May the video game gods bless indie publishers and developers, for it's by their grace that old school game mechanics and aesthetics still thrive. Yesterday, for example, Chucklefish Games revealed more information about its new PC projects, the most intriguing of which looks and plays like a medieval-themed Advance Wars.
Chucklefish designer and CEO Finn "Tiyuri" Brice confirmed via Twitter yesterday that Chucklefish is working on two new games, plus it has upcoming news about a big Starbound patch. The Advance Wars-style game appears to be a turn-based strategy title with knights and dragons in lieu of soldiers and tanks.
Earlier this morning Brice uploaded a short video clip of the game in action onto his Twitter account, and it looks great.
"[The title] is a turn based strategy game, a more modern spiritual successor to Advance Wars that retains some of the pixel charm," Brice told PC Gamer. "The goal is to make good use of modern tech, online multiplayer, [Steam] Workshop support, that kind of thing."
The second title, which received an "art demonstration" video last October, is "an RPG/Sim set in a magic school, something like Stardew Valley meets Harry Potter." The game, which is currently called "Spellbound," is supposed to feature "day night cycles, dating, classes etc, but with some interesting gameplay twists," according to Brice.
Stardew Valley, which Chucklefish published last year, was one of 2016's most pleasant surprises. Clearly the team has a handle on combining new ideas with old school concepts, so we're pretty to see what it can do with the long-neglected Advance Wars formula.