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Havoc Studios Spring 2023 Newsletter

Havoc Studios

Spring 2023 Newsletter

Springing back into action!

Happy Spring (though at this point it’s practically Summer)! It has been another busy season at Havoc Studios and we have a lot of new information primed and ready to share. Before we dive into the contents of the newsletter, allow me to formally apologize for the tardiness of this publication. I’ve been through multiple illnesses, a flirtation with carpal tunnel, and a good week without internet access, so it’s been difficult to get the opportunity to work on this. I just wanted to thank you all for your continued support, patience, and excitement as Havoc Fox presses forward in its development. With that, let’s dive into the news!

Casting Call Update

Back in February, we wrapped up our final casting call and have selected the talented individuals who will be voicing the remainder of our characters. Please welcome the new additions to our cast!

With the full cast in place, we will begin our voice recording sessions over the summer and start including them in future demos and test builds of the game. It’s been quite a few years since we’ve had new lines, so get ready to hear our talented actors once more!

Development Livestreams

We have resumed our development livestreams once more, this time over on Twitch! Multiple times during the week, you can tune in to and watch live development of Havoc Fox and associated projects and chat directly with us about the game! Dusky streams more than just development, occasionally playing games, doing art, or simply chatting with the viewers. You can keep up with the weekly stream schedule via our Discord server.

(Art by CasChronon)

Furthermore, subscribers to our Patreon also have access to exclusive development streams on Discord every Friday! If you are a Patron (or would like to become one), you will be able to join in the conversation and discuss development as it happens. Perfect for those of you with Patreon or Kickstarter rewards that require development! We hope to see you there!

Illinois Game Con

Havoc Fox will appear at the Illinois Game Con (formerly known as the BNVGCon) once again this year! We will have another demo of Havoc Fox to play and hope to add an exciting new asset to this convention: stickers! By popular demand, if all works out, we hope to provide stickers of some of the game’s characters, free of charge, to anyone who attends! The convention will be at the Interstate Center in Bloomington Normal, Illinois, on June 24, 2023 from 9 AM to 5 PM. If you are in the area, drop on by and check out the booth! We hope to see you there!

Current Development Update

This season, we’re going on an adventure.

As your adventure continues beyond the snowy village of Cerice, you will experience radically different environments on your quest to stop the evil king. And by radically different, we mean a whole other (mathematical) dimension. That’s right– we truly are taking Havoc Fox into 3D! Well, sort of. While maintaining the pixel art style, we are using a form of terrain generation and working with the engine’s 3D capabilities to produce an overworld environment similar to that of RPG adventure games. And, of course, that includes modifying the combat to compensate.

Much like the shoot-’em-up segment in Retro Ravine, part of the next stage will take on a different genre for a point of time, further diversifying and expanding the Havoc Fox experience. Featuring Grey, Venice, and three new characters that you will meet around this point in the story, you will take your party of five on a little RPG adventure through a world we’re calling The Lightningscape. The governing mechanics won’t be too complicated (and will only exist during this particular stage), so don’t worry if you’re not used to the genre. Havoc Fox is still an action platformer at its core and that will play right into the experience.

Aside from development on the new stage, we’ve also begun working on updating some of the existing content as well. Cutscenes have received the brunt of this new work, and with new voice lines currently being recorded, we’re nearing the final product of these earlier stages and scenes!

Spring 2023 Fan Art Gallery

The following works have been submitted to us through our community Discord server. Check out the submissions from this season!

Venice by Glover on Discord

BURN by Ann on Discord

Honkers by VAdaPEGA on Discord

Grey by Nindota on Discord

Antarc’s Ride by CasChronon on Discord

Thank you for your submissions! If you would like to have your artwork featured, submit your drawings to the #havoc-fan-art channel on Discord!

That's all for now!

Considering the tardiness of this newsletter, the schedule for the remainder of the year will be adjusted slightly to accommodate. You can expect the remaining newsletters to come in August, October, and December. If you haven't already, be sure to follow us on Twitter @havocfoxgame. Join the conversation on the official Discord server. Support us on Patreon! Check out the original soundtrack and development live streams on our YouTube channel! Like us on Facebook and Instagram!

Thank you for reading the spring edition of the Havoc Fox Newsletter. We hope to see you again in the summer!

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