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An anime styled RPG inspired by JRPG classics from the Playstation era like Final Fantasy, Breath of Fire, Suikoden, and Persona.



Features


  • Toggable combat mode that allows for strategic Turn Based combat similar to Final Fantasy 10, or a more decision intensive ATB system found in classics like Final Fantasy 7.
  • Beautiful anime styled character designs both 3D and 2D.
  • Professional voice acting that helps bring the story to life.
  • An epic saga delivered in episodes so that you can get the story sooner rather than waiting years between games.


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5 comments by Disastercake on Jul 19th, 2013

Soul Saga Kickstarter Victory

Victory!

Holy cow, that was a crazy month!  It took quite a lot of effort to break out of my nerd shell and put my face and emotions out there for the world to judge upon, but it was all worth it!  We ended the Kickstarter at almost $200,000!  The Kickstarter funds have already started to come in, though it can take up to a month for all transactions to be taken care of.  I'm going to be doing my best to make sure Soul Saga is as good as it can be with the budget and time that I have to get it done.  I have no doubt in my mind that it will only get better with each new game as well!
Art Contest
It was super fun to go through and see everyone's awesome Soul Saga pictures!  I am honored that you have spent so much energy to bring the characters of Soul Saga to life in your unique styles!  I have decided on the the 3 winners, and will make an official post about it tomorrow.

Writing Contest

I will be sending out a release form early next week ( or sooner ) that will allow my to read your writing entries.  I currently haven't been able to read any without this signed, though.  I'm excited to get in and read all of your creative stories!  Please keep an eye out for the release form. =)

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YouTube Live

I gave YouTube Live a little whirl yesterday.  It seemed to be alright, but it's definitely a different type of environment than Twitch gives us.  YouTube's chat room doesn't seem to be live, though it updates often on my screen, and it has at least a 1 minute delay in it's stream.  This can make it feel a bit less personal I think, but I am mostly interested in YouTube's monetizing features that allow us to profit a little bit from the streams.  However, I'm not really sure how much we'd be able to profit from it with only 50-100 people watching.  I think for a month we will try out YouTube live to get a feeling for it and see how it goes.  Even if it's only able to bring in an extra $50 a month for Soul Saga, that can add up to quite a bit over time to help pad a little bit of development.  Also, there seems to be issues with some people not being able to view Twitch, so this may help them get into the loop better!

Next Live Stream

With that said, I would like to try doing our first YouTube Live stream this Saturday ( July 20th ) at 3 p.m. Pacific.  If you guys like the experience, then we can continue doing it, but if there is an extremely strong urge to go back to twitch, then we can do that as well.  Preferably we can all work together to find a way to make YouTube live work, though.

Please Subscribe!

Please subscribe to Disastercake's YouTube channel here: Youtube.disastercake.com

This will allow you to keep in the loop with all of the future Developer Diaries and Let's Plays!

Development Plan

I have a very detailed development plan, and I would like to share the outline with you.

The Large View:

  1. Create Characters, Environments, and Music
  2. Start prototype coding (Beta Starts here)
  3. Start Level Design
  4. Start content coding
  5. Get Sound Effects
  6. Get Voice Acting
  7. Polish it all up
  8. Release on PC/Linux/Mac
  9. Implement any changes based on feedback
  10. Port to PS4
  11. Port to PS Vita
  12. Port to WiiU

A look into Character Creation:

  1. Create concept art
  2. Model character
  3. Rig and Animate character

Each one of these 3 character creation steps requires a different artist.  Each will be working parallel to each other to help hasten the pipeline.  In addition, the environmental concept art will be started as soon as the first character concept is created.

Developer Diary Frequency

During the next 30 to 45 days I will mostly be nailing out story elements and officially scheduling and lining up artists.  During this time there won't be much to report on, so I will mostly just be announcing small things like Let's Play schedules.

Afterwards, we'll start delving into the art creation, which I will then have a little more to show, but most of the art I will be keeping under the cover for you to be surprised when the game is released.  This will still remain at small, weekly updates.

Once the beta begins, you will start getting a LOT of news, most likely several times a week.  This is because I'll be able to jump in and start getting my own hands dirty with code and adjusting elements based on your feedback.  That news frequency will most likely continue throughout the beta and into Soul Saga's release.

Thank You!

I want to thank you again for supporting Soul Saga and allowing me to bring this story to life!  I can't wait to get started!  Once I nail out more contracts with artists I can give you a better deadline on when I am expecting things to get done.  Until then... see ya at the Live Stream!

Post comment Comments  (40 - 50 of 110)
BadXFox
BadXFox Mar 17 2013, 2:55pm says:

It looks great!

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Disastercake
Disastercake Mar 17 2013, 4:12pm replied:

Thanks BadXFox! Please keep me updated on your impressions in the future. =) I am always interested to hear what people are thinking about Soul Saga!

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Scellow
Scellow Mar 17 2013, 12:54pm says:

FInaly an promising Anime RPG for PC :D
Keep it up guyz

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Disastercake
Disastercake Mar 17 2013, 4:15pm replied:

I'm glad you're liking it, Scellow. =D I also noticed a lack of quality anime themed games for the PC, so it really inspired me to utilize that style heavily here.

I like that the artists hit the sweet spot with how cute the characters are, but I want to make sure the overall game is not too cute. You'll see more about that when I start getting more animations, effects, and environments.

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Lunarts
Lunarts Mar 16 2013, 11:59pm says:

From a fellow solo indie dev to another, I do hope you get the necessary funding at your kickstarter; the art looks good, the game has a distinct style and some other positive things by the way. If you kickstarter don't pay off on its first time, you can always try again later. I think you will do fine futurely.

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Disastercake
Disastercake Mar 17 2013, 12:54am replied:

Thanks Lunarts! I took a look at your trailer and it's obvious you have a keen sense of design. The girl was cute too. =) I didn't know you can relaunch an unsuccessful Kickstarter. I could always go back to work at Microsoft and save some more money, but I really just hope that I can keep chugging away with Soul Saga.

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Lunarts
Lunarts Mar 17 2013, 3:09am replied:

Well, at least two of the kickstarter sites I visited( indiegogo and a brazilian one) allowed you to try again(obviously at least 1 year later or more), for kickstarter.com you would do best by contacting them/researching. Get your game the farther you can before you first campaign, and if you're allowed to choose, choose "funded or your money back", consider your country taxes and split the full required value between campaigns. There much to learn and pay attention to about this subject. PM me if you want to know about my experiences with crowd funding.

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Disastercake
Disastercake Mar 17 2013, 4:31am replied:

Sure, I would like to pick your brain on it. I will PM you sometime soon. Thanks for the offer! =)

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turbohipster
turbohipster Mar 16 2013, 11:06am says:

Man this game is looking SICK. Do you have a dev team or are you just going at it yourself? I mean... you've got your branding down, character concepts, art direction. Everything is looking amazing!

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Disastercake
Disastercake Mar 16 2013, 6:28pm replied:

Hey turbohipster! I'm glad you are liking what you see so far. =) I commission out various artists to do things like concept art, 3D models, animations, and compose music. Other than that I do all of the technical art and programming. I'm the only full time person, and the only one to have invested any time or money into it so far.

When I launch the Kickstarter sometime in April, hopefully that can all change and I can get Soul Saga done better and faster for you!

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