We Were Here Too Newsflash #3

One of the things we think about a lot during the development process of We Were Here Too is how we can best engage with our audience. Our first game We Were Here was – and still is – played by people from all around the world, who not necessarily have English as their mother tongue. When we were in the process of getting our game We Were Here published on Steam, it was most logical to do this in English. As native speakers of Dutch ourselves, English is the foreign language we are most familiar with and it is also the language in which most games are published on Steam. We do, however, realize that this isn’t necessarily true for the people who enjoy playing our games.

This brings us to the topics of translation and localization. For We Were Here Too we are once again developing the game in English. This applies to all the written and spoken texts that occur in the game, but also to the ways in which we keep you guys updated on the development process through our social media channels and website. But besides that we do also want to engage as many people as possible in our game and have therefore decided to have We Were Here Too translated in a number of languages. The selection of languages in which the game will be available is based on the number of players by country, as shown on Steam, but also on the number of people who speak the language in general. This selection includes:


We Were Here Too Newsflash #2

Hi everyone!

We have an update regarding the release date. As many of you know we had set the planned release date for We Were Here Too this summer. With the end of summer drawing near we have decided to delay our planned release for We Were Here Too and its’ first chapter. We are now aiming for a release this November with closed beta tests finishing in October.

We feel this delay is necessary to provide everyone with an unforgettable experience that is above and beyond what the original game offered!

So sit tight for a little longer. We hope you’ll understand and be sure to add We Were Here Too to your wishlist if you haven’t done so already. We will continue posting weekly updates about We Were Here Too and the development of the game.


Total Mayhem Blog #3

Let’s talk about you and me. No… sorry, just kidding. I will just talk about art. Don’t worry.  As I told you before, our team used to consist of 15 students who all came from different studies. Our minor as a whole consisted of 45 students, and nearly half of those students were part of the Willem de Kooning Academy: an Art Academy located in the city centre of Rotterdam. It’s not unusual that the love for art was floating in the air during the minor.

Total Mayham Games (yes, you read that right… our original name was a pun) had the honor to have 4 artists in the team. The artists worked very well together and made sure the game had a very consistent and unique atmosphere. Even though the artists all had very different styles, they managed to make the player feel he or she went through one experience. In the gallery below I’ll show you some of the (concept) art of We Were Here.


Total Mayhem Blog #2

This week we’re celebrating the 23rd birthday of our ‘Sound Guy’ Leon van der Stel. We thought this was the perfect opportunity to bring up the subject we haven’t discussed too much of yet: the music and sound design of ‘We Were Here’ and ‘We Were Here Too’!

For us, the music of the game was very important. It had to create tension and keep players engaged as they were figuring out how to advance through the game. To get a certain musical ambience that matched our intentions, we had to miss Leon for quite some time during our minor ‘Game Design and Development’. When being surrounded by us in this crowded room with thirty other students, we knew we were just holding him and his creativity back. So most of the time Leon could be found in his ‘at-home’ studio!


We Were Here Too Newsflash #1

We figured that after a long time of teasing, mysterious hints and maybe even some radio silence, it’s about time that we started of giving more clarity on the development of We Were Here Too. Hereby introducing: We Were Here Too newsflashes. Expect weekly updates, facts and information on the long anticipated sequel of We Were Here.

As you may have found out on our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter), we are starting off with newsflash #1 revolving about the structure of We Were Here Too. The game will consist of a free Prologue chapter, with multiple Chapters following this Prologue as downloadable content. The Prologue AND the first Chapter will release simultaneously in just a couple of months. But why did we choose this structure?

Looking back at the release of We Were Here, we are (of course) still proud of what we have accomplished in only 14 weeks. But we also learned from our own experience and your feedback on We Were Here, that we missed some structure in the storyline and that the game needed plenty of time for bug testing. That’s what we’re trying to overcome by splitting up the game in the form of Chapters, with the Prologue available for free. Now we’re able to transform the amazing story we have into an awesome game, without having to leave some essential parts out. We will give you a taste of the We Were Here Too storyline in one of the following We Were Here Too newsflashes.

