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Title: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: linkncb16 on December 22, 2016, 07:54:29 pm
Introduction
Hey everyone! I thought I'd share some info on my latest project :) I am currently working on a hack of CV3 known as Castlevania III Prelude of Light (name finalized). This is my most ambitious hack thus far and so I am doing my best to make it the best experience I can for hardcore fans of classic Castlevania. Honestly I am surprised by the lack of work that has been done on such an amazing game so I have gotten in contact with levelengine, another CV3 hacker, who is assisting in the project as well. I don't want to spoil too much so I won't be revealing much more until the hack is released, but expect a fresh new Castlevania III by the time it is finished!

*For those wondering yes this is the same project I posted before, but I needed to move it to the right section of the forums.

Story
The story takes place in an alternate timeline where Dracula defeated the Belmonts and conquered all of Europe. Thus, a new generation of Vampire Hunters are born and team up to restore peace to Transylvania. The story definitely doesn't take itself too seriously and the dialogue between the characters is meant to be witty and entertaining.

Opening Prologue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BDk-KMppVU&feature=youtu.be (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BDk-KMppVU&feature=youtu.be)

Characters
(http://i.imgur.com/TPOnIAU.png)
Noah
Vampire Hunter


(http://i.imgur.com/I0tYcXA.png)
Chase
Rogue


(http://i.imgur.com/IceWk5J.png)
Pearl
Wizard


(http://i.imgur.com/BCZBqU3.png)
???
"Archie"

Features
  • Redesigned stages
  • New characters
  • An Expert difficulty
  • Modified sprites & palettes
  • Rewritten story & dialogue
  • Day to night transition

Screenshots

(http://i.imgur.com/RRRNrvX.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/OSbWkPk.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/HecH5OG.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/X3qvSwb.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Vki7mK9.jpg)
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Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: Satoshi_Matrix on December 22, 2016, 11:07:08 pm
hack of Castlevania III, or Akumajou Densetsu?

If it's only CV3, please try to make a Akumajou Densetsu version so we who love VRC6 can get our groove on.
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: linkncb16 on December 23, 2016, 06:32:26 am
hack of Castlevania III, or Akumajou Densetsu?

If it's only CV3, please try to make a Akumajou Densetsu version so we who love VRC6 can get our groove on.
Sorry! The hack is for CV3, but I will see what I can do about making a version for Akumajou Densetsu.
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: Zeikar on December 23, 2016, 07:23:04 am
I know the Japanese version was on more advanced tech and had better music and stuff, but for some reason I still prefer the US music, it's just what I grew up with.
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: Sephirous on December 24, 2016, 02:39:48 am
This looks pretty neat.  :)

Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: Satoshi_Matrix on December 24, 2016, 01:46:28 pm
I know the Japanese version was on more advanced tech and had better music and stuff, but for some reason I still prefer the US music, it's just what I grew up with.
I feel this to some degree, but the VRC6 version is simply superior. But yeah, it's good to have the choice for those who prefer the 2A03 only version without the enhancements.
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: linkncb16 on December 31, 2016, 06:52:03 am
-UPDATE #1-
I have finished all the stages up to Dracula's Castle. I'm still having some issues with moving bosses around and messing with character cutscenes so if anyone has any knowledge on how those work please feel free to share it with me :) I will continue to post whenever I have any significant news to share and hopefully we can finish this hack before February!

Stage 1: Daybreak Castle
(http://i.imgur.com/EP3bNA4.jpg)

Stage 2: Abandoned Factory
(http://i.imgur.com/ppYtwm1.jpg)

Stage 3: Frosty Forest
(http://i.imgur.com/FeYbpQN.jpg)

Stage 4A: Ship of Scalawags
(http://i.imgur.com/IZOo8jK.jpg)

Stage 5A: Crystal Tower
(http://i.imgur.com/ekieh1E.jpg)

Stage 6A: The Bridge
(http://i.imgur.com/BwCJieb.jpg)

Stage 4: Leviathan Lagoon
(http://i.imgur.com/ujVxGds.jpg)

Stage 5: Underground Waterway
(http://i.imgur.com/LZoDYvE.jpg)

