MerFight 0.36 will be released August 15th, 2022! This version features a few smaller changes such as an increase to the throw break window, the inability to Pop Cancel reversals, and more. You can read the patch notes here. Here is a quick video showcasing some of the changes.
The next version, which will be released sometime in September, will focus on environment artwork as well as AI and possibly Story Mode.
MerFight was given the opportunity to show a trailer off during EVO, one of the biggest fighting game events around. A new trailer was made with the help of MrMKL.
MerFight fan and community manager, MohastGridlock, put together a great combo video and competitive primer for the game, which you can check out here.
MerFight is a 2.5D fighting game involving 12 fishy fighters influenced by a variety of flashy sea life such as angler fish, sharks, and the Yellowtail Fang Blenny. With an emphasis on flexibility and leniency, MerFight is a fast-paced, engaging, and approachable fighter for veterans and newcomers of the genre alike.
You can find out more through the Mattrified Games discord.
In most fighting games, inputs such as quarter-circles are required to perform special and super attacks; however, MerFight allows simpler inputs such as forward + attack to work. However, performing the more traditional input properly will reward players with a slight meter boost. The goal with this mechanics is to allow players who may struggle with these types of input, still have a level of success when playing MerFight and help them get into the game more quickly!
In MerFight there are two types of energy that can be spent. The main energy meter allows players to perform super moves. When one bar of that meter is filled, players earn a pop cancel bubble. If the player has all 3 energy meters full, they cannot earn anymore pop cancels, so they will need to spend meter if they want to earn more pop cancel bubbles.
With Pop Canceling, players can double-tapping in any direction during an attack to cancel it, allowing them to extend combos or make unsafe moves a bit safer.
Species: Betta/Angler Occupation: Adventurer Favorite Color: Magenta Favorite Food: Whalencia Oranges Hobbies: Exercise and mask making Likes: Travel Dislikes: Failure, disappointing others
Wanting to maker her mother proud, Gigi embarks on her first adventure. She meets Atlas and decides to help him find the next Arctic King.
Species: Blue Shark Occupation: Sharkolyte Favorite Color: Sapphire Favorite Food: Sea Buckthorn Juice Hobbies: Reading and translating ancient Sharkolyte text Likes: Helping others Dislikes: His name, filing his teeth
Atlas has been tasked with finding the next Arctic King. Equipped with the elusive Arctic Amulet, he travels with Gigi to complete his mission.
Species: Mantis Shrimp Occupation: Sculptor Favorite Color: Gray Favorite Food: Walnuts Hobbies: Kickboxing Likes: High quality marble, his goggles Dislikes: Migraines, sleeping
Suffering from nightmares of a melting world, Odon tries to continue his sculpting, unbothered, but how many more sleepless nights can he take?
Species: Yellowtail Fang Blenny Occupation: Retired Street Performer Favorite Color: Teal Favorite Food: Sea Buckthorn Martini Hobbies: Dancing Likes: Rings Dislikes: Sharkolytes, barnacles, clowns, and doctors
Inflicted with cursed barnacles, Naeco makes a deal with the current Arctic King to find the Arctic Amulet, unaware of the risk involved.
Species: Isopod-Infected Lionfish Occupation: Monster Creator Favorite Color: Gold Favorite Food: Tongues Hobbies: Designing and planning new creations Likes: The chaos his creations cause Dislikes: Seeing his creations slain, his decaying host body
One of the few remaining Monster Architects from The Abyss, Drargos searches for a new host so he can continue creating monsters.
Species: Jellyfish Occupation: Librarian Favorite Color: Fuchsia Favorite Food: Phytoplankton Soup Hobbies: Practicing elemental magic Likes: Having the library to herself Dislikes: Books being mistreated, The Aquatic, Drargos
Trapped in a library by Drargos many years ago, Enjellique endlessly researches to try and find a way to break the spell so she can master the ninth elemental and become a god.
Species: Electric Eel Occupation: Unemployed Favorite Color: Neon Yellow Favorite Food: Sour Candy Hobbies: Fighting Likes: Thunderstorms Dislikes: Boring work
Wanting an exciting life of adventure, Bolt runs away from, joining up with a rather cunning shark named Strike, who promises him plenty of it.
Species: Bull Shark Occupation: Brawler Favorite Color: Gold Favorite Food: Jackfruit Hobbies: Gambling Likes: Finding and selling treasure, the Crown of Atlas Dislikes: Sharkolytes, being poor
A former Sharkolyte, Strike makes money anyway he can from underground fighting to theft. He meets an electric eel named Bolt, who he suspects could help him with his next big payday.
Species: Blue Crab Occupation: Mercenary For Hire Favorite Color: Orange Favorite Food: Sea Pork Hobbies: Meditating Likes: Privacy, working alone Dislikes: Wearing their armor for too long
A quiet Crustacean Mercenary and loner tasked with finding a runaway eel.
Species: Octopus Occupation: Wrestler Favorite Color: Mauve Favorite Food: Sea Pork Hobbies: Bodybuilding, designing costumes Likes: Competition, strong opponents Dislikes: Being told what she should be doing, practicing medicine
A former scientist, Octonia is a powerful championship wrestler always looking for new challenges to wrap her tentacles around.
Species: Stingray Occupation: Messenger Favorite Color: Sapphire Favorite Food: Doesn't require nourishment Hobbies: Nothing Likes: Sleeping Dislikes: Burden of carrying The Glacial Lance
As Rho's stoic servant, Arctina secretly learns of his dangerous plans, unsure how to stop him but knows she must.
Species: Manta Ray Occupation: Arctic King Favorite Color: Black Favorite Food: Doesn't require nourishment Hobbies: Planning his escape from his Arctic Prison Likes: Feeling superior Dislikes: The Aquatic and the Elemental Deities, being imprisoned, thinking about his own death
Rho, the current Arctic King, imprisoned to his domain and nearing the end of his life, discovers a way to escape once and for all despite the consequences.
The following are areas that could use some assistance in completing MerFight's development. If interested in learning more about any of these, please send an email to email@example.com with your portfolio and rates.
MerFight is looking for potential 3d artist to help with environment artwork, so if you can 3d model and or texture, feel free to reach out with your portfolio and rates!
Are you a digital illustrator? I'm looking to fill a gallery of art for MerFight, so if interested in doing a piece or two -- paid of course -- feel free to reach out with your rates and portfolio.
Disclaimer: the previously mentioned are short-term contract/gigs. They are not and will not lead to full time employment.