Hello ! I am a video game student @ILOI & I am very thankful, your speech is very motivating .
Except the dude clearly doesn't know much of anything about the 3D game pipeline. Yeah, if you're very skilled, a high poly sculpt could, certainly. But then there's retopology, UV mapping, texture baking, rigging, animating, other means of optimization once imported into the engine. Granted it wouldn't take anywhere near the production time of a AAA character (Which the High-poly sculpt took maybe 10-15 hours altogether, but the finished character took ~94 hours). And granted pokemon models aren't nearly as complex as that, but I think at least a 1-3 hours from start to finish to be a fair average expectancy of artists who know the work flow well enough. I just hate how people are so critical of artists when they clearly don't understand what goes into it.
Stoic is back on Kickstarter, trying to gather $200k and fund the production of the final part in one of the best fantasy strategy/RPG of all time.
Stoic is a very small independent game development company, which actually has just two founders working in one office and a bunch of remote employees helping out (including the talented Igor Artyomenko). With a very lean team, they manage to produce some of the best games in strategy/RPG genre. The Banner Saga series proved to be a great success, conquering Steam, mobile platforms, and consoles. However, to keep the quality at the highest possible level Stoic still needs some help from the fans.
Today the company has announced a crowdfunding campaign for Banner Saga 3. During the next 30 days, developers plan to raise $200,000 to bring the award-winning series to a conclusion. The original game also got a lot of funding on Kickstarter back in 2012. Banner Saga 3 will be the final in the Viking saga.
“We’re going full circle and returning to Kickstarter where it all began. In 2012, the backers were instrumental in bringing the saga to life, smashing our initial funding target that led us to increase the scope, fidelity and production values of Banner Saga. We’re proud to be indie, and despite the stellar support we get from our publisher, Versus Evil, we’re not taking any outside funding to bring this series home, we’d love Kickstarter support to add additional features that are simply beyond our current budget”.
John Watson, co-founder and Technical Director at Stoic
Banner Saga 3 will give you more of that classical tactical strategy/RPG mix with awesome characters, great animation, lots of cool text, wonderful little Disney-inspired animations and amazing lore. We love Banner Saga for its amazing style and hand-drawn visuals. This is one of the most beautiful 2d games coming from an indie studio. Let’s hope this series will end on a high note.