Now that we’ve finished Melody v.10, it’s time for us to start working on DMD again.
We’ve received a lot of messages from our fans and supporters over the past few months, asking us about Chapter 3 and the ending of DMD.
I’d like to address these questions in this post, and also share with you the decision the team has made regarding these two questions in particular.
Our original plan was to finish the game in December 2019, which means there was only going to be 3 more updates.
At the present time, we thought that extending Chapter 2 and finishing the story in just a few updates would be enough.
However, after a lot of thought and discussions, we realized that we wouldn’t have enough time for us to finish all the storylines in just 3 updates.
There would be too many loose ends that wouldn’t be tied up, game endings that wouldn’t make it to the final cut, had we decided to conclude DMD by year’s end.
We know you love the game as much as we do, and it wouldn’t have been fair for D and her friends to finish their journey so abruptly.
Nor would it have been satisfying for anyone after such a long journey since we began creating this game just under three years ago.
There are so many things left to do, so many scenes and storylines left to create, and trying to fit them all in just three updates wouldn’t be realistically possible.
So, to those asking if there is going to be a Chapter 3, the answer is a resounding YES!
In fact, the next update that will be released on Jun 29th will be the first one of Chapter 3!
Jeff Steel, a member of our team, suggested that we should end chapter 2 in v.21, with that trip to Seaside, and I agree.
So, the next update (v.22) will be the first very day of Chapter 3, and D and F will have a fresh start in Seaside.
Starting CH.3 now will have a lot of benefits for us (and for you as well):
- It will allow us to start a new fresh chapter and cover all the stories we need to at a fairly normal pace (not so fast, not so slow).
- That way, the character development won’t be affected, and the setup for the different endings will be a lot better.
- We will get rid of almost 4 gb of ch.2 content! So, for those with slow internet connection, the new chapter will be easier to download (and easier for us to upload as well).
- We will give the endings that each character deserves. We will have more updates to work with instead of only three, and that will give us enough time to plan the content better.
The new chapter will continue to have two days per update, just like we’ve been doing with chapter 2, and the main storylines covered will be:
- A true ending with D (we’ll let you guess what that could be rather than giving away our intended endings)
- The Polyamory arc (which will involve Jennifer, Elena, Georgina, and Rachel. Yes, Rachel. Multiple pregnancy ending is also on the table.)
- The Sharing arc (which will involve Graham, and Martin, and perhaps a future male character.)
- The Pet arc (you know what this means 😊)
- Whatever arc or scenes I’m forgetting to include right now 😛
How many updates will Chapter 3 have?
We can’t say for certain, but we know it we will have at least 8-10 more updates instead of just three, which means it will take us the rest of this year and the whole of next year to finish it.
We will continue with the 2/1 update, since it’s a method that is working for us and we want to keep it at least until Melody ends.
We’ll see what happens after that, as I don’t want to make a promise for something I can’t keep.
Saves from Ch.2
Perhaps the biggest issue regarding a new chapter is the saving transfer process. For those of you who’ve been with us since the beginning, you know this process has been a pain in the ass to get right. But this time, we won’t even try to get this method to work. It’s going to take me a lot of time to code it correctly and I’d rather spend that time creating content than working on something I know is not going to work for everybody.
Instead, we’ll give you a quiz to fill, and based on your answers, the game will create a different start. This method is already available at the start of Chapter 2 if you haven’t played Chapter 1 yet, or if the saving transfer method didn’t work for you.
Chapter 2 revision
We will get back to Chapter 2 when time allows, to rework some of the scenes that we felt may have been a bit rushed or needs a rework, just like we did with Chapter 1. We will also add the Rewards Gallery to Chapter 2. But it’s hard to say when this will happen, as it’s not a priority for us at the moment, given our restricted time schedule with both games.
Please keep in mind that because we stick to releasing an update across both games once a month (every month), sometimes scenes don’t always turn out like we hope they will, or we don’t have the time available to put everything into certain scenes that we’d like to.
The most important thing for us is to always assure you guys (and girls) that you will always get an update from one of our games, at least once a month.
As you already know, the games that we create are still a work-in-progress, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they will be the final version.
Once either DMD or Melody are completed, then we will definitely be taking the time to go back through each game to see how we can improve them.
That includes any plot holes, extending animated scenes, confrontational scenes that could be better or more believable, etc.
We can’t thank you enough for all the support you’ve shown us over the past few years. We know that most of our supporters are still with us because you know that we would never give up on DMD without a fight, and we thank you for standing by us.
You’ve been showing a lot of support to Melody as well, even though we know it’s not the game you would prefer for us to spend most of the year on.
So that’s it, I hope you like the news we’ve announced today. We’re also a bit relieved that we’ll be able to create the ending that DMD deserves.
Have a great day,