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Jin gets a new face!

Dear followers, fans and friends - welcome to 2017!

This is the year in which we finally finish the production of Monster Boy and release the game. So much has been going on in a development cycle that clocks in ~3 years ! The game isn't gold yet but we're progressing nicely with polishing and fine details.

Before we continue - look at this beauty running on 21:9 Monitor!
So much is going on in this screen. The piranha jumping out of the water, fire flower attacking, shimmering sea...but what's this?!
Jin has a new face! :o
After receiving several feedback about the look of our main character, we tuned it a little more.

We really like the final look of Jin. He's more determined, curious and we can play nicely with his hair while he jumps, attacks and moves in this roller coaster of a game!

Monster Boy will sim-ship on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation 4
While we don't have a launch date yet, we are happy to announce that we ship the game to three platforms on Day1 which includes Switch, PS4 and Xbox One. We love to play Monster Boy everywhere so a Switch version was a must for us. Will you join us on Day 1 ?

Meet us on PAX South!
We're attending PAX South from Jan. 27, 2017 to Jan. 29, 2017 and if you get the chance please visit us and try our games on various machines! We're looking forward to meet you.

As always please feel free to drop us a message or questions.

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Daniel Horvath on :

Looking forward to it so much. :-)
Must admit though that after a disappointing hands-on with the Switch I would much prefer my Monster Boy on the go on the PS Vita, but maybe that can still happen later on. I have a PS4 so I am good to go with that version when the day comes. :-)

FDG, Thomas on :

Thank you very much! PS4 is a great choice to play Monster Boy, too ^_^

Yup on :

PC don't have a day 1 launch? :-(

FDG, Thomas on :

Releasing a game on PC is easy if you don't care about multiple configurations and proper testing. However - done right requires to consider many configurations so we prefer not to make a Quickie release here and work on PC with the proper attention. We're too small to do all that at once with console releases too.

Rey on :

No PC version at launch means I won't pay full price when it launches on Steam. If I have to wait, I can wait until it's 75% off during a sale. I think this is fair enough.

FDG, Thomas on :

We appreciate your support no matter if you buy it on Steam sale or not. However we care too much about the product to just drop it on the market and forget about it. PC build needs the proper QA treatment and peripheral support. We have to prioritize as a small team. Cheers!

David Dominguez on :

Does that mean that the PC version will be launched at a later date?

Thanks

FDG, Thomas on :

Unfortunately Yes.

Rez on :

I Want and I ll buy Ps Vita version! Please!

FDG, Thomas on :

Can't confirm PS Vita port yet but we consider it! We'll analyze Vita porting after PC release

Tobi on :

To be honest. I don't like the new face nor the new hairstyle for our hero at all. It really think its bland and generic. Sorry to say that. The old design was (to me atleast) much more compelling. I would even go that far that this artistic change lowered my expactions of the game :-(

I'm still looking forward for the switch release but i am also hoping that somehow you will go back to the old comfy face of the main character.

I don't want an blue haired link with an homage on songoku ;-)

Best wishes from germany
Tobi

FDG, Thomas on :

Hi Tobi,

gib ihm ne Chance er fühlt sich beim Spielen wirklich gut an und passt auch rein. Allerdings ist er zumeist sehr damit beschäftigt ein Schwein, Schlange, Frosch, Löwe und Drache zu sein. ;-)

Omnibot2000 on :

I like it, looks excellent! Jetzt bitte noch den Vita-Port bestätigen, idealerweise noch auf card via Limited Run Games oder Fangamer (siehe Shovel Knight), dann kann ich es auch spielen ;-)

FDG, Thomas on :

Danke dir! Wenn Vita klappt dann am ehesten mit Limitedrun - aber ist noch zu früh um darüberhinaus was sagen zu können ^_^

James McKee on :

When is "Day 1"?

FDG, Thomas on :

We'll announce when Day 1 is as soon as we know it ourselves! :-) Please stay tuned.

Raphael on :

I liked the previous aspect of jin more :-(

matt on :

I like the face. I think it looks better. Maybe put in a secret code to let people play with old face.

Raphael on :

That would be perfect :-)

Xfixium on :

I was a big fan of Monsterboy on the Master System. This is looking amazing, can't wait for the release. Definitely getting this as soon as it's available. Keep up the great work.

FDG, Thomas on :

Thank you very much, Xfixium! Did you play the Monster World games on Mega Drive/Genesis, too ? We'll have nods and cool stuff from the whole series in Monster Boy!

