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access_time April 21, 2014 at 3:05 PM in Culture by Charlie Grammer

The FEWW arrives on Kickstarter

The FEWW combines fast-paced arcade action with the four elements.

The FEWW combines fast-paced arcade action with the four elements.

A brand new 4-player 3D side-scrolling beat-em’-up has appeared on Kickstarter. This title, The FEWW, combines the fast paced action of games like Double Dragon and TMNT: Turtles in Time with the four elements, Fire, Earth, Wind, and Water.

You will take on the role of an element that can temporarily fuse with up to three players in order to power-up to solve puzzles, defeat enemies, or overcome other obstacles. The title will contain eight levels complete with both mini bosses and end level bosses.

For those interested in the story, here you go:

In a high tech science lab, scientists have been experimenting with the elements to learn about the building blocks of matter in order to exploit their secrets for profit. One night during a freak thunderstorm, the lab is struck by lightning, and the elements become self aware. You play as one of four elements as you escape the lab and ultimately destroy the evil corporation. You must fuse together different elements as you fight your way to the head of the corporation to shut it down for good.

The developers are intending to create the game for PC initially, but have plans to launch the title on consoles shortly after.

As for the team itself, they aren’t amateurs at this. First up on the team is Floyd Bishop, who has over 16 years of experience in animation. Some of the things he worked on include the character animation in Ice Age and hair/fur simulation on Barnyard: The Movie. He most recently worked as a Senior Animator on Sony Online Entertainment titles like Free Realms and Clone Wars Adventures.

One of Floyd’s fellow SOE alums, Jessica Rojeck (who worked on many of the same titles as Floyd, including Free Realms), will be helping out with the animations.

They are joined by Jason Mellott, who is handling the Artificial Intelligence, controls, and encounters. Jason Mellott is another experienced game designer who has worked with the other two on games like Free Realms.

Joining these three is Julia Prescott, a writer and stand up comic. She will be helping with some cinematics, dialog, and “funny boss battle banter”. She has contributed to VICE and was a writer for MAD, to name two things that she has worked on.

Rounding out the team is Kevin Manthei. He is working on an original soundtrack for the game and is perhaps best known for his work on the animated series, Invader Zim. He also appeared in credits for popular titles such as Neverwinter, Star Trek Online, and Twisted Metal Black.

Will this team’s Kickstarter be successful?


  • Floyd Bishop April 22, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Thank you for the coverage. I wanted to mention that some of our biggest influences for the game are the four player co op games from the arcades years ago. I spent many afternoons playing the Simpsons, TMNT, and the Avengers games. What we’re trying to do with The FEWW is to bring that fun buddy system gameplay back, and add in the gameplay mechanic of actually merging with other players and actually playing as one character. We think players will enjoy the game, and hopefully want to back the project. We hope to have a playable gameplay demo (not just gameplay footage, but something you can actually play) very soon. In the meantime, thank you for your support, and keep watching for more updates on The FEWW.

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