We thought we'd kick off a new year with a lot of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero info, so let’s jump right in with some sweet new game content!
The video below shows some more work-in-progress of the Mermaid world. The storyline here involves an evil counterfeiting operation, but we’ve opted to keep the video spoiler-free.
One area features some platforming over Greek style pillars, with water hazards and some enemies that might feel familiar to long-time Shantae fans. The next shows some assembly line style machinery inspired by the classic TV show opening of Laverne & Shirley. Shantae’s going to have a tough time navigating the dangers of a machine operated cannery, and there are new alligator-style workers to contend with, and some (now temporary) electric bats as well. There’s also an action packed escape portion where Shantae slides down a chute at high speeds. Enjoy!
More Visual Design!
Here are a few of the design elements that went into making the levels in the video above:
A few, like the young maidens & enemy mermaids are yet to be animated. If you’ve played Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, you might recognize a rather sinister soul lurking amongst the concepts. Near the bottom are some more poses for the Giga Mermaid, the boss of this Chapter. The game is really coming together and is oozing with personality.
It’s time to kick off another VOTE! If you backed at the “Contributor” reward tier, you’ve got a week to peruse these designs for one of Shantae's transformations and weigh in on your favorite!
Our current plan has the player getting the Mermaid Transformation later in the adventure, which allows for unlimited exploration underwater. But earlier in the game players will use the Crab Form to plunge into the depths. While “falling” underwater, the crab can glide side to side (much like the Hat Gliding move in Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse – but, under the sea). The Crab Transformation can also duck to hide in its shell. And while all four of our crab designs look very different (not all have large, visible shells) we can pop the Crab into a protective state easily, defying conventional logic because, hey, it’s a cartoon! So choose your favorite, and we’ll get it animated and in game! This Vote will be open until 3:30pm PST 1/22/2015 and is live...NOW!
Remember, to vote you must be a Contributor level backer ($60 Reward Tier) or higher. If you are, simply go to WayForward.com and login to your account. Select WayForums and click on the Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Kickstarter Contributer+ Board.
Once inside find the "Shantae: Half-Genie Hero - Vote #2: Crab Transformation" topic and you will have 4 options to choose from. Click the box next to your favorite and that's it! You only get one vote, and once you've voted it's locked in, so make it count!!
If you backed at the “Enemy Designer" reward tier, please check your email inbox right away! We’ve reached out to the 5 Guest Designers to gather up their designs and begin the process of putting their own personal stamp on the game. We’ll be guiding these designers through several steps, ensuring that their foe fits into the world of Shantae, and has a proper home in one of the themed lands in which it will dwell. We’ll all be watching the process through future updates, and it promises to be an entertaining journey for everyone!
Your Art in Game!
Backers at this reward tier have been contacted as well. Now we’ve got a place for you to upload your original Shantae-themed artwork. There will be specific instructions for you as well, including general guidelines and formatting...stuff we can discuss with you outside of this update.
Your Face in Game!
We’ll be reaching out to you next, so please get a couple of photos ready! You’re about to become an NPC in Scuttle Town!
Ok, that’s all for now... it’s busy, busy, busy over here at WayForward and we can’t wait to show you more in the next update. See you then!