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Monster Boy Announced

gafneo

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We've been struggling a bit with the look of the Hu-Man and it may still change a bit in the final version. We're almost there.



Absolutely that's a big yes! Monster Boy has a completely interconnected open world, free roam all across the map. When you visited all areas and open the auto-map, you'll see a beautiful coherent and connected world map with different colors for each area.
Do you think you could push for the ps2 Monster World Collection to get a port to psn?
 

FDG Thomas

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Boy that art style is not very nice to look at. Maybe just because I've been playing the other one for a while now? I don't know...
I think we released visual samples too early in development. If we would've known how the final game looks in the early days we would've waited. There's really a lot of progress in graphics department since we started but the online material that's visible varies between horrible and nice. Final game looks excellent and we'll share new material later.
 

FDG Thomas

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Will this release before or after Oceanhorn ? Since you're publishing both titles.
You mean the Switch version? Yes it will release before Monster Boy.

Even this is old material especially the beach assets and Aztec world. Final graphics pass improves all of them. Also this demo is specifically put together for trade shows to demonstrate compressed gameplay sections so that brief sessions allow visitors a taste of various character abilities.
 

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I think we released visual samples too early in development. If we would've known how the final game looks in the early days we would've waited. There's really a lot of progress in graphics department since we started but the online material that's visible varies between horrible and nice. Final game looks excellent and we'll share new material later.
Dragon's trap's probably had most of its resources on graphics too, given that levels are pretty much the same as they were in the original.

I'm fine with the simpler animations, as gameplay itself and overall game design looks more fun in Monster Boy. And it still looks great imo. Enough for me to buy it on ps4 even though you guys are giving me a free pc copy. (unless plans changed?)

Edit: just saw your reply. Good to know.
 

FDG Thomas

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Dragon's trap's probably had most of its resources on graphics too, given that levels are pretty much the same as they were in the original.
Coding and Graphics work was certainly the majority of work for Dragon's Trap. It's also a completely different story as its a simple game with many planes to walk. In Monster Boy we can't make a painting for each room as the gameplay is more dynamic with physics elements and even whole rooms that can be turned 360 degrees with the frog tongue ability. There's crazy stuff going on in Monster Boy so the graphics need specific tile-system.

Regarding animations: Monster Boy dynamically shows the weapon you use or armor you wear - the trade off is a reduced way to animate the character. In the end it's more fun to exactly see what you equip and see the effect everywhere in the game.
 

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Coding and Graphics work was certainly the majority of work for Dragon's Trap. It's also a completely different story as its a simple game with many planes to walk. In Monster Boy we can't make a painting for each room as the gameplay is more dynamic with physics elements and even whole rooms that can be turned 360 degrees with the frog tongue ability. There's crazy stuff going on in Monster Boy so the graphics need specific tile-system.

Regarding animations: Monster Boy dynamically shows the weapon you use or armor you wear - the trade off is a reduced way to animate the character. In the end it's more fun to exactly see what you equip and see the effect everywhere in the game.
Yeah, both have their appeals but I rather see more complex gameplay and seeing the different gear on the character.
 

FDG Thomas

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seeing the different gear on the character.
It's also convenient and much needed in Monster Boy. Who would want to check inventory menus first just to find out if the character wears the proper
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(eg to cross lava.)
Just look at the characters feet and you know. Each weapon and equipment is unique.
 

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Not sure why, but since purchasing, the Wonderboy remake has failed to suck me in. There's just something missing.

This on the other hand, just looks so much more appealing in absolutely every way, based on that 25 minute video posted above. I really can't wait for it.
 

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Monster Boy compares best to the newer Mega Drive/Genesis games: 'Wonder Boy in Monster World' and 'MWIV'. We continue the series with a fully licensed successor in all but name. That means we officially borrow from the whole Wonder Boy universe with many nods to the classics but offer an all new adventure. The gameplay in Monster Boy is very modern, quite dynamic and the world is bigger than prior adventures. Variety of enemies, places to explore and gameplay styles is insane.
Cool thanks...this will be nice coming off the recent wonderful Wonder Boy remake and wanting a more modern take on it.
 

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Just finished Dragon's Trap. It was an amazing remake, but it was far simpler than I remembered. I'm very much looking forward to this, and hopefully future projects.
 

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Lovely work on this game, I'm excited to see more of the colorful backgrounds. Can't wait to get my hands on it!
 

Ghost_Messiah

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We've just made a new blog post about the final graphics work.
http://monsterboy.com/blog/

There's an old/new comparison of a scene that is in the demo but looks different in the final game.
Christ that's one hell of an improvement. The constant delays are actually making sense now - the game is transforming in to something wonderful.

Excellent work by the team Thomas. Looking forward to seeing more!
 

FDG Thomas

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Christ that's one hell of an improvement. The constant delays are actually making sense now - the game is transforming in to something wonderful.
Thanks a lot!

