Weekly Penguin

Weekly Penguin 758

Instead of letting the reality drag you down, how about some escapism in form of a TAGAP 4 reveal?

See, for today's Weekly Penguin, here is a preview of TAGAP 4's recap sequence.

The recap sequence will obviously cover the story of the original trilogy in roughly a minute so that everyone understands the basics and can enjoy Part 4. You can't expect everyone to have played through almost two decades of jank, now can you?

The sequence this time isn't presented as a screenshot slide show, but an educational VHS tape. For that reason, in place of screenshots from the old games, the imagery is all custom digital paintings by yours truly, done in mimicking the style of shlock B-movies of the VHS era.

Illustrated here is the original TAGAP and Pablo's escape.

I'm also delighted to announce that the sequence will be again voiced by the great Neil Gardner of Ladbroke Audio! I'm just waiting for the final proofread of the script so we can get that ball rolling, let's hope by then the world is still functioning and my currency hasn't been turned into rough toilet paper.

I'm not usually a fan of my own art – when I'm done with something and it isn't an in-game sprite I can do things with, I don't really care to watch it. But these recap illustrations? These turned out so great I'm having them as a wallpaper slide show. In fact I like these so much that for a time on the Twitter I was lamenting how the game might look like crap in comparison to the intro. I still kind of think that, but I also accept the fact that this was the case for everything in the 90s and it didn't hurt Square or Blizzard any. 🤷

I originally projected creating these would take a couple of months, but after the situation in the world got to what it is, I've basically locked myself into TAGAP dev bubble, without news feeds and tons of caffeine – only coming out for the day job. As a result, I'm already halfway through these, health be damned.

I might be releasing more of these as wallpapers as we near the release. If the world doesn't end and if you like them, that is. While they are parts of the intro cinematic, they also cover the story that's been out in full since 2017, so it's not like it's a spoiler.

Also available as Wallpaper: 1920×1080 1920×1200 3840×2160 (4k)

Added: 2022-03-01