Hi Backers! We’re back with another rip-roarin’ update for you!
Let’s kick things off with another vote. And to vote properly, you’re going to need a little context. Remember that magic carpet race at Cape Crustacean? The chapter you all funded as a stretch goal? Well in that chapter, Shantae and friends need to infiltrate the race and identify the saboteur who’s been stealing carpets out from under everyone’s noses. Rottytops goes undercover posing as one of the Pit Crew, because hey -- why not? Here’s where you come in to flex your mighty voting muscles. Rather than a straight-up A, B, C vote like our previous ones, we’re going for a “two-fer”. You get to vote on a “Head Costume” and also a “Body Costume”. Then we’ll put the winning combination together, and BAM!! Instant Rottytops cosplay.
You’ve got one week! Choose your head gear, pick Rotty’s duds, and you’re done. If you want to see what every possible combination is, just use this handy chart. Boy oh boy, with this disguise, she’s going to blend right in! Oh – in case you’re wondering, this cinematic takes place when playing as Shantae in what we call the “main story mode”. And the final costume won't be gray, we just did that to keep the focus on the style of the outfits. Lock in your votes by Oct 13th 5:00pm PDT! Get votin’!
A Backer Build Approaches!
Oh dear... another backer build already? Yes indeed, that E3 Steam Demo you’ve all been tearing apart and putting on YouTube will be updated this month with a new level. We won’t blow the surprise just yet, but we think you’ll have a ton of fun with it. We’ve got new visual effects, some tweaks to player controls, and improvements all around. The old levels aren’t going away, but they’ve progressed since the previous build. So if you want to play them one last time as they currently stand, better get cracking. Look for that backer build to arrive sometime in October. As always, if you backed at a tier that includes development builds, you’ll need a Steam account. You can always contact us for help at firstname.lastname@example.org
Show and Tell Time!
Poor Scuttle Town never gets a break! If it did, our Guardian Genie would have a very boring job. Yep, pirate attacks are a way of life in this burg as you can clearly see from these latest concepts.
And here’s Shantae sporting her jammies! This is an example of our newly refined animation system which uses a combination of traditional hand drawn animation and custom created “Spine” rigs. Pretty dang awesome.
Shantae is heading to Japan!
Thanks to our partners at Intergrow, Shantae will be arriving in physical form in Japan. Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse will be getting a boxed version! It’s crazy! Such a thing hasn’t happened since Capcom did it on Game Boy Color in 2002. No one puts Baby in a corner, but Intergrow puts Shantae in a box! So if you live in Japan, or love to import games, you’ll want to keep a close eye on Intergrow in the coming months.
Mighty Switch Force! Adacemy!
There’s a brand new way to get involved with game development at WayForward. This time it’s not through crowd funding, but via Steam Early Access! The next game in WayForward’s Mighty Series is “Mighty Switch Force! Academy!” This game focuses on Patricia Wagon’s Academy courses... simulations designed to test your shooting and thinking skills. By getting the game, you’ll have access to the Steam Forums and a direct line to developer Austin Ivansmith (that Ducktales guy). He’s working with fans directly, taking comments, trying level ideas, and updating the game organically. The number of levels and features just keep on growing – now with 4 player mode and ump-teen levels! The game will release officially to multiple gaming platforms once development is complete. But if you enjoy the journey as much as the destination, click the link below and be part of the fun!
Thanks! We’ll see you next time! And don’t forget to Vote!