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TulioAdriano , 10/07/2014
The Juicy Diary: Episode 2
Now live the episode two. Click to watch.
Hi Everyone here's the Episode two of [:WM]'s Juicy Diary.

In this episode, watch the results of experimenting with a new compression algorithm for PS3, and also the implementation of HD Object files, which are sprites that integrate with the scenario, and also allow animation. Finally a new mystery bug appears.

Enjoy. [:P]
Tulio

COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ENTRY BELOW (5/8)
vegetafett , 19/07/2014 - 17:23
Looks good I hope one day I am doing the same kind of things. it is always good to see how much goes into a game especially one that is as big and complex as Pier Solar
TulioAdriano , 14/07/2014 - 23:09
Of course Fonzie is around, but he's focusing Project Y and N as well as on the production of the packagings and managing the manufacture of all products (PSHD included).
XINICESHOTIX , 13/07/2014 - 03:39
What is Fonzie up to? He is still on the team right? I think I remember someone saying they had creative differences so he went to a different area of development but I'm not sure.
TulioAdriano , 12/07/2014 - 19:09
Console Devkits. We cannot show them, so the pixelating had to be done. Sorry. :(
Luitoine , 11/07/2014 - 20:45
Now I'm wondering what is hidden under the TV :x
     
RubyWoo , 26/06/2014
News, Director's cut and JD [1]
PSHD Update Part 1: a bunch of updates you won't want to miss!
Hi Everyone.

It's been a super busy month, trying to wrap up everything and and lined up for release, here are a bunch of news and interesting stuff.

NEWS

We're starting the submission process for PSHD. Valve already approved it for release on Steam so that's done and done. We may contact some of you who subscribed to beta test to test the game on Steam using a beta key. Stay tuned. Microsoft already evaluated Pier Solar as well but we failed some internal requirements on the certification and we're correcting them for the next submission. This also impacts Wii U and PlayStation(s) submissions since we want to send it as clean as possible so that we don't get another failed certification. Luckily, the process doesn't take as long as we thought, so the perspectives to getting a release date gets better. As soon as we're certified on all platforms we'll announce the date and put it on the street. We're also submitting PSHD for PEGI, which is slightly more complex than ESRB, but required for a release in Europe. We're expecting a rating of PEGI 7. One last thing, we're working to get a publisher to release PSHD in Japan. Due CERO regulations it's only possible to release a game if a studio has an established working office in Japan and we don't have it. So once we get it we're secure to release in Japan, this, hopefully could also lead to having a publisher for 360. Fingers crossed.

Director's Cut

It has been quite a complex journey to implement all improvements to Pier Solar from the MD/Genesis version to the HD version, but I'm also happy to declare them complete and ready to roll. So here's a list of all the things that are new and exclusive to PSHD:

Extended story and new side quests.

Pier Solar HD added 16 pages of text to the original story. But what does that translate into?

- There are new places to explore, with new bosses and new chests to open.
- Some loose ends got tied. Why is Alina the only elf? Why are our heroes the chosen ones? Why Zelini and Alina don't get along? Find out all about it on PSHD.
- New ending. In addition to the original Pier Solar ending, a new ending is possible. Maybe a secret ending too? What? Humm. ;-)
- New sidequests. Why was that boss at the watermelon farm so rude to the characters on Pier Solar for MD/Genesis? Because he was grumpy that his sidequest was stripped out the game. But now he is happy, his sidequest is back with a vengea... I mean, great reward at the end. How about another sidequest that could possibly trigger a secret ending? Huh? What? Err... Ha!

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 A glimpse at some new locations on PSHD 


Lossa Tools

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 You can see the area map at the top right... 


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 ... which can be expanded to view the full explored area and also see where you didn't explore yet. The highlighted items are chests. 


Edessot's robot pet is finally fulfilling his role as it was planned but stripped out of the original game. Lossa tools are available now with some cool functions such as area map, warp capabilities and auto-save, explained below because...[continues on the next post].

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RubyWoo , 26/06/2014
News, Director's cut and JD [2]
PSHD Update Part 2: a bunch of updates you won't want to miss!
The save system changed

The original save system in Pier Solar for MD/Genesis was designed with an idea in mind, to prevent the player from cheating the game by save/load/walk/save/load/walk to prevent encounters, etc. The way it worked originally was: Save anywhere but load will bring you to the last "door" that you crossed. This caused a lot of confusion among the players who would walk around, open a chest, save, and then when they loaded, the chest was closed and they didn't have their new items/xp/gold that they had when they saved. So now PSHD switched to a more traditional save model of using save points. The save points were carefully placed on each town, and also on each dungeon where it would be beneficial to the player. That doesn't mean every dungeon has a save point but those who do, well... you better save.

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 The team using a save point. 


In addition to the save points Lossa can do what Pier Solar for MD/Genesis used to do, with its auto-save function. This means that if you enable auto-save, for every door you cross in a dungeon, lossa will save a "checkpoint" for you, so if you lose you will go back to that point rather than on the last save point. Very handy. [Continues on the next post.]

New Music

Pier Solar now features 3 new songs that couldn't fit on the MD/Genesis cartridge. If you have the OST you probably heard them on the bonus disc. However there was no FM version of those songs, therefore they had to be made in FM, and recorded directly from a real system in order to preserve maximum fidelity.

