Last week, we took a look at the music, animations, and time progress battle system… so what is on the table for this week: Graphics, Mapping changes and Eventing!

Enhanced Map Editor!

Map Layers Have Returned!

One of the most requested RPG Maker features makes its return in RPG Maker MZ! The layer system is no longer only automatic! You can switch between manual and automatic layer control through the menu or through a quick keyboard shortcut!

The return of layers means you can now draw underneath existing parts of the tile! Put A tiles on the upper layer, use D tiles as a base. Stack 4 A tiles, or 4 B-E tiles, or any mix in any order!

The control of layers is now in your hands!

In addition, there are a number of minor enhancements to the mapping editor, such as:

  • ★ passability tiles now always appear in the editor as they would appear in game.
  • The map tree drag and drop behavior has been enhanced to make it easier to rearrange your maps.

More Powerful Events!

In addition to the map editor enhancements, many, many event commands have gotten tweaks to make them more powerful and easier to use. Let’s dive right in on a few example changes!

  • The Show Text command has added a name box field! No longer will a plugin be needed just to ID the character speaking!
  • Events and the player are now selectable locations for the Get Location Info command! Easily determine the Terrain Tag or Region ID of the tile the character or an event is standing on.
  • Wait for Completion checkbox added to the Scroll Map command
  • Basic Tweening/Easing Options are now added to Move Picture Command. Available settings include Constant Speed, Slow Start, Slow End and Slow Start and End settings
  • The Button selection for the Conditional Branch command has now added Pressed (activates and continues as long as held), Triggered (activates and does not repeat when held down), and Repeated (activates and continues as long as held, longer delay between repeat) options.
  • And many more!

Preview Move Route!

A more substantial change to the Event Editor is the Preview Move Route option! More easily see how your event will move with a press of a button!

You can easily click on another spot on the preview to set the start point of the move route, for use with moving targets other than the event originating the command. This move route preview is available in both the Set Movement Route command and the Autonomous Movement custom route!

Default Materials

RPG Maker MZ features the largest collection of default materials in series history! With a massive collection of graphics and music to work with, you can jump right into making your game.

On top of all the types of materials you are familiar with, RPG Maker MZ also adds Busts and Full Character Arts for all 120 characters that have face graphics!

And now that MZ supports .ogg files no matter how the project is deployed, you will no longer have to bloat your project folder with both .ogg and .m4a files!

Graphics

  • Animations: 120
  • Battle Background 1: 51
  • Battle Background 2: 50
  • Character Sprites Sheets: 44
  • Character SV Battlers: 40
  • Face Graphic Sheets: 15
  • Character Busts: 120
  • Character Full Art: 120
  • Enemy Battlers: 105
  • Enemy SV Battlers: 105
  • Tileset Sheets: 31
  • Parallaxes: 21
  • Title Screens: 20
  • Weapons: 25
  • States: 10
  • Icon: 273
  • Button Set: 2
  • Balloon: 10

Sound

  • 48 BGM
  • 29 BGS
  • 27 ME
  • 345 SE
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We know you are all still processing the exciting RPG Maker MZ news from last night, but that doesn’t change that it’s RELEASE DAY! Let’s get ready for more heroes and more music!

Following up on the first Classic Heroes pack, Classic Heroes Vol.2 gives you 4 more fantastic fantasy hero designs. Each with two skin tone variations, we add the Male Dragoon, Female Dragoon, Male Thief, and Female Thief. The set includes busts, facesets, SV battlers, and a hi-res shot of each character for resizing.

Read more on the RPG Maker Web Store or on Steam!

We could all probably do with making some bright and cheerful games right now, and for that, we need some bright and cheerful music! If that sounds good for you, check out the 25 pop BGM, 10 BGS, & 20 ME of the new Light Novel Pop Music Vol.1!

Read more on the RPG Maker Web Store or on Steam!

And for our Deal of the Week, get 10% off of the first Classic Heroes to match with our new Classic Heroes Vol.2 until next Thursday!

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RPG Maker MZ is coming this Summer to the RPG Maker Web Store and Steam, and we know you’ve all been waiting for some real info on RPG Maker MZ. It is time. Let the RPG Make MZ Preview series begin!

Music!

We know that everyone wants to get a good look at the new resources available in RPG Maker MZ. Well, we can’t give you a good LOOK quite yet, but you can have a good LISTEN to a sample of the fantastic new music included with the maker. Check out our preview video below!

Time Progress Battle System!

RPG Maker MZ is adding two new options to the standard RPG Maker battle system. Now not only will you be able to switch between Front and Sideview, as you could in previous RPG Makers, but now, you’ll be able to switch between Turn Based, Time Progress (Active) and Time Progress (Wait). What does that mean?

It means you are no longer tied to a rigid turn based system! Every actor and enemy acts at their own speed. For a better look, check out our first RPG Maker MZ Skit video below! (and be on the lookout for some more teased features while you are there…)

Particle Animations!

The animations editor in RPG Maker always worked, but let’s be honest, it was a bit dated. Having to use clunky spritesheets for battle animations, especially with the limitations on the sprite sizes making it difficult to make great looking large effects, was just not very fun, or very versatile.

But that all changes with RPG Maker MZ.

Instead of using sprite sheets, we’re now moving to natively being able to import particle animations! Create your own effects in the powerful and free open source Particle Effect Creation Tool Effekseer

*Frame Rate, resolution, and color quality lowered in creating gif.

…and then take the *.efkefc file created and import it right into your RPG Maker MZ project.

From there you can change the angles, size, and speed of the animation with a few easy clicks in the Database. Layer in the sound effects and any screen or enemy flashes to add that extra little bit of spice, and your animation is done!

*Frame Rate, resolution, and color quality lowered in creating gif.

