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Developer: luiishu535

Main Writer: the13thsecret

 

“I want to return.†

 

Have you ever made a mistake you regretted so much that you wish it possible to turn back time?

That memory will never release you from its agonizing grasp for the rest of your life.

But even if the present gave you the privilege to relive the past, would you have the strength to confront it?

Or would your sins damn you into oblivion? 

 

In our remake of Castle Oblivion, we've done a complete overhaul: Story, Character Development, Maps, and Gameplay worthy of current RPG players.

The Castle welcomes newcomers and old-timers alike. And if you played the original, you’ll definitely want to revisit the Castle again. 

 

Story:

 

 

Vincent and Azen, two knights stuck in the rain, discovered a strange Castle. Their host was gracious enough to offer permanent refuge by kidnapping Azen with an overwhelming power. Not wanting to be next, Vincent abandoned his friend. After drifting through decades of guilt and wanting to redeem himself, the Castle returned. Vincent will find new friends and foes as he traverses the Castle’s memory-made worlds to rescue Azen, but can everyone overcome the shameful past?

 

Characters: 

 

 

Vincent:

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A straightforward knight from Kingdom Threas. In a desperate moment, he chose to save himself and abandoned his closest friend Azen to the Castle. It was a decision that cost him his self-respect, but it also spurred him to become someone better. The Castle has reappeared after decades of training. Can Vincent take the opportunity to make amends?
 
Tikal:
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A quiet witch living in the Cemetery Woods on the first Floor who provides better hospitality than the Castle and Gilgamesh. Tikal and Hanz are determined to find a way out of their bleak home on the first Floor. Not much is known about her past, but she seems to know a lot about the Castle. Her magical talents will be a great asset.
 
Hanz:
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A loyal knight from the turbulent country, Asmen, he’ll stick through thick and thin. He’s also stuck on the same Floor as Tikal. Uninterested in living the rest of his life in the Castle, Hanz has been toiling to explore and prepare a way for everyone to leave with him. It’s too bad that most people lack his dedication and decisiveness.
 
Celcia:
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A thie--treasure hunter from the archipelago country, Tynedis. She’s stuck as a captive on the second Floor. In contrast to the three other silent types in the party, Celcia is by far the most bubbly and wears her heart on her sleeve. Her constitution isn’t the greatest, but where there’s a treasure, there’s a way!
 
Gilgamesh:
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The Castle’s host and Dilan’s apprentice. He has the task of welcoming visitors with the Castle’s finest hospitality whether they want it or not. With Vincent’s return, Gilgamesh also has the task of monitoring his progress. Perhaps Gilgamesh will learn something from Vincent’s inspirational quest.
 
Dilan:
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The Mad Philosopher, the architect who built the Castle itself, brick-by-brick and memory-by-memory, and the Castle’s current Lord. Dilan has lived a long life in the Castle running experiment after experiment. Trifles like “ethics†won’t stand in his way of advancing humanity. He’s far too busy to deal with Vincent. 

 

Screenshots:

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Even More Screenshots:

 

 

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Features: 

- A rewritten and more expanded take on the original plot. Filled with tons of BANG!
- Re-balanced battles, designed for an enjoyable challenge, rather than frustration.
- Remade, detailed maps filled with variety. Makes the Castle feel more deep and alive than ever before!
- Stronger development for the different characters in the game.
- Save anywhere!
- Interesting and creative puzzles to solve!
- Rescue other trapped souls (NPCs) from the Castle!
- Find Recovery Crystals, which you can either use to heal or break for stat-increasing items!
- Witness Vincent's hometown, Port Brinks, evolve as the story progress.
- Lots of secret rooms and treasure are rewarded for the dedicated explorer.
- Find Huge Gold Coins, Gold Pouches, Gold Blocks and more!

- Optional Bosses and Floors to test your might and uncover more information about the game's world and characters.

Estimated game length: 20-30 hours 

 

WATCH THE TRAILER!

