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Redefining the oldschool 16-bit RPG by fusing pixel art with 3D environments, dynamic lighting, shadows, physics and positional audio.
2,282 backers pledged $185,322 to help bring this project to life.

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We're Releasing ESTk - Make your own Dreamcast games

Posted by Elysian Shadows Team (Creator)
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How's it going?

We have teased you all with big news and here it is:

We're excited to announce that we're releasing our development kit along side Elysian Shadows. We've been talking about doing this for years in the Adventures in Game Development series, and we're thrilled to officially make plans for its release.  

Aside from small miscellaneous tools around the net, up until now, developing for the Dreamcast has only been possible by investing hundreds of hours into building your own toolkit. The ESTk is a complete toolkit, with everything you need to start developing your own Dreamcast game immediately -- no programming knowledge is necessary to dive in. The ESTk is modeled after unity making it welcoming for beginners.

Our tools are as cross-platform as they come. You can create and deploy your games to PC (Windows, Linux & Mac), iOS & Android (Phones and Tablet devices), Ouya, and Dreamcast. In the future, depending on our stretch goals we would like to expand upon this by adding the next generation consoles like Playstation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, Nintendo 2DS/3DS and Playstation Vita.

How exciting is that? Let us know what you think :)

Thank you for the support everyone! It really means the world to us.

Two Thirds Complete!

Posted by Elysian Shadows Team (Creator)
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How's it going you awesome bunch!?

Did you see it? Is it a "where were you" moment? 

WE PASSED $100k!

That's two thirds of our goal with 2 full weeks to go. To celebrate we will be livestreaming again since it was really popular last week at around 3:30PM CST (9:30PM GMT) on YouTube. It was delayed due to a storm in Alabama knocking out Falcos internet connection. Our apologies for that. You can watch that here.

Yesterday (16th August) we released two videos - Adventures in Game Development: Chapter 27 

and a special, new series of videos Adventures in Graphics Development: Chapter 1

Our art team have been working on improving the visual feeeels creating normal maps by hand to create the 3D illusion and accurately representing the way lighting interacts with 2D sprites.

This is how the game will start to look from now on. We have partnered with an awesome piece of software called SpriteLamp that ran a successful Kickstarter campaign a little while ago. We have integrated it into our tools to allow for this next level of 2D sprites across all the platforms we support. Including the Sega Dreamcast!

Thank you for all the support! We absolutely love our community and those that have backed our project and ambitions. Continue to spread the word and lets smash our goal so we can bring you our stretch goals! :)

Our first live stream!

Posted by Elysian Shadows Team (Creator)
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Come and join us on YouTube and ask us some questions related to our Kickstarter campaign or Elysian Shadows!

We will be answering questions and playing some games. We have our publishers game, Pier Solar on the Sega Genesis, Samba de Amigo on the Dreamcast and more.

Some of the team will be creating content using our in-house tools so come and watch us live! http://bit.ly/1nGNDRR

New Tier and Add-on!

Posted by Elysian Shadows Team (Creator)
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As some of you may have noticed we just added the most epic tier you will ever see on a Kickstarter campaign..ever..seriously!

The tier is for $5000 and it includes everything you would expect like the limited edition version of Elysian Shadows with all the physical and digital extras, but we took it up a couple of notches. Way past 11!

The Mentor

For those who have been inspired by our YouTube series "Adventures in Game Development" to become indie game developers or learn computer programming or those who chose that path as a life choice yourselves, The Mentor gives you the opportunity to travel down to us in Alabama, all expenses paid for one whole week and we will teach you what ever topic you want!

If you know C++ but want to improve your skills? We will teach you Intermediate or Advanced C++ to kickstart your development journey and endow you will the skills to finally finish that game concept you have been working on.

If you already know C++ but are having trouble learning or picking a graphics API to start your project, travel down to us and we will teach you beginner to intermediate OpenGL ES.

If you are totally epic and already know C++ and OpenGL but want to know how we solved some of the challenges we came across when developing Elysian Shadows like our dynamic lighting engine, rigid body physics system or even how we use LUA on the Dreamcast? What about developing for the Dreamcast console? We can show you the way!

Which ever path you are on you will get the opportunity to meet some of the team, visit the place where we make our dreams come to life and most of all - you get to play with our tools and software! That's right, take a look under the hood at our engine architecture, multiplatform framework or how we build levels with our editor!

This really is the ultimate opportunity for those who want to push themselves further. 

Some of you may know we are always open with our community and even a lot of our team were once fans of our project for years until they reached out to us. We always look for talented people to join our team, and who knows, given the right direction you could be the next person to join our team and help resurrect the 2D RPG and make it relevant by todays standards!

Strategy Guide Add-on

You asked and we delivered! Get yourself the physical strategy guide by adding $29 to your current pledge amount. No need to change your tier to anything higher (unless you want to) just add the amount and let us know which add-on you would like. You can find more add-ons on our campaign page :)

Lastly, we have hit Kickstarter full steam ahead and we are doing very well so far. I'm sure some of you are aware how Kickstarter works? The beginning period is usually smooth sailing and it's common to see an influx of donations early on like we had. Unfortunately, all good things don't last forever. The next 3 weeks are going to be a real challenge and we have seen our community and backers be really supportive of our project. We just need that to continue as much as possible because the sad thing is if we don't hit our goal we would find it really difficult to complete the project within the 18 month timeframe. We are extremely dedicated people (as our 7 year YouTube series shows) and the project will continue but at a much slower pace.

Thank you for all the support so far! Let's smash that goal and bring the 2D RPG back to life!

We are now on Steam Greenlight!

Posted by Elysian Shadows Team (Creator)
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After day 3 of the campaign we have had many questions regarding the Windows, Mac and Linux builds of the game. Mostly regarding if you only get one copy of the game for only one operating system.

We knew this was confusing so we are here to solve that problem. For those who have and those that will choose THE RETRO GAMER tier to receive a digital copy of Elysian Shadows on PC (Windows, Mac or Linux), will hopefully get one Steam key allowing you to play on all three :)

To do this we need your votes for our Steam Greenlight campaign. Either by clicking the image above or visit this direct link :)

Thank you for the continued support so far!

In the media lately we managed to talk to Nichegamer this past weekend. You can listen here: http://nichegamer.net/2014/08/elysian-shadows-interview-fantastical-kickstarter-edition/

And Blaze Chastain from GhostVolta, wrote an article showing us love from the Ouya community! http://www.ghostvolta.com/exclusive-developer-interview-elysian-shadows-team/

Lastly, I would like to stress how genuinely moved the team is by all the kind words and support. We appreciate the amount of people helping to spread the word and we hope we can pay you back one day the most epic 2D RPG you will have ever played :)