This is the third in a series of three posts about The “Should Have Been Three Updates” Update, which, as you can probably tell from the name, was really too big for a single update. The first post is about the new fancy version of the Veranda level. The second post is about the new user interface we’re moving towards. This final post will be about the five new characters.
And we come, finally, to the final bit of exciting news about The “Should Have Been Three Updates” Update, the latest group of 5 new characters…check them out!
And here’s the whole cast:
That group shot looks pretty cool, but with this latest group of characters we wanted to round out the color palette of all the guests, and so we made this rainbow image, which just delights me:
No one can say SpyParty is a brown-and-grey game!
Also, due the the twins in the new art, there are now more new art characters (21) than old art characters (20)!
As usual, one of our design and art direction goals is to make the party guests as diverse and interesting as possible across many different axes, including race, height, weight, gender, age, etc. In a strange twist of fate, we realized we didn’t have a blonde haired white guy in the game yet, so in order to make the game more diverse we had to add the most stereotypical non-diverse dude in video games, but hey, science is not about your feelings. This batch also includes an Asian business woman, a young Indian woman, a dwarf man, and a tall black professorial type guy.
For the most part the new art characters have been completely original and distinct from the old art characters, but there have been a couple updates from old to new art, including Mr. G, who is an updated version of Generalissimo Ritzini from the old art, and we might also consider Mr. C an update of Brimsworth Buckswaggle, III, although the lack of a top hat makes the claim slightly questionable.
This time around we have two more updated characters, Mr. Q and Ms. T. You can see comparison images below; Mr. Q is an updated version of Danger P. Johnson, one of the “Danger Brothers”,1 and Ms. T is an homage to Virginia Vulpes, a.k.a.”Orange Dress”, one of the most cult-popular characters in the old art. There have been tournaments won and lost around the meta of whether somebody is playing Orange Dress or not.
|She’s inspired in part by Yang Lan, sometimes called “the Oprah of China” for her media empire. She obviously drinks a Manhattan, and I’m wondering if she’s the only playable middle aged Asian business woman in video games.2|
|If you thought Mr. I in his wheelchair was hard to see behind a crowd of people, now you have Mr. S to contend with. He’s a dwarf, which according to this FAQ is the non-offensive way (along with “little person”) to refer to someone of short stature. His face was inspired by a combination of Silvio Berlusconi and a few other actors, and I think he looks a bit like a crime boss…not that I’d share that opinion at the party. He’s impeccably dressed in a tuxedo, matching our Sikh, Mr. K, in the second tier of male formal attire, under Mr. U, below.|
|Our first guest from the Indian subcontinent, Ms. T and her bright orange sari brings a splash of warm color to the party and throws a bone to the Cult of the Orange Dress in the new art style. She’s drinking a glass of shikanji, an Indian lemonade.|
|A mentioned above, we were in the unique position of actually needing to put a blonde white guy in our video game for diversity reasons, so we went for the full Northern European royalty look just to seal the deal. He also takes the lead in terms of most formal outfit, with white tie and tails. We wanted somebody in white tie for sartorial diversity, but we also needed a bit more blue at the party so we put the sash on him and he instantly stepped up the class hierarchy a notch or two.|
All The Character Reveals
Here are all the character reveals so far in one place for your handy dandy reference! Click the images for the articles!
- …it doesn’t make a lot of sense to call them brothers since the others are named Danger P. Jackson and Danger P. Jenson, but hey, it’s video games. [↩]
- I’m sure someone is going to come along and mention some obscure fighting game where you can play one! I just heard about a game with a guy in a wheelchair who has a sword… [↩]