Download: http://rpgmaker.net/games/7548/downloads/7704/ 

 

Credits:

 

 

Castle Oblivion: Remake

 
Based on kelarly's game
 
Story:
the13thsecret
Luiishu535
 
Writing:
the13thsecret
Luiishu535
 
Gameplay:
Luiishu535
 
Graphics:
Enterbrain
MACK/REFMAP
André Fernandes
Grafikal
Minkoff
Darkhalo
Kaduki
Chocolate Mint Tree
Edits by the13thsecret, Luiishu535 & Kelarly
 
Mapping:
Luiishu535
 
Scripting:
Enu
Kylock
Mr. Bubble
Shu
AlphaWhelp
Woratana
Moghunter
Modern Algebra
Mr. Anonymous
Yanfly
DiamondandPlatinum3
Ccoa
DerVVulfman
Dargor
BulletXt
OriginalWij
KGC
Yeyinde
Erzengel
Lomexi
Touchfuzzy 
Mithran
ziifee
RFTD
Vixotic
GreatRedSpirit
 
Music:
Yoko Shimomura
Tsukasa Tawada
Eric Chevalier 
David Wise & Michiko Naruke
Yutaka Minobe & Takayuki Maeda
"Remembrance" by Nightmare
 
Testers:
kenlan 
WalkerMage102
the13thsecret
Riff
Adena
 
Special Thanks:
Kelarly
Boos405
Zachfoss
GreatRedSpirit
Adena
ksjp17 & Matseb2611
rpgmaker.net & rpgmakerweb.com
Fans/Supporters
And YOU!
 
Created By: 
Luiishu535

Edited by Luiishu535

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Been a while, so I thought I'd kick this blog off by showing you how the game is going so far.

Writing: 
The main script is complete (except from a very minor update the writer will send to me soon). I'd say it's around 99.8% finished. 

Mapping: 
This is what I've been working on for the most part during development. I've mapped more or less up to the 7th Floor! For numbers, I've made 251 maps so far, which means roughly 65% of the maps have been finished. 

Cutscenes: 
I try to balance this with my mapping, adding cutscenes as I finish the maps. All cutscenes up to the 5th Floor are mainly done. About 45% of all cutscenes are finished, I'd say. 

Battles, Equipment, Items & Puzzles: 
Most of the stuffs here have been planned and tinkered with. Not too much though, as I prefer to focus on the gameplay parts after the other things have been taken care of.

Not much have been made, but if I'd guess, I'd say about 10-20% of the gameplay related stuff have been finished. 

Considering that I've been able to do this much in just the few months the game has been in development for, I still aim and believe that I can finish this game before the end of 2015. 
Keeping up with this pace lends me the belief that I can do this. It's still a pretty huge game, so bare with me if I'd fail to meet my expectations. 
After all, I want this game to be of higher quality, and so far, it seems like it's heading that way. 
 

(I'll leave you with some lovely screenies from the game. I'll probably add a bunch more to the Screenshot section as I progress.) 

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Take care and as always, please let me know what you think!

Edited by luiishu535

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I can't believe I've made this much progress in just about 2 weeks...

 

Howdy y'all! Big updates incoming (see below)!
 
Writing:
Still waiting for a minor update here. It's more or less complete, nonetheless. I'd say it's around 99.9% finished.
 
Mapping:
I spent an entire week working hard on my maps. In that week, I finished 100 maps, which concludes all of the games story maps! For numbers, I've made 349 maps so far, which means that roughly 100% of the maps have been finished (except a few small puzzle maps I might add).
 
Cutscenes:
The next week, after I had finished the maps, I started focusing on the story and its cutscenes. All cutscenes except a few in F7 is complete. Pretty much 99.7% of all cutscenes are finished, I'd say.
 
Battles, Equipment, Items & Puzzles:
This is the next step and what I'll be focusing on for the rest of the games development. I have finished most, if not all of the puzzles already. About 25% of the gameplay related stuff have been finished, I'd say.
 
It's kind of a shock to me that I've managed to get this much done in just about 2 weeks. Keeping this up is a good sign that the full game will be available by the end of the year.
 
Even though it may be just a little early, I'd still like to inform you that I'll be looking for testers pretty soon. I know, I still need to add all of the remaining battles etc. and test it myself, but I'm just letting you guys know. If you think that you'd be interested in testing the game before its full release, please, don't be shy about your voice. Let me know! wink.gif
 
Some screenies:
 
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Take care and look forward to the full release which hopefully will be near the end of the year!

