I am pleased to announce that my popular post-apocalyptic series The Weller is making the move into the digital realm in the form of The Weller: The Video Game.
The game's demo debuted at Demicon 30, featuring exclusive Demicon content and characters! I'm pleased to report that the game was met with very favorable reception from fans at the con. A new demo showing more of The Weller's world will be available for fans to try out at Planet Funk Con in Bettendorf, Iowa June 21st - 23rd.
I'd like to take this opportunity to answer some common questions I received at Demicon.
What type of game is it?
The Weller: The Video Game is an RPG in the style of popular games like Final Fantasy and Pokemon.
Will it be available on consoles?
Not likely, I'm afraid. However, the game is projected to be available on Steam for PC, Mac, and Linux users, as well as for Android and iOS devices.
Who's making the game?
I am! At this time, The Weller: The Video Game is a solo project, but I'm sure I'll be enlisting help from others over the course of the game's development.
Wow! How are you making it?
I'm using RPG Maker MV to create the game. I originally considered using NES Maker for an even more retro feel, but after a friend showed me RPG Maker's capabilities, I knew it was the perfect fit for The Weller.
Will there be other playable characters besides Matt Freeborn?
Yes. Rest assured that Grandpa Gene, Radar, Axl, and Mayor Phoenix will all make appearances. You can also expect a few NPCs to join Matt on his trek across the wasteland.
Will the Road Runner be in the game?
Yes. Matt's trusty vehicle will be included in the game. I haven't reached that part of the game yet, and I'm still learning as I go, but rest assured the Road Runner will be included.
What about weapons? Will Matt have the Well Digger?
The Well Digger is in the game. In fact, players will be able to enhance it with special rounds to help them tackle the various enemies Matt encounters. Expect Freeze Rounds (already in the game's demo), Dragon's Breath Rounds, Taser Rounds, Poison Rounds, Tranquilizer Rounds, and Blinding Rounds among others. The Well Digger is more powerful than ever in The Weller: The Video Game.
Will the game just cover the first Weller novel, or will it also include content from The Weller: Fear of the Dark?
At this time, the plan is to only cover the story of the first novel, but I may also include Night of the Cicada. Or perhaps Night of the Cicada will be its own standalone mini-game title. We'll see when I get closer to finishing. It all depends on time and the overall length of the finished game.
When will the game be released?
I really can't say for certain. Please understand that I'm doing this completely independently and I'm learning as I go. It may take a year or two. I have no intention of rushing out an inferior, buggy game. As with my books, I want to make sure it's done right. The fans deserve that.
How much will it cost?
Again, I can't say for certain. That depends on the costs I incur during development for art, music, and custom sprites and plugins. I definitely plan to keep the price below $20. Patreon supporters who select the "Gamer" tier or higher will automatically receive a copy of the game upon release, regardless of how long they subscribe (one month minimum).
Most importantly, will there be mutant possums?!
LOL Yes, there will be plenty of mutant possums.
If you have any other questions, feel free to leave me a comment and I'll do my best to answer. Thank you for your support, and I hope to see you all on the road as I travel to various cons this summer!
Visit my Patreon page to learn how you can support the game and even get your name in the credits!