Just like I stated last post, both Nonulok and I are right on schedule with the Demo Release. With a few modifications, It is being released as a Beta Demo. We will be selecting 6 or so testers. It will be released Monday 11-21-2011 to the testers. If all goes well with that, then it will go live to the masses within the same week.
What the Demo is:
A dumbed down version of the official Episode 1 release.
And what does that mean exactly?
Level detail will be minimal. Decor to bring out atmosphere will not fully be in place. Stages will be a little shorter. GFX may change.
What will stay the same from the Demo to the Episode 1 release?
The core of the gameplay mechanics.
The overall layout of the initial level pieces.
The animations and effects. (this also includes characters)
so essentially the demo is to test how the game is played on levels that will really exist and not just a "Tech Demo" level showing off capabilities. I believe that when showing off what an engine can do and then receiving a game that is totally different than your first go at it can be both very misleading and kill the experience. Both of which we do not want to do.
So recap. Demo = short level to test overall gameplay and control. Episode 1 release will be longer and better in visual appearance.