Raising Spirits

Alright, so the word is out. Our next project is 99 Spirits.

There are several points of interest that make this game a very special release for us.
99 Spirits Screenshot
1. The game was just released in Japan.

  • 99 Spirits was released on Comiket 82 in August 2012. That is to say, less than 3 months ago now. We’re looking to release it in early 2013, which means our English version should hit the shelves around half a year after the game’s original release. Given also that this is an RPG, which are among the more difficult genres to localize, a release this fast would be almost unprecedented. Of course, we haven’t decided on a release date yet and won’t release the game before we’re confident we got everything just right, so it might end up taking a bit longer than that, but this ETA is based on our current projections.
  • Though we don’t necessarily target the newest games (as seen in our previous release), this rare opportunity is one we want to take full advantage of.

99 Spirits Screenshot
2. The game is challenging (localization-wise).

  • We like a good challenge, and as we’ve stated on many an occasion, our main criteria in choosing projects is that they are interesting and actually require translation to be playable by English speakers. Still, we were almost stumped ourselves by the challenges localizing 99 Spirits promised. At the core of this difficulty lie its puzzle mechanics, which we’ll go more into later. Anyone who has played the game or its trial in Japanese will know what we’re talking about. But hey, this is what we do best!
  • Actually, at War of the Human Tanks’ release party, Yakiniku Banzai, the developer duo of the game, commented on 99 Spirits: “If you guys can translate this game, there’s no game you can’t translate.” We feel the same, and this is another reason why we’re having a lot of fun with this project. Even the initial work on the game’s infrastructure we’ve already completed was a real test of imagination.

99 Spirits Screenshot
3. The game has some damned pretty art.

  • Uh, well, just had to say that! I love all the charming little details in the artwork, like the way Hanabusa’s portrait starts to nod off when you don’t touch the game for a while.

Also, a new character has been unlocked in the character section of 99 Spirits homepage’s: Soujun the wandering monk. We’re planning on adding a new character each week.

So with all that said, look forward to 99 Spirits when it’s done. Also, if you have something specific you’d want us to talk about on the blog, feel free to drop a comment.

Fruitbat Factory’s Halloween Week Begins

The Guess the Game Contest is now over, big thanks to all who participated.

The winners will be notified via e-mail this week, and even if you didn’t win you should keep an eye on your e-mail as we decided to throw in a free copy of Sound of the Human Tanks I OST from GamersGate to reward the efforts of all who ventured a guess.

As we look forward to announcing the game this week, we’re having a big sale on GamersGate, Desura and Indievania: you can purchase all versions of War of the Human Tanks at a 25% discount from them for the duration of this week.

FBF Haloween Art

We hope a lot of people will take advantage of this offer – and don’t forget to vote for War of the Human Tanks on Steam Greenlight, where the battle never ceases.

Lastly and most importantly, stay tuned for a major announcement as we’re going to be announcing our next title very shortly. Can’t wait to let this one out of the bag!

A Contest of Fruitbats: Final Week

Today we enter the last week of our Guess the Game Contest.

For those who missed it previously, we are giving away free copies of our next game to those who can guess which game it is going to be.

We already posted the final clue on the contest page, check it out.

If you put all the clues together, the answer shouldn’t be impossibly difficult. We know you can do it, so lets get the final week’s contest entries rolling!

Remember, even if you voted previously you can make a new guess each week, so make sure to take this last chance too!

FBF Present logo

We haven’t forgotten the fans of War of the Human Tanks either. The final part of our “Let’s Play” guide series is going up tonight. Have fun reading the adventure on Chapter 5: ‘Spats Is Not the Only One with a Horrible Name’.

A Contest of Fruitbats: Week Two

We’re happy to see people participating and trying to guess what our next game is going to be.

It must’ve been hard with just that one measly hint to go by, eh?

Well, this week we figured we’d give a few hints at once. But you won’t find them here.

We’ll be posting new hints on our social media today (hint: check http://fruitbatfactory.com). Hopefully they’ll make the task a little easier for the brave contestants!

FBF Present logo

Remember, you can make a new guess each week to improve your chances to win the fabulous reward of a free copy of the game in question, so check the contest page and let your imagination fly wild!

Check the contest page for hints, rules and to enter the race.

Thanks also to everyone who took advantage of our discount week to obtain a copy of War of the Human Tanks as well!

A Contest of Fruitbats

Hello everyone,

I’m happy to announce that we are having a discount about our next contest and celebrating it with a week long release!

FBF Present logo

Wait, that didn’t come out right somehow… Let’s try again.

Hello everyone,

I’m happy to announce that we are having a contest about our next release and celebrating it with a week long discount!


Guess Fruitbat Factory’s next game release and win a free copy!



Much better. Huh? What do you mean “What next release?”

The one we are going to announce on Halloween, of course. Haven’t you heard?

What? What do you mean you haven’t heard anything about it?

Oh!… Umm… Look! A DISCOUNT!

Buy Button with discount

You can grab all our products from (hopefully) all our distributors at a 10% discount and save tons of money since you’ll buy a lot of them to give everyone as presents! At least that’s the plan.

And the contest can be reached from the link above. If you want a chance to win a free copy of our next game, start guessing and good luck.

