Despite the game being called A Simple Story, the story of optimizing and bringing the game to another platform was not that simple. It almost demanded as many creative decisions as the game design has. The most significant risk while porting to a less powerful console is optimizing the game so the player wouldn’t run into any errors or glitches, so Sneakybox studio was consulting the Piccolo Studio and running loads of various tests regularly to maintain the game as close as the original version as it is possible. The importance of cooperation between creators and our team was evident after the decision to change the game’s engine to make the process of porting faster and more effective.
Initially, Piccolo studio created the game an old version of Unreal Engine 4, and the plan was to transfer the port into a newer version, to save us some time as the consoles don’t normally accept old engine versions. Alas, it proved otherwise. After it became evident that updating the UE4 version was not speeding things up, but rather the opposite, the team received some reinforcements to focus solely on updating the engine as quickly as possible. This decision was made to achieve better and faster optimization but had its issues as the project used many old engine features that were changed or eliminated in the new versions. Since Arise: A Simple Story was using many old engine features, our team had to recreate some elements of the game completely. While changing the engine, it was clear that effects, sequences, or sounds were not the same as they were in some parts of the original game – it took way more time than expected to find all the bugs and fix them.
Nonetheless, after optimizing and finding the best possible way for the game to resemble the original one as much as possible, the team is happy to see the game`s success on the new platform. Given the time and the successfully managed difficulties along the way, both game developers and the Sneakybox studios team can admit that the game maintains precisely the same atmosphere of a beautiful adventure as the original one.