Stage 6: Cursed Temple
(http://i.imgur.com/1phsyRB.jpg)
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: Zeikar on December 31, 2016, 06:56:44 am
freakin sweet
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: linkncb16 on December 31, 2016, 07:10:05 am
freakin sweet
Thank you ^-^ I have devoted all of my free time to this project for the last few weeks and I am determined to have it finished as soon as possible. Fans of CV3 have been waiting so long for a full fledged hack of this game and I am here to deliver!
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: DavidtheIdeaMan on December 31, 2016, 02:39:09 pm
This sounds very interesting and a parody of CVIII with interesting features,but I have one major gripe and that is the other characters,due to the fact the other three won't have power up weapons unlike Cadence of Agony in which they have,still Im interested where this project goes?
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: Zeikar on December 31, 2016, 03:45:20 pm
This sounds very interesting and a parody of CVIII with interesting features,but I have one major gripe and that is the other characters,due to the fact the other three won't have power up weapons unlike Cadence of Agony in which they have,still Im interested where this project goes?
A parody?
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: DavidtheIdeaMan on December 31, 2016, 03:49:49 pm
Because of the dialog and the story dosen't take itself to seriously and I read some of them and I find it funny.
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: linkncb16 on December 31, 2016, 04:09:57 pm
Because of the dialog and the story dosen't take itself to seriously and I read some of them and I find it funny.
Example A (Props to anyone who knows where this meme is from):
(http://i.imgur.com/dwaxC79.jpg)
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: TheLuigiLightning on January 01, 2017, 01:15:21 am
Thank you ^-^ I have devoted all of my free time to this project for the last few weeks and I am determined to have it finished as soon as possible. Fans of CV3 have been waiting so long for a full fledged hack of this game and I am here to deliver!

Damn right, I've been waiting for a Castlevania III hack for years.  Also, by "day to night transitions", I hope to god that you mean a gradual darkening in pallet, and not "what a horrible night to have a curse."  But a gradual pallet change would be really cool.
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: linkncb16 on January 01, 2017, 02:36:00 am
Damn right, I've been waiting for a Castlevania III hack for years.  Also, by "day to night transitions", I hope to god that you mean a gradual darkening in pallet, and not "what a horrible night to have a curse."  But a gradual pallet change would be really cool.
Haha no need to worry. I do in fact mean that the game begins in the morning (hence "Daybreak Castle") and progressively gets darker until it becomes night. As you can see in the screenshots the morning, afternoon, and evening all have their respective color palettes.
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: TheLuigiLightning on January 01, 2017, 01:28:14 pm
Haha no need to worry. I do in fact mean that the game begins in the morning (hence "Daybreak Castle") and progressively gets darker until it becomes night. As you can see in the screenshots the morning, afternoon, and evening all have their respective color palettes.

Oh, wait, do you mean each level is darker than the last, or is it actually going to get darker in mid level?  (I'm hoping the latter).
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: linkncb16 on January 06, 2017, 12:51:11 pm
First attempt at graphic hacking. Thoughts?
(http://i.imgur.com/H2gyfGc.jpg)
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: Sinis on January 06, 2017, 02:16:36 pm
First attempt at graphic hacking. Thoughts?
(http://i.imgur.com/H2gyfGc.jpg)


Fiddle around until you got something as practice makes perfect.  That's how I accidentally made my Sonia sprite lol.

By the way, I've been thinking on what you asked me in your PM.  I'll send you my contact info here in a bit once I'm done doing housework, just taking a breather for lunch right now  :D
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: linkncb16 on January 06, 2017, 02:20:38 pm

Fiddle around until you got something as practice makes perfect.  That's how I accidentally made my Sonia sprite lol.

By the way, I've been thinking on what you asked me in your PM.  I'll send you my contact info here in a bit once I'm done doing housework, just taking a breather for lunch right now  :D
Ahhhh thank you so much! levelengine and I have really wanted to talk to you :)
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: Sinis on January 06, 2017, 04:53:30 pm
Sounds good.  I'll be available in two hours hopefully lol.
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: linkncb16 on January 06, 2017, 05:01:04 pm
Sounds good.  I'll be available in two hours hopefully lol.
Okay. I sent you a request on Skype.
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: TheLuigiLightning on January 07, 2017, 05:30:39 pm
I think the graphic hacking can use some work.
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: Zeikar on January 07, 2017, 06:11:21 pm
yeah, Noah looks terrible and has a terrible name
 8)
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: TheLuigiLightning on January 09, 2017, 01:50:43 pm
yeah, Noah looks terrible and has a terrible name
 8)

