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Eye Candy! Cranking up the graphics

Dear fellow Monster Boy friends,

it's time for a new update! :-)
We're very sorry about the 2 months of radio silence but it was just because the whole team is working hard on finishing the game. While we're still tuning levels we also put the finishing touches on the graphics. Oh boy - the game is going to look so nice!

Below you'll find two images, old and new.
Monster Boy gets all the treatment of light work and detail now in the final stage of development.

OLD
The first version of graphics used during development
NEW
The final look of the game with added lighting and detail
As you can see all the pieces fall into place now. Please know that any delay in the past had the sole purpose of improving the game. Thanks for staying around and supporting us !
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Joey Thomas on :

Just when I thought the graphics couldn't get better, you completely raise the bar with this latest post.
It's so exciting to see the game so close to being ready - and as I said last year, don't worry about the delays, the fanbase will hold out for you. :-)

FDG, Thomas on :

Thanks a lot, Joey! I'm glad you like it ^_^

Spidey981 on :

Wow !!! La différence est hallucinante , avant c'était déjà très beau mais là vous avez mis la barre à son maximum. Je comprend que vous ne donnez toujours pas de date car si tout les décors seront aussi poussés ça sera une pure merveille. Un énorme bravo à toute l'équipe. L'attente devient vraiment difficile mais ça vaut largement le coup d'attendre. Je suis impressionné par autant de talent, c'est tout simplement parfait.

Fabien @ Game Atelier on :

Hello Spidey981,
L'exemple de ce post du jour montre exactement ce qu'on est en train de faire au niveau graphique sur Monster Boy. A noter que l'on fait aussi des mises-à-jour majeures sur les niveaux et même le gameplay. Autant dire que ce que vous voyez n'est que la partie émergée de l'iceberg!
Puisqu'on vous disait que c'était pour la bonne cause ;-)
Bon weekend!

Spidey981 on :

C'est vrai que c'est pour la bonne cause, et j'ai hâte de mettre les mains dessus. Je sais que le développement vous prend énormément de temps mais est il possible d'avoir une petite news dans environ un mois? Car deux mois sans nouvelles c'est une vraie torture :-) Je vous souhaite également un bon weekend

Oldos on :

It's a dream for Playstation Vita?!

FDG, Thomas on :

So far the game is planned to release on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Other platforms are not decided yet.

Logbomb on :

Wow looks fantastic. It has been a joy to follow the evolution of the art in this game, the attention to detail is amazing. If only we could actually get to play the game one day, it's been a long wait since 2015 ;-)

FDG, Thomas on :

Hey Logbomb, hope you're doing great! It's crazy to think about all the time that passed since we first announced it and how the game evolved since then. It's not just the graphics; the gameplay and level design also got better now. Looking forward to the day we share the game with everyone. cheers!

Onimusha on :

Again nothing 2018

James on :

Merci les gars,

Wonder Boy Dragon's trap just gave me more appetite for this.
I hope both games will do extremely well.

Again, I want the game to come out as soon as possible but I totally understand you taking your time to improve it. So please release it when you think it's ready. :-)

Thanks for the update and can't wait to play it.

FDG, Thomas on :

Thank you James! Glad you enjoyed Dragon's Trap. I'm sure you'll love Monster Boy, too ^_^

jj on :

New screen is beautiful.

FDG, Thomas on :

Thanks a lot! It's even better in motion! :-)

meh on :

That's not Wonderboy anymore, that's more targeted to younger audience who never played the original and instead want graphics.
Rest of us, Wonder boy 3 - sorry.
One of the trademark of Wonderboy, was very raw and not polished

cheers

Joey Thomas on :

I'd take improved graphics and forward-thinking over shoddy graphics purely for the sake of nostalgia, any day!

Tom on :

Just because this is your opinion, don't assume you speak for other people.

Personally, (as a professional Graphic Designer for nearly two decades, now) I think that the graphic style(s) of the WB3 remake are a complete mess.

Choosing to completely ignore the entire art direction of not just the original game but also the entire series and to then replace them with several different graphic styles which not only don't match with the old series but also often going in a completely different direction even within the remake itself, shows what a poor job has been done by the artist in question.

Monster Boy not only takes the same aesthetic as the series has always had and modernises it, it also looks like it has been made with a team that has had proper creative management, enuring that the entire game has a consistent look throughout. The same cannot be said of the WB3 remake, which unfortunately shows what a difference there can be between a fan remake, (which is what it originally was) and a game made by a team of professionals who know what they're doing.

ALFREDO on :

WOW THE GAME KEEPS LOOKING BETTER I CANT WAIT TO PLAY THIS GAME ON PS5 JUST KIDDING TAKE ALL THE TIME YOU NEED BUT AT LEAST MAKE ONE OR TWO BEAUTIFUL DYNAMIC THEMES ON THE PS4 VERSION AS A PREORDER INCENTIVES I THINK WE DESERVE THAT MUCH FOR THE LONG WAIT HAPPY GAMING EVERYONE.

FDG, Thomas on :

Thanks a lot Alfredo! Who knows maybe we'll even have Monster Boy 2 when the PlayStation 5 is out ;-)

ALFREDO on :

WELL THEN YOU GUYS THEN BETTER WORK ON MONSTERBOY 2 SOON RUMOR HAS IT THAT WE MAY GET A GLIMPSE OF PS5 AT THIS YEARS E3 AND A LATE 2018 HOLIDAY RELEASE OF PS5 WITH TWO AWESOME LAUNCH GAMES KINGDOM HEARTS 3 AND JAK AND DAXTER 4 AND IF THREES A CHARM WE MAY ALSO GET A SLY COOPER REBOOT TO LAUNCH ALONG WITH THE SLY MOVIE I GOT MY FINGERS CROSSED.

