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Planet of the Eyes – Behind the Scenes 👀

For the 1 year anniversary of Planet of the Eyes on PS4 and Xbox One, we are sharing some behind the scenes stuff from the archives. This game had a pretty intense production but it’s always nice to take a step back after to look at the journey and appreciate how far we have come.

We hope that you’ll indulge us today… cue vault opening SFX!

 

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How to Get a Writer On Board

In one of our early meetings with Will O’Neill, writer on Planet of the Eyes, Martin brought in all his level designs made on a huge sketchpad from Dollarama. When Will did not look at Martin like he was insane (or maybe he did but he ignored that part) and actually decided to work with us, we knew that we found ourselves a writer!

 

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How to Demo Your Game

Who knew that a huge part of game development was learning to demo your game properly. Our first time showcasing Planet of the Eyes was at a winter Bit Bazaar at the old Gamma Space on Richmond St. It’s great to spot some familiar faces in the crowd playing the demo, buying merch and supporting us from the start.

 

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How to Win at Voice Recording

Another highlight of production was recording the audiologs with voice talent, Alex Lewis. This was probably the most DIY set-up we did, with Will directing the session over Skype and Alex with his headphones bandaged to his head (because it was busted) reading the lines. Take note indies, this is how to get things done 😉

 

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How to Do Glamour in the Game Industry

Video games in general is not a very glamorous job, so we were very honored that Planet of the Eyes was nominated as a finalist for Best Indie Game at the 2015 Canadian Videogame Awards and that we had the chance to attend the award ceremony. Well, we didn’t win (it went rightfully to Klei for Invisible Inc) but it was great to be there to celebrate and see the game up on the screens!

 

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Thank YOU!

Finally, we thank you with all our hearts for supporting Cococucumber and playing Planet of the Eyes. It’s been a hectic and unforgettable ride making this game, but as one weary and wise traveler once said, ‘We’re in this together.’

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🤖 Happy Anniversary Planet of the Eyes! 🤖

 

 

Riverbond Demos – EGLX, GDC, PAX East!

Hey folks, over the next month or so – to break up our long stretch of sitting down and working on game dev things – we’ll be taking Riverbond on a coast to coast demo tour to Toronto, San Francisco and Boston!

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Riverbond
is a hack and slash couch co-op game that you can play solo or with your friends. It’s a voxel styled game with some pretty sweet physics and cubic destruction. If that sounds good to your ears,
wishlist Riverbond on Steam and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates!

 

An Award?! And Riverbond Press!

Before we get to the events, we’re happy to share that Riverbond has won an award! GDC and Unity3D, recognizes Riverbond in the 3D Game Art Challenge for it’s outstanding and unique 3D aesthetic style and experience. In return, we have the opportunity to share all of this with you by showcasing Riverbond at special lounge at GDC – more details on this below!

If you’re wondering what Riverbond is all about, why not check out some of these fine press coverage and previews from Day of the Devs and PlayStation Experience last year:

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Riverbond 2018 Showcases

EGLX, Toronto
9-11 March (Fri-Sun)
The International Centre, Hall 5, Toronto
Indie Corner – Booth #I12 (map)

 

19-23 March (Mon-Fri)
3D Game Art Challenge Lounge, Ground floor of Moscone West

 

PAX East, Boston MA
5-8 April (Thurs-Sun)
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Riverbond in the Indie Megabooth, Booth 19078

 

We really hope to see you at EGLX, GDC or PAX East. Come by, say hi to the team, and bring your friends along to play some RIVERBOND!

 

– Team Cococucumber

Coco Year End Recap

What a year 2017 has been. Let’s grab a hot chocolate and look back on some highlights from this very eventful 12 months.

Riverbond was awarded GDC Best in Play! Woot!
We mentored these awesome co-op students from Sheridan College. Team high-five!
We flew to Japan for BitSummit!
Our First E3. Badass!

Planet of the Eyes launched on PS4 and Xbox One!

Last show of 2017 at PlayStation Experience!

Thank you for following along on our game dev journey this year. Wishing you a Happy Holidays and a spectacular 2018!

 

– Team Cococucumber

PS. Spread the good cheer – wishlist Riverbond on Steam!

 

Riverbond – Coming to PS4™ in 2018!

Hi players! Or better yet, “Hello Circle, Square, Cross, Triangle!”

Oh. Well, maybe we should work a little more on that intro! 🙂

 

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Today we have two SUPER exciting news:

  1. Riverbond will be coming to PS4™ in 2018!
  2. Riverbond will be playable at PlayStation Experience in December!

 

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Voxel couch co-op dungeon crawler, Riverbond, is coming to PlayStation®4 in 2018, and developers Cococucumber will be giving a preview of what’s to come with a new playable demo at PlayStation Experience in Anaheim, California.

 

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Press  / Streamers / YouTubers

To book an interview or a demo slot with the developers, please email info@cococucumber.co

 

 

Christmas Comes Early at PSX

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If you are planning to attend PlayStation Experience (PSX) in December, please look out for Riverbond and bring your friends along to join in the chaos!

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Riverbond by Cococucumber – Booth #87
Sat Dec 9, 10am- 10pm
Sun Dec 10, 10am-6pm

The Riverbond demo will be running on a PS4, at 1080p and 60fps for much satisfaction and buttery smooth combat. Plus, there will be lots of voxel explosions! Christmas comes early this year, with good times to be had playing Riverbond with your friends and family at PSX.

 

 

That’s it for today, we hope to see ya’ll at PSX!

– Team Cococucumber

 

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Wishlist! Day of the Devs! Mini Worlds!

Hello everyone! As we write, we are in sunny San Francisco getting ready to set up for a round of year end showcases in the West Coast. More on that below, but first – big news!

 

Wishlist Riverbond!

That’s right folks, Riverbond has a Coming Soon page on Steam! If you or your friends are the PC playing type, please click on the Wishlist button on the Riverbond Steam page here.

Adding Riverbond to your wishlist is super helpful as you’ll get an email from Valve telling you when the game releases, which at the moment is some time in 2018.

We’d really appreciate it if you could help spread the word by liking or sharing this news on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

Also, if you prefer follow Riverbond news in another way, there’s always our newsletter:

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Day of the Devs

This one’s a good one! We’re excited to showcase Riverbond at Day of the Devs, a one-day event organized by the fine folks at Double Fine Productions and iam8bit.

This is family friendly and FREE event happening in San Francisco on Saturday, Nov 11th with lots of very cool games, live music and maybe a food truck. If you’re in the Bay area and are thinking of attending, RSVP here.

Don’t forget to stop by to say Hi to Martin and Vanessa if you spot them, and pick up a cute Riverbond pin for memories.

 

Mini Worlds!

Over the past weeks we’ve been previewing dioramas of some of the Worlds that you’ll be visiting in Riverbond.

In case you missed it, here is a handy compilation of the first three mini voxel worlds!

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Just a mini floating island in #Riverbond 🌊

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Who needs a caravan anyways! 😅🚐 #Riverbond

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That’s all for now, we hope to see you at Day of the Devs for some game related shenanigans!

– Team Cococucumber