Part 1 – The Method Behind our Mayhem
We invite you to peel back the curtains, and meet the method behind our madness. The creation of Mighty Monster Mayhem has been a fun, exciting experience for us. Full of surprises, tears and yes… mayhem. Throughout the remaining weeks of our development cycle, come and see what has driven us, what we are accomplishing, and how we maneuver our game around hurdles. Whether you’re an aspiring VR developer seeking technical insight, or simply looking to get the latest news, we’ve got you covered. Join us and help shape the future of Mighty Monster Mayhem.
Before we dive into some of the more technical aspects of the development of Mighty Monster Mayhem, I want to share with the community the journey we took to get where we are today, where we plan to be upon release, and how different that is from where we started.
Around mid October we were brainstorming ideas for our next major effort. We thought about some of the old tried and true classics that left meaningful impressions on us as gamers, and the idea of taking on the role of a monster as you tear a city to shreds quickly rose to the top of the list. The thought of actually becoming the monster and physically climbing, throwing, punching and eating in virtual space excited everyone internally. When we sent out a public survey for feedback on several ideas, this concept had more support than all the other ideas combined. This was enough for us to get the ball rolling.
Within 1-2 weeks we had a prototype of a playable monster with spheres for hands, and the ability to climb and punch a single building to pieces, complete with hazards and military threats. Even without the art the mechanics were proving to be a blast within the team. Our original concept was to make a single player campaign where each level was a single building, and various objectives for completion. Race to the top, destroy x% of the building, eliminate a certain number of military threats, etc. After a few weeks down this path we took a step back and said “this is good, but what would make it great?” Getting the prototype completed allowed us to really understand and visualize the potential for this concept, and this set us on a path of discovery of what we could accomplish with our design.
Part of our development strategy involves continual assessment of the VR ecosystem, and sometimes that involves changing direction midway through a project. If we were going to make the greatest VR city destruction game we had to expand our scope. We brainstormed for another few days and just wrote down anything, no matter how difficult, as a possible improvement to the game. Levels quickly switched from a single building to an entire section of a city. Single player got expanded into a storied campaign. Multiplayer was added. One monster? How about five. VR content was clearly trending at this time towards both higher quality and increased content. If we wanted to achieve something meaningful for our consumers we had to raise the bar, so we did.
With our new goal in mind we then set out to create a free demo preview experience of a portion of one level. We are currently nearing the tail end of development on this, which will let people briefly jump into a mini-level as one of the monsters and starting honing their destruction skills. Leap from building to building, rip apart and throw anything you come across, eat anyone in your way, eliminate threats, and reduce the city to rubble. Our hope is to have this available to the public for free via Steam in early to mid March. Beta testers will get their hands on it a little bit earlier than that, so if you want a sneak peek don’t hesitate to reach out to us!
With the demo dropping shortly, we will soon be marching towards our full release. While there’s still a bit of work left, we are confident we’ll be able to hit our target of mid-April. The release will bring our full vision to the players. Enter our world and compete with friends, play through the single player campaign, replay the levels to achieve 100% objective completion, unlock new monsters and skins, prove your skill with global leaderboards, and simply have a blast leaping through a city and destroying everything in your path. We’re excited to take you into the world of Mighty Monster Mayhem. For those interested in helping shape the game, get signed up for beta access so we can incorporate your feedback. Until then, stay tuned for more development blogs, information releases, giveaways, and gameplay videos.