It does seem like he's the main focus of the story, but he's really just supposed to be a Bison/Rugal type figure. I'd consider it more of an ensemble, but if I had to choose Ryu/Ken/Chun Li types, I'd say Tristan, Bryce and Vidael are the leads/main characters.
The game will have a 4 button layout, but I plan on being generous with command normals. There will be a throw button ala CvTW, and another button with as of yet unspecified usage. I will not be using universal chains or magic series. I'll be consulting with some people to try to create a balanced, more deliberate fighting system that focuses less on easy strings like in CvTW/SHADEs.
The game will revolve around the Offense/Defense system. This is something I really thought I'd come up with until it was pointed out to me that the game Rumble Fish already did it. However I've had my heart set on it for so long that I can't let it go.
There will be two meters, each with two sections. One is the Offense Meter and one is the Defense Meter. You would fill the offense meter by attacking, landing hits, or with continuous forward advancement. You'd fill the Defense Meter by guarding, performing counters/reversals, or with continuous backward movement.
The supers are called Offense Drives and Defense Drives. Offense Drives are done with a full Offense meter, while Defense Drives are done with a full Defense Meter. Offense Drives will usually do more damage, but will be riskier and less safe. Defense Drives will vary by character. They might be utility supers, anti-air supers, specific situational supers like a counter, or a very safe move with low risk.
Each character has a critical technique called a Maximum Over Drive (or M.O.D.). This move uses both Offense Meter and Defense Meter.
The offense meter can have two full stocks. One stock is used for EX moves, while both stocks are used for Offense Drives.
The defense meter can also have two full stocks. One stock is used for an Alpha Counter-style move while blocking. Two stocks are used for Defense Drives.
Ideas and Feedback Welcome! I'd like to add another use for each meter without completely ripping off Rumble Fish but I've been a bit blocked.
Yeah this was all covered in the CvTW thread. A Russian voice actor was supposed to replace me but he sent incomplete work and never finished it. The video is old and some things have been updated but I would prefer a Russian actor and I'm open for anyone to try it out. If I can't find one I'm going to chalk it up to me being American and say whatever. All the German in the Die Hard movies is basically gibberish but it is what it is.
The Example of Elegant Excellence - Elodie "Elle" Shayle
Elodie "Elle" Shayle -Country of Origin: France -Fighting Style: Wushu -Nickname: The Example of Elegant Excellence -Bio: Originally born in France, but raised in England, Elle is a retired bounty hunter who is invited to join the tournament after she gains some fame from a high profile bounty. She accepts the invitation to break up the boredom of retirement. SHADEs 3 crossover!
Zico Silva -Country of Origin: Brazil -Fighting Style: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/MMA -Nickname: The Next Big Thing in Bloodsports -Bio: A famously violent MMA fighter who is known for his silver hair and no-nonsense personality. He is undefeated and enters the tournament to face other types of fighters as a new challenge.
Siege (Real Name Unknown) -Country of Origin: Unknown -Fighting Style: Unknown -Nickname: The First Lady of War -Bio: The sub-boss and Illian's right hand woman. She is mostly silent but calculating and lethal. She enters the tournament alongside Illian to make sure he doesn't stray too far from their coup plans.
Sasuke Saito -Country of Origin: Japan -Fighting Style: Puroresu -Nickname: The Father of Fighting Spirit -Bio: A legendary Japanese wrestler who has been facing increasing pressure from his promoters to retire due to his age and banged-up body. Instead, he enters the tournament to prove that he is just as strong as ever and that Pro Wrestling can be used as a legitimate fighting style.
Quavon Cannon -Country of Origin: Canada -Fighting Style: Pro Wrestling -Nickname: The Canadian King of the Ring -Bio: A brash, cocky pro wrestler who enters the tournament just to fight his rival, Sasuke Saito, to prove that he is the future of wrestling.
Atleif Christensen -Country of Origin: Norway -Fighting Style: Boxing -Nickname: The Right Hand of God -Bio: A boxing preacher who fights for prize money for charity and for his church. A group of nuns are his promotors. I got this idea from an episode of Quantum Leap, lol.
