Orb Legend Update Post – game mechanics

Hi Gs,

Nearly a month ago, I announced the beginning of a colossal project – an RPG titled “Orb Legend“, following the adventures of Meridian Sinker and his many friends. My awesome team and I have been working long and hard on it since then, and I’m excited to share some updates below. 🙂

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Soundtrack

The soundtrack for the game is currently being produced by Taitoki (Kat), an amazing digital musician! She’s created leitmotifs for a bunch of the main characters, and themes for all the locations you’ll be visiting during your journey. We nearly have the entire soundtrack for the first chapter of the game, and Taitoki has released a few demo tracks on her SoundCloud so you can get a taste of the action. The complete album will be available for purchase on Bandcamp upon release.

Cutscenes

Throughout the game, cutscenes will periodically play. These will feature more lovely music by Kat, voice acting from a number of talented actors, and amazing art by Feng Janelle. Check out some of her art for the game trailer below.

Sidequests

On every island that Meridian visits, he always happens to meet the Scavenger. No one really knows where she came from, but strangely enough, she knows everyone. Returning to her every once in awhile during a chapter will prompt certain sidequests that are subplots of the main quest. This exciting new feature will provide a much more immersive experience and make Poptropica even more real.

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Story

We’ve been pretty secretive about the story so far – and that’s for a reason – but I feel that in order to get you guys excited as we are, I need to spill some beans. As previously mentioned, there will be 6 books, each with around 4 chapters. Each book covers a character arc and a certain facet of the Poptropica universe. The first book, “The Winged Revolution”, mainly covers the existence of dimensions in the Poptropica universe – and the character arc is trust!

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Each of those symbols represents one of the chapters of the Winged Revolution: Dimensional Warp, Animal Island, Dreamy Island, and The Golden Egg.

The first of these, Dimensional Warp, is the one that we’re planning on releasing by mid-year. Here’s a synopsis written by Giant Hawk:

The world of Poptropica is one unlike any other; filled with magic, art, technology, and adventure. But for top BHP adventurer Meridian Sinker, one world isn’t enough. He’s been searching for resolution all his life, and among the top questions he wants answers to is the secret of travel between dimensions. Unbeknownst to Meridian Sinker, however, a seemingly average monster containment mission is all it’ll take for him to finally start getting answers. But with said answers come even more uncertainty. Who can Meridian Sinker trust? Does dimensional travel have negative effects? Only one thing is for sure – this is only the beginning…

I hope all of this excites you as much as it does me! Prepare for wacky characters, insane stakes, and puzzling situations.

I’m going to stop posting these large updates on the PHB, so please go follow us on the Orb Legend Development blog. There’s so much more I want to reveal, and I couldn’t fit it all into one article! Also, follow us on Twitter! We tweet sneak peaks all the time.

TAFN.

-HPuterpop

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17 thoughts on “Orb Legend Update Post – game mechanics

  1. Brave Tomato says:

    The soundtrack is awesome as i hear! ^_^
    Dat artwork tho. Wow, ya really got great people on this!
    *just smiles*
    And the story… Ah I can’t wait in general! ^_^
    Keep up the great work, guys!

  2. Dangerous Eye says:

    Thanks for sharing, HP! The soundtrack is amazing and so is the art and I love the character arc already :’) Supporting you all the way! (Which means that if you need help with anything – which I doubt you will tbh xD – I’ll be right here :))

  3. Popular Wolf says:

    I can’t wait! I love the sound track— wish I had a musical ear like that XD
    Anyway, if you need minor help (not programming, too busy ^^’ ) with art or something of the sort, don’t hesitate to ask! I’d love to help out. Keep on being awesome, and good luck!

  4. Spencer says:

    I just made a connection, tell me if I’m wrong. The ‘orb’ in the logo is the same one as Astro Knights. One of the songs in the soundtrack is called Fire Bird, and on Astro Knights there is a ‘mother phoenix’ and what’s a phoenix? In a way, a fire bird! I definitely think Astro Knights will play a role in the first book, even the first chapter, considering that’s the one you’re working on.

    • HPuterpop says:

      AstroKnights plays a role in the overall mythos of the story. However, the Firebird idea is incorrect. The mother phoenix doesn’t play a role in Orb Legend.

      Good catch with the green Orb in the logo, though. That definitely plays a big part.

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