Music Spotlight – Fledgling Queen

Tomorrow’s the big day that Wargroove finally launches on PC, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One!

We’ve found ourselves inundated with positive reviews from the press and the mood in the Chucklefish office is jolly all around. It’s been a long road to get here, so I thought it fitting that today’s music spotlight presents the track first featured in our debut trailer almost two years ago. It was the very first track composed for us by Phonetic Hero, and it serves as the theme for our story’s central protagonist, Mercia. Unlike the iteration of the song from the trailer, the one I’m sharing today is extended and completely remastered.

Additionally, we’ve updated the main theme on our soundtrack playlist to reflect the remaster it received towards the end of the project.

If you’ve enjoyed listening to these tracks as we’ve rolled them out, the soundtrack is now available to pre-order! You may also be interested to know Phonetic Hero was recently interviewed regarding his efforts on the project. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’d like more insights into the creative process behind these great tunes. We cannot thank him enough for all the great work he’s done!

Wargroove may be launching tomorrow, but there are still more tracks to roll out! You can expect a bunch more to be added to our YouTube channel not too long after launch, so do check back soon! In the meantime, I’d like to take this moment to personally say thank you to everyone who has followed along and supported us as we’ve continued to pursue our vision. We’re really excited for you to finally get your hands on the game and I’m especially looking forward to seeing all the awesome levels, campaigns and stories our incredible community will make.

See you on the battlefield!

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Soundtrack and merchandise available now!

Wargroove Vinyl Soundtrack

Soundtrack Available for Pre-Order
Wargroove’s amazing soundtrack was developed by Pete Lepley (aka Phonetic Hero) and will be distributed by Boss Battle Records. We’ve shared a number of the tracks on our blog and through Youtube, but now the entire Soundtrack is available to pre-order! We’ve been working really closely with Pete throughout the development of the game, and have been so impressed with his work. We can’t wait for everyone to have the opportunity to get their hands on it!

We asked Pete and Boss Battle Record’s founder Fabian Malabello to share some thoughts about their work on the project.

Pete: I’m a huge fan of Advance Wars, and writing the music for Wargroove was something of a dream project. Albeit challenging, providing additional character for each of the commanders, their factions, and the world of Aurania was my absolute pleasure and I’m deeply proud of all the work that’s gone into the soundtrack. Chucklefish has made something special and incredibly charming in Wargroove, and I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to aid in its creation. Hope you all enjoy the music!

Fabian: Working with Pete (Phonetic Hero), and being able to watch and support his creative development over the last two years, as he worked on Wargroove’s soundtrack, has been a positively rewarding experience. Pete pushed personal boundaries and left his creative comfort zone to produce an admirably world-class original soundtrack. The music adds an entire dimension of relatability to the characters, and in addition to Chucklefish’s brilliant design, and the fantastic voice acting, Wargroove is going to be a tactics game for the ages. I truly believe Pete is set to be one of the most sought after indie game composers of our time, and look forward to seeing what paths open up thanks to the team at Chucklefish

You can preview and pre-order the album now on bandcamp! There’s also a vinyl press of the soundtrack available for pre-order with custom art and a beautiful package produced by our awesomely talented friends at The Yetee.

Speaking of The Yetee…

Wargroove Merchandise
We’d partnered with The Yetee to produce merchandise for both Starbound and Stardew Valley – so when they approached us to brainstorm some merchandise for Wargroove we knew they’d be a great partner.

In addition to the vinyl soundtrack, they’ve produced some amazing tee designs, hangable banners with a crest for each faction, sticker sheets of units, and chunky PVC pins for 12 of Wargroove’s commanders! You can view the full product line up on their Wargroove collection page.

Here’s one of the tee designs – appropriately called ‘PupGroove’ – showing off each faction’s good boys.

Pupgroove

You can purchase these individually or show your love for a specific faction by bundling products together! We LOVE how these all came out and couldn’t be more excited to share them with you all.

We’ve also got these all listed on our shiny new Store Page on the Chucklefish site. We’ll be updating it as we get more products available!!

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Role Call

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all as excited for the release of Wargroove next week as we are! Today I wanted to list Wargroove‘s voice cast, who have helped bring our commanders and characters to life with battle shouts and cutscene cries! It’s been such a great experience working with all these talented actors and they’ve brought so much to the project.

