DevLog #66 – Building a town and raising mountains

Time for another DevLog! We will start with announcing our next Milestone for Version 0.2 planned for release in early July. And then we show you what we have done so far with lots of pretty imagery.

Our Milestone for version 0.2

We promised to deliver regular updates of CrossCode for all participants to the Early Access Program. So we did some planning. The next Version of CrossCode will be Version 0.2 and we plan to deliver it beginning of July. And these are the features we hope to finish until then:

  • New town: Rookie Harbor
    • An (almost) complete town with several buildings and quite a lot of NPCs
    • Comes with a market place for lots of trading
  • New area: Bergen Trail
    • Right after Autumn Rise you’ll start climb a proper mountain
    • New enemies and caves for exploration included
  • Quest system
    • We’ll wrap up a system for basic questing.
    • Next to hand tuned quests there will also be random generated quests for everyone who prefers to be accompanied with a list when bashing enemies or searching for loot.
  • Achievements
    • A system to gather achievements!
    • You will be able to see your achievements in the menu
    • Connected to Steam achievements!

…And that’s the plan! Let’s hope we’ll be able to deliver.

Now let’s talk about what we’ve done so far. Following our visit to RPC (which btw. was very awesome!) we first had to deal with a couple of distractions (albeit important ones… like a meeting with our partner Deck13). So we just recently started to properly focus our work on CrossCode. And here are the results…

Rookie Harbor Progress

Building a town is quite a lot of work. Especially since, in our case, it’s not exactly a very small town. The final version of Rookie Harbor will consist of 5 large maps full of buildings, NPCs and details. So many details. R.D., GFluegel, and me all joined forces to work on the maps. Here are some screenshots:


A small fountain surrounded by buildings


A market place close to the city center.


The center plaza with a larger fountain. Did we mention that avatars can’t swim?

Meanwhile, our pixel artist Tina worked on the graphics for the interior of the houses and already made a lot of progress:


And yeah, we’ll have to create those maps, too.

Mountain climbing at Bergen Trail

Meanwhile, we started work on another new area we already mention in a previous update:
Bergen Trail will follow right after Autumn Rise (the area of the Exploration mode) and feature a climb up to high altitudes, entering a colder region with snow and all that stuff.

So one of the first thing we did is plan the layout of the area. R.D. prepared this nice sketch:

bergen traill

I started working on the tile graphics, converting the cliff tiles we already use in Autumn Rise, but adding more variations and new ground, grass and snow tiles:


While doing the tiles graphics, we found out that it was quite a pain to create maps with them: we have our height map feature that automatically generates the cliffs quickly enough, however, since the chipset has grass and snow bordering right next to the cliff tiles, you had to replace a lot of the generated tiles by hand. This is quite tedious.

That’s why I took a short excursion and extended our height map tool to also support different kind of terrains! It looks like this:


Spending about half a day on that was definitely worth it, as I’m sure it will save plenty of hours of tedious manual mapping.

And that’s about it – and we’re just getting started! Let’s hope for more content in our next DevLog!


  • Valthan on May 27, 2015 at 2:53 am said:

    Your terrain modification tool is genius! A few more features like that and you could have a product that you can license out to other development studios.

    When I was making a short game for a school project, I wished so badly I had something like this. All I had was pre-made tiles. Nothing like the freeform stuff you’ve got here, and I sure couldn’t add grass and the like so easily. (or at all, depending on the tile set I was using on that map)

  • Snowflake on May 27, 2015 at 9:44 am said:

    The terrain modification tool is a really good idea. I would never have thought of creating a tool like that.

  • Yay nice :D more content <3 Im really happy to see that you continuous working at this Game. I love it, its a very great game and I cant wait for the Update <3

  • Arumaar on May 27, 2015 at 6:47 pm said:

    Not being able to swim in big bodies of water is one thing but drowning in something like a town square fountain, now that’s dedication.

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