Coral Island — reimagining the farm sim game

Created by Stairway Games

A re-imagined farm sim game inspired by classics. Grow crops, nurture animals, and befriend the islanders.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

April 2021 Dev Update
11 days ago – Sat, May 01, 2021 at 01:00:25 AM

In April 2021, we worked on many, many things. We’ll focus on character customization, jogging animation 2.0, revamped exterior buildings, and more for this update. Check it out!



Character Customization Showcase Part 1


Here's a sneak peek at the character customization UI in Coral Island. Please note that this is a WIP. We're excited to share that for Alpha, there will be 3 body types available for players.

[3 body types to choose from + plenty of color options]


[there will be many hair options to choose from]


[custom honorifics are working in-game, huzzah!]


For part 2 next month, we will do a deep dive into the character customization system. This will come in the form of a video showcase that will be uploaded to Youtube - stay tuned!


Jogging Animations Revisited


We've received a ton of feedback on our animations. This month, we've tried to improve the jogging animation. We plan to let players choose their animation style eventually.


[4 styles of animation for the early access release!]


For alpha, there will be several more animation types for you to check out. We hope you can help us narrow the 4 to ship Early Access with. Please let us know what you think!


Revamped Buildings


Much like interiors, many buildings in our game are also getting a make-over for better storytelling. This month, we tackled a fair amount of locations already! Please have a look at just one of the buildings being improved: the carpenter shop.

[Carpenter: OLD. This is what the carpenter building originally looked like]

[Carpenter: This is the NEW concept art for the carpenter building]

[Carpenter: NEW in-game. This is what it currently looks like in-game, still a WIP]


Fun fact, the carpenter building is inspired by Indonesia's traditional Joglo architecture, known for its distinct roof work. A very fitting home for our carpenters!


Earth Day Art


Earth day, every day.


Bug of the month


No one wants to admit it, but something tells me this was done on purpose... #sus


Thanks for reading,

Stairway Team

March 2021 Dev Update
about 1 month ago – Thu, Apr 01, 2021 at 01:50:58 AM

Welcome to the March 2021 Coral Island development update!

In March 2021, we hired more devs, set a new benchmark for NPC 3d models, got the ball rolling on interior improvements, worked on alpha content, and managed the pre-order store! Let's take a closer look:


We hired more devs!


NPC 3d models, new and improved… Now with fingers!


We are working on the new benchmark for Coral Island's NPC model. With the current timeline, we expect to have all NPC's in their Spring outfits ready for the early access release. We've updated the scale, body proportion and tweaked lots of details.

During alpha, all NPC's will be released with old models, as the new ones are not yet ready. Check it out!

[Alice and Theo Status: Work-in-progress. 3d modelling, emotional growth and otherwise.]

Brand new interior designs

We are improving the interiors by making them feel lived in. To do this, we look into each NPC’s unique characteristics and fuse them into the design of their bedroom, kitchen, and even the whole house… This means we'll be creating over 1000+ unique props to accommodate this major change (on top of the current available common props!).

[Archie's room concept art. Spot the guling!]
[Archie's room in-game. Status: WIP]

For the Coral Island Alpha Access, most rooms will only have placeholder assets. Each room is a work in progress and we will use common props for a lot of the interiors. Bear in mind that some rooms, and even buildings, will be inaccessible for Players during Alpha.

[Alice's room concept art]


Public Roadmap

The alpha release is delayed to July 2021. We are asking for an extra month to polish the experience. Going into Kickstarter, we did not expect to receive this level of support. There are over 20k alpha farmers! While this is amazing and we are very grateful for it, to be candid, it also feels daunting.


To make the most out of your feedback, we will be releasing content and features in 3 tranches for Alpha. Please take a look at the roadmap below:

Pre-order Store

The exclusive reward (Premium outfits, Crowns, and Mythical pets) ends at 10 pm EST (GMT-4) on March 31st, 2021. The store will be closed for 1 hour to reflect this change.


Starting April 1st, 2021, the Coral Island pre-order store only has:


1. Alpha pack (steam only)

2. Double-double pack (steam only)

3. Coral Island game key  (steam only)

4. Digital Art Book + OST

5. Pre-order exclusive Pack (Alpha access + steam game key + artbook + ost)


March pre-order Double-Double, Deluxe Farmers, and Pioneers backers will receive the survey by next week. If you do not receive/ fill in the survey, please do not worry. It does not cancel your order.



Language

Coral Island is adding Dutch and Italian to our list of localization. Here is the list of language that Coral Island will support:


Bug of the month

Spinning Giants for the win!





Thanks for reading, 

Stairway Team


Survey sent and PayPal
about 2 months ago – Sun, Mar 21, 2021 at 12:40:04 AM

Hi farmers!


