Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Nations and Cultures of Gaia


Enclosed by mighty glaciers, the lands of Gaia are divided into three main regions: Arcadia, Pirta, and Submeria, each home of a specific culture – respectively Arcadians, Owrus, and Gillfolk.



Arcadians used to be devout followers of the god Sol, but after centuries of holy wars, their religious drive has dampened. As a result, their society has turned to technology-driven secularism: in Arcadia, faith in magic has been dwindling for some time now, and religious temples lay in ruin, like forgotten relics of a distant past.

Owrus and Gillfolk have, on the other hand, been able to sustain their cultures around the temples and shrines of their respective gods, Nieto and Trito.

The Owrus, whose tribes are currently divided by an old Emblem-related quarrel, have all built their homes in the proximity of the Forest Shrine. Despite their differences, Owru people as a whole have always considered themselves as the Wardens of the Jungle. Their sacred duty is to live in harmony with nature and protect Pirta from aggression. Despite the good intents, rumor has it that their fierce warriors have been struggling to keep a terrifying threat at bay for some time now…

Irontalon is the Owru Ambassador in the White City. While he misses the Great Jungle of Pirta, he's in charge of an important task: taking back the Sacred Emblem to his people.

Submerians too have had their fins full lately: trapping the Yurmala Turtle inside Ootheca, the holy place, was no small feat.
When not busy fighting monsters from the sea, Submerians hunt down precious sea materials. Thanks to the finest blacksmith in the whole of Gaia, these corals, and other rare minerals are turned into beautiful weapons that are the envy of the whole world.

Princess Fin loves her country, Submeria, a land full of life and color – a true shelter for both fish and birds. She attributes all of this to the blessing of Trito, the god residing inside the Sacred Emblem of Ocean, which, one day, she hopes to bring back from the White City.

There's much more to the world of Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm than meets the eye, but that's for you to discover upon the game release.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm to be part of Apple Arcade in Fall 2019



Hi all, a quick recap of the last few days – Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm will be part of Apple Arcade, and is confirmed in Fall 2019 for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac. You can read more about Apple Arcade here. We'll share additional updates as we go.

We'd also like to take this opportunity to show you our brand new teaser trailer. Enjoy!


Monday, March 18, 2019

Binding the Powers of Nature: the Caster Gun

The world of Gaia is living an era of unprecedented technological marvel, led by Arcadia, home of Archimedes and his engineering revolution. However, there's a power hidden from regular folk and forgotten by many: magic.

One relic from the days when Knights and Mages were fighting united in the Direfolk War is the weapon our Hero wields: the Caster Gun, a rare device created by the best Arcadian Mages, able to transmute the raw elements of nature you’ll find along the journey into combat spells.




Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm features four main spell types: Fire, Ice, Lightning and Heal, each useful for a specific purpose.

As you might guess, Fire will allow you to burn down wooden objects, destroy weak walls and inflict massive damages against vulnerable enemies. Ice can freeze enemies in place, or spawn floating ice rafts on the surface of the water. Lightning stuns enemies and is useful to power devices or solve electricity-based puzzles. Last but not least, when you're running low on HP, the Health spell will allow Hero to recover some much-needed hearts.

During the game, you'll also be able to increase the efficacy of this weapon thanks to the Power-Up Shards that you'll find as rewards from treasure chests scattered around the map. Once equipped, they will increase either Damage, Might (which influences duration and area of effect) or Charge (the cooldown) of the Caster Gun.


This is all for today, but remember: there are many other gadgets waiting for you in Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm – keep your eyes peeled for more!  


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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Discover the White City, Capital of Arcadia

In Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm, we'll take you to all the main regions of Gaia: Arcadia, Submeria and Pirta. One place you'll get to know well is The White City, and today we'll discuss its history and points of interest.


The White City is the vibrant, rich capital of Arcadia: under the strong leadership of Archimedes, blessed by his continuous scientific breakthroughs, it has prospered and blossomed. After declaring himself Grand Regent, he spent the last 20 years upgrading the pre-existing feudal structures and turning the city into a shining jewel of industrialization; an example for all Gaia to behold.



The city, built by the sea, is an old settlement dating back to the savage wars waged in the name of Sol, Nieto, and Trito. While its feudal walls are ancient, most of the fortifications are of recent build, as is the new city center, developed above Archimedes' modern masterpiece: the Grand Core.

The city is divided into three main districts. Upper Town is where the high society and officers live. Before Archimedes' arrival, the area hosted the Order for All Gods (aka the Mage Guild), whose building is now occupied by the headquarter of Genco Corporation and its automatons workforce. Genco is responsible for the production of appliances and technological artifacts, and as such, it basks in the approving gaze of the Grand Regent. Mages, instead, are banned from the city, and while magic is not explicitly ostracized, few feel comfortable coming forward as users. Upper Town also has access to the railroad, which pierces the town from both East and West.


Lower Town, the area between the Trident fortifications, begins with Genco's loading docks, through which most of the goods come in and leave the White City. The permanent market stalls are a popular attraction, both for visitors and regular citizens. A small slum has spawned not far from the market; despite the efforts of the Grand Regent, the White City cannot embrace all its children, and some less fortunate citizens are forced to seek shelter from the elements under its massive stone arches. Lower Town also used to be the religious district; now, only ruins remain, to remind everyone of the sins committed during the religious strifes of the past.


Past Lower Town, a visitor would soon arrive at the doors of the Knights' Order, the oldest building in town. The palace is one of the few that has maintained its original features, a sign of the importance that the Knights still maintain in Arcadia. The administrative district begins beyond the Order, with offices and business-related infrastructures, such as the airport and the hangars of the Living Fortresses. The entrance of the Grand Core is where the public space runs out, and the influence of Archimedes' Palace, commanding the whole town from the White City's center, becomes predominant.     


