The Biweekly Kickstarter Update meets Al Lowe: 9/18/2012
Hi ya, gang. It's me – Al; Al Lowe.
I finally got Josh away from the keyboard long enough to slap together a little update of my own for you. I hope it was worth the extra day’s wait.
The decision has been made: we are now firmly committed to making the game in 16:9 aspect ratio. Since this is the future of phones, monitors, TVs, and even laptops and tablets, we wanted you to see every bit of our game’s great art.
Last Friday our developer, N-Fusion, passed their first milestone with flying colors. And black and whites. And animations. In other words, they rock! We’re so pleased that, after some early consternation, we have ended up with absolutely the right developers for this game. I know you’re going to be impressed with their work.
One of the N-Fusion animators who is now working on Larry recently worked on “Sesame Street.” Ah, the ironic twists and turns of fate!
Speaking of animations, I thought you might like to see how they’re developed. Here’s a short video showing three rough animations: first, Larry in the cabaret, sitting down on the whoopie cushion; second, Larry in the convenience store, failing to pay for his purchase; and third, Larry in the disco, dancing with Fawn.
This is how animation begins, with rough pencil drawings like these, with only the key frames of animation. They are then refined and polished, the in-between cells are added to smooth the animation; the timing is perfected; and the emotion is added — usually, of course, Larry’s embarrassment.
No, this isn’t what they have to wash after Fashion Week in Manhattan, these are the way we guarantee that the characters in the game look the way we want them to and convey the right feelings. You’ve seen Larry’s model sheet before, but here it is again.
And here's the sheet for the pimp:
And finally, Faith, the guard outside the penthouse:
But You Won’t See…
You’re just going to have to take my word on this: the game’s new girl is shaping up nicely. And I mean that literally! But I’m afraid I can’t give you a sneak peek yet. You’re just going to have to wait. “Patience, Grasshopper.”
I don’t know; after all this, it may be a while before Josh lets me back in here. But rest assured: all of us at Replay Games and N-Fusion consider this a “labor of love” and are doing our damnedest to make this so much more than just “another shovelware” version of some old game. Even though you’ve played Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards before, you’ve never played anything like this Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards!