To the Edge of the Sky

End-of-May Update + Developer's Thoughts

Hello, this news update will be different than I had anticipated. I will follow with a more detailed one in June about my plans to address some of the communication issues and a break down of how Echoes will work (this update will also go straight to backers since it will contain vitally important information).

I will be as straightforward as I can.

TTEOTS IOS release

It's very frustrating, but the iOS release of Chapter 04 was rejected. There was one big bug with Four's POV and Apple is requiring some additional menu functionality. It's something the programmer is working on. When I have the fixes, I'll make sure to submit immediately. When it's approved, it will release immediately for premium and updates will be posted to social media a little after. For releases, they will always be updated on social media within 24 hours.

Mystic Destinies: Echoes

Sometimes, we used to joke and called this a cursed game because there were so many delays. I told everyone that it was my hope that I could get it out this April and May, but that won't be possible. Many people seem to take the dates I share I'm aiming for as a guarantee, and become disappointed when I miss my mark.

That's understandable, so as of now I have decided not to give anymore future release dates for Mystic Destinies: Echoes until it is completed. I'll still have my internal dates, but I don't want to confuse people or over promise by accident any longer. I understand people are already angry about the delays, and this will probably make people angrier, but there are also those that have asked that I not give dates if I can't guarantee them. I used to give specific dates, and then I went to seasons as a compromise, but now I think I'll give this method a try for Echoes.

I can only do what I can do, and even I have to accept that I am human.

When I made the promises I initially did, we had three other people, and a very different company altogether. With me remaining now, as just one person, I am working hard to meet the promises that were made with a much bigger staff. But obviously, it will take much longer. The facts remain the same: development on the game took too long, there were too many delays, and what was left afterwards, I couldn't use most of. I can't change the past, or how people feel, but I can change the future.

Some take me stating the facts to mean that I'm looking for sympathy or trying to play the victim. I have no need for either. The facts are simply the reasons behind why things happened, and why it's taking so long to correct them. Put succinctly, we messed up, most of the staff had left at some point for various reasons, and I'm the only one here left trying to fulfill the promises.

Putting pressure on me, repetitively asking questions, won't get the game out faster, or change our past mistakes. It does, however, make me stronger so I do thank those who want me to fail for giving me an opportunity to grow and improve. It takes pressure makes a diamond, and I'm sure any future releases won't be plagued by these problems.

However, at this point I've got to be straightforward and simply say once again: 1) Mystic Destinies: Echoes will release whenever I'm finished with the game. 2) Then I will address backer rewards and any remaining questions.

It's taking forever, but I've made up my mind to finish it, regardless of how impatient people feel. So far, since working alone, I've managed to release an Echoes demo, and to release the delayed release of TTEOTS from last September, so next on my check list is completing Echoes.

I've had some personal difficulties with life lately. Health, someone precious to me falling ill, unexpected things happening with and to other people I work with that caused further delays no one could help. I understand now that life is chaotic, and it's best to just work around it.

I want to model a healthy artist work-life balance while fulfilling the obligations ADS made in the past. I realized that I can't make up for two years of development in a few months, so I'm just resolving to work well until it's done. Whether the people who are interested in Echoes wait patiently, or vent in anger everyday at me for the situations that have occured in the past, or yell at me for the situations they assume are occurring while I'm quietly working is up to them.

Your choice is valid for you. I have no right to tell anyone how to live.

I don't have time to engage with people extensively right now, and if people desire, they may view that as ignoring or running away.

It's not. It's an active choice to put my energy elsewhere, towards fulfilling my obligations, in the order I said I would. If I have a little bit of time, I do try to reply where I can to some of you, but in some cases questions may be going unanswered for months. I think that's unacceptable, but there's nothing I can do about it until Echoes is out of the way. And as I've said, I'm making big changes to make sure this kind of situation doesn't happen again in the future.