Inventory Expanded

Pier Solar for MD/Genesis featured an inventory of about 70 slots and each slot could accumulate up to 19 items. Now the capacity was doubled and you can accumulate up to 99 items per slot.
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RubyWoo , 26/06/2014
News, Director's cut and JD [3]
PSHD Update Part 3: a bunch of updates you won't want to miss!
Achievements

Achievements are done and implemented to all platforms. If your system has built in Achievements/Trophies it will use that, such as Xbox Live, PSN and Steam, otherwise we built in the Trophy system on PSHD, so Dreamcast and Wii U users can also earn them. There are 38 achievements on PSHD, some are story based, some are side-quest based and some are hidden achievements that we won't give you any clue about how to get it. Or maybe we will... on PSHD guide, but that's not fully decided yet.

Graphics Enhancement

Well that sounds kind of obvious but it isn't. We all know that Pier Solar has the modes for 16-Bit and HD graphics, but now we'd like to present a new graphic mode for Pier Solar: HD+. In HD+ mode Pier Solar will apply a hq3x filter over the pixelated elements, such as character sprites, monsters, etc. making them have a more rounded appearance for those who aren't fond of sharp pixel edges. I myself prefer the pixels from HD mode but we're a democratic company so anyone can choose the mode that suits their preference.

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 On the left: Hoston gazes at the bald man as he turns his back in amazement: "So round and smooth", he says. On the right: Hoston looks unimpressed at the bald man, he hopes he never has to follow the same fate. 


Additionally it is not possible to turn on scanlines, if you like those.

Mini Games update

The original Pier Solar came with 3 mini-games: Eternal Slip, Pier Pyromar and Mosei's Quest. They're all present on PSHD, Mosei's quest has its name updated to Mossa's Quest, and the gameplay changed as well. On top of that we added two mini-games based on some parts of the game. Except for Mosei's quest and Eternal Slip, they other 3 mini-games are all 4 player enabled so that you can have fun with your family and friends (which is why I had that huge bunch of controllers on my desk on last update).

Battles/Items/Spells

The battle system remains the same but we revised some enemy behaviours and also some stats as well to make things fairer to the player. So, battles are more balanced now. Same thing applies to items and spells, we revised the healing properties and balanced them a bit more.

All of these improvements are done and tested, ready to roll, and while they are partially responsible for the game delay, they are worth the while, which will make Pier Solar much more enjoyable both to new players and for the veterans of the original MD/Genesis game.

Juicy Diary

The last thing I want to talk about is the Juicy Diary, it will be a short series with compilations of some of the recordings done for the OYAWM movie. The videos aren't exactly recent, but either way, it gives a glimpse on the day-to-day work here at the WM office, showing us testing some features and fixing some bugs.

You can watch the Juicy Diary Episode 1 here:


And finally, for you who read until the end, here's our official trailer.


That's it for now. Thank you all for the support.
- WM
COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ENTRY BELOW (5/5)
Plastic , 27/06/2014 - 04:28
Also, A question. Has the Disc mastering process started for the Dreamcast version and what kind of CD is it on, a 99min one?
TulioAdriano , 26/06/2014 - 22:49
@Plastic: We won't wait for the Japanese publisher to release on the other markets. Don't worry. That's just informative for those who may have interest on hearing about it.
Plastic , 26/06/2014 - 20:51
and please don't wait for a publisher in japan to release the game.
Plastic , 26/06/2014 - 20:48
This update is all nice and dandy but, WHERE IS THE RELEASE DATE?
Jagunco , 26/06/2014 - 19:43
All of this are becoming fantastic! Congratulations again! But I would like ask: Since been added the hq3x over pixelated elements, is there any chance to include scanlines (mixed and not mixed with hq3x filter, like on emulators) over the same pixelated elements in this HD+ mode?
     
RubyWoo , 09/06/2014
Pier Solar 10 Years
Here is a little bit of our history from the Tavern
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Full images:
https://www.facebook.com/watermelongames/posts/703565669711113 

This past weekend we celebrated 10 years from the day Pier Solar was conceived! As many of you know, it all started at the message board of the Tavern, more specifically on June 8th 2004.

We're proud to share the print screen of Tulio's and Fonzie's first posts that initiated the great journey of this game we all love so much. A lot of hard work and dedication have been put into this project from day one, and we truly hope you all can get some inspiration from this story that has now become history.

Ultimately, we'd like to reinforce our honest appreciation to each and everyone of you that have been so supportive throughout the years towards us. Thank you!

Here's to a new decade to come! Cheers!

[:WM]
COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ENTRY BELOW (5/12)
Falcus , 16/06/2014 - 20:31
Quite amazing how long it's all been going on. Can't wait for the HD release of Pier Solar. Been wanting to replay it but refusing to touch my first run copy and will just wait for this to play again! I was a bit late to the party but it's been 5 years I've known of this project and it's been ablas
kenshin_sp , 14/06/2014 - 02:14
Amazing, when all this started :D
Radchek , 12/06/2014 - 08:37
Who owns the movie rights to this amazing story?
Gordman , 12/06/2014 - 08:36
Interesting, I didn´t see that before!
tokay , 11/06/2014 - 20:04
Why don't I see any investor's icon as I take a look at Plastic's profile?
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