The RPG Maker series has been around for a long time, stretching all the way back to the 90s. It’s a piece of development software that allows anyone, no matter how unskilled they are or how much programming knowledge they lack, to make a full video game RPG.
Ultimately, what you get out of RPG Maker depends on your own skills and how much you’re willing to refine them. A game can be made with the stock elements rather easily, but it’s possible to use the engine as a skeletal framework to layer on a wholly original set of sprites, environments and music. There have been actual successful commercial products created with RPG Maker, such as the horror classic Yume Nikki.
Now the latest version of the software has been announced: RPG Maker MZ. Details are light at this point, but they’ve revealed the following features:
● Map Editor
With RPG Maker’s map editor, you can create maps easier than you can draw a picture. Pick the tiles you want to use, and “paint” them on to your maps. With powerful enhancements from the previous RPG Maker’s map editor, and a large collection of new tiles, you can build countless towns and dungeons for your players to explore!.
These new features and enhancements will be soon revealed, so stay tuned!
● Character Generation
Not only can you use the included characters or import your own made completely from scratch, you can also create your own original characters using component pieces using the built in Character Generator! Combine hairs, eyes, clothes, accessories, and more. Recolor them to match your vision.
We’ll be showing more of the Character Generator in the coming days leading up to release!
● A Trove of Assets Included
From face graphics, character sprites, to map chips, character generator components, music, and sound effects, and more, RPG Maker MZ boasts the largest collection of assets out of the box than any RPG Maker in the series history!
More previews of these amazing assets will be coming soon!
The database is where the heart of your RPG Maker game resides. Here you store the information defining your characters, their skills, equipment, classes, but also their foes! Also in the database will be where you define many things about your game, like the names of stats, what conditions your characters can be afflicted with, battle animations, and more.
Keep your eyes open for more information soon on the enhancements and new features RPG Maker MZ brings to the Database!
The Event system covers all the many NPCs, treasure chests, puzzles and everything else your players will interact with in your game. Using a simple system of menus, you can create a complex series of events that will drive your game to its conclusion. All with no programming knowledge required!
And as with all the other parts of the editor, RPG Maker MZ has many new Eventing features soon to be revealed under the hood.
With RPG Maker MZ, our Animations function has been completely revamped. Easily create huge fireballs, dynamic sword slashes, or freezing winds for your characters to unleash… and suffer.
Be prepared for the preview of the new Animation system soon!
Sometimes, you want to go beyond what is easy to do with eventing alone. That is when Plugins come in! Plugins are bits of code that can change almost anything in your RPG Maker game. Learn to code enough to make some yourself, or find ones made by others to bolster your game. Adding an existing plugin can be as easy as plugging it in!
More info on the enhanced Plugin Features coming soon!
As you just read, there are a lot of specifics regarding what is new that RPG Maker isn’t ready to reveal just yet. We’ll pass along the info, though, when they do. RPG Maker MZ will be out for PC later this summer.