Earth Romancer - Bullet-Intense JRPG Smash Brawler!
Earth Romancer - Bullet-Intense JRPG Smash Brawler!
A frenetic and complex platform fighter that combines intense bullet-hell gameplay with robust combo systems for a unique experience.
A frenetic and complex platform fighter that combines intense bullet-hell gameplay with robust combo systems for a unique experience. Read more
We're redefining a decades old genre of gaming, with a mish-mash of unique and familiar mechanics. With the flexible combo chaining of traditional fighters, and the intuitive control scheme and movement of Smash Brothers, Earth Romancer is aiming to be something truly different from anything seen before!
Decades of Inspiration
As a designer I've taken inspiration from every competitive fighting game I've ever played. From Melty Blood to Marvel vs. Capcom. You can bet Earth Romancer will be fun for any type of player. We're combining the pick-up-and-play aspect of platform brawlers with the high-flying spectacle and flashy goodness from traditional fighters! We're also making sure the game keeps a vibrant aesthetic. Everything from the characters to the soundtrack have deep inspirations from old-school surreal platformers and classic fantasy RPGs. Check out some of the beautiful scores you'll hear below!
Download the Alpha Demo!
Try an early build of the game for yourself! Download Here
NOTE: This is not representative of the final product but we found it very playable.
If you want to dive deeper, be sure to check out the tutorial below, and the controls and mechanics guide seen here.
We also have developer matches on our youtube channel!
Fitting In The Competitive Landscape
Earth Romancer will ship on PC (With console ports planned) and will be tournament ready upon release. It aims to merge different competitive communities with its unique take on the genre. Here are just some of the features!
- Dash or jump through projectiles for intense bullet-hell style fighting!
- Spawn stage additions upon losing stocks to adjust the environment to your advantage!
- Character-specific air actions make sure every character moves in a unique way.
- Two modes of play! Choose Redshift or Blueshift modes or play a combination of both and switch mid-combat.
- Special 2/3 and 3/5 set modes make counterpicking stages and characters a breeze.
An Ambitious Project of Celestial Proportion!
Not just a tournament-grade competitive fighter! The game will also feature an episodic single-player campaign that will flesh out the lore and help build emotional connections to the characters. Watch their backstories and see them develop as the fighters they've become today in a complete action-packed platformer experience!
Earth Romancer takes place in a pocket universe called Xamsara. Xamsara is inhabited by Arcanum, mystical creatures of otherworldly power that are attracted to the emotions and dreams of people. Throughout Earth Romancer you will also get to know the various races that populate Xamsara and their symbiotic relationship with the Arcanum. It's an intricate, world-building experience filled with intrigue, drama, and beauty.
From hyperspace roads to wandering terraformers, Earth Romancer will merge sci-fi and fantasy concepts to create an inspiring canvas for years to come. Help us paint a world that ignites the imagination of people all over!
A space-faring knight with mastery over the power of lightning. Palante is a hand-picked Einherjer designated to be a guardian of the Time Lords. A war hero of his era, Palante is only kept alive by the ribbons on his helmet which tie his faith to a beautiful valkyrie. Follow his journey through the outskirts of Xamsara on his mission to track down the Autumnlyte Ark, a wandering ship said to be able to harness the stars.
Trained in a variety of martial-arts, Keagan is the fearsome and fiery captain of the Crimson Pendragon. With an arsenal of flaming kicks and gadgetry at his disposal, he is one of the most versatile combatants of the cast. He set out with his crew at the wish of his departed friend in search of adventure, but what surprises could await him in this vast, unknown space?
Ava was a bright, and promising scholar when she contracted a terrible, life-threatening disease. Through the combined power of science and arcane magic she was able to replace her body and become a photon-powered cyborg. Her body is equipped with magnetically attached limbs making her a fighter of unique ranges. Ava now continues her study on the phenomena called Vinculo, wandering dragons that connect dimensions together.
A roaming terraformer, and a Valkyrie that controls the element of water. Chalcedony is a lonely, but hardened individual that descended from the Autumnlyte Ark. Her goals have yet to be determined but her power should be considered very dangerous. She wields a lance and shield in battle.
