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An interesting(?) Throwback Thursday for today. On the left, the original sakevisual logo. On the right, our current logo. The name “sakevisual” was originally a reference to a “sake bento” bento box, so our first logo was a bento box. However, it was way too complicated to be a proper logo, and most people associated “sake” with the drink and not the food. So I made a cleaner logo that was easier to identify. I still find the original more endearing, but I think our current one is much more appropriate.

Random tidbit: Merui has a sticker of the original sakevisual logo in her bedroom. You can see it in RE: Alistair++.

I’m super excited to announce that our next major project will be an edutainment (educational entertainment) visual novel. We’re hoping to reach pre-school audiences with lessons in things like shapes, colors, and numbers. But for our normal fanbase, worry not! Our trademark storytelling with deep plots and suspenseful twists is still here, so you can still enjoy the story! I can’t wait to reveal more details, but I’m sure you guys will love this new direction we’re taking, and we’re hoping our games will be played in every classroom across the world! Sprite: Deji Background: JakeBowkett

I’m super excited to announce that our next major project will be an edutainment (educational entertainment) visual novel. We’re hoping to reach pre-school audiences with lessons in things like shapes, colors, and numbers. But for our normal fanbase, worry not! Our trademark storytelling with deep plots and suspenseful twists is still here, so you can still enjoy the story! I can’t wait to reveal more details, but I’m sure you guys will love this new direction we’re taking, and we’re hoping our games will be played in every classroom across the world!

Sprite: Deji
Background: JakeBowkett

tooaya:

HEY LOOK SOMEONE MADE A DOUJIN OF LLOYD AND JOHN I CANT WAIT TO READ IT TOTALLY CANT WAIT FOR WHEN PRE-ORDER IS AVAILABLE HNGGGGGGG

These guys are gonna win couple of the year without even trying.

tooaya:

HEY LOOK SOMEONE MADE A DOUJIN OF LLOYD AND JOHN I CANT WAIT TO READ IT TOTALLY CANT WAIT FOR WHEN PRE-ORDER IS AVAILABLE HNGGGGGGG

These guys are gonna win couple of the year without even trying.

Q&R Time

Many questions this week. Just remember if you’re having trouble with the beta, please post your questions in the appropriate thread on our forums.

What is the chance of there being a full version of that Adam song and it being available for download? Or even just the half version? Haha it is just so nice and soothing!

We haven’t really thought about that yet, but if there’s enough demand, we might do that? (Feel free to weigh in with your thoughts, gang.)

The only thing stopping me from beta-testing is the lack of voices in the current version :( Will any of the upcoming updates to the beta include voices? At least for the main 4 guys?

We’ve got two more major updates planned. The next one will include all the secret routes. The one after will include voices. The reason for this is that we’re still adding content and adjusting scenes based on your feedback, and it’s easier to call in an actor to record all of the new stuff in one go instead of record a few new lines here and there.

Will there be an epilogue for each happy ending in backstage pass?

Each of the four main guys has an epilogue that triggers if you max out his secret second stat.

Do you guys have an estimate on how long is the beta going to last? Will preorders be open through the end of it?
As long as nothing catastrophic happens, the beta should last through the month. Pre-orders will close when we run out of pre-order codes (there are about 100 left, so I think you’re safe).
I don’t know if you got this question already but what do you use to make your games, there so pretty and I want to make my own game.
We use the Ren’py game engine, but the art is made separately. To the best of my knowledge, most of our artists use Photoshop, Paint Tool SAI, or a combination of the two.
What I gather from your last Q&A is that what you guys are doing with BP right now seems to be a lot like Steam’s Early Access. Is that right?
Yes. We’re also trying to get it onto Steam Early Access proper for all you cool Steam people.
Will BP ever include an ending gallery where we can replay endings without having to keep a save file or play through again?
There will be an endings gallery.
I’d really love to play this game, and though I lacked the money to pre-order it prior, if I pre-ordered it now, would I be able to play? And if yes, how soon?
You’d be able to play the beta version right away. There’s not as much stuff in it, and there are still some bugs and typos, but it’ll give you a really good idea of what the final version will be like.
Fanart Friday! So cute. *_* Which reminds me, has anyone playing the Backstage Pass beta figured out what happened to Shiro yet?

Fanart Friday! So cute. *_* Which reminds me, has anyone playing the Backstage Pass beta figured out what happened to Shiro yet?

The Backstage Pass beta has been given a content update, so if you’re currently testing the beta with us, please re-download the file from your confirmation email.Important: Due to the extra content, old saves are not compatible with the new version. To delete a save file, hover your mouse over the save thumbnail (in the game) and press the ‘delete’ key on your keyboard. This update includes: -Opening video animation -Bug fixes -Typo fixes -Additional scenes for each of the main four guys and the alone path -Updated GUI -Updated extras: Endings list and media gallery (music room/video player)Bugs we’re still chasing: -Quickmenu still works during the scheduler portion -CG gallery crashes on certain CGs -Keyboard functions don’t work on certain screens (like wardrobe)Any bug reports (including typos) should be posted on our official forum here. Many thanks to all of you guys for your hard work so far. We’re really excited about how great everything is looking already!

The Backstage Pass beta has been given a content update, so if you’re currently testing the beta with us, please re-download the file from your confirmation email.

Important: Due to the extra content, old saves are not compatible with the new version. To delete a save file, hover your mouse over the save thumbnail (in the game) and press the ‘delete’ key on your keyboard.

This update includes:
-Opening video animation
-Bug fixes
-Typo fixes
-Additional scenes for each of the main four guys and the alone path
-Updated GUI
-Updated extras: Endings list and media gallery (music room/video player)

Bugs we’re still chasing:
-Quickmenu still works during the scheduler portion
-CG gallery crashes on certain CGs
-Keyboard functions don’t work on certain screens (like wardrobe)

Any bug reports (including typos) should be posted on our official forum here.

Many thanks to all of you guys for your hard work so far. We’re really excited about how great everything is looking already!

tooaya:

Celina, painted while talking with client. 

tooaya:

Celina, painted while talking with client. 

Artist: Adam Eaton
Track: "You're the Girl (Audition)"

Throwback Thursday!

Adam was cast at the very start of the game-making process for Backstage Pass because his music and lyrics are an integral part of his story. For auditions, I asked for a small ditty sung by Adam to Sian as proof of singing ability. Micah Solusod went above and beyond and wrote this song just for the audition.

Character Poll

We’ll be posting an update to Backstage Pass this week. Let us know who your favorite character is, and you might see more scenes with them in it!

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epsilonstoolbox:

Quick warm up of Derek Nevine from sakevisual's RE: Alistair++ ^^

Hey hey, look at that charmer!

epsilonstoolbox:

Quick warm up of Derek Nevine from sakevisual's RE: Alistair++ ^^

Hey hey, look at that charmer!