Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer

Building Character

During Mitchell’s adventure through the labyrinthine caverns of the underworld he encounters a handful of stalwart companions ready to aid him in his quest to find his younger brother. While ISAAC serves as the lad’s primary and constant adventuring companion, the player may pick one other character to join him, making his party a trio.

These characters cannot be directly controlled by the player, functioning similarly to Bubble Monkey, Dungeon Man, and Picky from the original EarthBound. It is our intention to give each of these potential party members a clearly defined role. For instance, one NPC may be specialized as a healer, while another may be a strong physical attacker. Players will be able to swap their third party member at any given time, allowing them to adjust their strategy to face upcoming challenges.

Avoiding major plot spoilers, here is a quick rundown of Mitchell’s companions, as depicted in Kupo’s fabulous illustration:

  • Hamlet, the young prince of the Birdmen.
  • Captain Skoob, an adventure-loving Grel.
  • Munch, a curious female Morg
  • The Apprentices, two young Mycori from rival clans.

This is not a definite list of companions, and is in fact missing 1-2 that are still in creative development. Stay tuned for more details!

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Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer