The Seed, Act 1 is complete!
Dear backer of The Seed
THE SEED ACT 1 RELEASES JUNE 27
This is the update that we have been anticipating as much as you. Release date for Act 1 is set to June 27 for all backers. It's all up and ready, we're just finishing on final touches along with a round of internal bug testing. We're dealing with excitement levels that shouldn't be possible within the frameworks of known physics. It's been a big adventure for us and every bit of the game was done with love from day 1 to day 1000.
A LITTLE BACKSTORY
Finally, we are at an end where we can look back and say that we have crossed a bridge. There were times where it looked like this game was not destined to be, times when other similar projects canceled their development, times of good and times of bad. We have had our share of challenges, and if you've been following our updates you'd know what some of those have been.
But we pushed through in troubled waters and adjusted our methods whenever the landscape changed. There were times when we took baby steps, and there were times when we took giant steps, but the important thing is that we were committed enough to reach the destination and honor your glorious support to the project.
For the past two years our two main developers have been working on this project without any funds or budget to aid the cause. The progression and completion has been fueled by personal interest, and commitment to deliver what was brought to live with YOUR pledge and trust in us. We are not saying this to have your pity or generosity, but rather to remain transparent and open about how things are with the project.
SPEAKING OF DELIVERY
We've overextended ourselves with the introduction of three times the length of Act 1 and we are out of budget to continue pushing for Act 2 & 3 for now. We realize this is a big problem for the people that supported us with Act 2 & 3 pledges but we're hoping that the immense length of Act 1 will in some way help with the situation. Just to make this clearer, we absolutely intend to deliver Act 2 & 3 for those who bought them, but the timeframe is uncertain.
In our fanatic obsession to bring in certain aspects of the game up to par with what we came up after the kickstarter, we overextended the length of the game and we added some features that we didn't promise initially (like the personality analysis statistics system).
The good thing is though, that the framework and programming skeleton has now been completed and developing Act 2 and 3 is 'merely' a question of fleshing out the bones with content, both story-wise and with visual assets. Pretty much everything else is fully established and a working program, both for PC, Mac and Linux.
In other words, completing Act 2 and 3 should be done in less than 30% of the time it took us to develop Act 1. And that is even factoring in the unavoidable challenges that always arise in some form or the other with pilot projects like this one.
A JOURNEY ENDS HERE, THE REAL ADVENTURE STARTS NOW
So right now, according to our calculations, the recommended three playthroughs of the game will take about three hours. We recommended three playthroughs so you guys can appreciate the power your choices can have over the content of the game and to see how radically different outcomes can be had with the tiniest changes in choices.
This has been the most complex and detailed project in our lives and despite the mishaps of breadth predictions we think that you will love the entire game experience once you get yourself in the world of The Seed.
Thank you for all your support so far. We are an extremely small team and every bit of support has been of great importance for us.
Look for our next Update on June 27.
The Seed team
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