Demon's Revenge

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We have been converting Demon’s Revenge to Unity. Our previous efforts to use the other engine did not meet the needs we required in order to make the game we set out to make. As some of our previous patrons may have noticed, the game had performances issues. That has been our most potent problem.

Although the engine has set us back with development, we’ve been creating and obtaining resources for the game as a whole. Music, writing, art, learning, and planning, are all still being worked on towards completing Demon’s Revenge. As stated before, we have also been working on other games and commissions in order to gain more funds to move this game forward.

Our work on Demon’s Revenge remains constant and you can see that in the work that we have been doing using the Unity engine.

Since we’ve moved to Unity, there are a lot of things that we have to recreate. The previous video showcased the combo system and battle UI. In our previous attempts we had to cut out animations frames so that the game would perform better. The battle background frames would have to be cut down to less than 20% in order to play without bogging down the game to single digit frame rate.

We are recreating systems and organizing data to make sure development goes smooth and as fast as we can. Since we are making this ourselves we can allocate when and where the data is called and stored to make sure it works as optimally as possible.

This however takes time as this has to be done with every element of our game, but we feel its worth it and the best direction to go for the people who support us.

We have a few systems done and we continue to move forward as time permits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are introducing new characters and fleshing out older ones. There are literal elements that we felt were missing within the game. Sometimes it could seem a bit dour and glum we needed some more upbeat and comedic moments to balance out the narrative.

 

We are working on making this as complete as possible. There are new things that we have in store and things that were meant to be in the original that we want to include in the finished product.

We have no release date as we have some significant work to do in order to get back to where we were. All we can say now is that we are working on all fronts to give everyone the best experience. Although we will be working on other projects the goal will always be to give Demon’s Revenge the release our supporters and patrons deserve.

– Whitney & Tyrell White

 

We have made a few tweaks to how the difficulty and AI have been operating in Demon’s Revenge. One of the things we have taken out of the game is enemy levels. In the past, the game would usually adjust to the way you would be playing in order to relinquish the need to grind and compile experience. That did not work out and in some cases that would ultimately work against the player. We felt it provided a challenge and gave the player a reason to go into battles. In the end it ended up making the game more challenging than it should have been. The gains you would achieve in level would feel minimal as the enemies would always seem to catch up with you.

So instead we are going with a more retro feel, adding in gameplay mechanics that will provide a unique experience with each enemy you encounter. It will feel a bit more like Pokemon, as the enemies will be noted for doing “something.” Here are a few examples of what we are talking about.

Long Tusk Boar:

 

The long tusk boar will be a very aggressive creature. It will try to attack anything; that includes your party and any object in its way. If it gets frustrated, it may increase its attack power while becoming increasingly more aggressive. They operate best in groups as they tend to attack simultaneously with one another.

Worker Bee:

The last thing you want to do with worker bees is to be passive. If you get into battle with a worker bee and try to hide, they will immediately send out smaller swarms to find and attack you. Worker bees are fast and possess a venomous stinger. Although they are very fragile, they are also hard to hit.  You’ll want to use accurate and quick attacks as their stings can leave your party members in a critical state.

EPIC/Fabled – Hornet Queen:

 

The Hornet Queen is a fabled enemy that resides in Origin forest. Because this creature is hidden, we do not want to say too much about it. It should be a surprise. Some may have fought this creature in earlier versions of the game, but a lot has changed since then. These enemies, unlike the previous versions, will be beatable in the first episode. They are made to open up the lore and the world of what we are trying to build with Demon’s Revenge.

Thanks for taking the time to read our update. We hope to bring more news soon!

– White Guardian Studios

Some of you may have noticed that the purchase option for Demon’s Revenge on Steam is currently suspended. We are in the process of preparing a release for the updated version of the game and its subsequent expansions. This decision has been made primarily by our team as we felt there was too many issues for that version and that we wanted a bit of a fresh start with our updated game.

As we have been developing and building the game, over time the characters have change. We have fleshed out motivations and story elements to make your journey more rewarding. None is more apparent than Sen’s journey and we would like to think that we are building something great, despite the amount of time we are taking. We are aiming to give gamers a full experience and hope that these characters, locations and even music sticks with you.