Xfixium on :

I sure did play on the Genesis, and this game pays homage with the ability to change into different animals. Which I thought was so cool back then. I'm seriously psyched about this, the game play video I watched has me coming back here often to see when it's going to be released.

Spidey981 on :

Vraiment, un beau travail il est beaucoup charismatique et déterminé. Et surtout il ressemble aux images promotionnelles . Ça sera Day 1 pour moi aussi mais comme demande James McKee : " C'est quand Day 1 " ? Est ce que c'est le jour de la sortie de la Switch?

Fabien @ Game Atelier on :

Pour reprendre les mots de Thomas, le fameux Day 1 sera annoncé dès qu'on le saura nous-mêmes :-)

Chris on :

I can't believe that a new wonder boy is coming out. Wonder boy was my favorite when I was a kid and I always wanted more. The game looks awesome. I am so glad it is coming to the Switch as I never owned a playstation or an X Box. I will be buying day one.

FDG, Thomas on :

Thanks for the kind words and visiting our blog, Chris! Team Switch, yeah! :-) Monster Boy looks great on the colorful screen.

Russell D Carroll on :

Can't wait! I'm in day 1 on switch!

FDG, Thomas on :

Woohoo! :-D

Serhat on :

I'll wait for reviews before I get it on either the PS4 Pro, Switch or PC!

Will the game run 1080p 60fps on the switch (when docked)?
Will the PC version support 4k?
What enhancements does the game have on the PS4 Pro?

Keep up the good work guys!

Thanks

FDG, Thomas on :

Hi Serhat,

thanks a lot! The game will launch with 1080p / 60fps support on PS4, Xbox One and also Switch.

Please stay tuned for further announcements at a later date.

Serhat on :

Can't wait for the news and release! Will pick it up on the PS4 day 1 and On PC when it's on sale to show some support on the PC!

After the PC release, can you please work on Alex Kidd in Miracle World, Wonder Boy, Wonder Boy in Monster Land, Golden Axe Warrior, Golden Axe in any order haha

Just a small list of games I would like to see done by you guys!

Thanks

Jojore on :

Sorry but i don't like the new face or the old one either.
He seems too serious in my opinion.
I remember (on the old Sega Master System and Megadrive), he was "cute" and "funny" when taking damage.

You have my full support for this game and your work. And i can't wait for the release :-)

FDG, Thomas on :

Thanks for your feedback and support!
I think you'll like it when you get to play the actual game. There's lots of nuances in the full animation cycle.

Ghost_Messiah on :

Lovely to finally see an update! I'm still super excited for the game but I'm also a little disappointed that this won't be simultaneously releasing on PC/Steam day one. I have a gaming laptop so I'll be playing this on PC. Any idea how far the PC version will be delayed? Also when can we expect to hear about a release date? Thank you and keep up the excellent work! Your game looks amazing and will bring joy to thousands of people.

FDG, Thomas on :

Thank you for the kind words and feedback, Ghost Messiah! Technically we didn't announce a release date for any platform yet so we don't call it a delay. It's just some lengthy development time that never seems to end ;-)

Spidey981 on :

Bonsoir Fabien ! Merci d'avoir répondu dans le précédent post. En effet j'aurai bien aimé une date d'annonce de date sortie. J'avoue que j'en demande beaucoup :-) mais ça fait 79 jours que j'ai posé les mains sur votre jeu à la PGW et c'est si dur d'attendre. Mais je sais que plus on attend et plus il sera parfait alors je veux bien attendre encore. Quand il sera fini est il possible d'avoir des Avatars de Jin, Zeke etc... pour son Compte PS4 et Xone ? Je serai très fier d'afficher aux autres joueurs un Avatar Monster Boy . :-) Merci pour tout.

PS :j'adore le nouveau look de Jin

Fabien @ Game Atelier on :

Bonjour Spidey981,
Merci pour le commentaire, on est ravis de voir que le nouveau look de Jin vous plaît!
Pour les avatars c'est une bonne question que l'on va clairement étudier lorsque le jeu sera terminé, mais j'avoue que l'idée est très séduisante de mon point de vue.
Allez j'y retourne ;-)

Daniel C. on :

Looks amazing as ever. Great tweaks to the main character also. - Did you ever consider giving him green hair? Like wonder boy 3? Not that i dislike the blue, but i was just wondering if it was on purpose or if you guys didn't consider it when designing this character.

Good to see the support for nintendo switch, i think it makes a lot of sense to have it on that console.