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Most of my development time has gone towards the gameplay since my last blog here. So far, things have been going pretty smoothly. 

I have to admit that it really does take time to work on things, such as balancing, enemies, skills and everything in between. 

Reason is because this stage requires a heavy amount of testing and tweaking before I can move forward. 

I still am working hard on the game, it's just that I'm also taking extra time making sure everything flows correctly and in quality.

 

Battles, Equipment, Items & Puzzles:

Right after I've finished this post, I'll start working on the battles on Floor 4. I'm pretty satisfied with how it's turning out so far. I've fixed some bugs and done some overall polishing on the way. I'm also pretty happy that I've made it to the point where all party members have joined. Adding to that, I've also finished the biggest Floor in the game as well. If I had to guess, I'd say that I've so far finished 40% of the gameplay.

 

This is the last stage I'm going through, if you don't count the beta testing, that is. I'm estimating that the 4th Floor will be finished sometime next week. If I keep up with this pace, I'll probably be able to have one Floor finished every week.

 

I'd really like to go into more detail on how the game is playing so far, but I think it's best that I'll wait with that for a future blog. 

 

By the way, I got this cool idea about the trailer. Any of you remember the old trailer of the original CO?


 

I'll most likely make the exact same trailer as the old one, but this time, well, it'll be the remake. 

Cool idea, huh? 

I think so, since it will not only come out as a trailer, but a nice little comparison between the two games. 

I'm sure it'll be fun. smile.gif

 

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Been pretty sick for a while...

 

...BUT I think I'm starting to get back in the room groove! 

 

I got a nasty cold that's lasted almost 2 weeks now. During that time, I was sadly to tired and fatigued to progress on the game. Fear not, since I'm back and almost done with the 5th Floor now! 

 

I haven't forgot about the trailer I mentioned earlier. After being sick and restless for about 2 weeks, I thought it would be nicer to come back and make some actual progress. 

 

About the end of 2015 deadline: I still think it's quite possible. These last parts are the toughest in a way, since every progress from here on out are followed by heavy amounts of testing and tweaking. 

 

I'm estimating that I will have about 1 Floor finished every week and if I work extremely hard, I might even finish 2 Floors somehow.

 

I know that I'm bad at updating you guys on what's going and I am sorry for that. At this point though, it feels more important to just have the game finished in time for my deadline. 

 

I might start to add progress scores (with % of completion) so that you guys can sort of be there with me for the final ride.

 

Once I've finished the 5th Floor, I promise you that I'll go straight to work on that trailer. For now, let me leave you with some screenies:

 

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Look forward to further updates and a trailer coming SOON!

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Yeah, that's right! Some of you old comers who played the original know what I'm talking about, but for those who don't: the Top Floor is the last Floor of Castle Oblivion.

Everything I've worked on has led up to this point!

 

During my absence, I was able to finish 1 Floor each week + the stuff that happens in between, as well as some optional stuff. All I can say right now is that we're getting close.

This close:

 

Total Percent Completion: 92%

 

This is not the only news I come bearing. The Lord of the Castle aka the Mad Philosopher himself finally got himself the badass portrait that he deserves!

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The Mad Philosopher, the architect who built the Castle itself, brick-by-brick and memory-by-memory, and the Castle’s current Lord.

Dilan has lived a long life in the Castle running experiment after experiment. Trifles like “ethics†won’t stand in his way of advancing humanity.

He’s far too busy to deal with Vincent.

More awesome character descriptions can be found on the main post!

 

Not only does he have an awesome portrait, but he also has a couple of facesets with fitting expressions. He also has an awesome sprite, of course.

And that's not all! Our quiet and lovable character, Azen, has received an upgrade more fitting his role as a Dark Knight.

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All this is thanks to the talented writer (and franken-spriter?), the13thsecret, who I'm working with on this project.

The game would be nowhere near as engaging and hooking if it weren't for his pure awesomeness.

 

Screenshot Time:

 

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Yes, just look at those sparkles, Celcia. Believe or not, those sparkles might actually sell the game on their own.

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From the looks of this monster, it might just be called 'Fury Seeker'. But what do I know?

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Welcome to the Deep Void. How tough are ya?

