Art, code and voices!

Hey all!
We’ve been hard at work on the next Perceptions of the Dead 2 story over at Ithaqua Labs these past weeks.

In addition to new backgrounds and cgs, I spent a good chunk of time updating, optimizing, and expanding upon existing sprites. Jill’s sprite has received a new outfit and hairstyle, and, along with Owen, has been converted to new code for Ren’Py called Layered Images. It’s super modular and forgiving, once you wrap your head around it, and makes updating and expanding sprites super easy (compared to the old style)!

Because of that Owen now has some extra expressions and arm variations to help liven up his sprite and get across his personality.

Tyrone’s sprite has been totally overhauled, as well. His initial sprite was pretty bare-bones since his role in the first story was so small. You’ll get to spend some more time with him in Undercover Undead!

We’ve also picked up a few amazing new voices for new characters, and will hopefully have names and samples to share with you soon.

Last but not least I’ve been really enjoying drawing and animating the CGs for the story, and I hope that you all end up enjoying them as much as I have been ^^

 

Hope your weekend was amazing!

-Geckos

Perceptions of the Dead – and its sequel!

Hey all, it’s been a hot minute since we’ve had a post about our goings-ons here!

Perceptions of the Dead

A short, free to play visual novel with 3 spooky, goofy short stories about ghosts and monsters.
Each story is 15-30 minutes long and is fully voice acted.

It was released for free on Halloween of 2017, and you can find it on Steam and Itch

Shortly following this, we were inspired by the response that it got to work on a sequel to the game.

Perceptions of the Dead 2

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The story continues with the characters that you are introduced to in part 1, and a few new folk show up as well.

It’s about 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours long, and features short, animated clips to help enhance the story.
A second short story is currently in production and will be added to the game as a free patch, thanks to our wonderful Kickstarter Backers.

It features some voices you may recognize from the Book of Gray Magic series, and an OST by Johnathan Johnson.

Stop by and take a peak if you think the story interests you!
And thank you for playing our games~!

-Geckos and Nyo of Ithaqua Labs

Pale Spectrum – Officially Released!

Pale Spectrum has been released and is now available on Steam!

There are seven magics, five more than have ever been explored, and that is only the tip of the iceberg. The kobolds, once a beast of myth, have forged an alliance with Celeste. A mad demigod rages across the land, aiming to end the tyranny of monarchies with Celeste in his sights. Meanwhile, a magical talking sword is busy preparing the misfit mages of the Ryuusian Royal Cabal for a clash against an arcane foe from distant lands of fable.

You know, normal things.

One thing is certain, no threat the cabal faces compares to their greatest challenge: relationships, love, and family troubles.

Pale Spectrum is the sequel to Brilliant Shadows, and both are adventures from the Book of Gray Magic. Follow along with Necromancers, Paladins, Witches, and Changelings in this story of intrigue, mystery and magic.

Pale Spectrum

Pale Spectrum is around 6-13 hours of play time depending on read speed and route choice. The game has a number of large branches and a plethora of smaller ones, enhancing its replay potential. It sits at just over 200k words.

Voice Acting

All spoken lines in the game are voiced, bringing an extra level of life to our cast of 30+ characters.

Choices

There are over 50 choices that you can make in the game, all of which influence the 10+ unique endings.

Music

Pale Spectrum features an extensive, combined sound track from the Book of Gray Magic series. Pale Spectrum boasts 27 original tracks, and, combined with Brilliant Shadows 21 original tracks, has an hour of beautiful orchestral music composed by Johnathan Johnson.

The Main Cast

The story follows along with Belinda, Ash, Terra, Hektor, Prude, Aelfnod and Aku as main characters.

Extras – Audition results

Being a two person studio, and also being that we just moved into a new place, both Nyo and I have been super busy, and so making updates has fallen to the wayside!

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Now that we have all of the information, I can finally post the results from the latescast auditions.

Anairis Quinones as Felicia
Jordan Haro as Vasco
Ben Balmaceda as Preston
Caitlin Buckley as Nik
Juza as Knife

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Brilliant Shadows Release Take 2!

I did not realize that the game had to be manually published after I set the release date, and publishing is not available after 5pm PDT on a Friday? I’m a little confused as to why it let me pick a time that conflicted with that schedule.  Publishing is turned off during weekends. It looks like it won’t be making it out until Monday! We’re really sorry about that, but as this is our first release we had no idea.

The keys are still sent out and we’ll be working on the DRM Free release, so see you then!