The right-hand man of the Space King. Dao was first known throughout the galaxy as an underground boxing champion. When he became a pirate it was a sensation talked about around the world. Panic spread throughout the government. With his gravity-manipulating fists, his capability for destruction is rivaled by few. If the Space King has his eyes on Autumnlyte Ark, what secrets could it hold?
A Time Lord set out on his first mission to investigate the Autumnlyte Ark. Eirwyn has a strong sense of duty towards the organization known as The Lattice. He's trained diligently in the art of sorcery to manipulate both time and the elements. Together with Palante, his powers are always growing. How far can his studies take him through the most dangerous corners of Xamsara?
Tatum hails from the floating continent of Delos Armonia. It is there she honed her skills with sound and grass arcana. She is the wielder of Antheia, a magical artifact that lets her transform into an older version of herself. As a fighter, she controls the battlefield with her sonic healing plants, and can turn enemy items against them by growing them into special trees. Her journeys with Eirwyn will be a true coming-of-age experience that will test her will to the limit.
For a fighting game, Earth Romancer's current progress was made on a relatively low budget of $30,000. What we want to do with the money from Kickstarter is add online play, and finish two more characters to carry us to Steam early access. We believe once there, the game will become self-sufficient.
We have so much more planned to streamline the game for newcomers, add more to the spectacle, and create fun new modes for everybody. While the Kickstarter goal is scoped for a small release, it encourages our investors to help fund even more new features and characters!
Blank Mauser - Lead Developer, Programmer, Designer
As the lead developer and creator of Earth Romancer, I've been wanting to make games since I was a child. Dabbling in all areas of development, the prototype seen today is the result of 2 years of on and off work while working a full-time job. As a competitive player of over 10 years you can be sure Earth Romancer will not only feel great to play, but have the depth to match.
Schmooblidon - Gameplay Engineer
Schmooblidon has been known within the Smash Brothers Melee community for his generous insight into the inner workings of the game, and contributions to the community through his site iKneeData. For refining Earth Romancer's physics and gameplay, you can bet he's the best qualified for the job. Plus he made a Smash-like game you can play in your browser. How impressive is that!?
Angelo Cicero - Composer
Angelo and I met through a random SoundCloud search of fate and quickly bonded over our love of JRPG composers such as Masashi Hamauzu. He can accomplish a wide range of styles and has a knack for producing what I can only describe as an "eargasm." Earth Romancer's soundtrack will have a lovely mix of fantastic soundscapes and jazzy numbers alike.
Alyssa Wong (papyrsatyr) - Artist, Character/Creature Designer
Lover of all things Pokemon and Digimon. Alyssa has been providing stellar Arcanum and character designs that bring your 90s childhood vibes flooding back. She graduated from SVA with a bachelor's in animation.
Manos De Trapos - Artist, Character Designer
With a knack for fine detail and elaborate clothing designs, Manos brings her beautiful illustrations to the team with flair. She also works as a freelance artist and is looking to ensure Earth Romancer gets art that can fit right into the classic fantasy RPG era.
Tyler Anthony - Animator
As an overall lover of games, Tyler brings a lot of polish and personality to each and every animation. His enthusiasm and passion has helped bring Earth Romancer to life in record time. I can hardly take a break after finding him references before he's bombarding me with drafts! After working with him I have no doubt he knows everything it takes to make the snappy and responsive animations that a polished fighting game needs.
Risks and challenges
Earth Romancer has been in development for roughly 2+ years, but much of that time was spent scrambling to find support while I worked a full-time job. The game has accelerated development significantly in the past year. We now have a dedicated angel investor who has a stake in its success!
While early access may seem like a tough route for an indie fighter, we believe the game will eventually find its own way. The current progress was made on a low budget and I believe I've improved the process over time. We're a team mostly fueled by passion but a successful Kickstarter lets us work on more than just that. We're confident in our ability to keep surprising our customers and bring the hype!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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