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Dev Update #18

Done with festivals, now I have to think long and hard about how I want to proceed with the Joja Corporation storyline. I do think that having overarching goals to work towards is important for creating a sense of purpose. And I want to make sure that every step along the way is fun, with satisfying milestones to reach and exciting rewards to discover. This is the sort of thing where proper planning is essential.

Here’s a few more screens from the festivals:

Haunted Maze (The strange hermit who lives in the forest set up the maze alone. He wouldn’t let anyone near it until nightfall. What kind of uncanny power is at work here?)

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Stardew Valley Fair (Play carnival games! Set up your own grange display and try to win the judging competition! Have your fortune told! Win Star Tokens and trade them in for rare prizes!)

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Slingshot game from the Stardew Valley Fair:

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I also expanded the town map by nearly 400%! The buildings have some more room to breathe, and I added some new touches to make Pelican Town more interesting and alive.

EXPANDED_TOWN

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Things are coming together. I am really excited! Hope you are all enjoying your summer.

Thanks for reading!

-Ape

  • Daniel Cornelius Richardson

    If I was any more excited I’d actually catch fire. Seriously though super hyped for this, amazing updates, love that you keep us up to date.

    • Dave

      This. 100%.

      • jlkawaii

        +1.

    • Valerie Russell

      Yes!!!

  • michael

    when is this coming out to hyped to care the cost

  • Irrimn

    Still looking amazing! (This is my first time commenting even though I’ve been following this game ever since you guys partnered up with Chucklefish.) I have to say I really hope you keep the Joja Corporation storyline in since it sounds interesting, would contribute to the end-game goal of the game, and since we’re already been waiting this long for you to produce the best game you can, we can wait a little longer to have it be exactly the game you imagined it to be.

  • Onelio M Junior

    I really believe that I couldn’t like more the game… But looking at this pictures, man, I have to confess that you impressed me a lot!

    You can ask 50 bucks for this game and I will happily buy.

  • Desiree LaJeunesse

    Love the maze!! Want to explore it pretty badly already, looks like a fall event so I’ll have to be patient. Looks great! I think I’d like it best with the Joja storyline but I’ll be happy with or without.

  • Kat

    Sooooo….can we get ETA by now? 😉

  • thebaconatorman

    Looks amazing! Thank you so much for your dedication and fantastic work!

  • Ryan William Noon

    This game looks goddamned beautiful 🙂

    Very very nice Mr. Ape

  • BenjaminSutton

    Looking fantastic still; can’t wait for the game’s completion!

  • BlaXun

    Looking good!
    Keep it up!

  • Matt

    I really like the colors in your art. Everything looks nice.

  • Magzilla

    I’m loving this update!! All the colors!! Everything looks like it’s really coming together now, and that makes me very happy to see 🙂 Winter looks especially nice, too.

    As far as the Jojo Corporation storyline, I for one would really love to have it in. However, I will completely understand if it cannot be put in, whether due to time, or anything else that gets in the way! The main thing is for you to be happy with it. Because the way it’s looking and coming along, I am going to be super duper happy with this game!! <3

  • Liv

    I follow Your work a long time (from steam greenlit). And I am really impressed about complexity of Your idea. And love Your graphics 🙂
    Do You thing about achievements? Not only for some beeing there, but clever ones, which guide player to use all attainment and content of game. Guide to use all game principles, minor tweaks and easter eggs 🙂

  • Shaun Kennedy

    I do hope to see the Joja Corporation storyline in-game, but I hope it isn’t integrated in a way that artifically limits the game’s scope. I’m thinking of some of the Harvest Moon games where the presence of a goal-driven narrative shortened the game considerably giving you less time to just enjoy the sandbox and instead rushed you through a series of tasks that may or may not be interesting to you (Save the Homeland).

    I would suggest doing something similar to Magical Melody where you can actually tie in a sort of achievement system to the game progression, whereby completing certain tasks unlocks the next tier in the story and allows players to progress at their pace (or ignore it altogether).

    • Throndir

      I like the idea of letting players progress through the storyline at their own pace. I find it a hindrance too when something’s time-limited, or if by going into an area you trigger some thing you didn’t want to. Not really sure how that latter idea would be implemented, but just by thoughts on it.

      • Dramakus

        I also agree with this.

