May 07

Weekly Update #403: Social Phase Complete

That’s right, thanks to Natsu‘s efforts, the next part of GENBA no Kizuna is now coded and fully playable! The “Social Phase” is a rather short (~7,000 words) segment between the first “Investigation Phase” (a.k.a. chapter 2) and the first “Confrontation Phase” (a.k.a. chapter 3), in which the player gets to spend a bit of time with the members of the investigation team, learning a little more about them and gaining a few more glances at their personal troubles and motivations.

This project isn’t called “bonds of the crime scene” for nothing! The characters and their relationships with one another, to me, are just as important as the murder investigation, so, as you can imagine, there will be a couple more segments like this popping up throughout the rest of the story, usually providing you with a set of choices as to how to respond to your fellow investigators, which may or may not affect whether they will open up to you more or not!

I’d love to go into a bit more detail, but aside from the fact that I’m a little short on time, I think that’s really about as much as I want to say about it for now, anyway. So, with this part of the game taken care of now, what’s next? The actual third chapter, of course!

I’ve been hard at work to get the first part of it ready for coding. Tomorrow evening, I’m gonna send it over to Natsu, so that she can put it into the game and make it playable, while I will spend the next week getting the next part ready, so that we can repeat this procedure until the whole chapter is done. Ideally before the end of the month, so that we can provide another demo to patrons soon and so that I can have a fresh start into June with the forth chapter!

Still a lot of work to get there, though, so I’m gonna get right back to it!
As always, please enjoy the rest of your weekend and, until next Saturday, take care :3