In our last update, we briefly mentioned the massive update we made to convert the game into Unity 2022. Freeborn has spent the last several years in Unity 5. As you can imagine, suddenly switching to a new version of an engine after 6 years of updates can cause many existing parts of the game to break. There were also many systems that we ultimately decided needed to be rebuilt from the ground up. Fortunately, most of that process has already been completed. All of the environments that people saw in prior conventions and screenshots are already playable in the new engine.
We’ve also completed brand new environments for the revised opening sequence of the story campaign. The original iteration of the mind lounge area has always been one of the most intriguing aspects of Freeborn, both for the players and the team. We wanted to expand on this environment and make it a larger component of the story. Mark’s adventures are taking a darker turn, and the expanded “mindscape” area will showcase some truly supernatural environments. The improved lighting features come into big play with the new mindscape areas which sometimes feature otherworldly lighting sources.
The visual improvements aren’t restricted to the in-game environments. Significant updates were also made to the UI in the card battle screen. New visual effects have been added to the base UI and the particle effects that occur at the conclusion of a round.
We’ve also been hard at work adding new character portraits. To complement Mark’s adventures taking a darker turn, some dark and mysterious characters will be encountered during his repeated escapades into the mindscape. We don’t want to spoil the nature and motivations of these characters just yet, but rest assured you will be encountering them a lot more in the near future.
That’s all for now. Stay safe out there!