Wild Arms Successor ‘Armed Fantasia’ Completes First Playable Build; Development Progress Discussed

The concluded Double Kickstarter campaign for the Wild Arms and Shadow Hearts successors, Armed Fantasia and Penny Blood, has shared a new development update to inform fans of recent breakthroughs.

Firstly, the Armed Fantasia staff has announced that the game’s first playable build, discussed in November 2022, has been completed, housing notable changes from previously revealed footage. For instance, the combat in last year’s uploaded videos had enemies and allies lined up in a row, but now there’s a more “active and dynamic” system.

Battles will be worked on to implement more camera movement and motion, requiring reworks of various in-game systems. Moreover, the total number of gadgets for field exploration has been decided, but that number was not stated. Further, one new dungeon and one new town have been added.

Potential publishers will gauge this initial build to assess whether they should still consider pursuing a partnership.

Regarding character designs, the first drafts for the cast members related to the Order of the Sacred Key have been completed, with setting images for the introduced characters being worked on. Additionally, each Anomaly is also being designed and modeled.

The following examples were provided:

As for Penny Blood, not much was stated other than Machida sharing a humorous message. Work on the soundtrack is discussed by the composer, with research on 1920s music being done. Specifically speaking, the Jazz influences of Ragtime and Boogie-Woogie are in the midst of being intricately understood.

Lastly, a Backerkit pre-order store was added, listing a plethora of products such as mugs, t-shirts, and posters.

If you’re curious, you can read the full Kickstarter development updates for both Armed Fantasia and Penny Blood.

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