In a rough estimation, I think the next version will add 6 more hours of gameplay, maybe more.
I already have plans for the rest of the game, with no spoilers here they are :
- Version 4.0 - (may or april 2018)
As you know, it will feature the capital, with lots of sidequests, and a really big step in the main story. Maybe the most important area in the game.
As in the Big Tree Fields zone, you're gonna have to go back a couple times in this city, through the rest of the game.
In this version, the city will stay closed, and you will not have access to all of the other areas you previously visited (great tree fields, orion village, etc...)
But don't worry, you'll have enough to do with the capital alone
- Version 4.3 (i am sure v4.1 and v4.2 will be dedicated to debugging, even if i try my best) - (this summer)
This version will not add anything new to the main quest, but it will open up the capital to all of the other areas. I'll have to redo certain things and to rethink some of the sidequests, and secrets areas i did back then in a way the game, as a whole, feels coherent to the player. So it'll be some work.
It will also feature three optional dungeons, that will be well hidden, and difficult to beat (because of the riddles).
The main purpose of this version is to make the world feel alive, and connected, and full of surprises.
- Version 5.0 - (11/2018)
Third dungeon of the game. A big, big dungeon. Full of tree lovers.
- Version 6.0 - (03/2018)
Continuation of the story. No new areas, but the main quest will take an unexpected turn.
- Version 7.0 - (summer 2018)
A new city, called Ramrokrok. Some NPCs spoke a little about it in the earlier areas of the game, don't know if you remember.
- Version 8.0 - (01/2019)
A big step in the story. Once again, no new areas, but a major change... well i'll keep the details to myself. *teasing* *teasing*
- Version 9.0 - (summer 2019)
Fourth and last dungeon in the game. In the sky. No need to tell you it will be big, and challenging, and everything you can expect from a final dungeon (well at least it is so in my head, we'll see how i succeed in this when i get there )
- Version 10.0 - (09/2019)
I round it all up. I make all the bugs go away. I add some sidequests. I clear the gray areas, and the not-so-smooth transitions between a quest and an other. In short I polish it. And then, it's the end. Finito. Game completed.
So as you can see it's a long way from the end of the game, and i'm not really close to finishing it (once i release the version 4.0 it'll be half of it). But that's okay with me. I have so much fun doing this, and it relaxes me in my free time. I realize it's a big project, but Adventure Craft is a very good tool to make this kind of stuff without really getting into complicated coding sheanigans. So in all honesty, i think i can do it. I really want to !
The total duration of the game will be about 20 hours in straight line, and almost 40 hours if you want to do it all.
I really want you to feel like every corner can lead to something interesting, to make you think, and ponder on the environnment, that's why i plan to add so many sidequests (i love sidequests, i always loved them since i'm a child ). Plus, lots of sidequest will give you big rewards you will almost not be able to complete the main quest without.
Obviously, release dates are approximative, but i think it'll go something like this. We'll see. Maybe you'll quote this sentence in 4 years when i'll still work on the seventh version
Don't worry even if it does not meet any success what so ever, i'll finish it. The 4K dowloads I have are sufficient, i just want to have fun doing this.
The Meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything.
I've just encountered the strangest bug...
If i'm anywhere beside this red line - that I made with wool in order to show you - if i save the game and try to reload it, it will crash...
Would you have any idea how to fix it, and what causes this bug ? Only the lighthouse is concerned, not the rest of the city, so that's a relief, but I need people to be able to save here, it's an important place :/