Dust: An Elysian Tail To Unleash the Furry On Steam

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Dust: An Elysian Tail[/i] To Unleash the Furry On Steam

XBLA's prettiest 2D game is finally getting a PC release.

Like many, I assumed that one of the caveats of Dust: An Elysian Tail winning Microsoft's 2009 Dream.Build.Play Challenge was that the game would end up a permanent resident of the XBLA exclusive club. Thankfully, that isn't the case. At PAX EAST, creators Dean Dodrill and Alex Kain informed the news-collecting creatures at Polygon that Dust is set for a Steam release this April.

So what's so special about Dust? Well, not only is it visually stunning (which is probably the only thing you can glean from the hectic trailer in the above right), it's also sporting a surprisingly deep combat system and a glut of Metroidvania-esque platforming. Our own Heather McLellan gave it a none-too-shabby four-and-a-half out of five.

The more beardy (or furry) among you might recognize Dean "Noogy" Dodrill as one of the animators who worked on Jazz Jackrabbit. A once active member of the furry community, Dodrill has been working on an animated film by the name of An Elysian Tail since the turn of the century. After learning how to code in 2009, he started work on Dust, an early build of which went on to win 2009's Dream-Build-Play competition, earning Dodrill a XBLA contract and a smooth $40,000.

There's no news on an exact release date for the PC version of Dust, nor any info on price or whether the spectre of Games For Windows Live will raise its ugly head.

Source: Polygon

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According to destructoid it wont have games for windows live, which is awesome since that's already kept me from getting insanely twisted shadow planet.

http://www.destructoid.com/pax-dust-an-elysian-tail-announced-for-steam-249490.phtml

This game rocks. It's like metroid, but with some really fun combat.

The only thing I have to say about this is...

ABOUT FUCKING TIME IT GETS TO THE PC! Now make it Steam Free and now we are talking ^_^.

This game will say hello to my wallet soon enough then.

This is one of my favourite games of last year. It's so vivid and colourful, there's humour and references aplenty and, perhaps most importantly, plays incredibly well. The voice acting isn't half bad either; I've certainly heard worse! Anyone who hasn't given Dust a try should certainly take a look.

This and Aquaria are great action rpgs, much better than the Vannilaware games they were cloned off imo.

Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes!

This is amazing. Always being told 'Oh It's XBLA exclusive forever' made me so upset. I was looking forward to this for the longest time. Jazz Jackrabbit was THE game that I grew up with. As soon as I heard about this game, I just had to have it.

You just made my day.

*Clears throat* YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES!
This is awesome, now let's get Journey on steam.

*reads title on main page*
"!"
*quickly checks steam*
"..."
*comes back and reads article*
"oh... in April... damn."

I'm slightly bummed now that I bought it on XBLA, played it for half an hour, enjoyed it, said "well I'll get back to that one!" ...and then didn't.

I wasn't sure if this game wasn't so surprisingly successful I wouldn't be saying that, would I. ...this is a good sign then. I would've preferred having it on PC, though, and I really ain't payin' for it twice.

Also, I still don't understand why this game warrants the use of the term "furry" so often. It's anthropomorphic animals doing anthropomorphic animal things, yes. It's made by a furry, I suppose. Yes. But it sort of diminishes the point of the actual game, doesn't it? Unless you mean it as a term of endearment. But... I dunno. It's like "hey, a great game, also by a furry so that's news!"

Eh. I guess I wouldn't say the same thing if it was a gay person making a game about gay people... yeah, okay. Alright. I'll cop to that.

*watches embedded video*

well fuck ....

I'm probably gonna have to get that now

I was wanting to play this, but didn't quite feel like dusting off my Xbox. Wonderful.

Andy of Comix Inc:

Also, I still don't understand why this game warrants the use of the term "furry" so often. It's anthropomorphic animals doing anthropomorphic animal things, yes. It's made by a furry, I suppose. Yes. But it sort of diminishes the point of the actual game, doesn't it? Unless you mean it as a term of endearment. But... I dunno. It's like "hey, a great game, also by a furry so that's news!"

