Hey everybody! Brian Otten from X Plus in Osaka, Japan right here. We’re thrilled to be releasing Smelter, a 16-bit fashion action-strategy hybrid, obtainable as we speak on Xbox One and Xbox Collection X|S!
So, what’s Smelter all about?
Smelter is a narrative a few boy. Truly, it’s a narrative a few woman and a boy. Wait — really, it’s a narrative a few woman and a talkative winged being that may rework right into a set of armor and command numerous forces to develop his magnificent empire all through the deepest reaches of Rumbly Lands with a view to regain what he and the woman have misplaced.
Smelter is our debut title since coming collectively as a group in 2018 and it’s our tackle a mix we haven’t seen a lot in recent times: a top-down technique, action-platformer in a 16-bit fashion.
In overhead, Mode 7-style map levels, gamers management airborne Smelter, who can fly, shoot and destroy enemies and obstacles whereas giving instructions to his troops to develop territory, construct buildings and unleash assault items towards enemy monsters in varied areas. Gamers management Smelter in a top-down strategic conquest as he and his Zirm forces try and develop his empire by finishing quests and taking up an onslaught of enemies decided to cease him. Gameplay is designed with capturing and command-driven interfaces, including modern-day tutorials to help each veteran avid gamers and people new to the style.
As soon as the participant has accomplished sure NPC-driven quests and fortified key areas on the map, they’ll entry new and thrilling action-platformer levels the place they management Eve infused with Smelter on foot and tackle the dangerous guys. Eve can carry out an array of melee assaults, jumps, dashes, wall grabs, Smelter particular assaults and maneuvers to finish the levels and progress the story. Levels include secret “Trial” levels the place the gamers are rewarded by finishing brief ranges inside given situations, resembling Time Trial, Don’t Get Hit, Don’t Be Seen and extra.
One of many key modern-day options of Smelter is the basic ability tree system that grants Eve and Smelter particular skills on land and air. Carry out punching combos and rock protect counters with Gurabi’s earth and gravity-based expertise, launch shock-infused spinning soar assaults with Eremagu’s electrified skills, and hearth long-range capturing assaults with the unstable but lethal Nutoro elemental ability set. By unlocking new skills, gamers can attain new areas and sort out levels with totally different approaches.
When planning Smelter, whereas though we made it a precedence to present our personal spin on the top-down technique and action-platformer genres, we had been undoubtedly impressed by classics like Actraiser and the Megaman collection just because these had been the video games many people liked to play and nonetheless like to play.
And whereas which may clarify a few of the inspirations for the sport design decisions, we really feel Smelter has in the end change into this mix of the group’s personalities and what every of us get pleasure from to learn, take heed to, play and watch — something that we’re personally impressed by whether or not it’s a sarcastic comedy, action-packed anime with characters carrying armor that has no enterprise being worn in battle, memorable boss from a recreation we performed years in the past, or a brilliant heavy metallic soundtrack we bang our heads to whereas working.
The Journey into the Rumbly Land
The vast majority of us at X Plus had been (and nonetheless are) foreigners dwelling in Osaka, Japan. The sport improvement neighborhood in Japan can are typically a reasonably related one, particularly amongst expats, which makes it an amazing place to seek out these with comparable objectives. We had been all on the lookout for one thing new and finally discovered ourselves collectively at X Plus in Japan, which has a protracted historical past with collectible collectible figurines, and so they had been prepared to present us an opportunity to pursue one thing we wished to do.
Throughout the planning course of, we needed to ask ourselves, can we need to go huge? Or can we need to play it protected and go small? We had a number of cool concepts! Nevertheless, we realized that with a view to ship the standard we had been capturing for and with a view to ship the expertise we wished gamers to have, we needed to be sincere with ourselves.
We went again to the whiteboard and requested ourselves: “What do we predict makes a recreation enjoyable?”
The end result we reached is the Smelter gamers expertise now: an action-packed platformer and technique recreation with three distinct parts and an easy-to-learn swappable ability set system, a easy but compelling narrative, colourful and high-quality pixel artwork, enjoyable technique mechanics and extra emphasis placed on thematic stage mechanics that mesh effectively with the abilities obtainable to the participant.
Final however not least, an amazing soundtrack and sound design accomplished by some extremely devoted and passionate artists that helped breathe life into the visuals and recreation mechanics.
Message to Gamers
We had been tremendous pleased to have the ability to come collectively and undergo this journey of constructing Smelter what it’s as we speak. For over two years, the group lived and breathed Smelter (even had goals!). We’ve all put a bit of ourselves into Smelter and we hope to have the prospect to share the story of Smelter with gamers world wide.
You might be Eve, recent out of Eden and armed with a dwelling swimsuit of armor. Discover a harmful new world, battle its weird denizens and develop your empire in a determined journey to seek out Adam.
Smelter is a technique, action-platformer combo impressed by classics from the 16-bit period. Lead Smelter and his trustworthy Zirm forces by increasing Smelter’s territory throughout the Rumbly Lands in top-down technique ranges, then dive into thrilling side-scrolling motion levels after annexing key areas. Construct, assault and advance your military — unlock, improve and unleash elemental motion expertise towards vicious enemies, perilous environments and harmful bosses. Launch the facility of Smelter!
After the premature destruction of the Backyard, Eve finds herself in an unfamiliar world together with her beloved Adam nowhere to be discovered. In her seek for Adam, she encounters Smelter, an unusually over-confident, winged creature with the highly effective skill to remodel and fuse with others, giving them unimaginable powers.
Providing his apparently “invaluable” help, Smelter transforms and fuses with Eve. They depart on a journey to the treacherous Rumbly Lands. There, they develop Smelter’s territory, permitting them to succeed in additional into the varied domains to seek out out what occurred to her Adam, hoping to seek out him in a single piece and discover a manner again house to their peaceable lives…