Hi everyone. I hope things have been going well.
This update promises to be a big one. First and foremost, I would like to announce that I have passed the Director's torch back to Dzahn, and have taken the mantle of Assistant Director. This is due to multiple reasons:
* The health issues I'd been experiencing which, while currently nonexistent, had caused me to fall behind on the work I wanted to do.
* I've recently started a brand new job that will be taking up a lot of my free time.
* Technical issues which I have had in the past.
* Due to being Australian, my timezone conflicts greatly with everyone else on the team, which often leads to not being able to communicate as effectively.
This does not mean that I won't be working on Homecoming. Far from it. I still have an active role, especially as far as writing and coding adjustments go, as well as compiling the iOS build. Dzahn and I will be corresponding and sorting out a way to streamline the development process between the two of us, but as it stands, the project moved along a lot better when he was in charge, especially when the aforementioned reasons are taken into consideration.
I will still continue to make social media posts, but as far as what we've accomplished this time around, I'll leave it to Dzahn to explain. Be advised, it's a doozy!
Thank you so much for your support and understanding, and I hope you continue to enjoy Homecoming ~Morenatsu Revisited~.
Heya guys, long time no see!
Hoo boy we’ve got some big changes to announce for Homecoming! First off, directorship of the project has passed from Frostclaw back to me, so things might be slightly different now from what you’re used to.
Second, now that our artists have had time to level up their skills over the years, we’re finally comfortable enough to do a full sprite revamp for the game. Of course, since all this takes a lot of time, we’re gonna be doing them in waves, so please be patient! The game may look fairly uneven for quite some time before everyone has had a chance to get a revamp.
First on the list is none other than today’s birthday boy, Torahiko! We’ve heard your critiques about his appearance in Homecoming so far, so the big thing we decided to do for his new sprite is to find a halfway point between what we envisioned for the character and what the original team had for him. We’re really proud of how he turned out and hope you all can find something you like in him now as well!
We’ve also began work on some of the side character sprites. For the first wave of sprite revamps, we have added in Ten from Juuichi’s route and Mr. Kuri, Kounosuke’s father. We’re looking to have at least one returning side character and one new Homecoming side character added in each upcoming build. Hopefully this means there will be less sketches and placeholder silhouettes throughout the game in the future!
Lastly, I want to give you guys an overview of the plan I have for the writing going forward. We’re approaching the last day of Minasato exploration before the crew goes camping and the inevitable route split. Once we have finished the camping trip, the game will focus entirely on individual characters one at a time.
Great news is that over the course of development of Homecoming, Lesli-Chu has been hard at work writing two of our Homecoming exclusive routes. Kounosuke’s new route is completely finished, and Kyouji’s route is on the last few days that need to be written. We also have the three routes that were already finished in the previous version of this game, Revisited, which are Tatsuki, Juuichi, and Shin.
That means as soon as we reach the end of the camping trip, we’ll be able to blast through the coding for at least five routes! I plan to tackle them in the following order:
Kounosuke, Juuichi, Tatsuki, Shin, Kyouji
I can’t wait to finally see the Homecoming project reach its potential! Thank you all so much for sticking around with us through thick and thin! It really means a lot to all of us here at Stormsinger that you have supported us all this time!
Build 7 Notes:
+ Made a tweak to the code base that should result in less broken saves.
Players shouldn't have to restart the game with every new build anymore.
Please report any issues you have if you continue from an old save! This tweak may not have covered everything!
+ 90% of August 12th added (only missing an event for Tatsuki and Shun which will be in Build 8 instead)
+ Streamlined "First Time Setup" experience
+ Changed how the CTC icon is displayed
+ General gamewide text polish
+ Textbox faces temporarily disabled
Beginning stages of sprite revamp:
+ Existing sprites adjusted to be bigger
+ New sprite for Torahiko
+ New sprite for Kounosuke's dad
+ New sprite for Ten
Expected sprites for next wave:
+ Takeshi Ooshima
+ Mr. Aichi