Fruitbat Factory at Tokyo Game Show 2016

Happy to announce that Fruitbat Factory will be at Tokyo Game Show in 2016!

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You can find us in hall 7, booth 7-N01 – across from the 2K / Take Two Interactive Japan booth, and on the other side of the wall from SEGA booth in hall 8.

The event’s held in the Makuhari Messe convention center and we’ll be there during the regular event hours, 10-17 every day (September 15-16 business days, and September 17-18 public days).

At our booth, we’ll be showcasing our past and future releases (lots of exciting announcements coming this year!)

We’ll also have several guests at our booth, watch this space for more details and schedule!

If you’re in the area, make sure to come say hi to us. Who knows, there might even be some special items to grab!

War of the Human Tanks – Limited Operations began!

War of the Human Tanks - Limited Operations (white stroke)Pick up your rifle and jump right in! The third and final part of the War of the Human Tanks trilogy is now available on Steam!

 
Limited Operations features over 50 missions with enough challenge for even veteran Command Tanks.

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The original soundtrack of Limited Operations, Sound of the Human – LO, is also available in the store, alongside War of the Human Tanks Complete Collection Steam Bundle which gives collectors an easy way to complete their trilogy.

Magical Eyes – Red is for Anguish Release Date Announced!

Independent game publisher Fruitbat Factory is proud to announce that POMERA Studios’ mystery visual novel Magical Eyes – Red is for Anguish will be released on Steam on March 30.

Magical Eyes – Red is for Anguish is a thrilling mystery story revolving around a series of unfathomable incidents in a town, brought to life with gorgeous artwork.

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Synopsis
In the middle of the night on a certain day of April 201X, the right arm of the owner of a general store is chopped off in the backyard of his own store. Even though he claims that the perpetrator is a ‘doll’ that was kept in the store, his words carry little weight due to the lack of other witnesses.

The doll and the detached arm are gone from the scene of crime.

“Like a light too strong may burn out one’s retinas, so too can supernatural entities be toxic to humans. Even should they take on the invisible form of one’s emotions.”

Features

  • Gorgeous illustrations by a skilled, experienced illustrator
  • Story painted in vivid colors by talented voice actors/actresses and musicians
  • Map-based scene selection
  • A reasoning system that unlocks bonus content upon successful answers

The Steam release of Magical Eyes – Red is for Anguish will be priced at $14.99. The game will include Steam Trading Cards, Achievements, and Cloud support. The game’s opening and screenshots can be viewed on the Steam page.

Working on Magical Eyes, we could feel the passion POMERA Studios has poured into the game over the several years it took to create, and we’ve wanted to reciprocate that and meet the fans’ expectations. That’s why we’ve put special effort into fine tuning the visual look of the game, to give it all the polish we can.” says Jakke Elonen, Project Lead.

Magical Eyes – Red is for Anguish is available for pre-order with a 10% discount from the official Fruitbat Factory store.

For more information, business enquiries  and to be included in the press release and review mailing lists, contact Fruitbat Factory at info@fruitbatfactory.com.

Sora – A Development Story

It’s been a while since we’ve posted one of these, but we had a lot of fun working on Sora and making it look good on modern systems, so we decided to give a little blurb on the technical changes we’ve made to Sora during the localization. Without further ado I’ll give to floor to Tony, the man behind the code.

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Tony: I had only played Sora briefly in our meeting with Orange Juice in May 2015, but when I actually got to spend more time with the game, it really clicked; the fast gameplay, setting, soundtrack and presentation were amazing. I was also aware of the fans’ wishes for a new release of Sora, and felt it very important to do a good job with our localized version.

When we start localizing a new game, we evaluate its customization options such as screen settings and discuss what technical improvements we could add to make it more enjoyable for the players. Basically we ask ourselves “What would I like to see in this as a gamer?” and then check how feasible it would be to add it. Sometimes the engine the game runs on makes this impossible, but usually we’re able to add fancy things like higher resolution support.

The first thing we wanted to improve with Sora was the game’s resolution. The original version of Sora runs at 640×480 resolution which feels rather small in modern HD era. Since the base resolution was so low, simply adding resolution options to upscale the graphics to a higher resolution would leave the screen looking blurry and pixelated. I had some concerns about changing the rendering resolution because in shooting games every single element’s positioning is very important, but there’s no harm in trying, right? I set up the necessary changes to launch the game in 720p as an experiment and we got this:

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First higher res shot of Sora running at 720p (16:9 aspect ratio). Notice how the action is centered on the screen because the game area is supposed to be 4:3!

