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Creatures Status – Fishing Cactus Official Statement

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Update on CreaturesHello to the Creatures community. Many of you have heard or read that the development on Creatures Online was halted. We wanted to make an official statement as things haven’t been communicated very clearly as far as we know and we have been receiving a lot of messages from the community on our channels (FB, Twitter and such…).

So while it saddens us a lot, the development of Creatures has effectively been put on hold since September last year due to many reasons we can’t legally talk about. At the moment we stopped the development, we can say that the game was close to Alpha with all races, toys, environments, crafting system, AI, genes, ecosystem and recycling machine in place, we were really close to be ready for a softlaunch. To achieve that stage, the team pulled out tremendous efforts  over the past 3 years and the last moments of development were a pretty difficult period for the team. As the publisher and legal owner of the IP, Big Ben made the call to pause the development of the project. Regardless of our implication with the game and its loyal community, we are not in a situation that allows us to change this decision.

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We are very sorry that the old time Creatures community is left in the dark, we truly feel this is a waste of great, positive energy and good will from all of you and we wish the situation could be different. Pausing the development so close to release is still something we are recovering from,  it is now in Bigben Interactive’s hands to keep you informed on what will happen next. Throughout the development of the game, with its ups and downs, we tried to have a very transparent communication on the development as we know you are such a great community, with great expectations too. We hope you appreciated this approach as much as we did.

We also received several complaints about the status of the official Creatures forums being spammed and invaded by bots, please note that Fishing Cactus has no control over those channels anymore (including forums and websites). This work was originally handled with great care by Sophie who was doing the community management and curation, Lucas and Andrea who were providing updates and posts to keep you updated on the progress of the game.

As far as Fishing Cactus is concerned, the future of Creatures Online now lies fully into Big Ben Interactive’s hands. Despite what angry people might say, we have poured really a lot of efforts, energy and love in the Creatures game and we wish it will see the light of day, someday, somehow.

For now we are moving on, focusing our efforts on our new game Epistory (an atmospheric adventure typing game) that is already available on Steam Early Access.

Weekly update #69

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Weekly Update #69 – The Ecosystem

Read it on the forum

Hello everybody,

Sorry about the late update, it was meant to be posted Friday but we were a bit busy… anyway, let’s have an overview of Creatures Online’s ecosystem today! 

Here’s how the player can interact with ecosystem:
- Tap on a critter to wake it up
- Critters can’t be drag & dropped directly, but it is possible to move them like decoration elements after clicking on the corresponding icon on the interface allowing you to move / sell agents
- Small critters (such as insects) generally can’t be interacted with
- …but some can still be drag and dropped (for example, fishes)
- …and you can still tap on some other ecosystem-related things, such as bee nests

And here’s how the Norns can interact with it:
- Even though the players can’t interact with every insect, Norns can. Sometimes they hit or eat some insects, which you can reward or punish.
- Flowers, mushrooms & grass patches grow naturally and are randomly placed.
- Ecosystem varies depending of the environment. For example, the Hatchery consists mostly of flowers and butterflies. Thus, placing an insectivore critter may be a bad idea as butterflies tend to stay out of reach (yes, you can see the critters eating grass / insects)

 That’s it! Have a nice day.

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Some previous updates:

Weekly Update #68 – The game’s shop

Weekly Update #67 – The Splicing Machine Video 

Weekly Update #66 – The Hatchery Machine interface

Weekly Update #65 – Explanation / recap of some game features

Weekly Update #64 – Why is debugging mandatory?

Weekly Update #63: Tweaking and answering questions about the video

Weekly Update #62: Gameplay video (mobile version)

Weekly update #68

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Weekly Update #68 – The game’s shop

Read it on the forum

Hello everybody!

This week I’ll simply do a summary regarding the game’s shop.

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As you can see on the picture above:

(1) Spotlight: More and more objects are available in shop according to your current level. This category shows the latest items unlocked.
(2) Resources: In this tab you’ll find coins and golden eggs.
(3) Genetics: You can buy here genes pack to use with the Splicing Machine.
(4) Toys: Self-explanatory. Toys mainly relieves Norns’ boredom.
(5) Decoration: A lot of items are present here, which are purely for decoration. Though actually there may be some exceptions.
(6) Ecosystem: You can buy here plant pots (to grow fruit plants) and critters. Naturally occurring flowers, grass patches and insects can’t be bought as they depend of the world.
(7) Others: You can buy here coin machines and nests for your Norns to sleep.
(8) Hide / shows a small description of the concerned item.
(9) Upon buying an object, the game let you place it. However, you can stock objects you don’t want to place immediately. That’s why you can see a “Use” button here: I already have one of these objects in stock.

