Today's update theme is based on growing up... Because... I feel like being creative.
Before we get onto some updates, I'm going to go through and explain a little bit about growing up in your virtual life.
IN THIS UPDATE: you will be meeting some old people with new faces!
Learning a confirmed list of features so far
Seeing the new hero sprite in all her glory
And it kind of goes into details about how to prepare :)
Getting ready for your virtual life
As you know, Celestial Dance is quite close to it's completion, possibly being released sometime 2013 if we continue at this rate. It can be released as early as July if things go this smoothly, but that does include completing the game by April and getting voice actors by May to have it all tested in the Month of June. Of course, it is more realistically going to be released later on next year if we are able to do so. One of our biggest problems will be testing, since I have to do it alone and I have to go through EVERYTHING. It'll be okay though. I'll be just fine :)
With that said, I want to prepare you for what to expect from Celestial Dance including everything I may add in, or may not. I will also tell you what to expect over the next year, since I plan on finishing the major parts of the game as soon as I can. I also want to walk you through the evolution of Celestial Dance Shift the Tide as it finally starts taking it's steps to completion.
Preparing for the release
Of course, it has been 3 years since Celestial Dance has become a serious game. We're all kind of reaching the point of boredom and frustration that I have not completed it yet. The great news is how close the game is to completion really. As I mention above, it can be completed realistically by July and released in this coming August of this year. This is an estimation, so roughly 10 months for me to complete it well and fix up bugs etc. I am unsure whether or not I will have testers from the internet, since I may get people like Mids and Amelia to test for spelling, bugs, mistakes etc.
We are currently at the point that the base structure (The child year) is being complete. Why this is so big is because all that needs to be done are slight edits to the game in order to complete the following years.
SO! We need to prepare you. Right now I need your help to get CD finished by offering suggestions for stories and just all around giving your encouragement.
Another thing is to decide on which four boys you are going after. Four files means four times the game play.
Here are a list of things to help prepare for the release of CD:
-Help choose a town name (SEE BELOW)
-Help with choosing stories for the characters and romances.
The ones that need a helping hand are the following
Damion (Personal story, love with Anastasia and the Hero)
Tyrone (Love with Hero)
Leo (Love with Hero)
Tristan(Love with Hero and Tytannia)
Kyler(Love with Hero And personal story)
Max (Love with Hero)
Jay (Love with Kandi and Hero, And personal story)
Gage(Love with hero and personal story)
Aris (Personal story and romance with hero)
Willow (Personal story)
Serentiy (personal story)
-Helping with General ideas for the game I have possibly missed
Celestial Dance: Shift the Tide and it's life story to date.
Celestial Dance began as a tester game in 2008 for testing a new script I was planning to use for my parody project: the harvest moon fan game. I had tested out some things and then decided to make it look like a real game to show my friends and family what it would look like. By 2009, I had taken a vacation to Orlando Florida and the stage was all set. The inspirations that surrounded me brought me to design the main ideas for Celestial Dance.
My little cousins helped me out, coming up with little things to add in. Most things never made the cut.
It's name was created during the test of the second script. Celestial Dance was the actual name of the tester project. 'Shift the tide' came when I decided to make a title screen when it became a legitimate game midway through 2008. Consequently, on the first website the slogan was 'can YOU shift the tide?' I make reference to this on occasion. The final quote became "Beauty is a state of mind..." And it is part of a complete poem I have written. It is spoken word poetry, and only the first line is revealed in the game.
The game went into Hiatus from 2009 to October 2010, when I no longer carried an in creating the game. At this time I was focused on writing more than anything.
January 2011 was when the mystery for the game was started. Also, jealousy events had been announced. The updates were frequent, but less than a paragraph long...
February 2011, the first commercial was released. Mayase was also announced. Kuroneko also commented for the first time and this was the start of my thinking towards drawing the face sets.The kissing system was also complete. At this time, it was said to be midnight, but in all honesty it was me. You can even ask her... it was ALL me.
