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Foundation

A new era of organic city-building simulation!

July Content Update News!

Hey everyone!

We are happy to present to you what you can expect in our next content update!

For this update, we are focusing on improving the core game experience as well as adding new features and buildings. Expect major changes in the gameplay meta!

Bad Weather

A weather system will be added in the next update, starting with the introduction of rain. Not only will this add to player immersion with suitably gloomy clouds, lighting and of course rain effects but the weather is also going to bring with it additional challenges.

Rain will indeed impact your crop yields, but will improve fish yield! You will need to be careful to produce enough food to sustain your population needs during this period.

A new building: The Granary

The bad weather and reduced yields are going to require you to plan ahead as poor preparations will see your people starve and leave. To aid in this we will be introducing a new building: The Granary!

This new building will allow you to store a reserve of food resources. It will prove useful when undergoing bad weather. In addition, the Warehouse has been modified to only stock non-food resources. Don’t worry about food trading, the traders will visit your granaries as well.

Major changes to balancing

Balancing will be a large focus for the next update. As we add more content to the game, the economics and flow of balance is evolving as well.

One of the things you can expect is having a limit to berry bushes and schools of fish yields. They will replenish over a time cycle. As such, fulfilling your population with berries will be more challenging.

Further balancing changes will focus on a building’s desirability. There are a number of buildings that we have introduced to the game during the alpha phase, that are missing their desirability influence.

Desirability has an effect on housing upgrades, whether negatively or positively, and as such will have an influence on where you choose to zone housing for your villagers. Not only that but desirability gives you some control over housing upgrades by making an area more (or less) desirable to live.

With that in mind, we will be adding desirability influence to those missing buildings, such as the Rustic Church & Lord Manor buildings as well as those that negatively influence desirability.

We’ve also improved the desirability visual representation.

Building Construction

In order to make them more immersive, we’ve been improving the visual of building construction steps. We will be integrating a couple of those in the next update.

Warehouse resource visual

Currently, many of the resources stored in the warehouse are stored in boxes. This makes it somewhat difficult to identify, visually, which resources are being kept in each warehouse.

It has always been our intention to allow easy identification of warehouse storage and the next update will bring a couple of new visuals to help you see ‘at a glance’ what a warehouse is stocking.

Modding

We will be adding support for modding dependencies. While downloading a mod, you’ll be able to download all dependencies from that mod in a single click.

Release schedule

The update release date will be announced soon, so keep your eye out for more news on the ETA.

All the best
-The Whole Polymorph Games Team

 

Devlog #05

Welcome all to an all new Devlog!

Firstly we would like to start with word on a new Quality of Life Update!

Since the Early Access launch, we have received a bunch of great QoL improvement suggestions from the community. We’d like to know which ones are most important to you. 

We have submitted 10 suggestions for you to vote on and we will prioritize the top 5 for a QoL update!!

Voting is now open!!

If you have any suggestions that you would love to see implemented, you can add yours for review on our tracker here.

Back from voting? Let’s tell you what we have been working on!

Modding Preview

In the last Devlog we announced the release of the modding preview. Thanks to the modding community testing has gone well with only a few small bugs that were quickly fixed. 

We still have some more work and testing to do on the modding update but we hope to release it on the main branch within the next couple of weeks. Though this will depend on further testing and fixes.

Farms and Crops

We have already hinted that we will be introducing some new crops into the game. With these new crops will also come new farm buildings! Here is a little visual hint to those crops the team have been working on. Can you guess what they are?

New Military Quest System

In the last couple of days we have begun initial testing of the new military quest system that will be the focus of the Kingdom Estate progression. 

We will start out by testing the basic mechanics of the system with a single multi-level mission. Once we are happy that the quests are acting as they should we can begin to add more missions and depth.

One new aspect of these missions is the probability of success and failure. To increase the chances of a successful mission you will need to train your soldiers or they could end up like this…

or worse!

Of course, the soldiers will need weapons and those weapons won’t make themselves

… And there’s more

As you can see, we continue to work on the animations that will make the game even more immersive. 

For all the equestrians out there, here’s a little peak of a beautiful moment between man and horse

There has also been some great work done on a new monument! That’s just a teaser though as there is still more work to do. We’ll let you know more in a future devlog.

We will bring you more news in the next couple of weeks, all that’s left to do, if you haven’t already, is go and vote on the QoL update! Voting closes on Monday so don’t delay to have your say… did we just rhyme that?!

