The Last Librarian is a finished game. Every Library is complete, every item is there, and you can defeat the final boss and see the credits roll. However, the process of developing the game is not quite finished. This game is still in early access, and during this time there are several things I want to focus on. They are posted here so that the community can share in my vision for this period of development.
Player Feedback: Any game has issues when it is released. But I know that The Last Librarian will be especially prone to issues, as I am a one-man development team, besides the efforts that my friends have been willing to volunteer. Early Access for this project is an opportunity to get feedback from my players for some time before declaring The Last Librarian a finished product. Your feedback is invaluable to this process, so play the game and let me know what you notice along the way.
Difficulty Balancing: I designed The Last Librarian to be a fairly challenging game, myself finding new Zelda games to lack a significant challenge. However, there are times in The Last Librarian where the puzzles are far too obtuse to be fair, and times when the enemies are poorly telegraphed or frustrating. I want The Last Librarian to be accessible for players of all skill levels, so primary to the early access is an effort to polish the difficulty curve throughout the game. I wish to provide a better experience for players who are here to enjoy the game, and also provide options for the masochists.
Graphics and Music: There are a few things that remain unfinished in the audio and graphical area of the game. First, there are a few more songs I need to write, and a few I’d like to rewrite, before I can count the soundtrack as complete. Additionally, I want to improve the art in the game that has an impact on gameplay. I am not an artist, and I do not enjoy making art, but there are still a few things that need to be addressed. However, at this point I am not going to be redrawing entire tilesets or changing the color palette. My primary focus is on the gameplay and player experience.
I don’t expect early access to last especially long, and like I stated earlier, the game is already basically completed. There will be very few dramatic changes or additions, what we will see during this time will be almost entirely small improvements. I will post updates to the game throughout, either as I fix critical bugs or feel like I have made enough changes to warrant a new version. I will also share the changelog as I make improvements.
To provide feedback on The Last Librarian, you can post a thread on the community forum here on itch.io, under the Feedback and Suggestions section. Or you can join The Last Librarian Discord server and share your feedback there. Thank you for your support of The Last Librarian, it means the world to me!