Tamara Fritz as Mercia
Tamara Fritz is known for her role as Eudico in Warframe‘s Fortuna expansion and has also worked on games like My Time at Portia and Heroes of Newerth.
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Jason Marnocha as Emeric
Jason Marnocha has provided the voice for an array of characters in animated media, Indie games and anime. He’s voiced Megatron in the Transformers Prime Wars Trilogy, Aurelius in The Wizards VR, Levant in Regalia: Of Men And Monarchs, Keicho Nijimura in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Amadeus Guildenstern in Never Stop Sneakin’, the Demon King in Seven Deadly Sins, Coach Nanbu in Megalo Box among others.

 

Sean Chiplock as Valder, Greenfinger Sedge
Sean Chiplock has been an avid participant in videogame culture ever since his childhood, so it’s no surprise that he enjoys performing for them just as much as he enjoys playing them. From Freedom Planet to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, his vocal adventures have taken him both on and off-planet – although none have been anywhere near as confusing or dangerous as California highway traffic.

Kimlinh Tran as Ragna
Kimlinh Tran is a voice actress based in Southern California who specializes in character voiceover and creature vocal effects, and occasionally assisting in casting for video games. Some of her more well-known roles are Snip & Clip in Nintendo’s Snipperclips, Fidget in Dust: An Elysian Tail, Ms. Fortune & Robo-Fortune in Skullgirls, and Valt Aoi in Beyblade Burst Turbo.

Elsie Lovelock as Sigrid & Nuru
Elsie Lovelock is a British singer and voice actress primarily known for her strong singing voice and versatile character voice-over range. Some of her roles include the theme song singer for the game Never Stop Sneakin’ on the Nintendo Switch, the singing voice of Charlie in animator VivziePop’s series Hazbin Hotel, and Tracer
in RoosterTeeth’s Death Battle series. She has voiced for YouTube channels such as Team Four Star and Aphmau, and will also be voicing in the upcoming games including PAYDAY: Crime War and Starstruck.

Dawn M. Bennett as Tenri
Dawn M. Bennett is a Dallas-based voice actress who has worked with FUNimation, Rooster Teeth, OkraTron 5000, ScrewAttack, GalaxyTrail, and now Chucklefish Games! Dawn can be heard in anime such as Dragon Ball Super as Kale & Kefla, Fairy Tail as Frosch, Black Clover as Sister Lily, Yuri!!! on Ice as Isabella Yang, Attack On Titan as Frieda Reiss, and My Hero Academia as Setsuna Tokage. She can also be heard in video games like Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, SMITE and Freedom Planet.

Aleks Le as Ryota
Aleks Le is an LA-based actor, known for his voice-over work in video games and English dubs of Japanese anime. His most notable roles are Dahar in Laws of the Universe Part 1, Alexis Doucet in Grancrest Wars, and Nightmarionne in Five Nights at Freddy’s: Ultimate Custom Night.

 

Amber Lee Connors as Koji
Amber Lee Connors is a voice actress who has played roles such as Nozomi in Keijo!!!!!!!!, Ms. Joke in My Hero Academia, Brandish in Fairy Tail, Toy Chica in Five Nights At Freddy’s: Ultimate Custom Night and Vernal in RWBY.

 

Featuring David Dixon
David has been voice acting for over 13 years. He has appeared in indie games such as Dust: An Elysian Tail as Blop, Echoes of the Fey as Heremon ir-Caldy, Battle Chef Brigade as Thrash, The Journey Down as Kito and you can currently hear him in the trailer for Battery Jam on the Nintendo Switch.

 

Featuring Rachael Messer
Rachael Messer has voiced over 300 video game characters and works in Anime for FUNImation & Sentai Filmworks. Some of the Games she’s been in are Smite, Warframe, Paladins & System Shock. Anime she’s been in include Black Clover, Tokyo Ghoul Re, My Hero Academia, Princess Principal and more.
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Xbox Pre-Orders Now Live!

Hi everyone!

PHEW, what a day yesterday was! It was fantastic seeing all of your responses to our release date announcement (Feb 1st, in case you missed it!), and we now can’t wait for the launch to roll around so you can all join us for some online skirmishes.

