Roadmap

This page provides an overview of our plans for the future. Remember that these are estimates only, and anything 3+ months ahead of now is probably not very reliable and will be updated when we get there. This schedule is always subject to change, so check back frequently for updates!

With the completion of our custom-built game engine, we're able to rapidly prototype new game ideas with a consistently high level of quality. However, before we can move on to other games, we need to finish some projects that we'd started. So our main projects for 2021 are Witch Doctor Kaneko and Detective Butler 2. Programming and level design work will be done during stream hours.

Bold indicates the items that have been accomplished.

Q1 2021

January

  • Publish the 2021 Roadmap
  • Improve the Games page on the website
  • Clean up the older blog posts on the website
  • Add a discussion bot to the Discord
  • Add a music player to the game engine
  • Improve game engine graphics by rendering lights and shadows
  • Add a way to re-map controls in the game engine
  • Add support for multiple languages to the game engine
  • Write the design document for Witch Doctor Kaneko
  • Write the design document for Detective Butler 2
  • Add controller support to the game engine
  • Implement all of Kaneko's spells in Witch Doctor Kaneko
  • Add images to blog posts on the website
  • Add dynamic lighting to the game engine

February

  • Publish the website's digital storefront
  • Prototype the core gameplay for Detective Butler 2
  • Complete the simple story outline for Detective Butler 2
  • Design all characters for Detective Butler 2
  • Add automatic GIF recording to the game engine
  • Prototype 8 puzzles for Area 1 in Witch Doctor Kaneko
  • Prototype 8 puzzles for Area 2 in Witch Doctor Kaneko
  • Prototype 8 puzzles for Area 3 in Witch Doctor Kaneko
  • Prototype 8 puzzles for Area 4 in Witch Doctor Kaneko

March

  • Complete the detailed story outline for Detective Butler 2
  • Prototype 8 puzzles for Area 5 in Witch Doctor Kaneko
  • Prototype 8 puzzles for Area 6 in Witch Doctor Kaneko
  • Prototype 8 puzzles for Area 7 in Witch Doctor Kaneko
  • Fix any remaining issues with the DB1 port

Q2 2021

April

  • Add online documentation for the game engine
  • Prototype the opening cutscene for Witch Doctor Kaneko

May

  • Add automated testing to the game engine

June

  • Release Witch Doctor Kaneko Demo #3
  • Witch Doctor Kaneko Steam Page

Q3 2021

July

  • Continue working on our projects.

August

  • Continue working on our projects.

September

  • Continue working on our projects.

Q4 2021

October

  • Release a demo for the Detective Butler 2 prototype
  • Detective Butler 2 Steam Page

November

  • Continue working on our projects.

December

  • Release a prototype of our visual novel editor

These items are low priority, and although we would like to do these eventually, it is not immediately obvious where these would fit into our current schedule:

  • Add support for mobile builds (Android/iOS) into the game engine
  • Release Detective Butler 1 on mobile platforms
  • Release a Goldbar Games mobile app
  • Add a 3D level editor to the game engine
  • Add 3D model importing to the game engine
  • Add support for web builds into the game engine
  • Add online multiplayer support to the game engine
  • Add virtual reality support to the game engine
  • Add video recording and playback to the game engine
  • Add blockchain gaming support to the game engine

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