by Kurdt, the rogues led by Ian, and the mysterious sorcerer Prospero. Who do you side with? Will Rayford make you do his dirty work for him? What does the mysterious cult of Taargh want with the Valley? And will your quest for infamy yield fruit? Only by purchasing the game will you find out.</p>
<p>The game has been released for Steam, GoG and of course the Phoenix Online Studios store.<br />
Serena Nelson Social Media Intern Phoenix Online Studios

The wait to be infamous is over. As of today Quest for Infamy is available to purchase from several sites for Windows PC  and Linux. (continue reading…)

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