Attention everyone! We have ended the Object Creation Contest and are no longer accepting submissions. In the coming weeks, we will be deciding the winners. Thank you all who participated! In the future, we plan to hold more community creation contests. Stick around!
We finally have our first public (and open-source) release! However, it is not the actual game itself, which we know may garner some disappointment. But don’t worry – we’re still working on getting the game itself out as soon as possible. Now you are probably wondering, what is PoneCrafter? It’s the custom content creation/implementation tool used for The Ponies! It serves the purpose of allowing you the player to easily implement your own custom content into the game without the hassle of messing with any code. We decided to release it early as open-source for potential developers and advanced modders to study the source code to better understand how our object format works. You can take a look at this tool via GitHub: https://github.com/ThePonies/PoneCrafter.
We’ve had a slow down in progress lately, primarily due to a good portion of our team members being busy outside the project. Don’t worry though, we’re still going strong and we’ve been working on some exciting things. In fact, we’re planning on doing a livestream once more on our YouTube channel (which you can check out here) sometime soon so we can show you what we’re currently developing.
We understand some frustration in our project’s community in that there’s been less frequent progress updates lately, with less work examples being shown. As mentioned prior, we’ve had a slowdown and therefore haven’t had the opportunity to showcase anything exciting. But we’re planning to get back in the groove of things and hopefully provide you with a lot of new stuff in the next couple months. We’re very passionate about this project, and we can see our followers are as well!
It takes time to make a good game, especially with a team as small as ours. But we’d rather take some time to get it right rather than rush it and make the game unenjoyable. We’re still planning on releasing an early alpha demo when we can. Remember that since this initial release will only be an alpha demo, it will be fairly preliminary with only the most basic of features. But we’ll let you know what we’re working on and what’s to be added next with each release… this is a surprisingly big game, so it’s going to take quite a bit of time before the whole thing is truly complete.
We know what you’re probably thinking: “when are they going to get pony models made?” Well, we’ve got them! Or at least a customizable Stallion anyways, which you can see here! There’s still a lot more work to be done – such as manes, tails, accessories, outfits, the whole works… and not to mention Mare models as well as models for each age group. But slowly, it’s all been coming together, and we’ll be sure to have more stuff to share soon. Our next big goal after these models is to get them implemented in the Create a Pony environment, as well as walking around in live mode, that way we can replace those pesky needy placeholder cubes!
We’re still alive! A lot of changes have been made to the game over the past couple months, and we’re getting closer to our development milestone. We’re excited to show you all that we’ve done, but we’d also like it to be a surprise. Saying that probably makes it less of a surprise, but don’t worry, when the time comes you’ll see all the exciting stuff we’ve worked on!
In the meantime, you can go ahead and check out some of our past modeling streams on our YouTube channel here, and see what new objects have been created for the game.