About the Game
After working three years on Rpg maker vx ace, I have released my games for windows.
Crimson Sword Saga: The Peloran Wars is a game presented like a visual novel with turn based combat. There is no map or exploration. The focus of my game is clearly not on graphics but on characters, story and gameplay. The script consists of more 75,000 words.
Some characters and setting are inspired by Middle Ages. The game is divided into more than 70 chapters. And depending on your reading speed, the game lasts a few hours. The story is non manichean and there are only characters with their own culture, convictions and beliefs. What I want to demonstrate with this game is that there is no evil or good.
A branching storyline
Players can choose sides and factions.
Players starts with the Alliance. But after chapter 14, player can side with the Empire of Ranasseh, the Democracy of Zaniga, the Hudoan Empire and the cult of Brax. These clans generally fight each other. So if you side with the Ranasseh Empire you will fight the Alliance and Democracy. Generally the final enemy is the cult but on all branches you can side with the cult and fight your former allies. And joining the cult will be reflected in the Main character portrait and class.
The game feature a first view turn based combat.
The combat are at a fast pace and can be challenging. You can also swap characters every 3 turns and equipment every 2 turns during battle.
There are support conversations.
Each chapter has many support conversations to flesh out characters. There are 195 supports conversations in the game.
When a character is Level 10 in their non-promoted class, they may promote to one of two promoted classes. Once promoted they revert to Level 1. Knight can promote to Dark Knight who use HP to deal attack or the solid Great Knight, like Lavin. Meanwhile, Monk, such as Ami, can promote to the claw-wielding Monk Fighter or the healing magic-wielding Priest.
Example with Rachel:
In Rachel’s case, she starts off as a Lord, so she can promote to a High Lord or Little Princess, when she’s Level 10. When she’s a Level 10 High Lord, she can promote to High Master or Queen. When she’s a Level 10 Little Princess, she can promote to Princess of light or Dark Princess. You can also change class via the class menu.
Characters can obtain Skills, which provide various benefits in battle.
Characters may start off with certain Skills from the onset and new Skills can be learned upon levelling up. The Skills that a character can learn depend solely on their class, so characters can learn more Skills by levelling up in different classes.
Player can freely adjust difficulty.
In the menu, there is a difficulty option. You can chose between 5 settings: very easy, easy, normal, hard and very hard.
Options and Cheats
In the option menu, player can adjust various parameter such as the colour for the windows, the volume of sound and music. You can set Auto-Dash, Instant Text or hide Battle Animations, skip Results. You can memorize action, show the turn order. You can skip battle and choose the damage multiplier. You can also set an autosave on the first save slot. Any time during the Game you can hold W to fast forward dialogue and X to speed up the Game. The game support game controller and to set button just press F1.
When on this map, players can access cheats. You can gain holy weapons! These weapons are rank C so there is no character's restriction. You can use chapter and fight select. Press S (keyboard) or LB (Xbox controller) to access it.
Last, but not least, Crimson Sword Saga features a large soundtracks, with a total of around 83 tracks. I have used mainly celtic and epic royalty free music. The soundtrack includes classical music such as Appassionata from Beethoven, The Planets from Holst, Rapsodie espagnole from Ravel, Requiem from Mozart and other. The soundtrack is coherent and emphasizes the important moments. You can listen to it ingame or outside on the audio folder.
A demo of the first 5 chapters is available here:
Here is a link to the website of my co-worker David Chang:
Now on steam!!!