Guh, Zeboyd Games have reached into my chest and ripped out my heart with their glorious April Fool's Day announcement. The creators of retro RPGs Cthulhu Saves the World and Breath of Death have announced their next project. Some may find it oddly familiar. Introducing Untamed Armaments, a 2D RPG set in a sci-fi/western setting and... and... oh for pity's sake it's a Wild Arms parody. Queue the tears, since I want this to be real.
Here's a quick plot synopsis, which when put so succinctly almost forces my eyes to roll backwards into my head:
"Rusella Von Formaldehyde is a young dream hunter, a mercenary who searches old ruins for the treasures within. Upon finding one of the legendary Untamed Armaments, she becomes embroiled in an epic struggle that will determine the very fate of the planet!"
Zeboyd provided a list of features that defines Untamed Armaments design. Some are expected, others are sneaky, sneaky jokes, and all of it is very cleverly put together:
- Future/Western Sci-Fi/Fantasy setting
- 2D pixel art visuals
- Created with Unity so that we can cover more platforms
- Job-based class system for character improvement
- Untamed Armaments weapon customization system allows for weapon mods upon weapon mods (think Resonance of Fate)
- Turn-based RPG gameplay
- Strategy/RPG combat with an efficient control scheme for minimal downtime
- Missions with win conditions beyond “Defeat all enemies”
- Music from Hyperduck
As anyone who follows RPGs should know, Zeboyd Games very much loves retro RPGs and to see them do this sort of April Fool's Day joke is, well, it's grand. Perhaps, like many developers do with April Fool's Day, they're testing the waters to see what sort of response a game of this type might draw. The response, I believe, should be clear. Make an RPG inspired by Wild Arms please, Zeboyd Games!
The reason why Untamed Armaments announcement truly kills me, the point of the dagger really, is that they include a single song attached to the announcement. It's a "preview" of what's to come in the game. The song cuts right through me. Make sure to download it for yourself, Wild Arms fans. It's available on Zeboyd Games' website.