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Dragon Fin Soup on PS3, PS4, PS Vita: First Missions Detailed

Ash Monif's Avatar + Posted by Ash Monif on Apr 09, 2014 // Co-founder, Grimm Bros

Hello everyone! First of all, we want to thank you all for the warm welcome we received last time when we announced our game for PlayStation! You’re a great community and we’re happy to join it.

Dragon Fin Soup on PS4, PS3 and PS Vita

For those who have missed our last announcement, we are Grimm Bros, a small indie team of five developers working on Dragon Fin Soup, a classic RPG with Roguelike elements.

We’re back, all amped up, motivated, and eager to share our latest news with you. Right now we’re crazy busy getting ready for PAX East, where we’ll have a booth, cosplayers, and a playable demo for people to try out.

Today we’d like to share with you a longer gameplay video with commentary by Randis to talk about more of the details and nuances of the gameplay and world of Dragon Fin Soup. As we point out in the video, the footage is from an Alpha build and some of the gameplay elements and UI may be subject to change.

As we are nearing the end of our Kickstarter campaign, we hope to be able to hit some more of the stretch goals so we can add our second playable character, Morgiana, who would come with her own storyline, featuring new abilities, magic, and additional dungeons and monsters.

We are also giving out some free signed prints, LE plushies, and games on our Facebook page.

Last but not least, we’d like to give a big shout-out to the super nice guys from BlitWorks who have already started working on moving Dragon Fin Soup to PS3, PS4, and PS Vita!

Please feel free to ask us questions — it would be our pleasure to respond to each post.

Take care everyone and talk soon!

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+ Groenner on April 9th, 2014 at 9:42 am said:

This looks super fun. Reminds me a lot of zelda and Lufia, both for Snes. Cant wait for it. Is gonna be Legendary!!!


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 10:13 am said:

    Thanks a lot for the compliment! We will do our best!


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+ shadow15972 on April 9th, 2014 at 9:42 am said:

Nice! Looks great. Got a price? Or if it will be cross-buy/cross-save? :) (I could care less about cross-buy, but people would like to know I’m sure)


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 10:14 am said:

    Thank you!
    The price will be something about 15-20 USD and it will support cross-buy


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+ PapaPins on April 9th, 2014 at 9:44 am said:

So happy I backed this project on Kickstarter. This game keeps getting better with every update they show.


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 10:14 am said:

    Thanks a lot for your support! You guys motivate us big time!


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+ dhoov86 on April 9th, 2014 at 9:46 am said:

Looks great! I am definitely interested in Kickstarting it but I have a couple questions first.

1. Is it cross buy? (Specifically between Vita & PS4)

2. When is the release date? It says 2014 on your Kickstarter page but then it says it will be delivered in April 2015 on the different backer options.


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 10:15 am said:

    Thank you!
    Yes it is cross buy, it will come out in 2014 but the release date is TBA, it will depend how long it will take us to add the new features too


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+ shadow15972 on April 9th, 2014 at 9:47 am said:

Also, how many hours will this bring for story and extras? I heard maps are random in the video so that will add a lot of hours I’m sure.


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 10:17 am said:

    At this point of development we still don’t exactly know how long the play time will be, we have not measured it yet but this type of game you can play for a long time :) there also will be some additional game play modes such as the survival mode and endless labyrinth.


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+ GeoDarky on April 9th, 2014 at 9:52 am said:

I love this kind of games looks like tons of fun


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 10:17 am said:

    Thanks for checking out our project!


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+ Valyrious on April 9th, 2014 at 9:59 am said:

What a pretty game. Reminds me of Don’t Starve, at least from a visual standpoint. I’m sure it will be great.


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 10:18 am said:

    Thank you very much! It will be more similar to Chocoo Dungeon or Shiren but with a bit more focus on story, world and characters


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+ spacemonkeyham on April 9th, 2014 at 10:00 am said:

Looks like some awfully fine detail for the small Vita screen . . . are there plans to address this?