FDG, Thomas on :

Thanks Daniel! We always planned blue hair for Jin like the main character in Monster World on Mega Drive / Genesis. Green hair was used for Asha.

ALFREDO on :

HAPPY NEWYEARS EVERYONE I CANT WAIT FOR MONSTERBOY I AM GETTING THE PS4 VERSION TO EXPERIENCE THAT FULL 1080 60FPS THE SWITCH CAN ONLY RUN 900P DOCKED AND 720P ON PORTABLE MODE SO THATS KINDA DISAPOINTING THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT I PREORDERED A NINTENDO SWITCH WITH ZELDA BOTW AND SUPERMARIO ODASSEY HAPPY GAMING EVERYONE.

FDG, Thomas on :

Thanks Alfredo, Happy New Year and Happy Gaming to you, too! BTW: Don't write off 1080p/60fps on the Switch - the hardware isn't so bad ;-)

ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ on :

WELL THE PROBLEM WITH THE SWITCH IS THE PRICE OF 299.99 FOR OLD MAXWELL X1 TEGRA CHIP EVEN IF ITS MODEFIDE THE PRICE POINT SHOULD HAVE BEEN 199.99 OR 249.99 WHEN GAMERS GO TO BUY A CONSOLE THEY WANT A GREAT CONSOLE WITH A CHEAP PRICE NINTENDO IS GOING TO HAVE HARD SELL TRYING TO CONVINCE GAMERS TO NOT GET A PS4 FOR FOR 249.99 OR PS4 PRO FOR 399.99 LETS FACE THE FACTS PS4 HAS GREAT GAMES AND MORE POWER AND A GREAT PRICE OF 249.99 FOR PS4 SLIM I BOUGHT A SWITCH BECAUSE IAM A CORE GAMER ITS BEEN MY HOBBY FOR THIRTY YEARS I OWN A WII U PS3 PS4 AND 3DS NINTENDO SAVING GRACE IF THE RUMOR OF A PORTABLE GPU THAT CONNECTS TO THE DOCK AND BOST THE SWITCH RESOLUTIONS TO 4K IS TRUE THEN THE NINTENDO SWITCH IS GONNA SELL LIKE HOTCAKES BUT THEY BETTER BRING THAT PORTABLE GPU THIS YEAR TO COMPETE WITH THE XBOX SCORPIO.

Nicola on :

"We have to prioritize as a small team"... And then why didn't you do the viceversa? Why not to prioritize PC/Steam version and only after all the consoles? The original Flying Hamster II project had this vision in mind... Anyway, the project is yours, good luck for everything, but don't think that the disappointment from PC customers is made by 'always-complaining-guys': maybe is just a matter of people who are following this project since a very long time (probably even before most of yours console enthusiasts) and now, well, they just face this new delay...

FDG, Thomas on :

Sorry about that!

Jonas Lonnqvist on :

Looks fantastic in my opinion. Will buy it on PC when it releases. Its better it takes more time and is well optimized. If that is the case I promise you I will pay full price for it. I'm really excited for it.

FDG, Thomas on :

Thanks a lot, Jonas!

Rangarig on :

Well I hope that you are at least compensated for going console only on Day one. I gotta say your game is one of the ones I look forward to the most in 2017. But not enough to buy any console just for the one game. But good to see PC release is not off the table.

FDG, Thomas on :

Since we can't handle the release on all platforms at the same time we need to choose wisely. Releasing on consoles means possible marketing support from console manufacturers - but only if the game is at least sim-shipping with competing console platforms. So - there you go. Simple math ;-)

Spidey981 on :

J'espère que l'idée d'un Avatar pour PS4 et Xone fera l'unanimité auprès de l'équipe et de FDG, et je serai même près à payer 0,99 cts pour porter haut les couleurs de Monster Boy. Bonne chance pour la Pax South, je suis sur qu'il y aura que des retours positifs .

Manu on :

Comme de nombreux joueurs trentenaire (votre public), je l'achèterai au prix fort sur PC. Mais je n'achèterai pas une console pour ça.
Keep up the good work!

FDG, Thomas on :

Thank you, Manu!

Jamie bower on :

Please dont keep that new face, it looks so wrong! Go back to the old one. It was much more evocative, and reminicent of the megadrive game

SOH on :

No plans for me getting a switch (yet) nor an x1 and ps4.

I will wait longer for the PC version and I'm glad your holding off on the PC release for a little longer. it would be a problem if you guys just put it on steam then just minutes later you will hear complaints that its not working because of certain hardware and software.

good luck guys.

