Dawngate is a multiplayer battle online arena with a strong focus on player-driven storytelling. A thrice-weekly webcomic called Dawngate Chronicles ran alongside the game starring the playable heroes and detailing their backgrounds and stories. Players could interact with the story with a feature called Living Lore and “vote” for a branching path decision by completing games with their desired choice selected. The winning choice would then affect further story in the comic in addition to future in-game content like hero skins and avatars.
I was a Web Engineer for the team and owned the development of the content of the game client’s out-of-game UI as well as the development and management of the webcomic’s website.
The Chronicles website was a WordPress installation with a handful of plugins that I heavily modified to fit the self-service needs of the comic team. The comic producer would log into the admin dashboard and upload finalized comic pages scheduled as far into the future as needed. The pages would automatically go live when scheduled and allowed the comic team to comfortably focus on the creation of the comic. The website’s backend was PHP/MySQL and was hosted on Amazon AWS with load-balancing.
Here’s a trailer for the game, although nothing I did is actually in it:
Electronic Arts ultimately shut down Dawngate before we ever left beta and the Chronicles website was taken down as well.