November Update: The First Set of Shaders!
When we launched the Bloodstained campaign back in May, we promised backers would have the chance to follow the development process in real time. Inti Creates has been nose-to-monitor since the end of the campaign, but now is the team's first chance to show off some of the progress they've been making—and get you involved in the next steps they take.
This month, the developers will be showing off four shaders they've been developing as they work to finalize Bloodstained's visual style. Today's update has the first two; in your regularly scheduled December update, at the end of the month, we'll unveil two more. Your feedback will be used to help determine the final look for the game.
IGA sent us two sets of early screenshots and some brief comments about each one. Let us know what you like, and what you'd like Inti to experiment with in the next update. (Click through for larger screenshots.)
Here's IGA's comments about the first set of shaders:
This shader contains lighting, fog, and character brightness effects designed to give it a 2D look. I feel bad about how much I demanded from the development team!
Here's what IGA has to say about Shader #2
For this shader we desaturated the colors, enhanced the shadows, and used hatched lines to fade between light and shadow. I think this one looks especially unique.
IGA and Inti were excited to finally get the chance to show you some of their work and hear from you before they lock this part of the game down—we hope you like it, and we're looking forward to showing you more later this month.
We've set up a Google Form you can use to submit your feedback. Thanks for being a part of the return of Igavania! Your excitement is what's driving IGA and the developers.
XombieMike of the official Bloodstained forums—which, again, you should join if you haven't already—is back with the latest episode of the Bloodstained Community Broadcast. This time his guest is Matt Papa, Inti Creates' PR manager and associate producer.
Listen in for a lively conversation about Bloodstained, life in Japan, and how a guy named Matt Papa came to work at Inti Creates in the first place.
As always, tag your fanart with #IGAVANIA on Tumblr and we'll post our favorites in a future update!