FDG, Thomas on :

Thanks for your understanding! Yes, we want to put a lot of care into a perfect PC port - it's an important platform for us as we personally love PC gaming a lot.

James Barke on :

As a huge fan of the Monster Worls series, I seriously cannot wait for this game. I've been going back and forth on my decision to get a switch. As I don't have a PS4 or an Xbox One, this game makes me want to keep my switch preorder.

I wonder of the 'green haired girl' I've seen referenced by a Pepalogoo in the recent footage is Asha...

FDG, Thomas on :

Thank you, James! Monster Boy will run beautifully on the Switch and it's just super cool to hold it right in the hands with a nice colorful screen. Great platform for Monster Boy!

John on :

I'll buy only Ps Vita version's...if will be released for that console!

Isaac Vazquez III on :

I've been following your Dev blog for about a year and I've been very excited to see all of your progress in making a new entry in one of my favorite game franchises. As a side note, I like this project more than the other Wonder Boy project, but am excited for both.
As others have stated in this thread, and despite reassurances that "the full animation cycle" will save us from our misgivings about the new face of the games protagonist, I also liked the earlier style better.
Thanks for listening.

Antonio Lopez Ramirez on :

Haven't seen anything on the blog about this, but maybe I missed it.

What Quarter of the year 2017 will be the goal you think for release? Q3 or Q4?

Love the overall look of the whole game and Jin fits in nicely.

Keep up the superb work!

As for me, I will buy this game on Day One for my PS4 console.

Cheers

FDG, Thomas on :

Thank you, Antonio! We didn't announce a release window yet. We'll let you know as soon as we know it ourselves. :-)

Curt on :

Looks great! Hope you do a physical release :-)

FDG, Thomas on :

Thanks a lot!

locomotive on :

Hello, Wonder team

Is there still a chance that it get a physical release for the ps4
i still buy that console to play this game

great to see that there still breath in those old 2d games but with newer drawings or sprites or whatever you call it
instead of all that 3d stuff

well time to fire the mastersystem on and play wonderboy the dragon s trap again in wait of this release hopeful physical release

FDG, Thomas on :

Thank you for the kind words ^_^
There is a chance for physical release - we're looking into options at the moment! Please stay tuned.

Robb on :

Do you know the approximate size of this game? If its perhaps a download game only on day 1, I don't want it to suck up too much space on the Switch's puny internal HDD. Otherwise I'll have to buy it on a different console when I place my pre-order.
Thanks

FDG, Thomas on :

The game is quite graphics heavy and takes a couple GB's. Final size not known yet.

Matthew Barrett on :

ive got really bad news everyone upon looking on the internet. well I was really hoping for an April/ early May release of this game but sadly it looks like it wont be released until August!. All I know is the game is almost complete so I don't know what is taking so long I mean the Switch is released early next month :-(

Spidey981 on :

Hi Matthew

It's very nice to you to share this info but can you quote your source please?
I have an another info. An interview with Mr. Döschl Philipp, co-founder and executive producer of FDG of November 4, 2016. At the end of the video in French he says: "l'année prochaine, deuxième trimestre". Q2 2017

Http://spiritgamer.fr/2016/11/monster-boy-un-hommage-plus-que-reussi-aux-jeux-des-annees-80-90/

Matthew Barrett on :

youre absoulutely right he did say that in the video so I'm sorry for the misleading information. but random people shouldn't be putting up fake release dates that's not right. anyways it makes more sense as like ive said the Switch does release in early March. this is great news but sadly it only said USA and Europe for the games. But can you please make sure it can be downloaded on Switch store Australia please so I have the chance to own and play it too. I have pre ordered my Switch

Streamer2k on :

Looks very nice the 21:9 screen. Wonderboy III The dragon's trap is one of my favourite 8-bit game (I played a lot the game when I was a kid in my Master System console), so thanks a lot for such awesome job guys! :-D
I will be waiting patiently for the PC version.

Matthew Barrett on :

Hey Streamer2k try playing wonderboy 3 all the way through without saving once that's a challenge. I'm trying to get through wonderboy in monster world without saving its sure a challenge

Spidey981 on :

Good evening all the fan of Monster Boy

By searching on many sites, I found an interesting info. On the site Giantbomb they announce Q1 2017. Caution, it's not official. I hope it will be a worldwide release. here is the link

Http://www.giantbomb.com/monster-boy-and-the-cursed-kingdom/3030-48698/releases/

Ghost_Messiah on :

I think I along with most of you want a solid release date or release window now. There's speculation as to whether it'll be Q1 or Q2 of 2017 though personally I'm hoping for Spring. Around the Switch's launch would be fantastic. Will there by a post on this blog about the release date soon? Keep up the amazing work on what is a fantastic and wonderful looking game.

