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INTRODUCING: ANNIE OF THE STARS!

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People said:
Where's Annie? PS4? Switch? Every port?
Lab Zero is known for overachieving. Just look at Indivisible, overflowing with characters. They gave us 21 incarnations and are still going to add 14 more! Point is, I'm sure they want to keep all ports equal when Annie arrives in non-mobile Skullgirls in 2021. The only roadblock is the parent companies' (Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo) stores.

Annie was one of the characters required for the canon timeline to be possible to put together.
Annie is super cool but not part of the Essential Three™ needed to complete the canon story mode.

Skullgirls Twitter said:
We’d love to do the canon story, but currently we don’t have the money to make the three essential characters it needs.
The Essential Three for canon story mode are Umbrella, Black Dahlia and Marie.
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Annie is cool and all but I NEED THAT BIG BAND NOVEL
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It's a good book, but all the Jazz Age lingo makes it hard to follow at times. Also, there is this hyperactive cyborg girl character that keeps coming out of nowhere and causing trouble every chapter. The audiobook read by Rich Brown is a huge plus!
 

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oh i had no idea it was going to be annie :0! i got stuck in the rabbit hole that umbrella was going to be a new character...
im gonna have fun playing her ! she seems like a very fluid and fun character to play
 

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Taking bets on alt palettes for Annie and Sagan now:

Rosalina and Luma
Sam and Max
Banjo and Kazooie
Connie and Lion
Sailor Moon and Luna
2B and Pod 042

I was actually planning on making a post with speculation on some palettes for Annie+Sagan, since I made an outline PNG+palette editor PSD of their idle sprite from a screenshot I took from her trailer. I didn't post it though since I got nervous that I might put in the wrong thread >_>.
 

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hello, excuse me, but in the game wiki and on past art for skullgirls (also in the beowulf story) and Annie's indvisible patch on the right eye, but in your announcement a patch on the left eye. in principle, there is probably nothing serious in this error, but was it done by accident, or on purpose.
 

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YOU ABSOLUTE MAD LADS, YOU DID IT!!!!!:)

I just KNEW that it was somehow going to be Annie. I mean come on, she plays an important part in Beowulf's story in 2nd Encore and at the end of Robo-Fortune's story, she's the one that was leading the charge against the "Mecha-Fortune" army. So it's safe to say that this was honestly a no-brainer.

She is just AMAZING!!! Her design, move set, combos, attacks, everything being shown in the trailer is just superb. So, she's definitely coming out this year on mobile, is it okay to assume that it will be either November or December. Either way, can't wait, SUPER HYPED-UP.

All of you have yet again done an outstanding job. Thank you so so much:);):);):);)

One more thing, are you going to make an "Annie Forum" here on the site, cause I want to do another discussion about her possible pallets, please.
 
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One more thing, are you going to make an "Annie Forum" here on the site, cause I want to do another discussion about her possible pallets, please.

Someone already did a discussion about her possible palettes (including me). But it could be nice
 
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Late to the thread, and few words to add, but really excited by this addition! Annie's one of those characters who really managed to capture my imagination in just a few cut scenes and am really glad I'll get the chance to be able to finally both play her and explore her story more.
 

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hello, excuse me, but in the game wiki and on past art for skullgirls (also in the beowulf story) and Annie's indvisible patch on the right eye, but in your announcement a patch on the left eye. in principle, there is probably nothing serious in this error, but was it done by accident, or on purpose.
Yes! Like I was saying a few pages ago, up until now Annie has always been shown with a right eyepatch and unless Alex Ahad says Annie can switch up which eye is stored in Sagan's mouth, it looks like a mistake.

In-game is it fine. It is natural for asymmetrical characters in fighting games have to deal with mirroring (unless you are Gill in Street Fighter III, who painted his body red and blue just so Capcom could show off graphical power of the CPS-3 board). But key art can't betray canon!

#RightEyepatch
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Yes! Like I was saying a few pages ago, up until now Annie has always been shown with a right eyepatch and unless Alex Ahad says Annie can switch up which eye is stored in Sagan's mouth, it looks like a mistake.

In-game is it fine. It is natural for asymmetrical characters in fighting games have to deal with mirroring (unless you are Gill in Street Fighter III, who painted his body red and blue just so Capcom could show off graphical power of the CPS-3 board). But key art can't betray canon!