That’s all for today! Have a nice week

Some previous updates:

Weekly Update #67 – The Splicing Machine Video 

Weekly Update #66 – The Hatchery Machine interface

Weekly Update #65 – Explanation / recap of some game features

Weekly Update #64 – Why is debugging mandatory?

Weekly Update #63: Tweaking and answering questions about the video

Weekly Update #62: Gameplay video (mobile version)

Weekly Update #61: The Twitch Session Official Date

Weekly Update #67

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Weekly Update #67 – The Splicing Machine Video

Read it on the forum

Hello everybody,

Sorry about the absence of weekly updates! Here’s one with a short video displaying the Splicing Machine:

As you can see in the video:

  • Each Norn has 8 cosmetic genes, each one impacting the appearance of the Norn. Changing the 1st one will have an impact on the belly, the 2nd one on the pattern the Norn has and so on.
  • There are 12 possible genes
  • There are 4 body types, each gene corresponds to one of them. The body of the Norn is an “average” created from these genes. See for example how the body shape changed when I replaced Bananou’s genes with Feral genes.
  • Two Norns with the same genes will look the same in the Splicing Machine as the preview shows you how the Norn should look with these genes. That’s why Bananou and Brugno seem similar.
  • However, once spliced they can have small differences even with the same genes. If you look carefully, in-game Bananou has 2 white spots on the hips, while Brugno has a white mark on the right arm.
  • The pattern on Norn fur is defined by genes #2 and #3, but the color for these patterns are defined by genes #5 and #6.
  • Time required for splicing depends on the number of genes modified (and the type of these genes).

That’s all! Have a nice week

 

Some previous updates: 

Weekly Update #66 – The Hatchery Machine interface

Weekly Update #65 – Explanation / recap of some game features

Weekly Update #64 – Why is debugging mandatory?

Weekly Update #63: Tweaking and answering questions about the video

Weekly Update #62: Gameplay video (mobile version)

Weekly Update #61: The Twitch Session Official Date

Weekly Update #60: The Science Kit in Colour

Weekly Update #66

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Weekly Update #66 – The Hatchery Machine interface

Read it on the forum

Hello everybody,

This week I’ll present you a small summary regarding the Hatchery Machine interface:

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When opening the Hatchery machine, you’ll see 2 different sections:
- The “My Eggs” section, which contains your eggs
- The “Eggs Store” section, which allows you to obtain new eggs

From the “My Eggs” section, you can see your eggs and hatch them if you want to (1). You can also see the 8 appearance genes of this egg by clicking on (2), allowing you to have an idea of how the Norn may look without hatching it. If your game is linked to a Facebook account, you can also send this egg to a friend (3).

You have a limited number of egg slots, but you can buy some more using coins or Golden eggs (4).

Click on (5) on the “Eggs Store” section to see which appearance genes each egg can contain (6). Eggs can be bought with energy, which refills automatically with time.

That’s all! Have a nice week!

 

 

Some previous updates: 

Weekly Update #65 – Explanation / recap of some game features

Weekly Update #64 – Why is debugging mandatory?

Weekly Update #63: Tweaking and answering questions about the video

Weekly Update #62: Gameplay video (mobile version)

Weekly Update #61: The Twitch Session Official Date

Weekly Update #60: The Science Kit in Colour

Weekly Update #59: Twitch news and debugging

Weekly Update #65

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Weekly Update #65 – Explanation / recap of some game features

Read it on the forum

Hello everybody,

Unfortunately it becomes harder and hard to find something to say in the weekly update without saying “debugging” and “fixes”. So, from now on, it will mostly consist in some explanation / recap of some game features.

So, let’s start with an overview of the world monitor:

 

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1/ Tap on a world to select it. When selected, the small description as well as the Norns displayed in [2] will be updated. Tap again to go to this world (you can also use the “Go to region” button). Worlds are unlocked through progression.

2/ All the Norns present in the selected world. The maximum number of Norns depends of the world.

3/ The magnifying glass button opens the menu [4]. You can also see an icon representing the current need of the Norn. If the Norn has no important need, nothing is displayed. In case of high hunger or high pain, the icon is displayed in red and a “!” is displayed on the world’s picture.