Interview with a Fruitbat

So Last Gen, who earlier did a review on War of the Human Tanks by the tile of I love the Smell of Napalm in the Morning asked us for an interview. We had fun answering their questions about the secrets behind the Fruitbats.

For your eyes only: Interview with a Dev: Fruitbat Factory.

Fruitbat Photo

They even published some photos of us, though this one seems a little obstructed.

Also, another stage of the five-chapter “Let’s Play” guide for War of the Human Tanks is now up. This time it might even be helpful!

Where can you find it, you ask?

As usual, the guide can be found at: Chapter 4: ‘Kana Was Awesomely Awesome’

Human Tanks Fight On

You’re walking down Steam Greenlight, clicking “YES” on War of the Human Tanks as you pass, and then, suddenly… WHAM-O! FREE STEAM KEYS FOR EVERYONE!

That’s right, once War of the Human Tanks gets on Steam, everyone who’s purchased the game from any of our distributors will receive a free Steam Key for it as well!

WotHT Greenlight Promo 3

Human Tanks, Charge!
Your target: Steam!

How can you support us?
-Purchase a copy of War of the Human Tanks from the distributor of your choice. Your choices are: Indievania, Desura, GamersGate and Green Man Gaming.
-Vote for War of the Human Tanks on Steam Greenlight.
-Tell your friends, family and everyone you hold at gunpoint.
-Once War of the Human Tanks is on Steam, you will receive a key at no additional cost.

In other news, Chapter 3 of the “Let’s Play” Guide for War of the Human Tanks has gone live. Share the miserable struggle at Chapter 3: ‘The Aoba Troop Did Their Best’!

Know Your Aspects

And now for something completely different.

In these post release days where we are finally receiving some much appreciated feedback from the players, I would like to talk to you regarding something that we’ve received questions about and noticed on some of YouTube videos and screenshots of the game.

The Aspect Ratio

War of the Human Tanks uses a 4:3 aspect ratio, which means it is not widescreen (16:9 or 16:10 aspect ratio). In order to play it or any other games you have that use a 4:3 aspect ratio without getting horribly stretched in Full Screen Mode, you need to enable a simple setting in your graphic card’s options. Why this setting is turned off by default ever remains a mystery.

But first let’s look at what I’m talking about. First screenshot is how our game is supposed to look and second is how it turns out without enabling the correct setting.

WotHT Screenshot with correct 4:3 aspect ratio

WotHT Screenshot with correct 4:3 aspect ratio

WotHT Screenshot with wrong stretched result

WotHT Screenshot with incorrect aspect ratio

Enabling a simple option will save you from suffering this horrible stretching. I have an NVIDIA card, so I’ll describe how to do this for NVIDIA cards. If you have something else, the process should be mostly similar.

First, right click on an empty space on your desktop and choose NVIDIA Control Panel to open the settings window. You can alternatively open this window by typing NVIDIA on the Search Bar after pressing the Windows key. With current drivers it will look like this:

NVIDIA settings for aspect ratio

NVIDIA settings for aspect ratio

On this window, navigate to the shown tab. Display > Adjust desktop size and position > Scaling.

If you see that “Full-screen” is checked like this: then you are going to see all games that are not wide-screen stretched, apart from a few that compensate against that problem.

What you need to do to fix this is to pick the choice above it, “Aspect ratio”. Also do not forget to set Perform scaling on: GPU. Other settings on this screen don’t matter.

When you follow these instructions, there will be no change to your widescreen applications. Non-widescreen applications, however, will now display in their correct proportions.

Human Tanks, Charge!

The day has come. The troops stand prepared. Are you ready?

War of the Human Tanks is now officially out.

The first pre-orderers have probably begun playing the game already, and we’re hoping they’ll have a jolly good time of it.

Release

To celebrate the launch of our first title, we’re having a 10% launch week discount campaign. Go grab yours at the nearest (hah!) digital retailer!

In additional news, Green Man Gaming came through today, and you can now find War of the Human Tanks listed there as well, in addition to Desura, GamersGate and Indievania!

The reviews are still coming in. Clark A. at Digitally Downloaded gave War of the Human Tanks 3.5/5:

“It’s absolutely a worthy title in its own right. The character banter is thoroughly entertaining, augmented by solid combat.”

But don’t just take his word for it when you can check out the free demo featuring first 5 full episodes of the game.

The Fuse is Lit

As anyone who’s followed our blog would well know, it’s the eve of the ba- I mean, release of Fruitbat Factory’s first release, War of the Human Tanks.

Tomorrow we’ll be fixing up release-related details with the distributors and hoping nothing goes too catastrophically wrong. If it does, you’ll be the first ones to know. Especially if you were the first one to order the game and run into whatever catastrophe awaits.

On that note, here’s another countdown illustration courtesy of Angie (@9aia).

Heshiko

Everyone’s favorite Human Tank, Heshiko, is all set and ready for action.
Lock and roll!

In other news, as part of our ongoing Steam Greenlight efforts, we are looking into providing everyone who previously purchased the game a Steam key as well when War of the Human Tanks makes it into Steam. It’s definitely something we want to do, but we need to check the practical execution with each of our distributors so as to not make false promises. So far Desura has confirmed we’ll be able to do this. We’ll keep you posted with future developments.

Every vote on Steam Greenlight counts (towards something. I think)!