Well, it seems that I’ve abandoned #6. However Blake survived the horrible accident and will probably push forward into #7. Though he was essential as being the template for all future sprites. As opposed to the first attempt at a Visual Novel and none of those characters survived as I’ve tried a little harder to make sure the anatomy doesn’t go all screwy when I mirror the image.
I’ll probably have to redo Blake though, as his lineart is a lot stronger than the others. Speaking of others…
The current project will feature about 8 characters. Here’s 4 that are solidified and have a species. The rest will be decided upon later. I posted the picture to my SF account to poll some of the people following me there for what they’d like to see for the remaining 4.
Thus far I have two stories that will play out. I wanted to keep using my sprites, and when in a forum dedicated to the Visual Novel scene I asked how often people re-use sprites, it was a definite ‘no’ or ‘no, and I’d be confused to see them in a different setting. Then I started thinking in meta. What if these guys were actors on a series of episodes? Then that would be a plausible reason to use them for more than one visual novel.
So now I had to come up with a story that will fit an episodic content format. I was thinking psychological horror at the start, but after finishing the Lost Room series I started thinking about a paranormal/supernatural thriller. That might work out even better for a series as well. So what could I do to bring people together? A motel/hotel/resort! Then my friend suggested that I could make something like Dante’s Cove—except that it would be good.
So this is the path that I’m currently walking down. Wish me luck!