Hey everyone. My teammate and I are working on a new fighting game called Wishmere, for the PC. Wishmere is something of a love-letter to the fighting game genre.
Wishmere is a mix of the wilder elements of Blazblue / Guilty Gear with some sensibilities of classic fighters. We wanted to design something that was fun to play for both casual and competitive players. We tried to take the elements of what a newcomer enjoys in a Smash / an arena fighting game and place them into a traditional fighting game.
Wishmere can be played with up to 4 players in Versus mode or can be played co-op against a horde of AI enemies (in a mode called Base of Darkness). The game can be played online with the help with a third-party application called Parsec. We’ve tried it out and it plays quite smoothly. Lag does happen from time to time, and is highly dependent on a good connection. It’s not like playing in matchmaking lobby, since you’ll have to manually add a friend and share your screen with them. But this is better than not having any way to play online. NOTE: You may need to use JoyToKey to get your fightstick / controller inputs working on this application though.
Wishmere used to be a beat-em-up / fighting game hybrid, but we found that the beat-em-up Z-axis caused too much ambiguity for collision and have rehauled the system and gameplay.
What’s it play like?
 Simpler inputs – similar to Smash, but simpler (direction + attack button)
 Fate system – can use a full Fate gauge to a) slow time to allow setups or extend combos or b) break out of attacks
 Edge – gauge-based character maneuvers that accentuate their playstyle (eg: a teleport to a point on the screen or a critical hit for the next successful attack)
 Combo system - Outside of slowing time, fundamental combo system is similar to KOFXIV (command move links, juggle-ability, super-cancels do not cost meter)
 Airdash, throws (throw breaks). Guards are similar to Smash
 Like Smash, Wishmere uses a Block button and Jump button. We felt the best way to communicate to newcomers who want to do either action immediately, was to assign them to it’s own button. Due to this, this also helps with opening up more available move notations.
[*] Designed to be played on joystick / gamepad, but can be played on a keyboard. 6 or 8 button game, depending on control scheme (6 button scheme is the default and may suit fighting game players more, while 8 button scheme is friendly for newcomers to the genre)
1v1 Versus Gameplay (4 matches)
Quick Combo Video
An extra mode for players to play along friends instead of against.
Character Primers (how to play)
We’re all finished! You can pick up Wishmere on Steam or Humble for PC, Mac or Linux. It’s been a long 2 years and 2 months, but we’re all done. Wishmere was a good way to try something new and a way for us to deal with a family tragedy, so we’re glad that it’s finished. It means a lot to us.
Who are we?
We’re Crayder Studios, a small two-man team (myself and @DanialDisguised), who are also brothers (as in real life brothers!) working on this full-time. There’s just two of us, so we try to wear as many hats as possible. We’ve been life-long fighting game players, playing everything from World Heroes and Destrega to Street Fighter 5. We love the genre and back in the old days, have been part of and contributed a couple of FAQs to the KOF scene. Nothing too big, but we’d like to think every little bit helps.
The soundtrack is being done by Zack Parrish, who composed the OST for Valdis Story.
Do let us know if you’ve got any questions or feedback!