The Cycle (Professional Work)
The Cycle is a PvPvE Shooter, in which players drop onto a beautiful alien planet to complete various contracts for giant corporations, while either fighting or teaming up with other players,
and escape before the cyclic destructive storm kills them.
I have worked on The Cycle since February 2018, in the capacity of an Associate Producer. My areas of responsibility started at the creation of the map, and have since extended to the general content production, as well as parts of the self-publishing efforts.
The Project is aiming for a release withing this year on Steam Early Access, with Console versions in the future.
Following my previous experience with the content teams on Dreadnought I had the opportunity to work with the majority of the same team on creating the first Map of The Cycle. As we were aiming for a closed Alpha release as soon as possible, we had roughly 6 Months to produce a map far bigger than any Dreadnought Map we had made thus far – a tough order, but we managed to do so.
We had some experience from what would make a good level for the game, as we had previously already build a prototype, that featured a map similar in size – however, this time we would need to make it much prettier, and make more sense in the world. Additionally, as we were figuring out certain elements of the game outside our team, constant communication was needed on what direction the design is heading, and how we need to adapt to it.
Early on, we researched a lot on how to approach the development of the more open nature of this game, and started building the map, layer by layer, iterating over individual areas until you see the result in the teasers and screenshots.
The Map is by no means done, and we have concrete plans on how we want to continue with it, and make this a shared process with our players.
So far, the reception has been very positive. As we look to bring the game to a release on Steam, I am now getting involved in the Gameplay and Vanity content and will prepare that we have everything we need for going into Early Access, and supply our players with a regular stream of new content.
You can check out the game here: thecycle.game , as well as in the Screenshots, and Teasers below.