Jul 04

Weekly Update #307: Updating SHINRAI

A new month has started and, just as mentioned in our last blog post, it will be another very busy one!

SHINRAI will celebrate its 4th anniversary on the 26th of August and we’re working on an update for the occasion. At the moment, I’m going through the game to make adjustments to the script, for instance. One of the biggest criticisms has always been the fact that the pacing during the first two chapters is very slow and discouraging. We’ve received many comments of players saying that they considered quitting, but were ultimately glad they didn’t, because from chapter 3 onward, they got really sucked into the mystery.

In some cases, however, players did give up before getting to the first murder and this is rather sad to hear…

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Jun 30

Jurassic June 2020

It’s the final day of Jurassic June, so to bring it to a proper prehistoric close, here are Ryuunosuke and our two raptor siblings Kira and Toru. The image has been added to our gallery and patrons can download a hi-res version here.

Jun 27

Weekly Update #306: Plans For July

Let’s start this week’s posting off with some general news!

First of all, in case you haven’t seen it yet, the summer sale has started, meaning that you’ll get another chance to grab SHINRAI (along with its complete OST) for 50% off! Be sure to check out the corresponding announcement post for more info!

Next up, we have two new Patreon posts available. One of them is a general info post for patrons, talking about the incoming sales tax changes that will be applied to some pledges, starting from July. It also contains some detailed information regarding what’s been going on behind the scenes during the last few months and what exactly we’re up to in regards to SHINRAI.

The other post contains the final version of our Jurassic June artwork. We will post it publicly on the 30th, as a Jurassic conclusion to this month, but patrons also get access to a hi-res version and one without background/text (so only the featured character).

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Jun 25

Summer Sale 2020

Summer is back and with it Steam‘s annual Summer Sale! And if murder investigation counts among your favorite summer activities, we have some good news for you!

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Jun 20

Weekly Update #305: Chapter 5 Structure & Progress

I’ve finally reached the end of GENBA no Kizuna. Just like SHINRAI‘s final chapter, the last one in GENBA unravels all the mysteries. By answering questions and presenting evidence, players slowly piece together what exactly occurred at the Kaseki Residence. And, of course, they will ultimately have to expose the killer.

Unlike with SHINRAI, this time I decided to properly build up to the culprit reveal. So rather than expose them right at the start, you will have to dissect some other aspects of the overall mystery first. Around the halfway mark, you will then be able to choose between the four members of Raptor Pack Productions and accuse one of them as being the culprit, before moving on to prove it (and if you pick the wrong person, it will naturally lead to a bad end similar to what we did in SHINRAI).

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Jun 13

Weekly Update #304: Chapter 4 Outline Done!

At long last, the “outline” for the fourth chapter of GENBA no Kizuna has finally been finished!

Once again, the main reason it took this long is because, instead of using key notes, I ended up fully writing out most of the chapter. At this point, around 70% – 80% of it are actual script, resulting in the length of the document almost reaching 40,000 words. And there is no doubt in my mind that it will break the 50,000 word mark, once everything is written out, meaning that this chapter alone would almost be a third of SHINRAI‘s total length.

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Jun 06

Weekly Update #303: Jurassic June & More Writing Progress

Jurassic June is finally upon us, so I’m fired up more than ever to work on our dinosaur-themed murder mystery! In celebration, I’ve also started working on a little illustration which we will publicly share around mid-June. If you’re a patron, however, you can already get a first glimpse at it right here.

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May 30

Weekly Update #302: Chapter 4 Progress Update

Once again, I have spent most of my time writing this week, now actually breaking the 40,000 word mark for GENBA no Kizuna‘s 4th chapter. I really didn’t expect it to become this long, but it is the part of the story in which the core investigation work is being done, similar to SHINRAI. Unlike our previous VN, however, there are a lot more places to investigate this time!

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May 23

Weekly Update #301: Quick Progress Update!

Just a very quick update today, as I’m running out of time! I spent all day to get the first third of GENBA no Kizuna‘s 4th chapter ready for Natsu to beta-read. And I literally just finished, haha. I’ve made some adjustments and cleaned up the dialogues a lot and feel a lot better about it now. So I hope she will enjoy it…

As mentioned before a couple of times, chapter 4 is turning out to become quite long, which is why it makes more sense to me to send it to Natsu in parts, so I can get her feedback sooner. Overall, I’m really just trying to find the best way to tie it all together at the end now. I hit quite some roadblocks which caused a few headaches, but hopefully, I’ll get to a satisfying result soon. I’m really this close to the finish line now!

Anyway, there is one other thing I did today. I’ve posted a new Patreon poll, so our patrons can now help us decide which SHINRAI character will be featured in swimwear this year!

That about wraps it up, though. Sorry for the short post, but since I’m still focused on writing every day, there really isn’t much else to report! Maybe next week, though, as we get closer to Jurassic June!

Until then, please enjoy the rest of your weekend and, as always, take care! :3

May 16

Weekly Update #300: More Writing Progress!

As mentioned in last week’s blog post, we currently have some things going on behind the scenes, which I can’t really talk about nor do I really want to at this point. I’ve decided to share at least a little bit of information with patrons, however, so if you’re curious, you can check out this newest Patreon post. I will be able to share more details publicly soon, most likely during Jurassic June which is fast approaching. So please keep an eye out and look forward to that!

For now, however, I’ll unfortunately have to remain a little secretive. That said, if you do have feedback and suggestions as to how SHINRAI could be improved, now is the perfect time to let me know (or maybe even give me a little reminder)! *wink wink*

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