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 ^_^
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!
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! ^_^
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.
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
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!
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
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?
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'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.
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...
Today we'd like to introduce you the guy with magical banjo skills: Banjo Guy Ollie!
When we began to think about how we could properly introduce Monster Boy to the public, we didn't even know this amazing person yet. One day, we browsed the various YouTube retro channels and stumbled across his banjo arrange of the Wonder Boy 3 town music. It was beautiful! Hand-made from a great fan of the legendary series and executed like the track was always meant to be played on a banjo.
We contacted him about our project and he immediately agreed to join us. We are very happy about how it turned out - announcing a game without talking a lot and just enjoying some music to rekindle the golden age of videogames. The video expresses exactly how we feel about the chance of reviving a legendary game series. It's so much fun!
THE LAST DUNGEON
Ollie just uploaded a new track for everyone to enjoy! It's an arrange of 'The Last Dungeon' track of Dragon's Trap. We know it's one of the most popular Wonder Boy III tracks and you'll hear it in one way or another in Monster Boy too.
The frog transformation allowed us to reach this special place in the game and we found a chest!
Another detail you can see in this image is that the equipment is visible right on the character sprite and it will change in realtime. It will be really cool when you discover a new weapon, armor or shield.
As for the game progress: we're planning to finish the game towards Q3/Q4 of this year and the team is working hard to make it an amazing experience for fans of the legendary series and new players who never got the chance to try a classic Wonder Boy in Monster World game.