When 6 Eyes Studio began developing their new tactical JRPG, they wanted to recreate some of their favorite classic games. To that end, Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark contains all the trappings of the JRPGs they grew up with. While the majority of these features were a big hit during their Kickstarter campaign, there was at least one that didn’t sit right with modern fans.
Specifically, backers have questioned the team’s use of old-school “walking in place” idle animations for their character sprites. The developers quickly offered to include static animations as one of the earliest stretch goals. As the end of the campaign began to draw near, they’ve amended that decision.
“It’s become obvious to us during the Kickstarter that this is a big issue for a lot of fans, so we’ve been working at finding a way to include the new Idle Animation as part of the base goals rather than be a stretch goal, without losing any content,” they posted in a Kickstarter update.
A World of Opportunity
The project is over halfway towards it’s $40,000 funding goal with only days remaining. As the clock ticks down on this campaign, the developers have asked backers and fans of the genre to help spread the word with their Thunderclap campaign.
The team refers to Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark as a ‘spiritual successor’ to classic games like Final Fantasy Tactics and Tactics Ogre. Players assemble their team from the game’s 20+ classes and traverse 40+ hand-drawn environments. Along the way they’ll engage in turn-based combat while choosing from over 200 abilities and 240+ pieces of equipment. Players are even able to visually customize their non-story characters to make the adventure their own.
The developers promise a fleshed out fantasy world with a mature narrative for players to uncover. There is a demo available to introduce players to how the story will unfold through the game’s first two battles.
It’s rare to see developers make such a massive update to their game mid-campaign like this, but it definitely proves that the team behind Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark know and trust their audience.