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Clearly the one posted in the OP must be a selfie she was taking in the mirror then!
 
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Thanks BallotBoxer, you gave me the idea of making Rikka as a palette :3


Me: (still don't have a nice Fukua to invest and play with)
Devs: The new character is Annie of the stars, coming this winter.
Me: here we go again..........

You're not alone my friend ... you're not alone
 
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I can't wait to play her! For 2nd Encore will she be playable on the beta build or no?
 

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How exciting! I know it was said there’s more details to come, but I expect that’s on character design and moves right? Are you guys gonna tell us about development and some challenges you faced, I saw something like that for squiggly and it was very interesting. Regardless, super excited and thrilled Annie’s coming to the game. This year too!!!!
 

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I hope there's a little orphan Annie reference somewhere.
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It would also be interesting if she had a color palette or two that used crosshatch shading instead of cell shading, which would make her look like something out of a children's storybook, but I'm not sure if that's even possible.
 

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Updated the original post with a bunch of new questions. Here they are for convenience!

WILL ANNIE (AND THE OTHER NEW MOBILE ANIMATIONS) BE ADDED TO THE DIGITAL ART COMPENDIUM?
We are planning to make a full update to the Digital Art Compendium in the future featuring both Annie and all relevant Skullgirls Mobile-related content. Stay tuned!

WILL ANNIE BE ADDED TO <X> VERSION OF 2ND ENCORE? WILL <INSERT THING> HAPPEN TO 2ND ENCORE?
Unfortunately, we can’t speak to this at this time. We’ll have more information to share about the 2nd Encore release of Annie later this year.

WILL ANNIE HAVE A JAPANESE DUB?
Annie will launch on mobile with English only voice over. We hope to get full Japanese voice over in the future!

WILL THIS MEAN THERE WILL BE 3 DAILIES ON A SINGLE DAY TO ACCOMMODATE ANNIE?
We’ll be sharing more details about all Annie-related content as we get closer to her launch in the next couple of months!

ANNIE'S EYE PATCH IS ON THE WRONG SIDE IN HER ART.
Hazards of using the selfie cam on her phone…? We’ll make sure it's addressed. Thanks for keeping an eye out for us!

WILL ANNIE RELEASE WITH AN ORIGIN STORY
Every character in the game will eventually get their own Origin story, but Annie is not currently next in the queue. Only a matter of time, however! We have lots of exciting Annie lore to share.

WILL YOU MAKE AN ANNIE FORUM?
Done!

https://forum.skullgirlsmobile.com/forums/annie.44/

WILL THERE BE A BETA FOR ANNIE?
We will not be having an Annie Beta for Skullgirls Mobile (similar to Rift Battles or Versus Mode). Keep an eye out for her in our next major update!

HOW DO THE RECENT EVENTS WITH LAB ZERO AFFECT ANNIE'S RELEASE?
We have released a full statement here that we encourage you to read:

https://forum.skullgirlsmobile.com/...ble-statement-regarding-lab-zero-games.16789/
 

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THE TIME HAS COME.

Behold - the latest addition to Skullgirls… Annie of the Stars!

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Cursed by the Skull Heart to never grow up, Annie has been alive for centuries. Over that time, she’s made it her personal quest to stop the Skull Heart once and for all. To that end, she has acquired numerous skills and items, including her remote parasite, Sagan. Even performing on television works to further her goals as she hopes to educate the world about the dangers of the Skull Heart.

Fiercer than she looks, bravest in the cosmos, she is ANNIE OF THE STARS!

Annie Announcement Trailer

The Stars and Stage are Set!
Also introducing a brand new track from Vincent Diamante - The Stars and Stage are Set!

Download the MP3 for FREE!

Sound Stage 15
Welcome to Sound Stage 15 at Meridian Studios, where Annie of the Stars is being filmed as we speak! Shhh!

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OFFICIAL ANNIE FAQ
I'm sure you all have a few questions. Have no fear, a FAQ is here!

OMG WHEN? WHEN?! WHENNNN?!!
Although we don’t have a formal release date, you can expect Annie to arrive in the upcoming 4.4 update for Skullgirls within the next couple of months!

