Battle Chasers: Night War | World Map

World map for Battle Chasers was an exciting, new aspect of the project that came with its own share of challenges as well.

We are a small team and each of us had to wear many hats. I understood the need for the world map to have a relatively fast art style, as well as flexibility to accommodate design changes all the way to the end. I had a lot of freedom art-wise and owned most of the art side of the world map, including combining simple scripts to make the clouds and re-purposing particles. Deep down I feared the style might be too different from in-game shots, and it was a huge relief when things finally began to work out.

I immensely appreciate the trust and support my teammates gave me, even when I hit sticky points and turned a few circles trying to figure out a good drawing style.

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One of the first sketches of the world map.

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One of the earlier explorations of the style and town layout.

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Mini map - we are a small indie team with very limited resources, so I opted to keep the minimap simple by not showing any side dungeons to avoid spoilers and help encourage exploration.

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Iron Outpost

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Arena

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Rushland

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Junktown

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The Dig

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Dead Watch

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Strongmont

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Iris

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Garden

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Mana Rifts

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Castle area leading to boss room