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The Warlocks of the Fates
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Developer(s)Astec21[lower-alpha 1]
Publisher(s)SNK
Director(s)Shinichi Itoh
Producer(s)Katsumi Nagata
Designer(s)Mamoru Nakano
Kenji Nishimura
Takeshi Nishino
Programmer(s)Haruo Ōhori
Takeshi Hirakawa
Tomohisa Yamagata
Artist(s)Aine Shioya
Atsushi Nakao
Katsuya Shinohara
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Composer(s)Harrie Hosotani
Joe Rinoie
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Platform(s)Arcade
Neo Geo AES
Neo Geo CD
ReleaseUnreleased
Genre(s)Fighting
Mode(s)
  • Single-player
  • Multiplayer
CabinetUpright
Arcade systemNeo Geo MVS
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The Warlocks of the Fates[lower-alpha 2] is an unreleased 1995 fighting arcade video game that was in development by Astec21 and planned to be published by SNK for the Neo Geo MVS (arcade), Neo Geo AES (home) and Neo Geo CD.[1][2][3][4][5] Taking place in the fantasy world of Wonderland, the game follows eight fighters from multiple backgrounds as they enter in either a war held by the demonic Abbadoom or gather divine "Dragon" gemstones on a tournament.[clarification needed] Its gameplay consists of one-on-one airborne-based fights, with a main four-button configuration, featuring special moves as well as two playable modes. Although previewed across a few video game magazines, in addition to being showcased to attendees at various trade shows, the title was ultimately shelved for unknown reasons despite being completed.

Gameplay[edit]

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Gameplay screenshot from the revealed beta build.

The Warlocks of the Fates is an airborne-based fantasy themed fighting game reminiscent of Astra Superstars.[4][5][6][7][8][9] The player fights against other opponents in one-on-one matches and the fighter who manages to deplete the health bar of the opponent wins the first bout. The first to win two bouts becomes the winner of the match. Each round is timed, which can be adjusted or deactivated in the game options; if both fighters still have health remaining when time expires, the fighter with more health wins the round. The game features multiple levels of difficulty in the options menu.[citation needed]

In single-player mode, players have a roster of eight playable characters, each with their own unique fighting style and special techniques, and fight against computer-controlled fighters.[5] Players have the option to select any of the six elemental gemstones, a gameplay mechanic similar to Marvel Super Heroes but unlike the former, these are picked after choosing a character at the start.[5] The title features two game modes to choose from at the beginning.[citation needed]

The first game mode, "Record of the Divine Dragons War", revolves around one of the eight fighters facing each opponent across Wonderland on a war held by the demon Abbadoom and players have the choice to select their route before any match. Like Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, special moves are performed by entering button commands while moving the 8-way joystick. A notable aspect is the placement of both health bars and timer during gameplay, which is akin to Martial Champion. Failing to win a match during single-player results with a game over unless players insert more credits into the arcade machine to continue playing.[citation needed]

Synopsis[edit]

Characters[edit]

The Warlocks of the Fates features eight playable characters, while more playable characters are fought in single-player modes:[5]

  • J: A divine male warrior.
  • Laby: A young conjuress girl.
  • Mhuo: A thief.
  • Vanity: A skilled teenage warrior.
  • Kingheit: A dark witch.
  • Skal: A sage.
  • Hirga: An attractive male bard.
  • Isha: A young adult pirate tomboy.

History[edit]

The Warlocks of the Fates' development was headed by producer Katsumi Nagata at Astec21 with the assistance of SNK.[10] Shinichi Itoh served as director in the game's planning team alongside Kenji Matsuo and programmers Haruo Ōhori, Takeshi Hirakawa and Tomohisa Yamagata.[10] Likewise, Kazuo Hirayama was involved as director in the project's graphic team with several artists.[10] The soundtrack was co-composed by Harrie Hosotani and Joe Rinoie.[10] Other people also collaborated in its development.[10] The game was first showcased to the public in a playable state at 1995 AOU Show and later at the Tokyo Omocha Show during the same year.[11][12] The title was also previewed on magazines such as CD Consoles, Neo Geo Freak and Neo Geo World.[4][5][6][8][9] Despite being listed for release, it was ultimately shelved for unknown reasons.[13][14][15]

Notes[edit]

  1. Additional work by SNK
  2. Also known as God Dragon War Record (Japanese: 神竜戦記, Hepburn: Shinryū Senki) in Japan.

References[edit]

  1. "NEO•GEOCD". Neo Geo Freak (in 日本語). No. 1. Geibunsha. May 1995. p. 111.
  2. "神竜戦記". Game Machine (in 日本語). No. 496. Amusement Press, Inc. 1 June 1995. p. 15.
  3. "神竜戦記". Game Machine (in 日本語). No. 497. Amusement Press, Inc. 15 June 1995. p. 15.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Actualités Internationales - The Warlocks of the Fates • Neo Geo". CD Consoles (in français). No. 9. Pressimage. July–August 1995. p. 24.CS1 maint: Date format (link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 "新作情報 - 神竜戦記". Neo Geo Freak (in 日本語). No. 3. Geibunsha. July 1995. pp. 74–75.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "新作情報 アーケード - 神竜戦記". Neo Geo Freak (in 日本語). No. 1. Geibunsha. May 1995. pp. 74–75.
  7. Kiyotaka, Kaida (June 1995). "アーケードゲーム - 神竜戦記". Micom BASIC Magazine (in 日本語). No. 156. The Dempa Shimbunsha Corporation. p. 38.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "新作情報 アーケード - 神竜戦記". Neo Geo Freak (in 日本語). No. 2. Geibunsha. June 1995. pp. 64–67.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "新作情報紹介 - 神竜戦記". Neo Geo World (in 日本語). Vol. 2. SoftBank Creative. July 1995.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Astec21, SNK (1995). The Warlocks of the Fates. Arcade, Neo Geo AES. SNK. Level/area: Staff. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  11. "Totale Arcade: AOÙ 95 - SNK". CD Consoles (in français). No. 6. Pressimage. April 1995. p. 40.
  12. "'95 AOU ショー - 神竜戦記". Gamest (in 日本語). No. 141. Shinseisha. 30 April 1995.
  13. "Chips & Bits Inc. - Neo Geo". GameFan. Vol. 3 no. 8. DieHard Gamers Club. August 1995. p. 75.
  14. "Chips & Bits Inc. - Neo Geo". GameFan. Vol. 3 no. 11. DieHard Gamers Club. November 1995. p. 81.
  15. "Chips & Bits Inc. - Neo Geo". GameFan. Vol. 3 no. 12. Metropolis Media. December 1995. p. 103.


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