  • dfdfdf

    this game will be sooo expensive! 🙁 wont pay over +30 Euro for probably unfinished or indie game :/

    • Liv

      Why? Its not CSGO – 3D most realistic bloody entrails hung like garlands around trees and thelegraph poles with no reason and idea.
      On the contrary this game is about ideas and story 🙂
      I belive than price will be absolutly normal about 10 Evro.

      • dfdfdf

        at begin the price was +15 Euro. Now after all his work for this long period, I can’t imagine it’s just 10 Evro.

        • Liv

          We will see:-) And if this game will be exactly what I see…build/farm/sims…..best from all…I pay for it 🙂

          • Sam

            I hope CApe doesn’t go any lower than 15 Euros. He worked so long on this game and i am sure it got a vast amount of amazing content and it will surely be worth more. 10 Euro would be really low, too low in my opinion. Any lower as 10 Euro would be an affront of this work…

            If you like it, value it.

          • Tenshiamon

            I’m from the US and I do not mind paying $20-$30 US Dollars for this.. I have been following this for atleast two years now or more.. Along with many friends which have been wanting to pre-order and give him the money to fund this.

    • ConcernedApe

      I’m still shooting for somewhere around 10-15 euros/dollars. There’s no way it will be 30! I promise.

  • Michael

    Brilliant! Well worth the wait! I know people are getting impatient, which might drag you down at times, but its only because this game looks fantastic; take all the time you need!

    • Valerie Russell

      Agreed! It’s easy to feel impatient when you’re so excited about a thing. This game is going to be great!

  • Igry

    God, this looks so gorgeous. I’ve been eagerly following this game ever since I saw it on Steam Greenlight and I’ve yet to be disappointed with any update. The problem with creating a storyline in a game like this is trying to make it engaging while also not being too invasive for people who want to ignore the storyline and just play the sim aspects of the game. I like the idea behind it, but I wouldn’t mind if it’s dropped either, whatever is easier for you.

    Although a little complicated, the ideal for me is having a character (or characters) who initiates the story, is in charge of giving you your objectives and is involved in pushing it forward. As you fulfil an objective, you get another to do and it progresses like that with cutscenes every now and then after a major objective is fulfilled. Along the way, more characters may become involved in pushing forward the story. To introduce the storyline, there’ll be an unskippable event where you hear about the corporation somehow (the news, a character) and you’re now able to choose if to progress the storyline at all. Anyway, like I said before I went off on this tangent: a little complicated.

    Keep up the good work!

  • brant drake

    Winter looks pretty. Joja Corp, wanting to strip mine the land, or they shake you down taking whatever money you make. You get angry and find a way to take them down for shaking you down. Ok…..maybe not that for a storyline for joja.

  • Jeffrey Lamb

    Really exciting! There’s a lot of good content here!

  • ElectricPrism

    Looks Great, Can’t wait for release.

  • João Rafael Romero Reato

    Strengh Man. Send notices about your work. I love to see people like. Tha fight and shows works from the start with humility, integrity and honour. You are one of the few….
    HUGS FROM BRAZIL!!!

  • dawnbomb

    i hope there is post release updates, more minigames, silly storylines, and other fun stuff that gets added later, this seems like a great game.

  • Oath 2 Order

    PELICAN TOWN.

    I LOVE IT.

  • realitysconcierge

    400% holy crap!

  • I know you don’t want to release an early access version of the game… and while I respect it, I don’t like it 😛
    I would EASILY pay $20 to play this now, knowing there are going to be bugs and missing content.
    You’re making a game I really want to play! Keep it up! 😀

    • Twil50

      Same here. I cant wait to play it!

      As for jorja storyline: personally I wish he just focus and release the game, he can probably add that later in a patch anyways. But thats me..

  • Throndir

    This is awesome! Can’t wait to play the game. But taking your time to make sure everything’s good is great though. Looking forward on hearing news about the Joja corporation storyline.

  • Luke2517

    I really hope that I can play on that playground with my friends in co-op. ConcernedApe, you are doing a great job on this game, and I CAN’T WAIT for it to come out! I will pay any price you put on it!