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

The Whole Polymorph Games Team

 

Devlog #04

Friday is upon us once again and it’s time for another Devlog!

This week we are going to focus in on modding… Everyone loves a good mod, including us!

What have we been up to this week?

Whilst work continues hard on the Major Content Update we have also been working on opening up the modding capabilities. Over the past weeks, some of the team have been working on the modding tools, code and API to give modders a plethora of new tools and options.

As we write this the team are hard at work on a preview build that includes some major modding features that will allow the modding community to take their mods to a whole new level.

This preview build (1.2.0) will be available on a public preview branch in Steam (Betas) whilst we work with the modding community to stress test the new features.

If you are a modder and would like to test the new update, you can provide feedback and chat with other modders on our Discord Server where we have a dedicated channel for feedback of the preview build.

To gain access to the preview build on Steam:
-> Right click Foundation in your game library
-> Click Betas tab
-> In the drop down choose modding_preview

To gain access to the preview build on GOG:
On The Foundation game page…
-> Click More
-> Settings
-> In the Beta Channel dropdown click ‘On’
-> In the Channel drop down click Modding Preview

What can the modders do with this update?

Some of the new features include:

  • Create workplaces
  • Create monuments and bridges
  • Create walls
  • Create particle effects

We have also included a new mod example that will show the possibilities of new modding features.

And there’s more! You can check out the full list of new features as well as check out the modding documentation on the modding wiki here.

How can players help?

Good question! Any mods created for the preview build will not be available in the main branch of the game but both the preview build and test channel on Discord are open to all players so you can keep an eye on progress and if you would like to test the mods and the build you are welcome to join us.

Once the preview has been thoroughly tested (and fixed if needed) we will move it to the main branch and modders will then be able to add their new mods to mod.io for integration into the game.

Time for a teaser

Here is a first look at one of the new buildings you will find in the upcoming Content Update.

It’s thirsty work out in the fields but a good local beer can help quench that thirst…


Testing can be fun!

Our QA Manager has been testing Foundation to its limits this week and sometimes the question ‘What will happen if?’ can get out of hand!

Renaître de ses cendres

A couple of weeks ago we commented on the devastating fire in Paris and the community’s reaction. This week we would like to follow up on that with this outstanding reproduction by MajesticIX.

We hope you enjoyed this weeks Devlog and have a great weekend everyone!

The Whole Polymorph Games Team

 

Devlog #03

We bid thee all welcome to Devlog #03!

Another week has flown by and another minor update has been released to clear a few more bugs as we continue to work on the Content Update.

As you may have seen we have been cleaning and improving the live build recently, we hope you have enjoyed the minor changes.

So what else has been happening?

Bug Reporting

We have been working to improve the bug reporting system and player feedback loop via the tracker. This has helped greatly with both pre-testing and release of the recent updates. Going forward this will help to ensure we can release future major updates as clear of issues as possible.

2019 Quebec NUMIX Awards

We recently found out that Foundation has made it to the finals in 2 categories at the 2019 NUMIX Awards!!

– III Independant Games (TRIPLE I)
– Production with the highest International profile

Winners will be announced on May 9th! Less than 2 weeks!!

But what about the Content Update?!

We hear your calls for more… even everyone at the back. 

It is coming but there is still much work to be done. We are keeping things under wraps for a little bit longer but we can tell you there has been good progress. We will begin preliminary testing on one new feature next week. Hopefully more news on that in next weeks’ devlog if all goes well.

A few weeks ago a little easter egg was spotted in the photo of Michael. If you missed it then here is a bigger hint:

More Improvements

Along with the new content that is being created we have also been working on improving what is already in the game. We saw a quality of life update a couple of weeks ago and we will continue to improve the current content as we integrate the new.

As you can see job assignation has been getting a medieval makeover:

That’s all we have for you this week Lords and Ladies, but we will leave you with one of our favorite community created screenshots of the week. 

Fare thee well,
The Whole Polymorph Games Team

 

Devlog #02

Hi everyone!

Welcome to a new issue of the Foundation devlog!

As you may have noticed Alpha v1.1.8.0418 was released yesterday!!

The new update brought with it some bug fixes and balancing tweaks as well as a few quality of life changes. Amongst other changes, you can now adjust the game resolution and change from fullscreen to windowed mode.

We have improved the budget window to give more information particularly on traded goods.

There have also been some optimisation fixes so you should find you have a few extra fps, particularly on larger villages/towns.

You can see the announcement and full change log here.

