May 16th Update: The Script, The Narrative Editor, and The Animations!
Hey there beloved backer buddies! It's time for another look at whats been happening on the SpaceVenture front. I've got some things to tell you about as well as something cool to show you. To start with, let's talk about what has been going on these last couple of weeks.
THE SCRIPT AND NARRATIVE EDITING
First off, Mark and Scott have been huddled together polishing up the script. You may recall in a previous update that I mentioned we're planning to go into the studio for some VO recording soon. That is getting closer and closer and we're aiming for June to hopefully get in there and get some awesome voice acting recorded. In order to get the script in an easy to follow fashion for our voice actors, a bunch of new changes have gone into our narrative editor that is used for putting in dialog to the game. On top of a face lift it has received a lot of love in regards to making it much easier and user friendly. We're planning to demo some of how our narrative editor works for you guys in a future update!
Here is a small sneak peek image of the narrative editor. Don't judge a book by it's cover, there is more to this thing than you can see in this image ;) And just a warning, a lot of text on the screen is not finalized, some of it is place holder.
The narrative editor works directly with our game engine(Unity). We can very easily create objects in game that Ace can interact with and have them show up in the editor which allows us to add customized text to the objects as opposed to having to program the text directly on to the object from within the engine. This also means that game text can be changed very quickly on the fly.
MORE ABOUT ANIMATIONS
So another big focus has been the continued push to get Ace doing all kinds of cool and needed animations in game. The list of needed animations is getting shorter and shorter as every day passes. I asked Mark to put together a little video reel demonstrating some of the animations that Ace can perform. What Mark sent back is sure to have you choking on your Keronian made orat flavored jelly beans!
We are still working on a delivery date. We are not ready to give one yet. Please continue to be patient. Many people have made it VERY clear that they want to know when the game will be released. Don't think for a second we aren't aware of that. We know some of you are frustrated. We are working as hard as fast as we can, but are also working for a very high quality product that we know you're gonna love. As soon as we are ready to give a release date/estimated release date, we'll get it out to you, I promise! :)
Thanks for all of your support everyone!
Chris Pope a.k.a your humble local intergalactic SpacePope