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Concealed Intent

Out on Steam and Humble Store now.

Presskit available here.

Concealed Intent is a simultaneous turn-based game of tactical stealth space combat. Players control their ships in a fully 3D world - hunting down their enemies, just as they are being hunted themselves. In Concealed Intent you know your enemies are out there, but not exactly where, or even what they are.

Space is big and empty. Finding something can be like looking for a needle in a haystack, but there is nowhere for the needle to hide. To stay concealed a ship needs to fade into the background as much as possible. Everything a ship does will signal its presence and increase the ability of those nearby to detect it. A big ship may blot out stars as it passes. Heat from engines can be detected against the cold of the void. Lasers can be traced back to their origin. Eventually as detection increases, a firing solution can be calculated so that a beam of coherent light a few millimetres in diameter can cross thousands of kilometres to strike an evasive enemy - hidden no longer!

Concealed Intent includes a single-player campaign, an instant skirmish generator and multiplayer options.

Release Trailer YouTube

Key Features:

  • Turn-based - play at your own pace
  • Single player campaign
  • Instant procedural PvE skirmishes, with various objectives:
    • Duel - Head to head duel, only one team can survive!
    • Bases - Destroy the enemy base for victory
    • Waves - Endless waves of enemies assaulting your base, how long can you hold them off?
    • Savior - A number of civilian shuttles are trying to reach a base while under attack, can you identify friend or foe quickly enough to save them all?
  • Challenge your friends to online PvP duels & play at your own pace - over minutes, days or weeks
  • Numerous playable ship types with configurable offensive and defensive ship components
  • Rewatch turns
  • User editable colors - colour-blind friendly
  • Non-cheating AI - all the AI enemies have no more information than the Player would have in the same situation, and the same equipment
  • Further skirmish options - set the number of player and enemy ships, apply modifiers (like "Harder AI" or "Loot Drops"), or even change the loadout of your opponent


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February 15, 2017

A few events have recently occurred, with a few more on the horizon. Thus it is time to replan work for the next couple months. First the important stuff – what I’ll be doing. Then I’ll explain why.

Concealed Intent 1.2 Update

It has been too long since touching the Concealed Intent codebase. I’m getting withdrawal symptoms. Over the next month or so I will start work on an update to Concealed Intent. Aiming for around 3 weeks worth of work, plus testing. Assuming I haven’t forgotten too much, it should be out by the end of March.

The first and main task of this update will be producing a version of the game without Steam DRM. Then a couple of new gameplay features will be added (a truly random map option in skirmishes, new drones). I have collected a few good suggestions to improve the UI, and I hope to get them done too. If there is still time after that I’ll just keep going through my list.

What is Steam DRM doing in Concealed Intent?

Concealed Intent uses Steam DRM to identify and authenticate players. This information allows the game to automatically login players into the online system without the need for a username or password. This is why you can start Concealed Intent and immediately play online. The problem with Steam DRM is that it locks the game to the Steam platform, which is not a bad thing for people playing the game on Steam, but means I can’t sell the game on other platforms.

Considering the potential impact of Steam Direct (see below), I think it is important to loosen this restriction on myself. Players on Steam will not notice any difference, but it will mean I can sell non-Steam versions of the game. These non-Steam versions will have online registration, logon and password recovery screens (and players will need to login before playing online), but will otherwise be the same.

Steam Direct?

Steam Direct will be Valve’s replacement for Steam Greenlight as the method to get a game onto Steam. Coming in a few months, it will require a flat fee be paid to Valve in return for each game added to the Steam platform. Estimates of this fee range from US$100 to US$5000. At the bottom of this range I fail to see how the fee will have desired effect (preventing exploitative games). At the high end of the range some small devs, like me, will struggle.

I should point out that I know Valve has every right to organise their platform how they want, and their stated goal is laudable. However, as a small indie dev it would be very easy to be crushed by any changes as an unfortunate, unintended and unnoticed side effect. Although I think it likely that the fee will fall towards the low end of Valve’s range and I will probably be ok, it is still a wake up call. At the moment I am completely dependent on the Steam ecosystem and Valve’s benevolence. To protect myself, I am going to start looking towards other platforms. Thus the non-Steam DRM version of Concealed Intent as an initial learning exercise and start upon this path.

So what have you been doing the last couple of months?

After taking a break over the holiday season, I have started work on a new game. I don’t have a name yet and it is still all developer artwork (amazingly ugly!). So I am not ready to show people or talk much about it yet, although I am happy with the way it is progressing. Right now it has reached a natural pause point. After finishing the CI update I will get back to it with some refactoring, prettifying and expanding out of the already completed vertical slice of gameplay. Oh, and decide upon a name. Then it was supposed to be time for Greenlight… not sure what will happen now.

I have also been playing games again! While developing CI, there was little time to play games, but now I set aside a couple of hours per week to play games of interest or just from my backlog. To help keep this up I record my sessions and put them up at A Gamedev Plays… on YouTube

What happens after Concealed Intent 1.2?

First, I will fix any bugs that appear. Otherwise I will get back to work on my next game and look to start promoting it. However, this will be affected by the fact I will be moving country around May. This is likely to also require me to find a new job as developing games will not pay the bills in the vastly more expensive country I will soon reside. I cannot make any guarantees as to what I can achieve in the the second half of the year. However, I hope to finish my second game and release another small Concealed Intent update.

Older:


January 2, 2017: Routine & State of the Game


November 23, 2016: Dev Update


October 17, 2016: Concealed Intent Release Postmortem


October 2, 2016: Concealed Intent 1.1 Progress Report


September 11, 2016: What is Happening


August 3, 2016: Release


August 2, 2016: Concealed Intent Development Postmortem


July 21, 2016: In My Own Words


July 5, 2016: Release Date


May 25, 2016: Steamgifts


May 14, 2016: Feature Complete


March 22, 2016: Plan Out Of Early Access


March 14, 2016: Interview


January 29, 2016: What Next?


December 24, 2015: Challenge Friends


November 19, 2015: Alive


November 11, 2015: Release Date


October 19, 2015: Marketing Stuff


October 9, 2015: Someday this gamedev is gonna end


September 1, 2015: Online Update


July 18, 2015: The Best Laid Plans


June 26, 2015: Screenshots


June 12, 2015: Demo & Offscreen Pointers


May 30, 2015: Greenlit, but not sure how


May 23, 2015: Greenlit


May 8, 2015: Concealed Intent Update


April 22, 2015: Concealed Intent Update


March 26, 2015: Feedback


February 21, 2015: Circling in Unity3D with RotateAround


February 18, 2015: News


February 11, 2015: News


January 31, 2015: Mail Out


December 7, 2014: Lessons Learnt (so far)


November 19, 2014: Introduction To Concealed Intent


November 11, 2014: Starting Marketing


October 12, 2014: Deadline


September 25, 2014: Holidays


August 26, 2014: Working with Unity, rather than against it


July 14, 2014: GUI and Online Again


June 9, 2014: GUI and Online


April 30, 2014: Update


September 5, 2013: Feedback


July 31, 2013: Scary Times


May 15, 2013: Developer Diary - GUI Improvements


April 7, 2013: Developer Diary - 3D


March 27, 2013: Zoom and Scale


March 4, 2013: Alphas


February 22, 2013: Noise


February 15, 2013: Anti Stats


February 7, 2013: Developer Diary - 7th February 2013


January 28, 2013: Screenshot


October 2, 2012: Space Is Big


September 15, 2012: No Kickstarter


August 6, 2012: Rewrite


July 26, 2012: Announcing Concealed Intent