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Luc Bernard Talks About Upcoming WiiWare Projects

Posted by Corbie Dillard

After a rough 2008, our good friend Luc Bernard has decided to focus his efforts on a number of new projects for 2009 on both the Apple iPhone and Nintendo WiiWare game download services.

Luc, along with a close personal friend of his and a handful of investors, has established a new game development company that will be based in Florida. This new company currently has two games in development and Luc was kind enough to provide a little insight into these two new titles via his official blog.

Strategy Game (iPhone/Wiiware/Steam)

This game will be similar to Advance Wars but with rpg elements in it. I don't want to say too much about it or the title yet, but it's set in the same world as Eternity's Child.

The lead programmer on it has worked at EA so he's really good. And has actually in the past worked on strategy games, so he's helping design it, the difference maybe between Advance Wars and this game is the environment, how that works well you will see once the game comes out. I don't want to reveal too much but I am quite proud of it, it's beautifully designed.

Rose Princess (Steam, Wiiware and any other machine that has a controller)

What was first a game designed to basically help my ex get some promotion, well has turned into something else, I decided to take it back and well redesign it, since I really liked it for some reason, like Looney Toons on crack.

Since I am full time on the strategy game right now up until february, Rose Princess is just being worked on part time, I am not the only concept artist this time, I decided to take David North to work with me on the concept art. I think us combining both of our ideas can bring something truely unique.

Now gameplay wise, that is the most important, it will be a metroidvania style of game, it will be the second game with the new company, I am not going to go too hardcore like I was going to do before (like Mr Cuddles used to snort carrot powder all the time) or either it won't be allowed up on Wiiware.

Luc was quick to point out that his new company was not yet licensed as an official WiiWare developer, but that they were going to apply soon. You can check out one of the official pieces of artwork from Rose Princess below.

We'll have more information on any future Luc Bernard titles in development as it becomes available.

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User Comments (46)

AlexSays

#1

AlexSays said:

So he's back in the industry?
Well that was a short retirement.

At least this way if he retires again he'll already be in Retirement Home U.S.A. being Florida of course.

Virus

#2

Virus said:

Well, it's good news, but I think we're still waiting for that first game, Mr. Bernard. :P

Twilight_Crow

#4

Twilight_Crow said:

Well at least none of his games are puzzles :P, They sound good and I'm eagerly waiting for EC too.

Good luck with that new company Mr. Bernard.

Fleeman

#5

Fleeman said:

dude looks like a weirdo but as long as the games are good i guess that doesn't matter

DJGOYO

#6

DJGOYO said:

Very good. The first game can be a good game. The second game go in the same direction. Well, When were they coming?

Kokstra

#7

Kokstra said:

Well the art looks really good! I hope we get to see the retooled Eternity's Child soon on WiiWare.

Wiiloveit

#8

Wiiloveit said:

The French are back!

Looney Toons on crack
I dare you to actually call the game that, just to see what happens.

Also: any chance of making that robot game now?

Don't forget to let us know how EC's going on Mr Bernard!

chiefeagle02

#9

chiefeagle02 said:

Still waiting for EC, but the other games in the pipe sound interesting (especially glad to hear that Rose Princess hasn't been abandoned). I'm wondering if Luc is interested in development for DSiWare (to put "EC: The Lost Chapter" on it or something else...like "Strategy" using the touch screen battling over Nintendo Wi-Fi?). Then again, one step at a time. They still need developer's status.

Best of luck on the new company.

Rawk_Hawk

#10

Rawk_Hawk said:

I be interested when Rose Princess comes out since I like Metroidvania style games :)

Olimar_91

#11

Olimar_91 said:

I wonder if we'll ever get Eternity's Child on Wiiware. It came out on PC quite awhile ago and met harsh criticism.... I hope we'll eventually get a more polished version of the game.

ElectricSplash

#12

ElectricSplash said:

Rose Princess comes back? Great new. I was waiting for that game since it was announced.