For the pun of it.

Also, buzz word. Its one of those "internet dead horses" people love to beat on whenever they get the chance to. Calling the game "furry" is a disservice to how great this game actually is. There are references abound (the merchant one being my favorite at the moment), the combat in the game is fun and accessible, even with the depth it hints towards. And, of course, dem graphics!

There was some indiegogo project I saw a while back that some people described it as "Corpse Party + Furries" and asked if the furry part would turn them off. As if the choice of using anthropomorphic characters somehow would detract from the actual meat of the game. As if, if I might add, the idea of humanized animals only came about recently.

I don't see anyone trying to call the Egyptians "furries" for their pantheon of gods. I don't see anyone trying to call Hercule's mom a "Furry" since she slept with a swan, or Zeus a furry for wanting to shag as said swan.

Though I also guess the author was trying to bring some relevance to said pun by delving into the past of the guy behind the game. I could care less though if the guy wanted to dress up in some giant fur suit and do odd things... alright, well I only care if I was forced to be subjected to watching that, but that's besides the point! Furry =/= Game.

Well, there goes one main motivation to me to get the 360...

cursedseishi:

Andy of Comix Inc:

Also, I still don't understand why this game warrants the use of the term "furry" so often. It's anthropomorphic animals doing anthropomorphic animal things, yes. It's made by a furry, I suppose. Yes. But it sort of diminishes the point of the actual game, doesn't it? Unless you mean it as a term of endearment. But... I dunno. It's like "hey, a great game, also by a furry so that's news!"

I don't see anyone trying to call the Egyptians "furries" for their pantheon of gods. I don't see anyone trying to call Hercule's mom a "Furry" since she slept with a swan, or Zeus a furry for wanting to shag as said swan.

I'm always reminded of Sonic the Hedgehog, Starfox, and the countless other games starring anthropomorphs that almost never get labelled as "furry," ever, except maybe when talking about its effects on furries.

Hell. Never saw Looney Tunes or the plethora of animal-starring Disney cartoons face that. It's such a recent thing. And not one I'd argue with, mind - if there's a good reason to apply it. But anthropomorphism is not the same as "furry." It never has been. It certainly has its connections, no doubt, but so rarely would there be an instance where you could call an anthro character in a game a "furry" character and full well literally mean it.

Like I said before, though. If this article was about a gay man making a game starring gay people, and people complained about it saying "the gay" would "put them off," I'd say those people are fucking stupid and should get over themselves. I don't see a huge difference between that and "a furry made a game about anthro characters," so I'm actually a little reluctant to voice my complaints; I can't quite seem to put my finger on their origins. Regardless, I do have issues with it... for the life of me can't condone them, though. So that's awkward.

People talking about another persons personal life and making a spectacle out of it while trying to advertise a perfectly good game. Hello internet sensationalism! Honestly the writer probably should have just left that part out of the article as there are people who are biased against those kinds of individuals and will now likely not play the game. =(

Still, glad it got off Xbox Arcade so I can now enjoy it on the PC. Stopped using Xbox live almost a year ago.

Andy of Comix Inc:
I'm slightly bummed now that I bought it on XBLA, played it for half an hour, enjoyed it, said "well I'll get back to that one!" ...and then didn't.

I wasn't sure if this game wasn't so surprisingly successful I wouldn't be saying that, would I. ...this is a good sign then. I would've preferred having it on PC, though, and I really ain't payin' for it twice.

Also, I still don't understand why this game warrants the use of the term "furry" so often. It's anthropomorphic animals doing anthropomorphic animal things, yes. It's made by a furry, I suppose. Yes. But it sort of diminishes the point of the actual game, doesn't it? Unless you mean it as a term of endearment. But... I dunno. It's like "hey, a great game, also by a furry so that's news!"

Eh. I guess I wouldn't say the same thing if it was a gay person making a game about gay people... yeah, okay. Alright. I'll cop to that.