March 2011, my voice was released for the first time on a Cindy and Tyrone video as well as Midnight's freak out. The mini game was also in progress at this time. This was also the month I learned to lie about whose voice it was on the tape >.<
April 2011, I deleted three maps by mistake :S all three of my favorite maps >.< So I actually ended up spending an hour re-making them part by memory, one by picture. Aracely, Brooklyn and Akasha were integrated into the game.
May 2011, My beautiful papers appeared on the desk when doing a test! I WAS SOOOO HAPPY <3 I also lied about some beautiful people again. If you see any other people mentioned in my blog posts other than myself, Amelia or Midnight... they don't exist... Unless they commented. I actually came up with Max and Alice, these two characters as backups due to my lack of self-confidence. I usually said they were a part of game production when in reality they don't really exist. My self-confidence was also the reason I kind of threw some stuff on midnight giving her credit (i.e. My voice, drawings, maps etc.) But unlike Max and Alice, Midnight is real XD I also wrote a bad fanfic for Roxie. I also screwed up the kidding system.
June 2011, Another lie about my voice in the game teaser. Destiny Rev was announced by Mids. Midnight also sent me a message exclusively for CD to kind of ease my way out of the fact that I was saying she was doing everything. She was also trying to get out of game production at this time. A BUNCH of new characters were added. Apperantly, Midnight didn't want her real birthday revealed, so I gave her mine (Why the heck did I do that?!) I said mine was on the 6th... mine is on the 10th of June people! Mid's real birthday is under wraps though on this website we celebrate it on the Sixth.
July 2011, I finally admitted to my voice. Midnight sent a message after leaving CD: STT.
Cell phone systems were also announced.
August 2011, Dawning ember's logo changed...Mining was announced.
October 2011, Leo's face was drawn on >.<
November 2011, I was pretty angry for the most part of it :/
March 2012, I was on hiatus from November to March 27th. I worked every now and again, but my trouble was I was too lazy to update.
April 2012, CD almost died >.< Living arrangements were decided.
June 2012, Artist's Canvas was revealed.
July 2012, Faceset revealed! Cindy Revamped, My confession about my characters XD
August 2012, CD Started moving faster <3 All organized and everything moved faster from there.
September 2012, (Present) Map update reveal, Candy store shopping system works, Unit of school complete, all else.
So, How did the boys and girls come about? And why were so many cut:
Answer? Just about every one was generated using the face maker that we all so much hate. I literally opened the generator, made the face, made the sprite and then slapped a name on. Luckily, Characterization is my specialty and therefore, I was able to make some of them wonderful. The rest of the characters were meant to fill in spots for CD, while others were used as an excuse to cast voice actors. And therefore, many characters were cut, though I MAY BE PUTTING NATE BACK IN. May not be a bachelor though. I like the story I gave him...
So now we get on to the character face sets... Kuroneko suggested them, and after a while of hesitation, I honored it :)
As you have seen before, Alice is our beloved mascot and who you will be playing as (Name can be changed) throughout Celestial Dance. She is yours to be, to play, to create. While you as a player may have some transformations, Alice has already undergone many transformations of her own over the passed few years. (Please do not take any graphics btw :) )
VERY FIRST ALICE SPRITE
SECOND TAKE ON ALICE
We can surely see the differences between Alice before and after, but we also know that Alice grows up throughout the game. In the next update, we will show to you physical changes in Alice including her new face sets!
Just a small side note when simply summer was written it was not completed. It has since been completely done so now it will be added into the game.
So here are the planned outfits so far:
THE SIMPLY SERIES:
THE HALLOWEEN SERIES:
THE STYLISTIC SERIES
-Tomboy (baseball style)
These are just some I thought of... Please let me know if you want any others :) I'll be making more as time goes on!
I will also make S-union Clothing store have some clothes that you can buy (S-union is the boys clothing store).
NOW TIME FOR A POLL ^_^
Due to the lovely history unit, the town now has a story. A name? Not so much.
