Lately, I have been pretty busy with my Emergency Medical Responder training (currently about twenty hours per week in addition to my regular work!), but I’ve been trying not to let what free time I have completely go to waste. Beyond having some fun streaming some Zelda fan game goodness, I’ve actually been working on a new game design project. In fact, the project itself was inspired by playing Zelda: Isle of the Winds, because it got me back into Zelda Classic and showed me just how much this program was capable of.
Of course, I’m never completely satisfied with the base program features and I didn’t want to make “another Zelda game,” so I set out to do something completely original with it instead. I wanted to create an action/adventure/RPG game that would bring back fond memories of games of its kind from the 1980s and early-1990s. These games include titles like Golvellius (SMS), Crystalis, the Mana games, and many others. Moreover, I wanted to actually capture the flavor of those games, right down to the graphical style and the music selection (and so far, I have some great tunes lined up).
The game in question, which I have titled The Arcturusian Genesis at this time, will primarily be a fantasy game, but will also have some elements of science fiction. Additionally, the game will actually make reference to a classic game from that era in a way that will make fans of said game (which I won’t reveal here) quite happy, but nothing will be done in such a way as to infringe on any kind of copyrights. The game will be original in its own right, with proper credit given for any resources used.
If you know me, you know that I can go through phases where I will be dead set on getting something done, and then it might fall off the radar for a while. Hopefully, this will be something I will continue having fun developing, and when it reaches a point where I think a public demo will be suitable, I will make sure to post one up! Though, if you want to be a “beta tester” of sorts, drop me a line sometime and I will set you up with incremental builds as I make progress.
In the meantime, here are a couple more screenshots of the starting area to enjoy!