TTEOTS

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



Art Reveal: Operative Four's Redesign

Meet the final incarnation of Operative Four! His face is part of Operation Phoenix and his mission outfit design was a part of our planned art revamp, funded by fans. The art revamp was created with a goal to better represent the characters in a post-cyberpunk world, now that we had the time and funding to do so. You will be able to see Four’s new looks when Chapter 03 releases.

Please look forward to the detailed art and concept notes in the To the Edge of the Sky artbook, which will begin being created once the main story is finished.

Four’s new design was conceptualized by Ajané J.K. Celestin, acting in an Art Director and Character Designer role. Some of her notes on it are as follows:

My task was to create a new outfit for Four. Later on, before we were able to reveal this outfit, Operation Phoenix also demanded a new face and created an opportunity to change up the basics of his design a little. For the mission outfit, I asked Egle what was most important to a Wraith on a mission.

As you can see, I decided on sleek, but protective tactical gear without anything unnecessary, to help Four complete his missions. Concealing his identity was also important, so the mask and glasses were added. With the Operation Phoenix changes, I decided to add silver into his design and hair to further give the aesthetic feeling that he is cold and sharp, like a knife.
— Ajané J.K. Celestin

New Character Reveal: Dr. Ela Sadik

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Meet Dr. Ela Sadik, a very special character. Dr. Sadik’s concept was created after SHINee Jonghyun’s passing back in December. It was our way of paying respect to his memory, with hopes of helping others by showing the importance of mental health care.

Dr. Sadik wants to put a stop to the mental damage that operatives have to endure. One day, she hopes to be able to completely reverse mental illness/damage from trauma.
— Jacqueline Rivera

Dr. Ela Sadik is also special in that she is a hijab-wearing, Muslim woman. Thinking about the discrimination they often face, Creative Director Ajané Celestin asked former TTEOTS artist Xxerru if she would be the face model for the character, as a Turkish Muslim woman herself.

Please look forward to the detailed art and concept notes in the To the Edge of the Sky artbook, which will begin being created once the main story is finished.

Dr. Sadik’s design was conceptualized by Ajané J.K. Celestin, acting in an Art Director and Character Designer role. Her notes on the design are as follows:

I was nervous about how to portray Dr. Sadik, because I am not well educated on Muslim culture. However, we spoke with her face model, Xxerru many times and I eventually spoke to many different Muslims through Twitter and learned about the dress of Muslim women. I learned that it varied a lot, but I wanted to portray it as conservatively as possible.

This design was quite a challenge due to the fact that futuristic clothing tends to be tight and loud - the opposite of conservative, and there was already a defined uniform for the staff. I kept looking for inspiration and eventually found the right design that I hope everyone will feel represents those values in a futuristic context.
— Ajané J.K. Celestin