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Final pass for background graphics

Dear followers and fans,

today I want to give you some more insight on our final pass of background graphics work. See - you're never finished when working on a game. We learn and keep pushing ourselves to get the best possible experience. Sure, the most important job is to get the gameplay and levels right, but we also want to have a nice visual experience.

Here are 3 samples of new background graphics intentions fresh from the 'factory' :-)
Don't mind the sketchy UI elements or character placement. These are not screenshots from the game, but montages for concept approval.

Volcano:
The top image shows the old version, below is the new graphics intention for more depth and vibrance.

Sky Village:
Same order, top image is the old background. We believe the new version below adds more depth and magic.

West Fields:
Did you spot the difference here? :-)

We hope you agree that these changes add to the overall visual appeal and are worth the effort. We'll keep you posted with more development insight while we work towards finishing the game production. Thank you for your continued support and great feedback! The whole team really appreciates all the kind words and great comments here on the blog.

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Gamescom 2016 Trailer: The Power of Six!

Exciting times ahead! Gamescom 2016 starts this week and it's the first time to have a playable demo of Monster Boy on the showfloor. If you visit Gamescom this year, please check out the Xbox booth in Hall 8. We hope you enjoy the gameplay as much as we do while developing this game. For everyone else we released a new trailer today!


This new trailer contains quite some action, phew! How will you play the game when you can choose between up to 6 different characters with unique powers and you can hot-swap them anytime? It's magical and pure fun! We hope you like the new gameplay scenes and can't wait to share the game with you when it's finally ready to launch. Please stay tuned for more updates.
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Six perspectives to explore

Time for a new update on our development progress! Last time we showed you concept art from the caves, now we already have playtesters exploring it in the game.

Snake going vertical! What's up there?
It's thrilling to see people enjoying the various transformation forms. There's a lot of variety on how to play the game depending which character is active. It's like playing the game from six perspectives, with each form offering awesome possibilities. Plus imagine what happens when you switch them on the fly that's so many ways to beat the game and discover secrets!

Lion-Man is strong and fast - is he the right choice to pass the volcano ?
The Frog is one of our favorite characters as his tongue is magical! You'll be surprised what he can do with it! But for now we just need him for a lengthy and dangerous underwater section. No need for additional oxygen!

Frog-Man is a great swimmer, he can overcome lengthy underwater passages without oxygen.

We still have new ideas coming everyday and it seems we need 10 Monster Boy games to realize all that...
The sky is the limit! Dragon-Man is the last playable form. This image is from the intro.

Lastly we'd like to thank everybody who sent us encouraging feedback by email or in the blog! It's pushing us to keep working hard and we love you for that! Please stay tuned ^_^


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Creating Worlds

Dear lovely followers and friends,
wow - it was great to see so much support on our last post including the first entry in the official Sony blog.
That's it - we have the worlds best fans and community. Together we're strong! :-)

Today we'd like to give you a little update on our progress. Lots of level design was done and while the team is still working on the map, puzzles and enemies, the artists are also fine tuning the games artwork including new iterations of existing level graphics so we get a nice world that fits together properly. Many worlds are finished, but some are not - like our so called 'Maze Cave' level.

Straight from the level editor we're already having neat graphics for this area which will be explored with the Snake form.

The snake is exploring a dark area inside the cave, light source are just some small crystals

The atmosphere is great with limited light sources but the cave is big and we also have brighter areas that should support a magical and also colorful experience. The first thing to do is always to create a rough concept artwork of it which looks like this:

3rd iteration of an art concept for the brighter areas in the cave. We like this one!

You'll experience the final version of the cave in the game and we hope you'll like it! We put a lot of love into each area so you have a great time enjoying every aspect of it. Reworking and polishing existing designs is also a reason for the initial delay of the game.

Last but not least - here we have a sample for a final design of the 'West Fields' area of the game. We explore it with the Pig-Man and he just reached a dead-end. The water is poisoned!

Pig-Man reached a dead end here - he has to return later to cross the poisoned water.

We hope you like what you see! :-) Please stay tuned and recommend this blog to your friends. Thanks a lot!


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Please visit the PlayStation blog on March 4!

Dear Monster Boy followers, fans and interested gamers - sorry for the silence!
We're crunching and working hard to finish the game. While we get closer to the finishing line, there's still a lot to do, so please don't expect a release in the first half of 2016. Since we're going to release the game simultanously on PS4 and Xbox One - we need an additional buffer for the release window on top of the porting work.

Someone told Pig-Man the finishing line is on the left, now he really wants to get there quickly!


Y'all know that creating a game is only one side of the medal - we also need to get some buzz and work on the marketing side. On March 4, we'll have our first blog post on the official Sony Playstation Blog! It's the first time we're introducing the game to a general audience of players and we hope there's some good feedback. Please support us and do some noise! ^_^

About Platforms
We hear you loud and clear! There's PS Vita, WiiU and even more. We totally agree that these platforms need to get Monster Boy, too! We love Nintendo! However, it's impossible for us to work on all portings at the same time. Also, the game needs to sell well enough so we're able to finance the porting work as it can be very time consuming. Since we don't have any guarantee for success, we just can't announce additional platforms at the moment.
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First Gameplay Video - Merry Christmas!