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 10:20 am said:

    The game looks very nice on Vita but for vita we will apply some changed to the UI to make everything work well for the smaller screen! The base zoom for Vita will be adjusted as well


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+ pablofsi08 on April 9th, 2014 at 10:13 am said:

Looks like an interesting game but I see some flaws:

– Leveling up seemed pretty trivial there. Give it a little bit more importance.
– I like the strategic element given that you need to perform moves through turns even outside of battle but, the dynamic seems kind of too quick. The faster you make it, the less people will be able to admire your work on scenarios, details, and the less they will feel your game.
– There is little work done on the atmosphere. These indie games sometimes look like a bunch of cliques of different things we have seen in past games that have been already proven but there is no unique identity. As I say, just a bunch of stuff thrown together without much pondering and pause in between (like farms being too close to the bar there in your video).


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 10:27 am said:

    Thanks for your feedback,
    This is a turnbased game but it does not play like FF tactics, x-com or tactics ogre (different genre)
    The DFS gameplay is similar to Chocobo Dungeo, Shiren and other Roguelike or mystery dungeon titles so the pace of the gameplay is entirely up to the player.
    A lot of the layouts is procedurally generated, the village layout is different every time you start a new game.


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+ o-mistborn-o on April 9th, 2014 at 10:22 am said:

Must give your kickstarter my money…

@9 Hence an Alpha build.


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 10:28 am said:

    Thank you very much for your support! :)


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+ EddyC__ on April 9th, 2014 at 10:26 am said:

Good there still time to get that beautiful poster in the artisan edition. Can’t wait for this and keep up the great work.


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 10:28 am said:

    Thank you very much!


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+ pablofsi08 on April 9th, 2014 at 10:29 am said:

Yeah well, I’m pointing stuff out in hopes they will change it a bit, so the product ends up being more enjoyable when I buy it.

Because I will buy it. I love RPGs and besides… we gotta pay to support non FPS games, right? :p


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 10:31 am said:

    And we really do appreciate all the feedback, thank you for that!
    We will do out best to polish the game for the release! There is still much of work ahead :)
    Cheers


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+ o-mistborn-o on April 9th, 2014 at 10:29 am said:

Had to get the Artisan Edition, will we be able to choose later which platform our kickstarter game bundle is for?


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 10:34 am said:

    Yes of course, after the campaign there will be a survey where you can select your platform of choice!
    We support cross buy so you can have it for PS3, PS4 and Vita


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+ pablofsi08 on April 9th, 2014 at 10:31 am said:

I see, thanks for the heads up. I guess it’ll suffer from that “farm next to the inn” flaw, guess it is more or less justified.


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 10:33 am said:

    Yeah its always really random :D this morning i had a dirty broken Loo next to the bar :D


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+ Anddo on April 9th, 2014 at 10:39 am said:

Thanks for the extensive video. It really hammered home the finer points of the game.

All I ask is you guys keep the difficulty balanced (not too grindy)


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 10:43 am said:

    Thank you!
    We will be doing more gameplay video later, we still did not cover lots of features and aspects.
    Balancing will be important of course, we will do our best :)


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+ Axonometri on April 9th, 2014 at 10:46 am said:

An RPG I can share with my kids with beautiful colorful art-style and is fun also? Yes Please!


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 10:48 am said:

    Thank you very much! :)
    The age rating is pending still so , not sure how old your kids are, i hope it will be a match!


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+ Rezolution77 on April 9th, 2014 at 10:49 am said:

Not like FF Tactics…….. :( ?

The video deFINately has me interested though, and Cross Play is a Huge Plus.

Not sure if it will be a day one purchase, with other Indie titles eventually going to IGC.
( Bought A Clone in the Dark )

But wil surely think of buyng it when there may be a discount.

Look foward to this.


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 11:02 am said:

    No not like FFT, its more like Chocobo Dungeon
    Thanks for giving it a chance :)


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+ darknight_2012 on April 9th, 2014 at 10:54 am said:

Does anybody know if the God of War Collection which includes all 5 games two of them a redeemable codes on PSN, does it included those two games that are redeemable? or did that already expired? I’m thinking of getting the God of War Collection, Let me know, anybody? it would be a bummer if it does not included the origins collection which will not make it a COMPLETE collection if you know what I mean>>> thanks


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+ Ricen-Beans on April 9th, 2014 at 10:58 am said:

Considering this is an RPG and will most likely be a long game…

Please tell me there will be a platinum trophy!!

