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Renegade Kid’s Dementium franchise is heading to the 3DS. While chatting with Vinesauce during a live stream event last night, co-founder Jools Watsham shared news about what’s planned for the IP.

Renegade Kid is bringing the first Dementium game to the 3DS eShop. The company is working to address some of the more “brutal” elements like enemies that constantly respawn and the save system. In the U.S. release of the first Dementium, players would return to the beginning of the chapter if they lost to a boss. Watsham mentioned that the European version addressed this somewhat by adding automatic checkpoints before boss encounters, though it was still “not quite there.” Dementium II featured save devices, and Renegade Kid would like to implement something like that into the new eShop release.

Speaking for the first time about the game since its announcement, Renegade Kid’s Jools Watsham has posted a blog entry on Xeodrifter detailing a whole heap of new information about the game. There’s a lot of new content here from soundtrack excerpts to screenshots to the game running on a 3DS. Here’s an excerpt:

In a Metroid / Castlevania kind of way, each screen you visit in the game reveals one screens worth of the map on the lower screen. This is a key element to Xeodrifter. The player is very much exploring new planets without prior knowledge of the layout. You will encounter obstacles that you cannot overcome, so it is important for the map to illustrate these locations so that you can identify them later and return to them.

In order to accomplish the correct map reveals, on a screen basis, required the levels to be carefully designed on a screen grid to ensure the game and the map synced up perfectly and revealed only what was needed on the map. If a screen that contained a pick-up was blocked by a Solar Flare door, for example, it was important to make sure the player could not enter any part of that screen and inadvertently “fill in” that screen on the map. If they did, the player would not see that portion of the map as unfinished / unvisited and be unaware of the fact that they needed to return to it later.

Check out the full entry with more screenshots, audio and more here

 

Moon Chronicles is only on 3DS at the moment. But perhaps that could change with a Kickstarter campaign.

While the studio was burned by its Kickstarter efforts for Cult County, Renegade Kid co-founder Jools Watsham asked fans on Twitter today about potential games they’d like to see take the crowdfunding approach. This led to the idea of a Kickstarter campaign for Moon Chronicles on Wii U, which Watsham finds “interesting”.

He said on Twitter:


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Renegade Kid posted a mysterious tease to its Twitter account earlier today. Only an off-screen photo was shared, with studio co-founder Jools Watsham stating that it’s “something new in the works”.

Here’s the relevant tweet:


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We heard last week that the upcoming Mutant Mudds update for 3DS has been approved by Nintendo of America. Now the patch has received the same approval in Europe.

Renegade Kid co-founder Jools Watsham shared on Twitter:


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XSEED released the first Retro Game Challenge in North America, but has confirmed numerous times that there are no plans to localize the sequel. The company doesn’t believe it would be viable from a sales standpoint to invest in the DS title.

But interestingly, Renegade Kid recently expressed interest in handling Retro Game Challenge 2 for XSEED. Co-founder Jools Watsham said on Twitter yesterday that a DSiWare release “would do great on the eShop.”

Check out all of Watsham’s comments below:


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Moon Chronicles is launching on Thursday. Keep in mind, however, that this will be the first episode. Three additional episodes will be released in Season 1.

Renegade Kid co-founder broke down the release schedule for Moon Chronicles while speaking with Hardcore Gamer, also also discussed the game’s pricing.

Check it out below:

1. Moon Chronicles will begin its release on May 15 exclusively on 3DS. This release will be Episode 1 of the game, which contains 4 chapters and a secret bonus VR mision. This release will serve as the conduit for the remaining three episodes in Season 1.

2. The remaining three episodes of Season 1 will be released before the end of 2014, with the possibility of Episode 4 slipping into early 2015. Although the price was reported to be $1.99 per episode, that number has not been finalized. There will also be a season pass in the future, enabling players to purchase episodes 2, 3, and 4 for a single lower price if they do not wish to buy them à la carte.

3. Season 1 will have a total of four episodes that comprise the original DS game, remade for 3DS.

4. There will be at least two seasons.

5. Season 2 will be comprised of all-new content.

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Renegade Kid has teased “some stellar news” for this coming Friday.

Studio co-founder Jools Watsham shared the tease on Twitter, writing:


If I were to guess, I’d say this is related to Moon Chronicles. Perhaps we’ll hear about a final release date?

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Moon Chronicles is Renegade Kid’s debut shooter for the 3DS eShop. The studio could create additional titles in the genre for Nintendo’s handheld, though Moon’s performance may affect what happens in the future.

Renegade Kid co-founder Jools Watsham said on Twitter today:


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In the wake of its unsuccessful Kickstarter for Cult County, Renegade Kid has moved on to begin work on “a new experimental 2D game for 3DS.”

Studio co-founder Jools Watsham tweeted the news, but didn’t offer any additional nuggets. He did confirm, however, that Kickstarter won’t be involved with this new project.

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