The first tests revealed that the essentials were already in place thanks to Orange Juice’s smart coding, but there was still a lot of work ahead. The view was too far, allowing the player to see more of the game area than they were supposed to, leading to problems like enemies appearing out of thin air. Some of the backgrounds and effects were broken, some boss positions were off, and of course all 2D elements were still happily in the 640×480 land.

Yet even with all the chaotic results, we could see that the game’s visuals got a noticeable improvement from the resolution increase. We went through the graphics assets we were given and found that many images had more detail than the original game resolution could show. Our graphics guys Ozhan and Yulay were on board for creating high-res versions of the menu elements. After some gameplay / image comparisons our minds were set.

As a side mention, we experimented with making Sora’s gameplay fully widescreen while deciding on the new target resolution. We had a lot of fun with it and even had some back and forth with OrangeJuice, sending different builds! However, it was clear from the onset that it would break the game too much. Let’s put aside the stage 1 opening cutscene continuing forever because the missiles never hit their target, and ignore enemies popping out of thin air, how about being able to move behind bosses like Nath and getting some free shots while she’s stuck firing at nothing? The amount of undesired behavior the change would generate was overwhelming.

I’m over here!

I’m over here!

We decided to set the resolution to 1280×960 which doubles the original dimensions, the main reason being that beyond that even the higher resolution graphics wouldn’t benefit much. While our previous attempts at full widescreen were doomed, we were able to add support for widescreen menus and cutscenes specifically. As an added bonus, since the fight against extra stage’s last boss is in a special type of area, we added widescreen support for that too!

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Jakke: After upgrading the resolution everywhere else, we were left with the game’s opening (at 640×480 resolution) looking strongly pixelated, not to mention all the Japanese text in it. Unsurprisingly, the original project files for the opening were gone from existence. Luckily, we received most of the original graphics used in the opening, and pieced them together with newly recorded gameplay footage to recreate the opening identically at a 1280×960 resolution with English texts. Our friends at Interweave Productions pulled some miracles with the video.

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Tony: We also changed the texture format. Sora uses a Japanese engine called Luna3D, which is also used by our earlier title 100% Orange Juice. The engine handles a lot of things well, but its texture handling has problems. There’s an issue with texture drawing that causes all textures to appear blurrier and the engine’s own texture format is somewhat slow and also takes up a lot of space. We changed 100% Orange Juice’s texture format some months ago and brought these changes to Sora as well. As result, our version should have faster load times despite having bigger images and the required hard drive space for textures is down to less than 100mb instead of the original’s 1gb.

As for input, the original game only supported DirectInput controllers, but similarly to what we did with QP Shooting – Dangerous!!, we added XInput support to support all types of controllers, as well as added keyboard bind options. Thanks to some helpful feedback from our testers / reviewers, we also added visible keybinds in the tutorial to help new players.

We had a lot of fun with making the achievements. When we started Sora, we were terrible at the game. Back in Japan, I couldn’t even get past the first stage! However as we kept playing we got gradually better and many “How am I supposed to beat this?” fights turned into satisfying victories. We think the game does a very good job at that and that’s why we had no qualms with making the achievements challenging.

Jakke: It took me well over 20 hours to clear the original Japanese version of Sora on easy difficulty. While playing and testing the game, gradually feats that had first seemed impossible, turned possible, then probable, and ultimately felt only fair. I’m not great at shooters myself, so I largely used myself as a guideline for deciding on the achievements – if I can do this, most people can be reasonably expected to be able to. My personal favorite is ‘Dance Like a Flower’, which drove me to near madness before I finally cleared it (with controller burns on my thumb).

 

Finally, go ahead and enjoy these screenshots of things gone horribly wrong during development!

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100% Orange Juice – Sham & Sherry Character Pack Now Live!

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Now available – Sham & Sherry Character Pack adds 2 new playable characters from Orange Juice’s games. The much anticipated Sham from Sora makes her appearance alongside the laid-back Sherry, the first extra character from Flying Red Barrel.

Sham & Sherry Character Pack includes:
Sham (Sora):
HP: 4
Attack: -1
Defense: +1
Evasion: +1

Hyper (EVENT): Delta Field
All other units receive the following effect until your next turn: All dice rolls will be 1.