Well, Dean Dodrill is known to be part of that community from way back, like early 90's. It's public knowledge, and like most smart members of that community, he doesn't wear it like a badge of honor. But this is Dean basically going 'yep I'm a furry artist, and here's a furry game... now watch me make it good enough that you don't care'. That's a hell of a feat, and sorta invalidates the stigma. Sometimes that community can create things everyone can enjoy. He doesn't push the label, which is a serious problem with a lot of furries... he's not in your face about it, it's just in his work.

TrevHead:
This and Aquaria are great action rpgs, much better than the Vannilaware games they were cloned off imo.

HERETIC! YOU SHALL BURN IN THE CLEANSING FIRE!
Still though, Aquaria was amazing, and I can't wait to buy the shit out of this game.

I didn't know this guy did the art for Jazz Jackrabbit. That explains a lot really.

Andy of Comix Inc:

Also, I still don't understand why this game warrants the use of the term "furry" so often. It's anthropomorphic animals doing anthropomorphic animal things, yes. It's made by a furry, I suppose. Yes. But it sort of diminishes the point of the actual game, doesn't it? Unless you mean it as a term of endearment. But... I dunno. It's like "hey, a great game, also by a furry so that's news!"

Eh. I guess I wouldn't say the same thing if it was a gay person making a game about gay people... yeah, okay. Alright. I'll cop to that.

Furry is suppose to mean "Fandom for people who like Anthropomorphic characters" or to describe a member of that fandom.

It has become slang for many different things though and makes it very confusing as it could imply: 'Sexuality', the fandom, an anthro character, or a fetish.

The problem I have with the slang is that it creates a sort of alienation for artists who draw anything that isn't human and retroactively becomes associated with a controversial fandom in popular thought.

Andy of Comix Inc:

I'm always reminded of Sonic the Hedgehog... furries.

Gonna stop you right there. If it wasn't for Sonic SatAM, and probably Animaniacs there probably wouldn't be a deal of the population interested in furry.

Just look up Sally Acorn and Bunnie Rabbot.

Looks/sounds pretty good, but I'll wait for a few more details such as the price. Not going to say 'Take my money' when I don't know how much money they want to take.

Tenmar:

Andy of Comix Inc:

I'm always reminded of Sonic the Hedgehog... furries.

Gonna stop you right there. If it wasn't for Sonic SatAM, and probably Animaniacs there probably wouldn't be a deal of the population interested in furry.

Just look up Sally Acorn and Bunnie Rabbot.

I'm referring to the game, Sonic the Hedgehog.

Good show. I was eagerly waiting for this so it can do wholesale slaughter of Shark Attack or (subjectively speaking) Inherit the Earth or Earth Eternal. Shark Attack especially, that game had piss-fucking-poor hitbox detection *period*, and most of the development budget was spent hiring Duke Nukem as trailer guy, yet furries cared more for that trainwreck than this far-from-perfect-but-still-far-more-competently-made game, mostly because Shark Attack has fanservice called Mayhem the Shark. I will oil my hands with this game and break the jaws of those furries without regret everytime they try to give me a flimsy excuse to care more for a fanservice trainwreck than an actual product that's appropriate for their subculture, and isn't a smoldering piece of demon shit for once.

WALLET, I SUMMON THEE

kitetsu:
Good show. I was eagerly waiting for this so it can do wholesale slaughter of Shark Attack or (subjectively speaking) Inherit the Earth or Earth Eternal. Shark Attack especially, that game had piss-fucking-poor hitbox detection *period*, and most of the development budget was spent hiring Duke Nukem as trailer guy, yet furries cared more for that trainwreck than this far-from-perfect-but-still-far-more-competently-made game, mostly because Shark Attack has fanservice called Mayhem the Shark. I will oil my hands with this game and break the jaws of those furries without regret everytime they try to give me a flimsy excuse to care more for a fanservice trainwreck than an actual product that's appropriate for their subculture, and isn't a smoldering piece of demon shit for once.

