What’s in a (Variant) Logo…?

With Four Souls Saga under development, I’ve been thinking of quite a lot: The plot, character designs, dungeon designs, whether to make custom tilesets or use parallax mapping for dungeon maps, learning JavaScript…and, of course, designing a variant logo for the game’s opening splash screen.

What? You don’t think the last one is important? Oh, but it is! Big game development and publishing companies have put quite a bit of energy into making their logos look good onscreen when their games boot up. Well-designed logos, flashy animations, thematically appropriate variations for different titles…there’s a lot that goes into that from the design side! And that’s not even getting into the logo for the game itself and a new custom image for the start screen…It’s daunting and exciting at the same time!

But, I have two drafts for the splash screen logo already. One on a white background, and one on a black background:

Personally, I like the one on the black background a lot more. The typeface for “Gaming” is much more appropriate, and I like how the outer glow on the main logo highlights the word “Studios” with a ghostly kind of light. The first one was my first attempt, and it is admittedly kind of bland. The idea is there…but the execution is not. I’ll probably make a couple more drafts before a design is finalized. I might even try it with my classic circle logo:

Ah, just looking at that old logo makes me nostalgic for my Newgrounds days…

Well, it’s back to the drawing board for me. After this coming week, my calendar is going to free up significantly, so I’ll have a lot more time to work on all aspects of this project. You know, like refining that opening theme song, getting the next two towns and dungeon all mapped out, finishing up the custom character sprites…and, of course, trying to get this alternate logo squared away.

Thanks for reading, and if you have any advice, opinions, or just want to sound off about the logos featured in this post, don’t be afraid to comment below (I don’t bite, I promise). So, until next time, have a great day/night!

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