Friday, 26 April 2019

[SPEE] The End is Coming

Hello everyone, hope you had a good new year.

It's a decent way into 2019 now, and well, it's been a long journey. 

It feels like just yesterday when I started SPEE.... it was during my first year university break. Years ago I had worked on a Pok√©mon fangame called "Pokemon Illusion", and was starting to get the itch to create another one. 

The game went though a lot of early iterations. From being about humans hunting glitchy pokemon, to considering gen4 graphics, then using gen3 graphics, then downgrading to gen2 graphics. 

One thing which set the direction firmly was how I'd always been fascinated by the idea of an Eevee which could switch evolutions, almost like a digimon... 
(Later I found out that the Pokemon Manga had this very concept!)

I managed to implement the eeveelution system, and started tilting the game to be focused around it. the concept started evolving to be more like "remix" of the 2nd gen games (my favourite ones). Breaking the 4th wall was a bit of a revelation to the story, because it allowed me to raise the stakes in a way that the official games couldn't. 

The game started taking same, it actually started becoming fun, I added the first gym, and made a thread on pokecommunity.com, where I released by first demo.

Anyway, that was back in 2010.



Now I've finally added the 8th and final gym. 

Wow, it's been literally 9 years of development so farIt feels surreal. 
I can see the finish line in sight. The only thing remaining is victory road and the final hypervisor battles. That means it's only 1-2 more update to go.

I can't believe I've made it this far. I've super proud of what i've accomplished in this game. It's everything I always wanted it to be. The game has been evolved and iterated a lot.... 

In this time I finished university, I got a software development job, I lost a lot of my free time.... and as much as I like working on the game, it was sometimes tough to stay motivated, especially during the middle years. 

I took breaks. I started other game projects that are in different states of development....
but I never gave up on SPEE because of all the love and effort I poured into it, and because of how much dedicated fans there.

So, thank you, to everybody who has supported the game, and I hope you continue enjoying the journey, and I also hope you continue following my other game projects after SPEE!



Also; here's some new screenshots of the upcoming update.

















20 comments:

  1. Thank you for being so awesome, Raonak.

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  2. Thanks roanak we love you

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  3. Happy to see u still working on it
    Hope u get every good thing u need
    Also needed to know when can the next update be released
    Note:The message is from the finest countries
    Tons of people here play your game
    So I'd thank u for your work

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    1. Thanks! The update still has a bit of work before its done. Before the end of the year tho.

      What country are you from?
      I'm from New Zealand

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  4. Raonak, I have a question.
    Do you have any plans for an extended ending to the game?

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    1. Not really, there'll be some postgame content, but by the end of the game, the hypervisors will be done.

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  5. I have been following this game since around 2011-2012 and I can honestly say that there is no other fan game like it and no other that is nearly as good. I have replayed the parts that are out so many times and always try different team setups and different strategies. I look forward to seeing the final battles and can't wait to start playing it from the beginning again.

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    1. Thanks! good to hear that the game is replayable! I can't wait to replay it fully when it's done too.

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  6. I love this game! Thank you so much!

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  7. The guy up there
    Umm it may sound funny
    I'm frommmm Indiaaaaaa

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  8. Wow, I looked back on this today wondering if it'd been updated to see this. I'm happy to see you're still going for it and have made so much progress! I can't imagine how much time you've put into this game. Kudos and can't wait to play again.

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  9. Roanak a question
    Where did u find the themes and background music for the game
    I would like to know and download them too

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    1. Most of the music comes from Final Fantasy, mostly FF8, some from FF7 and FF10

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  10. Hey Raonak, just want to say I'm so hyped to hear it's almost finished. SPEE has been so much fun to play and watch grow over the years, and I wish you the best of luck and support all the way back from 2009. Keep making amazing games, and never give up on your passion!

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  11. I found a major bug I got to the ferry and noticed that suddenly every time I switch eevees form it disappears from my party (also happens when it's switched by the cutscene) sometimes switching it again will return it or put it over another party member and bug out it's stats the last major fight I did was against zapdos so my best quests is that it has something to do with the summon mechanic my most recent save before that is before ferrous mines and I also tried selling my summon Stones on the off chance that not having the option would fix it also my computer can't run the launcher so any suggestions involving that are out I downloaded the game about 2-3 days ago

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  12. I managed to get back from that one backup and have seemingly avoided the disappearing eevees bug

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