For the last few months Yensoo and I have been working on our Suikoden Project. A lot of things have changed though. Unlike last time we aren't trying to overreach. We started out this project with the basics: A writer, a programmer, and an artist. Since then we've added a few very helpful people to our team and things are kicking along smoothly.
We've been at it for several months and even though I'm not ready to reveal anything yet, there is visible progress and some of it is pretty cool. I can talk about some of the features we'll be implementing. A lot of these are standard in a Konami Suikoden game but are a pretty big deal in one made by a small ehandful of individuals.
1. Completely Original Gaming Engine.
Our programmer is cooking this up from scratch. We will not be relying on caveats like rpg maker to complete our game.
2. Duels, Wars, and Battles
We'll basically be using the Battle, War, and Duel systems of Suikoden 2.
3. 108 Stars of Destiny.
One of the largest complaints about our last list of stars was that it was filled with characters from other games. Since plot is my strong suit, it was easy to twist the story to fit around these characters. This time around our SoD list is filled is centered around an original cast with some returning members. Instead of twisting the story around the characters, I'm twisting the characters around the story. People are only coming back if it makes sense.
4. Harmonian Civil War
Instead of trying to expand an existing series of events from the series' canon timeline, we've thrown caution to the wind and created an entirely new story that takes place in the year 480, a full five years after the events of Suikoden 3.
5. Fantastic Villains
Most of our rogue's gallery is inspired from our history's greatest villains and conquerors. All of them have been tempered with real world motivations, desires, and back stories.
6. Respect for the community
Right now, there are a few fan created games that are coming out for the series. Some of these are borrowing resources without permission, have a cast that acts and speaks out of character, and writing that feels like bad fan fiction. This game is doing everything in it's power to keep that epic feel with that personal touch that the series is known for without the missteps of it predecessors or it's own juvenile past. We plan to take negative criticism to heart once we start showing things off. While we can't address the negative criticism of the entire community, we don't intend to ignore it's universally spoken truths either.
The end result is hopefully something that gives the series the proper send off it will probably never see otherwise. We probably need some help to achieve this goal. The first and foremost is a web designer, eventually we're going to need to recruit some artists and play-testers. The best way to do this is to show what we are up to. Unfortunately, most of us are all ready splitting our time. We can't further distill our most precious resource for this goal. If you want to manage our web presence, we'd love to hear from you. Let's face it, if you are a skilled artist or programmer we'd love to hear from you too. If you're interested PM me with your email address or facebook ID. We'll talk.