I've searched for similar topics, but I haven't found one with the same issue as mine.
Something seems to be terribly wrong with the way I build distributions in renpy, because I cannot get any project, regardless of its size, to be small enough to be played online.
I have made a visual novel with renpy and want to upload it to itch.io so it can be played in a browser. I've built the market distribution with renpy and even tried the direct upload within renpy. While I am able to upload the .zip folders without a problem, they can never be played in the browser.
There was a problem loading your project:
Too many files in zip (1783 > 1000)
Please try deleting the ZIP file and uploading another one.
The VN isn't super short and it has many images, so I tried to reduce the files before building a new distribution. But the error I get stays almost the same.
So I tried something else: I built a distribution for the most basic renpy game. It has no images, two lines of dialogue, no audio and only one script file. I still get the error. 1851 > 1000 files. And when I unzip the folder, there are 1.666 files.
The small difference aside, something seems to be wrong with my distributions in general.
I've seen renpy games and VNs on here that can be played online, so there has to be a way to make the .zip folder small enough. Maybe it's just a stupid little mistake I made.
Could someone please help me? Is there anything I have to do before building distributions that reduces the number of files?