A 2D "Stylish Action" hack n' slash, cut from the cloth of Devil May Cry and Bayonetta.

Violent, seemingly holy beings known as "Servants" start appearing in small numbers in various cities across Japan, and the wandering warrior Ash hunts them down in grueling battles. When his mysterious informant points him towards the sleepy town of Kurogi, Ash finds he may finally be in over his head.

  • Deep, fluid combat mechanics that reward mixing up your attacks and avoiding damage
  • Four melee weapons planned, suiting a variety of play styles
  • Hand drawn, fluid and detailed pixel art
  • Story deeply rooted in Japanese and Shinto mythology - no previous knowledge necessary

We currently don't have a playable demo available, but we're aiming for a close release for the "Intro Stage" demo, a free and fully playable version of the first level of the game.

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Howdy! It has been entirely too long since the last update, so we're back here to give a progress report on what's actually going on in the development of Project Kurogi. I'm Gulcasa, and collectively we're Fenrir's Will, a ragtag bunch of nobodies working together on a game we love.


Animations

The bulk of the time spent since the last update was dedicated to drawing more animations for our main character, Ash. Though the logic of the movement and attacks was already functional, we were using obsolete, placeholder animations for a lot of the actions (some even had old character designs that had been changed twice already!), and our first priority in making the game look presentable was drawing final, fluid versions of those animations, and subbing them in. Right now, I think there are only about 3 attacks that still need to be redrawn. Below is the redrawn and polished version of the basic Baseball Bat attack combo, as well as some other assorted frames of animation!

ash bat attack showcase

ash animation showcase 1



Cutscenes

Aside from that, I'm also working on a couple cutscene frames for the game's introduction. Cutscenes will be told as a sequence of still frames; as much as I'd also love full motion pixel art animations for the story, it's completely unreasonable for me to do > <. Here are some of the frames for the opening we're cooking up.

0103   the Kishiwagi Bridge

0106   ash and shinya on the bri



Programming

Doda, our lead programmer, has been very sporadically busy with a full rewrite of the control modules for the player character and every enemy type. Our control scheme and enemy logic were pretty much finished already, but they used to use the default Unity physics module, which worked fine 99% of the time but, in certain situations, behaved very unpredictably, and was borderline impossible to get to do some very basic things, like sticking to the level geometry. The reworked controllers are already far along, but the game's still currently unplayable (and untestable) until the kinks are worked out. He also coded some quality of life details, like a debug menu!


Near Future Roadmap

We're gearing up to finish the demo of the first stage, which we'll set loose here once the time comes. I'm dedicated to finishing the frames for the entire first cutscene now (looking at a couple weeks there, but who knows?), then a whole lotta UI elements, some animations I may have glossed over, and that's really just the tip of the iceberg. Doda's wrapping up the controller rework, and we still have a bunch of programming to do, like working in the menus, parallax scrolling, a proper cutscene player, and making sure the controls are nice and tight. We already have placeholder animations for a new enemy type - the Tengu, a small and nimble flying spirit - but it's still a ways until we can actually put it into the game for testing.

tengu preview anim   dive bomb


I absolutely don't want to slap dates or time estimates on anything anymore, because I've flunked exactly all of them so far, but our demo shouldn't take that long to be playable.


Thank you for reading, and we hope you enjoy what we have to show so far! Stay tuned for updates that are - hopefully - not going to take so long to come out next time!

Announcing Project "Kurogi" || A 2D 'Stylish Action' hack n' slash

Announcing Project "Kurogi" || A 2D 'Stylish Action' hack n' slash

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