For this update I would like to address some concerns and share a few more screenshots from some of the game’s new cars and tracks.
I have received several emails asking about the game’s release date and why we haven’t shown any gameplay videos yet. There is nobody that wants the game released more than we do and we are working hard to make it happen.There are still some areas that need work and I’ve kept postponing any gameplay videos until we are happy with what we are showing. I understand that the people that helped fund this project want to be more involved in the development process but I feel that releasing unpolished or rough material can do more harm than good. It’s a fine line and I apologize if some people feel left out.
Also we’ll make sure that everyone who doesn’t use Steam will be able to receive a copy.
Hopefully you’ve seen us mention our Cave Story+ Halloween Update, only available on Steam. So what’s the big deal? First, the update is entirely free. If you already own Cave Story+ on Steam or buy it, the update will be packed in with the latest version of Cave Story.
If you remember our Christmas Story update, then you’ll probably have an idea of what our Halloween update entails. We’ve literally redrawn just about every character and sprite in Halloween-themed attire and colors. We’ve also thrown in a few fun references that you’ll maybe catch.
Aside from the neato Halloween theme, we’ve also added a few more features to the game:
- Steam Online Leaderboards
- Machine Gun Challenge
- Story Mode Japanese Language Support
What the heck does a game like Cave Story+ need Leaderboards for? Well, for all the cool Challenge modes like Nemesis and Wind Fortress. We’ve been working on leaderboards for quite some time now. You’ll be able to post your time on Steam and see how you’ve done against other players. Since all the challenges have been locked until now, Machine Gun Challenge is an all-new mode designed to allow anyone to instantly post a time to the Leaderboards.
And Japanese language support should be self-explanatory. Until now, Japanese players haven’t had an opportunity to play Cave Story on Steam in Japanese. Now they can. If we get enough interest from the Japanese community, we’ll probably translate Curly Story into Japanese, too.
BTW, here’s a little preview of some of the art you’ll see during the Halloween update.
Ripping a really great idea from our friends at Dejobaan, we want to help other developers get past the $100 Valve Greenlight fee.
This blog post isn’t about whether Greenlight is good or not. We’ll leave that to you to decide.
If you wantneed to submit to Steam Greenlight, but feel you can’t because of the required $100 Child’s Play donation, we want to make it possible. Here’s money where our mouth is:
– We will loan $100 up to three awesome aspiring indie developers. Keep reading..
– We’re calling on other established indie developers to do the same.
If you’re an indie willing to do put up $100 as well, please drop us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject: Greenlight Help!
But you aren’t alone, right? We’ll loan up to three indies $100 each, to submit their game on Steam’s Greenlight platform. For consideration, you must do this:
Email: Contact us via e-mail at: email@example.com with a link to your game’s website by September 10th, 2012.
Say: In the e-mail, a) tell us a bit about your game, b) tell us a bit about yourself, and c) promise us that you realize that nobody owes you anything, and that you’ll pay us back before the end of the year.
Disseminate: Spread the word so that other indies will offer similar loans.
By the end of this September, we’ll pick someone we feel is awesome, and loan ‘em the cash–simple.
11.22.11, 11am – Windows players, Cave Story+ is NOW AVAILABLE on Steam is for Windows and Mac with a suggested retail price of $10! Cave Story+ gets additional improvements for Steam including Steamworks support with tons of achievements, the brand new Nemesis Challenge and a few Steam-only surprises coming in December.
Marking this special release 126.96.36.199am, Cave Story+ will be on sale for 15-percent off, $8.50, for the first week only.
Cave Story+ Features:
- Windows and Mac support
- Steamworks support featuring tons of achievements
- Windowed/full-screen and filtered/unfiltered modes
- Upgraded “HD” graphics and Original (320×240) graphics and
- Remastered music as well as the original soundtrack
- Mix-and-match new/old artwork and music!
- Seven new play modes (including Nemesis Challenge, Wind Fortress and more!)
- Over 20 epic boss battles through Mimiga Island
- 15 levels to explore in the vast world
- 10 unique weapons to find and upgrade
- USB controller compatibility
- Four unique endings
- Future content updates
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About Nicalis, Inc.
Based in Southern California, Nicalis, Inc. is an independent developer and digital publisher with a proven track record for developing well-polished games with library of highly-acclaimed products for mobile. Founded in 2007, Nicalis continually seeks to enhance, and improve the quality of video games throughout the game industry. Nicalis, Inc. is committed to developing wildly creative and endlessly entertaining games that just happen to be affordable. Nicalis, Inc. is also developing NightSky (portable downloads), has completed development on Cave Story 3D (for the Nintendo 3DS) and is publishing La-Mulana (WiiWare). More information on Nicalis can be found via the Internet at http://www.nicalis.com and http://www.twitter.com/nicalis.
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