- Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan is a non-violent adventure-RPG the place you utilize the facility of friendship to recolor the World.
- Numerous accessibility options had been additionally applied to make this recreation about inclusivity extra inclusive for gamers.
- You should purchase Rainbow Billy for Xbox One and Xbox Collection X|S on the Xbox Retailer at this time.
It’s been a very long time coming, however the entire group at ManaVoid (myself included) are thrilled that Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan is lastly out on Xbox One. And with the final yr or so being particularly tough for many of us, we determine there’s no time like the current to launch a non-violent recreation that champions acceptance, inclusivity and compassion.
Saving the world from a large monster by preventing enemies and recruiting occasion members is fairly acquainted RPG territory. However in Rainbow Billy, issues play out a bit of otherwise… And never simply since you’re bringing colour again to a black-and-white world.
As an alternative of all-out slugfests the place you beat the stuffing out of lovable cartoon critters, “battles” play out like emotionally puzzling heart-to-hearts. Your purpose isn’t to defeat your enemies, however to take heed to their worries, select the fitting phrases, and convey colour again to their hearts to befriend them. Plus, you don’t grind fights to degree up: you provide ethical assist (and sweet) to get to know your allies higher, strengthening your bonds of friendship.
This determination to create compelling, non-violent “confrontations” got here from a choice we made as a group to face out from the overwhelming majority of fight or violence-oriented titles available on the market. Plus, it made much more sense for a narrative about accepting ourselves and others for who we’re to revolve round empathy.
Likewise, we didn’t need that message of accepting others to ring hole. We partnered up with Skybound Video games and the non-profit RAD to verify we discovered a sweet-spot between healthful cartoon hijinks and earnest, correct depictions of psychological well being struggles, significantly with reference to characters with particular gender identities.
We additionally wished to increase these in-game themes of acceptance and inclusivity to our gamers too, so an enormous a part of growth revolved round making the sport accessible to as many individuals as doable.
Our artwork group took particular issues with designs, shaders, and colour palettes, so even colorblind gamers can really feel the visible satisfaction of recoloring the world bit-by-bit! We additionally took particular care to develop a number of customizable issue settings that wouldn’t cut back the strategic complexity of confrontations or puzzles.
On prime of that, we included a localization-wide dyslexia-friendly font choice and tactical textual content bins to make dialogues simpler to comply with! We additionally made changes to subtler components digicam motion, animations and respawn areas that make the sport simpler to select up and play for everybody!
If you wish to be taught extra about these options, our Technical Director Alexis Lessard created a Twitter thread detailing some our accessibility initiatives in better element. You’ll be able to test it out right here!
It’s been genuinely heartwarming to see Rainbow Billy resonate with gamers of all walks of life and their assist has been integral to creating the sport what it’s. I believe I communicate for the entire group once I say I can wait for everybody to lastly expertise the identical cuteness-overload squeals and tearjerker moments as those that skilled our demo!
Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan is out for Xbox One and Xbox Collection X|S. Right here’s hoping it fills your world with a bit extra colour too!
Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan
Skybound Video games
HEROES COME IN ALL COLORS.
Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan is a healthful, creature seize, 2.5D Journey-Puzzle-Platformer with RPG components. It’s a family-friendly and brazenly accessible journey through which you should save whimsical creatures by bringing again colour to the world you as soon as knew!
Rainbow Billy tells a common coming of age story about coping with adjustments on this planet and accepting ourselves and the others round us! Generally it solely takes a dialog, empathy, and a brand new viewpoint to make a world of a distinction.
EXPLORE A WONDROUS WORLD!
From darkish caverns on secret islands to hidden coves off within the stormy seas, discover a wealthy world stuffed with treasure, fish (as a result of each nice recreation has a fishing minigame!), friendship and… hazard!
SOLVE ENVIRONMENTAL PUZZLES!
Every world is stuffed with intelligent challenges and secrets and techniques that unlock new areas to discover!
BEFRIEND CURIOUS CREATURES!
Meet over 60 unusual, lovable creatures and assist them with their issues in non-violent encounters! Create your personal distinctive group to avoid wasting the day!
RECOLOR THE WORLD!
Restore colour to a monochrome world and assist your mates discover the braveness to be their true selves in a narrative about empathy and development.