The sound track for episode 1 is currently missing one track. Although we have more music for the other episodes produced already, we want to release these when the games are complete. We may release the episode 1 soundtrack when the final track is done, but our main focus is on the game itself. We have been through a few musicians to get this done and we hope that this appeals to fans of the game. We think the soundtrack is great and hope you will too!

Thanks again for your patience.

– White Guardian Studios

We have been grinding for the last couple of months and in the midst of that, we have still been able to make progress. We have made numerous strides in development as we have been advancing on Iron Grid the soundtrack as well as promotion.

The game has changed enough for us to promote the game as something new. Everything from the menus, battle system and the story in various ways. We didn’t want to make the same marketing mistakes, as our previous attempts were pedestrian at best. Not a lot of people had a chance to know about our game. We are even considering just calling the game “Demon’s Revenge” as a way to make it more marketable.

Iron Grid is on its way to being complete. It is our premier mini game and we hope that everyone will enjoy its unique and familiar mechanics. It’s a good mix between Suikoden 2 duel system and a strategy card game. Here, we show a bit of that mechanic with the way you decide on who is going to go first. We use this rock-paper-scissors strategy in the main game as a way to add variety, chance, and strategy to the way you play.

We also had a few more faces for characters done.

And also some more npc faces and variations.

We have been continuing to work on many commissions as well as other work in order to get this game funded and where it needs to be. We are near the end of our journey with The Story of Revere and once that is released it would be the second commercial game to be a part of our resume as game developers. We would love to work on this project full-time, but we also have to have the funds to make this game what it needs to be for all the backers and the patrons on Steam.

We have not abandoned this game, it’s not any type of vaporware as we are trying our best to make sure this is a notable game. Making something to remember and of significance is taking some time. We may have to work on some smaller titles between this development to make sure that Demon’s Revenge becomes the game we envisioned it to be.

Thanks again for all the support, we will meet you at the next milestone!

– Tyrell & Whitney White

Hello everyone,

It has been sometime since our last update, but we bring a bunch of progress and news. We have been slowed down a bit because of some recent commission work, most notably for a project called Revere: A Story Of The End.” During our time working on Demon’s Revenge, we acquired some skills that we have put forward to helping us financially. We put a lot of our own resources into this project and we have high expectations on the final product. We are going to take some time in this update to let you know what we are up to as well as why this is taking so darn long.

We were recently apart of the game developers of color event in Harlem last Saturday. We showcased the older version of the game and got some great feedback. The event was very successful to us as we made some great connections with press and other industry professionals.

Over the last couple of months we have had some great progress with the game. We feel our over all presentation has improved. We have made improvements to the way the story flows and we have solidified combat to make it more balanced.

 

We are just about complete with the latest character portraits, Sinara and Dr. Krinwar. These portraits are really important. They portray the characters personalities in a way the pixel animations may have a hard time doing.

There are some new required animations mainly for the humanoid characters. Since the riposte and other skills or attacks can cause a lift in the character, we have decided to add hit up and fall poses. It adds more fluidity to the system and makes it more dynamic.There has also been more battle animations such as ground hits, running dust and swing effects to make the hits and animations look more exciting.

We have acquired a new team member, a musician called DaveyBriteRPG. He will be taking over in the BGM department. He’s already composed 10 new tracks for the game including, but not limited to, Sen’s new battle and main theme, Az and Lord Zorpel’s theme, and a few location tracks. We showcased some of it at the expo and it was one of the main highlights of our showcase. He has been a great addition to our project and he has done a fantastic job with the music he has done so far.

We are in the process of making more GUI options. Since the player is going to be spending a lot of time in the menus, we felt that we should offer options if the player does not like the current version or just would prefer a change in the theme.

Battle System

In the coming weeks, we are going to be releasing the battle showcase. In the showcase, we will be exhibiting many of the features we have for the battle system. There has been some new features that we have added recently and general polishing that we have to address. When that is done, we will be ready to show it publicly.

Once an enemy is scanned you can now access their hp as well as their status on the field by hovering over them. You also have access to all party members’ information when you hover allies too.