@DJGOYO So you finally registered here... I know him from another forum

Bahamut_ZERO

#13

Bahamut_ZERO said:

Cool to see Luc back. He has some great ideas.

But like Wiiloveit said, is he still making the robot/RPG/platformer game now. That looked really interesting.

Bensei

#14

Bensei said:

I guess that retirement was more like a short circuit reaction. How would you feel if your first officially released game gets the least rating possible?

I hope we'll see EC soon. I liked the free mobile phone version, although it was a bit buggy (and unhandy to control on my mobile).
However, those flaws won't be in on the Wiiware Version :D

Ferret75

#20

Ferret75 said:

I don't care what the people at Destrutoid are saying about Luc, I think he's doing a great job and I'm looking forward to his games. =)

Objection

#21

Objection said:

EC will come out sooner or later. I'm looking forward to hearing more on Rose Princes...

DJGOYO

#22

DJGOYO said:

@Zoipi: Wiiware world is now my "info pag web" because, the games of wiiware are more interesting than games of wii.
In wiiware: Lost winds, TV show king, Toki tori, Final fantasy, World of goo, bomberman, megaman.... and we can see a good games for future: LIT, last fight, Eternys child, Rose princess, aero guitar...
But in wii we can´t see a very good games: madworld, Tales of symponia and i don´t know more.

( Como verás, mi inglés es penoso XDDDD)

SilentJ

#24

SilentJ said:

Good to see Luc still putting effort into his projects. I can't wait to try out Eternity's Child. Keep at it Luc!

Terra

#25

Terra said:

It is indeed quite good that Luc's back in business. I do think that the Star Thief game would be excellent and hope it will eventually appear on WiiWare.

Ricardo91

#27

Ricardo91 said:

It's nice to see you starting up new projects Luc, but how about finishing up the Wiiware version of Eternity's Child first? :P

Phantom5800

#28

Phantom5800 said:

If it turns out good that Strategy game will be first on my list of must-haves :P I love Advance Wars and Fire Emblem! And Rose Princess looks good too, can't wait!

Bahamut_ZERO

#30

Bahamut_ZERO said:

Luc has the most creative ideas I've seen in a developer. It's quite refreshing.

Also, this is kinda random, but what's the sock puppet? Is it a deer?

AVahne

#32

AVahne said:

finally a turn-based strategy game,well maybe a TRPG(Tactical Role-Playing Game) that will be awesome

Hopefully this will prompt more developers to make SRPGs if this one is successful
I'm lookin at you Nintendo,GIVE US A 2D WIIWARE FIRE EMBLEM OR SOMETHING!

Chunky_Droid

#33

Chunky_Droid said:

Sound like very interesting games indeed, will keep an eye on this.

Why do french developers look so damn cheesy in their photos?

MDVigo

#35

MDVigo said:

That´s nice, another game for my iPod Touch and my loved Wii.
I just wanna try them and explain my future reviews
Bye!

Draygone

#36

Draygone said:

I'll be sure to remind you of that when it releases and has a decent review, wiiwii. ;)

Wiiloveit

#39

Wiiloveit said:

Ooooh - now that's fighting talk!
Hit him with your beret / snails / baguette, Luc! I'm rooting for you!

OorWullie

#40

OorWullie said:

@luc bernard
i knew that comment would get a reply out of you.i really hope im wrong as wii could really do with a tres bon platformer and as many decent budget games as we can get but you cant blame me for being a bit pessimistic.

Bahamut_ZERO

#41

Bahamut_ZERO said:

@Luc: Good to see ya back! I was waitin for you to finally make a comment :)
But, again, what's up with the sock puppet?

breaderer

#44

breaderer said:

I don't care what anybody tells me, I tried EC on steam and it sucked. And don't tell me that "the wii version will be so much better" Luc is just trying to butter you guys up so you review his game better.....It had to be said.

AVahne

#46

AVahne said:

@ Luigi La Bouncy

will probably be like that,except a LOT more forgiving

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