Fritzy wasn't initially part of the game’s original concept. But when we realized what an effect the death of our family pet would have on Maddi, not only as her first pet but as her friend, we decided to add him into the game to help her rescue her family. After all, why should she have to do it alone?
This made it possible for Maddi to have a wonderful way to remember him, even if the start of the game gives it to you a little rough. In real life, Fritzy was 17 years old and very much on his last legs, so we knew what was coming and we knew she wouldn't take it well. But from the ashes, Ghost Fritzy was born!
In the original prototype, you got to train Fritzy as he is a puppy – this allowed players to witness the bond between the two. Later in the opening Fritzy was taken down when trying to attack the evil wizard to save his family. The blast knocked him dead at Maddi's feet just as the rest of Maddi's family was warped away. The following scene is where the Pre-Alpha begins - the wave of magic wakes up the cemetery and all the dead inside it, including Fritzy!
Fritzy gains powers by defeating some of the bosses in the game, so he’ll get stronger and become more useful the more you play. Though he controls himself, for the most part, Fritzy can attack on command, shoot fireballs, possess enemies, become the mega armor, not to mention hold or fetch items and enemies!
Players will be able to cycle through the powers unlocked for Fritzy to find the right one for each situation. They can come in handy in a boss fight, a context sensitive area, or just for in-game havoc!
However, all powers have their own magic costs, so you should be careful unless you want to run out of magic just as you need it the most!
So this part is for you, Fritzy! We know you're keeping all of King Daddy's dogs in check up in doggy heaven! Cheers!
What do you think of Fritzy’s story and his role in the game? Let us know in the comments below!
Before we end today's update, we wanted to mention a Kickstarter project we're backing and which can surely use your support! Pine from Twirlbound is an action adventure game that adapts to how you play it. Every action - or inaction! - and every choice you make will have a consequence. The game's dynamic weather will also play an important role in your adventure as it forces the world's inhabitants to react to it. Go check out Pine and tell them Battle Princess Madelyn sent you!