concept art by Robert Soo
Does your heart pound when it is time to upgrade your tank in Super Battle Tactics? Does building new tanks grind your gears, in a good way?
We spoke with Lucy Abe, an artist for Super Battle Tactics about her experience designing some of the rarest machines in the game, her all time favorite tanks, and what inspires her. Be sure to also check out the featured concept art from Robert Soo.
Q: What’s your background, and how did you arrive at DeNA Studios Canada?
A: I came from Brazil, have a bachelor’s degree in Design and worked with Web Design. My dream was developing games, so I came to Vancouver to study and work, and that’s how I arrived at DeNA.
Q: What is the most exciting aspect about your job?
A: The most exciting aspect of my job is getting stuff done! Getting the “That’s so awesome!” response especially in the first attempt(s) feels great. Being in a small team also means having plenty of different responsibilities so my days are never the same tasks.
Q: Are you an avid gamer? Besides Super Battle Tactics of course, what are some of your favorite games and why?
A: I play League of Legends, Team Fortress 2, Rune Factory/Harvest Moon, Monster Hunter. When I play with friends I like to play co-op with them, and on my own I enjoy patiently building empires.
Q: What were your main responsibilities for Super Battle Tactics?
A: I designed most of the Tanks and was responsible for implementing them in Unity. I also made icons, banners and some interface work.
Q: Which was a bigger influence for the mean machines of Super Battle Tactics: real-world combat tanks, or your wild imagination?
A: Understanding some real-life tank design decisions help create tanks that are believable for the players.
For example, rivets were used to assemble tanks when they were invented around World War I, but because they would ricochet inside the tank during combat (ouch) they had to find different means of manufacture. The presence of rivets in a Tank give it a WWI (read: somewhat aged) feel to them that can be used to communicate the rarity of a Tank.
On the other hand, the tanks in our game are also “actors” in a TV Show so they can afford to have lots of completely cosmetic and impractical details, so there’s a lot done in the name of COOL. Some games are also very influential, like Advance Wars, Starcraft, Warhammer 40k and Metal Slug.
Q: The designs for some of the rare and super rare tanks boldly stand apart from the more common rides, like the impressively scary “Fortress” and the colorful “Starburst.” Did you have a strategy in mind to give these exotic tanks such unique forms?
A: Turn it up to eleven. The only restriction is the size of the details, what with it being a mobile game. The most important part is getting a interesting and memorable silhouette and then making it look beautiful with all those guns.
Q: Are there plans to incorporate more unique characters like Frank and Pepper into the game?
A: Yes! We want to make the game more interesting in all aspects!
Q: Out of the dozens and dozens of carnage mechs that you’ve designed for Super Battle Tactics, you’ve got to have a few personal favorites, right?
A: My favorites are definitely The Kraken, Rage Quit, The Stinger and Boxer!
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Let’s face it: summer is full of swimming pools, bathing suits, and ice-cream; and we love those things, but nothing warms our bones like exclusive events, pocketing credentials early, and conquering kingdoms.
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Super Battle Tactics
Tanks, choppers and guns, oh yea!
Do you have what it takes to battle in the arena? To go head to head against dynamic machines built for destruction? It’s a battle of brains and brawn, who will win?
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As acting deity of your own civilization, you call the shots. The wrath of Zeus was great, but yours is more omnipotent. Aries could do some impressive things with fire, but in Godus, you can cultivate entire civilizations as they grow from discovering fire to exploring the cosmos, and you do it all with one finger. How will you direct the fate of your people?
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World of Thingies
Do you have the creativity and puzzle-solving prowess to score higher than your friends in a race to collect powerful creatures and defeat world-class foes? In this real-time multiplayer puzzle action game, you better.
Though, we’ll be the first to admit, nobody minds a little bit of an edge! You may even Defeat Bossy Badsacks and his minions. You can find tips in the new WOT Forum and on Facebook! By liking the World of Thingies Facebook page, you’ll be the first to hear about new tools, tips, and more!
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When life makes you a vampire for all eternity, you may as well create a blood-pact and battle an empire. You can do exactly that in this choose your own adventure game. First make the decision whether you’ll be a knight, samurai, high elf, dark elf, ape, lizardman, dwarf, or goblin. Then? Conquer.
