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Viking Squad is out! by jouste Viking Squad is out! by jouste

Hey guys!

So my game is finally out! Viking Squad is an old-school arcade throw back brawler with a lane based approach to combat. It was built by a core group of 3 people from Vancouver Canada, Nick "The Windmill" Waanders, Caley "The Ukraine Brain" Charchuk, and Me the Drawbarian! Sound done by the incredible folks at Power Up Audio, and music done by A Shell in the Pit!

It's out on steam and ps4 right now! It'd mean a lot to me if you guys checked it out here. I built up confidence in my style for my art right here on Deviant art so it feels good to finish and still be posting stuff here for everybody!

steam link: store.steampowered.com/app/325…

thanks again guys!

-jouste the drawbarian

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VanRipper Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016
Man! This came out of nowhere! And I love you guys for it, I always hate counting days to the release date.
I was always very curious, who would come out first, Viking Squad or Pit People. Looks like you guys were faster : D

It will take some time until I finish the game with my bro (since we have very limited gaming time) but I already can't wait to see what you prepared for us!
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jouste Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hey thanks so much man! yeah the launch was crazy. There's only 3 of us so we showed at pax prime, then submitted the game, then showed at twitchcon, then flew home, and shipped the next day! So crazy and since we are so small we didn't really have a marketing budget to push it out there :(

haha and idk about "faster" those guys are super quick! thanks so much for the comment man, great hearing from you again!
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JemiDove Featured By Owner Edited Oct 6, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Hey Jouste, you might remember me commenting on your profile a while back thanking you for the dev streams (which NEVER fail to keep me in the productive groove no matter how down I feel). I just wanna say CONGRATS to you and the team for making it to release!! As a Castle Crashers fan (both genre-wise and art-wise), I've definitely had my eye on Viking Squad for a while so I can't wait to play it. Better yet, Viking Squad so happened to release on my birthday, Oct 5 - what can I say? One of the best birthday presents ever! :iconlawooplz:

Only thing stopping me from playing now is that I'm drowning in college work, but once I'm through this tough last few months I'll DEFINITELY play this. And I will enjoy every moment of it and all the care that went into it. :thumbsup:
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jouste Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hey Jemi from Singapore! 
well happy birthday to you! And yeah I did read your very kind words from earlier! really glad that you like the dev-streams! best of luck in your college work. And it's a shame the time difference is so crazy because it'd be cool if you could stop by the stream! 

Thanks for all the support!
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shockaLocKer Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Finally.
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jouste Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
You're telling me! hope you like the game pal!
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shockaLocKer Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
First I need find a pack of friends to group up with ;~:
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jouste Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
aww, good luck pal! works online too so you could find some fresh pals!
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jaymark14 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Student Digital Artist
woaaaaw...
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jouste Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for stopping by pal! appreciate the comment!
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DarkTailss Featured By Owner Edited Oct 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The...Drawbarian? You can do better!

Drawer-barian?
Barbarian Lead-er?
The Barbarian K-ink lol

Saw the game today, i'll check it out
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jouste Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
lol nice attempts! I'm pretty happy with the Drawbarian haha. Thanks for the support!
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Georgeandasword Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016
Awesome. ^^
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jouste Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hey thanks pal! appreciate the comment!
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Jpzarde Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Student Digital Artist
VANCOUVER CANADA?! I don't live there. But I DO live in Calgary Alberta, so heck yissssssssss! Canada represent!
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jouste Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hey awesome! Thanks so much for the support pal! Hooray!
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Cubesona Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016   Digital Artist
Hehey, I just saw this game on steam and THOUGHT it looked like your art. Glad to see my instincts were right.
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jouste Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Love your stuff Ed! stasy safe with all that crazyness hitting you! thanks for stopping by!
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Cubesona Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016   Digital Artist
Ahh, so sorry for the really late reply. It means a lot coming from you to hear that you like my stuff! And, as you can see, I'm safe and sound. Actually, and this is extremely lucky, the hurricane never hit me. It wobbled to the east, avoided my area, and then went right back on course. The counties directly south and north of me weren't as lucky, but the hurricane bunny-hopped over me and I never suffered any damages. Crazy world!
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jouste Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Crazy world indeed! great to hear you dodged it!
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LaughingVexxo Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations! I will make sure to buy it as soon as i can!
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jouste Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
awww thanks so much! we really appreciate the support!
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KernaaliTanuli Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Looks fun! always loved old school brawlers.
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jouste Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
us too! it was a lot of fun to make it and show it at conventions
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SHARK-008 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Usually not my type of game but look nice. :D
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jouste Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
cool! thanks for stopping by pal!
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Gracieboy Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016
may have to crowbar open my perma-shut wallet for this one, looks great :)
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jouste Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hey thanks so much! appreciate the support!
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Gracieboy Featured By Owner Edited Oct 5, 2016
strangely satisfying to headbutt folk with a walrus :D
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jouste Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
haha great! yeah he's a fave of mine
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Gracieboy Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016
Did you do all the art yourself? its all phenomenal work, it's so so good. Gonna try and get as many people playing it as I can, granted that might be only about 6 people, but this game deserves to do well.

It's probably not the place to ask these questions, but 1. why is it only 3 players? 2. will there be any changes to the game based in player feedback?

The reason I ask is that its impossible to move the bonus items (statue, etc) if you're playing by yourself when you get to the pitfalls. It added a great bit of the game when me and a buddy were throwing the items between each other to get across (falling in many...many times :D), and I wouldn't change that. However, if playing by yourself, you kind of feel cheated that you cant get that item across so maybe be able to throw further when playing by yourself?

Anyway I had fun, very impressed with it.
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jouste Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
hey dude! hmm, you should be able to get all the statues across pits with a solo player. did you try pressing the square button? (ps4) or X button (XBox) while holding onto the treasure? that throws it far enough to get everywhere. And as for your questions:

1. it's 3 players because there is only 3 of us in the office! haha j/k actually 3 players gets pretty chaotic, adding in another character would really make it crazy and hard to visualize. Also classic arcade games like golden axe were only 3 players as well so we liked the number.

2. yep! we already did a tuning patch ad we'd love to add more weapons and armor and stuff, the game just has to do well enough that we can keep working on it!

and thanks so much for the support! Small teams like us have a real problem with visibility because we are too busy working on the game, so people like you really help us out! Thanks so much!
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Gracieboy Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016
Haha, we had just figured that one out by accident :D i feel like such a dumbass. We'd gone through the game once and didn't know. literally standing either side of a fall and dropping it to each other and the other catches it. Couldn't use the fire and ice bombs either, had to drop them by the enemy's feet when they were about to attack so they destroyed them :D
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jouste Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
haha wow! that's crazy hardcore! i'll be sure to tell the team! haha
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