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More Animated Gifs!

2017-12-17 06:08:10 by matt-likes-swords

In EBF5 development news, the overworld map is complete now!
I’ve just got two of the premium dungeons left to do. After that I’ll finish off NPCs and sidequests. 
I’ll have many more animated gifs to show off too.

There was also this big thing with Patreon changing their fees, but everyone complained enough and they ended up not doing that, so that was nice. Patreon's a nice easy target with most of their users being business-savy. Too bad it's not so easy all the time. (Good luck with your internet, Americans)


Continuing on from last week's post, here's some more gifs of the areas I'm working on for Epic Battle Fantasy 5.
The world map being complete is within sight... still got a few areas to go, but I'm getting there.

Overall EBF5 is about 77% complete... after two whole years of full-time development.
I would have liked to be a bit further along by now, but at least the extra time is paying off and there's a big jump in quality over the previous games. And by some miracle EBF4 is still selling well enough to cover my living expenses... so huge thanks to everyone for that.

If I ever decide to work on a  3-year project ever again... please kill me.


Gifs of the EBF5 World

2017-11-22 09:40:55 by matt-likes-swords

Here's some gifs!
The world map is more than half done now, so I've got some scenes to show off.
I'll finish this game someday, I swear.


World Building and Limit Breaks

2017-10-31 14:43:38 by matt-likes-swords

Here’s a video of me making a map for EBF5, 600% sped up. The original recording was 45 minutes long. What’s not shown here is me putting in a few lines of code to make the interactive objects work, and cleaning up a few details at the end. Also I cut out the bits where I copied sprites from other maps, to avoid spoilers.
This is basically what I've been doing for most of October. 

Here's another video I made a while ago, showing off some Limit Break attacks and misc battle stuff.


Maps and Patreons

2017-10-20 07:55:41 by matt-likes-swords

Hey guys, I'm still working on the same thing that I'm always working on!
The world map is starting to come alive with monsters, secrets and NPCs now.

I also made a Patreon! 
For $1 a month you get access to spoiler-ific EBF5 demos that I don't want to release publicly yet, among many other perks. Check it out and see if anything looks appealing.


EBF5 Area Concept Art!

2017-07-08 05:54:58 by matt-likes-swords

Hey guys, for the past few weeks I've been working on art assets for the areas in EBF5, and they're all done now!
There's some area themes in there that you'll recognize from previous games, but also a lot of cool new stuff. And with that EBF5 is around 60% done.

You can see all the concept art in the art portal, but I've also made a slideshow video of em.

In related news: Epic Battle Fantasy 4 has sold over 100k units in total! (not counting bundles)
So that's overwhelmingly cool and I would not have expected it to do so well. Thanks ya'll for the support over the years.


I haven't made a huge amount of progress on EBF5 lately, mostly I'm just doing debugging and getting distracted by nice weather. I did make a few more videos of gameplay though, so check out my YouTube channel if you're interested in previews. I made a Discord server for EBF fans, so check it out if you want to chat with us. It's been quite active so far, with lots of people posting fanart and asking me questions.

I also posted some EBF5 code samples, for anyone who's interested in that kind of stuff.


First footage of Epic Battle Fantasy 5!

2017-04-07 16:35:23 by matt-likes-swords

EBF5 is around 54% finished, so it's far enough in development for me to show off some actual gameplay! The battle system is almost completely done now, with all of the foes, skills, and equipment programmed. Still got a bit of debugging to do, and a few more summons left.

Subscribe to my YouTube channel if you want to see more preview videos!


Hey guys, Epic Battle Fantasy 4 is in a Humble Bundle, so you can get it for super cheap. Or you can pay a bit more and get other good games with it, and also throw some money at charity.

You can choose which developers and charities the money goes to. I personally support Arthritis Research UK, so it would be cool if you sent some money their way.


Hey guys, I’m doing another big Steam key giveaway this year.
Just leave a comment on my site for a chance to win Epic Battle Fantasy 4 or Bullet Heaven 2!
(or you can also buy them discounted in the upcoming Steam Winter sale)