A closeup on the upcoming game from Team Falldog; Shimapanzer Strike! Featuring some of the most adorable Wolf
Girls with monstrous panzers (tanks), taking to the field in a tactical RPG with some unique twists sure to please anime lovers and games alike. Welcome back Enomviewers to your indie news with me Reno Morgan your north star when it comes to finding the best upcoming games that you should be keeping an eye on and dropping some support for, one of the best-looking indie games slated for release late 2018 into 2019! That doesn’t mean you can’t drop by Team Falldog on any of the following links Reddit, Shimapanzer’s Website, Twitter, and GAB!
I had the awesome opportunity to interviews David Simon who is the project leader for Shimapanzer Strike, working with 1 other developer Paul Dalessi a senior artist for CD Projekt Red. Together we spent more time talking about our shared love for a lot of what makes Shimapanzer Strike adorable, alluring and fan servicing. Shimapanzer is shaping up to be a gorgeous Tactical RPG and to start things off let’s get right into what that means, right from David Simon “It’s a tactical RPG similar to fire emblem there’s a handful of unit classes, and they level up from fighting and get stronger, and are gone forever if they die.” For those not familiar with Fire Emblem it is also a tactical RPG from Nintendo you may also recognize the name for several characters that are from Fire Emblem in Super Smash Bros. With Shimapanzer we will see a unique cast of characters taking to the field in your control as you maneuver the battlefield as the tactical commander. If your adorable girls survive, is completely in your hands because death is permanent!
With the drastic contrast in prior work, both David Simon’s and Paul Dalessi’s Art Station show a strong change in style compared to their current masterpiece Shimapanzer it was really cool to see how flexible they can be with their work. I had to ask them “What gave you guys the idea of wolf girls and tanks, your prior work samples are so different in contrast going from the seriousness of some of those spaceships? (In your Artstation)” David’s response gave me something really important to think about when it comes to developers who are always given a set style when getting into a project that is not completely their own. He said “I think a lot of it is that everything we did before now was always for other games that already had defined art styles this is our first time deciding everything we do from scratch and since we’re huge weebs we obviously went with anime girls” While David may not have meant a lot by it, I took a lot from it. With a massively growing industry, Video Game Design has always been leaning pro side over Indie which means so many new developers are joining projects where they may not have enough creative control to express what they would want to do. For me, this is what makes Indie so alluring. It puts the creativity right into the hands of the artist and designers who may not have had that opportunity in the past. Creating an environment for developers to explore what they would like to make ground up which is where many unique games come from. I did not share these later thoughts with David so I am not sure what he may have had to say regarding my personal thoughts. I hope we start to see a lot of professional side developers start to explore alternate routes into the indie scene, it offers everyone a freedom where ideas can grow into masterpieces!
Nonetheless, that is why Enom focuses on Indie! With such a beautiful world Shimapanzer sure was mixing some cute things with some worrisome things. Having giant tanks pointing at my adorable wolf girls gave me an anxiety I couldn’t shake, I had to know “Will anything bad happen to the wolf
girls(?)” and David just making it worse “it’s a war game after all” So if you do get a chance to play Shimapanzer, keep your girls close and your enemy closer! While David could not release any information to me about the story for Shimapanzer we can just keep our fingers crossed that we will see more cute things than sad things, but in a war zone expect the worst! To balance out that anxiety, Falldog shared some amazingly cute minigame gifs on Twitter of one of my favorite girls cleaning a tank and they assured us that a tank cleaning minigame will be a thing. So, at least after scouring across battlefields and facing life or death you can relax with your girls while giving your panzers a good scrub! Maybe it will distract you from the thought that your next battle might just be the last one for someone!
Thank you all for reading Enom, and I hope you give our friends at Team Falldog a look! Feel free to leave a question in the comments, or reach out to Team Falldog on any of the following Reddit, Shimapanzer’s Website, Twitter, and GAB, and before I say adieu have some tentacles!