A whole lotta new stuff is going on today at the Tribute offices! As the development of Mercenary Kings marches towards
its end, we’re ramping up the efforts to get the game in front of people and we’re getting a lot of help from the great folks at iam8bit !
Mercenary Kings: The Comic!
Mercenary Kings is the reason why I’ve neglected my tumblr for so long. We’re almost done, and very proud of it!
You can use pretty much any graphics software to do pixel art. I use Photoshop, but many people also use GraphicsGale, ProMotion or even Paint.
If you want to learn pixel art, you can check some tutorials. This one by Derek Yu is awesome: http://makegames.tumblr.com/post/42648699708/pixel-art-tutorial
If you want to have specifically a 8-bit style, use a limited amount of colors for your characters (no more than 4 per character, for example).
If you decide to use C# and XNA, you can submit your game to to peer review and release it on Xbox Live Indie Games. Submitting a game to PSN requires more work. You can read this article for more info: GDC 2012: Self-publishing on PSN is Easier Than You Think. Another option is to release your game on Steam via the Steam Greenlight program.
I want this! Can I get it? Where can I get it? Which platform??
You are in luck! The game is available as of right…
The Mercenary Kings have been activated… Early! On July 22nd, get the game on Steam Early Access! Help the mission by giving us your intel before the official release! Enter the fray as the most skilled mercenaries on Earth! Craft your arsenal to avenge your fallen comrades and save the world from the fearsome forces of CLAW.
Who likes behind-the-scenes, work-in-progress stuff? Almost everyone right?
We’re gonna take a bit of a look behind the scenes of the scenes, behind our characters; Backgrounds!
You can click on the pictures to get some extra notes! There will be more background tidbits in the upcoming weeks!
Here’s a few “classic” guns I drew for Mercenary Kings. Besides these ones, pretty much all other gun sprites of the games are drawn by Paul Robertson.