It’s time to delve into the mailbag once again!
Unfortunately I lost the psd for the old mailbag logo. So I’ve made this more streamlined new one as a replacement.
Anyway, for all you new to the site, Mailbag is where we answer the questions you’ve asked through the Contact Page. We’ve selected the ones we can answer at this time, and well, answered them! Note that we have slightly altered the questions to correct grammar and formatting. So without further ado, let us begin.
Will the mother 4 source code be open?
The Mother 4 project is closed source, meaning that I will not release the source code to the public at any point in time. (At least, in the next few years.) This is because I plan to reuse the code for other, more commercial purposes after the game is finished.
When the game is out will you let us know on the website? And can we download it from this website?
Yes on both accounts. The game will be available for download only on the website. We’ll make sure it’s clear that the game is available when it launches. The current plan is to replace the home page of the site with one that features the download links front and center.
I wanna make a game like this but, what program did you use?
At first we used RPG Maker XP, but that fell to the wayside when I joined the team. I began creating the game using Game Maker for a more customized and Mother-like experience than what would have been achieved in RPG Maker. However, a little after a year into development I hit some limits of Game Maker, and had to develop “band-aids” to work around them. The band-aids soon became too troublesome to work with and I decided to make the switch to a more feature-full environment. After scouting about, I decided C++ with SDL and OpenGL would be my best bet, so I began work on a new engine from the ground up and have been working on it since. The IDE I use to develop on Windows is Microsoft Visual C++ 2010.
I can’t wait for this game to come out!! But what’s the setting?
Mother was based in 80s, yes?
Mother 2 was based in 90′s
Mother 3 was based somewhere in the future
So what time peroid is Mother 4 in?
And also, is Mother 4 based in America like the first two games?
Mother 4 will take place in a modern-esque world. There will be towns, cities, forests, valleys, sweeping plains, deserts, seas and much more. Think of it as a large connected world like that of Mother 1 or 2 mixed with the variety of locales featured in Mother 3. I can’t say an exact time or place though.
Do you like mangos?
Yes. I do love me some mangoes. (Yep this was an email we got. )
Will there be Mr. Saturns in Mother 4?
Yep. Take a look at the banner up top.
There’s a musical note icon in the battle screenshots. Will there be Mother 3 style rhythm combos in Mother 4?
There will be combos based on the music, however they won’t be exactly like Mother 3. We’ll be adding our own style to attack combos.
I’d like to know how many pieces of music has been made for the game?
How much of that is remixes from old games?
Currently I count 34 tracks. However, that doesn’t include all the music we’ve made and since replaced. There are 5 straight remixes and there are 4 songs with themes from past games interspersed in them. The rest are originals composed by Roger Levy and SNOBODYS.
The Sound of Music
I’ve got a question about the development of Mother 4, in regards to music. How is it being done? Will it sound like the music from previous Mother games?
As with the graphics, we’re giving the music a bit of an upgrade in quality. The best way I can tell you how it will sound is to give you a sample to listen to. Fortunately, there’s one availible. I’d like to direct you to The Music of Mother 4 from last year’s NCFC.
If the ESRB were to rate this game, what do you think they would rate it?
If the ESRB were to rate this game, I expect they would rate it along the lines of E 10+ or maybe Teen. You know, for cartoon violence and all.
I was a big fan of the detail of the sprites in Mother 3. I was wondering how much effort you guys will be putting the sprite animation aspect of the game.
There will be an emphasis on detail in the sprites in Mother 4. There will be extra animations for cut scenes as there were in Mother 3. Just wait until the NCFC rolls around for some screenshot action.
For the past couple days I’ve been replaying Mother 1 and Mother 3.While playing these games I have noticed that Mother 1 is a lot harder than Mother 3.I was just wondering how difficult will game would be? Mother 3 had times where it got a little tough but not as much as Mother 1. I’d like to know since I don’t like games that are really easy.
I think I answered this in the last mailbag, but maybe it was somewhere else. Anyway, we’re shooting for a difficulty less than Mother 1, but a little harder or on par with Mother 3. There will be hard parts, and easy parts, but what we’re most concerned about is balancing those in a way that gets progressively more difficult as the game goes on. This is where beta testing will be very useful.
Will there be any animal party members (like Boney from Mother 3) that can use PK/PSI attacks, or any anthropomorphic party members like that?
No we don’t have plans for any non-human PSI users. Although that is an idea. Perhaps someone could pursue that in another fan game. I’d check that out. We also don’t have plans for anthropomorphic characters.
COMING TO A THEATER NEAR YOU
I know you are producing a video game.
I know you don’t want any information leaked to the internet.
So I’ll not ask for miracles here… but would be so kind to give a general outline of Mother 4 plot?
I’m not asking to give every datail of the game, but to know a general scenario. Pretty much what you would read when reading the description of the game. As if I were looking at the trailer of this game.
There’s always the synopsis over on the about page, but I’ll try my hand at a trailer type description here:
In a world with darkness on the rise,
a few boys, some young men and a pretty girl stand alone.
It was all just fun and games until the strange crafts appeared in the skies.
Cars. People. Household appliances. Everything is alive and is out to get them.
What will become of the world?
Will this unlikely team of friends be able to stop the madness?
Only you can decide.
Coming to your computer sometime before the end of the world.
And with that, this wraps up today’s round of mailbag. If your question wasn’t featured, don’t fret! Check the FAQs to see if it was already answered there. If you can’t find it there, then it just isn’t time for it to be answered. We’ve got to keep some surprises for when the game launches.
And as always, please send in your questions for future mailbag posts. Thanks!