New area showcase and side-kick system!

Content is being added to Cathedral at an incredible rate, and this summer will be the season where our world is really going to come together.

Posted by Aron Kramer on 2017-06-20

Intro

Hello everyone,

We're back today to share with you what we've been working on for the last months, a lot has happened around our studios and we are very happy to conclude that development is going stronger than ever. Our world is growing at an incredible rate, and along with the new members in our team we will showcase some new areas here for the first time! We want to thank you for your on-going support and enthusiasm and are trying our best to stay in touch with you guys as much as we can. Enjoy!

New adventurers

First of all, we would like to introduce two new members to our team. The first one is Mattias Andersen, who has actually been with us for a little while longer. Mattias used to be a chef but has turned the tides and is now a programmer in Sweden - he has been helping us immensely by doing programming and level design. You can follow him on Twitter here, go make him famous. 

The second is Justin Brown, our new pixel artist and animator. He is bringing our world to live and we have been very fortunate to work with him. You can check out some of his stuff on Twitter or here

Charms and side-kick system

We've already revealed a sliver of Soul, our (sometimes) faithful companion who has some very interesting mechanics to him that create even more depth into the exploration factor of our game. In Cathedral, there will be collectible charms scattered throughout the world - these can be equipped upon your sidekick to unlock new movement and combat abilities. For instance, one charm will allow you to temporarily take control over the side-kick or grant you the ability to shoot magical arrows. We will be doing a new trailer on the mechanics in the near future, so we hope you look forward to seeing it in action!

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Poison Pavilion

Poison Pavilion was one of the first areas we envisioned for the game - it was an experimental area that we tried creating backwards. We made the music first, sketched out some keywords and let our imagination loose. It has been on hold for a while since we worked hard on other areas, but are now proud to present some brand new screenshots of the poison and spike filled maze that is Poison Pavilion. On the rare occasion you might best it, you will find your way into one of our themed dungeons and fight the Necromancer. He might or might not have a top-hat too.

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Bone Church

Work has also started on another one of our themed dungeons - Bone Church. The dungeon is as unsettling as the name sounds but with just the added quirkiness you might expect from Cathedral. We are proud to showcase a new screenshot of it, as well as showcase the new item (Bone Wand) without revealing what it will do!

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Closing words

As you can see, a lot has happened to our game recently. We will be doing more streams on our Twitch channel from now on, and will be back to share a bunch of new music with you soon. Don't hesitate to let us know what you think about the areas and we are so, so excited to keep working on this game. 

Until next time,

Decemberborn Interactive

New developer and Cathedral stream soon!

Pushing forward!

Posted by Aron Kramer on 2017-02-26

Hey everyone,
 
This is Aron and we're glad to bring you another update to how things are going. We can now truly say we are back to implementing content to the game and we're better than ever. There will be a new theme for the Gargoyle soon and there'll be more music related updates for you soon as I am composing new themes for everything that can be  done better. We'll have a brand new character to introduce to you soon too, so we hope you are excited for that!
 
On another note, we have the new developer Mattias Andersen working on the game along side Eric, which has been greatly beneficial and we would like to take this chance for him to introduce himself!

"This is me the short version! I'm a 36 years old software developer working at Edument AB in Helsingborg. I live with my wife and two daughters. Programming takes up all of my spare time because I love to solve problems and I love to learn new stuff.

How I got involved with Cathedral? I saw Cathedral for the first time short after my teacher told me that a guy from his company was working on a 8 bit game. I grew up with a Nintendo 8-bit and my favorite games were exactly the same games that Cathedral was inspired by, or similar to: Mega man,
Castlevania, Metroid, Faxanadu, and Zelda to name a few.

For approximatley a year ago I started to work at the same company (Edument AB) as Eric and almost every morning we started with looking at new features in Cathedral. I was so thrilled with the game and was later asked to follow along to a big game event in Poland where we demonstrated the game for thousands of people. That's the story how I got involved in Cathedral."

We are also very excited to announce that we'll be holding a Cathedral stream saturday March 4th at 22:30 (CET). In this stream you will be able to see a playthrough of the first dungeon and you'll be able to ask us questions about the game. We hope you'll be joining in and will give you a link to our Twitch account soon over social media!

For now that is all, but we'll be in touch shortly with new updates. We thank you for your ongoing enthusiasm and support and we're thrilled to continue working on the game!

Cheers,

Decemberborn Interactive

Some words from the team and new updates soon!

And so we continue!

Posted by Aron Kramer on 2017-01-25

Hello everyone,

We first want to thank you for ongoing support for the game and staying patient with the lack of updates lately. We are, however, very happy to announce that we will very soon be back to our normal schedule of producing and updating the game.

We had to handle various matters internally, but now we have the resources to continue developing the game and we will do so with the same passion and motivation.