Lovely, glad that all this extra time bring a lot of improvements.
It's actually a bit embarrassing to see the old images on the first page in this thread. Woah! These need an update! :D The screens on the press kit page are not the latest but much better: http://press.fdg-entertainment.com/sheet.php?p=monster_boy
 

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As someone who not only discovered the beauty that is the Monster World games through that Dragon's Trap remake, this looks really good. I would love to play a full fledged modernized successor to the series.

The final graphics look great, too.
 

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Hi Everyone,
Monster Boy producer here ^_^

I wanted to check in much earlier but for some reason my NeoGAF registration took quite a while.

Just wanted to let y'all know we're reading and appreciate your comments and feedback. It actually helped us big time during our development process. I know some of you guys from our blog posts and I'll update you here and on the blog when I got any relevant news to announce.

This is an exciting time as we're about to nail Monster Boy's gameplay and design after a long road. It's so much fun to play and I can't wait to be able to share the experience with all of you. Meanwhile we very much enjoyed playing the remake of Wonder Boy: Dragon's Trap and hope you did, too.

cheers!
Will there be a physical for Xbox One and PS4 versions?
 

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wow, love the visual overhaul. Originally I didn't think that had much going for it in that department, but the newest screenshot is great!
 

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Yeah the game's protracted development timeframe is starting to make sense, they're rigorously iterating and evolving the game. It's looking fantastic in the graphics department, a quantum leap from those early screens.

Can't wait to finally see an eventual release date.
 

FDG Thomas

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Will there be a physical for Xbox One and PS4 versions?
It's too early to confirm anything but Switch and PS4 have the best chances for a physical release because of a less risky business. That said we love Xbox One too - everyone from the ID@Xbox Team is super nice and helpful. We'll see! Hopefully there's enough interest coming from players of all platforms while we're pitching to retail distributors. The amount of Twitter votes for a physical copy of Monster Boy have been very encouraging so far. Thanks for the continued interest!
 

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It's too early to confirm anything but Switch and PS4 have the best chances for a physical release because of a less risky business. That said we love Xbox One too - everyone from the ID@Xbox Team is super nice and helpful. We'll see! Hopefully there's enough interest coming from players of all platforms while we're pitching to retail distributors. The amount of Twitter votes for a physical copy of Monster Boy have been very encouraging so far. Thanks for the continued interest!
Thank you for passing in this thread every now and then for updates! :D

I can't wait to get this game on Switch, I'll most likely buy it physical if this edition releases at the same time as digital, playing MB on a cartridge makes too much sense! :p
 

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Yeah definitely thank you for making yourself present on here Thomas, it's really awesome of you.

Count me in as someone who'd buy the physical on PS4 in a heartbeat. I intend to play on PC too so you'd effectively be getting two sales!
 

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I approve of this message! and of this game :)


In fact, I have left my job at Media Molecule a few months ago and with a couple of friends we are independently working on a different Wonder Boy / Monster World related project! I don't know when we will be able to announce it. But I guess this message itself is a bit of an announce! So there might be not one but two games. -- Game Atelier's one is more advanced and will probably be released way before ours! Eager to play it.
Posted 02-01 2015 - fun little bump now we now have the Dragon's Trap remake in our hands and Monster Boy is much closer and looks so much better!
 

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Perfect timing, releasing this after people have absorbed Dragon's Trap and like what they played, but would like a more evolved game. Honestly I wouldn't have gotten this before, but the remake got me really interested in a new one of these.
 

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Yes! This is looking great. Switch physical or digital, either one, I'll be in if the price is right! I really loved Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap remake on Switch.
 

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just like Wonder Boy III remake, this is day 1 on switch for me - will likely double-dip if it gets a physical release. looking better & better!
 

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After being blown away by Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap on Switch, I'm totally in for this on Switch when it releases. It looks like it's getting just as much love from the developers involved. Should be a treat!

I never played the original version, so this will be a great way to experience it for the first time.
 

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This would be a day one purchased for me my on Switch (sorry my poor PS4 Pro). Switch is my go to platform now that I have a 4 month old.
 

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After being blown away by Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap on Switch, I'm totally in for this on Switch when it releases. It looks like it's getting just as much love from the developers involved. Should be a treat!

I never played the original version, so this will be a great way to experience it for the first time.
There's no original version. This is a completely new game.
 

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Just saw the new comparison and wow. I thought this looked great back when it was revealed under a different name but now it's even prettier. Been looking forward to this one for a good while now.
 

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So a small update from the development blog:

FDG, Thomas on Thursday, June 1. 2017:
We currently completely rewrite 2 bigger areas of the game and changed a sizeable bit of the story which we didn't like anymore. We certainly move forward very well but can't announce any dates yet. Sorry for our continued stretch here but we spent too much time on the game to tolerate imperfect parts in it. We want to finish it properly. ^_^ Hopefully our efforts pay off and we can reboot the series with Monster Boy. Quality is sooo good ..really
Looks like they're still active in hardcore development, iterating the game hence the numerous delays. Hopefully the game's still on track for this year. Personally I'd predict November or so, positioning the game as a holiday release. Late Summer is possible, but something tells me we're still a few months out yet.
 

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The Wonder Boy III remake delivered.
Let them take their time and make sure that Monster Boy does as well, I say.