Unsurprisingly, the most-oft requested thing for Backstage Pass has been an Alvin route. SO much so, that the pre-beta release testers conveniently forgot to mention the bug above where Alvin visits Sian’s room instead of Sian going to see Alvin for tutoring. They decided to use it as inspiration to write their own route. Here’s a snippet of it (to the best of my memory) for your convenience:
Sian: Ur in my bedroom.
Alvin: im gonna give u private tutoring.
Sian: Oh bby.
We’re happy to announce that the Backstage Pass beta is now available for everyone who pre-ordered!
What to expect from the beta:
- Arcs for the main four guys
- CG Gallery
- Clothing shop with 80+ articles of clothing to dress up in
- Item shops for items to raise stats or give as gifts
- Call guys and take them on dates
- Cupcake baking minigame in Spring
What to look forward to in the final version:
- Hidden paths
- Multiple alone endings based on professional achievements
- Full voices
- Opening and Ending Videos
- Music room, scene replay, and other bonus content
- ??? WHO KNOWS?
How to get it:
Use the download link you received in your confirmation email (for your pre-order). If the link has expired, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org from the address you used to purchase the game, and I’ll send you an updated one.
How to report bugs:
If you get a bug that crashes the game, click the button “Open Traceback” to get a text file. Email the file to email@example.com or post it in the correct thread here:
How to get bug fixes:
If a bug is fixed, you can either re-download the entire game from your email or download the fixed code from this thread:
How to get help playing:
If you’re stuck in the game, looking for hints on how to get a guy, unlock locations, or find more recipes, post in the appropriate thread here and exchange your own findings with other players.
BP is now on greenlight! Thank you so much for everyone’s support, you guys are the best <33333
I’m currently on the job so I can’t do anything super fancy, but here have a happy Sian as a sign of my gratitude. >v<
You guys rock SO hard. Major props to the Backstage Pass team for making an amazing game (but you don’t have to take my word for it - you’ll see for yourself tomorrow), and many thanks to everyone who voted and spread the word. Also thanks to Valve for giving us a chance and greenlighting us. We’ll do our best to make this the best game we can!
Q&R Speed Round
Not much time today, gang - barreling through the last few passes of Backstage Pass before sending the beta to pre-orderers. So it’s time for the speed round!
will [Backstage Pass] have option to mute or adjust volume of individual characters’ voices instead of ALL the voices at once?
Is there a chance we might also get a preview of the ED song [for Backstage Pass]? (Also, will we get to see the full animated OP before the game’s release?)
Will Backstage Pass also have a scene gallery, similar to the CG one, where you can replay certain scenes or endings of the route?
Are there certain characters with whom Sian develops romance faster and others with whom it goes more slowly?
Considering the next Jisei game will be set at a ryokan does that mean we get shirtless and/or yukata sprites? :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
what would be the issues for you in setting up an online store for your game merch?
Ye- darnit. Almost made it. The biggest issue isn’t the store as much as shipping. Shipping is expensive, and since I’m only one person, I don’t really have the time to go the post office to regularly ship items (and no one wants to wait three days for their order to get sent out).
I feel like this is what every proofreader looks like when they go through my stuff.
This is what the Backstage Pass proofreaders look like right now. But at least we’re getting super close to our beta release!
OC Art Meme - BP edition
Send a number and I’ll draw any of the BP characters:
- In what they normally wear
- In what I’m currently wearing
- In a school uniform
- In swimwear
- In underwear
- With no clothes on
- In winter clothes
- In fancy clothes
- Making 3 different expressions
- Standing on their hands
- With (selected) animal
- Hanging out with a friend
- Sitting on the couch
- Doing something they don’t normally do
- Playing a (selected) sport
- Beaten up
- As a kid/adult
- Wearing a funny hat
Just so I don’t end up doodling only faces, here’s something to help me and any prospective BP fans (also because I rarely have chance to draw BP stuff now that I’m busy with my new work project sob )
When sending in an ask, please include the character’s name and a number. If you are choosing 11 or 16, please indicate the animal/sport as well. Also, please send only one character with one number at a time, I won’t draw for an ask that goes ALL OF THE CHARACTERS DOING EVERYTHING o<-<
Depending on how many of these I get, I’ll probably compile them in a single post whenever I’m done with all of them.
Remember to send asks to tooaya. Any asks sent to sakevisual about this will probably just result in my sobbing about how my drawing skills leave… basically everything to be desired.
Questions followed by Responses
Summary of several questions: Is there an exact date for Backstage Pass’ release and/or the beta testing?
We don’t have an exact date for the release, but as several discerning folk have figured out, beta testing begins at the start of March. Final release will likely be a month or so after depending on how smoothly the beta goes.
I wanted to know what you used to make the visual novel on your main website’s “About” page. Thanks!
I wanted to ask if each route with the guys also included a ‘bad’ end of the sort? and relating to bad ends, is there a standard bad end in the series?
The endings will be like RE:A++ for the most part, so nothing horrific where everything blows up in the protagonist’s face. Sian CAN get kicked out of school prematurely if you don’t keep her grades up, but that’s really it.
do you think you’d ever produce a game with a gay/lesbian outcome?
Keep an eye out for one of the hidden routes in Backstage Pass. ^_-
Will the beta version of BP already be fully voiced, Sian included?
It will not. Editing and placing voice files takes a lot of work, and it would delay the beta too much if we tried to wait for all of them to be ready.
Yousei edition female Kangai (or… KanGAL?) from Mini A-KON yesterday. I love that shirt so much. *_*
Doodling John on Valentine’s day makes me feel amazing for being single.
Toa you loser
Happy singles awareness day everyone. :’D
I think I shorted out my keyboard from all the drool.