As mentioned in the last Devlog we have a tracker for reporting bugs. Please feel free to discuss bugs here on the Forums or Discord but the best place to report bugs is via the tracker which is being monitored by our QA Manager.

A week in focus

This week with the sad and shocking fire in Paris some of the Discord Community decided to try and recreate Notre Dame in Foundation. One of our Moderators, Helron, created this beautiful reproduction:

What we have been working on

This week has seen a focus on the minor QoL update though work continued on the upcoming Major content update. With the release of the 1.1.8.0418 update it is full steam ahead on the next content update.

We will be bringing you more news of the update in the coming weeks.

As always a big thank you to everyone providing bug reports, suggestions and feedback.

That’s it for this week… We hope you enjoy the new QoL update! Let us know if you find any issues and stay tuned for more news.

All the best
The Whole Polymorph Games Team

 

Devlog #01

Hey everyone!

Welcome to the first issue of the Foundation devlog!

Q. So what is this devlog thing all about?

The community is requesting more information about updates and the progress of the game and this and the future devlogs will hopefully help to keep you updated on what we are working on.

We plan to bring you a weekly (or at least every 2 weeks) devlog with information on what the team have been working on and as we get closer to a major content update, maybe share a few sneak peeks of the new content.

Q. When will you be releasing updates?

Each update we put out will need to be tested and balanced as much as possible and as such if we keep putting out minor updates with small content patches this will ultimately take longer to create fix and balance them all.

Due to the nature of the game and genre it is more efficient for us to build and test major updates with as much content as we can fit in. So expect larger gaps between major updates though we will put out smaller bug fixes and balancing tweaks between major content updates.

Q. So what have you been up to?

Well, it has been a very busy period since the Early Access release, which was followed by a flurry of bug fix patches. The art team have been busy through all this creating new content, animations and environmental effects. We have also been showing the game at PAX east as well as expanding the team to not only increase the speed of production but also to create a better feedback system to you, the community.

We plan to have a new testing and feedback system for each update to try to ensure as bug free releases as possible whilst also feedback to the community regarding any issues that may be found.

The bug/suggestion tracker will be used to its full capability so if you have any bugs please report them to our bug tracker where we can review them and feedback information regarding fixes: https://www.polymorph.games/tracking

We have expanded the team

Since the start of this project the team has grown from the original beginnings with our two co-founders Phil & Leo to a fantastic team of 10 talented people. One of the (not so) new members to the Team is Michael…

Michael has been working tirelessly on new animations for the villagers plus other more hardy beasts 😉

As mentioned above we are working on a better feedback system to the community. Leading this project is Nicolas our new QA Manager, along with myself the Community Manager we will do our best to feedback as much information as possible to keep you all in the loop.

About those updates

As you may have already heard we are working hard on the next major content update, which will see a major overhaul of the mission quest system. This, plus more content will take some time. We will bring you more news regarding the content update in future devlogs.

We are also working on a smaller quality of life update which will be coming soon! The plan is to release the update next week but this will depend on how testing goes and if we find any major bugs in the build.

With the minor update we will be focusing on some food production balancing issues. Fish consumption will be lowered (halved) and flour production will be increased. We also plan to look at some of the costs for buildings, decorative items and in particular Fish trading.

More QoL changes coming with this update will see:

  • Windowed mode and resolution selection
  • Auto-save and quick-save cloud options
  • Auto assign will assign the villager with the closest house

There will also be a variety of fixes and optimisations:

  • Building will turn red and be forbidden to place. This is currently not working correctly on some buildings
  • Prevent doors being blocked on higher density housing
  • Prevent planting in water
  • Optimise wall rendering
  • Optimise wheat rendering

These last 2 points should help out some fps issues.

There will be more improvements and fixes to add but as you can see this next minor update will bring some needed fixes and changes.

To close the devlog we will add that the Soldiers and monks will now have seperate needs… Talking of monks…

That’s it for this week, look out for more news next week and if testing goes well we should see an update!

All the best
The Whole Polymorph Games Team

 

Foundation Dev News #5

Welcome to the 5th Edition of the Foundation Dev News! In this edition:

  • Early Access follow-up
  • Foundation continues to win awards
  • What we are working on
  • Expanding the Team
  • Chats with the Community
  • PAX East

Early Access Follow-up News

It is now nearly 2 months since Foundation released on to Early Access on Steam and GOG!

The successful Early Access release brought with it a lot of new players with various system specifications. Since then we have been busy fixing crashes and focusing on smaller patches to improve the gameplay experience of the current content.

