"Project Daedalus", November gameplay video

New gameplay video. This time is a little longer and you can see some new details.

I'm currently working on "Traits" and "Perks" to allow the player to customize the character in every feature. Do you want to build a spell-caster that uses only blunt weapons and can recover Spell Points when lose all his Stamina, in a desperate attempt to turn the tide of battle? Or do you want to create a powerful warrior, master of pole weapons with blood so cold that can freeze enemies every time they hit him? Well, you can :)

"Project Daedalus", new gameplay video

In this video you can see the character creation, the spell casting system and some combat sequences.

Character Creation: this is just the first screen of the creation process, but you can already see attributes and skills. You can set up some skill points in the beginning and they will increase every time you use a specific skill.

Spellcasting: It's something like The Bard's Tale 3; you need to know the magic "formula" to cast. I always thought that i's an interesting system, because you can discover new words and it's more fascinating than just pick a name on a list. There are more than 50 spells already in the game, divided in 5 schools.

Combat: I've used a similar system in Mazes od Karradash. Turn based combat, with a big relevance for Stamina usage. For every attack you will lose Stamina, and you need to defend or rest once in a while otherwise your enemy will attack many times in a row. You can also move backwards and forwards, because there are weapons with different ranges and you can use different tactics to take advantage of different situations. As you can see, combat are not randomly generated; you can see your enemy in the dungeon.

In 1 or 2 weeks we we'll launch a crowdfunding campaign. I'll post more info about it very soon.

Horror, videogames, artworks

Project Daedalus is a video game that blends the essence of 90's Dungeon Crawlers with a modern graphic style. This graphic style will be one of the focal points of this title, because we have chosen to "paint" every image in the game instead of using 3D models or pixelart.

Initially, I had no idea how to depict themes such as torture, violence and nightmares, so I looked for similar works. And I couldn't ignore one of the greatest survival horror, Silent Hill; like this game, Project Dedalus will feature monstrous creatures are the visual representation of fears.

Another inspiration came from the monsters created by Anthony Jones, the well-known concept artist and illustrator who worked for majors such as Blizzard and Hasbro.

My intent was to show the character's nightmares through the enemies that he will face: it's like an inner journey to defeat his demons.

I love horror genre but usually games and movies don't have solid stories behind them and prefer to use cliches and jump scares; and for visual artists, it's hard to develop mature themes without a proper background. Instead, Project Daedalus already shows very interesting elements to work on. And I'm ready to show you some nightmares.

Gaetano Carlucci, Main Visual Artist

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From Mazes of Karradash to Project Daedalus

From Mazes of Karradash to Project Daedalus

The first two chapters of Mazes of Karradash got good reviews from the critics and from a lot of players. It would have been a logical choice to develop a third chapter of the series, another dungeon crawler with the same setting and gameplay.

Instead, we have decided to use the experience learned with MoK just as a starting point, changing the atmosphere, rules and so much more.

Project Daedalus will not be Mazes of Karradash 3. The gameplay is much deeper, the fantasy setting has been replaced by a horror theme and the topics covered in the story will be much more mature. It will be a darker game.

Undoubtedly many of the features of MoK will also be present in this new dungeon crawler, such as perma-death and the ability to gradually improve any new characters by unlocking new weapons, better attributes and more.

And then there is the one that maybe is the biggest difference: Project Daedalus will be available for Windows PC, so expect a full CRPG this time.

The Art Style of Project Daedalus

Project Daedalus will have a gameplay inspired by classic Dungeon crawler RPG from the 90s (like Eye of the Beholder and Dungeon Master), but the style will be unique.

Every enemy and every wall, door, chest and object will be a little artwork. Instead of using a 3D artist, the game will feature a digital painter, Gaetano Carlucci, that will create every illustration.

A enemy from Project Daedalus

As you can guess looking at this "rat", the atmosphere of the game will be quite creepy: you are living in a nightmare and every enemy or object is "corrupted" by your fears and your anguishes.

With the progress of the levels, reality and nightmare will be mixed more and more, and all environments will become darker and more disturbing.

Further details about the graphics in the next updates.

Recap - What we are working on

In these weeks our work focuses on two main projects.

On the one hand we have Karradash - The Lost Dungeons, an Action Roguelike that will be available from September on Steam for Windows PC. It is a spin-off of "Mazes of Karradash" and will be much more action-oriented as it is not a turn-based game.

In addition to this imminent project we are working on a new title - now known as Project Daedalus -, also for Windows PC. It is a first person dungeon crawler but it will not be part of the "Mazes of Karradash" series: despite the similarities in gameplay you will notice that atmosphere and setting of the two games will be very different.

For now, we can say that Project Daedalus will be a creepy game with a horror plot and mature content.

Project daedalus enemy