Some Retro FE Art for your Enjoyment
Published on October 26, 2012 By ScottTykoski In Elemental Dev Journals

With Fallen Enchantress cooling the sting that was 'War of Magic', I'd like to look back on one of the things I enjoyed most from the original Elemental: the 'retro' intros made for the beta builds (you can still see these videos here and here).  They only took half a day to produce, but got a great fan reaction (there were even major news outlets that posted about them).

We had discussed doing something similar for FE, but deemed them far too silly at a time when our efforts needed to be as sincere as possible. That was half a day to get some real work done, and there was so much to do.

Luckily, Brad was very true to his word about "no more crunch time", and with us working 40 hour weeks again, I had the free time to do some pixel art on the side.

And while we never made additional videos in that retro style, I still wanted to show off what they could have looked like. Enjoy!

Take 1: Went for a NES Zelda1 style, with every sprite only using 3-4 colors. You have a Hoarder Spider in there, some golems, some demons, a naja, and even a little 'Frogboy'.

Take 2: Went old-school Ultima on this one. Look at those 2 bit world sprites!  Yikes

Take 3: A fun 16-bit style, where Relias, Procipinee, & Magnar III team up for a gildar collecting...or something.

Comments (Page 2)
on Oct 26, 2012

I had a talk with some of the modders and we are now all focusing our efforts on taking the game back 20 years in development.

Here is a prototype for a level 5 city with extra dragon recruitment and the Tower of Eregon built. Also the proximity to a magma river has obviously allowed the city to build a magma forge.

on Oct 26, 2012

Love it, awesome.

on Oct 26, 2012

I will be handling the quests. I hope you don't mind the princess actually being in another castle. She moves around alot.

on Oct 26, 2012

Heavenfall: Don't knock it 'till you're pumping out assets in 1/100th the time as rigged and animated 3d models

Sean: lol 

on Oct 26, 2012

So will the "Pixel Mod" art remake for Elemental be released? That could be awesome ... and also reduce the system requirements of the game!?

A retro alternative to the cloth map?

on Oct 26, 2012

I would play the hell out of FE running these graphics. Hmm, maybe a good idea for a map mod (zoomed out).

on Oct 26, 2012

I will be handling the quests. I hope you don't mind the princess actually being in another castle. She moves around alot.


Sorry - your karma is in another thread.

on Oct 26, 2012

Hehe, add a dungeon or trap that transports the player to a dream state or back to 1985 and they have to fight their way out of a pixilated world to 'wake up' or get back.  


Better yet, give the AI a new random spell! 

I'd have fun with it!

on Oct 26, 2012

Sorry - your karma is in another thread.



on Oct 26, 2012

Lord Reliant: +10 Karma for you!
Heavenfall: -50000 Karma..sorry

Thanks, but I haven't seen the karma yet.

I will give you +1, though!

on Oct 26, 2012

Haha I loved this in beta. I'd like to have some of the old screens downloadable for memories

on Oct 27, 2012

How about for the sequel title Elemental: Return of the Lost Pixels

on Oct 28, 2012

The shard icons at least should be in the game. They're way better looking then the generic crystal icons that currently represent your magical power.

on Oct 29, 2012

I would LOVE zooming out all the way until you get to the Ultima Pixel mode