AT THE CORE of our gameplay, there is the combat. Fast paced and intuitive, this isn't hack n' slash, this is precision based and tactical first person melee combat. Players choose where and how attacks land, instead of having a stock attack animation, the anatomy of opponents in combination with the stroke of the weapon determine what happens. Accurately translating the intent of the player into in game action is our utmost priority.

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This combat system is built on making sure that player agency is at the heart of play. Your actions should determine what happens in the game, and we want to capture your intent and translate it as seamlessly as possible into the world of the game.

Aderyn's Cradle provides an engaging new type of fast paced melee-combat that will force you to rely on your wits. The combat system is driven by your intent and purpose, making your skill, not chance, what determines the outcome of battles.

 

We intend to give the combat a feeling reminiscent of the fluid firefights of the best first-person shooters with a hint of the first-person melee combat from classic first person-fighting games. Cradle offers a dynamic and responsive game where you forge your own path.

Cradle’s Realfight Combat System  uses new proprietary technologies developed by Mojo Game Studios along with improvements over previous systems which all come together to bring you an unprecedented level of dynamic control.  

Deterministic Combat Animations

Where you aim to attack on your opponent determines what attack your character does.

By simply by aiming and clicking the left or right mouse button, you are able to choose in real time where and how you will strike.

In real sword or melee combat, certain attacks make sense for certain places on an opponents body, while others don't. If you aim at the head of an opponent with a sword in Cradle, you are given only the attack options that would make sense for striking at someones head with a sword. The same goes for arms, legs, the left and right torso, or any area other area you care to aim. Because these choices vary by weapon, but are the same from enemy to enemy, this system is easy to learn and intuitive to pick up.

By simply by aiming and clicking the left or right mouse button, you are able to choose in real time where and how you will strike.

Weapons and Weapon Weight

Weapons in Cradle are designed with specific strengths and weaknesses in combat, and each unique to their specific character class.

Not all weapons are created equal, and not all attacks can be blocked. A heavy mace couldn't be blocked by a small dagger, and a hit from a short sword would hardly be noticed when blocked by a heavy or large shield. The weight and type of weapon being blocked, as well as weight of the weapon or shield doing the blocking determines how much or little the player blocking or being blocked will be affected. When should I block, and when should I dodge? In Cradle this is a real decision.

Order Determinism

Where you last struck has an effect on how your next attack will play out.

In real sword and melee combat, some strikes flow from one to the next, rather than returning to guard between attacks. We wanted to capture this flow from one blow to the next in our Realfight Combat. In Cradle, if you have a sword and want to do a slash right at the torso of an opponent, followed directly by a slash left, simply aim at the right torso and click the right mouse button, then aim at the left torso and click the left mouse button. The end result is a continuous slash to the right and back from the left. This system adds fluidity and reactivity to our combat.

Proximity Determinism

When within a certain distance of an opponent, swinging with your weapon becomes unfeasible, not to mention it becomes impossible to accurately aim. This is where proximity determinism comes in. When too close to an opponent to swing their weapon, instead of their normal attack, the player will push off of their opponent and create space so as to become effective again with their weapons. These push offs vary in type and effect depending on where the player is aiming and what weapon they have equipped.  

Concept for the Swamp Stalker, another enemy to encounter in Cradle

Concept for the Swamp Stalker, another enemy to encounter in Cradle

In addition, we are implementing dozens of smaller tweaks and concepts that give our combat the truly intuitive, reactive and satisfying feel you have always wanted out of a game. From UI design to partial sticky targeting, we are doing everything we can to give you an amazing, one of a kind combat experience. Call it our secret sauce.


All of this variety is accomplished with intuitive, easy to use controls, since the player should be fighting the enemy, not the mechanics.  Cradle's Realfight Combat System has been further developed and will be demonstrated at GDC.  A playable demo is also in the works, so that players can experience what we are describing.  

 

In-game screenshot: "Combat Island" a small testing area we made for showcasing combat

In-game screenshot: "Combat Island" a small testing area we made for showcasing combat

Movement

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Player movement is one of our primary focuses from the beginning of development. Puzzles, exploration, and combat all depend on the way you move through the world. After researching player movement across many genres and platforms of games, we have implemented a novel mechanic that provides for an heightened degree of full circular motion and control with only the arrow keys. 

Aderyn's Cradle still utilizes the standard W, S, A, and D keys already used by most PC games for directional movement, but the movement is both fluid and nonlinear. As a result, the four keys will give you multi directional control usually found in control sticks on game pads.

During testing our team really dug the movement system.  We hope to provide you with the chance to demo it in the very near future.