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Triangle Strategy producers say HD-2D “costs more than you’d think”

Posted on May 29, 2022 by (@gamrah) in News, Switch

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In a recent interview with Japanese outlet 4Gamer, Triangle Strategy producers Tomoya Asano and Yasuaki Arai discussed how the team was able to implement Square Enix’s signature HD-2D art style in their latest release.

Despite the art style having a seemingly nature and straight forward implementation, they noted that it “costs more than you’d think” and required the help of teams who had previously worked with the tech to finish development in such a short amount of time.

Here’s a translation of what they had to say, as provided by Nintendo Everything:

HD-2D is a new technique, yet the quality remains consistent even when the developer changes. I imagine a thorough check is done before actual development starts. You have announced several titles that use HD-2D, like “Dragon Quest III” and “Live A Live.” – Is there any sharing of expertise among these titles?

Asano: There is. The teams on the former titles released information for the newer teams. If they have information they feel might be useful, we encourage the exchange of information across development companies. If a method of expression was used in an earlier title, there’s no reason it can’t be incorporated into the newer titles.

We talked before about ‘accurate’ HD-2D – have you put together a definitive bible or sorts for it?

Asano: We haven’t put together anything like that. The way it’s expressed differs per title, so the HD-2D flavor will be slightly different every time. With Live A Live for example, the atmosphere in the prehistoric section is going to be different to the sci-fi scenario. Our range of expression has increased thanks to the new ideas we’ve devised.

One thing I’ve wondered is why no other developers have tried anything like HD-2D. As indie games thrive, the number of games using pixel art has increased and I would have thought the technique could be applicable to those games.

Asano: It’s probably worth noting that it costs more than you’d think. In that respect, it’s a good match for the titles want out of Square Enix. There might not be much to gain from other companies copying it.

Triangle Strategy is currently available on Switch. 

Translation provided by Jarop on behalf of Nintendo Everything.

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