Dear Friends and Followers, we're so happy to finally present you the first official Gameplay Video of Monster Boy! Thank you for all your patience while we're still working on the game. Oh what a year it was! We've made a lot of progress on the game but as you know we couldn't make it in 2015 as we want the best possible quality for you. We hope you enjoy the gameplay snippets that you can see in the video and we're so looking forward to 2016! The year in which we can finally release the game to you and have fun together!


We're planning to begin our marketing activities early 2016 - any help and support is greatly appreciated and needed! Please recommend it to your friends and make some noise! Thank you so much!

We wish all of you a Merry Christmas and A Healthy Happy New Year 2016. #Love
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All OST Talents revealed

Today we would like to reveal all music talents that work on Monster Boy And The Cursed Kingdom. We are very happy about the incredible talents who joined our project. They are doing an outstanding job to fill your and our hearts with joy while playing the game and listen to its beautiful soundtrack.

BIG THANKS TO: Yuzo Koshiro, Motoi Sakuraba, Michiru Yamane, Keiki Kobayashi, Takeshi Yanagawa and Haruka Shimotsuki!

Furthermore we would like to take the chance to recommend a recent Interview that was made with the Monster Boy producer on SEGA-16. Please support the site and spread the word! Thank you!

MONSTER BOY INTERVIEW

A great site, please support it and check out the Monster Boy Interview

Last but not least: Expect a gameplay video in December - we will post it before leaving for Christmas vacation. Please stay tuned!

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Oh boy...that door. Must enter!

What a beautiful day to explore temples! We can't reveal what's inside..but how about listening to a music preview of this area ? :-)

The game is really shaping up but there's so much work left to do. We hope to show you a gameplay video the next time.

..no pressing up to enter for now - it's just a screenshot ^^

OST Sample
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Holy smokes, he's doing it again!

The team is working on many details which also includes improving the animation of the characters. We heard some people ask to let the pig-man IDLE smoke so here we are, he's doing it again ! :-)

ESRB rating category just went up..


You certainly remember where it all started :-)

be careful...smoking changes your skin tone
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Monster Boy arrives 2016, new subtitle, new screen!

Sorry friends, we won't make it in 2015. :/ Monster Boy needs more time and we agreed to give it the polishing it deserves. This means the release has to move to 2016.

Here's a new screenshot from the game. What a spooky place!

Woah - that skeleton looks dangerous. Let's go slowly from here...

We target Q1 2016 now and the team is working hard on creating the game we all want to play so badly. It will be great!

We also changed the subtitle. After much criticism on our previous choice 'Wizard of Booze'. The games subtitle is now 'Cursed Kingdom'. It fits nicely and we hope this is something more convenient for everybody :-)

What do you think?
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Snake Peek - working on the FMV Intro

The animation team is working day and night to make a cool FMV intro for us! We believe they do a remarkable job. Thanks @Marco and team! :-)

Oh my - this is one interesting hole in the wall! Want to explore ?


This part of the intro gives us an idea of how the snake mechanics work. Once we obtain the ability to transform to a snake we can check out what's inside. So exciting - and every explorers dream-come-true, right? :-)
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Yuzo Koshiro joins the team!

We're so happy to be able to work on a cool project like Monster Boy but things are getting surreal now: Yuzo Koshiro and two of his friends (to be revealed later) have joined the team and will contribute music to it! Wow...O.o - We always wanted to work with great musicians from Japan and we couldn't be more proud and happy about it.

Yuzo Koshiro is famous for his awesome soundtracks in many videogame classics like the Ys Series, Streets of Rage, Revenge of Shinobi, Actraiser and many more.

Yuzo Koshiro photo - grabbed from a great documentary about Japanese Musicians. Click image to watch.

We highly recommend watching this fantastic documentary about the history of Japanese Videogame Music:
Diggin' in the Carts - The Rise of Videogame Music



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Work in progress - 2 new screenshots

There's still a lot of work to do - details, quests, levels etc. but we're making good overall progress and thought we'd share 2 new screens today. Please note that this is not final -WIP-

We just hit the big red crab with our sword, took 3 damage. Oh the beach is full of them!


Uh oh - where to go now ?


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New Look: Human form gets an update

We've updated the main character sprite (human form). While working on the game we always try to improve things and we received several opinions about the human form of Monster Boy. We believe this new design looks better so we updated our game assets accordingly.

new version with updated eyes and hair


the old sprite


Do you like it ?


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Behind the scenes: FMV cutscenes

While Game Atelier works on the game, there's also an external animation team preparing cool FMV cutscenes for Monster Boy.
Marco Nguyen at work with his colleague Bertrand Piocelle

The first work process is to create a rough animatic (b/w preview animation) to define the tempo of the movie. It allows the audio team to start working on the music and more. It also gives a great impression of all scenes so we can discuss details and approve them right away before production. The production time of the cutscenes alone is almost half a year.
One frame of the intro animatic - something surprises our hero...





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