End of year summary for Ithaqua Labs, as well as 2019 goals~

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Hey all!

This year has just flown by for us here. It’s been a mixture of ups and downs, though overall ups I’d say.

We released Perceptions of the Dead 2 which was a fun diversion from our previous fantasy/romance games. Pale Spectrum took a lot of mental fortitude out of us, and so we desperately needed a break and change of pace.

Perceptions of the Dead 2 features (at the moment, 3) short stories that were much easier to complete in a timely manner than the longer, overarching stories.

The end of the year has seen the start of a few new projects, some of which have a planned release next year.

Stars and Snowdrops – by guest writer Riley S Keene

Early game screenie with unfinished art

Firstly we have Stars and Snowdrops, a game that is intended to be short, cutesy and filled with fun lesbian romance. It features a princess that must come to terms with a rather rude awakening and her budding feelings for the lady dragoness tasked with helping her grow into being a queen.

Ideally this will be released sometime in quarter one of 2019. More on that in the future!

 

For Perceptions of the Dead 2 we have at least 1 more guaranteed episode to release, entitled House Haunting, in which Marcus, with the help of Ripley,  looks into buying a house in an effort to escape all of the ghostly drama that surrounds him. This will likely see release sometime before Quarter two 2019.

Jacob’s Isles

Jacob’s Isles is a fantasy/romance/adventure game with a sprinkling of sci-fi that takes place on a series of magical, floating islands. It will feature at least one female lead, possibly more, and a few romances to explore while simultaneously exploring the world.

JI is a game that we initially concepted many years ago, and in fact, attempted to kickstart under a slightly different name. While the KS did not reach its goals, we’ve always had a soft place in our heart for that story and so we’ve been slowly brainstorming on it for these long years. 

The goal is to build up art assets, writing, a solid demo and launch a kickstarter for it sometime in 2019.

Aside from that, everything else is in the wind, and still being brewed in our heads.

Geckos will be splitting efforts between these projects as well as working on animated cgs for Women of Xal and sprite/cg art for another, as of yet unnamed, visual novel for another studio.

Wishing you all well in 2019!
-Geckos and Nyo of Ithaqua Labs

Undercover Undead to release Halloween week

Hey all!

Undercover Undead is just about complete. I need to edit about 40 more lines and add music to the scenes before I send it out to get some beta testing.

The plan is to release the 2nd story “Undercover Undead” for Halloween week for spooky goodness!

It will have a bit of new music (unplanned, but I’m considering trying to get a new track each story~ ;D ) and a lot of fun little animated clips and videos, as I’m getting more used to After Effects and seeing narratives in my head more easily.

That being said, we’re going to try our best to finish an extra little surprise, for release at the same time as well, but time will tell if we can pull that off.

And if you caught that little tidbit earlier, yes, we do have plans for additional stories for the game past Undercover Undead! We have a few ideas, in various states of development, and only time, inspiration and funds will ultimately decide how many stories will end up making it into the game. Almost certainly, at least a total of 4.

Hope everyone’s having a great month!

-Geckos

Perceptions of the Dead 2
Was released this summer and is available both on Steam and Itch.io.
Second story – Undercover Undead

Work on the second story for the game is well underway. We’ve received a few hundred voice lines from our current roster of awesome VA’s, and auditions for extras for the story are also underway.

As with all Perceptions of the Dead games, there will be a good amount of experimentation with visual storytelling.

Some extra sprite poses have been made for Tulip, who features as a main character in the second story. The lovely Lauren Kawamura did a particularly great job on the voices for her, and was so animated in doing so that I wanted the sprite to at least try to keep up with her.

Other sprites may see some updated poses as well, time will tell! Tulip, in particular, is easy to do extra poses for since she has only 1 outfit and 1 hairstyle, so any extra art positions or body positions don’t immediately result in cumulatively large amounts of required work.

That, paired with Ren’Py having a newly released Layered Sprite system, left me wanting to try to take advantage of extra animated sprites.

The OST for Perceptions of the Dead 2 is available now on Itch.io.

Composed by the everlovely Johnathan Johnson. It contains 23 songs that you’ve heard from the game, and at least one that hasn’t yet made an appearance.

Auditions for extra characters for story 2, Undercover Undead, are underway and the script has been added into Ren’Py as coding begins.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

-Geckos