The Fully Illustrated Blog

Wulverblade is coming to Nintendo Switch and PAX West!

August 30, 2017

 

Hey Everyone,

We’ve been quiet for TOO long and with good reason, we are now on the brink of release! And the big news is that we’re launching on the incredible Nintendo Switch first! We are overjoyed!

If you’ve had your hands on a Switch or already own one you’ll be able to appreciate just how perfect the device is for Wulverblade. Nintendo have just announced us officially in the Nintendo Showcase! We’ve been so excited about this news for ages now and have been sworn to secrecy. Nintendo wanted to announce the news to tie in with the big PAX West event where you can come along and play the game along with many other great titles at the Nindie Arcade on level 3 of the convention centre. Both Evan and myself (Mike) will be there for the full event from Friday  1st until Monday 4th.  So if you’re at PAX West in Seattle this weekend you’ll be able to come along and play the game on the Switch for the first time ever! Come see us!!!!!

 

 

The game is 100% complete now and we’re just doing the final bug testing. Our official release date isn’t set in stone but it will be either the end of September or early October. It all depends on the age rating, certification processing time etc. Rest assured though, its going to be here VERY soon. We’re SO excited.

 

 

Wulverblade is still coming to Steam, Xbox One, PS4 and Windows 10 Store and they’ll be releasing very shortly afterwards. More details and official release dates following soon.

YEY, We’re almost there!

During the PAX West long weekend we’re also going to be appearing at The MIX (The Media Indie Exchange) where you can come along and play the game (plus many others!) at this fantastic free event. These events hosted by The Mix have grown into a bit of a phenomenon now, so if you can get it, please do!

 

 

Thanks again for all your support to date everyone!

Mike.

Wulverblade showcasing at PAX West and The MIX!

August 28, 2017

 

Hey everyone!

We’ve been rather quiet, that’s because the game is NOW FINISHED and in final bug testing! WAHOOOOO! This coming week is going to see a flurry of news so watch this space!

We’re going to announce the full details mid week but we wanted to let you all know that we’re showing Wulverblade at PAX West for the full 4 days, so if you’re there, come and say hi!

We’re also showcasing at The Media Indie Exchange, or better known as The MIX on the evening of Friday 1st!

Its going to be an action packed weekend for Wulverblade and for me (Mike) as I’m flying out to Seattle this week for the show. Both Evan and myself will be there so come by and say hi!

More info following shortly!

Mike.

 

The site is quiet but there’s LOTS going on!

February 16, 2017

Hey Everyone, 

You may have noticed that the site has been sat without any updates for a good few months now, sorry about that! Reason being is that there is a LOT going on behind the scenes. Alongside the multitude of great projects that I’m working on I’m also working on the all new version of this website! Added to that is the upcoming release of Wulverblade too! 5yrs of hard work is getting ever closer to completion and 2017 is going to be an insane year!

  • Projects: I’m working on a vast array of projects right now including some fab new mobile games, a console horror game and a swathe of fun branding, UI and website projects too. Its crazy busy at the moment. I’ve got about 15 new projects to add to the site including the UI work for Farming Simulator 2017!
  • New Site: The all new version of Fully Illustrated is well into development now and just needs the content adding, a few final features adding and final testing. When the new site launches its going to be 100% mobile friendly and rammed with all sorts of new and exciting content. I can’t wait to share it with you all.
  • Wulverblade: After 5 years of love and attention Wulverblade is now on the final stretch. We’ve completed all the levels and are now going back through to put all the finishing touches in, final content and testing. There is lots of news on this front to come soon so watch this space.

And last but not least, 2017 marks Fully Illustrated’s 10 year anniversary and what a year its going to be.

Thanks for following the site for so many years!

Mike.

 

Exploded View Cover Art Featured on Barnes and Noble!

July 11, 2016

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Hey Everyone,

Posts are thin as usual recently but needless say, I’m working hard as always on both my awesome contract jobs and my beloved Wulverblade. I just wanted to quickly share a post over on Barnes and Noble that features the cover art I’ve recently completed for the upcoming sci-fi novel ‘Exploded View’. I’d never done a book cover before so got rather excited about this job. Bizarely after 16 years in the industry and only just doing a book cover project, another one has just appeared too. More on that soon.

Anyway, here’s the article:

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Exploded View by Sam McPheeters

More updates soon!

Mike.

 

Wulerblade is on Greenlight and at PAX East!

April 22, 2016

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Hey Everyone!

Sorry again for yet another long delay between blog posts.

I’m calling for your help now as we’ve just launched our Steam Greenlight campaign for Wulverblade and after just 48hrs we’ve cracked into the top 100 and are sat at 75th. We need as many votes as possible so if you’d be kind enough to drop us a vote we’d be forever grateful :) All the support so far has been AMAZING. Thank you.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR US

Also, if you’re attending PAX East today or over the weekend you can get your hands on Wulverblade in the Indie Minibooth! Brian, Colin and Evan are there and will be happy to answer any questions, and let you have a play. You can also grab some nice Wulver swag while you’re there too!