But I understand the narrative people make in their head becomes their reality. For some people, anything I say that doesn't fit that narrative will be invalid for them, otherwise it would create cognitive dissonance. They even go so far as to make assumptions and jump to conclusions to fill any gaps. Psychology has always been a big interest of mine, and I try to always understand others, so I try to understand even those who criticize me.

I think that understanding is a huge requirement towards loving others, and in my stories I try to help demonstrate many situations where people are misunderstood, or things are not as they seem, so that people may come to understand others better. And so, I have come to understand that some people will never be able to see my words, understand them and believe them in the way I intend. Their truth is one they will defend with their whole being.

I accept that. And I prefer indisputable actions to words, myself. But I digress.

I will continue to communicate updates here, nonetheless, though, and major, tangible updates relating to Echoes itself will be posted in the relevant campaigns. (Some people have shared they really hate getting updates that are just “the game is still delayed”, so I try to be considerate of their inbox and only provide new and relevant information).

I'm not asking for patience, sympathy, or understanding, or for people not to yell at me, or complain or judge me or criticize me. I am surely not perfect, and I won't live up to any perfect image anyone had of me or my work in their mind. Only you can decide how you want to live your life everyday. I prefer to live with love rather than hate.

I just wanted to communicate clearly what the situation regarding my work is right now, and share a bit of how I think. I'll continue working regardless of the circumstances, or how long it takes, and I'll be sending another update in June.

Wishing you understanding, love and light,

Ajané





To the Edge of the Sky Chapter 04 & Through His Eyes: Four Released for Premium

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To the Edge of the Sky Chapter 04 & Through His Eyes: Four Released for Premium and Free on Android and Itch.io!

Known Bugs (5/16/19)

  • Android: If you begin a new game, it uses Evren no matter what name you put in.

  • Through His Eyes: Four isn’t available for purchase on Itch.io yet.

    We are in the process of fixing these. If you find any bugs, please let us know on the TTEOTS Discord server in the bugs section. We should have a patch within 12-24 hours.

  • iOS Premium will be released following Apple review

  • iOS Free will be released following that.

  • In the future, iOS Premium and Free will come out alongside the other versions.

Download Premium versions below

Update coming soon

Update coming soon

Premium Update Notes

  • Chapter 04 content has been added.  Please access this from your save, not the Mission Select screen in order to load all your previous choices, as they will affect your options.

  • Four's POV Story, Through His Eyes is now available for purchase. It is available at a 50% discount for Premium players at $0.99 and can be accessed through the new Extra Stories menu.

  • Operative Three's new character model has been added; only Five is left to go!

  • Mission Select mode now allows you to replay through your favorite missions!

  • Other UI tweaks here and there.

NOTE: If you are a Itch.io Premium player and can’t get the update to show up on your side for any reason, please check out this thread.

Free Update Notes:

  • Chapter 04 free content has been added.  

  • Chapter 03 premium content is available for individual purchase

  • Four's POV Story, Through His Eyes is now available for purchase. It is available at a 50% discount for Premium players.

  • Operative Three's new character model has been added; only Five is left to go!

  • Mission Select mode now allows you to replay through your favorite missions!

  • Other UI tweaks here and there.

  • The prices on individual premium chapters access were raised to be in line with Premium’s price and Extra Story prices.

Developer’s Notes on Chapter 04

Update (5/15/2019): I wanted to clarify my reasoning on why Extra Stories cost $0.99 on Premium. When I originally offered Premium, TTEOTS was a tribute game that had a very different development model. It wasn't going to continue on originally past one season, and wasn’t going to have any extra side content.

After the game became fully its own, I wanted to start exploring the world more and show other perspectives. I had planned to keep this free for premium players, but during the budgetary hiatus, I realized that the best option to be able to continue development was to charge a small amount in order to financially justify the time investment and costs.

Basically, this is extra DLC that wasn’t planned or announced at the time we priced Premium and is not essential to enjoying the main story. The originally planned season 01 content will continue to remain fully accessible for Premium players.

