Development Update #2
Hello folks! Hope you're all doing well.
Let's jump right in--
Development on Eldet has taken an interesting and exciting turn, and I had hoped to be able to present a preview of what I've been working on, but I think it will be more impactful to wait till it's polished before I show it. However, I can still talk about it.
If you played the demo, you'll surely have noticed that a few of the scenes in the game have animated backgrounds. Early on in the writing of the game I decided that I wanted to make use of animation because it does wonders for player immersion, and I hadn't seen many people make use of animation in other visual novels.
In my opinion, some of the animated scenes turned out well! But others weren't quite up to my standard. Long story short, thanks to additional funding past my goal, I've been able to purchase software that will allow me to make more complex animations to put into the game, and that's what I've been working on. Any new software comes with...well, a considerable learning curve, but I'm slowly getting the hang of things, and I hope to have something to show for all that effort soon (at the moment, things don't look...great, but I'm determined to keep going, haha).
In the meantime, between animation work I have continued to work on character designs, and today I'll introduce two finished character designs. But before that, there's something I'd like to briefly talk about-- and feel free to skip it, because it is quite wordy and reads more like a diary entry than anything else.
On tumblr, I've continued to see people pass around the original eldet post, and I'm glad! The more people that are aware of the project, the better. However, I've seen on more than a few occasions that people are unhappy with me/the project for purporting that Eldet is an LGBT game when "it only seems to have gay male characters".
I'm going to speak candidly for a moment. I don't mean to offend anyone, but I'm not a team of developers, I'm just a single person attempting to juggle game development and answer people's questions and advertise (though I will say, you all have helped so much with getting the word out there). I do tend to take people's comments personally, because there's little to no separation between me, the project, and the people perceiving the project. So I'll say that I am frustrated when I hear comments like this, because on my end this is something I've spent hundreds and hundreds of hours working on--and most of the people denouncing it out of hand probably spent 5-10 seconds looking at it before declaring their opinion--and most of these opinions, I feel, are uninformed. While I of all people can definitely recognize people's frustrations with shortcomings in representation (I am making this game, after all), I have found that people who want diversity in their media the most are also the first and most vocal critics of media which attempts to provide the diversity they're looking for. I'd just like people to keep in mind that there are people behind these projects who are genuinely trying, and that more research is useful before deciding to dismiss things casually.
Okay, enough of that now. However, it is relevant, because I understand that people want hard evidence that there are more than just gay men in this game, so in introducing these next two characters, I'll tell you off the bat that one is a trans woman, and the other is a lesbian. Both will feature significantly in the plots they appear in. Neither of their involvement in the story makes a big deal about them being trans or a lesbian, because, as I've said many times--Eldet is about characters whose stories aren't about being LGBT or people of color, they just happen to be those things. Without further ado, here are two new characters from the game!
A version of the second character without the color distortion can be found [Here]