Dev Blog 12: The shift

Creation of new content now has started. The roads are being redone with a much higher quality, the assets a being overhauled with better shaders. And the new world map is being created.

Dev Blog 11: 2022 Wrap Up

It’s always a good sign when you read the last devblog and conclude that everything that was said to be “in progress” or “to come” has been delivered! 2022 was a big year for Snow Plow Project with the project being accepted on Steam, the playtest being launched and major mechanics being implemented.

Dev Blog 10: What’s next?

After a few months of playtest, community feedback has been overwhelming! Even though some features or fixes were already planned for the future, it was made evident that they were needed quickly.

Dev Blog 9: Playtest

The last few weeks have been pretty crazy! On february 14th, we opened access to Snow Plow’s playtest, and the following days and weeks were overwhelming!

Dev Blog 8: Physical Snow

Physical snow has been time-consuming for the last weeks. If you’ve read my previous posts, you know that emulating snow is a big challenge. Still leaning towards a playtest demo and a campaign mode, but there is a bit of foundations that need to be laid prior…

Dev Blog 7: Optimization

Optimising a game is a matter of reducing litterally everything to the bare minimum, but without degrading the visual realism of the scene. That’s exactly what’s been done to Snow Plow during the last weeks.

Dev Blog 6: Dev team, gameplay, and more

Snow Plow Project is getting to a point where, with all the mechanics and aesthetics working, I’m more and more confident in having more people trying it. It really gained much potential over the last months.

Dev Blog 5: Setting the stage

As winter is rolling in, snow is blowing in Snow Plow! Good thing we have a new machine coming out of the factory right in time! The brand new dumper truck is out! Plus: Procedural clouds, moon, northern lights, multiplayer, world creation, and more.

Dev Blog 4: Creating the world

It’s time to start creating the world, and we’re starting from zero…

Let’s start now and create a small map that will be a creation playground, we’ll call it a sandbox.

Dev Blog 3: Environmental system, and the problem with snow.

Here’s the problem with snow: it is made of billions of particles that collide with each other and with the environment. In other words, something unmanagable for a computer. So the challenge was to replicate that behavior in a way that a computer can calculate in realtime. Some funky stuff have been tried in the past, but here’s the solution I came up with.