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Moving Forward

Hello, it's been quite awhile since I posted about progress on this game.

What Happened
After releasing the 0.4.1 demo I started work on 0.5 almost immediately. However I ended up getting some strong creative blocks when working on one of the new dungeons so I ended up taking a break for awhile. After a few months I finally got back and completed it, and by then I received a heap of feedback about the existing demo. I figured it was finally time to go back and do some reworking of old content, but between stress from real-life issues and burnout from game development I ended up not completing it.

After recovering and feeling the itch to make games again, I started a new project called Tales of Shadows. However I didn't find it nearly as fun to work on so I ended up burning out again. But now I'm back again and feel like I should look at this project again.

Project Changes
I'm intending to do a semi-remake of the game. The overall plot and structure will remain mostly the same, but I intend to update a lot of the art and some of the game mechanics. If you look at Tales of Shadows, this is the art style I intend to use when updating the art, mostly focused on adding shading and more detail.

For gameplay changes, I'm looking at reworking character skills and the spell gem system. Currently I plan to scrap the existing spell gem system, as I felt it made characters feel too similar to each other. There were also far too many gems--75 planned for the final version which had it's own issues since spells were designed to never obsolete. In the new version, each character will have their own spell list (with some overlap). SP is sticking around. Instead of learning skills from leveling automatically, SP will be used to purchase skills and spells. New abilities will be available to purchase with SP as the character levels up. The end result is that characters should feel more unique and have a much leaner spell list.

What's Next
I'm still in the very early stages of the semi-remake. The next demo I intend to release will be everything through the 1st dungeon as well as the "badass opening" I promised long ago. No promises on when it will release. I hope you guys are looking forward to it!

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halibabica
RMN's Official Reviewmonger
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Good to hear the spell gems are getting a rework. That was one of the only real balance issues I had, and although this concept you've outlined is more traditional, I think it will help the characters diversify better.
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