As of today, you can now also pre-order Wargroove on the Xbox store, where the game will also be launching Feb 1st on Xbox One!

And those of you Switch players out there, don’t forget you can also pre-purchase and pre-download the game straight to your devices ahead of the release day.

We wanted to take the opportunity to say a big thank you to the team over at Blitworks who have worked with the team here at Chucklefish to help bring Wargroove to Xbox One and PS4. They’ve been a great support and it has been a pleasure as always working with them.

We’ll sign off for now, but do keep an eye out for impromptu livestreams over on our Twitch and Mixer channels between now and launch. Feel free to also drop by our Discord to say hello and chat to the dev team! And did you all spot a certain new addition to the Wargroove cast in the Cinematic Trailer…?

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Wargroove launches February 1st!

Wargroove is almost here!

It’s been a long time coming, and after several delays (typical Chucklefish) we’re proud to announce that Wargroove will be available on February 1st on PC, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One, priced at £15.99 / $19.99 / 16.99€, and playable in 10 languages – with PS4 and news of the release date coming soon.

You can even pre-purchase (and pre-download) Wargroove on Nintendo Switch right now!

Wargroove has grown substantially since it was first announced and has become a massive, fully featured package that we hope you’ll love. Take a look below at the Cinematic Trailer we revealed in today’s Nintendo Indie Highlights Showcase, featuring an incredible animation from The Line and keep an eye out for the release trailer dropping on February 1st.

Everyone at Chucklefish is truly humbled by the support we’ve received throughout the development of Wargroove, and the encouragement to keep going until we were truly happy with the game. Wargroove is Chucklefish’s second in-house project and with the quality of its art, sound and technical achievements we’ve also seen our own progress as developers reflected in its outcome. We’ve come to realise that for a game to succeed it can’t be anything less than a labour of love. We hope Wargroove will challenge and delight you in equal measure.

As we see out the final days before release, join us on our discord server and hang out with the dev team! We’ll also be scheduling some livestreams in the run-up to launch, so keep your eyes peeled

Don’t forget – you can wishlist the game on Steam and pre-purchase the game and pre-download on Nintendo Switch today!

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Music Spotlight – Wild Flower

G’day folks!

Today’s song belongs to the Floran’s talented and most playful commander, Nuru. She may seem familiar to those of you who have played our first game, Starbound. Even among the Floran, her talents as a warrior are exceptional, so we really wanted her tenacious energy to come through in her track. As usual, Phonetic Hero has delivered on that vision with his usual skill and quality.

At this point, we’ve released all but one of the remaining factions’ tracks, so our soundtrack playlist over on the Chucklefish Youtube channel is sounding pretty good right now! With Wargroove’s Q1 release on the horizon, you can expect to hear the last of these tracks soon!

In another bit of fun news, our friends at Grasshopper Manufacture are releasing their new game, Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes tomorrow! Not only is it from the mad mind of the fantastic Suda51 of Grasshopper Manufacture, but it allows for some fun player customization with tee shirts devoted to a whole bunch of indie games. If you squint hard enough you might notice a familiar someone from Wargroove making her digital tee shirt debut!

Don’t forget you can now wishlist Wargroove on Steam and take part in our Faction Quiz to find out where your allegiance lies on our updated website. Let us know your faction result!

Until next time!

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Speaking your language!

Hello everyone!

And hello Q1 2019 (eek!). It’s an exciting time here, with the team gearing up for Wargroove’s launch. I know you’re all excited to find out the exact release date, so expect more details on that very soon!

In the meanwhile, today we have a quick update on localisation. In our mega end of December blog post we announced that Wargroove will be playable in English, GermanSpanishFrench, Italian,  Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese!

We can now confirm that these languages are now complete, and will be available at launch – woo hoo!

Here’s a little teaser gif to see the localisation in action…

Wargroove’s localisation is being done by the fantastic team at Shloc, who some of you may recognise for their work on some of the team’s favourite recent games, such as the Dragon Quest series, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, The Last Guardian and Yokai Watch! We’re really pleased to be working with them, and can’t wait for you to get hands-on with the localised game soon.

