This post is dedicated to one topic – Part 2 and its release. For those who do not want to read the entire post, I will tell you the major news first. Part 2 will be delayed again.
I know, you’re tired of hearing this. I know an announcement like this will piss off lots of readers who have patiently waited for a continuation of the story. Well, I have more to add before it is truly ready for release, so I have decided to hold it back until next year. Since I don’t want to keep setting expectations only to fail my readers, all I will say is that, Part 2 is now projected for release in February, 2018.
If you want more details, read on.
Why is This Happening?!
That is a fair question. I realize most of my readers have been waiting for the release, and my expectations were originally to publish Part 2 in September, 2017. However, I have to weigh out many factors when releasing content, and the decision to delay this part is due to quality. I don’t feel Part 2 is ready for release for several major reasons:
- It is not long enough for the average user. Most of my readers play 2-3 times only. Any single playthrough of Part 1 is roughly 50,000 words. As it stands right now, Part 2 is only adding 20,000 words more per playthrough. That’s just not enough to warrant your purchase.
- There are several large errors that need to be fixed. The worst thing I can do is release a game that breaks or has bugs. If I release this part too early, I risk a support nightmare where people can’t play. That has the additional impact of hurting my credibility.
- I want to give more for readers to experience. There are already some really interesting and exciting scenes in Part 2, but I feel it is still lacking. There are twelve romance options that need to be fleshed out. There are stories left hanging, such as SurvNet, the military device, and the Makarovs. I want scientist characters to explore the virus. What makes it tick? Can it be cured? Can it be re-engineered?
Publishing a new part is not just about my time, but involves several other people. Once the files are coded, I provide a review copy to my team of testers. They are all volunteers and need time to go through the game and make sure it’s error-free. When they are finished, I revise the code based on their feedback. That process takes 1-2 weeks.
Next, I send the files to Hosted Games, and one of their copyeditors go through it—all 250,000 words to fix grammar errors and typos. This is a meticulous process that takes 4-5 weeks. After that, the files are sent to a programmer who loads the files into the app and makes it all work with proprietary nuts & bolts (for example, the save game system, in-app purchase scripts, etc.). This last part takes 2-3 weeks.
Once the app is set to go live, it is submitted to each store: Steam, Apple, and Google Play. Steam and Google are fairly quick to review and publish the new app; Apple takes a lot longer. Still, this takes 1-3 weeks.
So best case scenario is February, 2018 for Part 2.
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