It’s very us." When it comes to world building, Brice says the game is pretty far along."We have an entire game world, and in fact the entire game world minus a couple of areas is entirely explorable, and you can move around it. We know far too much about all of their personalities.""We had personality tests done for all of them!Last time we covered this game it got an enormous response, so I thought readers might enjoy these insights on the game's dating system, combat and influences.During the interview, the staff referred to this project as 'Spellbound', a working title that's been doing the rounds for a while now, so that's how I'll refer to the game here.I visited Starbound developer and Stardew Valley publisher Chucklefish last week to play Wargroove, its upcoming turn-based strategy game.I'll have some detailed impressions on that later on this week, but while I was there, I couldn't resist asking about its as-yet-untitled (and unannounced) magic school RPG/life sim."Most of the people around here are very young, and I think this is a game that comes out of their personal experiences, so it definitely has that going on." The idea of a magic school combined with the game's look led people to assume Spellbound was inspired by the anime Little Witch Academia, but that's not the case, as the developers told me before.
"The most obvious ones were Harvest Moon and Stardew Valley, there’s a lot we learned from that." says Molly Carroll, community and marketing manager at Chucklefish."We went really deep, it’s quite scary," laughs Brice.This is still very early on in development—founder and director Finn Brice says a formal announcement is "maybe quite a way off", and suggests that it's around a three-to-four year project in total.
Chucklefish is happy to talk about the game now because its developers like being transparent about their creative process, in what's often a bizarrely secretive industry.
But we know all of the surrounding lore now, more or less."At the moment, Chucklefish is figuring out what amusing situations they can put these characters into.