WALLET, I SUMMON THEE

Inherit the Earth wasn't that bad. Considering it was made back in 1994 and had full voice acting and what I felt was cleaver writing, it was alright. Earth Eternal or Shark attack I can't attest for, neither played or touched, but Inherit the Earth I thought was a solid game, despite the fact the ending was ambiguous at best. Even with an ongoing web comic.

I can recommend this game to anyone who likes sidescrolling beat em ups. If you hate furries just try not to let the art style ruin the game for you, the characters are all cute and likeable and theres nothing sexual in it. The story is pretty wacky and will keep you entertained but not all that invested.

dragongit:
Inherit the Earth wasn't that bad. Considering it was made back in 1994 and had full voice acting and what I felt was cleaver writing, it was alright. Earth Eternal or Shark attack I can't attest for, neither played or touched, but Inherit the Earth I thought was a solid game, despite the fact the ending was ambiguous at best. Even with an ongoing web comic.

The problem with Inherit the Earth is that it spawned a bandwagon where somehow, if it's furry-centric, it has to draw as much inspirations, if not be almost like Inherit the Earth, if it's not pornographic. Either that, or it's chopped liver furries in non-furry games where you're a human hero killing them wholesale because the writers didn't bother making them compelling.

If you're asking me, ItE's problems of being a product of its time (still is, jesus christ that fucking sequel and webcomic) is highly pedestrian compared to Shark Attack, which is like a reflection of furry-centric game development circles, with the ones being genuinely competent either working as an invisible number in a large team somewhere off-shore, or is like Noogy... too few in numbers to damage the stigma that furries make terrible game developers.

Finally. I've been waiting to play this for years

Denamic:

TrevHead:
This and Aquaria are great action rpgs, much better than the Vannilaware games they were cloned off imo.

HERETIC! YOU SHALL BURN IN THE CLEANSING FIRE!
Still though, Aquaria was amazing, and I can't wait to buy the shit out of this game.

Imo Vanillaware really need to get themselves a decent game designer as both Odin's Sphere and Muramasa get really repetitive once the initial graphical wow factor wears off, especially Muramasa where you fight encounters of the same enemy type. I prefered Aquria's cookery system to OS too.

Which is a shame because as a 2D nut I want to like them.

For what it's worth, I liked the Jazz Jackrabbit character designs from the first game, before Dodrill took over, better than the ones he created.

Interesting... shades of Odin Sphere and Muramasa: the Demon Blade. I'm not seeing how this might surpass either of those titles in the trailer, but it does look a solid entry in the genre. Might be worth a look if the price is right.

-Dragmire-:
*reads title on main page*
"!"
*quickly checks steam*
"..."
*comes back and reads article*
"oh... in April... damn."

April is only a few days away, technically. :D

OT: Well fuck. I already bought it on the Xbox because I figured it wouldn't be coming to the PC. Now I'll have to spend even more money because I vastly prefer PC games to console games...

Metroidvania game with rpg elements and fun combat? Well im sold, im a sucker for these types of 2d games.

shrekfan246:

-Dragmire-:
*reads title on main page*
"!"
*quickly checks steam*
"..."
*comes back and reads article*
"oh... in April... damn."

April is only a few days away, technically. :D

OT: Well fuck. I already bought it on the Xbox because I figured it wouldn't be coming to the PC. Now I'll have to spend even more money because I vastly prefer PC games to console games...

I'm a rather impatient person when it comes to games I want coming out... Also, it hurts hearing that from someone who already got to play it... easy for you to say, "be patient"!

*sobs while in the fetal position*

JoshuaMadoc:

dragongit:
Inherit the Earth wasn't that bad. Considering it was made back in 1994 and had full voice acting and what I felt was cleaver writing, it was alright. Earth Eternal or Shark attack I can't attest for, neither played or touched, but Inherit the Earth I thought was a solid game, despite the fact the ending was ambiguous at best. Even with an ongoing web comic.

The problem with Inherit the Earth is that it spawned a bandwagon where somehow, if it's furry-centric, it has to draw as much inspirations, if not be almost like Inherit the Earth, if it's not pornographic. Either that, or it's chopped liver furries in non-furry games where you're a human hero killing them wholesale because the writers didn't bother making them compelling.

