Year of the Drake

Happy Lunar New Year! As we enter this Year of the Drake, or Dragon, we’re excited to announce that we’ll soon roll out the following simple yet significant releases:

  1. An updated installer for Golden Drake Linux.
  2. Early screenshots (and perhaps even video footage) from our first major game project: Adventures Unending, proudly developed using the Godot game engine!

We know many of you are eager to see what’s cooking here at GDS, so we appreciate your patience as we make final preparations for that vulnerable step of publicly revealing visual details of our humble handiwork. In the meantime, please comment below to tell us what else you are looking forward to or what you hope to accomplish during this auspicious year!

Business cards featuring the GDS logo and the name of our founder: David C. Drake

Ramping Up

Today marks the end of our fourth year as a studio. We’ve been working, slowly but surely, on Adventures Unending and other projects and an update is long overdue. Nonetheless, we must regretfully report that, at this point, we still have precious little that we’re willing to present to outside eyes.

You see, we aren’t just indie, folks. We’re thoroughly indie. Quintessentially indie. We are the indiest of indie studios! Okay, that’s silly, but my point is, we all have day jobs, lives, and other interests besides game development that consume much of our time. Sure, we would’ve loved to work full-time exclusively on our own projects throughout these last few years, but that wasn’t in the cards.

We are reaching a point of critical mass, however. Things are starting to come together, resources are accumulating, and the amount of time we can devote to our indie game development projects is increasing. For this reason, over the next several months you can expect to start (finally) seeing screenshots, videos, and other evidence that, yes, we are in fact creating something interesting. As this occurs, we’ll welcome your feedback as we strive to produce enjoyable, immersive experiences worthy of your time and attention. In the meantime, please continue to be patient and, if you haven’t already, follow us on social media to ensure you see future updates.

Our First Year (and a Half)

Golden Drake Studios

On this New Year’s Day, we find ourselves reflecting on the last year and a half since Golden Drake Studios was founded, on where we came from and where we’re going. As a small indie studio taking its first steps in the vast, complicated world of game development, our accomplishments thus far have been quite humble. Nonetheless, we are proud of our work, our passion remains as strong as it was on day one, and we can just make out a faint glimmer of greatness on the horizon.

So, what exactly have we been up to? First of all, a lot of our time has been devoted to diligent study of the art, science, and business of game development. We’re new to this industry and want to make a great first impression, so we’re putting in the time to master our craft and ensure we do the best we can. Several game engines and development tools have caught our eye, from the powerful Unreal Engine to the nostalgia-inducing RPG Maker, but it’s the Unity game development platform that’s impressed us the most overall and received the bulk of our attention (including their experimental Linux build). In addition, we’ve continued to study the fundamentals of game, level, and quest design and recently got around to creating our official logo. Last but not least, we’ve completed preliminary design work on a handful of games and are moving forward with what will be, perhaps as early as next winter, our first official release: Adventures Unending.

We’re eager to work hard through 2016 and beyond, ambitiously crafting many worlds worth exploring. We invite you to join us on this journey by following our dev blog, playtesting our early access builds, and providing constructive feedback. If you’re an artist or animator, get in touch with us and you may even contribute directly as a member of the GDS team. Above all, we look forward to releasing a variety of successful games, carving out our niche, and earning our place as a respected game development studio!