I sincerely hope you are all doing well and I really hope that you have enjoyed the story of “MELODY” so far.This post announcement however is to let each and every one of you know that this month’s update will be the very last one for Melody’s story.
We’d been discussing for several months when and how the game should come to a conclusion, and we feel that this final part would be the perfect time to end Melody’s story, just as she’s on the brink of becoming a music superstar.
In a number of ways, we’ve likened Melody’s journey to popular TV series like “Gotham” and “Smallville”.
Everybody knows the story of Batman and Superman, but these two particular series show the early beginnings of the respective main characters, and how they eventuate into the much-loved superheroes that they still are today.
With Melody, we kind of made it obvious from the start that she was always destined for success (presuming that you still make the right choices for her and yourself in this final forthcoming update).
But this story that we’ve been telling since February 2018, has all been about Melody going from a talented but rebellious college teenager, to a much more disciplined, focused and highly ambitious singer-songwriter.
When my team and I began creating this VN, we had no clue at the time just how the game would be received, especially on the back of a hugely successful and popular first game which is still in progress.
We didn’t have much time to put Melody together (due to what happened with our first game here), but when the few of us began creating the characters and the music-themed story line, we believed in it enough to release the game and to let you guys decide for yourselves if we’d made a good visual novel or not.
Much to our surprise, our second VN has turned out to be a success, and with that, we are spending all of October making sure that Melody and her friends go out on the right note (pardon the pun.)
For those of you who have been following us a long time, you would already know that we normally put our updates out on a weekend day.
But due to the fact that we are looking at including about four or five endings into this update, we decided that we would need an extra few days this month to make sure that they make the final part of the game.
And because Melody is soon coming to an end, it also means that we can announce a few more things to you all!
We will be spending most of December adding and fixing long-standing issues from previous weeks/updates of the game, such as adding in music from Weeks 1-11, fixing up any plotholes, grammar and continuity errors, etc.
Also during this time in December, we’ve already made plans to add in some bonus scenes, extra renders, add more animations to various existing scenes, and to also extend some of the endings in the game (for Becca, Amy and Isabella so far).
When we put out an update like we do each and every month, we’re afforded a four or five week window that only allows us to do so much.
Mistakes are always going to happen, not every character is going to feature and there will be stuff that won’t always make sense.
But that’s what a “work-in-progress” game like ours is like.
It would be really easy for us to just take our time and to put out an update whenever we feel like we should, that’s how a lot of other devs work and that’s their choice.
However, we’ve always felt that there’s a lot more worth in giving you our fans as a guarantee of one update a month (across our two games), so you guys are getting value for the money that you pledge to us.
Our Plans for November
For the month of November, we will be releasing an update of our first game (bringing the initial release date forward by a month), so that we can spend December polishing the final version of Melody. This is so you can play the FULL VERSION of our second visual novel from start to finish, with hopefully no issues at all. Plus we know how much a lot of you would like an update of the first game sooner, rather than later 😉
Some of you have asked if we have a third game in the works, and the answer to that is a resounding YES!!
The details, release date and first previews for GAME #3 will be posted up here sometime in December, all the way until when the first update is released.
As always, we really thank you all for your ongoing support across both games. Without it, it would not be possible to do what we do each and every day.
I hope you are looking forward to the final week (and game endings) of Melody, so let the countdown to October 31st officially begin!
Many thanks to you all,