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Thank goodness I still live up in the Overworld.

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This guy means business. You should see his HP!

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No, but we're almost there, Vincent.

 

Serious Talk:

So, I'm guessing that most of you are just wondering: "...when the heck is this going to be released!?".

 

I...may or may not have an answer to that. Due to the 'Gam Mak Flow' I've been having while working on this game, I'm happy to tell that the release date I hoped and dreamed for might have come to fruition.

Yes, this means that the full game will be released THIS year, before 2016!

 

This is not final or anything, but I'm hoping to release the game by the 21st of December. I won't pull modern industry approach, everything, including all Optional Bosses, Sidequests and whatever, will be

ready from Day 1. Think of this as an early Christmas gift from me.

 

While the game probably will be finished pretty soon, it won't be able to reach its 'final form' without you; the Beta Testers.

 

Call out for Beta Testers:

 

Yes, it's that time of the year development. Before I can release the game officially to the public, I'll need you guys/gals to help me test this beast. I'm currently looking for any beta testers in general,

but mostly, those who'll be able to have some spare time in order to test and give feedback before the planned released (who knows, if things turn out really well, this might happen sooner than expected).

 

Current List of Beta Testers:

Adena

kenlan

Zephire98

WalkerMage102

(Hopefully my writer, the13thsecret, will join here as well.)

 

So if you want to be a part of this final stretch, as a Beta Tester, please, lend me your voice, either by commenting, PMing, or whatever you prefer. I'm all over the web!

Any and all help is immensely appreciated!

 

(I will most likely make a new blog later about this matter alone sometime in the near future.)

 

At the moment, I'm not the only one playing testing the game. My good Indonesian friend, Adena, has taken his time to Alpha/Early Beta Test the game.

This means that the Beta Version of Castle Oblivion: Remake will be even more polished and bug-ridden! We've already found some small bugs/errors

which have been fixed.

 

Last Words:

 

While I've been playing and testing the game, I've grown to enjoy it a lot more than I first expected (mainly because I'm the creator, and creators always hate their own work the most, no matter what

everyone else thinks.). I can honestly say, as a developer, game designer, creator and human being, that I'm really proud of my work. I'm carrying strong belief and hope that this game will really be

'something'. It feels like if I'm being able to enjoy my game myself, there's a good chance the players will as well. 

 

This may or may not be the third-to-last blog post before the game's release. Look forward to that.   

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Just wanted to let everyone know that BetTesting haofficiallbegunWohooo!

It won't be long now until the game is released! Most stuff have been sorted out and I'm overall really excited and hyped to let everyone play this!

Some good news: overall game file size has been reduced from 192 MB to a whooping 89.5 MB!

These will probably be the last screenshots I show you.

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Hang on everyone, we're almost there. I can actually see the finish line, to be honest!

Once I'm done, I'll probably celebrate with a cold beer...IN SPACE! See you around soon! smile.gif

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7 years have passed since the original, and now it's here, as it was meant and rightfully deserves to be.


 

I'm so glad that I managed to finish the game this year after all! Due to the scope and overall meat of the game (30-50+ hours of content), I'm a little surprised that I managed to have this done in less than a year. The thing is though; I could've never done this without the wonderful help that I've received. Here we go:

 

Adena:

My good and inspiring Indonesian friend, what would I've done without you? If it weren't for your technical help, this game would suffer from the weird graphical glitch with the Caterpillar script that was evidenced in CO3. Your early testing reports were of great help as well. Thank you for everything and especially for being such a good and supporting friend. Our talks motivated me a lot to buckle and keep working hard on the game. I hope everything goes well for you in life and I can't wait to play your upcoming games!


amerk:

It's been very nice to have an old fan of the originals still sticking around. Your critique on the early parts of the demo has been very helpful. Overall, your support and kind comments have meant a lot to me. I hope you, as an old fan, will be able to enjoy revisiting the Castle again after all these years. Thank you.


boos405:

Your comeback truly awakened something in me. Something that I thought was long lost, together with the passing of the YT community. There's no doubt that your return motivated me. Thanks for your kind and supportive comments! I hope you'll find the game to play the game sometime. Take care and I hope your gets better!


captainregal:

Your review gave me a lot of things to think about. I've gone back to it everyone now and then, making sure that I put the feedback I agree on in practice to the game. Thanks for taking your time to review and I hope to hear what you think about the game as a whole. An updated review for it would be really interesting.


