I have been discussing the idea of the High School RPG with Matt, and it’s starting to take some shape.
While kicking around some ideas we decided on a dual-themed game – you will control your character’s day-to-day life, make decisions about their study and training, etc., (as I outlined in an earlier blog post) but you’ll also venture into the mysterious labyrinth that lies under the school.
Gameplay will require a few minutes a day to set your ‘school strategy’ by filling up slots in your weekly timetable from available options. Your choices here will affect your skills, exam results, popularity, etc. You may choose to try to get into the football team, debating team, etc., and the various schools in the game will compete in simulated leagues.
You’ll also be able to do social stuff like chat with your clanmates or schoolmates, post on each other’s walls, change your character’s hairstyle, or go on dates (for skillups and achievement badges).
But for those who want some immediate and more lengthy fun, there will be a whole Roguelike thing going on in the labyrinth. This will possibly earn you treasure, skill-ups, or injury! Some monsters may even ben tamed, if you have the skills..
Here’s some early concept art from Matt:
And a screenshot of progress we have made with randomly-generated labyrinths, complete with line-of-sight revealing and a mini-map: