Takowana County was in development for around 12 months. A third of that was pre-production, production, and polish. I joined in during their polish phase from Sep 2018 - Dec 2018 during my senior year at DigiPen. It was developed in Unreal Engine 4.
Joining the team, we were forced to rework the entirety of the game in post-production. My contributions include: menu development, HUD development, general gameplay programming, and narrative structure reworking.
Coming into the project the concept for a 3D deduction board was there but the team was still using 2D menus for everything else. In order to unify the style of all the interfaces I spearheaded the development of a 3D journal utilized for both the main menu and in-game referencing.
3D Journal Menu
The journal was developed using a mix of the UE4 widgets in blueprints, UE4 Widget editor and custom UI systems for pages to communicate with each other. The focus was to embrace the core exploration roots of the game which comes out well in the final product.
The camera was the player's primary source of gameplay, utilizing it to take pictures of clues for the deduction board. I revamped the team's previous camera HUD to be more tunneling and give off that polaroid vibe with animations. The camera's reticle also blinks, changes colors, and sound when close to clues guiding the player toward objectives.
In additon to menus I did all of the HUD work. This includes objective pop ups, camera HUD, objective markers, reticle work for interactions, subtitles, tutorials, and HUD for different interaction menus! The largest challenge was being the only developer and making multiple 3D menus and mutliple HUD states all work together!
Since all of the other UI in the game was diegetic I wanted the HUD to be more pronounced and stand out to guide the player easier. Aiming for a suspenseful mood the color of yellow was used to add some tension in the beautiful enviornment.