Love the art style btw and can’t wait to support u guys with my money when it comes out.


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 11:04 am said:

    Thank you very much!
    Trophies and such are still in development so i can’t share any info on that yet


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+ pithollow on April 9th, 2014 at 11:01 am said:

This game is awesome!! You can count with my support on this guys!

By the way, Jessica Nigri is an awesome cosplayer. I hope you hired her to represent Robin. She fits well the character!!


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 11:06 am said:

    Thanks a lot!
    Yes Jessica is great!
    This year we will have Destiny Nickelsen as Robin and Nicole Marie Jean as Morgiana!


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+ Ricen-Beans on April 9th, 2014 at 11:05 am said:

Also one more question

Will this game have voice overs? If so to what extent?


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 11:08 am said:

    That will depend on our budget, we would love to have voice overs for sure but its not yet decided.
    If we add voice overs then it would be for all story related Dialogs and some story telling voice between the chapters.


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+ Dforce5289 on April 9th, 2014 at 11:17 am said:

Haha posted my comment in wrong DFS page, copy and paste to here now.
“Day one buy for me, looks great, hope you guys reach morgiana expansion and beyond in KS capaign, i watched beggining of gameplay and found myself wishing to be able to revolve around on the spot without using up a ‘turn,’ if this was a suggestion already brought up or a feature i missed in video my apologies. Keep up the awesome work!”
Ignore the exact same comment on your older blog post xD


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 1:21 pm said:

    Thank you!

    That feature is already on our to do list, in the final game you will be able to rotate the character on the spot without using a turn!
    Cheers


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+ JonJonXD on April 9th, 2014 at 11:18 am said:

You replied to someone stating it plays like Mystery Dungeon.

I’m pretty much sold now.


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 1:22 pm said:

    Thank you!
    Yeah, its the same type of game :)


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+ odd69 on April 9th, 2014 at 11:20 am said:

Well i love it as it is now, oh i also add you on Facebook to show love there, i didnt get to say this last time so i get to say it now.Thank you guys for making this happen, especially on ps4.

Can we order those plushies or any gaming swag about this game from you guys? You know for the hardcore fans of games like this or just this game.


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 1:24 pm said:

    Thanks a lot!
    Also thanks for adding us on our FB, btw we are running a Raffle on our FB pare, you will find the post if you scroll down just a bit, make sure to participate, its all free and we will give away some signed prints, plushies and games

    For now the plushies and all the other swag is just part of the Kickstarter Tiers but we also want to add the goodies to our store later

    cheers


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+ RenderMonk on April 9th, 2014 at 11:24 am said:

This game definitely looks like it’s being crafted with love and with passion. What I’ve seen so far looks like you have a game you can be proud of. I’ve been following DFS for a while now, and can’t wait to get my hands on it. Congrats to you and your team, keep up the great work. Also, where are you and your team based out of?


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 1:26 pm said:

    Thank you! This really motivates us to work even harder!

    We are a remote developer, working from our homes or wherever we happen to be. We are based in the US, IK, Thailand and germany.


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+ mynameisdats on April 9th, 2014 at 11:26 am said:

definitely on m buy list list keep up the great Work!


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 1:26 pm said:

    Thank you very much!


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+ DecadanceFantasy on April 9th, 2014 at 11:44 am said:

Looks like a fun game. I really like Rougelikes so I’ll most likely pick this up. Is there going to be any pre-order bonuses? It looks like it’ll be really fun to play on my Vita.


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 1:32 pm said:

    Thank you!
    We have not planned a pre-order campaign yet but the Kick starter is in fact something like that as we offer many additional goodies there that will not come with the normal version on release


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+ veryhoudini11 on April 9th, 2014 at 12:31 pm said:

This looks amazing, I’m extremely excited about this. Will be picking it up for the Vita for sure.


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 1:34 pm said:

    We are happy to hear that! Thank you!


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+ HEL10S_ on April 9th, 2014 at 1:09 pm said:

Just visited the Kickstarter page to pledge! Glad it’s coming to Vita, that’s what got me to open my wallet :-D


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 1:35 pm said:

    Thank you! We support cross buy so you will also get the PS3 and PS4 version!


