Back with more answers from the frequently asked questions.
Thank you for the support and see you next week!
1- When will you release a gameplay video?
The game has been functional and under testing for many months now while we add features and fine-tune those that are there. The 12 maps that will be released are also constructed, and they are under various levels of tweaking and optimizations, so you shouldn’t worry about the state of the game. The reason why we haven’t released a video yet is that while the game is under development, we have put our energy on gameplay before performance, so the game works but the framerate isn’t representative right now of how the game will feel when it comes out. The screenshots aren’t doctored in any way whatsoever as well, so we want to release a video that will look like how the game will look, with the performance it will have. Now that we’re close to being content complete, our engineers are working on cranking up the framerate. When that will be satisfactory, we’ll show you the game in movement.
2- What will be available in the Aristocratic Edition of the game of The Guild 3?
The Aristocratic Edition of The Guild 3 will contain some really special stuff like: a “Making-Of DVD” of the game, an original soundtrack and a specially designed cardgame. But there’s also a Balbulus of Boon collector’s figurine on top of that! Like we talked last week, there will be multiple sections in our Making-Of: a “meet-the-teams” section (programmers, artists, producers, etc.), a look at the beginnings of the project and the initial ideas that helped launch everything. To top it all off, the Making-Of will have a wonderful outtakes section and a “mean” comments one! If you are a diehard fan, you really need to pre-order it!
3- Will there be any fantastic things?
No, nothing fantastic will be in The Guild 3. The basis of the Guild franchise is set in historical middle ages. Adding magic swords and skeletons would completely break the mood :-).
4- How many maps and how big will they be at release?
There will be 12 official maps upon release. Our plan is to continue adding more afterwards, as well as release the map editor to the community to let everyone create their settings. The maps vary in size, but will reach many times the size of TG2 maps.
5- What are the system requirements for the game on PC ?
- OS: Windows 7 or higher
- Processor: 2.5 GHz Dual Core Processor
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Graphics: 2 GB Direct3D 11 capable video card (GeForce GTX 470 or Radeon HD 5850)
- DirectX: Version 11
- Storage: 5 GB available space
- Sound Card: DirectX compatible Sound card
Additional Notes: These are preliminary system specs that can and will change!
6 – How far will customization go in The Guild 3? Will we be able to change outfits this time? To edit our home interior, etc.?
You will be able to customize your character and we will implement some different clothing for him/her. You will have several choices to dress him/her up. You will also be able to choose its face, its size and its voice. But the interior objects of your residence will be static; no customization for that.
7 – In The Guild 3, the players will only play one character at a time. Why?
You play the leader of the family. So in that sense, you control the world with a single character. But as the leader of a family, you get to direct all resources of that family, including employees and other family members. It’s just that their action range is more limited than the leader that has the legitimacy to do certain things. The other employees can be directed to perform various crafting, transport or actions, and the family members can be traded, married, placed in political positions, sent to school or long trips, etc.
8 – Can you talk a little bit more about the AI and EHE?
One of the early design decisions that we made was to have more realistic decision-making and behaviours from the game’s NPC characters and AI-controlled families. While we tailored the code for this game’s specific needs, we’re trying to make it as challenging to play with and against as we can.
For extra information regarding the EHE’s philosophy and original idea, you can have more information here: https://www.gamedev.net/resources/_/technical/artificial-intelligence/making-machines-learn-r3947
9 – How long can a game last?
You can continue playing a single game forever, as long as your dynasty isn’t extinct. Some players continued games well up into the 20th century with TG2 Renaissance! Of course, the game doesn’t reflect innovations and changes of the passage of time, but you can still continue playing.
10 – What’s the deal with all the chickens? 🙂
They’re delicious, that’s all!