Hello Aeon Dream fans!
The first half of the year has been extremely rocky for me. I hope it’s been better for you, but even if not, we’re all here, right? Anyway, I decided to do kind of a summary of the past 6 months, and my plans for the next 5 months since we’re officially in the second half of the year!
First 6 Months of 2019
Starting in January, we were on a budgetary hiatus due to a temporary lack of financial funding until around April/May, as well as internal restructure that left me as the sole full time core developer (though, I still work with lovely freelancers as always to help). I then took over development for both To the Edge of the Sky and Mystic Destinies: Echoes. Jackie remained on as a contributing writer and Discord Community Relations as well.
I released a long-overdue Mystic Destinies: Echoes demo, as well as To the Edge of the Sky Chapter 04, and Four’s POV for most platforms. In order to afford make future POV stories in my current financial climate, I had to apply a price to both Premium and Free.
I announced that I would take the time I needed to make games and updates, without giving any solid dates until I was sure the release was completed in order to preserve my health, not accidentally mislead anyone if there were pushbacks, and have time and peace of mind to make the best game I possibly can.
Following these events, in my personal life, someone close to me was hospitalized, and then I myself ended up in the hospital several times. And then I injured myself after all of that...and had a lot of huge life changes on top of it. Needless to say, I wasn’t able to work much at all in June. I was just struggling to survive.
Starting in July, I decided to take legal action against a dedicated ADS hate group that has been running a smear campaign of libelous commentary about me and harassing both me and ADS fans. While they have been doing this for two years, in the last 6 months it has intensified to the point our fans no longer feel comfortable being fans and it became clear they were trying to ruin ADS’ reputation, which is illegal. I hope to clear my name in a court of law and protect both myself and our fans from the continued harassment. People associated with this group will be blocked on social media and will not have any willing contact with ADS.
Second Half of the Year of 2019
My health appears to be mostly under control, though I’m still working on taking it easy and recovering. It looks pretty clear to begin working again, and I’m so excited because I have so many ideas and have truly missed writing.
I am working on the To the Edge of the Sky iOS free update in which I hit a lot of technical kinks I need to figure out. (iOS development is a little different from Android and PC/Mac and takes some extra work). I am also still due to upload Four’s POV to Itch.io for Premium players, but that also needs to have some kinks ironed out because of the unique format of separating the DLC from the game.
Beyond that, I’m looking forward to getting back to finishing Mystic Destinies: Echoes’ script as my main work!
I’m also having our TTEOTS freelancers begin work on the artwork needed for the second half of the game. I’m intending to finish the rest of the season after Echoes, but before the end of the year in two huge updates.
I’m also preparing to begin the process of addressing the remaining rewards for all backers. I’m actually really excited about this because I know it’s been so much longer than it was supposed to be, and I want to get people their things.
I haven’t forgotten To the Edge of the Sky: The Novel! It’s slated to be my next project after TTEOTS Season 01 is completed. I’m also seriously looking forward to this.
I already have plans in mind for 2020, after all projects are completed. I’ll just say it includes something huge, new and exciting.
So the remaining confirmed projects are…
TTEOTS Chapter 04 iOS & Four’s POV for Itch.io Premium > Mystic Destinies: Echoes > Crowdfunding rewards > TTEOTS Season 01 > TTEOTS: The Novel
That’s it for now. I can’t publicly promise any dates, but please look out for these updates on all of these things over the course of the remainder of 2019! I will continue to announce releases and updates as they come.
(Please note that just like anything else, things are subject to change. Especially things discussed in the blogs, as they are just me sharing my plans, but may change by release time!)