HOW DO GET ANNIE ONCE SHE BECOMES AVAILABLE?
While we don’t have full details to share just yet, it will be similar to the approach used for Fukua’s launch back in 4.2.

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HOW IS THIS EVEN POSSIBLE?!
As we’ve mentioned in earlier posts, we’ve been working towards this goal for a long time. With the successful launch of Fukua, all of us (Hidden Variable, Autumn, and Lab Zero) felt the time and circumstances were right to dive into a new character!

AND... SHE’S COMING TO 2ND ENCORE ALSO?
She is indeed! Mark your calendars for early 2021.

Skullgirls Mobile wouldn’t have been able to succeed without the tireless support of the Skullgirls community as a whole. We’re excited to be able to have this opportunity to not only continue to support the mobile game with new characters, but also give back to the Skullgirls community as a whole! ᕕ(ᐛ)ᕗ

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WAS LAB ZERO INVOLVED IN HER CREATION?
Absolutely! All of us at Hidden Variable collaborated closely with the whole team at Lab Zero to help make Annie a reality. While we went into this process knowing that her mobile release was top priority, we also went out of our way to ensure she was ready to take the stage on 2nd Encore when the time comes.

ARE THERE OTHER NEW CHARACTERS IN THE QUEUE?
We’ll see! We would LOVE to have Annie simply be the first of many new Skullgirls characters, but - frankly speaking - a lot will depend on how well her launch on mobile and 2nd Encore performs.

If all goes well, hopefully we’ll have plenty of additional exciting news to share in the future!

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UPDATED: 8/26/20



WILL ANNIE (AND THE OTHER NEW MOBILE ANIMATIONS) BE ADDED TO THE DIGITAL ART COMPENDIUM?
We are planning to make a full update to the Digital Art Compendium in the future featuring both Annie and all relevant Skullgirls Mobile-related content. Stay tuned!

WILL ANNIE BE ADDED TO <X> VERSION OF 2ND ENCORE? WILL <INSERT THING> HAPPEN TO 2ND ENCORE?
Unfortunately, we can’t speak to this at this time. We’ll have more information to share about the 2nd Encore release of Annie later this year.

WILL ANNIE HAVE A JAPANESE DUB?
Annie will launch on mobile with English only voice over. We hope to get full Japanese voice over in the future!

WILL THIS MEAN THERE WILL BE 3 DAILIES ON A SINGLE DAY TO ACCOMMODATE ANNIE?
We’ll be sharing more details about all Annie-related content as we get closer to her launch in the next couple of months!

ANNIE'S EYE PATCH IS ON THE WRONG SIDE IN HER ART.
Hazards of using the selfie cam on her phone…? We’ll make sure it's addressed. Thanks for keeping an eye out for us!

WILL ANNIE RELEASE WITH AN ORIGIN STORY
Every character in the game will eventually get their own Origin story, but Annie is not currently next in the queue. Only a matter of time, however! We have lots of exciting Annie lore to share.

WILL YOU MAKE AN ANNIE FORUM?
Done!

https://forum.skullgirlsmobile.com/forums/annie.44/

WILL THERE BE A BETA FOR ANNIE?
We will not be having an Annie Beta for Skullgirls Mobile (similar to Rift Battles or Versus Mode). Keep an eye out for her in our next major update!

HOW DO THE RECENT EVENTS WITH LAB ZERO AFFECT ANNIE'S RELEASE?
We have released a full statement here that we encourage you to read:

https://forum.skullgirlsmobile.com/...ble-statement-regarding-lab-zero-games.16789/

OK OK, I’LL STOP ASKING. OH! BUT WHAT ABOUT <PRESSING QUESTION>?
If you have another question that we haven’t covered here, please respond to this thread and - if we’re able to answer it - we will update this FAQ to the best of our ability. Beyond that, we can’t wait to share more information in the coming months!

NOTE: If you have any questions about Annie, please bring it up here and we’ll do our best to address your questions as effectively as possible.

Here’s to even more exciting stuff for Skullgirls in 2020 (and beyond)!

❤️ ❤️ ❤️
All of us at Hidden Variable, Lab Zero, and Autumn Games

When's ANNIE?
…'s birthday?