Thanks again for your votes, shares and words of encouragement!

Mike.

2016 Is Going To Be A BIG One!

February 2, 2016

Hey Everyone!

Well, my posts over the last year have been abysmal, I’ve neglected the site too much for too long. 2016 is set to be a MASSIVE year for Fully Illustrated and I intend to keep you all updated along the way.

Firstly, this site is now nearly a decade old…A DECADE…so as you can well imagine, its driving me insane. I want to entirely overhaul Fully Illustrated and bring you a much richer, cross platform modern experience. One that doesnt feel like a, well, 10 year old website ha haa.  So stay tuned, there will be a new look and a whole new brand overhaul for Fully Illustrated later this year and I promise you, it will be worth the wait. I’m going to give it everything I’ve got!

But before that happens!…

WULVERBLADE will be launching this year on Xbox One and Steam and this will be the outcome of nigh on 4 years of passion and just about every last penny I own (and some that I don’t) ha. This project has been my dream for so many years and its so close to completion now, I can almost taste it! There will be so much to see from a creative perspective, illustration, animation, UI design, branding, icon design, motion graphics, you name it. Absolutely every skill I have (and didn’t have at the start of the project) will be on show with this project.  I can’t wait to get it into the hands of players around the world.

So, in a nutshell, that’s it, only two things, but boy are those two things big in my little world :)

Take care everyone and keep your eyes peeled, I’ll be updating regularly from now on.

Mike.

 

E3 2015 Wulverblade Trailer!

June 16, 2015

Hey Everyone,

As you all know I’m hard at work on both client work and Wulverblade at the moment and here’s a good luck at what we’ve been up to with Wulverblade! This is the latest trailer! New characters, new environments, new everything! Hope you like it! Its taken a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to this stage and there’s still ways to go ;)

I hope you can all see JUST how much is going into this. My life’s dream is slowly coming to fruition. I’m loving every second of this game and we’re now into year 3 of development. I know, 3 years, mad isnt it?! So much fun.

More to come!

Mike.

Why so quiet? Wulverblade is why!

April 17, 2015

Hey Everyone!

Wow, my once regularly updated website and blog hasn’t been attended to in months. Shameful!

Well, as you guessed, I’ve been über busy with both Wulverblade and my contract work. I’ve just added a few updates to my design section and dropped in a few Wulverblade illustrations in the illustration section. I’ve got looooooads of projects in the works at the moment, most of which are yet to be released. These include new games, UI projects, websites, brand designs you name it. All will be updated as they get released.

In short I’ve never been this busy in my entire life. Running the production of your dream game for your dream format (Xbox One if I haven’t already mentioned that a thousand times ha haa) and also running your beloved little company is quite the time challenge. I’m in SUCH a lucky position that the work I love and do as Fully Illustrated funds the production of my own game. I have to pinch myself at times just see if this is all real.

So in short work is still going on feverishly as I fulfil my clients needs and continue to craft Wulverblade, but worry not, updates will keep coming. Once the game is ready to launch I will be able to FLOOD the illustration section with more work than you’ve ever witnessed ;)

Here’s a sneaky sample of one of Wulverblade’s levels…

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You can pop over to the Wulverblade blog at any time to see more.

Thanks for reading!

Mike.

 

Wulverblade Scoops ‘People’s Choice Best Indie Game’ Award at Play Expo!

November 20, 2014

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Hey Everyone,

Just thought I’d update the blog with this bit of now slightly outdated news. Back in October I took Wulverblade to Play Expo 2014 in Manchester to a crowd of over 20,000 people! For those who don’t know the expo, its a retro and arcade focused show with a now massively growing indie section too! This year they ran a ‘People Choice Best Indie Award’ where the attendees of the show got to vote on their favourite new game…and guess what…Wulverblade won! YYYYYYEY!

The show was insane and the stand was packed for the entire 2 days. You can read the full right up with loads of photos over on the Wulverblade blog and you can also see a quick glimpse below as well as a photo of my incredibly overjoyed (and rather stupid looking) face :)

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Thanks!

Mike.

The Babadook and Book of Dark Sketches…

November 20, 2014

Hey Everyone,

Well after being inspired by Inktober and also going to see what was probably the best contemporary horror movie in many years, The Babadook, I decided to start doing a few dark themed sketches.

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This is my cartoon take on the Babadook, a little fan art if you will!

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This dude was originally in colour but I much preferred him in black and white :)

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And this little chibi slasher needs to be taken further, I can see many uses for this little dude!

Anyway, hope you like this little deviation from my usual stuff, I’m certainly enjoying it!

Thanks again.

Mike.

 

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