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@Kevin Cancienne keep up the progress. I see this as being a fun game / simulation. The A.I. will be important so take as much time as you need to iron out the bugs. You got my full support on this campaign! Don't worry about being past any kickstater goals, as long as you continue to update and release a solid product you'll have the community's backing! :-)
@Connor: Been making good progress on AI stuff recently, and hope to have a detailed update up soon!
How's the game coming Mr Kevin sir?
How's progress, Kevin? Reiterating my request for a development roadmap so we can get a handle on how things are progressing to release.
Hey Kevin! Just letting you know I believe in you and am looking forward to the finished product. It's looking great! I know you can make this game everything you want it to be, and I'd much rather it be postponed then released crappy. I'd love to be an alpha tester one day!
Hi guys, just wondering if the sticker packs were sent out, I didn't receive mine with the shirt and I'm not sure if it should have
I appreciate the updates, but can we get an ETA? It would be nice to know I’ll be getting the game at some specified date. I al,ost sold my PS4, and that would’ve sucked if i got this game and couldn’t even play it because i was in the middle of getting a Nintendo Switch. Anyways, I’m just an impatient man who loves dogs and was expecting to play this game a year ago or something.
Really enjoying the detailed updates, this has become an epic quest! Keep going as this is looking great. It will be done when it's done and I will enjoy playing it when it is ready with my spaniel next to me.
@Kevin: Fantastic! I'm loving the behind the scenes on how systems are made. Hopefully we can have a demo or the full game soon :D
@Karl: Coming in a couple of hours!
Are there any more updates? Looking forward to playing this game!
Is Home Free something that's still being worked on? It's been over a year since it was supposed to be released, updates have been very sporadic, and the last update is almost two months old now.
Is it time to toss this one into the abandoned Kickstarter pile?
Really enjoying all the technical updates and experimentation! Your last updates have been great, the behind the scenes editor info is interesting to know and really shows how much is being put into this game. Game looks better every time I see it, keep up the good work!
@Mary, might I suggest reading the updates? Short answer, it's still in the works and we feel your pain.
It's been a long time and I can't find a way to redeem my reward and start playing Home Free. How can I collect my reward as a backer?
You continue to amaze. Thanks for taking us along for the ride.
@Connor Working on a big update right now. Sorry for the delay.
Any news Mr Kevin?
I find the updates technically interesting, but I'm noting that we've not yet seen an actual roadmap for completion of the game. Do you have such a thing, and could you share it with us?
Finally a update which I almost forgot about it. lol
Anyway hopefully it can be released in..next year I guess?
@Chase Tolentino: Whipping up an update right now! Should be another couple days till it's ready to share...
Hi! Any updates? Still waiting for this game :)
Michael Warnock said it so elegantly and so completely. I totally agree. That you got so much done in the face of all you've been dealing with is extraordinary. I appreciate your continued work and devotion to Home Free and look forward to playing it whenever it crosses the "finished" line. Best wishes.
I consider my pledge money well spent, and if you never finish the game, I'll be glad just to have the insights into the development process, including the personal-life stuff, to be quite valuable to myself and future game developers. Of course, I'm also excited by the prospect of playing Home Free every time we see the thoughtful progress you're making! Good luck; take your time; be well!
We're two months from November, at which time it will be one year past the estimated date. Last update was end of June this year, and last comment by the creator was the end of July saying there would be an update "soon". We're now into September and that update has yet to materialize.
I'm sad to see what could've been a great game with a unique style be abandoned, whether outright or just by a drip feed of very slow information.
Any word on the artwork?
The last comment was almost a month ago... not to harp on anyone, but just was wondering where things stood
@Aaron Disibio: Next update goes up soon, and will include some video!
I understand you don't have an estimated date but any new Videos? Demos? Something to hold us over?
It seems to be a sad fact that video game estimated dates are often on the wildly optimistic side.