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+ Shiroyami on April 9th, 2014 at 1:47 pm said:

This game looks classic, throwbacks to a ton of SNES RPGs. When I see all the indie devs remembering that great era, how can I not support those projects!?


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 3:49 pm said:

    Thank you! We grew up with those games and love those games, Oldies but goodies


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+ pithollow on April 9th, 2014 at 2:10 pm said:

“This year we will have Destiny Nickelsen as Robin and Nicole Marie Jean as Morgiana!”

Great! You do have a very good taste on cosplayers and they are awesome too. My purchase will be made on Vita, I want to have this on the go. I’ve always liked femme fatale characters and you did an awesome job to reflect that with Robin!

Beyond!


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 3:50 pm said:

    Thank you!
    We will support cross buy, btw so you will also have it for PS3 and PS4


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+ Lefoul-123 on April 9th, 2014 at 2:11 pm said:

Looks like terraria, gemeplay wise.


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 3:51 pm said:

    It compares better with Chocobo Dungeon, Shiren, ZHP and other roguelikes and mystery dungeon titles


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+ Eternal-CMO on April 9th, 2014 at 2:29 pm said:

You mentioned the game supports keyboard and mouse, but is that on PC and Mac only or does that include PS3 and PS4? Because it does look like DFS is better suited for keyboard and mouse, and PS consoles do support those peripherals it’s just most developers fail to support the proper control scheme in their games.

I’d really appreciate it if you could provide built-in keyboard/mouse support, thanks.


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 3:55 pm said:

    The game is very fun with pad (i prefer pad) when playing with pad or just keyboard you walk around with the d-pad same as in a game like zelda or most other RPG games, the pad controls are easy and there is the command menu instead of drag and drop.
    For PS4 we will probably also add an additional onscreen cursor for the touch pad and vita will support touch controls as well.
    We will explore the controls for the Keyboard input on consoles as well


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+ PanTheMan16 on April 9th, 2014 at 3:14 pm said:

For now, I don’t think this game is for me, but I’d like to say congratulations on your success and I wish you continued success.

Question: Will the UI be different for PS4/console players? If so, is there a chance that we may see some PS4 gameplay at some point down the road? As someone stated earlier, the footage we’ve seen shows the game being optimal for a mouse or mouse and keyboard, which is one of the reasons I am finding it less appealing, since I prefer controllers.


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 4:08 pm said:

    woops, looks like a made a new post instead of a reply so Post 35 is meant for you.
    On a side note, our game plays similar like Chocobo dungeon, shiren and other mystery dungeon games, such titles are very fun with pad and ours will be too :)


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+ Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 4:00 pm said:

Thanks! The PS4 ui will be exactly the same, it is designed for all control input and works great with pad.
In fact the pad controls are in some regards easier.
When you play with mouse you have to click around to make your character walk while with pad you walk directly by using the D-Pad just like in most other console games, there is also the command menu, i had demonstrated it in the video multiple times, that menu is used when you play it with pad or keyboard, you press a single button and then additional buttons open up around the selected item and you can simply choose the action you wish to perform. This game was designed with pad controls in mind.
Vita will also support the touch controls.


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+ PanTheMan16 on April 9th, 2014 at 4:08 pm said:

Thank you for replying. I ;have just one more question. Will there be a demo for those of us who are still on the fence?


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    + Ash Monif on April 9th, 2014 at 4:11 pm said:

    We have not yet decided but we will try! a demo would be cool for sure
    BTW, if any of you guys happen to be on Pax Est, you can drop by at our booth (#180) and try out the game :)


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+ tusunami on April 9th, 2014 at 4:43 pm said:

Awe yes the rpg genre is really taking off on the PS Vita glad I own one. I will look into this a little more further.


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    + Ash Monif on April 10th, 2014 at 1:05 am said:

    Cool :) thank you!


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+ tommyv010 on April 9th, 2014 at 5:19 pm said:

If any body could see this hope, PlayStation could updated Ps Vita like this and hope any admin suggest this to them. http://www.gamingroot.com/amazing-ps-vita-ui-video/


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+ waldowalso on April 9th, 2014 at 7:44 pm said:

I plan to this for my PS3. Fun looking game.


