It’s been quite a while since we last heard from the developers of the ambitious upcoming open world rpg/rts game, Northern Shadow, but we finally have an update on why the developers have been so quiet.
According to a new developer blog post on Northern Shadow’s Steam Greenlight page, the game has been updated from the Unity engine to Unreal Engine 4. The development team outlined the reason for the switch, which you can read about just below:
Back in March when Unreal Engine 4 was announced, we decided to stick with Unity, at that time the development cost of switching was too high, and we were still at that development sweet-spot that the Unity is at its best. As the issues accumulated, the cost of these workarounds started highly outweighing the cost of an engine switch. Which is why, even though after such a large amount of development, we decided to switch to Unreal Engine 4.
Unity is a great engine. And in fact, both 64-bit editor and level streaming issues have been fixed with the Unity 5, which became available for pre-orders a few weeks ago. Its just that for our specific situation, it was a few months late :)
Since that time, the development team has been hard at work on the game, apparently even redoing the entirety of the game world. The original game world had 3 15sqkm overworld zones for the players to explore. Since the move to Unreal Engine 4, the development team has now made the world fully open, and increased the world from 45sqkm to over 100skqm.
In addition to the increased world size, the development team has also added a fully dynamic seasons system to the game, to which they have provided screenshots for just below.
It will be interesting to see how the development team plans to fill a world that size with content, as the game is already taking on an ambitious task as is. We’ll work on getting in touch with the development team to learn more about Northern Shadow soon.
We did do an interview with the development team earlier this year, which you can read by following the link. The interview includes the first trailer for the game as long with a lot of details regarding the game.