Elysian Shadows is an indie 2D RPG being developed for Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, iOS, Ouya and Sega Dreamcast. We fuse aspects of 16-bit classical RPGs such as Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, and Final Fantasy, with a highly stylized, modern vision by using dynamic lighting, physics, and audio engines along with swapping between 2D and 3D perspectives. Our goal is to create a "next-gen" 2D RPG in terms of gameplay, graphics, and audio while still remaining true to the games that inspired us to become developers.
We have been documenting the development of Elysian Shadows for nearly 7 years since 2007 and the videos have been uploaded to our YouTube channel in Chapters http://youtube.com/gyrovorbis
We have a Kickstarter campaign planned to launched this coming Summer. We have a dedicated page on our website at http://elysianshadows.com/kickstarter/
Elysian Shadows takes place in a world caught in constant conflict between magic and technology. The gift of magic is bestowed upon loyal followers of The Creator, while the nonreligious sects of society are forced to rely upon technological advances in their daily lives. Upon uncovering a mysterious artifact deep within one of the ancient ruins scattered throughout the land, Julien and friends find themselves thrust into the middle of this mounting conflict, and they must now solve the mystery of the ancient civilizations to prevent the destruction of their own.
Visit our official website http://elysianshadows.com
What Makes Elysian Shadows The Next Generation of 2D RPG's?
With Elysian Shadows, we want to push the boundaries of pixel art by creating diverse, lush environments for players to explore with beautifully lit scenes and advanced rendering effects that could not have been possible on older hardware. Our goal is to create a gigantic, open world with a Zelda-style emphasis on exploration and environmental interaction while still retaining the rich storyline and combat mechanics of a full-fledged RPG. Combat is fast, fluid, and action-oriented, sporting particle effects, rigid-body physics, and advanced AI, while simultaneously offering tactical and strategic depth through character customization, unlockable abilities and techniques, and an advanced class system.
Let's take a look at some of the features of Elysian Shadows:
· 2D/3D Dynamic Camera
· Dynamic Lighting w/ Bump and Specular Mapping
· 3D Positional Sound Effects
· Dynamic Music, Influenced by Environment
· Dozens of Vast, Open Worlds to Explore
· Hundreds of Items, Weapons, Equipment and Armor
· Real-time Combat Engine
· Customizable Characters
· In-depth Class/Job System
· Full Rigid Body Physics
· 3D Particle Engine
· Day/Night System
· Transfer Save Files Between Platforms
· Full Controller Support for PC/Mac/Linux
· Supports Keyboard, VMU, Rumble Pack, VGA & SD Card for Dreamcast
Before you start wondering, Elysian Shadows is planned for release on PC, Mac, Linux, iOS & Android (smartphones and tablets), Ouya and Dreamcast. This project originally started as a Dreamcast exclusive but with the advancements of our proprietary game engine and toolkit it allowed us to build Elysian Shadows for other platforms.