Dev Update #20: Side Character Reveal, Patreon, Progress Update
Happy Sunday y'all! I hope you guys had a great Christmas and are looking forward to the new year~ I myself will be going back home for a few days (from the 6th-9th) so I won't be available at that time if you have any questions that should arise! The next update will also be delayed slightly, probably won't post until the Sunday after the 13th, but we'll see how it works out with my schedule and crunch time! If I don't get to chat, good luck with those of you starting school again!
1) Chit chat
2) Progress Update
4) Character Reveal
1) Chit Chat
I just want to take a brief minute to talk about mental health. If you are feeling completely drained and don't want to do anything, it's not because you're lazy and don't let anyone try to even tell you that. It's a common phase that people go through, I even went through it for quite a few days over Christmas. Please make sure you take breaks when you need it if you feel like you're too stressed or try to do something different if you feel like you're stuck in a rut. It's very important to put your health first, even if it means delaying progress on something. When I was experiencing this type of thing, I had no motivation to work on anything--not art, writing, none. It's not because I didn't want to or that I was procrastinating, it's because I was overwhelmed and discouraged by no fault of anyone but my own mental health. But don't worry, I'm doing better now and if you're experiencing the same thing, you'll be okay too. It all passes eventually. Just try to surround yourself with people who you know care and people who you know will listen to you. And it's okay to cry it out. You shouldn't be ashamed to cry over something like being discouraged or depressed or unmotivated or whatever else; it's a human thing and it's okay for you to be human.
2) Progress Update
The demo is almost finished so we should be okay for a January 11th release! I'll keep you guys updated though so make sure you follow us on Twitter to get them! Like I said, I won't be available from the 6th to mid-day on the 9th, but I'll do my best to post updates before and after I come back!
Regarding the full game, progress was delayed due to a lot of factors. A lot was happening with me and my co-writer was busy for a while, so progress on the script was delayed for a bit. We'll be back to normal soon and hopefully Minami's route will be finished by the end of January. The Twins' route should then subsequently be finished by March.
In terms of the art, there is still a lot that needs to be done, so even if the script is finished in March-June, it doesn't mean all of the art will be by the time we want to release the game. So it might be delayed even further depending on how schedules line up. I'm not trying to push anyone so the max we can really get done is about 4-5 CGs per month and around 1-3 BGs per month. As it's almost January, it's almost impossible to get everything done by October, but we'll definitely be trying our best. As of now, we're still planning on a late October release, but please just know that we may not be able to release it until later 2019, even so late as January of 2020. We will still be doing our best and working continuously throughout the year, but as I keep saying, this is a MASSIVE game. There are many CGs with many variations, many backgrounds, many sprites, many words, and a lot of time spent on everything. It's all a process, but everything will be finished as soon as we can get it finished. I'm not going to push people that realistically have jobs and school and other obligations, and I feel like a lot of people don't realize that many game devs are just hobbyists. Could we get the game out in Summer if we really wanted to? Yes, but that'd involve around 10 full CGs + variations per month 5+ BGs per month, 4+ sprites per month, etc, etc. So please understand if something is delayed, it's because life is a thing.
Patreon rewards for January will be as follows~
$1: Thank you!
$3: Aiden Date CG
$8: Aiden Date CG + Victim CG
$13: Aiden Date CG + Victim CG + Minami Date CG
$18: Aiden Date CG + Victim CG + Minami Date CG + Jun Sex Scene CG~ + 500 word NSFW writing
$25: Aiden Date CG + Victim CG + Minami Date CG + Jun Sex Scene CG~ + 500 word NSFW writing + 2x 1000 word NSFW writing + extra writing paid for by anonymous
Please support us if you can! Everything helps and we really appreciate anything we can get.
4) Side Character Reveal
Been forever since we've shown a new character! This guy is a little bit special~ His name is Dave Carelli and he's an old frat buddy of Aiden's from their uni days. Now, he works in law enforcement just like Aiden, but in a different precinct/sector. I wonder how often we'll be seeing him~
Next time, I'll try to get an update out with Aiden (since it's his birthday on the 13th) as well as another side character if I have time.
For those of you that don't follow us on Twitter or KS, you're missing out! Please make sure you check out our Rei Christmas gift~
Anyway though, sorry if this update seemed a bit preachy/rant oriented, I just want to make sure you all understand the situation and understand your own situation as well if you're going through something!!
1) Did you get what you wanted for Christmas?
2) Any plans for the New Year? What are your resolutions?
3) What do you think Aiden and Dave's relationship was?
4) Thoughts on what I should do for Aiden's birthday? (13th of Jan.)
Thanks again for reading and I hope you liked the update! If you have the time, please feel free to respond to the questions section! As always, if you have any questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Feel free to join our discord! You can chat with me and the other devs, as well as a bunch of other weirdos~ Previews are also posted earlier on our discord!
Remember, we have a Patreon! Any money will go towards furthering the game--meaning paying for CGs, BGs, and VAs!
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