Illian Federov -Country of Origin: Russia -Fighting Style: Sambo -Nickname: The Crimson Tide of Change -Bio: The final boss of the game. Illian is a wannabe Russian despot planning a huge coup, but is distracted by the tournament because his ego requires that he proves his own strength whenever possible.
-Magnum Press - QCF+P - Dashing, energy assisted open palm strike -EX - Catches the opponent and slams them against the wall, where they bounce out and up for a juggle
-Heaven's Gate - DP+P - Anti-air grab where he slams his opponent down with tremendous force, causing an energy explosion on impact -EX - Almost no start-up and reaches very far
-Magnum Anvil - HCB+K - Jump-in grab ala Birdie or Alex in SFV, where he slams them down and then throws them into the wall behind him -EX - Homes in and leaves more time for a juggle after the wall bounce
-Omnisphere - QCB+P - Generates a large energy sphere that lingers for a bit, then dissipates after a set time or if it hits a certain number of times -EX - Releases two spheres at different distances
-Omnishift - An Akuma-like teleport move that only the AI can use to make him extra boss-like
-Defense Drive - Eruption Sphere - QCFx2+K - Throws an energy sphere diagonally towards the opponent's feet, which hits the ground and erupts into a vertical pillar of energy
-Offense Drive - Magnum Opus - QCFx2+P - Big damage super where he does a full-screen Magnum Press, juggles with an Omnisphere and finishes with a super Heaven's Gate
-Maximum Over Drive - Iron Reign - QCFx2+P+K - Raises his fist in the air and forms Omnispheres in a horizontal line above the opponent, then he drops them straight down, causing a big full-screen eruption of energy. Can't be avoided or interrupted, can only be blocked high.
Vidael Katdari -Country of Origin: India -Fighting Style: Jeet Kune Doe -Nickname: The Thorned Rose of Calcutta -Bio: A young Indian woman who grew up obsessed with Bruce Lee movies. Her parents were split on her fighting dreams in that her mother supported her and her father wanted her to be a doctor. After her mom dies, her father decides to support her completely and enters her into the tournament.
-Waxing Moon - F+HK - A short-range overhead kick
-Rose's Thorn - QCF+P - A forward evasive dash into a back elbow strike -Hundred Needles - Press P rapidly - Multiple follow-up elbow strikes -Dragon Fist - LP or HP - A strong backfist finisher -Shin Slicer - LK - A follow-up low hitting slash kick for mix-ups -Wig Splitter - HK - A follow-up overhead slash kick that must be blocked high, for mix-ups
-Hundred Needles - Press P rapidly - Same move as above without the need to perform Rose's Thorn first
-Crescent Moon Slash - DP+K - A flash-kick type anti-air attack
-Waning Moon - QCB+K - Vidael does a backflip dodge that gets her out of sticky situations -Rose' Thorn - LP or HP - Can follow-up with Rose's Thorn upon landing, along with all of its follow-ups -Calcutter - HK - A forward moving overhead slash kick. Hold F with HK for longer distance -Shin Slicer - LK - Low hitting slash kick for mix-ups
- Defense Drive - Once Upon a Blood Moon - QCFx2+K - A series of flip kicks that ends with a huge overhead crescent kick
- Offense Drive - War of the Roses - QCFx2+P - A dashing elbow strike that leads into multiple Rose's Thorns, ending with a classic One Inch Punch
- Maximum Over Drive - Rage of the Dragon - QCBx2+P+K - A huge, single hit flying kick that causes massive damage
^^^ Art is of his old design, the new design is in the group picture and has already been completed in his .sff ^^^
VIDEO PREVIEW COMING SOON
Tristan Samroy -Country of Origin: USA -Fighting Style: Unique (mix of Karate, Muay Thai, Pro Wrestling, and others) -Nickname: The Rising Son of Fortune -Bio: A young martial artist whose rich parents funded all of his training, but he never has the discipline or patience to master any one style. His parents finally cut him off so he enters the tournament to prove that all of his training amounted to something.