Your continued support has been amazing and we are eternally grateful for your patience and all the kind words. Unfortunately, positivity alone won’t pay the bills. That’s why we had to make the decision not to make the entire game free to play like We Were Here. We have to be realistic: we can’t create more innovative and fun content without an income. But we would also like to give our supporting fans something in return, and that’s why we decided to make the Prologue available for free for new and returning players to enjoy. This gives us plenty of time to give each chapter the needed time and polish it deserves, while giving you guys lots of content to enjoy this time around!

The Prologue will consist of several puzzles and an introduction of the storyline of We Were Here Too. After the Prologue, the new Chapters will be available (with the first Chapter releasing simultaneously with the Prologue), so you can continue to puzzle your way out of Castle Rock.


We Were Here Too Steam page online!

We can finally be bringers of some great news: the We Were Here Too Steam page is finally online!

Our apologies for getting your hopes up (too) high last friday. We wanted to give you something bigger, but unfortunately, the process didn’t go as smoothly as planned. But now we’re finally clear to spread the word: the We Were Here Too store page is now online at Steam! In the store page you will find more information on We Were Here Too, and you will also be able to put We Were Here Too on your wish list so you will get a notification when the game is released.

Hold on just a little longer, We Were Here Too is on its way!


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We Were Here - Too

We Were Here Too, the sequel to the co-op puzzle game 'We Were Here', is an all new, brain-teasing adventure in the forgotten halls of Castle Rock, Antarctica.

You and your expedition companions got separated from each other. You know what happened to your partner and you, but what happened to the others you were separated from? What is their side of this story?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhP6BtbPpYs


Patch notes: Update #5

Hey everyone! Even though we’ve been very busy lately, we would like to share with you some minor improvements and additions.

Patch Notes
Fixes:
  • Improved stability for VR
  • VR players are no longer able to teleport over the Spike puzzle
  • Mouse sensitivity should now change properly
  • Handles in theater puzzle are more reliable
  • Film roll should now work properly
  • Spawning for VR should now work properly

Added:

  • Added new achievements
  • Implemented a new Video Player, cutscenes should cause less problems now

Please let us know if you still experience issues. Have a great weekend from the Total Mayhem Games team and make sure to follow us on Steam and our social network channels these coming weeks!

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Patch notes: Update #4

Hey everyone! Update Four is brought to you from our new office space where we'll be working on We Were Here for the upcoming months! If you still experience an issue that is listed or new issues have presented themselves please let us know in the comments.

Thank you for playing "We Were Here",
Total Mayhem Games

Patch Notes
Fixes
  • Overal stability Voice system
  • Server browser no longer scrolls to infinity
  • Ingame menu will no longer show when leaving from an inspectable state
  • Water SFX are now properly linked to audio options
  • Wind audio now linked to SFX instead of Music volume
  • Bloom for VR is disabled by default
  • Fixed a crash in the main menu for players with a slower connection
  • Some doors will no longer be interactable after being opened
  • Interaction distance for the chess game has been increased
  • Players can no longer turn the handles without locking into them
  • The text above the "Play Scene" button now updates properly
  • Microphone should regain focus after disconnecting/connecting the device
  • The current resolution is now be displayed properly in the options menu
  • The options menu is now more user friendly
  • Player movement and camera look are properly locked when browsing the ingame menu
  • Snow is now less demanding and should not bounce around anymore
  • Players should now always start loading at the same time
  • Disabled most rooms by default, they will be enabled on the run
  • Checkpoints should no longer reset
  • Matchmaking code is refactored and should smooth out the experience (let us know if any issues arise)
  • Fixed a bug where players got stuck on a blackscreen with fire sound effects

Added

  • The options menus have been reworked
  • Voice calibration, located under audio options
  • You can now select your microphone in the audio options
  • "Play Scene" button is now a lever
  • Back/Escape as navigation options in the ingame menu
  • Several performance improvements
  • Added occlusion culling