As we’ve all been enjoying Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, which was released in mid-April, our attention is now beginning to turn towards Game Atelier’s Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom, which is due for release later this year.
We received some good news this morning via a blog post on the Monster Boy website that the developer is completing a new playable demo that will be available at Gamescom in Germany and the China-based Retro.HK event. Gamescom begins on Aug. 22, and Retro.HK on Aug. 10 in Hong Kong.
Showing a demo always gives us mixed feelings. On one hand we’re super excited to see people playing our game, on the other hand we always know it’s just a glimpse of the full experience and the game is so much more. The main problem with game expos is that press and players don’t have the time to dig into all aspects of a game and need to get a quick impression so they can move on to the next game and publisher quickly. This time we made a slight change by keeping the beach section of the demo at full length just like you’ll experience it in the final game. Another change is that we show a different section of the sewers that leads to the village. You’ll see Monster Village for the first time properly and with the new graphics. We did cut out the Snake segment as it’s still in progress of graphical updates but we kept the frog segment in the demo with new graphics, too. It’s still a very short demo made specifically for the showfloor but a step forward to get a glimpse of the final game. We’ll make sure to have a video of the demo up on YouTube so everyone can check it out.
Monster Boy is due for release this year on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.