Sherry (Flying Red Barrel):
HP: 5
Attack: +1
Defense: +1
Evasion: +1
(Special) Enemy always goes first. If the enemy is Sherry, ignore this effect.

Hyper (EVENT): Whimsical Windmill
Fight all other players in order. The enemy goes first. During battle, gain Evasion +1.

Also, version 1.10 ~Little War~ is now live!

Changes:

  • When using a card in battle, you can no longer see the card disappear from the player’s hand before the battle starts.
  • Redesigned Deck Creation menu to display cards on mouseover in a larger and easier to read size.
  • Redesigned unit selection in Deck Creation and Avatar screens to a single selection pop-up.
  • Consequent Warp Move and Move panel re-rolls are now limited to a maximum of 5.
  • Waylaid achievement condition changed to KO’ing one opponent while using Ambush (down from 2).
  • The central deck now displays the current chapter count.
  • Reworked the deck saving buttons on Deck Creation screen.

    Fixes:

  • Fullscreen no longer flickers in Windows 10.
  • NPC unit cards now display as ‘Player’ instead of ‘Enemy’ cards.
  • Warp/Warp Move panels now correctly take you to any other Warp/Warp move panel.
  • Changed Sweet Guardian card type from EVENT to BOOST.
  • Various consistency fixes in card descriptions.
  • Fixed a bug where characters without a hyper card of their own drawing a hyper from deck would remove it from play.
  • Fixed the shop icon for Kae’s basic color pack.
  • CPU can no longer pick multiple Tomomos if Unique option is on.

    Balance:

  • Kae now gains +Attack for all -Defense even when defending.
  • President’s Privilege card effect now lasts 2 chapters, up from one.
  • Krila now has -1 Defense (down from 0).
  • Plushie Master now heals for 2 HP (up from 1) and sets traps on 3-5 panels, depending on map size (up from 3).
  • Subspace Tunnel now creates 4-6 Warp Move panels, depending on map size (up from 4).
  • Present for You now causes players with a full hand to draw 1 card.
  • Effects that would overlap (such as Extraordinary Specs, Lonely Chariot) now act according to the effect last applied.

Eiyuu Senki Now Taking Over Europe

Fruitbat Factory, Ltd. is proud to announce that Eiyuu Senki – The World Conquest is now available for purchase in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Eiyuu Senki – The World Conquest can be purchased digitally via PlayStation 3 Network for £32.99/€39.99/AU$59.95 (European PSN account required).

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Featuring over 70 characters by renowned artist Oyari Ashito and other industry stars, Eiyuu Senki – The World Conquest is a tactical role-playing game developed by TENCO and published on PlayStation 3 in Japan by MAGES. label 5pb.Games.

We are grateful to the fans who have supported us on the quest to bring Eiyuu Senki – The World Conquest to English-speaking audiences. We’ve gone all out on this game, and hope they will like what they see. The world conquest begins here!” comments Jakke Elonen, Project Lead.

The homepage for the game has been updated with new information on the game’s characters, with voice samples for each: http://fruitbatfactory.com/eiyuusenki/.

For more information, business inquiries  and to be included in the press release and review mailing lists, contact Fruitbat Factory at info@fruitbatfactory.com.

Eiyuu Senki European Conquest Date Revealed

Fruitbat Factory, Ltd. is happy to announce the release date for Eiyuu Senki – The World Conquest in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Fruitbat Factory will release Eiyuu Senki – The World Conquest for PlayStation 3 on November 12th. North American release will follow shortly after.

Featuring over 70 characters by renowned artist Oyari Ashito and other industry stars, Eiyuu Senki – The World Conquest was developed by TENCO and published on PlayStation 3 in Japan by MAGES. label 5pb.Games.

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In Eiyuu Senki – The World Conquest, the player finds themselves in an alternate world populated with famous characters of history and legend – who also all happen to be beautiful maidens – and must fight their way to world domination.

“While playing this game, you should always keep this in mind: ‘All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.’ So sit back and enjoy a lot of coincidences.” comments Ozhan Sen, art lead.

Game features:

    • 70+ stunning heroines to lead your armies and quest with
    • 120+ cities to conquer across the world
    • Tactical turn based battles with countless skills, items and enemies to master
    • Fully Japanese story and battle voices by over 50 famous voice actors
    • An all-new battle voice display to show character commentary in English

“The character commentary, including their battle voices, is something we put a lot of effort into. We wanted to preserve the original voices while letting everyone enjoy the banter without having to understand Japanese. I’m proud of how it turned out and hope the fans will enjoy it as well.” says Jakke Elonen, project lead.

