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KYSKREW, the forgotten cancellation of the Dreamcast

Let us pay tribute to the members of "Hydrdragon " who worked voluntarily on this aborted game. The project, as you will see below, had gone beyond the stage of a simple amateur project to take on a professional dimension. They were young and passionate !!!

When we talk about canceled games, we always think of headlines like " Soul Reaver 2 " or " Half life (read here) ". No one, including me first, remembered the track " Kyskrew ". However, it did exist, the project was even relatively advanced. Like the big Unreleased Blockbusters, let's give this article back its nobility and thank the development team for the work done.

This release will offer you the preparatory work on the game, the script, concept art, sketches and above all magnificent music. I don't know if everything that existed is now gathered here or if there are still other things. Who knows ? This file will perhaps be the subject of a continuation!

So I want to put this game forward. Unreleased buff folks like me have neglected it for too long and it comes close to getting it lost forever.

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WALLPA~1 Kyskew dreamcast
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Design :

Kyskrew was an RPG intended for the Dreamcast. Its release date was scheduled between fall and winter 2001. The game was initially a fan-made project before taking on much larger proportions. We can compare it to Homebrews these days. In 20 years, he gradually fell into oblivion.

The title was in development at Dragonhydre later renamed Cristal Dream , a small independent French team made up of around twenty members at the height of the project. They met on different forums and decided to set up a development team. Some spent sleepless nights working on it sacrificing years of their studies. Originally from all over France, most of them have never met, they exchanged via IRC. They were planning to make it free exclusively for the Dreamcast.

Organigrame of the team:

Guigui alias Toranokiba

Scipt - History - Level plan

Krine

Level plan

Irine

Assignment of work

by Junker

Sorting then uploading

Imagina

Hybrid

Silk

Nova

(Character Design

Oroshykyo

Storyboarder

DC Design Master

Palmito host

Espilonia host

Limubai Shinji

sound elaboration

Animation Coding

John smith

GFX motor

The dwarf

Peripheral and sound engine

Doc 101

Event

Amigaman

The project was progressing rapidly and was being talked about on the internet. He gained notoriety. Magazines like "Dreamzone" , "Joypad" or "Gameplay RPG" devoted articles to him. The boss of the team had even gone to GameOne !!!

DREAMZ~1 Kyskew dreamcast
KYSKREW Interview 2
00:00 / 05:42

Extract from an interview 2

The White Lady coming to the end of its life, Dragonhydre decided to move the game to Playstation 2. They even considered a Game Boy Advance version. The Dreamcast version looked pretty good. However, they restarted the project from scratch. Following internal conflicts between the members, the structure broke up. The game was abandoned and got lost in the twists and turns of the internet where only a few traces remained.

Kyskrew was to use a real-time combat system for normal enemies and then turn-based combat during Bosses. Several classes of characters were planned: knights, magicians and thieves. An internal clock system alternated days and nights. 40 hours would have been necessary to finish it.

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The Lore:

CROKI Kyskew dreamcast
KYSKRE Interview 1
00:00 / 04:15

Extract from an interview 1

To better understand the story, you have to dwell on his Lore. He was complex, not easy to follow. The game was meant to be deep, at the same time it is normal since we are talking about an RPG here.

Farnel Mansion Concept Art

  • Before 1353: Perpetual wars on the different continents of Farnel between the three families Montigny, Alzaks, Yarnel.

  • In 1353: End of the war between the Alzak and the Montigny. Darion the hero of this war becomes King and founds the Great Kingdom. On the day of Darion's coronation, the Alzaks suffered a surprise attack by soldiers from Montigny who did not want peace. We think the Alzaks are all dead but no one is sure.

  • In 1354: Creation of the Unification Treaty rallying the 3 families of the Middle Continent. Marriage of Darion I with Countess Constance. Birth of Darion II to Tyrel, the future heir to the Great Kingdom.

  • In 1361: Inauguration of the first school in Tyrel, the capital of the Middle Continent. Meanwhile, the continent is undergoing an unprecedented wave of looting. The military school was built on the former lands of the Alzaks in their memory.

  • In 1371: Death of Darion 1st. The dolphin is too young to ascend the throne, because he is only 16 years old (it takes 19 years to reach it). Beginning of the 3 years of Regency of Constance, Queen of the Kingdom.

  • In 1374: Ascension to the throne of Darion II. The second day of the 9th month Ghalien becomes the day of the royal feast (day of the coronation of King I and II). Creation of the Treaty of Alliance with the Amazons.

  • In 1376: Marriage between Darion II and the Duchess Aleona de Valice. Creation of a Treaty of Alliance with Valice. Queen Constance dies the same year.

  • In 1378: Birth of Darion III and death of Aleona during the birth of Darion III. A war breaks out between Aqualis and Pyral. It will last 5 years. A man named Khalaar approaches the King, he then becomes King's Counselor and tutor to the young Prince.

  • In 1379: Marriage between the Duke of Yarnel, Farlk and a young woman from Parm, named Dulcia. Meanwhile, Khalaar, gets hold of the Prince and manipulates the King. Khalaar orders the King to send the Duke of Yarnel to the Aqualis front.

  • In 1380: Khalaar organizes a ball in honor of Darion and he invites Dulcia to this ball. Khalaar takes advantage of Aleona's death and Farlk's absence to push Darion II to conquer Dulcia's heart.

  • In 1381: A child born in Yarnel following the incest between Dulcia and Darion II, his name is Kyle.

  • In 1383: The war between Aqualis and Pyral ends. Many soldiers perished (Khalaar is at the origin of this war, because he is one of Gainer's disciples ...). Farlk returns from the war wounded, when he returns home, he makes the discovery of the one he believes to be the father. The Treaty of Alliance between Aqualis and Pyral is signed, Farnel is unified!

  • In 1386: Duclia mysteriously disappears and nobody knows what happened to her. Farlk, already upset by the disappearance of his wife, learns that Kyle is not his son and that Dulcia cheated on him during his absence.

  • In 1387: Farlk raises Kyle as his own son and time flies by. One day, during an excursion in the forest in the north of the continent, Farlk and Kyle lose their way and emerge in the middle of the night in front of a strange weather. Farlk finds Dark, the wise old man. He will learn that Kyle is the Chosen One.

  • In 1401: Dispute between Kyle and his father. Farlk wants Kyle to join Tyrel's military school to become a knight. Kyle joins the ranks in the middle of the year and he meets Rylke.

The synopsis:

At the dawn of time the struggle of good against evil was being prepared. "Eloïnia" , the Goddess of Creation and Love was opposed to the Gods of Hate "Gainer" . Coming out of a fierce fight, the Goddess triumphed and imprisoned Gainer's spirit. Unfortunately, a fragment of the contaminated soul of the God of Hate escaped from his prison and reincarnated as a human being to take revenge and destroy the world. The plot was laid !!!

We were to lead a young rebel by the name of "Kyle" enraged at being forced by his father to enlist in the Military School of "Tyrel ". There he will learn to wield the sword with dexterity to fulfill his destiny and save the planet "Farnel ".

MANOIR Kyskew dreamcast

"Desert temple"

Realistic architectural creation, realized and orchestrated only from precise documents.

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"Underwater city"

Scene mainly performed via multitexturing and many light effects affect the environment ...

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The continent sketch