This month's update Is a bit light on game details while we finish up our demo, so I wanted to pad it out a bit by showing off 2 new NPCs which will be added to some of our new street locations. Warning: One of them is not what they seem!
Of course, there was also our little Chinese New Year image you may have seen on our social media as well. We want to wish you all a Happy 2019 full of both wealth and good health!
Now, for an update on the demo progress.
- DEMO 3.0 UPDATE -
The toolkit necessary to continue our work is still in development, so no major progress on the demo content has been made except for the completion of all the key art assets. So once the toolkit is done, we will be able to re-build all the interactions and add in the new content. I do want to make sure to say that we will intentionally be removing all cutscenes (even the ones you saw in the old demos) for 3.0. Many of these will be reworked entirely anyway, but the new ones I want to be fresh and exciting for you when the game is in your hands later this year! Note that these changes are obviously not final, but we want our backers to be able to play the demo sooner than later, and redoing the cutscenes needed will push back the demo date even further.
A Call to Action
If you are reading this then you most likely have at least some interest in Hong Kong, and recognize the one of a kind beauty of the country. Personally, the neon signs are what showed me the true face of Hong Kong. Not the brand name, ultra up-scale shopping districts like Central, but the quiet hidden and forgotten places where you can get the best yam-cha, or find a rare old anime figure for less than $10. These are the areas that you find the famous signs. Neon Light art was not just pioneered by Hong Kong artisans, but also became a key feature of the country. Since the British relinquished Hong Kong to Chinese rule however, many aspects of Hong Kong's identity have been "adjusted" and washed away for various reasons. The biggest and most obvious of these losses is the mass removal of the iconic neon signs. Areas like Sham Shui Po, Jordan, and many others have seen a huge change in the past few years as businesses have closed due to a weak economy, weather related damage, apartment tenant complaints, and some other more tin-foil-hat level causes. Signs that have lit these streets for more than 50 years have been unceremoniously removed and thrown away over night. At the current rate of removal, Hong Kong's neon lights will be gone without replacement within a few years.
Sad reality stated, there are several groups that have popped up attempting to not just preserve the art of making neon signs, but also purchase, house, and protect the ones that must be removed. The most active one I have found is The Hong Kong Neon Heritage, who has a facebook page you can visit here
I honestly don't know if anything can be done to bring the signs back to the streets at the volume of the 80s and 90s, but groups like the HKNH could definitely use some support and love. If enough Hong Kongers see interest from foreigners for this aspect of their culture and history, perhaps a change can be made, who knows. I'm not asking anyone to donate or anything, just go over to those facebook pages and give them a like and comment. The least I can do is ask you guys to share the love. One of my personal goals is to get SUZAKU's official studio sign made by a Hong Kong master some day, I believe that thanks to you guys we will have enough success to do that and help keep the art alive.
Finally, I also wanted to shout out Ron Z's latest kickstarter, which looks awesome Samurai of OZ!
I have backed 2 of Ron's other books and was very happy with the books. Both Patriotika and VS had great art and solid writing. I'm a life-long comic book collector and now trust Mount Olympus Comics more than either of the big 2. Samurai of Oz is far closer to my type of book thematically, so i was happy to back it and highly recommend each of you to check it out!
As always thank you all for your support and taking the time read this long message today. I apologize for having a lot less to talk about regarding Sense's development today, but I assure you very soon we will have a HUGE update for you on that front!