Geez dude...
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: Zeikar on January 09, 2017, 10:26:32 pm
I'm kidding, the OP knows me as jokester.
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: TheLuigiLightning on April 08, 2017, 02:09:30 pm
Well, it's certainly been a while here...
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: linkncb16 on April 08, 2017, 02:59:11 pm
Well, it's certainly been a while here...
Sinis (the same guy working on CoA) is almost finished working with the graphics for PoL. Once he is finished with that I can complete the rest of the hack.
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: Sinis on April 08, 2017, 11:39:24 pm
I work on  his stuff on the weekends when I have time and I'm very thankful for linknbc16 to have patience in this since I get bombarded by real life stuff every weekend lol :)

I'll look into posting up screenshots when I get more done :)
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: DavidtheIdeaMan on April 11, 2017, 06:19:04 pm
Wait what,Sinis is working on stuff for your hack,huh,well things are getting interesting :)
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: Sinis on April 16, 2017, 09:17:59 am
Aight, since I work on PoL during the weekends for linknbc16 when I have time here's some character screenshots.  Have almost 3 done so far and hope to get a title shown sometime this week as I'm going to work on this at night now while I do CoA during the morning.



Noah, main character of the game.  Gave him the chain whip idea that I scrapped from VoH II.

(http://i957.photobucket.com/albums/ae54/Craftvania/PoL-Noah-Test-1_zpskpuzhsdf.jpg)




The magic user, Pearl.

(http://i957.photobucket.com/albums/ae54/Craftvania/PoL-Pearl-Final-1_zpsrfas48wx.jpg)



The acrobatic thief, Chase.  He's still a work in progress but coming along nicely.

(http://i957.photobucket.com/albums/ae54/Craftvania/PoL-Chase-Test-1_zpsh4n4ar6t.jpg)




That's all I got to show right now.  Other things I'll show off later but right now real life needs my undivided attention :)
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: DavidtheIdeaMan on April 16, 2017, 10:17:53 am
Heh heh those character sprites look damn awesome,great job Sinis,I can't wait to see what you do with the rest? :)
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: bogaabogaa on April 19, 2017, 07:57:20 am
Hi I have not made any lore yet in Othercastle (SC4) Guess I will do a bad ending where Dracula tricks Simon and kills his whole family. And will spread his evil claws over Europe. I did release Othercastle already to the fact that I am a noob hacker and it will take up much tame to learn how to do text and things. All I am good at is SC4ed  :P
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: PachaWillWatchYa on April 25, 2017, 01:13:07 pm
Your hack seems interesting.
Since you are making a hack that isn't taking itself too seriously I would recommend you to play or watch a playtrough of Castlevania NKN if you want humor that pokes fun at some weird and unlogical staples in the series. Though I don't exactly dislike the way it is now.
Also one question, is Sinis doing only sprites or also background graphics?
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: Sinis on April 25, 2017, 02:41:19 pm
Playable characters, title screen, ending character scenes, character encounters and a few stuff here and there.  I'm not working on any background stuff as that's all up to linkncb16 along with level design.  Been trying to work on this at night but when friends and family get involved I don't have much time on my hands to do so lol. Its coming along but slowly  :P

Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: DavidtheIdeaMan on April 25, 2017, 04:04:39 pm
Hmmm I wonder if he'll want any custom music tracks for his game?
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: Googie on April 25, 2017, 04:42:44 pm
I like the graphic changes, they're pretty cool.  :D
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: Googie on May 09, 2017, 04:52:22 pm
So how's the progress of this hack coming along?
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: Sinis on May 09, 2017, 06:10:35 pm
Aside from working on CoA with Sephirous, I've been trying to work on this at night though real life has constantly been getting in the way.  I'm actually going to be working on the last character tonight and get some stuff done so I can pass things back to the owner.  I really don't have much left to do for linkncb16 though also didn't expect for things to constantly get in the way for stuff to take this long to get done.  Almost every time when I open up a tab in Photoshop to start working on PoL stuff things tend to start getting in the way then I get distracted or have to do real life stuff.

Other than that I just have one character left, 1/2 of the title done and work on the character encounter scenes then that's pretty much it.  There was him wanting me to do the ending scenes but I think he was gonna cut the characters out so I'm not gonna bother with them.
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: DavidtheIdeaMan on May 09, 2017, 07:13:40 pm
I can't wait to see the new screenshots for this game,it sounds awesome.
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: Googie on May 12, 2017, 02:46:06 pm
I know how it is when real life gets in the way, hopefully this hack'll go full steam once everything gets sorted out... :)
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: Sinis on May 12, 2017, 03:24:38 pm
Been working on the last character off and on this week.  Coming along slowly of how linkncb16 wants it :)


His character Archie to replace Alucard.  Trying to depict him with holding a bow while walking and attacking.  Its a work in progress.