Original: This chapter was originally created back in September 2018. I wasn’t able to release it until now, so it feels nice to finally have it out. After the intensity of chapter 03, I decided to slow things down a little. This chapter is pretty dialogue and relationship heavy, and you finally get to learn more about PHASe, some backstory, and have a good talk with Phantom Alpha’s leader. But be warned if you are a Premium player: the choices you make during this chapter are very important in some areas and will affect the rest of the season. Be careful who you choose.

All that said, I’m still working out how precisely I want to do romance and friendship paths, and what I want to be available to free players. So far, it looks like Six’s path will be available by default. By the end of season 01, the game will likely get a large update that helps tie everything together nicely. This update would likely break game saves, but would allow players to play through from the full season freshly without having to worry about the many changes we’ve had to do again. But for now, just play responsibly!

Have you ever wondered what he was thinking? See for yourself...    Through His Eyes: Four Out Now!

Have you ever wondered what he was thinking? See for yourself...

Through His Eyes: Four Out Now!

Writer’s Notes on Through His Eyes: Four

This was the last work of our former teammate, Egle Dilyte, for ADS. I really enjoyed choosing music for the POV because Four himself has a different vibe than the main storyline music usually demands for. Overall, the POV itself is intensely emotional, yet rough - just like Four, and I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Four’s POV covers all of the important Chapter 03 scenes from Four’s POV, ending at the emotional rooftop scene. You can purchase it as a single in-app purchase on Android and Apple in the free version for $1.99, or if you have the season pass for Premium ($9.99) on any device, it’s available at a 50% off discounted rate of $0.99.

The premium decision was made in order to cover costs of being able to offer these initially unplanned special stories. Chapter 01 - 07 choices, scenes, CGs and all associated other perks will still stay the same.

It’s important to note that the characters in POVs will act as if you took their route/path at every available opportunity, as well as assume a romance path in order to show the most content to fans. I can’t wait to share more of these Chapter Season 01 POVs with you guys, and I already know who’s next…

Rating

To the Edge of the Sky has been re-rated on Google Play to be Mature 17+. It now more accurately reflects the current and planned content in the game. Unfortunately, this caused it to become unavailable in South Korea for now.

Please note, that as this game is no longer a tribute game, and I want to cover real world themes that are often present in our own pasts and daily lives, there may be triggering content. If you are a person who can be triggered by violence, drugs, alcohol or sexual themes, I would suggest passing TTEOTS up.

I always do my best to keep things mild and generally only include text references, but everyone has their own limits that they hopefully know and are aware of. Besides that, it’s always nice to have a heads up that there may be some dark content ahead so everyone can prepare themselves. I’d like to try something lighter in the future, but I wanted to give a heads up that TTEOTS is not that game.

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What’s Next for TTEOTS?

A few things to note:

  • Season 01 is considered Chapters 01 - 07.

  • Premium is for unlocking Chapter 01 - 07 additional scenes, choices and CGs, and will include special stories. It also includes early access unlocks during active development. For Season 02’s Premium access pass, you would need to pay again if you want access to that when that time comes - but by that point I plan to be offering a new pricing model on games (more about that in my future posts). For now, however, please enjoy the additional options, CGs and stories available with your Season 01 pass! You will not lose this access.

You will be able to develop a bond with one of your Phantom Alpha team members. The choices in the game are already set up to conduct that, but the system won’t be completely finalized until the end of Season 01. I am still working on it, but I know already that I want there to be a choice for a friendship and romance path. Currently, the free version is looking like it will only have one choice. The choice will allow free players to see into both paths as well, but Premium players will be able to choose from the full cast.

Please look forward to future news and updates, as I’m always working to improve myself as a developer and have a lot in the works I want to share soon.

