Vanguard Princess

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Vanguard Princess
Vanguardprincess-logo.jpg
Developer(s) Tomoaki Sugeno
Engine Fighter Maker 2nd
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, Cloud (OnLive)
Release

Microsoft Windows
June 26, 2009

Cloud (OnLive)
April 10, 2013[1]
Genre(s) Fighting
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Vanguard Princess (ヴァンガードプリンセス?, Vangaado Purinsesu), also known as Vanguard Princess: Senjin no Himegimi (ヴァンガードプリンセス 先陣の姫君) is a Japanese freeware dōjin 2D fighting game for Windows, developed by a single programmer and illustrator Tomoaki Sugeno nicknamed Suge9.[2] The game was created using Fighter Maker 2nd[3] was released for PC on June 26, 2009,[4] and April 10, 2013 for OnLive.

Gameplay[edit]

Vanguard Princess is a 2D fighting game featuring an all-female cast. The player selects both a fighter and a support character, who follows the fighter and can assist her.

Plot[edit]

A mysterious woman with supernatural powers (the game's boss) is captured by the government. Her powers are accidentally unleashed, bestowing various young women with magical powers.

Development and release[edit]

Vanguard Princess was fully developed by Tomoaki Sugeno (or Suge9), an ex-Capcom sprite designer who worked in games like Resident Evil 3: Nemesis and made character sprites for The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood.[5] Sugeno uses Fighter Maker 2nd for his work, a popular graphic engine for Windows by ASCII. Sugeno designed and illustrated the game by himself, but the music was taken from "nash music library", a royalty-free library of songs.[6] Sugeno also used voice actors to record the voices for all the characters. Sugeno planned a future update called Vanguard Princess Prime which would introduce a new character named Rikako but has since ceased development on it.

An English version was released by eigoMANGA on February 2013 on Amazon.com to North America and Europe.[7] They released a cloud version of the game on the Onlive game service on April 2013.[8] A notable difference in the English version is that the game edits the explicit content in the original Japanese version. The English version also unlocks Hilda as a playable support character. A downloadable PC version of the game was released via Steam on March 3, 2014 after being Greenlit by the community. This version comes with the original English release, plus a free, optional Director's Cut add-on, which returns previously removed content to the game.

Reception[edit]

After the official release, Vanguard Princess was initially picked up on by video game websites such as Daiken,[9] Kotaku [10] and Siliconera.[5] Later it was reported by Famitsu[11] and IT+Media.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vanguard Princess". OnLive. Retrieved 2013-04-10. 
  2. ^ Sugeno. "Sugeno's Blog". Sugeno's Blog. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  3. ^ Sugeno. "First Share". Sugeno's Blog. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  4. ^ Sugeno. "Vanguard Princess Download". Sugeno's Blog. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  5. ^ a b Ishaan (2009-07-05). "Have A Dose Of Freeware Fighting With Vanguard Princess". Siliconera. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  6. ^ Sugeno. "About Music". Sugeno's Blog. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  7. ^ Charles Webb (2013-02-27). "eigoMANGA's Fighting Game 'Vanguard Princess' Could Be This Year's 'Skullgirls'". Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  8. ^ Ryan Winslett (2013-04-17). "Vanguard Princess Brings Female Fighting To OnLive". Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  9. ^ D-Ken. "火曜は同人ゲーの日". d-ken.net. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  10. ^ "Cute Fighting and Totally Free". Kotaku. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  11. ^ "「ツクール」で作った話題のハイクオリティー2D格闘「ヴァンガードプリンセス」が遊べます!". Famitsu. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  12. ^ "日々是遊戯: 「ツクール」だけでここまでできる!! インディーズゲーム界を震撼させた「ヴァンガードプリンセス」って?". Gamez. IT MEdia. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 

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