It’s also worth saying that while these are all of the languages planned for initial release, we may look at adding more further down the line following player feedback, and of course depending on how the launch goes!

That’s it for now, if you haven’t already don’t forget to wishlist Wargroove on Steam and make sure to take part in our quiz to find out which faction you should pledge allegiance to ahead of the launch. We do love getting tweets with your results and seeing how many of you are necromancy-loving members of the Felheim Legion!

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Music Spotlight – Mechanist Prince

G’day guys and gals!

It’s that time again where I get to share another song created by the talented Phonetic Hero! Today’s track belongs to the Heavensong Empire’s child prodigy and heir to the throne, Koji, who wields his giant mechanised puppet Tenko in battle with surprising agility.

If this track pulled at your heartstrings, you may be interested to know that many more songs from the Wargroove soundtrack are available for listening on the Chucklefish YouTube channel!

Be sure to come back next week to hear yet another of Phonetic Hero’s brilliant tracks as we ramp up to Wargroove’s Q1 release!

Don’t forget you can now wishlist Wargroove on Steam and take part in our Faction Quiz to find out where your allegiance lies on our updated website. Let us know your faction result!

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Music Spotlight – Fell Saviour

Hello everybody and happy 2019!

With the recent addition of our store page, new website and gameplay trailer, there’s been a lot of excitement buzzing around the Chucklefish office and I thought I’d start delivering on my promise of releasing more of Phonetic Hero‘s fantastic music. Today’s track belongs to the wielder of the Fell Gauntlet and Felheim’s ruler, Valder. If you listen closely, you may notice that the vibe is just a teensy bit more serious than Caesar’s Bounding Joy from last month. The drums pound with such force that it may just raise the dead!

If you’re dying to hear more, the rest of the currently-released tracks are available on our soundtrack playlist over on the Chucklefish YouTube channel!

Be sure to come back next week to hear another of Phonetic Hero’s stellar productions as we ramp up to Wargroove’s Q1 release!

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New Website & Steam Page Live!

Hello everyone!

Happy Winter Solstice to you all! Today we’re excited to share our brand new Wargroove website and Steam ‘Coming Soon’ page, so you can start wishlisting straight away to get notified when the game launches! Woo hoo!

The team here has been working super hard in the run-up to the holidays, with the Q1 2019 launch window creeping up fast, so we’re happy to share some cool new things with you:

New Gameplay Trailer!

With our Steam page comes a new gameplay trailer, which showcases some updated footage of battle scenes, groove animations, animated cut-scenes, naval combat, the overworld map, as well as some map editor scenes! You can even spot a rather glorious Floran ‘Bloom Dragon‘ at the end, which some of you may not have seen in action before.

New (digital) Box Art!

You may recognise a few familiar faces in the awesome new artwork we’re using for our storefronts. There are a few different versions of the box art depending on where it’s used, including a squarer format with Valder towering over the other Commanders rather menacingly. We’re really happy with how it has come together, and hope you like it too!

Which Wargroove Faction Are You?

We wanted to include something fun for the community ahead of the launch Q1 next year, so have created a Faction Quiz on our new website, where you can answer a series of questions to discover where your allegiance truly lies. Here you can also learn more about the Cherrystone Kingdom, Heavensong Empire, Felheim Legion and Floran Tribes. You may even spot some splendid new background art while you’re at it!

After you’ve completed the quiz, you can share your results directly to Twitter and Facebook, or let us know your faction in the Wargroove Discord. Unless of course you get Felheim, in which case you may want to keep that one to yourself…

Game Localisations!

We know many of you have been eager to find out what languages Wargroove will be available to play in when it launches, and now that localisations are fully underway we’re happy to confirm the game will be playable in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Japanese as well as Traditional & Simplified Chinese.

We’re really hoping these languages will be available at launch, but as they’re still undergoing translation work please keep in mind we won’t be able to confirm exactly when they’ll be available until closer to the release. Rest assured though, they’re in the works! In terms of any other languages, we’re not ruling out further localisation at this point, but this is what is planned for the time being.

Thanks as always for all of the support and patience while we’ve been putting the final pieces of the game in place this year. From the whole team at Chucklefish, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year. Here’s to an exciting 2019!

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