We have added a new victory scene with a new MVP feature. The MVP system allocates the most valuable player in your party and then randomly issues a bonus to your team or the MVP. We thought this would be a fun way to track your parties effectiveness and give a fun incentive for after battle. It’s currently not properly skinned/beautified, but we wanted to show it off anyway 😀

AI

The AI has become a centralized function of the game. Our battle system features objects and visibility variables so having the computer controlled enemies react to these scenarios is very important to the integrity of the system. There are times that the AI needs to hide and attack objects and make decisions based on where it is relative to the player. We want to offer a full and complete experience and having this system functional is extremely important. Although we have been looking to get this done awhile now, this is a relatively new feature that we have not yet tested to its full functionality.

Releasing The Current Build

We have been avoiding announcing a release date for this project. With our added work load on other projects to support this one, and the amount of time we are going to need to promote this, the game will not release until early 2018. We are aiming for February. Due to testing and our marketing schedule, this is the most foreseeable time that we can do this.

If you have ANY questions, please let us know! We look forward from hearing back from you.

Thanks for taking a look at our update we should be back with the battle showcase very soon.

– Whitney & Tyrell White

May 28th update

As I was getting up today I noticed how off track we had strayed from giving you guys updates. I had been posting things on facebook and twitter for the last couple of days before I begin work on the game in the morning. A lot has happened over that time and we would like to share a lot of that with you.

 

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April 22nd Update

So we are extremely busy and a lot more organized than we have ever been. We have started using a program called Trello and it has increased production exponentially. We are pretty much done with the demo beta besides a few bugs and workarounds that makes it a bit more playable. We are setting something up in Trello so that it will be a lot easier for our beta testers to give direct feedback and bug reports. We are pretty excited to hear from you guys, we want the beta to be as playable as possible as we continue to improve on what is beginning to really impress me.

Hasphal
Hasphal

Ricky has finished this gorgeous map. We are extremely impressed with what he has done. Despite all the work he has done previously, this map is one of the best pieces of art he has created. Whitney’s vision on these places coming to life is really cool. I was skeptical of all the locations she had and wondered if it was too much. It looks perfectly balanced and the detail is so good I thought we could offer the full sized version to our backers as a wallpaper.

Over the course of developing this game we have had some good expectations and in a lot of ways when I test play our project we have met and exceeded anything I personally thought we could have achieved. I have grown so much with my pixel art and I continue to evolve as this project goes on. Jagen has been one of the more detailed and prominent characters in our game and he has been the bane of my existence, with all the detail that both Whitney and Ricky put on him. Yet I still am able to improve on what I was able to do before hand. A lot of people respect my work which makes me very proud. I never thought I would reach this level of achievement doing what I love.

Jagen Final Stance
Jagen Final Stance

We have had some gameplay changes and we would definitely like your opinion on it. Although we will continue to have jumping in our game, freely jumping anywhere you want will no longer be a feature. We had some visual and gameplay problems with it and in order to tie the project down in a clean and neat package we had to modify it the way we did. Now there will be jumping prompts where that aspect is available and hopefully we will maintain that free roam aspect and feel of the game.

We have also implemented a point and rage system within the combo and finisher system. There are now three buttons instead of 4 directions, having left and right seemed a bit redundant and the other button will more than likely be reserved for cancelling out of the melee attack position. The base combo points will start at 40 and progress as the game goes on. Up, which is the strongest attack has less accuracy and takes the bulk of the points. Left is the moderate attack and takes a modest amount of points and does middle of the road damage. Down does the least damage and has the most accuracy which takes the least points. They also have direction implications which will allow you to exploit an opponents weakness or discover its advantages. For example, attacking a flying enemy like a bat which has 100% evasion against your low attack would be useless so instead of spamming the attack button you will be planning out your attacks and hopefully this holds players attention to battle. Rage points are used to execute a combo finisher. You gather rage points as you do melee damage and are attacked. It is divided into 4 sections which attributes to the four levels of combo finishers. Our goal is to make the battles both fun visually and technically and help you connect with our characters both in and out of battle.

We hope you all enjoyed this update, we are definitely on our way!

Thanks again,

-Tyrell and Whitney White

Big Plans For March

So we are ending our February and coming into what could be our biggest event since our Kickstarter campaign. We are on a schedule of releasing our playable demo by the third week of March. We want to give you guys a little insight of what the demo will contain and how things have changed since our campaign up until now.

Demo News

The demo will be about an hour long depending on how you play it. It will be more or less an intro into the actual story and feature our main character. When we release the demo we are really going to be looking for some strong feedback, everything will be upgraded and we feel we can not make a great experience without your input. Our goal is to make a really great game, we want the game to do well commercially and critically.