Survey

We have sent out surveys to all backers. If the survey is not in your inbox, please check your spam folder. The email is from Stairway Games. Please contact us at contact@stairwaygames.com with the subject "Survey not received- Kickstarter" and include your Kickstarter email address, if you have not received yours.


Example:


Subject: Survey not received- Kickstarter

Body: Hi there, my name is Lily and I have not received my Kickstarter email. The email that I used for Kickstarter is Lily@domain.com


Thank you


PayPal

We now support PayPal as a payment method in our pre-order store! PayPal will only be available until March 31, 2021.  Visit our store here: Pre-order Store



Thank you,

Stairway team

Pre-order store LIVE! Survey and Rewards information
about 2 months ago – Tue, Mar 16, 2021 at 02:35:54 AM

Pre-order store is now LIVE!

Pre-order store is linked: here!

We understand that some of you have payment problems with Kickstarter, so we will have Premium outfits and mythical pet available on the pre-order store only until March 31, 2021. After this limited time, the pre-order store will only feature a pack with the following items: Game key + Alpha Access + Digital Artbook + Digital OST.


For the pre-order store, we are only putting the Steam key option. As we work with console platforms over time, we hope to be able to add the console/switch keys back as a pre-order option. We'll notify you all as soon as this becomes available. We don't want to ruffle any feathers as our platform applications are still in process.


I haven't received my survey, should I be worried?

No need to worry! This is how Backerkit is processing the survey: 

1. We send out 1000 surveys first to random backers. 

2. Send another 5000 each day afterward.  


This is requested by Backerkit so it doesn't overwhelm their server. You will receive yours soon!


What/When to expect rewards

  •  Alpha: Alpha is planned to release June 2021. You will receive an email with a Steam key to claim.
  •  Early Access: Early Access launch is planned to release October to December 2021. A Steam key will be sent to you via email.
  •  In-game rewards (Dragon, Premium Outfit, etc): In-game rewards will be emailed in the form of keys. They will be introduced progressively throughout the Early Access period.
  •  OST/ArtBook: This will launch along with the 1.0 release of the game (October to December 2022).
  •  Name on Credits: This will be asked in the email. The credits will be available in 1.0 release.
  •  Character/ Pet designer pack: A list of festivals will be sent out for you to choose from. More details in the email. The process will start after the Early Access releases. NPC for Character designer packs will be featured in 1.0 release.
  •  Founder Statue: Founder statues will be featured on 1.0 release. We will email you a customizer for you to build a statue as soon as it is ready. You will be able to add a note of some things that you may want to add to the statue (ie: "Please add a scarf.") to the email, we will try our best to fulfil your note request. More in the email.

Links:


Have a wonderful week!

Stairway team

Post-campaign FAQ
2 months ago – Fri, Mar 05, 2021 at 11:05:04 PM

Hi everyone! 

We've put together a post-campaign FAQ based on recurring questions we've seen. If something remains unclear, please leave your question in the comments below.


Kickstarter

My payment on Kickstarter didn't get through. What should I do?

Please contact Kickstarter or notify your bank directly, as we are not the ones handling payments.


Post-campaign

Now that the campaign has ended, what do I do?

Kickstarter is currently processing the payments and confirming backers. Once that is done, you will receive an email with instructions on how to proceed with Backerkit, a platform we are using to distribute and manage rewards.

Will I be able to upgrade my pledge or purchase more add-ons? 

Yes. You will be able to upgrade your pledge and manage your add-ons. We'll have more to share as soon as we finish setting Backerkit up.

I missed the Kickstarter. Will there be a pre-order store?

Yes! We are in the process of creating a pre-order store on Backerkit. On the pre-order store, we will make tiers up to $125 available for a limited time. We know some of you just missed the campaign and or have trouble with payment on Kickstarter. After this limited time, the pre-order store will only feature a pack with the following items: the game for your desired platform + alpha access + digital artbook + digital OST.

How can I claim my rewards?

Backers will claim all rewards on Backerkit. You will be able to specify which system you want your game key for, the names to include for the game credits, and even suggest festival/mini-game ideas!

Do I have to make a Backerkit account to claim my rewards?

 No. You can use your Kickstarter email to access Backerkit.

What does the process look like for Pet & NPC Design?

For both Pet and NPC design tier, we will email you directly when ready to start the process. This will begin after the early access title releases. On top of this, for the NPC design details, you will receive an email from us about choosing the festival once we finalize them.

When are we going to receive the rewards?

The Alpha keys will be distributed through emails as soon as they are ready (June 2021). We'll share more about the other digital rewards in an upcoming update.

Can I get access to the Discord server?

Yes! Join us here: https://discord.gg/stairway - the exclusive backer channel will be set up once the Backerkit platform starts receiving survey responses.

How will I be contacted for new updates or surveys?

We will send them to your Kickstarter email.