Enough lurking in the shadows, it’s time I announced what the hell I’ve been working on the last few months!
Or years, actually. While we were making Superfighters Deluxe, I started teaching myself Unity as a side project. What started as a little experiment went through several mutations and has now evolved into what is going to be my first-ever solo game:
What is Filcher?
Filcher is a first-person, 2.5D, mission-based stealth game. You are Sporey, a talented thief who spends her nights stealing from the wealthy and corrupt in a dark and retro-futuristic city. Break into fancy apartments, mansions and office buildings, steal money, jewellery and precious documents, and try not to be seen or heard.
Filcher will come out on PC first and foremost, but console versions aren’t out of the question.
What’s so special about it?
- Hand-crafted, non-linear levels with multiple ways to complete objectives. Each mission is filled with loot to steal, guards to outwit, documents to read, security systems to master, and secrets to find.
- Dynamic light and shadow: Your visibility depends on several factors, like how much light you are in, whether you are standing or crouching, and whether you are moving or standing still. A simple light meter at the bottom of the screen shows you how well hidden you are.
- Sound travels realistically through the environment and guards react to suspicious noises. Your footsteps make more or less noise depending on your speed and the floor type: metal and marble are loud, while grass and carpet are safe.
- Sporey packs an arsenal of tools and gadgets including a blackjack, a dartgun, lockpicks, flashbangs and noisemaking wind-up toys.
- Comic-book style cutscenes progress the story and provide mission briefings.
- The sneakier you are, the higher your mission score. Expert players can strive for a perfect “Ghost” rating, which requires you to find all loot and secrets without being detected or knocking anyone out.
Filcher has a sharp focus on stealth and exploration. You can knock guards out with your blackjack or dartgun, but you are encouraged to avoid confrontations altogether. If you get spotted, you can recover by throwing a flashbang, shooting a tranquilizer dart, or simply running away.
Filcher is in many ways a lo-fi loveletter to the original Thief games, and other immersive sims like Deus Ex and System Shock. Despite its old-school roots, I’ve tried to make it really easy to pick up and learn the game.
For better or worse, it’s also the first game where I’m doing everything myself, including design, writing, programming, art, sound effects and music. Gurt (my buddy and MythoLogic co-founder) has agreed to act as a kind of producer, making sure I stay on track and deliver a quality game, which will then be released under the “MythoLogic Interactive presents” banner.
When’s it coming out?
At some point during 2020. The game mechanics are all in place, so it’s mostly a matter of building more levels and adding the final layer of polish. If you’re interested in beta testing the game, send me an email at email@example.com. You can also leave feedback in the comments below, or on Twitter. Thanks!
6 thoughts on “Announcing Filcher, a first-person stealth game”
Wow really nice game! I hope to try it out soon!
I cant wait to try it! Good luck making it 😀
Thanks! I realize I haven’t updated the blog in ages. But that’s because on any given day I’d 10,000 times rather be working on the game than posting updates about it. Rest assured things are going well behind the curtain.
Love stealth games and this looks super cool! Looking forward to it
Were you still aiming for a 2020 release? I know this year hasn’t exactly been conductive to creativity lol.
Yes Mal, I’m still shooting for late 2020. Which may be overly optimistic, but it helps to have a deadline. I’ll put up a Steam page soon (for real this time!).
It’s been a year full of horrifying distractions, but I’ve gotten a lot done on the game actually. Guess the plague and craziness hasn’t affected my lifestyle that much… go figure.
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