PANORAMIC WORLDS IS A BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED, FIRST-PERSON REALTIME 3D
PUZZLE/ADVENTURE GAME CREATED BY TRIUMPHANT ARTISTS FOUNDER MATTHEW LYLES HORNBOSTEL USING THE UNITY 5 GAME ENGINE.
THE PROJECT IS TAKING LONGER THAN ANTICIPATED
I won't mince words. Everything has taken longer than you (or I) hoped it would. This is difficult for everyone, I know, but I'm working as hard as I can on this.
PANORAMIC WORLDS - the realtime 3d version - has been in development for nearly five years by now.
WHY THE DELAYS HAPPENED
-I'm the only person working on this game. It is very, VERY much an indie project.
-I have to fund it out of my own pocket. This means some of my time is allocated to trying to earn money with various odd jobs to fund this game. It's a part-time effort.
- Programming all the interactions and debugging everything so it works correctly, is time consuming and often frustrating, taking far longer than anticipated.
-I have high standards regarding graphics, animation and sound design. I'm trying to make it look amazing but I also need it to be optimized well enough that it will actually run on midrange PCs.
-It's going to be bigger at launch than initially planned (like, twice as many areas to explore. We're talking eight worlds at launch instead of four.)
-I'm reformatting the project and dumping the Unity Web Player since that is heading towards obsolescence in favor of the HTML5 WebGL alternative.
THERE IS A BRIGHT SIDE TO THIS SITUATION - THE ENTIRE GAME WILL BE FREEWARE.
THERE IS NO PAID VERSION PLANNED ANYMORE.
The high-quality HD variant described in past versions of this website - the standalone one for Windows and Mac OS X - is now the ONLY version planned, and it'll be freeware.
I'll release it here and on Itch.IO as planned earlier, but with no price tag.
It's going to be a free game. 100% FREE, not 'freemium'.
A free game with free updates, not paid DLC.
There will be a making-of ebook and a bit of video content available here, also free.
The only downside is the presence of a few ads on this site and an optional mailed version for fans of the project who want something tangible (it includes a DVD with nice disc art, which contains the game install files and making-of video, and a printed booklet as a tactile variant of the ebook, plus a few small extras like stickers, pencils, etc, all for about $16.)
So this is potentially good news for everyone, all in all. Panoramic Worlds is not vaporware. These artfully crafted fantasy worlds are still on the way, and I intend to see the project released before the end of 2016.
Keep an eye on this webpage. While you wait for release, why not try the older version of the project available on the History Page, or take a look at the small side project 'Spiral Skies' I'm attempting to release on Kongregate?