One of the too-many games I'm working on at the moment is called Wyrmholes... It's going to be an episodic action RPG sort of thing with a sidescrolling platformer sort of perspective (probably), with emphasis on dialogue and characterisation over action. It will allow me to do a continuing story alongside the largely plotless Miasmon and DreamQuest.
I've been putting off starting it because I can't decide on what kind of visual style to go with; the pixel style I usually use is becoming less appealing to me, and I tried the 'chibi' sort of style but wasn't satisfied with it for various reasons; especially getting non-humans to share the same style.
So I'm wondering whether to go with a more slender style like this! The characters would be fairly small on the screen, so I can't include much detail; instead, that'd be shown in dialogue portrait things! These 'field models' would be done with vectors, probably; this is just a preliminary concept 'sketch' thing rather than the refined finished asset.
The game would (maybe) involve travelling through environments by switching between the 'human' (or rather, Barbari) characters on your party, controlling them individually with the aim of getting them all to the goal at once. Each would have different abilities, allowing them to flip switches that the others couldn't and so on, or perhaps NPCs would say different things to each one. Each character would also be able to summon what I'm tentatively calling a 'Mindrake', which is the dragon thing here; it's formed of energy in this design and it's quite small, too. The Mindrake would be able to flutter around and use magic (it'd essentially BE magic), either to defeat monsters or reach things that other characters couldn't. Since the dragons are basically each characters' soul given physical form, each one would have different abilities based on that character's personality.
I think this style might possibly work, so I think I might experiment a bit more with it!
So much for trying to draw a detailed version of this mindrake thing!!