If you're asking me, ItE's problems of being a product of its time (still is, jesus christ that fucking sequel and webcomic) is highly pedestrian compared to Shark Attack, which is like a reflection of furry-centric game development circles, with the ones being genuinely competent either working as an invisible number in a large team somewhere off-shore, or is like Noogy... too few in numbers to damage the stigma that furries make terrible game developers.

I suppose I can give you that. though the string of published furry games outside of games like say, ratchet and clank, or Sly, is limited at best. They don't understand core game mechanics or plot, and would rather just design something with furry characters without making it functional. ItE I think could have been something better but at it's time anthropomorphic animals were even more then today, considered children's things, it's possible if they didn't have that restriction they could have fleshed out their story more and made it mature. Now a days we've unfortunately progressed into the complete opposite. Where people consider furries to be fundamentally perverted instead a sub genre to achieve an end.

I'm a furry, not the convention hopping costume wearing kind. Hell looking at me you'd think of me as perhaps just a nerd, a guy who enjoys DnD, not necessarily a furry. And I have been so for nearly 12 years. I don't go out on a limb to announce it to others because hey, it's not really necessary to wave every flag you have. if the situation arrives and someone asks me out right I'll be honest. I just like the aesthetics of it, and the freedom of design of it. I draw furry characters, and have done so for a long time. Artists can get away with a bit more using anthropomorphic characters then simply using human begins, which can lead to very distinctive characters. I can only see a slightly shaven head so many times before they all look the same to me.

I also see the distinct flaw with the general furry fandom. Many people do fly their flag high, and wearing costumes and what not, whatever. We've got anime conventions of people being just as silly. As for the extreme fetishes, every walk of life under the sun has them, but none quite so well exploited like the furry genre. They have websites dedicated to furry porn and every branch there in, which I might add could easily extract the "furry" component out and they would still have said fetish just without the fuzzy coating. It does depress me that these people however broadcast their desires and taint the image of furries. It's the few that ruin the image as a whole.

I'm not suggesting that people accept furry as a main stream genre, or to more writers and designers to incorperate them into their media. Hell, I don't even expect people to understand or like them. Perhaps a little more tolerance like it seems to be paraded in school that children are suppose to be tolerant of everything. Guess some lessons don't sink in. In it's broadest scope, the fandom for the non artist is a form of roleplaying. Just as much as dungeons and dragons. You create an ideal or at least adept form of one's self you can project upon your own world or with a group of people to escape reality. It's a device used by many to have some sort of kindred connection when the rest of the world would shun or reject them for being slightly abnormal. Many do surprisingly keep to themselves despite what people would believe, only going as far as revealing themselves when they are confident they would be safe from persecution.

I do see the use of anthropomorphic characters as a means to an end when it comes to design and functionality. It allows for a wide arc of story tones from the whimsical to the serious depending on the writers needs. It can be slipped into other categories such as Science Fiction, fantasy, steam punk what have you. It can help to give a property a distinct design and personality to distinguish itself apart. Would Dust here receive perhaps even part of it's recognition if it didn't star a furry cast of characters? Perhaps, but the fact it does include it makes it recognizable at a distance. It shouldn't be used hap hazardously, it can illustrate stereotypes we use in the real world to project upon the cast of characters such as wolves and sheep, which being the victim and which the predator. A Sneaky sly raccoon perhaps, or a fox. It can lend itself to enhance the fiction it's put in if used correctly and not simply hackneyed.

My point I suppose before I loose myself on any more tangents, or TL:DR, furries as a whole have issues because they try to shoehorn the design perhaps when it isn't needed, but used correctly it can enhance the design of a story and setting to make it more distinguished and recognizable. Giving something it's own identity. They may never escape the perverse stigma that it's acquired, but I still see the furry fandom as a whole the right to exist just as much as any other geek genre out there. There are plenty of perverse art on anime alone, and video game characters sadly none quite as widely documented or broadcasted as furries. Every fandom has it's share of its, if you pardon my use of the phrase, black sheep.

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