Hello everybody,on behalf of everybody right here at Dotemu, we’re very completely happy to lastly announce the discharge date for Windjammers 2!
Windjammers 2 will likely be out there on January 20, 2022 for PlayStation 4 (PlayStation 5 through backwards-compatibility). Creating this sequel to the 1994 basic was fairly the journey for us and we’re thrilled to solely be weeks away from seeing you play it.
Because of the sport neighborhood’s suggestions, together with from our PlayStation beta in August, we’re now prepared to supply the sequel we’ve dreamt of constructing since we labored on the port of the unique recreation again in 2016. That is the primary recreation we’ve developed solely in-house, so it’s additional particular for us. To have a good time the discharge date announcement, we’ll speak a bit bit about how we approached this sequel.
A sequel from the bottom up
When working a number of years in the past on the port of the primary Windjammers recreation for PlayStation, we used our personal emulation know-how to offer an genuine expertise for brand spanking new gamers. This was not with out challenges although, because it was our very first on-line recreation.
Porting the sport gave us a glimpse of how the gameplay was constructed. It was all the time our intention to work on a sequel after the port, so we pushed our investigations even additional. First, we tried to investigate the sport frame-by-frame to be able to recreate the actions of the characters and the disc, and most significantly the sport really feel. However our improvement group felt that they had been lacking some subtleties that had been unattainable to recreate this manner. The answer then was to disassemble the unique code and attempt to perceive the way it labored, to be able to discover solutions – or as my colleagues referred to as it, ‘archaeologist work’. Deciphering code from 1994 was key to capturing the essence of Windjammers! We additionally received assist from the French Windjammers neighborhood, who examined our completely different builds to verify that we had been on the right track for capturing the enjoyable and authenticity of the unique recreation.
This graph reveals the disc-speed knowledge for each character, relying on the participant’s timing.
The later you throw the disc again, the slower the disc-speed.
Creating new content material
Initially we thought of working with our engine on a ‘carbon copy’ of the primary recreation after which including additional content material and mechanics. However we ended up engaged on each issues concurrently to be able to have every part carried out the fitting means and with the fitting steadiness. For instance, it was fairly tempting so as to add lots of visible results to the gamers’ pictures, however we knew that visibility always was an absolute necessity.
A better take a look at Sophie De Lys, one of many new characters in Windjammers 2.
The very first thing our manufacturing group did was develop new characters. We began with a French participant (clearly!) referred to as Sophie after which tweaked the prevailing roster’s stats to create new and attention-grabbing characters with their very own talents. Afterwards, new strikes had been added for each character: for instance, in Windjammers 2 now you can bounce to catch a disc whereas it’s in air, or do slapshots and dropshots to catch your opponent off guard. With deeper gameplay than ever, no two matches are the identical.
We took the same strategy to the courts. Going from 4:3 to widescreen allowed us to create even greater courts – it was then as much as us to combine up the entire completely different court docket options to create the best-possible ranges. A private favourite of mine is among the new ranges, the on line casino. Earlier than every kick-off, the on line casino randomly selects the disc’s worth: from one level as much as… eight! This adjustments the course of the sport fairly dramatically, and timing your particular assault right here is critically vital.
In sum, right here is every part you’ll discover in Windjammers 2:
- 10 playable characters, together with returning champions and new faces
- New gameplay mechanics for much more depth
- 10 courts with completely different shapes and options
- An epic arcade mode with bonus video games and difficult matches
- On-line modes: play casually with mates or climb the leaderboard within the ranked league
Over time, we’ve postponed Windjammers 2’s launch a number of occasions to make sure it’s the last word sequel that the unique recreation deserves. We’re so grateful to our neighborhood for his or her continued help and we’re trying ahead to seeing all of you on the court docket in a number of weeks.
Within the meantime, benefit from the holidays and let’s begin 2022 with a bang when Windjammers 2 involves PlayStation 4 on January 20.