FDG, Thomas on :

We can't say much about the release date at this point. Sorry to keep you waiting!

Spidey981 on :

I also hope for a solid release date. I crossed my fingers very strongly for March / April.
Anyway the date will be announced on this site as they will know. Let's hope it's soon

Tom on :

As an artist and designer, myself, for 20+ years, I have to agree with previous comments, I think the new face seems bad.
The face shape seems off and the expressions all make Jin look (I'm sorry to say) a bit constipated, not determined. The hair also now seems very off-putting and unfortunately, just plain badly drawn.
It's not a deal breaker and I will certainly still be picking the game up on day one but still, this seems like a step backward when there was nothing wrong to begin with.

Nick on :

on Switch day 1, thank you

James bower on :

Please Please Please change jin's face back. Whoever gave you feed back over the new character design needs their eyes testing, keeping that new face ls a BIG mistake

FDG, Thomas on :

Thanks for all the feedback! We've seen strong opinions for both versions and we're feeling comfortable with the new direction. However we're still tuning the facial expression and hair coloring so we get it just right. Don't worry about it.

James bower on :

Ill warn you not to treat this franchise with disrespect

Matthew Barrett on :

It'd be much appreciated if all you guys could cut Thomas some slack. I think the face looks fine he has wirked on this game for three years. If everyone wants this game to release q1/q2 this year we should be thankful everything he's done instead of criticising. I also understand he's not allowed to say the exact month or date yet but I'm sure he will soon. As I remember awhile ago he couldn't say it will be released on switch but now he can. I think he has done an amazing job. The characters look awesome, the world's look awesome, the enemies look awesome and so do the graphics

RaidenDX on :

Is the physical copy still being released? I was listening to the music over and over. Is there a possibility of releasing a vinyl LP? That would be very retro and a must have for any collectors out there. Keep up the good work, the game looks great!!

FDG, Thomas on :

Thanks RaidenX! So far it is planned to release digital only but we're currently looking into other options. Fingers crossed! Vinyl LP? That'd be great - but not enough space for over 40 tracks! :o

Icarus on :

Sure, the original hero head has to be reworked but I'm not sure about the face but the haircut is way too odd now compared to the original one :/ In fact it hard to imagine the hero face after playing the whole series.

Dim Zic on :

To my understanding, it is not even close to certain that the game will be released in 2017.

In any case I will not stop looking forward to the release.

Zii Lodia on :

I'm really glad you are releasing this game on Switch. I play on PC and Xbox One but having this beauty on handheld is fantastic.

I also prefered the old haircut but not a dealbreaker to me.

I'm a die hard fan of Wonder boy 3 : The Dragon's Trap so I'll be also getting the remake of this game from your friends at Lizardcube. It's so great to be able to play to 2 different Wonder boy games the same year !

Both teams chose handdrawn style but with their own interpretation and you both did a really good job. I think the music part from the Wonder boy 3 remake seems to be an inch above your own musics but yours are great too.

Thank you for your dedication and passion for this great franchise.

FDG, Thomas on :

Thanks Zii Lodia for joining us here in the blog! Monster Boy looks fantastic on the Switch - you'll love all the details on the colorful screen. As for the music: many many awesome tracks in the final game to look forward to - the Internet only scratches the surface. ;-)

Gman on :

Please consider this for the playstation vita.

Apolonius on :

Hi.

I'm so sad after read that the PC version will not come on Day 1.
Because i'm a PC player only, how much time i have to wait until the PC version will come out?, one month?, two?, more?.

Regards.

Matthew Barrett on :

I have really good news that will brighten anyone's day who's a huge wonderboy fan like me. It is official the new remake of wonderboy 3 dragons trap WILL be on the psn , eshop and Xbox store sometime in spring. Which is the month of either march, April or May :-) I also believe that monster boy won't be far behind either

Rainsday on :

This is madness I have been following this game when it was titled
"the flying hamster 2", I can't wait to have a releases date. I really looking forward to this.

Zell on :

It would be nice if we can see "making of the game" that shows a history of what has been done and some concept designs either that has been implemented or canceled.

it can be either in a video clip / in-game bonus content or any other methods.

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