Some statistics since Early Access launch:

  • On launch day, there was 1 crash for every 11.17h played
  • Today, there is 1 crash for every 140.31h played

A total of 1 764 248 hours played. This is the equivalent of 201 years of playtime!!


Foundation Winning Awards

December 2018 saw the return for the 9th time of the IndieDB, Indie of the Year Awards.

Thousands of Indie games were voted on and whittled down to the Top 100 with Foundation coming in second overall for the Best Upcoming Indie, voted for by players.

In addition, we were delighted to take home the prestigious, Editor’s Choice Best in Show Award!

In March, Foundation continued its winning streak by landing the National Bank’s Coup de Coeur Award at the Ubisoft Indie Series!


What We Are Working On

The Early Access release was a busy period of fixes and optimization but you will be happy to hear that we are working hard toward the next content update!

We will be announcing more detail of the upcoming content update soon but for now we are excited to tell you that we will be:

  • Expanding some of the current in-game features, focusing on improvements to the estate progression system.
  • Expanding the capabilities of the modding API.
  • And of course we will continue to fix any bugs and improve the balancing.
  • Anyone fancy a beer?! 👉*hint*👈

To keep track of any news and announcements follow and wishlist us on Steam or join our fantastic community on Discord!


New Faces At Polymorph Games

Since our last Dev News we have been joined in the Studio by Michael, who has been beavering away animating the Foundation Villagers.

You will soon be seeing more of Michael’s work in-game!

We will also soon be joined by a 2D artist and a QA Manager taking the Team to 10 members, but it doesn’t stop there. We are looking to expand further with the addition of 2 programmers.


Questions With The Team

The Early Access release gave us the opportunity to chat about the future for Foundation as well as enjoy answering some questions from the community. If you missed the streams you can catch up with them here:

Skye Storme Q&A with Philippe:

Obearry talks to Ash our Community Manager:

We talk about Foundation with our friends at Berzerk Studio:


PAX East 2019

We are taking Foundation on the road again next week and heading to Boston, MA for PAX East.

There will be 8 stations to try out the game so if you are heading to PAX East this year come and meet the team and play Foundation at booth #21225


Thanks as always to all our friends, fans and supporters!

Best regards,
Your dedicated Polymorph Games Team

 

Foundation Dev News #4

Come one, come all! In this Edition of Foundation Dev News:

  • Foundation Sale ending soon
  • Our very first award
  • What we are working on
  • A new team member
  • Join us at PAX South

Sale Ends November 28th!!

Only 1 day left to take advantage of 25% OFF Foundation.

Pre-order your Steam key now and get instant access to the Alpha today!*

Get 25% OFF Foundation right now: https://www.polymorph.games/

*Instant access to the Alpha is via a standalone installer. Steam keys will be distributed upon Early Access in Q1 2019


Foundation Wins a MIGA Award!

Earlier this month we attended our first public Exposition at the Montreal Expo Gaming Arcade.  It was fantastic to see so many people come out to join us at MEGA!

We had a superb time making new friends and showing off Foundation. To top it all off we won our very first award!

There was some stiff competition for the MIGA awards with some fantastic Independent Studios creating some truly incredible games. To our genuine surprise and excitement we walked away with the award for Best Sound Design!!

Thanks so much to Jonathan Grover of The Grove for doing such an amazing job with the sound design. The whole team are so proud of this achievement and the warm fuzzy feeling we get for the recognition from MIGA, which you can probably see in our faces below!


What We Are Working On

As you may know Foundation will be moving to Steam Early Access in Q1 2019. We have a lot planned and a busy time ahead of us preparing for the Early Access release. Here are a few things we are currently working on:

  • Environment Rehaul – We are creating lush environments for your villages to nestle in.
  • UI Improvement – We are working hard on improving the menu system and overall look to the user interface, helping accessibility as well as looking great!
  • Particle System – A new particle system is under development that will create even more atmosphere to your gorgeous cities.
  • Steam Achievements
  • And of course more content for the Early Access release!

We Welcome a New Team Member

We are excited to announce a new member of the Polymorph Games Team! Loup-Gabriel has joined us as our FX Artist!

He has already started work on Particle FX and visual improvements, using the in-house Particle System. With the help of Loup-Gabriel, Foundation will take on new levels of atmospheric environments!


Pax South 2019

 

We are taking Foundation to Texas!

Phil, Léo, Anne-Marie and Ash are taking Foundation on the road again.

