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« on: November 20, 2018, 08:10:26 AM »

Hi guys, my game is selected for Bit Summit and will be at Kyoto during 6/01∼02.



Chrono Sword is a pixel art souls-like action adventure game with time travel. You will be a heroine who lost own memory, and have to travel the present and the past of the fallen world to find it.





My goals for this project are incredible atmosphere, fluid combat and full of story.

For the incredible atmosphere, Chrono Sword has pixel art with full of animations for any direction and any situations. And it's world is built with multi floors, special lighting for isometric, and time phasing. All these are my technical challenges that other pixel art games never achived.

It's combat is based on attack, dodge and shield like Dark Souls, but there are contextual actions like The Last of Us. You can fight like a skillful expert with combinations of basic actions and contextual actions, without memorizing long skill list.

And the story. It is really hardest to create charming characters and epic story with good message. I keep rewriting it to make it better and better.



I hope you will give me feedback freely.
Thank you.
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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2018, 10:12:56 AM »

Really nice art!
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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2018, 10:20:00 AM »

@Zireael
Thanks. There was really many of changes of art for years. I'll post about it someday :p
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2018, 10:22:54 AM »

Great looking art!

And a nice idea with 3D, good job  Smiley

I like that realistic approach with deadlines, May is just distant enough, so many people try to crunch and then burn out quickly and the game never gets done Sad

Oh and honestly the first image made me think this was Diablo, or ... even funnier... this is fantasy XCOM!
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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2018, 10:35:26 AM »

@Rarykos
Thanks. About deadlines, I want to spend enough time for my game to make it not just good but great.
And... I'm a bit fan of Diablo 1 & 2 (not 3), but no, not this time :q
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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2018, 10:51:41 AM »

Really nice art style, it gives me vibes of Super Bros: Sword and Sworcery and Jotun, looking forward for more!
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« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2018, 11:04:38 AM »

Looks good. Who knows it might even release before EITR  Tears of Joy
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« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2018, 03:36:45 PM »

@Aghko
Thanks. My goal is mixing the chracteristic feeling you mentioned and the brushed art : )
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« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2018, 03:39:52 PM »

@fall_ark
Oh no, I've been wait for EITR for enough time :q
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« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2018, 05:36:24 PM »

Looks really cool, it gives me a Hyper Light Drifter vibe. Looking forward to see more  Gentleman
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« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2018, 08:34:06 PM »

Looks really cool!  Hand Thumbs Up Left
Only feedback I have is that it might be good to have some knockback even if you managed to block the attacks. That will make attacking more impactful I feel?
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« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2018, 01:25:51 AM »

@Leetzor
Thanks. I also really love Hyper Light Drifter. I'll post previous history and what I'm doing, so please visit often.

@Yong
Nice advice. Knockback completes action game lol. I'll add various knockback by situations.
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« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2018, 06:12:16 AM »

I'm loving the graphics. Following this one!
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« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2018, 07:19:48 AM »

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Thank you. I will post about May build soon : )
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« Reply #14 on: November 25, 2018, 03:32:50 AM »

In early 2018, I finished a synopsis for a game. It was a story of a Knight who travel a fallen kingdom and the past of it. It started from late 2015 and finally it's play, story and art was completed - at least I thought so that time.

I built up a team for the game but it was still only in my head. So to share the vision, I made some music as well as docs and concept arts.

We spent many time to make our own tools in Unity to make high productivity. We definitely needed it for this project, since all of us had their own project already.

Our first goal was a demo with perfect pixel art and incredible motions. One day, the motion developer shared a screenshot of running character and that was exactly what we wanted.


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« Reply #15 on: November 25, 2018, 04:40:25 AM »

Very cool. How are you doing the character graphics? Are they billboard sprites in 3D space?
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« Reply #16 on: November 25, 2018, 06:38:53 AM »

The art is looking really nice.  I especially like those orange trees you have going there!
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« Reply #17 on: November 25, 2018, 09:41:12 AM »

Following Smiley
Are sprites made based on 3d models and animations? I would like to see the process of creating the sprites Addicted
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« Reply #18 on: November 27, 2018, 12:36:54 AM »

@robert.nally
Thanks. I like that orange trees too!

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It is similar with usual 2D bone animation, but somewhat defferent. It goes like this :
1. I design characters and draw pixel art in different directions for each part.
2. The programmer rigs it with our own tool.
3. Then I make Unity 3D animations.
4. Now we convert it into 2D data and apply to each part of the pixel art.
Explaining about converting and drawing needs help of the programmer, so I'll tell you about it later : )
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« Reply #19 on: December 04, 2018, 08:40:51 AM »

The theme of our first demo was the Cathedral of Lust. Players had to explore the past and the present in Fallen Saint.


We tried to give a strong impression by showing different scene when the player revisited the same room.



We wanted to let players fight with the huge saint, but our tool and know-how could not afford it yet. So the demo ended just with the awaken of the saint.


Players liked the demo. But we did not satisfied with the unreasonable puzzle, plain combat. And the glitch of shadow.


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