Interview: Legends Of Dionysos Does Not Restrict Players To Class-Specific Weapons

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Legends of Dionysos - via TheGamingVan

Legends of Dionysos is an upcoming fast-paced Action-RPG video game with notable aspects to fulfill the RPG elements. From character customization to exploration for loot, the game boasts a creatively designed 2.5D world filled with a lot of enemies. You will be able to encounter and master numerous orcs, demons, and monsters to engage with the world and progress the storyline. 

Not only that, but world exploration also enables players to max out their character. The adrenaline-filled encounters with dragons in different realms are some of the promising aspects of the game that will pave the way for multiple playthroughs. To expand on the venture in Legends of Dionysos, we reached out to the indie developer behind the game and discussed the major details from development to the final game release. 

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Legends of Dionysos – via TheGamingVan

Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your work on Legends of Dionysos.

Max: Hi, I’m Max, an indie developer from Germany. A few years back, I decided to pursue my childhood dream of making games, so I quit my day job. I converted an old ambulance into my cozy living and workspace, which I fondly call “The Gaming Van.”

During the summers, I retreated into nature with it, developing my first commercial game, “Legends of Dionysos.” It’s been almost three years of hard work, and I’m excited to finally release the game

What inspired you to create Legends of Dionysos, and how did you come up with the concept of blending RPG elements with fast-paced gameplay in a 2.5D environment?

Max: Since I was a kid, I always dreamed of a game that blends RPG elements with fast-paced action. I grew up playing classics like Street Fighter, Double Dragon, Metal Slug, Sonic, and Super Mario—games set in pixelated worlds with intense combat and platforming. But I also had a soft spot for RPGs like Final Fantasy, Secret of Mana, and Diablo, where you explore, fight monsters, and level up your character.

Legends of Dionysos is my take on combining the best of both worlds. It’s got the speed and excitement of beat ’em ups, along with the depth of RPGs, complete with character progression and loot. Plus, it’s designed with hardcore gamers in mind and even includes a speedrun mode, because that’s what I enjoy playing.

Legends of Dionysos - via TheGamingVan
Legends of Dionysos – via TheGamingVan

Character customization has always been a highlight of the RPG genre, and the initial looks of Legends of Dionysos are amazing. Can you shed light on the character customization and what choices they have in terms of appearance and species?

Max: Unity UMA’s made it pretty easy for me to implement a character editor. I have two species, humans and cats. I chose them because I got the 3D models for them.

The player has the chance to make the character look a little wonky and crazy hair colors are supported.

The combat system in Legends of Dionysos seems quite unique, with players not being restricted to specific classes but rather having access to all weapons. How did you develop this system, and what challenges did you face in ensuring balance and player engagement?

Max: In “Legends of Dionysos,” there are no fixed classes as typically seen in RPGs. Instead, your skill set dynamically adjusts based on the weapon you wield. As you progress through the game, you acquire various weapons, each offering unique skills and spells with their own effects and cooldowns.

Combat entails fluidly switching between weapons to adapt to different situations. For instance, wielding a sword and shield may allow you to heal yourself by pressing Up + X. To effectively engage enemies, strategic weapon swapping is essential to manage cooldowns and employ crowd control and offensive or defensive spells.

This system was conceived to blend the gameplay styles of beat ’em ups/jump and runs with RPG elements. Think of it as akin to the mechanics of Smash Brothers but with the addition of spells featuring cooldowns reminiscent of World of Warcraft.

Legends of Dionysos - via TheGamingVan
Legends of Dionysos – via TheGamingVan

The game features various locations within an open world, each with its own unique challenges and enemies. How did you approach designing these environments, and what considerations did you take into account to ensure diversity and player immersion?

Max: I imagined the world and the places that could exist, then searched for fitting assets in the asset store. It was a lot of work gathering assets for all the different locations that also fit together somehow; this includes sounds, animations, and 3D models, and bringing them to life with code. But with good planning and a lot of creativity, I got it done.

The arena events in Legends of Dionysos add an extra layer of challenge and excitement to the gameplay. Could you tell us more about how these events work and what rewards players can expect when participating in them?

Max: “Legends of Dionysos” has a keystone system like Diablo. Throughout the world, you will encounter arenas where you need to fight waves of enemies followed by a boss. When you survive the waves and the boss, you get a guaranteed weapon drop of varying quality. These arenas can be replayed on different difficulty levels.

By placing a Keystone of a certain level, you can activate the arena on that level, and the enemies and the boss will be of the corresponding level. So, for higher keystones, you get more difficult enemies and bosses, but also higher-level loot and more gold.

Legends of Dionysos - via TheGamingVan
Legends of Dionysos – via TheGamingVan

As a solo developer creating Legends of Dionysos in a van, what were some of the most rewarding and challenging aspects of the development process? How did you manage to overcome obstacles and bring your vision to life?

Max: The most fulfilling experience thus far has been witnessing the kids playing the game at Gamescom, where I exhibited the game. Their excitement mirrored my own childhood joy when playing games I loved; some even returned multiple times for another round. Additionally, an unexpected yet immensely rewarding aspect has been the connections and friendships forged within the indie dev community.

Despite encountering numerous challenges along the way, and undoubtedly more in the future, meeting individuals who share my passion has been the greatest source of motivation. The prospect of collaborating with like-minded individuals and forming friendships provides me with the strength and determination to face whatever lies ahead.

How has the feedback been from players since the demo went live, and what are some of the key insights or reactions you've gathered that might influence the development of Legends of Dionysos moving forward?

Max: I got a lot of valuable feedback from people who tested the game and implemented a lot of good suggestions. Now that the game is finished with gameplay and content I am primarily interested in feedback concerning balancing and game pacing.

Legends of Dionysos - via TheGamingVan
Legends of Dionysos – via TheGamingVan

How long the game has been under development?

Max: The game has been in development for 3 years, but I wasn’t constantly working on it, almost 1 year I worked on another game, and 1 year only part-time.

Anything else you would like to share with the readers?

Max: If you want to follow my journey please consider joining my discord. This is just the beginning, I have many exciting projects lined up for the future.

Legends of Dionysos is an upcoming 2.5D Action-RPG, under development by TheGamingVan. The game is slated for release on July 15, 2024 for PC. You can join Discord to receive the latest updates from the indie developer and gain more insights on the development. 

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