Greetings and salutations to all of our backers! We’re here with another update after several weeks of heads-down time as we prepare for E3 and beyond. We’ve got some big challenges ahead, and you’ve got a front row seat to witness the vigorous process of bringing all of the separate pieces together. At this point in development, we’ve made a TON of content. It’s time to connect the dots and start filling in the gaps!
Meet the Worm Boss!
First, let’s look at something new: the Sand Worm Boss! This guy dominates the “Fire and Forget” chapter of the game, which you may recall as being one of our stretch goals. This persistent enemy will be making multiple appearances throughout the level. We don’t want to flat out spoil it, so we’ll just let you enjoy the concepts for now. This is our first attempt in Half-Genie Hero to make a rotating action scene, where the camera orbits the battle rather than being a direct side-view stage. With this boss appearing roughly halfway through the adventure, it will be a great way to break up the visuals.
Have you ever wondered what Scuttle Town looks like at night? If you played the original Game Boy Color game you’ve probably seen it first-hand. But in the Shantae games that followed, the town has always been depicted with a happy high-noon color scheme. Unless the Pirate Master is visiting. OK, forget what I said. Just enjoy these amazing new Scuttle Town concepts.
Now that we’re further along, you might begin to see fewer concepts and more screen grabs. That’s because we’ll soon be moving out of the phase where we’re designing outside the game, and we'll be making much more of our visual progress inside. Check out some of these screen shots, including some with Shantae transformed into the Monkey and the Crab!
Early Beta Builds are coming soon!
For those who backed the game at the EARLY ACCESS Reward Tier, we’ll need your help to prepare for our first playable build of the game! It will contain 3 levels at Beta quality. We’re trying to keep the final product fresh and spoiler-free when it launches, so we’ve gone ahead and hidden some features, like dialogue and some transformations. Now then, your body might be ready, but it’s possible that your WayForward Account is not. Please follow the instructions below, and make sure your information is up to date!
- Go to the WayForward.com Website
- If you haven't already, make an account using the same e-mail address that you used to donate with. This will connect your donation account and your WayForward account.
- Login to your account on the website
- Go to My Account > Pledges & Rewards > Manage Pledges
- Be sure to fill out the survey if you haven't already
If you have changed your e-mail address or used someone else's to make the donation, please be sure to update it. The e-mail address you used to donate is what we will be using to contact you and is also how you fill out any other information we need in order to get your your prizes and game codes!
If you have any problem with this information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We’d like to thank everyone for the support they've shown regarding Shantae’s inclusion in Smash Bros! Your fan art, move sets, and overall enthusiasm has been overwhelming! Will she make it? Who knows? We certainly don’t. But we do know this!! Never, EVER underestimate Shantae fans! After all, you worked together to fund this entire game, right? You bet. Speaking of funding stuff... Check out these awesome new Kickstarter Campaigns that have gone live recently. Both of them funded already, but rest assured, extra dollars go a long way, especially down the line when they’re in as deep in production as we are today!
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