“Hello, I am making a game where all characters have embroidered animation,” developer Eva Navratilova declared in a tweet about her upcoming platformer, Scarlet Deer Inn. The accompanying video exhibits a younger woman working by a vibrant, beautifully-painted village whereas equally embroidered geese flap close by. It then cuts to a close-up of an embroidery machine crafting the little woman’s run cycle. Alright, I am already offered, however how do you truly… try this?

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The reply is fairly easy, with some deep roots within the historical past of 2D graphics. As demonstrated in a video uploaded by the developer, Attu Video games is creating sprite sheets with the embroidery, then scanning them, touching them up, and dealing them into the game. The method would not appear that completely different from how id Software program or Uncommon translated bodily or digital 3D fashions into sprites for Doom and Donkey Kong Nation.

Scarlet Deer Inn’s bodily medium, although, is fairly unprecedented. As Navratilova wrote in response to a question on Twitter: “Nobody’s ever achieved it earlier than, so it is thrilling” This presentation additionally dovetails properly with Scarlet Deer Inn’s setting, which Attu describes as being “impressed by Slavic folklore.” The inherent old school coziness of the embroidered artwork strikes me as an ideal match for these folks inspirations⁠—it jogs my memory of how a lot final yr’s Pentiment hit it out of the park with the combo of illuminated manuscript illustration and sixteenth century Bavaria.

The embroidered characters actually pop towards Scarlet Deer Inn’s painterly environments. I do know everybody’s describing every thing as “wanting like Studio Ghibli” nowadays, however Scarlet Deer Inn’s crisp blue skies, rolling hills, and the not too-unfriendly wanting denizens of its underworld actually do scratch that Ghibli itch for me.

And there may be an underworld: finally it appears such as you commerce these bucolic village environs for spooky caverns, and I am unable to wait to see what Attu video games does with this premise. You possibly can wishlist Scarlet Deer Inn on Steam, and observe Attu Video games and Eva Navratilova on Twitter to sustain with improvement.

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Young woman walks through a vibrant field full of sheep

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A large, white snake coiled on a tree branch appraises a young woman as she approaches

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Young woman approaching outdoor blacksmith under a blue sky

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A large, black ghost creature peers inquisitively at a young woman in an underground ruin

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Young woman talking to young girl in a peasant cottage, young girl is describing

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Close up of sprites of young girl in pink dress being embroidered on dark cloth

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