Eiyuu Senki – The World Conquest will be available for purchase via PlayStation Network for €39.99.

The homepage for the game has been updated with information on the game’s story and characters, including voice samples for them: http://fruitbatfactory.com/eiyuusenki/.

For more information, business inquiries  and to be included in the press release and review mailing lists, contact Fruitbat Factory at info@fruitbatfactory.com.

Download Press Kit with screenshots here

War of the Human Tanks – Limited Operations Commencing on Steam!

October 28, 2015– The thrilling conclusion to the trilogy is coming! Independent game publisher Fruitbat Factory is proud to announce the third part of Yakiniku Banzai!’s critically acclaimed War of the Human Tanks trilogy, War of the Human Tanks – Limited Operations is coming to Steam and other distributors this winter.

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Fifty years since Human Tanks were first developed…

The land of Japon has been split in two and thrown into war by two nations, the Empire of Japon and the Kingdom of Japon, who use biological weapons known as “€?Human Tanks” to fight their war. But now the war between these two has turned into a proxy war between the Human Tanks themselves.

Our hero, Yatarou Shirahase, acting as an officer in the Imperial army, is dispatched on a mission to subjugate the Human Tanks. He must now battle an enemy of the same make as his own beloved company of Human Tanks.

Key features:

  • Over 50 missions with strategic, semi real-time battles
  • Countless cute Human Tanks to battle with and against
  • Replay missions at any time to improve your rank
  • English localisation will feature hand-drawn battle backgrounds and an improved user interface

Limited Operations is designed so that no previous knowledge of the series is required to hop in. Old fans will find delightful details as they make new acquaintances and reunite with old friends.” says Jakke Elonen, Project Lead.

War of the Human Tanks – Limited Operations will come priced at $9.99. The game will include Steam Trading Cards, Achievements and other Steam features. The game’s opening and screenshots can be viewed on the Steam page.

War of the Human Tanks – Limited Operations is now available for pre-order at the official Fruitbat Factory store. As a special pre-order bonus, all pre-orders will receive War of the Human Tanks – Limited Operations: Unlimited Edition (normal price: $12.99) for the price of the regular edition. The Unlimited Edition includes the game’s soundtrack, Sound of the Human Tanks – LO.

For more information, business enquiries and to be included in the press release and review mailing lists, contact Fruitbat Factory at info@fruitbatfactory.com.

Download Press Kit with screenshots here

Fruitbat Factory announces Magical Eyes – Red is for Anguish!

September 10, 2015– Independent game publisher Fruitbat Factory is proud to announce POMERA Studios’ mystery visual novel Magical Eyes – Red is for Anguish. The game will be released on Steam for Windows PC this winter.

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Magical Eyes – Red is for Anguish is a thrilling mystery story revolving around a series of unfathomable incidents in a town, brought to life with gorgeous artwork.

“I was in love the moment I saw the artwork, even before seeing the opening animation. I had to play this game and after reading more about it, we couldn’t resist bringing it to worldwide audiences.” says Ozhan Sen, Art Lead.

Synopsis

In the middle of the night on a certain day of April 201X, the right arm of the owner of a general store is chopped off in the backyard of his own store. Even though he claims that the perpetrator is a ‘doll’ that was kept in the store, his words carry little weight due to the lack of other witnesses.

The doll and the detached arm are gone from the scene of crime.

“Like a light too strong may burn out one’s retinas, so too can supernatural entities be toxic to humans.

Even should they take on the invisible form of one’s emotions.”

This is a mystery story about bizarre incidents unfolding around a town, intermingled with a complicated mixture of human intentions.

Steam Release Information

The Steam release of Magical Eyes – Red is for Anguish will include Steam Trading Cards, Achievements, Cloud support and other Steam features. The game’s opening and first screenshots can be viewed on the Steam page.

I’m excited that we have a chance to bring Red is for Anguish onto Steam. So much love has gone into making this amazing game, and it really shows. Fans of mystery won’t be disappointed!adds Jakke Elonen, Project Lead.

For more information, business enquiries  and to be included in the press release and review mailing lists, contact Fruitbat Factory at info@fruitbatfactory.com.

About POMERA Studios

Developer of original Japanese version (Homepage)

POMERA Studios is an independent Japanese game developer. They create games with the policy of leaving players smiling.

Download Press Kit with screenshots here