As promised in the post about the Krystal Easter Egg in Serious Sam 3 I contacted Anton Antonov Marinov, the 3D Environment Artist artist for Ubisoft, whose developer sign in the game featured Krystal. I had heard he put another, similar Krystal Easter Egg in another game, and he confirmed to me that it was in the The Talos Principle, a first-person puzzle game.
In The Talos Principle, there's a secret "developer island" where among other things, you will find sign posts from various people who worked on the game. Anton likes to mention Krystal in his, and this is no exception:
Anton "Mischievous" Antonov Marinov
He got to live forever after all.
Took the frogs and the rocks
and the trees and Krystal and
all of the other persons with
The icon of Krystal featured on the sign is actually a mirrored version of '...and you need Krystal's help' by Cammiluna, one of the older Krystal fanarts in the world (April 2, 2005).
Check out the video below to see where the sign is located in-game. Video by Marble Entertainment.
(PS - While researching this post, I found out that Mr. Marinov has commented here on the Krystal Archive before. But only once, in 2011, probably while he was working on Serious Sam 3.)
It's that time again! E3 has officially begun. Lots of interesting announcements from several companies have already happened and there will be more over the next two days. Nintendo had their World Championship Tournaments where they announced a final Splatfest for Splatoon 2 and confirmed that the next Smash DLC fighter will be revealed at the E3 Nintendo Direct on Tuesday.
Speaking of Nintendo's next Direct, it will be the last of the major presentations before the show floor opens. You can watch it live, at the stream above on June 11th at 9AM Pacific (12PM Eastern). After that, it will be hours of continuous streaming from Nintendo's Treehouse Live program about all the announcements.
I don't expect to see anything from Star Fox or Metroid this year (except maybe Metroid Prime Trilogy for Switch), but there are sure to be some new surprises! Don't get too hyped, and enjoy the show!
I'm late to the party, but check out this extended music video from the previously posted Something About Star Fox 64 by TerminalMontage. In this video, we get to see Fox and crew experience time in a non-linear fashion, and Krystal, someone Fox hasn't met yet, appears to him and they dance in space. It's very sweet. But... Krystal has to leave. Enable the Closed Captions for some funny text to go with the video. There's an implication that an animation called "Something About Star Fox Adventures" is coming at some point. Can't wait!
Which brings me to why I'm posting this now. TerminalMontage is offering a limited time print of Fox and Krystal on his store called Star-Foxxed Lovers. You can find shirts, jackets, and posters of this scene available, but only until May 23rd. Get yours while you can. (He has limited HIYAA products too).
Krystal Joins the Fight, a Krystal for Smash promotion group, has just announced a new collaborative project. Here's the scoop:
- Get a bunch of fanartists to draw a new, Smash Bros focused Krystal fanart for Nintendo in support of Krystal being made into a playable fighter.
- Gather those fanarts and notes of support together and have them professionally printed into an artbook.
- Send the artbook to Nintendo and show them our support for Krystal in a fun, appreciative way. We know they love fanart!
BONUS: After it's sent to Nintendo, the artbook files will be released so every Krystal fan can print up their own artbook and see the artwork! I plan to make myself a copy.
Are you interested in helping out? Check out the rules in the image, and you can also check the official post. The deadline for submissions is August 17th.
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Update: Hope you all enjoyed April Fools Day.
Dylan Cuthbert, of Star Fox fame, minutes ago helped introduce some features of Google Stadia, Google's new streaming game platform. He talked about the ability to save and share game state so you can create interesting speed runs, saved moments, or save points. He finished by revealing that Q-Games, his company, will be building a huge game based on this concept.
The live-stream announcement is still going on right now. Watch it!
Back around 2008, when I still ran Starfox-Online, I decided to play back through Star Fox Adventures and finally get a good recording of all the songs in the game. It took about a month of work, but I finally finished the most complete soundtrack for the game ever made, with 119 songs, jingles, and ambient tracks edited and released in high quality MP3.
Fast forward 10 years, and much of the work I did for Starfox-Online is simply gone, lost to time. So, what better way to start off the new StarFox.org than to release this gem?
There is a ton of info on that page about the recording process and the locations where each track can be found in the game (plus unused tracks). In the future, I think it may be possible to actually do a rip soundtrack, which should reveal even more tracks and at higher quality. For now, though, please enjoy the unique sounds of Star Fox Adventures.
After several months of posting progress photos, Moonllita of MoonllitaCosplay has completed her Krystal cosplay. This one features a painted body suit with facial makeup, augmented with a tail belt and ear-containing wig. She made the staff, clothing, armor, and jewelry herself, making heavy use of Worbla Thermoplastic.
Moonllita plans to debut this cosplay at Otakuthon in Montréal, Canada from August 16th to 18th. She appears to have a photoshoot scheduled for that con too, so we should be seeing a lot more photos of this cosplay this summer.
Check out tons of progress shots of her work below. Also, you can watch her working on the Staff in a Facebook video.
- Completed cosplay
- Cosplay vs Character
- Completed Staff
- Makeup Test
- Completed Wig and Ears
- Original Wig
- Completed Armor and Clothing
- Jewelry and Loincloth Progress
- Jewelry Progress
- Armor Progress
- Clothing Test
- Bra and Loincloth Progress
- Bra Fabrication
She also posted an Instagram Story (top of the page titled "Krystal wip") with a story containing more progress photos like the dying process for the suit and tail fur.
Check out her Facebook page and Instagram page to follow her progress. Thanks to Moonllita for being patient with me. I got permission from her back in December to post this, but I never got around to it until today.
It's finally done! Dracontiar (aka Cynthia Conner) has finished a new Krystal commission of mine. In this one, what we were going for was one of those Old Master Portrait style paintings, where the subjects are shown sitting in repose, with a dignified posture and either a serious or slightly smiling facial expression. You know, stuff like the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci or Self-Portrait by Raphael. I think Dracontiar nailed it!
Happy Valentine's Day! Also, Star Fox Assault is 14 years old today. Nothing like getting together with your worst enemies to play a decade old game, eh?
SchattenKitsune666 got in on the action and made this Valentine's Day MMD featuring part of the song Symphony ft Zara Larsson by Clean Bandit. Check it out!
Image from GoldenFox51. Yes, I will address the very interesting news in the Nintendo Direct shortly. Sorry for the delay.