Hello, folks! Chief Komi here with our weekly update. It’s going to be a bit of a short update. Between working incredibly long hours at my day job (working this weekend; go go 12 days without a day off!) and getting the start of the development cycle rolling, I’ve forgotten what that sleep thing is. Still, there has been progress in the first week since the kickstarter’s completion and a few news updates.
-Donations through Paypal are still going on for another couple of days. While this update is seemingly meaningless for the Kickstarter backers, it does mean that we are moving closer towards the next stretch goal. I’m not sure if we will make it there, but I will tally up the final number on the 1st and see if we made it over that mark. More news on this to follow in the next update.
-Our first background is in! Natalie and her daring crew now have the ability to slip and fall off of the new cliff background and plummet to their untimely deaths on the mysterious jungle planet that hides untold treasures and secrets of the Chazari and the ancient order that protects them.
-Preparation work on the new GUI to go with the investigation sections is underway. The current GUI is a mix of reused assets from Reborn and things that Komi put together. Right now, we are mostly just ensuring that the engine is both robust and easy to use. We are hoping to get the engine polished up and new assets finished in the upcoming weeks. A short demonstration to let the Kickstarter backers get a feel for some of the gameplay features is in the works.
-Just like the artists, I’ve been hard at work in the script department. My fun this week has been writing the outlines for the four major story arcs. Each arc takes place on a different planet, each building upon the last as Natalie continues her quest for understanding and survival. Survival… that’s a good word to mention. The universe is a dangerous place, especially when every major faction wants you arrested, dead, as a sacrifice, or just wants to watch you suffer. The core parts of the story are being lain. I hope to be finished with that over the upcoming week so I can get into talking about some of the adventures that await you on each planet. One thing I can say is that a high-speed chase awaits you on Celestia as your former allies make their first move to bring the renegade investigator in for questioning.
-No updates of music or voice acting yet. We have talked with a voice acting director who will be helping us get everything moving when the script is a little further along. For those of you who are interested in getting on as a VA, keep following these updates for when the auditions start.
-Sorry for the short update. Next week we are going to go back to our special talks about each cast member and some of the stuff that went on behind the scenes for them. We talked about our villains previously (as well as our adorable Faye), so I’m thinking it is time to start talking about the permanent members of the investigation team. Will it be Kika, Zuri, or Sol? Tune in next time to find out!