Dalph:

Thank you so much for kind comments and support. It really means a lot to me. As you are another fan of the originals, I can't wait to hear your thoughts on the remake. I sure hope it will live up to your expectations, and perhaps even beyond!


Frogge:

I'm very proud to have you on-board as the game's official Pun Writer. Your puns have brought me (and others) many good laughs. Your constant support has also motivated a great deal. Uploading screenshots felt more meaningful, since I always knew that they would be followed by some form of pun (or in some cases useful critique). You are without a doubt the kindest frog that I've ever met. Hopefully, we'll be able to work on some games together in the future. Duo think that we'll make a good team? Ha! Caught you off guard with that one, didn't I?


GreatRedSpirit:

This awesome scripting wizard has helped me out numerous time. If it weren't for your help, the Auto-Life state would've been a buggy mess. I'm also pretty sure that you helped me out with adjusting the game's max level cap. The help I've received from you have done wonders to the game on the technical side. I'm still not sure how I'll ever repay you, but I hope I get the chance to do so sometime in the future. Thank you so, so much.


kelarly

One of my biggest idols and not just in RM, but life in general. Without you, this remake wouldn't even exist! I'm glad to see you happy with this remake and I can't wait to hear the original Lord of the Castle's thoughts on the game.I owe a lot to you, buddy! Thanks for everything.


kenlan

A big THANK YOU, my fellow Swedish buddy. Your overall interest and observant beta-testing has been crucial to the game's completion. You've truly done an amazing job and I hope that you'll continue to enjoy my future games. Cheers!


ksjp17

Your critique (even from CO3) has been very helpful. I tried to take as much from it as possible and use it to make this game even more polished. It's all the little things that count, right? I hope you'll have some time to replay this game sometime. I'd love to hear your wise thoughts on the finished product. Thank you very much for sharing your valuable thoughts on my games.


Linkis:

Thank you for your continuing support. I'm really happy to see familiar faces sticking around. smile.gif Let's hope that the game won't be too hard, eh? Let me know if you'd ever get stuck or need help with anything in particular.


Matseb2611

Like ksjp17, your critique and inputs has helped me a lot to shape this game into something even shinier and more enjoyable. Feedback is so crucial, since you're always very biased with your games as a developer. I'm looking forward to hear your thoughts on the finished game and I really hope that you'll see it as a step up from CO3. Thanks for your feedback and overall support. I'm looking forward to play some of your games. Hopefully, I'll be able to return the favor.


Riff:

Thank you for beta testing the game and finding those small errors in the dialogue. Everything counts! smile.gif


the13thsecret:

Working with you have been a blast! Overall, I think we did a good job at working together. We faced many trials together, which we thankfully managed to power through. If all goes well for us in the future, I wouldn't mind working with you again. Cheers and good job! The remake wouldn't have been as good if wasn't for your awesome talents! Cheers, buddy!


WalkerMage102:

Thank you for bearing with me during beta testing. I know a lot of patches were made, but I think they'll all be worth it in the end. Also, thank you for your kind comments and support!


Zachfoss:

My fellow Canadian Mango, how can I ever forget about you? Even though we may not talk as much as we used to do nowadays, I'm still thankful for the talks we've had every now and then. Thank for your love and support, bro. I haven't forgotten about OR by the way. wink.gif Good luck with it!


Zaphire98:

Your support truly motivated me during the game's development. I hope that you'll enjoy this game, as I know I'll enjoy DoR and CD. Just remember to give me a call when you need a tester/or some help with your game(s). Keep at it, you'll have your games finished soon enough!


Zodiac12:

Thanks for your feedback on the demo! I hope you will find attacking more useful now than it was before. I'm also glad to see another fan of the original. Cheers and let me know what you think of remake!


 

I'd like to thank everyone else that have helped/supported me. If you feel left out, then don't hesitate to let me know! For now, it's time for me to take a little break and refuel my batteries. 

I want to wish everyone here a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! This game is my Christmas gift to you and I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I had making it!

 


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