This post contains the information to possibly the largest update that we, the PHB, could ever muster. This update extends farther than the Poptropica community—beyond online virtual worlds. I am pleased to announce the beginning of a new adventure…
Orb Legend is a role-playing game (RPG) created by a group of artists and creatives, centered around the adventures of Meridian Sinker, Quatia, Anguila, and the entire BHP team, throughout 6 books jam-packed with puzzles, stories, side quests, amazing soundtracks, and lovable characters. Yes, this is an actual game, created by me and my awesome team.
We’re using an amazing engine—“Game Maker Studio”—to put the game together, if that’s what you’re asking. You may recognize it as the engine that the RPG “Undertale” was built on—and gameplay wise, this game will be incredibly similar to Undertale.
What will happen to the PoptropiComic?
The PoptropiComic is no more. Orb Legend will be replacing it, continuing the same storyline. Sadly, after I created a couple pages, I realized that the story isn’t compatible with that medium. The story will be much more enjoyable here—trust us!
What can I expect from the game?
Think Poptropica, but the story is stretched out between over 20 different quests. The lore and backstory run deeper than Poptropica has ever delved. You will be playing as Meridian Sinker, so it will play like a spectating movie in which you get to choose what to do – but make no mistake, your choices won’t directly impact the main story.
There will be logical puzzles similar to Poptropica – and a battle mechanic similar to Undertale.
When can I play?
The game is in early development currently—but expect it sometime this year. Of course, it will be released in parts, which we call chapters. The chapters will be released one at a time—and there are about 4 chapters each book. There are 6 books, meaning this could be a project that lasts years.
What will it cost?
Because of Poptropica’s copyright, we can’t sell the game for profit. It will be absolutely free! However, we will have a Kickstarter campaign up and running soon, so you can donate to the game. In return, we’ll have fun rewards!
Who’s developing it?
You can read more about the entire development team on the official blog, but here’s an overview:
- Andrew (HP) is the head of story development. I also do most of the spriting.
- Paul (UiPE) helps out with graphics and story.
- Blake helps out with making dialogue and story fluid.
- Kat (Oddly) creates the (incredible) soundtrack for the game.
- Ylimegirl programs the gameplay and helps with dialogue.
- Joshua (GH) helps out with story and correlations between the game and his series.
- Nicholas is the incredible background pixel artist.
I want more info!
We’re currently still working on the official blog, but you’ll be alerted here whenever it’s live!
Again, this is a huge endeavor and one that I’m super excited for. Happy New Years! Also, if you think you have any skills that may add to the project, feel free to contact me at [email protected].
—HPuterpop and the entire Orb Legend crew