It has been a hot minute since I had the chance to sit down and put my thoughts to paper. Pushing out a major update is a labour of love – but the umbilical cord has been snipped, and I’m proud of the results. If you haven’t played Version 4.4 yet, I recommend you go do that. Because I think it’s pretty good, and because I’m going to talk a bit about it here.
A major update is an opportunity for us to do things outside the scope of small, monthly updates. That applies to scale – I think the volume of new media speaks for itself – but also more significant undertakings like new consort arcs. Naho’s addition to the pool was a challenge, creatively: our approach to the harem format is to use it to write lots of different stories, and it had to be distinctly her own. The results may disappoint people who wanted a retread of Heloise’s saga, or something more reminiscent of anime tsundere tropes, but that’s a risk we were willing to take – and plenty of other options exist for those wanting a more traditional romance. It provides tonal balance, and an option for dragons with a different sort of playstyle, and I think those are both worthwhile endeavours.
With the dust cleared, our focus is now completely on Version 5.0. We already have more content ready for that than we added for 4.4, but its nature means we need to have everything ready to go before we turn the page into the new Act. I said it was planned for release later this year, which seemed a far more generous allocation of time when I first said it! But that’s what I said, so that’s what we’ll do. We have all of our writers, editors, and coders planned in week-by-week to get it ready in time, and you can still expect it… sometime around the festival period. If that ever has to change, you’ll be the first to know.
In the meantime, we’re back to our regular update schedule. There will be a patch build arriving shortly, to tidy up our more esoteric bugs, and then a more traditional update later this month. We’ll see plenty more art and voice acting added in the next couple of months, but don’t expect too much by way of new scenes – we are all, in absolute, committed to 5.0.