That's fair, and I didn't mean to attack you, it's just difficult to be told to be optimistic at this point.
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The thing is though, because there's been radio silence for so long, we don't know what we're still waiting for. AFAIK it's been 6 months since any update from Agashi, and we don't know if that time's been spent updating the game, dealing with family stuff, having a personal crisis, being on vacation, or any of hundreds of other things. We don't know what we're waiting for, and plenty of amazing looking projects never get completed, so we also don't know if the finished game will ever actually exist.
None of this is intended as an attack on Agashi, I can't imagine how taxing it would be to have so many strangers on the internet wondering where the hell you've been, and I personally don't blame her for disengaging. But as part of the audience, the longer it's been, the more emotionally taxing it is to still be hopeful. So I don't think it's fair to insist that we still be hopeful. It's not that simple.
It's a tricky thing, because artists definitely deserve to be paid for their work, but on the other hand there are probably a ton of games on here that wouldn't exist if everyone involved wanted to be paid what they're worth for the time spent on it. I've been in a couple game jams where we had fun and it was a good learning experience but no one ever made any money, and we were ok with that.
Maybe you could share the idea and see if any artists are interested in joining you, or like the story enough to want to make art for fun (and obviously recognition and a share of the money the game makes, if it's that sort of game). Or, idk what kind of game you're planning, but you might be able to go the Wayhaven Chronicles route of having it just be text.
I mean, you're basically writing several different versions of a novel at once, there's always going to be something to tweak. I'm really looking forward to the full game, I loved Pinewood Island, and this looks even more exciting!
I don't know if this is the right place to note this, but I found a couple typos. On Week 2 Day 2, if you're on the Security team, there's the line "I sat there for my tnire shift, bored out of my mind." I'm guessing that's supposed to be "entire" rather than "tnire".
In the medical team branch, the dialog mentions Iris handing you a "crisp white uniform", but the uniform the sprite is wearing is blue.
On Week 2 Day 4, there's the line "Iris was feverently trying to duck...", I think that's supposed to be "fervently".
Really enjoying the demo so far, looking forward to the full game!
I wish it were possible to buy this game without a paypal account. In the past I've bought other itch.io games via paypal, but there was the option to purchase the game without creating an account, and when I tried to buy this game that option wasn't available. I'd buy it with a different method if one was available, but there isn't one.
Well there's Agashi's other otome "This, My Soul", which I really loved, though it is SciFi and I guess that's not everyone's cup of tea. I liked The Rose of Segunda, though it feels a bit on the short side. Valentines Otome is the longest free otome I've played through, and it's hilarious and sweet and just plain enjoyable. It's the sequel to Halloween Otome, which is fine but you can tell they improved a lot for the 2nd one. The Blind Griffin is short and a bit more story-focused than romantic, but I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed Pinewood Island a lot, but not everyone wants murder mysteries in their otomes, so there's that.
All of these are either free or have a free demo here on itch.io.
I am so excited for this game! The demo legitimately made my cry (in a good way), I think Maya might by my favorite otome protagonist ever.
I saw a comment from a while ago mentioning a tentative release date of July 2018, I'm assuming that's not still the plan, but was wondering, do you have a current tentative release date? Are we still looking at $15 for the final product, or is it likely to be more since the scope seems to have been expanded?
Any chance you could make the android version downloadable here, as an APK file? I know it's buggy, but I've already played the game all the way through, it's just more convenient to have on mobile and this is definitely a game worth replaying. I found it available on a couple other sites, just with a google search, but TBH I'd feel much better downloading it from here.
Thanks for the great game!
Any chance you'd make the DLC available for purchase here, for those of us who don't have Steam or an android device? Pretty please?
EDIT: Never mind! I was looking for them on this page, turns out they're each on their own game page, updating my comment here in case anyone else is confused.
Eh, there's nothing wrong with sarcasm, but if someone's making a good-faith argument that a work is racist (even if, as in this case, the argument doesn't have much merit), I think that's worth treating seriously.
Even if we ignore that the future queen could be any color, Q still isn't even the most prominent dark-skinned character we've met so far: Lliria is. We don't know as much about her yet, but she's definitely very clever, well-spoken, kind, and immaculately put-together.
Also, where is this notion that Q is "fierce" and "barbaric" coming from? It's possible that he could be fierce, but we haven't seen anything but calmness from him so far. He seems competent and alert and very self-controlled, not "barbaric" in any way. He is certainly strong, but that's not necessarily a racial stereotype, and any of her guards would have to be strong. He doesn't speak fluently, but the text makes it clear that that's because he's new to the area, not because he's unintelligent in any way.
It's important to be aware of racist or racially insensitive characters, but Q very clearly isn't one.