Voice work

We have had some issues with the voice work for some of the characters in the demo. Most of that was due to some of the voices we rushed and acquired shortly before its release. Now we are going with our core and strongest group of voice actors for the next showcase. That would include Jalen K. Cassell, the voice of JagenCecilia Yus, who will voice Mioni and hopefully Amira, Echo Viridian as Sinara, and our newly acquired voice actress Danielle Mcrae who will be the new voice of Sen.

Sprite Work

We are wrapping up this month with a lot of great news and content. I have been working on Jagen again and I have been making his sprite look more like the image that Ricky has drawn. I have added more detail to his armor and upgraded his gauntlet to look more like Ricky’s detailed work.

Compare New and old
Compare New and old

Using this design I have been implementing it into Jagen’s combo animations and I really like how they look opposed to what they were before. This new version will be featured in the demo, so he will definitely have to look the best he can look.

Kick animation
Kick animation

I have also been working on some animations dealing with the character sprites such as climbing, jumping, bending down, and stance. Here is a small example of Sen’s in game map sprite.

Sen’s stance animation

We have enlisted some more on on tile sets over the past couple of weeks and the production has been fantastic! We have had some really talented people come along and the work they have produced along with our contracted spriter is amazing you are really going to enjoy what we have to offer as far as landscapes go.

New tiles
New tiles

Music

I firmly believe that we should have one of the best soundtracks for an indie game  this year. Mark continues to impress with his remakes of our older tracks. Jagen’s new battle theme may be one of the the best tracks he’s made so far. I personally think Jagen has all of the best music associated with him. I can not wait to hear you guys’ opinions on it.

“Sundering Volante”

The Full Game

We have plans to release the game in the near two to three months. That being said, I want to clarify what this game will feature and what may be left out as far as the first chapter goes. As you all should know, this game is going to be chapter 1 of a full length RPG experience. We aim to make the chapters at least between 14 and 17 hours. We have 3 playable characters, 8 areas in 4 locations, and a few secret ones too, all in the first chapter.  

What we may or may not be leaving out is an additional playable character and 3 more areas which would just take a little bit more time but could be added to the next chapter. We shall find out what we could do with that by the end of March.

Let us know how you feel about this as we want you all to feel like you are getting your pledge’s worth. We want everyone to feel satisfied with our game and their pledge so if you have any concerns at all please feel free to let us know! We are always willing to talk about it and we will respond promptly.

In Game Backer Rewards

We are currently in the process of getting the in game backer rewards for you guys and we would like to get the information for your boss or NPC if you have not yet given it to us yet. We will be contacting you throughout the month if we have not already done so. By the end of the month of March, everyone with the NPC or boss reward will be given a map of the main location. You will be able to choose a spot for your NPC to live. Some locations are not available in the first chapter so you will have the option to choose one of those locations to live as well if you are comfortable with waiting for your character to be put in the game. 

Thanks everyone for your support and we hope to impress you with our demo/beta in a few weeks.

-Tyrell and Whitney White

PS – Today was my birthday,  just to throw that out there. I could not have had a better time spending it working on the game with my wife. 🙂

If you did not catch it, we recently had a an interview with reaxxion.com. We had a really great time with the interview and we hope you enjoy it. I really loved the interview and the blurb that he wrote at the beginning was insightful. We are happy that he felt our project was competent enough to write about it.

Music

The last two weeks have been really great with development. Mark has made some really great music. The stuff he has recently composed really captures the the essence of what we want to interpret to everyone and it’s really exciting to get things going. These pieces are important to the story and its something we want you all to experience in the game first. I feel like he is making the best soundtrack for our game and it is really exciting to hear every new piece.

More Art

Ricky is still doing his thing, making battle backgrounds. He is currently working and getting a lot done as usual. Here is a sketch of his current work in progress.

 Spriter Pro

So I have had my eye on this program called Spriter Pro for some time now and I have to say this is my new favorite program. I have been able to make some really solid animations with a lot less spriting. Although our main humanoid characters will be sprited the traditional way this program makes a way to animate some really big enemies like the ones we planned with efficiency and quality.

The first thing I sprited was a mechanical creature that we are creating for an undisclosed area. I think you will see how well we were able to animate it and for a first attempt at the program, I do not think it was that bad.