On January 18-20 2019, you can meet the team and play the game at the Foundation booth in San Antonio, TX.


Best regards,
Your dedicated Polymorph Games Team

 

Foundation Dev News #3

In this edition of Foundation Dev News:

  • Second Content Update is LIVE!
  • Foundation Main Theme Music Reveal
  • Fall Promotional Discount
  • We welcome all the early backers
  • Join us at the MEGA

The Second Content Update is now LIVE!!

We are excited to announce that the Second Content Update has gone live!

This update contains, new content and features including:

  • New functioning Monument buildings (Bailiffs Office, Tax Collector and more!)
  • New production buildings (Beekeeper, Weaponsmith and more!)
  • New quest and mission systems!
  • New Mountain Map

And of course the update also contains many bug fixes and balancing tweaks but this is only the tip of the iceberg!

You can see the full changelog here!


Main Theme Music Reveal!

Our composers have been working hard to create the atmospheric Medieval Foundation sound. Many broken Lutes, Citoles and Gitterns later we now have a beautiful Main Theme for Foundation.

Check out the Foundation Main Theme Reveal:

 


Foundation Fall Discount!

Interested in playing Foundation or looking to buy a second key* as that perfect gift? We have you covered!

For a limited time Foundation will be on sale! Get Instant Access to the Alpha and find out what all the hype is about for yourself!

This promotional offer ends November 28.

Get access to the Fall Promotional Discount via our Website: https://www.polymorph.games/

*Second key purchase will enable an invite option via your Polymorph Games account


Peasant & Commoner Backers Access Arrives

We would like to welcome the arrival of the last of our early backers!

As promised all Peasant and Commoner backers will be receiving an email soon with instructions on how to gain access to Foundation and the standalone installer.

Join the Foundation discussions on our Discord server: https://discord.gg/z5Hu4MN


It’s time for MEGA!

As previously mentioned, on November 9, 10, 11, we’ll be attending our first public exposition in Montreal! We will also be joined by the 2 lucky winners of our Facebook competition who will get the chance to say hi! Congrats!!

We will have 3 stations for you to try Foundation, as well as some merchandise to sell!

MEGA 2018 - November 9, 10, 11


Final Words

We would like to say a big thank you to all our Alpha backers for your help and feedback!

Thank you all for being the best community ever!! You are truly helping us make Foundation the best Medieval City Builder in the universe!

Best regards,
Your dedicated Polymorph Games Team

 

Foundation Dev News #2

Today we are bringing you news on the release date of the Second Content Update.

We are also announcing a small delay to the Steam Early Access, don’t worry though as we have a surprise for Peasant and Commoner backers.

And finally a chance to join us at our first public exposition! 🎉


Second Content Update Release Date News!

Yes, you read that headline right! We have been working hard, with help from the community, to address bugs from the preview build. New content is being added and it is all being polished, along with a few balancing tweaks before the release.

We’re sure you are all wanting to know the release date, so without further ado…

Second Content Update Released November 7!


Early Access Delayed to Q1 2019

Firstly we would like to say thank you for your enthusiasm and reaction to Foundation!

We’ve received a lot of positive feedback and great suggestions from you, and this is helping us to improve the game. There’s still much to do and with this in mind…

We have decided to delay the Early Access on Steam until the first quarter of 2019.

This will allow us to address much of the community feedback, polish the visuals and improve the overall experience of the game before making it to the big league!

The delay to Early Access does not mean that you have to wait to play Foundation. You can still buy and play the Alpha via our website. All pledge levels will also receive a Steam Key  when Foundation is released on Early Access.


All Peasant & Commoner Backers get Access to the Alpha

The delay to the Early Access does not mean that our EA backers will miss out though. We promised access to all Peasant and Commoner pledges in Q4 2018 and with the Second Content Update we will show our commitment to our words and our backers.

This journey would have been impossible without you and we can’t wait for you to get your hands on Foundation!

On release of the Second Content Update all early backers will receive an email with instructions on how to gain access to Foundation and the standalone installer.

You can join our Discord server now: https://discordapp.com/invite/z5Hu4MN


We’re going to the MEGA!

On November 9, 10, 11, we’ll be attending our first public exposition in Montreal! We will have 3 stations for you to try Foundation, as well as some merchandise to sell! If you are in the area, come say hi!

MEGA 2018 - November 9, 10, 11


Final Words

Thank you as always for your continued support and feedback!

To all the players, backers, media producers and the community as a whole:

Best regards,
Your dedicated Polymorph Games Team

 

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