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Miraidematro
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https://s32.postimg.org/cyowpj0sl/Sonny_Genesis.png

Back when the first Sonny hit the internet I was hooked;
I didn't develop games back then, but it's one of those games
that sparked my interest for the profession.
Now, it's time for me to create a tribute.

Sonny: Genesis is the next big project I've set for myself.
It'll cover much unexplored territory for me,
and is a perfect opportunity to grow as a developer.

https://image.ibb.co/fm5kwb/Art1.png

Sonny: Genesis
The game takes place in the same universe as the original
flash games, but will feature a brand new cast of characters.
This doesn't necessarily mean you won't see familiar faces

The gameplay will be very similar to the flash games, with the
addition of some new battle mechanics. This means it'll be
characterised by turn-based combat, and broken up by 'roaming'
sections where you'll be able to outfit your characters and
purchase new gear.

Sonny: Genesis is being developed as a standalone
game for the PC platform; this means it won't run inside
a browser like the originals. Porting the game to HTML
or mobile is not something I currently plan to do.

Planned Features
- 3 (Playable) classes with unique skill trees and playstyles:
The Combatant, Illusionist and Sentinel.
- 5 Story Zones + Post-Game Content
- Side quests
- Fully voice-acted
- Illustrated story cutscenes
- Online leaderboards and achievements

Community
I love involving fellow fans of the series in the creative process.
That's why I encourage anyone to post their ideas and suggestions;
several have already made it into the game!

I'll also be holding multiple creative contests throughout development;
winners of these contests will see their name and contributions added
to the final version of the game!

Previous contests:
Armor Design
Winners: @spaceskeleton @jonathannanhu and @Koshionos

Very early Screenshots & Artwork:

All of these are subject to change!

https://image.ibb.co/m4wThG/s_12.png
(Inventory)

https://image.ibb.co/nDcqwb/s_13.png
(Ability screen)

https://s23.postimg.org/r3lng0ofv/Log.png
(Base character)

https://media.giphy.com/media/3o6Yg7vJpsZEwPKD4I/giphy.gif
(Idle Animation)

https://media.giphy.com/media/l0MYFvRo9PqMkyjPG/giphy.gif
(Healthbar)

https://media.giphy.com/media/3o751Yqo4z8KyjddrW/giphy.gif
(Skill Icons)

I need Playtesters!
As a playtester you'll recieve unfinished builds of the game
in various stages of development, with the task of helping me
find bugs & glitches and providing feedback.
I'll try to strip these builds down to include as few story elements
as possible, in an effort to minimize spoiling the finished version.
I can't promise that they will all be spoiler-free though.

At first it'll mostly be about trying to find the most enjoyable
game loop and working out any bugs and quirks on different machines.
Then we'll move on to balancing the different classes and abilities.
I fully realise everyone's got a life, so there are no deadlines
and you can always take your time.

I need an Artist!
As you've probably seen, my art is mediocre at best.
That's why I'm looking for a skilled artist that's willing to help
me bring this project to life, and speed up the development!

Again, there will be no set-in-stone deadlines; as this is a fan
project and everyone's doing it on their own time. You'll of course
be credited for your work, both in-game and on the forums.

If you're interested in bringing this project to life,
you may send samples of your work to: SonnyFanGame@gmail.com
If you know anyone that might be interested,
you may refer them to this thread.

Keep in mind that the story will be spoiled for you;
because you'll mostly be working on the art for the cutscenes
in-between zones!

Q&A
Will it be free?
Of course the game will be 100% free.
Besides obvious legal reasons, I always intended to create
a tribute to the games for the community; and I feel the
best way to do this is to not charge anything.
Once the game is released, I may consider adding
the option for people to be able to donate something;
this won't give you any in-game rewards or benefits,
but it allows people to support me if they want to.

What are the system requirements?
I'm always trying to optimise the game where I can,
in order for it to run smoothly on a wide variety of machines.
Final system requirements are TBD and depend on the feedback
from the playtesters.

Will players be able to duel online?
Network programming is something I sadly have very little
experience with.The closest thing to an 'Online Mode' I could
implement would be something similar to the PvP-mode
from Sonny 2; which I'm currently not focussing on.
I am planning to add online leaderboards and achievements
to the game.

What is the release date?
There's currently no release date.
You can stay up-to-date on the progress
by keeping an eye on this thread.

Feel free to ask any questions, provide feedback
or post ideas in the comments!

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Shadowx3
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I'm kind of in awe to be honest. I loved the last two games and hearing that the 3rd one will not be a continuation but a reboot kind of crushed me but I was ok with it. Now that you are making a fan tribute in the spirit of the original two makes me happy beyond words (even tho I am trying to write a comment saying how happy I am). I have seen too many awesome tribute, fan games, or fan projects related or inspired by a source material fail because of no time, budget, or little man power. I know I can't force you to promise that you will finish, but I hope you can make it. I believe in you and can't wait to hear more about the progress and eventual release of this game. Thanks a lot man, stay awesome and determined, and may you have all the luck you need to pull this masterpiece that this game will be off.

Miraidematro
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@Shadowx3 Thank you very much for the kind words!
Comments like this definitely keep me going

@SzakyU I've just read your profile post, and I'm very happy there's
a passionate community around the series that wants to help out.

Thing you can do right now are signing-up for beta testing,
and spreading the word about the project. Both will help out tremendously.

As far as music goes, I'm actually already covered on that front; but you can always shoot me an e-mail with samples of your work, and I'll see if we can find something that fits

Thanks everyone for the continued support!
New announcement coming soon!

SzakyU
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Awesome! Good to hear all that... I guess I'll sign up for testing then.

Shadowx3
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Wait wait wait wait, when you say Beta testing. Do you mean like being able to play the game as it is being made? Because I would love to try it out. Of course I am not sure how worthy of something like that I am. Also I already am spreading the news of this fan game, plus there are links to ths thread on a few steam pages which is a great thing as well!

MaxPi
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Beta testing!
I've never tried to test, but I'm ready to help the fan project, I can find flaws, mistakes, bugs will share my opinion
I'm more than willing to check out your combat system !
If you need help in testing I can help ! You can bealive my! Give Us A Chance !

Zukaen
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Great project! I would love to it available soon

Zukaen
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By the way i hope we can have a function to control any member in party like sonny 2. That will be a lots of fun

Gulvan
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Not to read through the full topic, at which state the development is now?
Btw, I think I can help with game balance. I'm currently studying at SPBU, Mathematical Modeling programme, so it's sorta the thing that is gonna be my future occupation

t_m_b_i
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A flash game that has it own wiki is already impressive enough(judging on how no one would give a care about flash nowadays).But having a fan game contributed to the original blew my mind( couldn't find a better way to exagerrate),I wish you goodluck on this project and hope you would achieve your dream of being a developer in the near future,just take your time if you feel that you are working too hard.Thank you for reviving my interest in the Sonny franchise and gave me something to hyped for! You do really have talent,(Is the new main character a zombie like Sonny?)

Vainicle
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Hey, can you check your SonnyFanGame email?

Middleton7551
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how far along are you?

Miraidematro
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@Gulvan @Middleton7551 I'm still working on the engine and mechanics; The roaming mode is mostly finished (Shop, Equipment and Inventory system, etc.) I'm focussing on the battle-system atm. Once that's done the 'hard' part is over- and I can begin filling the game with actual content.

@Vainicle Will do!

@t_m_b_i Thanks for the kind words! (I'm not going to give anything about the characters away yet :P)

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