Apr 25

Weekly Update #297: Character Backstories

My work on the outline for GENBA no Kizuna‘s penultimate chapter has continued, although this time around “outline” really isn’t the right term to use here. So far, I’ve actually fully written out chapter 4, with Keiichi‘s initial route more or less done.

Once players have completed Keiichi‘s route, it’s about time to help the other main characters tackle and overcome their individual problems, which prevent them from truly focusing on the investigation at hand. This, to me, is the focal point of the entire game, so rather than note down a general outline in key words, I’ve decided to properly write down these scenes.

As a result, it’s been taking me a bit longer to make significant progress with the chapter 4 “outline”, but I’m very satisfied with how the story is unfolding and how all the pieces are falling into place. Really, more than the overall story or the murder mystery itself, what is most important to me are the characters and their individual back stories. They are one of the major reasons GENBA exists in the first place and why the game has shaped up the way it has… which is why I am taking extra care with this.

I want players to really get to know these characters and hopefully create a bond with them. We will see how successful I will be with that, but I’ve gotten very attached to these characters myself and cannot wait to share their stories!

I will go into a little more detail on how the whole “social link” aspect of the game works in a future blog post, most likely once I am done with chapter 4. Which hopefully won’t take too much longer.

I am currently working on some asset-related things though, which have slowed down progress on the outline as well. A new background for the game will be done very soon and I’ll most likely share it on social media within the next few days.

Until then, please enjoy the rest of your weekend and, until next Saturday, take care! :3