There will be some updates very soon, whether it's a a piece of new music or something else, but we'll also be streaming our game on Twitch soon and might use this more often during the future to better stay in touch with our fans and showcase how the game is coming along. Once again, we're happy to be back at our precious game and you can expect to hear from us again rather soon.

Cheers,

Decemberborn Interactive

Presenting our announcement trailer!

Our first official trailer for Cathedral

Posted by Eric Lavesson on 2016-10-18

The Decemberborn team is going to Poznan, Poland in a couple of days, and we've been crazy busy polishing the demo that we'll show in our booth. Sadly, that also means that we have been rather quiet lately, and we apologize for that! We've made a lot of progress lately though, and the time for Steam Greenlight is coming closer all the time. So without further ado, here's our first official trailer, our announcement trailer for Cathedral:

 

We have some gameplay to show you!

Yay!

Posted by Eric Lavesson on 2016-08-21

As we've mentioned in previous posts, we're going to Poznan, Poland this October to showcase Cathedral at Poznan Game Arena 2016. This means that we have a lot of work to do in order to get ready. We're putting a lot of hours in right now to make our dream of Cathedral come true, and it's easy to forget sharing progress for prolonged periods of time when you're deep into development.

 

So, in order to actually DO share something, here's a gameplay video showing two areas - Shade Forest and the town of Ivystone Ridge:

Ivystone Ridge is the first town that you encounter in Cathedral. It's pretty much a "hub area" of sorts, where you'll be able to head east to Ivystone Graveyard, or west to Shade Forest. Both of these areas in turn lead to new places as well.

Anyway, more updated are on the horizon as we continue to prep for our trip to Poland, but we really wanted to show everyone this video (we're kind of proud over how the world is growing!)

 

Until next time,

// Eric

Start menu updates

Putting the final touches on the menu screens

Posted by Eric Lavesson on 2016-07-31

As you can see, we have a heavily updated start menu. Victor has done some retouches on the logo, plus added the nice torchlit walls. Aron has written an entirely new track for it, and I have been hacking away at the code to bind it all together.

There are still minor touches left to do in this one, but it's really close to the way we want it to look.

As with most things in-game, we've stubbed up a "working" version and then iterated both sound/graphics/logic until we've become happy with it. If you've followed us for a while, you might have seen that the game has changed its appearance quite a bit over the last year or so, as we've started polishing things more and more.

Hm. Maybe I should actually write an article about that process sometime too.

New Cathedral updates!

Ladders, side-kicks and reapers!

Posted by Aron Kramer on 2016-07-16

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Intro

Hey guys,

This is Aron Kramer writing to you with another post - it's been a while again since we've written on here but like always, we have been working to bring you some of the brand new updates we've introduced for Cathedral. We hope you enjoy reading through it and hope you enjoy all the new retro goodness.

Attacking from ladders

Real heroes leave no room for vulnerabilities! We have made sure that you as the player have complete control and freedom over handling your foes and monsters! There will be certain items in the game that can be used from the ladder as well for battle, and with that we'd like to show you a short video of how it looks right now!
 

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Title screen and profile selection menu overhaul

Another thing we are currently working on is overhauling the title screen and profile selection menu. While it wasn't bad, we certainly thought we could spice things up a lot more. We have a short video to show you how it's coming along and hope you are looking forward to seeing the final result with two new music tracks, logo re-design and complete new interfaces and graphics

 

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Side-kick

Ah, the good old side-kicks! Our team has been thinking through the story a lot over the past month and have come up with some exciting new twists and turns that will make sure to entice you more to the game. While we can't reveal our plans with it, we can show us how the side-kick is coming along. Here, have some more updates!
 

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Reaper re-designs

As you might have seen, we've been re-designing a lot of our old enemies. One of the newest additions is our old reaper from Shade Forest. Victor has done a great job on re-designing it and we are happy to showcase it here for the first time.

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Conclusion

And with that we'll be concluding the update post for now. Make sure to check back with us and follow us as we will have a lot more things coming. For instance, we'll have some amazing new Gargoyle mini-boss art and two new music tracks ready for you soon!

On another note, Cathedral will be showcased at the Game Industry Conference in Poznan, Poland from October 21-23. Come and hang out if you are in the neighborhood and don't be shy!

Until' next time,

Aron Kramer

Finally, a new website!

Out with the old, in with the new

Posted by Eric on 2016-07-07

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After many ifs, buts and maybes, we've finally replaced our old website with a brand new one! After working together with Kyle Harrison from Redacted DevWorks for some time, we finally have a full fledged website complete with presskits for both Decemberborn and Cathedral.

Keep an eye out on this site in the future for both small and big updates on Cathedral. This site will pretty much be our blog for everything related to our games, both minor works-in-progress as well as major news updates (which we'll of course still keep posting on other pages too)

So let's end this very first news posting with the fact that Decemberborn is going to attend GIC and have a booth at the collocated Poznan Game Arena in Poland during 21-23 October! If you're planning on heading there, come by and give Cathedral a try!

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