Although we can make many more frames of animations we are limiting them as we do not want to overload the program with thousands of frames per animation, but we could if we really wanted to make the game lag like crazy lol.

Resized
Resized

I have recently been animating the white wolf which we all worked on together during the campaign. The program actually has a method to either save the pixel work or smooth it out. Now we are between which version that we would want to use.

Pixel
Pixel
Smooth
Smooth

These are still somewhat rough animations as the heads would need to change and animate a bit more and I enlarged them so you can see how different they are. We would really like you guys opinions on this as we would like to know which version you all would prefer. We feel it’s better to ask the people who are definitely going to be playing, you guys collectively can help answer the question of what you would like to see.

Pixel
Pixel
Smooth
Smooth

We finally found an animator that is going to be making custom visual effects for skills and abilities and we hope to show you more news on that soon. I’ve also acquired a little help to make the main playable characters and bosses much more dynamic and diverse. Her name is Debbie Ekberg and she has already shown she has a lot of talent and skills to bring to our game.

My sprite
My sprite
Debbie's Animation
Debbie’s Animation

 Selling T-shirts

We have been playing around with the idea of selling t-shirts to gather some more funding for some small additions to our project. We want to ask you guys if you think it’s a good idea. We want to go to Ricky and with your help, come up with a cool design that you all will like. Let us know in the comments what you think and you can help us brainstorm some killer ideas for it.

By the way, Whitney has just finished changing the forum software and updating it. It’s been inactive for a bit, but we are still around checking it almost everyday. Previous members who we KNOW are real have been migrated here. Posts have been copied, but not post times, so please ignore that stuff. It’s all going to say the same date/time. Those that have been migrated here, please make a new password. When migrating the members, Whitney gave you all a password manually, so she knows it.

http://whiteguardianstudios.com/forums/index.php

Thanks for reading this update we are really excited about February and the work that we have ahead of us.

Best,

Tyrell and Whitney White

Progress & Questions

Hi guys,

Great news. Everything is back on track when it comes to everyone working on the game. We’ve got a lot more infobook items, more sprites, a background, more story… I love the progress that me and our team are making.

Ricky just pulled another fast one on us with a battle background. Check out the sewers. I don’t want to say too much about this place, but just know that it is dangerous and it will have puzzles!

Mark is picking up the pace when it comes to music. He’s just finished a sad and intense track for one of the scenes in the game. Next he’s working on Jagen’s battle theme. There will be a lot of battle themes in the game mainly because I love music! We plan on giving the player the option of choosing battle music, but of course bosses and cutscene battles will have their own special songs. (Yeah, that includes you guys bosses which I can’t wait to get to!)

In a couple of days, I’ll be remapping some of the forest with the new tiles that Leen has done. Lot of wood, lot of deadness. Sen’s part of the forest is really one of the most depressing places I’ve ever seen. Really sets the atmosphere for her story.

Michael is really pumping out these infobook items, currently working on some crafting/loot stuff. There’s so many, but I’m going to leave you these three. Here goes some slime, an enemy claw, and some shrooms!

Tyrell is keeping his focus on battlers for now. He’s been working on some of the desert creatures. Reworking the crow’s sprites and fixing some animation on the cactabus, our resident living and moving cactus. Scorpon has also been revamped to be leaner and better with a more creative look.

I’ve been working on some dialogue… Most of it is serious, but I try to throw in some light moments to keep some balance. I’m not good with comedy or anything like that, but I’m trying. When we’re in beta, I can only hope someone can tell me if I’m being more cheesy than funny 😀

I haven’t had a chance to test the platforming elements, but the code is done. It will be more about timing than location precision since it will keep to being tile based and I think I’m ok with that. I guess we’ll see once it’s in game.

In the midst of all of that good news, we do have some bad news. The battle system is being delayed again. To be fair it’s a big system and we’ve made some pretty significant changes along the way. It may be a setback, but we are determined to get it how we want it, how we envisioned it.

We have some real questions for you guys. We want to give you guys as much information as possible, but do you think we are showing too much and leaving no surprises? We love showing you our progress, but never thought about these things until now. All of the eye candy, locations, the characters being introduced, sprites, infobook stuff… Do you think it’s too much to show?

– Whitney & Tyrell White