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The Disappearance of Miyuki Ida - Crime/Mystery Visual Novel (Canceled)

A woman's disappearance forces a private investigator to start questioning the world around him; who should he trust and believe?​

The Disappearance of Miyuki Ida - Crime/Mystery Visual Novel (Canceled)

A woman's disappearance forces a private investigator to start questioning the world around him; who should he trust and believe?​

$653
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 4 2019
Last updated October 4, 2019

About

Hello everyone! My name is Evelyn Cao and I am a freelance illustrator based in Miami, Fl. I've had this idea for years and realized that it was never going to come to fruition if I just kept thinking about it. Sometimes you just have to act and take a step forward! With some dash of inspiration from the Fate Series, Psycho - Pass, and Naoki Urasawa's 'Monster',  and my own crazy imagination I was able to come up with this story. I hope this Murder, Mystery, Psychological visual novel is up your alley!

PLOT:
     Takeo Nishihara works as a private investigator with the worst financial luck. His assistants Shizuka and Shigeru Kondo, siblings and childhood friends, blame it all on him for giving out pro-bono work whenever someone can't afford to pay up at the end. Fed up with his too "giving" attitude, they force him to demand payment up front from the next client, which happened to be an old woman named Yumeko Yoshida who owns a small housing complex. After she is rejected by the police for not being able to file a missing person report, due to not being related by blood to Miyuki and the fact that Miyuki still has a few days left to pay her rent, she comes to him for help, which he gladly accepts. Matters quickly turn sour once he finishes an extensive background search on her and realizes she has multiple identities, the police are trying to keep this matter as hush as possible, and four other men might be involved involuntarily in this dilemma.

     With no one to trust you take matters into your hands and try to find clues, hints, or anything that could lead to her whereabouts. Be careful, things aren't always what they seem.

DEMO:
     Throughout the demo you'll play as Miyuki, and realize how she disappeared but not why, the reasons she took the actions that she did, or what happens to her after. This will act a segway to the full game where you'll play as the private investigator Takeo Nishihara. 

You can play the DEMO on Itch.io and Gamejolt.com!

 
DEMO PROGRESS:

  •  Plot Points: 100% 
  •  Story: 100% 
  •  Sprites: 100% 
  •  Backgrounds: 100% 
  •  BG OST: 100% 
  •  Programming: 100%

FULL GAME FEATURES: 

  • Branching Storyline.  
  • 4 - 6 Different Endings. 
  • Choices heavily impact ending.
  • Original Soundtrack/Artwork.
  • Easily over 30k words.

FULL GAME PROGRESS:

  •  Plot Points/ Story Map: 100%
  •  Written Story: 10%
  •  Sprites: 10%
  •  Backgrounds: 15%
  •  BG OST: 0%
  •  Programming: 10%

I've received some wonderful reviews from people who have played the demo, and are quite excited to see the full game complete. The main issue seems to be some grammatical errors, and a few continuity problems concerning the time of the rain. Taking a look at it, I completely agree and I'm in the process of editing the file and making a v.2 of it. An editor will most definitely be hired for the full game.

 Here are some backgrounds samples from both the Demo(that will also be included in the full game) and the Full Game:

 Here are some DEMO game screen caps and sketch work!

 The Disappearance of Miyuki Ida has a bit of a large cast with some colorful characters. You'll get to know them, and depending on the options that you pick, you might even get to know more than what you bargained for. After all, it is a small world.

  • 6 main characters.
  • Multiple outfit changes per character.
  • Multiple poses per main character.
  • Atleast 4 different facial expressions per character

 Here we have the wonderful staff that is able to make this project come alive!

  •  Writer: ECao
  •  Artist [CG/Background/Sprites]: ECao
  •  Opening/Ending Song: Composer/ Markus Lappalainen. Singer: Miri Mizushina
  •  Background Music: Efe Tozan
  •  Programmer: Nicole Barton [CuteKiwiKitty]

I wanted to make the stretch goals reasonable and something that both the staff and the backers would be interested in seeing for the visual novel. All the prices have been  rounded to the nearest hundredth place. There's always room for error and its always better to have a little left over, than not enough. Any left over money will be saved as emergency funds incase something goes wrong, and if nothing goes wrong then it will be divided equally between the staff.

For the budget I thought $3000 would be a good way to start. After all I'm just aiming to get the visual novel off the ground, the base of it all. I'm not including the artist or writer in here, because I'll be doing that part and the payment from making the full game will be more than enough for me. This is a wonderful opportunity to get work on our resumes and demonstrate what we can do.

((Note: I am not including the budget to hire an editor either because I will be paying that fee out of pocket later on.)) 

Q. What systems will the game be available to be played on? 

A. The game will be available to be played on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.

Q. Will the game come in any other languages besides English?

A. Yes! The game will also come in Spanish! I am a native Spanish speaker and will translate the game on my time off. It's really no trouble, as it is my first language and I'm able to read, write, and speak it fluently. I will also be hiring a Spanish editor to look over the script just incase. 

Q. How long will the game take to develop? 

A. The game will take less than a year. I have it set for September of 2020 (exactly a year from now), but I'm sure we'll finish before then. I just don't want to end up making promises I can't keep. Life and problems tend to happen, and because we're a small team, and I'm doing most of the work, I want to make sure that everyone has enough time to dedicate themselves to this game. Burning out doesn't benefit anyone. 

Q. Where will the physical products be shipped from?

A. All physical products will be shipped from the US. I will be sending out emails when everything is in the closing stage, so you will be informed when shipments are ready to be sent out.

Q: Will you be using Backerkit?

A: Yes! Once the Kickstarter is successful and it comes to a close. This way if you which to add any add-ons you or upgrade or change your tier, you may.

Q: How will we know how much progress is being made?

A: I will be posting weekly, bi weekly, and monthly updates and well as uploads. They will state what everyone is working on and how much progress has been made in each section of the visual novel.

Q: Will backers who purchase the physical game also receive steam keys?

A. Yes!

Here are some add ons!

The Illustrations are the same. It is the header image of Miyuki with the wisteria.

Landscape Illustration: $10 (8in x 10in)

Landscape Illustration: $15 (12in x 18in)

Summer Editions Vinyl Stickers: $3 each, 2 for $5, or set of 7 for $16. (Roughly 2 -3 in x 2 -3 in depending on sizes. Sitting characters print bigger) 

Metallic Pins/Buttons: $3 each, 2 for $5, or the set of 6 for $13. (1.75 inches)

Mystery Bag: $20 with a value of $40. Includes a variety of stickers, pins, and an 8in x 10 illustration. 

Risks and challenges

Hello everyone, thank you so much for looking over my Kickstarter.

There are a few risk and challenges I'd like to address and one of them is experience. I've never made a project like this before, especially to this degree, but making the Demo to this game has shown me if I put my mind to it, I'm able to do anything. I understand that there's hesitation in wanting to back someone with no experience hoping they'll follow through on everything, but I will. I'm dedicated 100% in providing a smooth experience for anyone who has any questions or pledges. I'll answer all the questions, and try to be as transparent about everything as much as I can. That includes deadlines, production schedule, giving weekly and monthly reports, as well as taking feedback.

I hope with that being said, you'll still give this visual novel a chance.

In the case the Kickstarter doesn't get funded, then it just means I'll have to pay everything out of pocket and it will take longer for it to become developed.

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