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27 September 2008 @ 10:28 am
Burning Questions  
I haven't posted much since the release of Case 7, but I figured I would pop in to answer the one question that I'm sure all 5 of you who read this developer diary have got on your minds: how is Case 8 doing?

Currently, Case 8 is in production.  However, this does not mean that I am working on it 24/7. I am trying to do as much as I can whenever I get some free time, which is not as often as I'd like.  Anyway, progress can be divided up in the following categories:

Story: While I was at Mittens (the AGS gathering), I felt inspired and wrote down an outline for the story on a set of cards.  As I get further in the design process, I'll flesh out the story and add puzzles and all that good stuff.

Graphics: The game's graphical style is getting a makeover.  Character portraits are now stylistically similar to the ones in the first Gabriel Knight game.  I have also adopted a new method of doing backgrounds, in which I draw them on paper first, then scan them in and color them on the computer, rather than just drawing them from scratch on the PC.

Here is an example:

Music/Voices: I haven't even thought about this yet.

So in a nutshell, the game itself currently has 3 1/2 rooms in it, and about 5 characters have full talking animations.

I'm aiming for a release some time in 2009.  Stay tuned.

(Anonymous) on September 28th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
Great news!!
I was looking forward to an announcement regarding case 8! The new graphical style will take some time go get used to, but seems to fit the series very well. Keep up your great work!
A big fan from Austria
(Anonymous) on September 30th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
Excellent, I can't wait to see how the new art style pans out. As it is Ben seems right at home in the image there. I look forward to seeing more as it develops.
-James Rossi
goury on September 30th, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
Wonderful! Thanks for the info! The new design of Ben's face looks amazing!
(Anonymous) on October 1st, 2008 07:39 am (UTC)
It's looks sweet, and I love the new hand drawn style. You might want to clean up the lines a bit to make them straight but besides that I wouldn't change a thing.
cheyenneseizureslater on October 1st, 2008 09:58 am (UTC)
Very very stoked for this, graphics look yummy!
(Anonymous) on October 1st, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
Is your Avatar supposed to be zombie Ben? No offense. :D
(Anonymous) on October 2nd, 2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
Very excited! I always check for updates! It's going to be bitter sweet when this one comes out....w/ it being the last one and all....

Thanks for the screenshot looks great :)
(Anonymous) on October 3rd, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
Voice Actors
Hi, you mentioned that you hadn't really thought about the voices for it yet and I didn't know if you were looking for voice actors. I didn't know how you went about selecting them, let alone how to contact you about it, so I figured this was probably the best place as any to ask.
(Anonymous) on October 7th, 2008 12:15 pm (UTC)
Yippie! This will be awesome! :-)
(Anonymous) on October 8th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
Case 8
Just finished the first game - started on the second - I can't wait until I am able to play through the rest. Just wanted to say kudos. By the way, I can do some pretty good voices. Here's one of them: "________" haha...I know, hilarious- don't ask me where that accent came from, my genius has no learning curve. Here's another: "__________" [breathing heavy] - and YES, that's probably the best run-on-sentence-to-voiceover ever done.
(Anonymous) on December 13th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
The new portraits look darker.
Is it possible that the eight game will be a little more serious?