Artistic presentation is one of the very first aspects we focused on when conceptualizing Modern Mania Wrestling, and we've broken it down into two primary parts: character art and user interface.
As mentioned in our previous blog, while MMW and 8MWR do take place in the same universe, we're excited to leave the Saturday morning cartoon look to 8MWR and explore more of a comic book style with MMW. Along with this new art style comes more of a sense of realism to the characters as well.
Don't get us wrong, the characters will still be presented in a kayfabe manner, but that doesn't mean we won't sometimes call a wrestler by both his gimmick name and his shoot name. You know, just like people do sometimes in modern day wrestling. You'll learn more about this when we do a deep dive in future blog posts about new ways wrestler cards will be presented in Modern Mania.
But for now, while on the subject of character design, we'd like to thank and praise the artists who allowed us to bring our concepts to life.
Artists Nolan Harris, Butch Mapa, and Antonio “Nunoh” Diaz have been wonderful to create with and we're thrilled to finally start showing off some of their character pieces next month.
That's right. Starting in June, we'll kickoff full blown promos that will reveal new pieces of character art every week leading up to our December release!
Whereas the 80s Mania menu layouts attempt to visually honor a retro feel (we've heard it described as a Super Nintendo menu with a Miami Vice color palette), Modern Mania will obviously attempt to look more...modern. Easier said than done! In today's vast landscape of games, what exactly is modern looking?
That kind of question got us to the point of agreeing that while MMW should still present an interface that works and feels like 8MWR, the UI should also display a bit sleeker, cleaner, streamlined presentation. And of course it should attempt to look more on par with some of the extravagant production levels you see in pro wrestling today.
Below you'll get a sneak preview of a background animation and music track that will be featured in the game so as to give you a little taste of the artistic presentation we're aiming for with Modern Mania Wrestling.
Stick with us, Modern Maniacs! It's going to be a fun summer as this train really gets moving down the track towards December!
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Animation: Greg Rozeboom Art: Werner Mueck Music: Kevin MacLeod
What exactly is Modern Mania Wrestling?
Modern Mania Wrestling will be a brand new free-to-play mobile game. It is completely separate from 80s Mania Wrestling Returns. It will be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play and played on any Apple or Android device that you might use to play 80s Mania Wrestling Returns.
What effect does this new Modern Mania Wrestling game have on the existing 80s Mania Wrestling Returns game?
None whatsoever! 8MWR will continue to have our full support and continue to evolve through regular updates and the addition of new cards. In fact, the creation of MMW will help 8MWR in the long run as you'll see by reading on.
What about Modern Mania Wrestling is different from 80s Mania Wrestling Returns?
Most notably, Modern Mania Wrestling isn't set in the 1980s, 1990s or even the early 2000s. MMW is set in current day.
While MMW will still be a booker sim / collectible card game at heart, it will be presented in a style more representative of modern day wrestling. It will also still include many nods to pop culture. In addition, the character art will have a more comic book feel as opposed to the cartoon character feel of 8MWR. Our brand new team of artists for MMW is simply amazing!
We're also implementing new animated features throughout the game. You'll see character art and demo videos for yourself in the many promos planned for the months ahead!
Do Modern Mania Wrestling and 80s Mania Wrestling Returns exist in a shared universe?
Yes! The characters and concepts within MMW reside within the same universe established in 8MWR. You will see definitely see some aging wrestlers and family trees from 8MWR appear in MMW.
Even though it's official backstory begins in 8MWR, Modern Mania Wrestling itself will feature a huge influx of new characters, storylines and concepts.
Do I need to play both games?
Simply put: no. Though familiarity with 8MWR will help you to quickly dive into MMW, new players can just as easily pick up either game and start playing.
We understand that it takes more time to play both! This is why we encourage fans of our games to play whichever one they prefer, as our hope and intent is that each will provide a completely unique and enjoyable experience.
But of course, players of both 8MWR and MMW can expect to see plenty of crossover bonuses between the games!
Will you continue to develop 8MWR as regularly as you have been?
Yes! And this is something we're very excited about! We've got major plans in store for 80s Mania Wrestling Returns in the months leading up to the release of Modern Mania Wrestling. In extremely general terms we are exploring and in some cases already working on new features such as:
-Mid-Match Event Cards
Whatever features we add on to the 8MWR engine in the coming months will also be a part of the Modern Mania Wrestling game! And vice-versa! After MMW releases, both games will reap the benefits of regular updates to the overall game engine.
Wow! This is huge news! Can I be anymore excited?
No. You cannot be. This is the most exciting thing to happen in any decade ever. You are now, from this day forward, both an 80s MANIAC and a MODERN MANIAC!
In all seriousness, we thank anyone reading this. Without interest there is no support. And without support there is no game. And without the game there is no this. We love this. We hope you do too.
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