Kevin, your transparency is refreshing. It's a strength and weakness when you are exclusively--and inextricably--linked to your own project. But family comes first, and life gets in the way... When the dust settles and work is plausible once more, please don't lose the passion or drive that inspired you to launch this kickstarter and invite us to help support the "Home Free" dream. If you set any mid-term milestone deadlines for yourself (and there's a week or two of buffer), try setting them close to holidays or dates already important to your family. That way you can associate their support with getting it done, and also take a few days off to be with them or celebrate with them just after each interim deadline. Just another way to maximize the few benefits of calling your own shots. Keep up the great work. I'm looking forward to the next update!
I need to give this some thought.
I understand that some version of "when it's done" is not a very satisfying answer, but I feel very strongly that throwing out another date, without feeling extremely confident that I'll hit it, is irresponsible to you guys and actually makes completing the project even more difficult for me. I've seen far too many projects fall into the trap of chasing hastily-composed deadlines, and it really does become its own form of death spiral, paradoxically leading to even further delays and MORE disappointment, as the people eagerly anticipating delivery feel constantly jerked around.
I'm making some changes to how I handle the project management side of Home Free. If the new process looks like it'll give me a reasonable date, I'll certainly share it with all of you. But my gut tells me that date isn't going to be stable until I'm much closer to release, and experience tells me that uncertain dates are not very helpful.
I'm not trying to be coy about this. Progress was much slower in 2016 than I'd hoped. I'm doing my best in 2017 to hit a better pace. I'm trying to be as open with my backers as I can, but I really want to avoid getting into the business of throwing out a series of deadlines I continue to miss.
Can we ask for your ETA in your next update? It's okay if it's rough - development is a moving target and adding more than you planned to the game is great - but a lot of people are asking for an ETA and we haven't gotten a good reply about a rough month you're aiming to release. If you can't release by that month, give us a new ETA at that point or just before instead.
"Here's what I'm working on" isn't really enough now that we've passed Fall 2016. If you think it's 2020, fine - at least we know.
@PpFer Torres Z:
Still not finished. Take a look at the updates (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/143870832/home-free-0/updates) to see how things have been going!
Is this project finished? I never got anything :( Is it not released yet?
Great to see this project kicking well, even though the promised delivery date is last year.
@Connor: Thanks for checking in! I keep holding off on wallpapers and stickers because I'd like to include a bunch of new art -- especially some new dogs -- and I haven't gotten back into serious art-making mode because I've been so busy programming. I promise they're still coming!
Any word on the wallpapers? Real excited for the game and some wallpapers seem like the perfect way to dicreetly brag to all my friends about this game.
Are you considering a Switch version? I heard it's easy to port games to it, I think it is a great fit for Home Free
any new estimated ETA?! 10x
@Joseph Shivak: Things continue moving along, although always more slowly than I hope. Look for another monthly update soon!
Any new release date given?
I'm an editor at The Bold Italic--here's my portfolio (https://www.nicoleaclark.com/)-- and recently became a contributor at the LA Review of Books. But my heart lies in indie gaming (Fez, Firewatch, Oxenfree, Limbo... the list goes on) is anyone reviewing this game on Polygon, yet? If not I'd love to write one. I'm beyond excited to play this. I love doggos.
I'd also love to write an essay (for a place like Wired or Recode) about what it's like to design an indie game backed by Kickstarter. Just let me know!
Will it be possible to switch the platform we receive HomeFree for? PS4 to Steam specifically. I only ask as I selected a tier with ***PS4*** on it but no longer use my Play Station. Anyway, I'm really looking forward to playing this game! Quite a daunting task for one person. May your development be swift and bugless!
Keep up the good work! I can't wait for the next update.
Kevin, have you seen this? Please find some way to bring some aspects of this into the game! https://www.youtube.com/watch…
would you consider publishing your updates somewhere where non-backers can read them? I have friends who are interested in this game via blogs/steam and ask me to copy-paste your Updates because they can't read them.
I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that I'm still excited for this game and am even willing to wait a few more years for it - whenever it's done, it's done. It'll be nice!
Still really looking forward to this game.
Any good news? :D