Sounds like a place worth visiting? Pack your bags, this year you get to see it with your own eyes!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Introducing the Knights


The White City, Arcadia's Capital, is not only home to the Grand Regent Archimedes but also headquarter of the oldest military order of Gaia: the Knight's Order. The Knights protect the Realm against external threats, serve as personal guard to the current ruler, and generally uphold the law and settle disputes.


While there are more Knights scattered around Arcadia, today we'll focus on the party you control – Hero, the fearless pilot Trin and the mysterious robot Gen.




HERO
Age: 18


A boy of unknown origin. Ever since he was a little lad, he was taught the way of the Knights by Master Mayfair, the celebrated warrior of the Direfolk War and Hero's caretaker. Hero has grown up to be a seasoned swordsman, and there is little in the woods near Arne Village able to frighten him.


Hero is a versatile fighter and in addition to traditional Knights gear, Sword and Shield, he is quite competent with the musket. His dream is to wield the fabled Caster Gun someday, a weapon that harnesses the power of magic.



TRIN
Age: 23


Granddaughter of Gran Regent Archimedes and his spouse Calliope, Trin is the accomplished pilot of the Yellow Bird, an Arcadian ship that has seen the thick of battle more than once. Secretly ashamed of her royal origins, she has been growing up amongst the ordinary citizens of the White City. She's a good-hearted, opinionated young woman, with plenty of victories under her belt.


Trin wields the Daggerang, an iconic tri-bladed weapon that could be used both at close and long range. Trin is ace against flying enemies and a life-saver when a remote switch needs to be activated.



GEN
Age: ?


Gen is Master Mayfair's automata comrade and Hero's friend. He doesn't shy away from playfully commenting on a situation, and wears clothes and armor over his steel limbs. His behavior and relationship with the old Knight suggest that the two have experienced many adventures together.


Gen's weapon of choice is a mighty battle oar, perfectly fitting his relentless, high-damage combat style.


Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm will also feature dozens of new NPCs, some familiar characters from Monster of Uncharted Seas, and plenty of new backstories to explore.


We're running out of digital ink for today – stay tuned for more updates!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Music from the Lost Realm

Music – the thing we listen to while we drive the car, exercise, walk around, meet with friends, live. Music makes us dance, it keeps us on our toes, it makes us cry and sing along. It enhances and sometimes manipulates our feelings until we feel part of the story being told, or actually until we really feel there, side by side with our favorite heroes.

Video games abide by this rule too – players need to know that the fate of the world depends on what they're going to do next. How we underline their actions, especially with music, has big repercussions on the feelings a game can evoke.

In November we met with Kalle Ylitalo, composer of Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm, to discuss what fans can expect from the new soundtrack. Kalle had already worked on the Oceanhorn: Monster of the Uncharted Seas original soundtrack, alongside Japanese legends such as Nobuo Uematsu and Kenji Ito. When we met, Kalle was taking a small break with Arttu Jauhiainen, flutist, one of the six talented musicians attached to the project.

"One aspect that makes composing for Oceanhorn so pleasant, is that I can concentrate on creating beautiful melodies which often have a hint of Finnish folk music in them," says Ylitalo. "This is something that comes very intuitively for me, so composing music for both the new title and the previous has felt very natural. These melodies have their roots in my early childhood when my mom used to sing a lot of Finnish folk songs to me and my brother."



His involvement in the project has roots in the past: "I've been a friend of Heikki (Repo, Cornfox & Brothers Creative Director and Co-founder) for a long time. Back then, as a teenager, he was already developing games. I don't think I helped him out with the music at that time, but I am now!"



Kalle is currently composing the Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm soundtrack in a new direction. "I feel that the first game was more of a classic adventure, and the soundtrack reflected that. Oceanhorn 2 has more diverse elements, and I've been trying to create musical traditions for each of the cultures in the game." The Pirta theme is a good example of that. There's a shakuhachi flute there, and steam-pipes sounds. "I'm really happy with those tracks because they sound like no existing music culture that I know of," adds Ylitalo. "The role of the real instruments and musicians here is to really make the score come alive. Everyone can hear the difference it makes when a talented professional interprets a melody, compared to a midi-instrument."



Arttu has worked on many different projects, but this is the first game he works on. "I haven't had a chance to play the game yet, but can't wait to try it when the music is implemented, can't be anything other than great!"



Along with Arttu (Flute, Piccolo, Alto Flute), the game's score features Lauri Sallinen (Clarinet, Bass clarinet), Sanna Niemikunnas (Oboe, English horn), Rista Tuura (Violin), Anna Grundström (Cello), and József Hárs (Horn).

"In the first game, there was this flute theme played by the protagonist's father", said Kalle when we asked about how's the main team shaping up. "It was an excellent melody, so I decided to base the main theme on it. That is the only melody in Oceanhorn 2 we have used in multiple tracks. I can't say anything more, or it would be a spoiler!"

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Monday, December 24, 2018

The Oceanhorn team whishes you Happy Holidays

On behalf of the whole Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm team, we wish you Happy Holidays and a great New Year!

Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm will see the welcome return of a familiar face


The cleverest among you will notice that Hero in the postcard is wearing something peculiar in his head, what could it be?


Yes! That is a diving helmet!


Oceanhorn 2 will feature underwater areas and with Diving Helmet item you'll be able to go for a treasure hunt in the depths, or just enjoy and explore the subnautical scenery!


We can't wait to tell you more about diving and other features, but it is soon time to say goodbye to a brilliant and beautiful 2018 and welcome the new year with open arms.


So without further ado, see you in 2019!