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We’re here with another update after several weeks of heads-down time as we prepare for E3 and beyond. We’ve got some big challenges ahead, and you’ve got a front row seat to witness the vigorous process of bringing all of the separate pieces together. At this point in development, we’ve made a TON of content. It’s time to connect the dots and start filling in the gaps!
Meet the Worm Boss!
First, let’s look at something new: the Sand Worm Boss! This guy dominates the “Fire and Forget” chapter of the game, which you may recall as being one of our stretch goals. This persistent enemy will be making multiple appearances throughout the level. We don’t want to flat out spoil it, so we’ll just let you enjoy the concepts for now. This is our first attempt in Half-Genie Hero to make a rotating action scene, where the camera orbits the battle rather than being a direct side-view stage. With this boss appearing roughly halfway through the adventure, it will be a great way to break up the visuals.
Get ready for WATCH QUEST!
The first adventure game made exclusively for Apple Watch!
WayForward is pleased to unveil WATCH QUEST! – the first adventure game made exclusively for Apple Watch! Watch Quest is a new kind of game experience that spans two devices. The iPhone serves as the player’s kingdom, while the Apple Watch represents a journey that spans several hours.
Gameplay revolves around choosing a hero and equipping them on the iPhone, and then guiding the Hero via the Apple Watch as he or she travels lands, battles monsters, solves puzzles, and searches for treasures. Players are invited to play passively by selecting longer, easier quests and outfitting the hero up front – or by taking on more difficult quests which require foraging for items as you go.
The game comes free with one training quest, and follows a DLC model with additional characters and campaigns purchasable from within the iPhone app as Quest Packs.
Watch Quest! will share a launch date of 4-24-15 along with the Apple Watch.
Things are moving at breakneck-speed over here, and Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is looking more and more amazing with each day! Don’t believe us? Check it out for yourself!
Scuttle Town’s going “full circle” in Half-Genie Hero. We’re building out new concepts that take the original Game Boy Color version of the town laid out in a circular pattern and bring it into a 3D world. If you look closely, you can see that every vantage point you’ve enjoyed in the past 3 Shantae games are still faithfully intact! The front and rear gate, the scarecrow fields, and even the old Lighthouse bay. We can’t wait to start building the new Scuttle Town!
“You Are The Winner! Go You!”
WayForward is pleased to announce its next original game: “You Are The Winner! Go You!”
The game puts players in the boots of Gunster Megaboom, a mercenary from the 37th century sent back in time to stop time-travelers from preventing the apocalypse. Gunster is a danger-loving weapons expert, with a soft spot for latte foam art, who plays by NO ONE’S rules!
“The rules you play by are something new for us,” explains WayForward’s founder, Voldi Way. “People love our original characters and animation, but let’s be honest – WayForward games aren’t for babies. And we need to tap into that lucrative baby market if we’re going to thrive another 25 years.”
Creative Director Matt Bozon agrees. “With this project, we wanted a game that EVERYONE could appreciate. So we did extensive focus testing, with participants ranging from age 2 to 104. The results were surprising. Some players couldn’t beat the bosses. Some couldn’t defeat enemies. Others couldn’t shoot. Or jump. Or move at all, really. One guy just hated pressing buttons. We’ve solved ALL of that.”
The game was developed using WayForward’s innovative new ‘PlayForMe’ technology, which enables gamers of literally any age and skill level to succeed. PlayForMe automatically collects coins, avoids obstacles, and defeats enemies and bosses before they ever get close.
“You Are The Winner! Go You!” comes out this Fall on PC and all major consoles.
Your wish is granted! Shantae “Premium Themes” for Nintendo 3DS are inbound!
Shantae Pirate Premium Theme for Nintendo 3DS: This swashbuckling backdrop features the entire cast of Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse!
Rottytops Premium Theme for Nintendo 3DS: Let Rottytops and her zombie brothers Abner and Poe haunt your home screen!
Additional territories will be announced shortly! Stay tuned!