~Ajané J.K. Celestin

End of Budgetary Hiatus + More: April 4, 2019 Monthly News

End of Budgetary Hiatus + More: April 4, 2019 Monthly News

End of Budgetary Hiatus?! There are some big changes going on this month! I am expecting the end of the budgetary hiatus this month, which means we’re looking at two big releases upcoming: what I am currently calling Mystic Destinies: Echoes: Part 1, for Kickstarter backers, and To the Edge of the Sky: Chapter 04, and Four’s POV story for everyone…

Aeon Dream Studios News (Saturday, October 20, 2018)

Hello all!

First off, I want to announce that we have added a store component and Eight’s new design into the next update of #TTEOTS. Think of it as a small in between update with bug fixes, the store and new art. It may not yet be available for your platform yet, as we’ve started pushing it in phases.

Furthermore, I am announcing that we will be delaying all games further, from now on. It was a difficult decision. Delaying doesn't mean we aren't working, but it does mean we'll need longer to complete things. We are known for fast releases and good quality content. That comes at a price. Everything does. Our health has suffered, especially mine. I cut sleep for so many years that I forgot I didn't have permanent dark circles. I decided I wanted to change my life and put my health and personal life in balance with my work life. The takeaway is:

  • I am going to slow down ADS game development to allow us to focus on other things, like just being a healthy, happy human and spending time with our loved ones.

  • I am going to continue To the Edge of Sky indefinitely now.

  • We are going to take the necessary time to complete and finish Echoes. Many delays came up with that team, and I cannot predict a release date fully beyond before the end of this year. But the project is about 80% finished.

  • We are still going to fulfill all our rewards obligations. The plan is to do so by the end of this year so we can start the new year fresh.

The obligations we've made to our fans and the fans who have supported us weighs heavily on our minds. That is why we have been tirelessly working throughout the years, nonstop. For survival, but also to fulfill those obligations to the fans. I understood that my personal life should not slow down or affect the work I do. But unfortunately I am only human, and stress does take its toll.

I want to keep creating, but I know we need to do it in a different way. It is thanks to you all that I think we can finally slow down a bit. We've been spending the money we got by putting it right back into development. This has been such a draining way to live, and it's difficult to get to a comfortable stable place as a company. I want to change all of that. I know that true fans won't want us to be unhappy and unhealthy.

I need to focus on getting things to a more stable place in order to be able to create works from a better place. But it will take some time to see the fruits of these labors. It was because of Echoes push backs that were often due to illness, family death, travel, etc, that I realized that we can't continue on like this forever. Life happens. It gets in the way of art and creating. Without placing blame, I can say it also puts stress on me trying to make people do more than they mentally or physically can within time frames.

We need more time for life to happen to us. We deserve to live outside of our games as well, and to live healthily. So I want to create a better work-life balance for all of those who work with us. And there is a solo creative project I’m excited to start for myself as I continue TTEOTS indefinitely. The benefit of this decision, is that I’m able to work on more than one project now.

You who love our work and who support us with understanding. You who let us be ourselves. You who support our health, well-being and happiness. You who make our characters and games feel so loved...

Thank you 💙

Ajané J.K. Celestin

Please find the updated release schedule below.

NOTE: All dates and information is subject to change without notice. Development schedule shown is released only as a courtesy estimates, not a binding agreement. If you have any questions about anything, please contact us directly at team@aeondreamstudios.com.

END OF SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

  • ADS hiatus

OCTOBER

To the Edge of the Sky

  • Through Their Eyes: Four release

NOVEMBER

To the Edge of the Sky

  • Chapter 04 release

Mystic Destinies Series

    • Mystic Destinies: Echoes release?

    • Mystic Destinies crowdfunding campaign rewards begin releasing

Crowdfunding

  • Rewards fulfillment for Mystic Destinies campaigns continues

  • Digital rewards fulfillment for To the Edge of the Sky campaigns begins

DECEMBER

To the Edge of the Sky

  • Chapter 05 release

Mystic Destinies Series

    • Mystic Destinies: Echoes release?

Crowdfunding

  • Rewards fulfillment continues