Now that we safely entered the year 2018, a lot of you will probably ask the same question: 1.0 Release when? Today we want to talk about recent development and how close we really are to finally leaving Early Access.
Recent development and 1.0 Release Date
After the (sort of expected) drought over the holidays, things have been kicking up again in January and we made a lot of progress, especially with story development!
We still don’t want to show anything of that because… well… spoilers.
Instead, here is a more abstract list of things we did over the last few month (also in parallel to the recent releases):
- Finished the probably most story-intense part of the game (almost fully playable)
- Fully planned out most remaining story-details
- Created written drafts for almost all major dialogues of the main story
- Mostly finished the Main Story Quests for Gaia’s Garden
- Started development of quests for Basin Keep
We’re getting close… but we’re not quite there yet. Things again took longer than expected (yes, we know, it’s getting old). It’s now early 2018 but we still can’t properly fix a release date.
With the way things are going right now, we hope to finish CrossCode sometime around mid 2018.
Still, we ARE really close! So close in fact that we can exactly count the amount of content that is still missing. And since we can’t show a lot of screenshots and gifs of recent development due to spoilers we had a little idea:
We’ll share with you our Final To-Do List!
This to-do list is made in way to keep things very abstract so it shouldn’t spoil a lot of content. Still, it will give you a rough impression of how much content is left and if you want to have the full surprise, you may want to avoid looking at it. So tl;dr: Minor Spoiler Warning!
We plan to update this to-do list over the next few month. That way, you get an impression of how much progress we make over time and how close we really are to a 1.0 release!
With this list we can hopefully show you that things are moving forward and towards a conclusion. We are, once again, very sorry that things are taking longer than expected.
About releasing version 0.9.9
In our previous schedule we planned to release version 0.9.9 before end of 2017, which would include All level 3 combat arts and Rhombus Square. We managed to release all level 3 combat arts with version 0.9.8 still in time, but Rhombus Square isn’t quite ready yet. That’s why we planned to release version 0.9.9 sometime soon, featuring Rhombus Square and additional Quests, but still no more story.
However, now that we focus on developing the remaining story content there is one thing we realize: releasing another version before 1.0 will be difficult. That is mostly because we really want to avoid leaking story content that will be hidden in all kind of assets of the game (we know that some players will read this). That means we have to take extra care to remove that content prior to the release. All of this costs extra time, of course.
That’s why we’re considering skipping the release of version 0.9.9 in order to reach version 1.0 faster. However, the flipside is: there won’t be any new update for a rather long time that way. Of course, we’ll try our best to keep you updated on how development is progressing (that’s why we released the to-do list). Still, we understand that some of you might prefer to have the 0.9.9 release to bridge the rather long wait.
That’s why we decided to make a simple poll about this:
If the majority still wants to have version 0.9.9, we will release it (probably around March-April). Otherwise, we’ll focus on finishing version 1.0.
We’ll decide on this by the end of this week!
Aaaand… that’s all! Sorry for the lack of actual image material this time! We promise there is a lot of stuff happening, we just don’t want to ruin the surprise!
Until then! And once again, sorry for the delay.