To celebrate the first anniversary of Drunk On Nectar’s EA on Steam, DoN’s pivotal Lifecycles update was released last week on 16th November 2017.
Built at an unprecedented 0.1 mm scale and buoyed by several new gameplay systems, DoN’s lifecycles journey is officially in full swing. The first update depicts the Jumping Spider’s birth from an egg and growth up to the third instar.
See for yourself!
The release video offers a colorful rendition of the roadmap, but if you prefer plain text here’s a quick rundown:
Jumping Lifecycle Act 2 – “The Great Outdoors”
– Hunting, Survival, Building shelter
2018 Q1 – 1
Jumping Spider Lifecycle Act 3 – “The Nuptial Dance”
– Mating, Reproduction, Parenting
2018 Q1 – 2
Monarch Butterfly Lifecycle wrap up (using all the new systems)
2018 Q1 – 3
– Character Progression across generations: Skills, Traits, Seasons, etc
Other items on the card include Carpenter Bee lifecycle, Ladybug lifecycle and the Dragonfly’s lifecycle. After this marathon lifecycles march is complete, Multiplayer support (with lifecycles!) will finally be added to the game.
For a detailed walkthrough of the new gameplay systems, check out the official Steam announcement for more!
That’s it for this post, DoN’s lifecycles journey is underway in full swing. Act 2 – “The Great Outdoors” is headed your way soon!
Lifecycles, Drunk On Nectar’s biggest and most ambitious update is being meticulously crafted around the clock. This is a complete gameplay rewrite of the current game with lifecycles, character progression and other genre-crossing mechanics headed your way.
Check out the first Lifecycles video!
This update is scheduled for Q4-2017. Anywhere between 8-12 weeks more is needed to do justice to such vast topics as Mating & Reproduction, Parenting, Character Progression, Skills, Seasons and more.
Starting with the Lifecycle of a Jumping Spider, DoN will wrap up the Monarch Butterfly’s mating and reproduction (they’ve been waiting for this for a long time now!), then followed by the Carpenter Bee‘s fantastic nesting & lifecycle (wood tunnels!), then followed by the Ladybug‘s inimitable metamorphosis from a curious looking larva to the familiar bright-red elytra sporting adult.
This all will culminate in the mighty Dragonfly‘s fabled aquatic lifecycle thus finally ushering DoN’s arrival into freshwater ecosystems, a vast topic by themselves.
Stay tuned for more!
It’s been a while since the Ladybug/Ladybird and Milkweed video updates have gone out; if you haven’t had a chance to see those yet, here’s a quick look!
Also here are some neat Ladybird GIFs 🙂
And here’s a GIF of the Monarch Butterfly metamorphosis which was added to DoN early in 2017!
The next Creature Quest coming to DoN will star the Ladybug beetle, more news to come on that shortly!
With the ongoing focus on gameplay, a new leaderboard map “Lady Love” has been released.
Here’s an overview narrated personally by me!
Female Jumping Spider gameplay:
Male Jumping Spider gameplay:
To celebrate this release a Leaderboard Contest is underway with nifty prizes to be won. The contest will conclude on 10th of April 2017 so be sure to check out this Steam announcement for more details and the list of prizes!
The current contest leader is Steam user “NuclearMedic” so if you want to beat Medic’s score of 1:15 (as of now!) put your jumping boots on, check out the new map and get your name up there on the leaderboard 🙂
More “Creature Quests” are headed your way in the days to come!
Celebrations reign! Trumpets blare! It has been done!
The Monarch Butterfly’s lifecycle has now been successfully depicted in DoN making it perhaps the first game ever to depict an animal’s lifecycle in full 3D, at full scale, from birth as a tiny egg to larva, to pupa and to adult, no compromises!
Check out the very special Monarch Metamorphosis Trailer below!
Download the latest patch on Steam and experience the Monarch’s lifecycle for yourself!
Please spread the word about DoN by sharing this video on social media; subreddits, your favorite forums, anywhere! DoN’s dazzling Monarchs and their great sport deserves to be seen by a much larger audience, so let us make that happen!
DoN’s number one priority now is to promote the Monarch Metamorphosis update; to that end, a sustained marketing campaign will be executed over several weeks to help the twin-winged butterflies of Drunk On Nectar encircle the entire globe with their mighty wings!
A million Monarchs dance,
Clad in bright orange robes.
Beating millions of mighty wings,
They shall encircle all the Worlds!
Beauty, Born, from a mighty Spring,
Beauty, Joy, Forever, brings,
Spiralling In, Spiralling out, Reaching wide and far,
Reaching every corner, Of every globe and Star!
May the Monarchs usher new life into Drunk On Nectar’s Worlds!