In the third episode of our developer interview series David and Josh learn about what Ben Crocker and the rest of Hapa Games are doing during week seven.
Goals are appearing. Money is disappearing. David is still wearing that Haunted Mansion Shirt.
David and Josh join Hapa Games’ Nick Farah to discuss the design for Ascendant. Matt tells us about the Aspect system, enemy A.I. and the occasional room of death. Also David wears his Haunted Mansion shirt.
We had the opportunity to talk with Video Games Live’s Tommy Tallarico and David managed to talk with ear off for almost 20 minutes about Tron, Gamer Warz and they even get in some talk about Video Games Live for good measure.
Hapa Games is a team of recently graduated students of video game design. Before striking out on their own into the world, they have been given the opportunity to continue to utilize their school workspace and the team members they have been studying with and spend one last semester creating a game for their own company. Hapa, inspired by the resurgance of the roguelike, has begun work on their first title Apotheos (later retitled Ascendant). This is their story.
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