Happy New Year, Friend!
Hello and happy new year, friend! I hope this first month of 2017 has treated you well. Personally I've just had my head buried deep in my work with Soul Saga to make sure I can finally bring it to you this year!
Development with Soul Saga is going well. Before the end of last year I had a draft of the main story loop implemented, but now I am going back and reworking quite a bit of it. Perfectionism has taken a toll on Soul Saga's timeline, and I am sincerely sorry for that. I really wanted to launch last year, but I knew more polish was necessary to get you the game you deserve. However this will be the last major pass I do on the main storyline implementation, and after that I will work on the side content before shipping Soul Saga off to you. As an estimate I would say later in 2017 is a reasonable time frame for the remaining polish and content I want to add, which is really just a fraction of what I've already put into Soul Saga over these years. However, I always put quality before anything else, so please hold on with me while I finish scaling this mountain called "Game Development" the way it was meant to be climbed.
An Insider Look
A lot of people have asked me to film my work space to see a normal day in the life of a Disastercake, so here's a sneak peek of how Soul Saga's levels are designed.
Soul Saga on GOG!
Since the Kickstarter launched years ago, many Soul Saga fans have eagerly asked me to look into getting Soul Saga on GOG.com. If you don't already know: GOG is a DRM-Free game distributor with a strong reputation. I'm excited to be able to tell you that I sent the beta to GOG for review, and they were equally as excited as I was to be able to add Soul Saga to their impressive library of games!
If you would like to get a GOG key instead of whatever key you currently are signed up for (console, Humble Bundle, Steam, etc), please private message me on Kickstarter (if a backer) or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can assist in switching your current key to a GOG key.
You can find the Soul Saga page on GOG.com here: https://www.gog.com/game/soul_saga (Add it to your wishlist, JRPG GOG fans!)
Soul Saga - Beta Fan Videos
Soul Saga fans and beta backers have kindly created some more videos for your enjoyment showcasing the current state of Soul Saga's beta. Feedback has been great so far, and I'm eagerly anticipating the moment I can finish up polishing based on all of the great fan feedback.
lordreo22 (Roy) is back again after last update's Amber Synthesizing video, this time to highlight airship exploration and airship combat in Soul Saga. He does a great job showing off the different features currently in the beta, and even gives you a video of how it can be played with a dual stick controller.
Full Beta Playthrough
KomaruTheHylian64 is a Soul Saga beta backer and fan that has kindly recorded the entirety of the Soul Saga beta for you.
THIS VIDEO CONTAINS SPOILERS! Though the beta is not 100% polished yet, this video does contain what I would consider minor story spoilers for the first 1-2 hours of Soul Saga. If you'd like to keep your experience as fresh as possible for the full release, then you may not want to watch the video through completion.
This video is of beta v10, and the current version is v10.1 A couple bugs pop up later in the video that I've already addressed and fixed in beta version v10.1.
What do you think?
Thank you so much for all of your support. Every day I talk with Soul Saga fans, and the encouraging words have kept me motivated on this long journey. I can't wait to finally finish Soul Saga and share my humble JRPG with you. In the meantime, you can hit me up on Twitter at @Disastercake, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/disastercake, the Disastercake forums here, or in the comments below!