(http://i957.photobucket.com/albums/ae54/Craftvania/Prelude-of-Light-Archie_zpsbtqrxkk2.jpg)




Sometime this weekend if I'm not too busy I'm going to finish up the title and get it posted.
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: DavidtheIdeaMan on May 12, 2017, 03:32:42 pm
Kick ass,he looks awesome!
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: Sinis on May 13, 2017, 01:43:23 pm
Kick ass,he looks awesome!

Thanks.  I'll be working on  him again Monday as I'll be focusing on other things this weekend for PoL.  Gotta start doing real life stuff soon so decided to finish up some stuff beforehand :)




Here's the title.


(http://i957.photobucket.com/albums/ae54/Craftvania/Castlevania-Prelude-of-Light-Title_zpswgtsiach.jpg)



Hopefully he likes it as I never was good at coming  up with ideas for title designs.  Everything else I can do but titles, not my cup of tea I am now realizing lol  :)
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: DavidtheIdeaMan on May 13, 2017, 01:56:10 pm
Nicely done on the title,plus Im glad you ditched the three there as well,can't wait to see more goodies that'll be added to this game and also I wonder if he'll want to add music to the game?
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: Sinis on May 13, 2017, 02:09:29 pm
He wants to add custom music but, just like me, doesn't know how to do anything along the lines to do so for that kind of in-depth programming.  I also remember that LevelEngine is in the same boat that wants to do custom music with his project so it doesn't feel like the music is moved around.







Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: DavidtheIdeaMan on May 13, 2017, 02:10:32 pm
Dang,meh oh well I'll play the game regardless. :)
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: Googie on May 13, 2017, 06:58:15 pm
(http://i957.photobucket.com/albums/ae54/Craftvania/Castlevania-Prelude-of-Light-Title_zpswgtsiach.jpg)

Sweet looking title screen. :)
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: Bregalad on May 14, 2017, 03:26:23 pm
I just watched the intro on Youtube and it's very funny how it's a spoof. I'm looking forward to playing this !
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: Googie on May 19, 2017, 12:02:21 pm
I go back to watching the intro from time to time myself, this hack is gonna be cool when it's done.

Since this is a spoof kinda hack, maybe you wanna change the Grim Reaper's face to Greg's face...

(https://www.wired.com/images_blogs/photos/uncategorized/2007/10/31/gregg_2.jpg)
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: Sinis on May 19, 2017, 01:37:31 pm
That is up to linkncb16 to decide as I'm just doing the characters and other small stuff for him :)
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: Sinis on June 04, 2017, 12:42:41 am
As of now, all of my stuff for PoL is complete and passed on to linkncb16.


So on that note, I am respectfully backing out of this project as all of my tasks for him are complete.  Happy gaming ladies and gents :)
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: DavidtheIdeaMan on June 04, 2017, 10:43:53 am
Geez that was sure quick,well I can't wait to play this romhack once he puts it together :) I can't wait to try this hack out plus Im sure Spindaboy can ask someone to create music for the game for a future update?
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: Sinis on June 04, 2017, 04:12:20 pm
Only had some stuff here and there though was working on this off and on for him since...February I think.  Real life and CoA got in the way but least my stuff is done so this month is pretty much real life things then back to my stuff.  Was originally going to be this month but things came up :)



Yeah, music...don't get me started on that subject.  At this rate and of how I hate asking around for help on the matter, or any programming, as it feels degrading let alone make me look like a damn beggar I'm just gonna try and  learn 6502 and assembly language and do shit myself.  Dunno how that's gonna play out because I have that certain learning curve that is terrible with numbers and certain reading.  Yeah, I'm one of those type of people that has that kind of issue hence why I'm desperate for a programmer but such is life.  I'd prefer to do pixel/sprite art and level design more over anything else because of my issues but whatever.

I'm sure SpindaBoy/linkncb16 will have better luck than me on trying to find someone with  his help for music.
Title: Re: Castlevania III Prelude of Light
Post by: DavidtheIdeaMan on July 30, 2017, 10:53:19 pm
Well alright