We'll be showing off all new content from Hob at gamescom in Cologne, Germany next week. We'll have more updates for you later this month – so until then, here's a new teaser trailer to whet your appetite.
Also, we'll be at PAX West (the show formerly known as Prime) in Seattle from Sept. 2-5 where you'll be able to play our latest demo. So stop by the booth and say hi!
In celebration of E3, we are unveiling new screenshots and new videos! Though we aren’t physically there showing Hob, this update features brand new zones and gameplay footage that we are really excited to share with you.
Here, the player steps into a previously unrevealed area, the Forests of Hob.
There is more than meets the eye to the Forest. You just might run into yourself – or is it someone else?
Game Director Patrick Blank shares more information on this enigma.
Q:What makes the Forest zone unique?
PB: The Forest area is very dense with large trees and foliage covered ruins underneath a lush canopy. It provides new ways to navigate and explore thanks to many of the larger tree branches acting as platforms that populate the area lending to a lot of verticality. There is also a riverbed that runs throughout the Forest acting as a main path. Initially this riverbed is empty, but once filled it provides a flowing river that the player can jump into and ride to a new area of the Forest that is otherwise inaccessible!
Q:It seems like we are looking at ourselves in the second screenshot. Is that true?
PB: It certainly appears that we are looking at something similar to ourselves in that screenshot. Perhaps it’s a reminder of the past, or a warning of the future…
Q:I see a sword. Can I use it?
PB: The player acquires sword fragments through exploring the world. These shards can be used to forge their first sword early on in the game that they will use to fight creatures and solve puzzles.
Q:When can I play in Forest?
PB: Hopefully soon! We are putting together plans for showing at PAX West this year. Maybe you'll get a chance to play in Forest, or a new area that we haven’t talked about yet! You could say the new area is pretty electrifying…
Concept art for Wind zone.
FROM THE DEV DIARIES
One thing we’ve been pleasantly surprised about as we've been showing Hob is how much people love our grass. Sure, there might be puzzles to solve and abilities to unlock, but that grass! It just needs to be mown with a sword!
In this dev diary, Senior Programmer Ole Ciliox puts his finger on exactly why it’s so alluring for us all.
At PAX East this year, everyone who played Hob could enter our contest for a chance to win a brand new PS4! In this video, we demonstrate our very scientific method to determine the winners.
Please note: Legally, we cannot recommend you try this at home, so we won’t. But we also won’t be upset if you do. ;-)
Congratulations to the winners! Prizes have been mailed out and you’ll be receiving those soon.
JOIN US AT PAX WEST
If you didn’t get a chance to play in Boston, we will be showing Hob back in our hometown of Seattle this Fall during PAX West. We hope to see you there!
Until then, thank you for following our development journey and for all your support and encouragement! Hob is coming along beautifully and we can’t wait to show you more.
PAX East in Boston was amazing! We connected with so many of you on the East Coast, and it was awesome to put Hob in your hands and hear your feedback. We always love getting the chance to talk to you face to face, and we of course love Boston.
Those of you who stopped by the booth, thank you for playing! If you missed it, we have some photos and highlights for you here in this round-up:
What people are saying
"Hob has all the makings of a classic adventure game"
"You can easily find yourself just staring at some of the screens in HOB, lost in the detail and scope of the beauty or pushing yourself to head off the beaten path for some hidden gems and views."
TotalBiscuit came by to play! Here's his walkthrough of the demo:
Hob Hero Pin available now!
We debuted a new Pinny Arcade collectible at PAX East, featuring the hero of Hob. They're in the merch store right now, along with the sprite pin from PAX Prime.
Playtesting opportunity – apply within!
We're looking for play testers! If you enjoy our games and want to be part of future testing opportunities, join the Runic Games Test Kitchen. All we ask for is your time to play through a demo and give us feedback.
The Runic Games Test Kitchen is open to everyone, regardless of where you live. Some play tests may require proximity to the greater Seattle area, but there will be opportunities for virtual play testing as well.
Love our games? Like having your voice heard? Join the Test Kitchen and help us cook up something awesome.
Want more Hob?
Then you need this detailed dev update from Lead Level Designer and Game Director Patrick Blank. Here's a taste:
"When we started talking about ideas for Hob, the biggest aspect that kept coming up was the world itself needed to be center stage for both gameplay and story. The main goal was for it to be something more unique, and engaging in interesting ways for the player to interact with it. Those core goals are what drove the idea of a world disheveled like a Rubik’s cube. It’s not complete, and the player needs to help fix it. It was proposed that we not only build the world around the player being able to move and transform large areas, but to also make those transformations a major part of the narrative. What that narrative is, however, is a secret for the player to discover."