My Time At Portia is a 3D fantasy game where players take on the role of a young kid who ends up in Portia, a small island on the edge of civilization in a post-apocalyptic world. The game isn’t scheduled to release until October, 2017, later this year during the fall.
However, leading up to release the developers at Pathea Games – the same makers behind the Kickstarted open-world survival adventure game, Planet Explorers – have been keeping the community up to date on the progress, pitfalls and design of My Time At Portia.
According to the developers, one of the big things they’re struggling with at the moment is whether or not to include farming and how to include it. They claimed that it was in the game, working, and that the code was all right proper… but then they removed it.
According to a Steam community post, the daily requirements of maintaining the farm seemed like an oxymoron to the game’s insistence on getting out and exploring the world. They felt that it was against the game’s ethos having to spend so much time each in-game morning tending to the plants and field instead of going out and exploring the world. So for now, they have the farming mechanic on hold until they can figure out how to properly implement it, writing…
“ We know we’ll need to bring back farming, there’s just way too much demand, but we need to figure out a better way to implement it in our game. We’re going to try something different with farming this time, […] we’ll try to make the farming more industrialized, more modern, such as using a planting box or semi-automatic irrigation systems.
“[…] We want to keep the essential part of farming, such as planting your own crops and watching it grow, while taking out much of the daily routine associated with it. We’re aiming to have this function in game in the next few builds”
One thing they haven’t had to debate about or figure out is same sex marriage.
In a forum thread made by one eager gamer, the developers at Pathea were asked about same-sex marriage and whether or not it would be featured in the game like it is in Stardew Valley and just about every other newer game where players can get involved in a relationship. The developers confirmed that “yes you can” get involved with a person of the same sex and get married.
This has become a standard amongst most games offering players relationships and marriage options. It’s all part of the progressive agenda to ensure that kids are introduced to homosexuality at younger and younger ages.