Majora's Mask does the same thing by re-using character assets, but it follows through with a plot that makes you reconsider them as people instead of just NPCs. It uses those assets to support its themes.
@QuestForTori Personally i'm wondering how indicative it is of where the greater plot is going. As you said it feels more like a jump scare to get an emotional reaction - and I wonder whether it will even have any meaningful bearing on DR whenever it continues.
I'm not sure if the implication here is that the protagonist is Chara, adopted and renamed Kris, and we're a possessing spirit keeping them empathetic and moral. I'd be interested in that, at least?
@QuestForTori I'm less worried about the characters feeling flimsy at this point because likewise Undertale started with cute caricatures and expanded upon them to give them depth. If Toby is truly intending to expand upon this game into full length, it sounded like this is probably the first 20% at most. That leaves a lot of room to build up characters, I think.
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