For those who don’t know, in most of the Pokemon games, you can very rarely encounter a “shiny” Pokemon that has a different color scheme than normal ones. They don’t have different stats, abilities, or anything like that - they’re just something rare for players to hunt for.
I’ve been experimenting with some new code that works in a similar way and allows me to do palette swaps for creatures. For example, I can make the Cinder Devil’s skin blue and his fire pink. You can extract from one of these “shiny” creatures to get a “shiny” core. Then, when you summon that creature using that core, it will have the alternate palette. Similarly, when you breed a shiny creature, the offspring will be shiny as well - provided the offspring is the same creature as the shiny parent. Sounds good enough, right?
The problem is that creating an alternative palette for every creature in the game is extremely time-consuming, and I’m also not very good at choosing color schemes that look good. For those reasons, I can’t really do these myself. Instead, I want to see if there are enough people out there who are interested in creating these palettes for everyone to enjoy.
We’ll need palettes for over 700 different creatures, and each one has its own battle sprite, as well as a spritesheet containing 8 frames for overworld sprites. That’s a lot of work, and I don’t think it’s realistic for just one person to do all of it. That’s why I want to gauge interest here and see how many people would be willing to pitch in and help out.
In the event that there’s enough interest, here’s how everything would work:
I’ll upload a .zip file that everyone can download. It contains all the battle and overworld sprites for every creature in the game.
I’ll also upload a palette creation tool that everyone can use, along with instructions on how to use this tool. Basically, you’ll use this tool to import a battle and overworld spritesheet, and then mix/match colors using a nice visual editor. Then, you can use the tool to export the palette file. The tool is very easy to use but I’ll provide detailed instructions - anyone can figure it out, it’s very basic.
We’ll create a Google Spreadsheet that everyone can access. This will be used to organize and collect the palettes and other information for every creature in the game. That way, we can see which creatures still need palettes.
When all 700+ creatures are done, I can add support for these “shiny” creatures to the game.
There’s no real time limit or deadline for these - they’ll never be done in time for Early Access at least, so I’m fine with adding these as a content patch after the game is released.
In addition, for the sake of quality control, we can assign a few people to judge the palettes after submission to make sure there aren’t any ugly or glitched palettes.
If you’re interested in helping out, please post a response here. Please only respond if you’re serious about doing these. I expect one full creature palette to take about 10 minutes to complete, maybe a bit longer until you get used to using the palette creation tool.