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Lisboa Games Week

From tomorrow until Sunday, we’ll be at the Lisboa Games Week, at the Playstation Talents booth demonstrating Gateway for whoever wants to check it out, play it and chat a bit about the game!

Lisboa Games Week will be an event in (you guessed it) Lisboa. Everything game related will be there, like E-Sports, new console and PC releases, VR, retro gaming, YouTubers, cosplay, indies, lectures, etc, so be sure to hop on by!

The other game I’m working on (Strikers Edge) will also be featured there, and there will even be a tournament with prizes!

Co-op proof of concept

Following some of the feedback we’ve got at some of the trade fairs we’ve been showing Gateway at, I’ve decided to try and mock-up the multiplayer aspect of the game.

For the proof of concept, it’s a local only co-op multiplayer, but it works fully, and it’s a lot of fun to play!


To be honest, I haven’t had this much fun playing the game for some time!

If I get the budget for the development, this aspect of the game will be online only, but it will probably the main focus of the game: co-op exploration with crafting elements, gear-based roles and procedurally generated big monsters for players to take on together, since that sounds like a whole lot of fun!

Here’s a video of me and a friend playing a bit on this mode:


I’ve also updated the Gateway website with the new multiplayer features, since it seems to be something people are really into! Smile

Stay tuned for more news soon!

Loads of news

I’m a terrible communicator… I should have done this post more than a week ago, but with crunch going on for Strikers Edge, time has been at a premium!

Anyway, on to the news…


First, Strikers Edge has gone into beta! It’s going alright… Most bugs found so far have the same root (which we’re working on), and the multiplayer has been more or less behaving (still need a lot of work in some of the latency hiding). Hopefully the next couple of weeks the game will be way more stable and reliable.


We’ve submitted Gateway to the Playstation Talents Awards, which is a competition that helps getting games being published on the PS4, helping with small development costs, dev kits and other stuff like that. Strikers Edge was actually the winner last year.

We got selected for the second phase (so the 10 best games), and we’ll be at Lisboa Games Week in November showing the game to the public and press.


Next week, Strikers Edge will be shown at the Paris Games Week, and Gateway will also be there being shopped to potential publishers (if I have enough time to finish the demo build!).

So a lot is happening, even if there’s not lots of updates on the site!

Back from Gamescom

So, last week I came back from Gamescom!

On a personal level, it was very tiring, but I had a blast… Got to meet such great developers, have interesting discussions, look at some amazing indie games; it was really great to feel like a part of the industry!

On a business level, it also went very well… Strikers Edge was very well received by the media and the public, and I had some nice discussions with some publishers about Gateway, which I hope might lead to some news in the near future!

I was present at actually two events: Respawn (an dev-to-dev event), and Gamescom.

At Respawn, I had the opportunity to show Gateway to some people, which marks the first time the game was showed outside of Portugal… Reception was also good there!


So overall I’m very happy!

Have a lot of work ahead of me to prepare Gateway for a more formal presentation to some people, and I have a huge lack of time nowadays, with the looming deadline for Strikers Edge, the release of World of Warcraft: Legion (actually been to the Legion Bar, and won an impersonation contest, yay me!) and everything else, but hey, that’s gamedev! Smile


So in two weeks I’ll be at Gamescom with the Fun Punch Games team, showing off Strikers Edge, the multiplayer battle arena game I’m working on.


I’m taking the opportunity to show “Gateway” as well, to shop it around and see the public interest for it!

For that, I’m preparing a bunch of stuff to take with me, so expect some news on the blog soon, including the new teaser trailer and a new site for the game!

New enemy art

Well, it’s a been a long time since I wrote something here…

The main reason is that I’m working in game development as a job, so most of my free time I don’t feel the urge to code games so much as before…

In case you’re curious, I’m working on “Striker’s Edge”, an arena based multiplayer game (both online and couch mode)… I’m working mainly on the network, AI and replay systems.

Here’s the teaser for it:

Anyway, this week I got some new art assets for the enemies, and I put them in the game to see how they look…



I’m not very happy with them… The sawblade is too large, the red one is difficult to make up in this area, the yellow one is hard to see on the desert… So, they still need a lot of work, even if they already look way better than the previous ones.

Anyway, it felt good working on Gateway again… Need to get my act together and really plunge into it once again!

Now listening to “Epsilon” by “Blood Stain Child”

Bug fixing

Today I kind of had some time to work on “Gateway”, so I started working on loads of bugs I’ve found while working on the prototype.

Most of the ones I tackled today were pirate lair related…


It was some bad spawns, the whirlwind laser wasn’t hitting the player, cannons were firing on the wrong place, and such other stuff…

Now listening to “For Aeons Past” by “Solution .45”

A bit on an update!

No, the game isn’t dead! Smile

I’ve been working a game/multimedia development studio in the last few months, and my schedule has been a bit hectic, hence no updates for a while.

A lot of good things have come out of it… I’m loving my work, and I’m making new contacts!


Anyway, there has been some small interest in a couple of publishers about “Gateway”, so I’ve been preparing a demo for them to try it out and see if that interest can translate in some agreement to finance the last of the development of Gateway.

So, I did a lot of work on making the game more stable and intuitive, and I’ve prepared some documents and a gameplay video as well:

Hopefully this will help me and the company I work for secure funding to finish the game! Fingers crossed!

Just a quick update…

As updates to the blog are being a bit sporadic, a little explanation is in order…

I’ve started work on a new company, in game development… The problem with most new companies is that things are always really busy, getting contracts, financing, the instability of it all, etc, etc, etc, and as such, I’ve been working really hard, with no time beyond that to work on Gateway or any of my other projects and hobbies…

So, while this doesn’t mark the end of my projects, it will take me a while to be able to dedicate some time to them again, especially in this first month!

Things will go back to normal one way or the other! 🙂

Until then, just keep looking into the blog or on the Facebook page for some more info!