-M.G.K. - F+HK - Steps forward into a knee strike to the gut. Press HK twice afterwards for two additional rapid-fire knees
-Tristan Fist - QCB+P - A straight karate-style punch the body of his opponent that travels a short distance -EX Version hits hard and causes wall bounce
-Tristan Kick - QCB+K - A flying spin kick with good priority and travel distance -EX Version is fast and hits overhead, causing hard knockdown
-Rolling Thunder - QCF+P - An evasive roll into a lariat, an ode to his brief time training to be a pro wrestler. If you hold P, he won't do the lariat at the end and will instead just do the evasive roll -EX Version adjusts the distance of the roll so it always ends in front of the opponent and does extra damage
-American Airborne - DP+K - A leaping double knee press that hits overhead -EX Version homes in on the opponent
- Defense Drive - The Rising Son - QCFx2+K - A very strong rising double kick that sends the opponent flying
- Offense Drive - The Tristan Samroy Experience - QCFx2+P+K - Tristan's signature combo that starts with a Tristan Fist and ends with a flying kick that sends the airborne opponent crashing to the ground hard
- Maximum Over Drive - Trust Fund Combo - QCFx2+P - An evasive roll followed by an unblockable grab. He follows this with a series of knees and a huge Tristan Fist. The roll is invincible and if Tristan ends up on the other side of his opponent, he will adjust so he still grabs the opponent.
^^^ This art was before his sprite design was finalized ^^^
BRYCE LOWE -Country of Origin: England -Fighting Style: Taekwondo -Nickname: The Brit of a Thousand Kicks -Bio: Tristan's best friend who is much more disciplined than him. His parents are self-made millionaires, compared to Tristan's parents who come from "old money," and he sees Tristan as his rival. He enters to prove that that he is better than Tristan and to teach him a lesson.
-The Shard - B+HP (standing or crouching) - A vertical kick with little horizontal range but is a good, quick anti-air
-The Dungeons - F+LK - A forward hopping shin kick that hits low
-Millennium Wheel - QCB+K - A forward-moving spinning wheel kick that travels a good distance. Can be done in the air -EX Version hits faster and harder and causes hard knockdown -EX Version in air travels very fast diagonally and stuns long enough for links after landing
-London Eye - DP+K - An anti-air version of Millennium Wheel -EX Version does two quick ones in a row ala Shoryu Reppa
-London Fire - QCF+K - A low spinning kick that produces a ground-skimming blue flame projectile -EX Version creates two back to back, very fast moving projectiles
-Defense Drive - Tower of London - QCFx2+K - A rising kick that produces a huge vertical fire blast
-Offense Drive - The Great Fire - QCFx2+P - A very powerful, fast moving horizontal projectile that hits once for very good damage
-Maximum Over Drive - Millennium Bridge - QCBx2+K - A huge spinning kick surrounded by flames that moves in an arch across the screen, very hard to avoid
In the very near future, an egotistical Russian public figure, Illian Fedorov, is a powerful and charismatic leader and billionaire who regularly funds and hosts a world-wide martial arts tournament called The Last Bout. The world thinks of him as an eccentric with political ambition but with no real chance of ever coming into power. Their underestimation of his appeal allows him to amass a vast private military consisting of both his fanatical followers and a large number of mercenaries for hire.
Illian's partner and right hand, a woman known only as Siege, has her own connections to the American government that put her in a unique position. She plays her cards close to the vest, but Illian knows what she is capable of and has formed an alliance with her. They begin to enact a complicated plan that will overthrow and unite both Russian and American governments. They call this plan Operation Cold Fusion.
Despite the clock ticking on their plan, unbeknownst to Siege, Illian decides to proceed with his plans for this year's Last Bout tournament. Illian thinks of himself as the most powerful fighter in the world and his ego can't resist an opportunity to prove it. This year, he carefully handpicks and personally invites each fighter to maximize his challenge since he doesn't expect to be able to hold the tournament again after he takes on the many responsibilities of a global despot.
Little does each of the invitees know that the Last Bout tournament won't just have a huge purse on the line this year, but in fact, the fate of the world.
Here are some preview images of the amazing screenpack that I commissioned from Mordecool. It's a WIP but I've been extremely happy with everything so far. The motif is that this is a big PPV-style event, a tournament being broadcast, so I sent him some images of UFC PPV graphics and presentation and he went from there. The screenpack he's making is for Mugen 1.1.
PRESS START SCREEN:
The art on this screen will be a woman holding a microphone up, and the character addressing the screen/audience directly, like a post-match interview.
More coming soon.
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