This new method brings animations to a whole new level. Never before have RPG Maker animations had this much potential and power. How will this evolve your projects?

This week, we’ve debuted the new built in battle systems, the new animations editor, and gave you a preview of the new music. What new treasures await next week? Tune in in 7 days, same time, same place to find out.

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It’s a horrible night to have a curse… of such great new materials to show off to you! But enough talk, have at them!

The Gothic Castle Tiles feature 339 new RPG Maker MV (and MZ!) formatted tiles that you can use to create a foreboding gothic castle. The perfect home for a dramatic noble, a vampire, or maybe just some old ghosts…

Read more on the RPG Maker Web Store or on Steam!

And our second pack for today, User Interface Material! We can always use more variety in our window skins and frames, and this pack comes packed with some sweet window varieties. Take a look and see if they would slot into your project, or maybe inspire a whole new one!

Read more on the RPG Maker Web Store or on Steam!

And for our Deal of the Week, get 10% off the Kingdoms and Conquest Music Pack through next Thursday!

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We’re sure that you are all excited for the new announcement of RPG Maker MZ, but now isn’t the time to stop with releases! (And as an added bonus, the new releases for today will be 100% compatible with MZ as well!)

It’s time for your Time Fantasy characters to meet Face to Face! Time Fantasy Faces as face sets for characters in Time Fantasy and Time Fantasy: Monsters! 104 faces in total!

Read more on the RPG Maker Web Store or on Steam!

A new set of tracks from TK.Projects, the Fantastic Piano Collection features… exactly what it says on the tin. 26 BGM and 15 ME of Piano music that is fantastic! Click through to listen to previews of the wide variety of sounds!

Read more on the RPG Maker Web Store or on Steam!

And for our Deal of the Week, get the Time Fantasy pack to go with Faces for 30% off.

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We’re all sure right now you are all hyped about the recent tweet that went out from us, but that doesn’t stop this weeks release day! Let’s look at what new goodies we have coming!

We’re fully into Spring, and it’s time to get back to nature, and our first pack today, Creatures: Woodland Animals is the perfect pack to make some rural maps. 24 tilesheets full of the outdoors, as well as a stable and fences. Plus 34 sheets worth of sprites for various animals in a variety of variations!

Read more on the RPG Maker Web Store or on Steam!

And continuing our peaceful nature theme, we also have Nature Soundscapes from Ayato Sound Create! Mixing ambient nature noises with ethereal sandscapes, Nature Soundscapes will bring the peaceful joy of the natural world to your games.

Read more on the RPG Maker Web Store or on Steam!

And keeping with our nature theme, our Deal of the Week is the Spirits of Nature: Enemy Pack, 25% off!

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It’s time to wind down May’s releases with one last release week, this week we have a new soundtrack and a new VX Ace formatted tileset!

Perfect for your sci-fi or futuristic game, FATIMA features 24 new electric tunes. With feelings of mystery to urgency to relaxation, this pack is sure to include something for every mood you are going for!

Read more on the RPGMakerWeb Store or on Steam!

Next up the Japanese Forest Graveyard pack for RPG Maker VX Ace hits the stage! Horror games have had a long history in RPG Maker, and Japanese horror is a uniquely powerful thing! Bring it together all in one with this pack!

Read more on the RPGMakerWeb Store or on Steam!

And our Deal of the Week 20% off the Member Plus Collection: Vexed pack!

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Another week, another release day! (Honest question, how do I write this opening every week without it getting repetitive? Help me out guys!) Two new packs, you know the deal, let’s get going!

First up, we have a new set of Animations with Animations Select – Fire! Rather than a broad spectrum like the Collections, the Select sets will focus on a more narrow theme, but go more in depth! And for the first set, let’s focus on bringing your fire mage’s true power out!

Read more on the RPGMakerWeb Store or on Steam!

Next up, we have a versatile music pack from Ayato Sound Create, Kiwi Glace! 22 tracks stretching across several styles: Acoustic, EDM, Lofi, and more! Be sure to listen in over on the Soundcloud Link to get a better idea of how it fits into your game!

Read more on the RPGMakerWeb Store or on Steam!

And for our Deal of the Week, get 15% off of Seraph Circle: Monster Pack 3 until the 28th!

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Fantasy Heroine Character Pack 3 Updates!

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Hello everyone, if you’ve purchased the Fantasy Heroine Character Pack 3, be sure to redownload the files! We’ve made a few fixes, and also added some new content!

If you purchased through the RPG Maker Web Store, log in to your account to get the updated version, if you purchased on Steam, it should update automatically. Changes listed below

【Fixed files】
・2 sheets of Facesets in folder〈faces〉=>fixed
・128 Bust-up graphics in folder〈img-bust〉=>fixed

【Added files】
・Added 8 Bust-up graphics in 〈sage fantasy Bonus〉 in folder〈img-bust〉

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We’ve made it another week into May, and while it hasn’t all been great all around the world, at least that means we made it to another Release Day! So let’s get this release announce going!

It’s finally here, the fourth entry into a fan favorite set: Animations Collection 4 – Nocturne! This set of animations focuses on the themes of dark and music. Need something for your bard or villain? Or your villainous bard? Then this pack is for you!

Read more on the RPGMakerWeb Store or on Steam!

Next up from Ayato Sound Create, we have a new soundtrack, Tokyo Poetry! With 21 dramatic and poetic new BGM, inspired by modern hip-hop, electronica, and EDM, this pack would be perfect for any modern urban RPG! As an added bonus, Tokyo Poetry’s launch discount has been increased to 15%!

Read more on the RPGMakerWeb Store or on Steam!

And for our Deal of the Week, power up Nocturne by getting Animations Collection 3 – Thaumaturgy for 10% off as well!

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