29 Nov 2013 - The current and final plans for MKF
I'm posting this as sort of a clarification as to the current state of MKF. While we did publicly mention this, it was done several posts into the cancellation topic, so it seems like a lot of people missed it. Or else they simply read the first post and left the rest. So this is to clear up everything for everyone.
Mushroom Kingdom Fusion is not cancelled. Or at least, not completely.
We on the Dev Team had a lengthy discussion shortly after the cancellation announcement, and we've decided to go in a slightly alternative route.
We are still putting an end to the project. However we're doing so by wrapping up the game early. Rather than continue on with the vast amounts of plans we had for the game, we've decided it would be best to simply tie up all of the loose ends and put out v1.0 once and for all.
What does this mean? Well, it means we're pretty much scrapping most of our major plans we had left for the game. All the extra levels and features and characters and all that that aren't completely necessary for the game, they're all getting cut. This also includes pretty much all of World 0. Twisted Reality will likely just be reduced to a single final level with Legion as the boss, rather than the original roster of levels that we had planned. This also means we're dropping the nightmare levels and Abomination.
We're not cutting everything, though. We're still going to finish any of our level projects that we've already put a good amount of work into, and we're also going to keep any levels that are actually necessary for the game, such as World Boss levels. We're also still going to be adding cutscenes and story elements into the game, although probably not until near the very end of development. Basically everything the game actually needs in order to be completed is still going to be added, regardless of how much work is done on it already. So anything that the game either doesn't actually need, or that doesn't have a good amount of work put into it already, can be considered scrapped.
The status of the characters is still a bit of a gray area. We're still planning on cutting a lot of the extraneous characters from the game, although the details of which ones might possibly be exempt are still in flux for the time being. We may or may not finish any of the character work that was originally planned, including adding Kirby and Samus. It all comes down to a matter of time, effort, and motivation.
So that's where we're at right now. The project itself is not being cancelled, but all of our extensive plans we originally had for the game are. We're technically no longer on hiatus right now either, but pretty much the entire Dev team is still dealing with RL matters, so any progress is still going to be kind of slow. Fear not, though, we're still going to post the occasional video on our YouTube channel, so keep an eye on that for occasional content vids.
EDIT: Lastly, for those who wanted it, we're going to be holding off on releasing the source for the game until after we've finished it,
The Devs of the MKFusion Team thank you all for your patience.