  • CoffeeBrown

    When I first saw this game, I was on the Risk Of Rain forum. I went to see what it was and it looks pretty amazing. It was a concept of game that I have honestly never seen before. Although my friends might think of me as a complete loser for getting this game, I think of this game going to be an Interesting and wondeful experience. I’ve seen some neat things in these updates so far. I am mosty interested in games like these because I like to see different genres of games come into bloom in majestic sort of way. I may just be a 14 year old boy, but my mind is wide and full of ideas. This game has a heart warming look and Im excited for it.

    The concept of a farming/life game is kind of a beautiful thing Iin my eyes. I honestly got kind of bored with the Sims because of what seemed like the same playthrough everytime you played. I know that sounds confusing, but I mean games like Starbound and Minecraft, the feel that keeps wanting you to come back to the game. Both games have a great modding community and has wonders of amounts of people that love the games. I have a strong agreement with Throndir and I would love to see this game have a mod community. Adding in there own addidtional content or even You, ConcernedApe, making DLC for the game.
    (life as in like Sims type of game)

    P.S. If anybody, I want to be Elliot. Which also reminds me, what if people could go out with the people that you had in the previous dev updates and when you beat the game or do something special with them, they can become a playable character. I know that you cant possibly take everyone’s ideas. Some are good and some are not. But like a lot of people in this community are uber excited for thisgame to be released.

    To: ConcernedApe
    From: Yours Truly, CoffeeBrown/MelroyCat/Muffinclock

    • Rupert484

      If you’re interested in farming life style games, you should definitely look into the Harvest Moon series, as I’m pretty sure this game is based on those 🙂

      • CoffeeBrown

        I will look into it. 🙂 I’ve heard of the game before but I couldn’t quite remember what it was called. I just really want to know when this game is released, like everyone else. I’d definitely buy this game on the spot.

        10/10 – CoffeeBrown, Brewing Up A Storm

  • ♥ I need this game and I’m dying to play it, although I’m sure if I had a release date, I’d go crazy! I hope that soon this game to steam out. ♪♫

  • john king

    Awesome progress, keep up the great work!

    http://www.indiekings.com/

  • Liv

    Wow, there is chicken leg hut in maze! 😀 Amazing! Now I miss only Krampus 😀

  • Robert Boyer

    This game looks so amazing. I haven’t been following the development as long as other people here, but I really cannot wait to play it.

  • Dude

    One thing I have always been wondering about this game… Is it possible to lose? I always felt that aspect held a certain kind of appeal with the harvest moon games.. though I dont think they ever really executed it well except for in the wonderful life games.

    If ur still considering how to go about the Joja arch, I think it may be a good idea to entwine the joja storyline and the marriage storylines somehow.

    I.E. making a future for your family worth living while still being a good husband and father in the present.

    Just a thought. It would add a nice story element of not becoming a distant father while working for the sake of your family n’ such.

  • yan

    this is amazing

  • Margret Crist

    Thanks for the regular updates. It seems that just as I start to resign myself to waiting, you post again and I get excited over all the new hard work.

  • matty b

    Go grow some onions , by the time they are ready this will be out i rekon !

  • Tamson Farnsworth

    I am so excited for this game! I’ve been following it for a while, and it’s sort of a culmination of all those little things I wish I could fix about Harvest Moon. It looks fantastic, and I’d be one of the first to buy it!

    In my opinion, the Joja corporation storyline would greatly add to the appeal of the game. Even though I still really enjoyed the few Harvest Moon games and some other farming simulation games that didn’t quite have a storyline, it became a little tedious after a while. For the time being, I’m sure I would be able to simply enjoy the challenge of building up my farm and starting a family, but I agree that the game would benefit from having a few satisfying milestones. I’m happy with it being added as an update, if that’s a possibility.

    But, that being said, the game is still an amazing one as it is, and I’d like CA to create it however he’d like! Keep up the good work!

  • Zombiefilmfan

    Awesome update Ape. The game is looking amazing!

  • Rupert484

    Long time lurker. I just want to say that I love the updates that you do and am more than happy to wait for the complete game rather than some early access type deal many people ask for. I want this game to last, and I feel that I’ll have a more happy and longer time playing this game if it’s released in its complete state *coughstarboundcough*.

  • Justin Breninger

    I am so excited for this game! Getting this the day its available.

  • pinkcatmint

    The playground is a nice touch to add realism, and I love the spooky maze! I am so excited about this game!