Development Update - The Village By The Castle
Happy holidays! How did you spend yours? At Fangamer we're ringing in 2017 by recovering from an office-wide chest cold. (Smart money is placing the blame on shipping packages six days a week during the Christmas rush, but since IGA got sick last update and we got sick this update, I'm going to be mighty suspicious if Mana or Ben Judd comes down with something later this month.)
As IGA mentioned in the last update, we have some video of a new environment to show off—so let's get right to it!
Merry Christmas! This is IGA.
Last update we shared how we build the environment, so for this update, we would like to introduce you to a new stage based on that method. Previously, we shared the ship and the castle entrance. I would like to introduce you to the village this time.
As we mentioned at the beginning of our Kickstarter campaign, Bloodstained takes place in a castle! So now you're probably thinking, "What's this, a village?"
I thought so, too, but yes: We have a village. In the narrative, we're still headed to the island where the castle emerged. There's a village nearby that we'll have to pass through on our way to the castle entrance.
As you can tell from the video, the village is red, which has nothing to do with Christmas! During the eruption of the Laki volcanic fissure in 1783 and 1784, "the afternoon sky was dark as night and red as blood," according to a contemporary saying from Hampshire, England. So we tried to express that in the afternoon scene you see here.
Building your visuals from a piece of historical data makes the world more realistic. (The internet is so useful!) The village is also under the demons' attack, so of course there will be enemies here. We are also planning to put a shop here to support the player, and you'll find Johannes, who we introduced previously, here too.
In addition to Johannes...Oh, we can't quite tell you yet, but you'll hear more about them in our later updates. Please look forward to it.
Finally, I would like to answer a few more of your questions for next month's update. After that, we've invited Michiru-san to answer questions for a future update.
For next month's Ask IGA, he'll will be answering his favorite questions from multiple categories:
- IGA / Wild Card
If you'd like to ask one, tweet @SwordOrWhip using the #AskIGA hashtag.
Even with the shortened update cycle Steve was able to find three more fanart pieces. Since IGA just showed off a new environment, I want to offer a prompt to any fanartists out there who'd like to appear in next update's spotlight: Let's see your best art involving the village environment and/or Johannes!
As always, tag your art #IGAVANIA so we can find it, and thanks again for keeping the Bloodstained fandom moving.