Colin on :

Looking very good but don't delay too much longer. People will lose interest.
I am trying hard to keep interest and dragons trap has continued that interest.

FDG, Thomas on :

We do our best! I truly hope all the extra work re-ignites any interested in the game because it will be much better now :-)

csb on :

Just wondering if you ever honoured the Kickstarter backers with a free copy as mentioned in update 12?

FDG, Thomas on :

Sure, you're still in for a free Steam copy when its available and when you did all that was written in update 12 before we announced Monster Boy.

Spidey981 on :

Bonjour !

Comme dans The Dragon's Trap y aura t'il dans le menu une option " Galerie" pour pouvoir regarder les artworks et autre coulisse du jeu ? Merci

Fabien @ Game Atelier on :

Hello Spidey981,

Pour l'instant, aucune galerie n'est prévue dans Monster Boy. Là encore on préfère se focaliser uniquement sur le contenu du jeu qui s'améliore de jour en jour.

Allez j'y retourne ;-)

Fabien

Mike on :

I can only echo what Colin said. I was super excited for the game 1 year ago but infrequent updates and multiple month long delays seem to have diminished my interest and the interest of a lot of other people as you can see by the number of posts you got to your recent updates.
You got the benefit of having dragons trap released just now but if you keep delaying you will not do yourself any favours. Rather patch it and dlc whatever isnt ready.

Just my opinion :-)

iamerror on :

Looks great!
Are you planning a physical release on Switch?

Onimusha on :

2018 jan

Slayer82 on :

I echo some of the other comments when I state the wait is a bit too long.
You should never release an incomplete game, but this is taking too long.
It's not my business, but surely you could release weekly updates. Simply post a few screens or very short video with an explanation. That would take a few minutes to do.
The update doesn't contain anything new or exciting. I'm not trying to be negative, however I feel you need to complete this by year's end.

Pantera68 on :

Will there be a physical release and an actual release date soon?

Three years is a long time to wait, but I'm happy to wait until the end of this year. 2018 would be too long and I'd probably give the game a miss if that's the time frame.

i was pumped for this game last year, but the latest inept update kind of deflated me a bit; it's just another screen comparison.

Good luck in the future, people. :-)

FDG, Thomas on :

Hi Pantera, Slayer and Mike,

thanks for your feedback! Yes we know it's frustrating to wait such a long time with little news. We made some mistakes in the past, for example we released gameplay and screenshot material too early when we didn't know that we can do better. New ingame visuals are much improved now, we also got much better in everything else like level design and gameplay. Other publishers would have thrown out the game in any state just to meet the date but we have a different ethos with FDG and Game Atelier. We want to take this chance of a lifetime and release something truly great. A classic that has the chance to revive the whole series. We take our learnings and polish the game to highest heavens so you get the most for your hard earned dollars!cheers!

Logbomb on :

"We want to take this chance of a lifetime and release something truly great. A classic that has the chance to revive the whole series"

Yes, fantastic! The Dragon's Trap release was nice, but there really doesn't seem to be a plan there to revive the series, which is what long term fans like me have been wanting for over 20 years. Dragon's Trap releasing first works out well, as it introduces many new players to the series and leaves them wanting more. Then later this year Monster Boy launches with a plan to actually revive the series, and clearly the opportunity is being taken very seriously by all involved. At first I was disappointed that the Wonder Boy name wasn't being used, particularly as Dragon's Trap managed to get the name. But then I thought about it, the Wonder Boy series is an IP/Trademark mess and it makes far more sense to launch a new series with a new name officially licensed from the old IP that can be carefully looked after an managed long into the future without additional complications. So I completely understand that you want to get that right and release something of high quality that can actually get the sales needed for the continued series to be a reality. This is very exciting :-)

FDG, Thomas on :

Thanks Logbomb - yep, you completely got it right! That's our plan :-)

Spidey981 on :

Merci à vous et Thomas de prendre le temps de répondre aux fans . Dans le dernier post il est indiqué que vous êtes dans la phase finale de développement. Pouvez-vous être un peu plus précis? Peut on savoir quelles sont les étapes restantes ? Nous attendons tous une date de sortie, savoir à peu près le travail qu'ils vous reste pourrait apaiser notre attente. Merci

Zeo on :

Really excited for this :-)

Louie on :

The game is looking fantastic! I have to admit that the original art style did not really grab me. The game is looking much sharper now and as a result will have a greater chance of success.

I understand that many people are getting impatient for the game. Kick starter projects always seem to take a long time due to small teams and no hard deadlines set by sales departments. However, I stand by developers who refuse to release a game before it is actually ready. Give developers the time that they actually need and you get gems like Owlboy and Shantae: 1/2 Genie Hero. I hope that someday people will remember Monsterboy as a true classic of side scrolling adventure games.

On a side note, I am still hoping for a Vita port if the game does well on other platforms!

FDG, Thomas on :

Thanks a lot Louie! We sure hope so too. ^_^
I'm very confident that players will be very pleased with the final game. The polishing phase is very satisfying as we're reaching new heights every day! :-)

Shion on :

Yes! Also for me! I want a Vita port!

Onimusha on :

2020

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