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Defender of Texel
With over 3 million players and counting, this high-fantasy 8-bit adventure game transports players to a world that has no concept of death or war – and is being torn apart by sinister robotic invaders. Your mission is to save the three tribes of Texel and open the portal back to your more peaceful reality, and you won’t do this without a fight.
Not saying you need some help but if you want it, like Defender of Texel on Facebook to hear about PVP missions that challenge you to think outside of normal mode, and to win exclusive prizes.
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More than long walks on the beach, do you enjoy destroying dimensional rifts and sealing out the forces of HellFire? If you don’t yet, you should start today.
Join this massive multiplayer world – with over 600 chapters – and inflict tremendous damage against the evil creatures that have unlocked the gate that separates their world from ours. There is a catch though: you can only win with the help of dragons, deadly beasts, and other mythic creatures.
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Flutter: Butterfly Sanctuary
If you’re less interested in conquering hellish creatures, and your heart beats faster at the idea of collecting gorgeous butterflies in stunning environments, then put your headphones on and explore Flutter: Butterfly Sanctuary. Immerse yourself in a world of light and growth, as you learn real facts about your beautiful creatures. Get there faster by liking Flutter on Facebook to gain access to special announcements, Flutterbucks, and immediate updates on the newest butterflies to collect.
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In Monster Match, you build a team of monsters through strategic puzzle-battles! Match the elemental gems to capture over 300 monsters. Unlock the seven Prismal Island worlds, and stay up-to-date on Global Events / competitions by liking Monster Match on Facebook! Be one of the first to know about time sensitive sales, new events and breaking news.
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Greetings TRANSFORMERS fans!
We are thrilled to announce the world wide release of TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction, the latest epic installment in the TRANSFORMERS gaming saga for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch (coming soon to Android).
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We’re getting ready for summer — that time of year when the days start getting longer, we break out the sunscreen, and giant alien robot dinosaurs beat the bolts off of each other. We’re extremely excited to showcase some new games that will be unleashed very soon. And if you think you’ll enjoy reckless bank heists, hanging out with crazed mercenaries, and collecting Thingies of all shapes and sizes, you should pre-register now to be notified when they’re available for download.
Command a crew of renegade soldiers and lead them into explosive combat with strategic precision in The Collectables. In the latest blockbuster from award-winning developer Crytek, you’ll wage war in stunning 3D environments and seek to overthrow a ruthless army known only as “The Enemy”.
As the action reaches critical mass and the bad guys close in for the kill, you alone can unleash the individual talents of your rebel mercenaries and blow The Enemy sky-high! Choose your favorite heroes, dust off your bazooka and get to the chopper – it’s time to let off some steam.
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The Apple App Store has featured TRANSFORMERS Legends in the “Hollywood Hits" list. The game features over 300 classic TRANSFORMERS characters based on the original cartoon series and reimagined by famous comic book artists. It is available through the Apple App Store and for Android through Google Play.
Speaking of Hollywood hits, Transformers Age of Extinction is hitting theaters next month. And alongside the upcoming Hollywood blockbuster, we will be releasing the official mobile game which will be available this summer on the App Store and Google Play.
You can pre-register for the game now to be one of the first to know when it’s available to download: transformers-mobile.com.
The age of the TRANSFORMERS is most certainly not over.
Remember when you had to actually get your friends to come over to your house, hand them a controller and hope that they didn’t take the last Mountain Dew from the fridge to enjoy multiplayer games? No? Great. Now we feel old… Anyway, your friends list favorites have been there when you demolished their high scores, swapped well-hidden secrets and tag-teamed your way to victory, and it’s about time to show your best buddies some appreciation!
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There’s nothing quite like discovering a goofy hidden secret, or a craftily placed joke of an Easter egg in one of your favorite games. Whether it’s a secret weapon, a hidden ending or a special character, Easter eggs can confuse, entertain and surprise us when we eventually stumble into them.
We stumbled into some golden eggs during our egg hunt last weekend and thanks to the Mobage fans, these special eggs have been cracked and revealed 50,000 MOBACOIN.
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