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    + Ash Monif on April 10th, 2014 at 1:05 am said:

    Thanks for supporting us!


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+ David727 on April 9th, 2014 at 9:46 pm said:

Man this looks incredible, can’t wait to tell customers about it. Love the gameplay style, a sweet cross between strategy RPGs and action adventure hackn’slash. Hope too see it soon!!!!!


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    + Ash Monif on April 10th, 2014 at 1:06 am said:

    Thanks David!


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+ rabidninjamonky on April 10th, 2014 at 12:41 am said:

I hope this game is great, I love the crafting system, it looks like it could be really addictive. Can you make armor and weapons and/or damage dealing potions? I also love the art style, the hud, the minimap and even the cool green font when you level up. They all feel really polished, but I am not too sure on the combat. I would prefer Disgaea type combat but I know that is pretty niche.


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    + Ash Monif on April 10th, 2014 at 1:08 am said:

    Thank you!
    Yes you will be able to craft lots of armor and weapons as well as all sorts of food and other items


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+ rabidninjamonky on April 10th, 2014 at 2:54 am said:

I rewatched the video and I’m really looking forward to playing this on vita. Last two questions, I promise! Can you keep your companions and level them up, or are they just for those specific missions? Also, I heard you say fishing missions in the video! For some reason I love fishing minigames in games(especially Dark Cloud and Breath of Fire), it’s a strange addiction. How in depth is the fishing in this game? Just give me 40-50 fish that you can use to craft rare items please? It will be a guaranteed 15-20 from me lol I need this!


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    + Ash Monif on April 10th, 2014 at 4:41 am said:

    looks like i posted your reply as a new post. #42 post was meant for you. :)


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+ Ash Monif on April 10th, 2014 at 4:39 am said:

We will gladly answer as many question as you guys ask us :)

The NPC companions are not a permanent part of your party, but you will be able to hire them during the cause of the game almost anytime you like, they do have their own levels, stats and equipment but player can not change or influence it.
Your own Pets and familiars are a different story, you can have up to 2 active pats at the same time and you can level them up as they gain some % of the Exp you make while they are active.

There is a whole bunch of different fish in the game, also different lure types for specific fish and some fish can only be caught at a certain depth and only in certain dungeon types. Each fish has a random Grade and weight too.
Fish can be consumed raw or cooked into various dishes

Cheers :)


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+ StryfeOmega on April 10th, 2014 at 6:01 am said:

I love the look of this, and the gameplay will surely suck hundreds of hours out of my Vita! But my question is, do you plan on continuing with the items that don’t get funded in the Kickstarter, such as housing and ghosting, after the game goes live? I’d be willing to support a game like this through DLC!


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    + Ash Monif on April 10th, 2014 at 8:56 am said:

    Thank you!
    We will consider it, maybe as an expansion but it’s still too early to tell at this point.


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+ gowofwarkratos1 on April 10th, 2014 at 6:07 am said:

A classic RPG! I can’t wait to put my hand on it :)
You guys rock!


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    + Ash Monif on April 10th, 2014 at 11:56 am said:

    Thank you!


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+ JeffsonP on April 10th, 2014 at 6:43 am said:

This game will be released in the Brazilian PS Store?
(Please, say “Yes!”)


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    + Ash Monif on April 10th, 2014 at 12:55 pm said:

    It will be released worldwide :)


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+ ElektroDragon on April 10th, 2014 at 10:15 am said:

Looks fantastic, buying it immediately. Has the charm of the original Divine Divinity.


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    + Ash Monif on April 10th, 2014 at 7:04 pm said:

    Thank you very much!


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+ Harerazer on April 10th, 2014 at 10:23 am said:

I am so glad (and proud) to be a Kickstarter backer for this one. This is the game I am waiting to buy my Vita for and I’m already saving up to back the sequel. :-)
Great job, guys.


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    + Ash Monif on April 10th, 2014 at 7:05 pm said:

    Thanks a lot for supporting us! much appreciated!


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+ rabidninjamonky on April 10th, 2014 at 11:56 am said:

Thanks for answering my questions Ash! I can’t wait to play this, it looks fantastic!


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    + Ash Monif on April 10th, 2014 at 7:05 pm said:

    Thank you!
    you are welcome!


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