About 6 months ago me and my best friend were bored beyond belief at a lecture about leadership and management. We chatted about good old RPG's we played and loved back when we were kids (Final Fantasy 7 and all that) and I don't know if it was the boredom we experienced during the class or if this was something that we both always wanted to do, but at that moment we decided to start making our own game.
All in all, the plan is to make a classic 50-hour long RPG honouring the goodness of these types games from the PSX era while bringing something new to the table as well.
We have been planning for 6 months now, our first aim is to have the game "ready on paper" and we have progressed quite far with this when it comes to the story, concept art of the playable characters and enemies, game mechanics, character development, battle system, the world and level design. We are currently using RPG Maker VX Ace to create a "sketch" of the game which includes the story (including the dialogue related to it) and the environments.
Problem is, our experiences are quite limited when it comes to coding and scripting. We have some experience when it comes to drawing characters (on paper and in Photoshop) and also creating 3D models in 3D Studio Max but that's it.
Graphically, we would want to create a game that uses 2D sprites for characters and effects and 3D graphics for the environments (think Xenogears and Breath of Fire 3 for the PSX) that would look good on modern devices/consoles. Our aim with the graphics is to make it look timeless and nice rather than to have anything ultra-realistic (also I'm quite sure that realistic is not what we would want anyways).
Also, we are prepared to pay for software licences etc. but we don't want to waste money.
So what we would need advice from you veterans now is:
-Any suggestions on what software/hardware we would need in order to make this game? (We have looked into Blender but how far will this take us?)
-What engine would be best suited for our game and our situation?
-Is it possible for us at this stage of development to make a rough estimate on how much money/time it would take to complete this project? What things should we consider?
If these questions are naive or "noobish", that's because we still have much to learn when it comes to the technical aspects of creating a game. Despite this, we are very confident that we have what it takes to create a great game. Also, if you think we're missing something really important already at this stage, please let us know!
Thanks in advance, all help is much appreciated!