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Wizardry Wizardry: The Five Ordeals Steam release

Discussion in 'jRPG Weeaboo Discussion' started by LESS T_T, Jun 3, 2021.

  1. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Well, let's have a dedicated thread for this. This is re-release of 2006 game Wizardry: The Five Ordeals, remade from scratch on Unity, level editor included. Over 100 scenarios Japanese gamers have made in last 15 years also will be playable/provided in some form.

    Unfortunately, the initial Early Access release will only have UI text localized.

    Interestingly this is published by Game*Spark, a minor Japanese gaming news website.
     
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  2. Thac0 JRPG ambassador Patron

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    Wait, this means there will be an old school Wizardry engine for easy custom modules on Steam.
    If this even gets any semblance of traction this is glorious incline for DRPGs and the entire RPG genre really.
     
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  3. Lady Error █▓▒░ ░▒▓█ Patron

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    It has some promise...

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    Though the UI is really kind of ugly. Instead LARPing Wizardry 1 to death, they could at least have included the portraits of the party members into the UI, like Wizardry 6-8.
     
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  4. e-mailio estevez Arcane

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    Speaking of portraits, I find it interesting that the elf portrait appears to be an upscaled portrait from the SNES version of Bane of the Cosmic forge.
     
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  5. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Likely because console ports, Gaiden games, and this are all made by basically the same company (or successor).
     
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  6. Reinhardt Arcane

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    Compared to Solasta it's BOOTIFUL.
     
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  7. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    FAQ. I hope they'll get a good translator: https://steamcommunity.com/app/1308700/discussions/0/3109152828474694090/

    The most interesting thing is that the complicated situation behind the rights to Wiz 1-5 led them to set the rule to ban any custom scenario/names inspired by them.

     
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  9. Filthy Sauce Arbiter

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    Strange update on steam yesterday. Not sure what they are babbling about... Guess its delayed.


     
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  10. Duraframe300 Arcane

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    I guess they got a legal letter or something. Only explanation I can think of for that *clarification* in the beginning.

    The UI stuff is worrying.
     
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  11. Ysaye Savant

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    Yes - the UI looks nothing like the UI of Wizardries 1 - 8 so for lawyers to claim that they do is a bit worrying.
     
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  12. Dyskolos Cipher

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    It has to be some combination of name with UI and/or whatever 'drawing function' means that is triggering the claim they've crossed the limit of what their rights to the title (which presumably they do have in some form) allow. This seems the key element in that regard: "There is also a possibility that the game title and the visual game features related drawing function and the UIs, etc will be changed or removed." Their language isn't the most precise anywhere but I read that as their envisioning two basic paths of negotiation and release - the probably preferred route of keeping the title but compromising on the contested elements or, if that ends up requiring too much reworking, altogether dropping the name but putting the game out probably unchanged otherwise.
     
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  13. maidsoft Novice

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    I really want the Wizardry rights sorted out. It's got to be one of the biggest reasons there isn't more Wizardry stuff in the west.
     
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  14. Darth Canoli Arcane

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    I don't mind not having the portraits, i hope they focus on UI QoL improvements instead once they fix whatever legal issue they have.
    It's actually refreshing not having any cat-girl PC on screen, maybe some incline incoming.

    If they just had Grimoire dungeon quick travel feature and actual Wizardry 6-8 exploration, it'd be just great but i'm not holding my breath.
     
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  15. Maxwell's Demon Arcane

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    I don't. Can you even imagine the clusterfuck that would become in today's development climate? You could only trust a Japanese, or possibly Eastern European, company to do the IP any justice. I hope it remains in licensing Hell for another five years.
     
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  16. RatTower Arcane Developer

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    As I mentioned in the other thread, Wizardry's licensing situation is a nightmare.
    I might be going out on a limb here, but I believe, the way how they precisely deny any relation to the original five games tells you everything you need to know.
    A similar thing happened with Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls in 2019. On the day of the release, they announced that there were "licensing issues". Iirc it was then scheduled for June, but eventually, it released more than half a year later (January 2020).
     
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  17. KeighnMcDeath RPG Codex Boomer

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    I'll hope for a gog release as well. :/
     
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    :(
     
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  19. MuscleSpark Augur Patron

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    This confirms it's the fault of the cunts who own the right to 1-5, who are also the reason those games haven't gotten digital re-releases in any capacity.
     
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