4/ “Go to Norn” will lead you to the world the Norn is in, “Teleport Norn” will teleport it in the current world.

That’s all! Have a nice week!

 

Some previous updates: 

Weekly Update #64 – Why is debugging mandatory?

Weekly Update #63: Tweaking and answering questions about the video

Weekly Update #62: Gameplay video (mobile version)

Weekly Update #61: The Twitch Session Official Date

Weekly Update #60: The Science Kit in Colour

Weekly Update #59: Twitch news and debugging

Weekly Update #58: The Mini-Norn bug

Weekly Update #64

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Weekly Update #64 – Why is debugging mandatory?

Read it on the forum

Hello everybody,

Concerning the main advancements of last week:
- We fixed a bug with the “rubber band” (the line you can draw from a Norn to an object on mobile device to give orders more easily) which was not displayed
- We also fixed some compilation errors (Unicode related)

…and that’s all. Sorry to have only some debugging information to share with you once again, but debugging is mandatory (unless you would like to have this kind of Norns).

Have a nice week!

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Most plants can’t be grown underwater, but some of them can.

 

Some previous updates: 

Weekly Update #63: Tweaking and answering questions about the video

Weekly Update #62: Gameplay video (mobile version)

Weekly Update #61: The Twitch Session Official Date

Weekly Update #60: The Science Kit in Colour

Weekly Update #59: Twitch news and debugging

Weekly Update #58: The Mini-Norn bug

Weekly Update #57: Special abilities and XP

Weekly update #63

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Weekly update #63 – Tweaking and answering questions about the video

Read it on the forum

Hello everybody,

This week, we added possibility to switch worlds by tapping on the teleporters. Before that, the only way to change the current world was by using the world monitor (the interface allowing you to see your worlds and in which world each of your Norn is).

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We also tweaked the volume of some sound effects. Some were quite piercing.

By the way, I would like to answer to these two questions / concerns I have encountered regarding the latest video:
- There are different Norns voices, one of them being much like the old classic Norns voices. Simply, none of the Norns in the video had it. It depends of the Norn.
- If you don’t collect coins / XP by yourself, they will be automatically collected after some seconds, you actually don’t need to collect them one by one.

That’s all! I wish you a nice week.

 

Some previous updates: 

Weekly Update #62: Gameplay video (mobile version)

Weekly Update #61: The Twitch Session Official Date

Weekly Update #60: The Science Kit in Colour

Weekly Update #59: Twitch news and debugging

Weekly Update #58: The Mini-Norn bug

Weekly Update #57: Special abilities and XP

Weekly Update #56: The Localization

Creatures Online Update #62

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Weekly Update #62: Gameplay video (mobile version)

Read it on the forum

Hello everybody, and happy New Year! :)

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Nothing too juicy to share with you this week, as we are not working on really interesting things, but rather on debugging and stabilizing the mobile version.
However, for those who missed the Twitch session before the Christmas holidays, we recorded a gameplay video (nothing new for those who watched the Twitch session though, it is a similar gameplay).

We wish you a nice week :)

Watch it on Youtube

 

Some previous updates:

Weekly Update #61: The Twitch Session Official Date

Weekly Update #60: The Science Kit in Colour

Weekly Update #59: Twitch news and debugging

Weekly Update #58: The Mini-Norn bug

Weekly Update #57: Special abilities and XP

Weekly Update #56: The Localization

Weekly Update #54 – 55: Let’s have a Mojito to celebrate!

Creatures Online Update #61

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Weekly Update #61: The Twitch Session Official Date

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Hello everybody,

This week we continued working on the game, mostly on technical fixes. Some in-game animations, triggered when Norn do specific actions (watering a plant, playing with a toy…) were broken and the issue was more important than we thought (we had to fix the system handling animations, and not animations themselves).

Most importantly, the date for the Twitch session is finally set! Sorry about the delay… It will take place December, Thursday 11th at 8PM CET. For information, Central European Time corresponds to GMT+1:00.

Have a nice week and see you Thursday on Twitch!

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Some previous updates:

Weekly Update #60: The Science Kit in Colour

Weekly Update #59: Twitch news and debugging

Weekly Update #58: The Mini-Norn bug

Weekly Update #57: Special abilities and XP

Weekly Update #56: The Localization

Weekly Update #54 – 55: Let’s have a Mojito to celebrate!

Weekly Update #53: The Altar Machine