September dev update — Sorry, Alison

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It’s September, and Halt’s Story is on track to release by the end of the year! Here’s what happened this month.

 

New CGs

I held a small livestream session this month to help me focus on knocking out drawing the backgrounds for Halt’s new CGs. Here’s a glimpse of the results! As always, characters are drawn by the incredible Valee.

The new CGs will show up in Halt’s route. Updated ones (like the first preview, which is his intro CG) will also be pushed in the same update.

I’ve found that streaming really helps me focus on art, so may do another session in the future for Halt’s remaining CGs as well as the sprites. I forgot to post about it on the Studio Theophilus Twitter, so will try to remember this time! Please note that these sessions are not spoiler-free.

 

And so it continues…

Elphaze and wrothsloth have continued delivering stellar work—Elphaze for Halt’s memory CGs, and wrothsloth on the backgrounds for Zax’s Story! Can you guess what’s happening?

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So how goes the writing?

Let’s just retitle this game to “As Usual, Luna Underestimates the Amount of Time It Takes to Craft a Story.” Significant progress has been made, but I haven’t yet been able to close out the route.

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Halt’s Story is the most action-focused of the four hero routes and will feature a logic segment and a number of bad ends where Alison dies miserably.

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Of course, True Route is currently planned to focus more on the action and mystery aspect than any of the hero routes, similarly to Common Route.

 

Coming up

I plan on holding two livestreams this month to work on Zodiac Axis sprites—dates to be determined and will be announced on Twitter.

Also, I’m looking to close out the script for Halt’s Route, since that will really help me focus on spritework. There’s a lot of sprites to do, but recently drawing for my Patreon and prints has given me a lot more confidence in my pace and quality of artwork, so I’m not too worried... yet.

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Thanks for continuing to support this project! I sincerely appreciate it and hope to have Halt’s Story available for you soon.