Giannis Milonogiannis is a comic book artist known for his work on DC comics, such as the Batman series Future State: Gotham. But now he has shifted his work towards a new kind of project: developing a Final Fantasy-esque RPG inspired by the original PlayStation. While working on this project, he has documented every step of the process and shared it on social media. It has been a joy to follow along online.
We’ve got retro-inspired RPGs and more in Cool WIP, Polygon’s roundup of eye-catching clips and work-in-progress screenshots. In this column, the Polygon staff scours the internet for the most interesting games still in development to give you a taste of the coolest projects to come.
This week we have the most ridiculous parkour physics you’ve ever seen, a colorful dragon game, a beautiful dinosaur bird and an update on the world’s scariest criminal squirrel.
A comic artist creates an RPG and shares his process with the world
Previously made almost everything in Blender, but realized the process was taking too long without any noticeable benefit for what is essentially a 2D game.
The goal is to mix pre-rendered 3D elements like the mechanism below with the hand-drawn crushed textures to approximate a PS1 look. pic.twitter.com/RzIb2X5TGZ
— giannis milonogiannis (@musashinoelegy) 2 August 2022
Giannis Milonogiannis is a comic artist who uses Twitter to document the process of creating Eco Breaker, a turn-based combat RPG. In this tweet, he shares how he approached creating assets for the game. He scales the models up and down to get a crunchy pixel look in the style of original PlayStation games. He told Polygon that after working on comics, what excites him most about this project is “seeing how the player can define and be a part of the story.” Whether it’s the music, character design, or early development of the fights, it’s been a treat to follow his journey so far. You can learn more about the project on the website or Twitter.
On Mondays, this squirrel commits armed robbery
We’ve covered Dan DeEntremont’s work before, but I couldn’t resist sharing another work in progress. DeEntremont is currently working on an aptly titled game Squirrel with a gun, where you can terrorize the city like a squirrel with a gun. And while there is no Untitled goose game, it takes the concept of terrorizing unsuspecting citizens seriously by giving the squirrel the dang gun. In a recent clip, we can see the squirrel rob one unsuspecting person at gunpoint. It’s fun to watch play out and has already become a fan favorite online.
Birds are technically dinosaurs. Now look at this bird (dinosaur)
Sarah is a software engineer and artist, and her creature designs are some of the best the internet has to offer. Detailed and magical, she has a specific knack for designing eye-catching dinosaurs. In case you didn’t know, birds are technically descendants of dinosaurs, so that’s probably what the caption, “this is my bird,” is referring to. Anyway, take a look at this feathered guy, because I instantly fell in love with the design.
Gravity who? Check out this ridiculous parkour physics
According to the developers, Single is a “third-person hack & slash game set in future Japan.” We don’t know much about the game beyond that, but the developers posted a clip of it online showing off some of the parkour skills you can use in the game and it’s absolutely absurd. Basically, the character hangs in the air while flipping and rotating several times. It looks pretty silly, but it caught my eye. If you like ridiculous parkour, you can get updates about the game on Twitter.
Colorful dragons, damn yeah!
The dragon Glyde is an action-adventure game developed by Valefor Games. It looks colorful and a romp for Spyro fans who want to relive some of the nostalgia, but in a modern format. ONE cut the game showing all the dragon’s powers in action. It looks quite elaborate, showing the dragon chaining together electric, fire and other elemental attacks. If Glide looking up your alley, you can check out more info on the Steam page.