We want to thank all of those who were able to play and test the Beta. The warm reception the game has received is beyond our wildest dreams. Thank you for all your continued support.
We can’t wait for you to see all that is being developed and planned for the game’s release. In the meantime, we are excited to have people try out a demo next month.
Along with developing the game, we’ve been working on a demo that’ll be in Steam Next Fest (June 13-20th). Most demos are 30 to 60 mins long, but with all the content we have, that wasn’t enough time to really get a feel for Roots of Pacha, so we are aiming to have a demo that’s about 2 hours long with some tailored features.
Exploration is such a big part of the game, so you will be able to discover plants, befriend animals, adventure in the caves, and forage through the forest and the land surrounding the village.
“Ideas” are a major mechanic for progression. In the demo, you’ll be able to discover the power of time through the sundial and develop the idea of animal taming. One change for the demo is that you’ll start with the Idea of “animal friendship” already developed, so you’ll be able to use the flute to befriend animals. After progressing your friendship with them, you’ll discover the Idea of animal taming and riding. To allow you to rapidly develop these ideas for the limited demo, you’ll start with some contribution as well.
Along with farming, you’ll be able to fish in the waters surrounding The Land Between Two Rivers. You’ll use your handaxe to track fish and strike when the time is right. We hope you enjoy our unique take on fishing.
There will be plenty of processors and the ideas that accompany them for the final game. For the demo, you’ll be able to complete a contribution quest with Tare to earn a smoker and a fishing quest with Frer to earn a dryer. Processing the fish you catch and some of the plants you find will yield better contributions.
Lore and the World
You’ll be introduced to Pacha’s world by befriending your fellow Pachans, watching a shortened intro cutscene, and experiencing your Rite of Passage Festival. The Rite of Passage is an important event in every Pachan’s life when their totem is revealed. At the festival, you’ll be able to earn a perk along with learning more about your world.
Explore the depths of Pacha’s caves and overcome the challenges that await you.
The demo is only a sample size of the game, but another big part of the game is “playing at your own pace.” To give people the opportunity to try different play styles we’ve decided to allow you to save, start multiple runs, and play in co-op.
We’re working on a Beta that includes improvements for multiplayer, more player customization, an intro to the game, updates to fishing, and improved character schedules.
All “Be-ta Shaman” Kickstarter backers and above should have received their keys. If you can’t find the email you can have the key resent by entering the email you backed the game with here: https://rootsofpacha.com/orders/
Pachans love a good party, and so do we. The Beta was a big milestone in development and the demo is another. To celebrate our very own “Rite of Passage,” we have some cool things planned for the community. So keep an eye out for next month’s devlog and our social media for the details.
-The Soda Den Team