The town is quite large, having a housing district, shopping district and a relaxation district. The town is smaller by half of what it was before. There is no longer an 'entertainment district'... which is a better thing than you think.
The town is a beautiful place with many MANY people. I believe now is the time we name the town as a group (Yes... another poll) because we have got to name it soon! I ask that if you choose the option 'choose the town name in game play' (Meaning you will get to create the town name when you begin to play) I ask that you also either suggest a default or select another name from the list that you like best. This will help me a TON when it comes to naming :)
Face Set update
Before we get to the rest of the update, I figured I should take a moment to mourn the death of the generated pictures of Jet to say hello to his new hand drawn piece ^_^
I have also finished planning Jet's story,so soon he'll be completed!
Let's welcome the reborn Jet!
Yes... he does need some cleaning up and shading... I'll do that later :) He wears a terribly drawn tribal tattoo (Those things are SO HARD to draw TT_TT) and a shirt that has the words 'Finite' on it (Meaning limited for those who don't know :) )
Jet was probably my second to least favorite character in Celestial Dance. He has kind of grown on me... especially since I have written his first event. He loves video games, and therefore, his first event surrounds that. it's simple, sweet and fairly short. His story does kind of get depressing. Jet is one of the character that can be changed through your love for him. (People like this are also Andy, Leo and Tyrone.
Finite is going to be a major clothing name in the S-union department and I will allow the player to buy some Finite clothing. It is like the simply series... but for guys.
Next, we have a familiar face... A really badly drawn Cindy in her teenage years. Sadly Cindy looks terrible but I will try to play around with colouring and try to clean her up a bit to see if I can make her look decent. I may re-draw her all together. Cindy was the first character drawn and what inevitably lead me to draw all of the facesets.
Cindy was actually originally going to lose her signature pigtails but I ended up adding them in after her long hair really messed up. It is her eyes and mouth that is messed up and I don't like the light colours with her hair. I will be re-doing her outfit.
Cindy is important to me since I voice her and Tytannia. She is the love interest of Tyrone and seems to be scared of everything. Cindy's story with Tyrone is borderline heartbreaking, but she does get her happy ending (that is if you don't go after Ty...) She's my second favorite female character, one of three that I voice (Tytannia, her and now I voice Roxie :S)
Finally, we have the most re-drawn character of all times (so prepare for picture explosion :S ) Who is it? Is it Roxie? Max? Tyrone? Lia? Miss Suzie?
NO! It's Anastasia! Anastasia has been re-drawn a grand total of 7 times, and as of last night has been coloured 3 times.
Anastasia is a little spoiled brat who is the sister of Andy. I originally made her to be the bully of the game, and this stays pretty much throughout. She is the meanest character, but she somehow has grown on me. There is something I have yet to uncover about her that makes her actions justified. I kind of feel that she is not ALL evil. I have begun to take a liking to her. I have drawn her as a teen, and I am STILL not satisfied with her look. I will also be doing some re-vamping for the seventh time on her see if I can clean her up and make her look decent.
Anastasia ends up with Damion in the end if you choose to let them be together. I have decided that they WILL get a very happy ending and eventually will become better people... EVENTUALLY.
I promised food each update, so here it is before I get on to more lovely CD updates! I don't have much energy to draw a whole lot, so here's one thing to feast your eyes on for now :)
CONFIRMED AND NEW FEATURES OF CD
This is the current list of features that are included in CD.
THERE ARE SO MANY MORE TO COME. I'm just lazy :D
Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed the update! I'm sorry if it wasn't satisfactory :S
- A surprise ;)
- Possibly an event/game on website
- POSSIBLY a new video
(Hopefully this will come out soon. This update took me 4 days to write)
THIS IS THE LONGEST UPDATE BY FAR!
To end things off, here is another annoying Poll for when it comes to video game ideas etc.
I'm a total dork who writes too much all the time because I like typing and I used to write novel-length stories and I'm just a weird person who does some things and breathes and stuff.