Please, TAKE YOUR TIME! A good awaited game is better than a bad and rushed one, right? Also, focus on everything you need, we can wait.
Minor Update & An Important Announcement (Please Read)
Hello everyone, Dino here! A small update of Vincent: The Secret of Myers has been pushed out. This update includes some minor fixes and changes. At the same time, I’d like to make an important announcement.
First of all, I’d like to thank you all for your overwhelming positive reviews of Chapter 4 of Vincent: The Secret of Myers! It is my great honor that players enjoy my story and my characters, and I couldn’t have made it to this step without your support. However, today I’d like to talk about more serious topics, including how I’m doing now, and how I wish to move forward.
In short, after some consideration, I have decided to take a break from making new chapters.
What’s going on?
The first thing I’d like to make clear is that game dev is just my hobby and I don’t make profits from it. I began game dev in 2017, and so far, all of my games are free. I opened donations to help myself cover some of the expenses in making Vincent, but most expenses are still paid from my own pockets. Nonetheless, despite that, for the past two years, I have been treating game dev as seriously as a job, and during summer break it feels like my full-time job. However, as much as I enjoy game dev, I feel like I have been focusing too much on pumping out new contents that I have neglected other aspects of my life, and other aspects of game dev itself. Therefore, I’d like to take a few months off and focus on my life outside of game dev.
Is this a hiatus?
No, this is not a hiatus. I simply want to make games at a slower pace that I can handle, and as I have mentioned before, I feel like I have been neglecting other aspects of game dev as well, including bug-fixing, polishing, marketing, etc. Therefore, I will be focusing on these aspects in the upcoming months instead. I understand that these will not be as exciting for players, but they are just as important and time-consuming, and all need to be done by me.
Will you still be around?
I don’t have any plans to disappear into thin air, but my presence online will be reduced. With the rise in popularity of my games, there has been more and more demand online for me to keep pumping out new contents. Don’t get me wrong! I totally understand that it’s because players enjoy my content and are eager to see more, and I appreciate it. However, I hope players can understand that I too am a human who has a life outside game dev, not a game-making machine.
Why does each chapter take so long?
Chapter 4 took me about 8 months, and I have seen a lot of people say that I took too long. However, if I ask myself: have I tried my absolute best in making Chapter 4 as fast as possible? The answer is yes, I have tried my best. If you have seen the end credits, then you probably have realized that I am a solo-dev and most things are handled by myself. It is also important to note that the process of game development is not a linear one, but more of “back-and-forth” iterations. Programming, art, writing, puzzle design, music making… Believe it or not, I struggle with all of them. Most things you see in the final release have gone through many iterations, and thus the longer development time.
What are your future plans?
“Will there ever be xxx?” “When will xxx?” “Do you have any plans to xxx?” Every day, I receive similar questions like these. And the answer is: I have no clue myself! I have no long-term plans, and right now I am using any spare time I can find to do game dev. In fact, I still find it unbelievable that I actually made it to Chapter 4.
Have you thought about commercializing Vincent?
I can’t say the thought hasn’t crossed my mind. After all, it does sound nice to combine hobby with job, and it will also allow me to actually have income to add cooler things to my games. However, I still need time to think this through, and if I do decide to go down this path, a lot of things need to be handled differently moving forward. In short, I am not sure at the moment yet.
Have you thought about uploading your games to Steam?
I have, actually. However, from what I have heard, you need to pay expensive upload fees for each game you upload to steam, and the uploading process is quite complicated and could take up to a few months. Therefore, I probably will only do that when I do decide to commercialize my games, so I can’t promise anything at the moment.
That’s about it! Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and I would like to once again thank everyone for your love and support. I have seen many fan creations related to my game, and I want to say that they are absolutely amazing! I too hope that I can bring more games to you in the future!
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I appreciate everything you have done, from the quality of the animations to the amazing breathtaking story. I look forward to seeing more of your work after your break, Dino. Take care!
you are absolutely one of the best solo game devs i know, so whichever decision you come to, once you've given it much thought for as long as you need and feel comfortable with it, we'll be right there behind you!! wishing you good health and bright days, i hope that you can figure out a good work-life balance that helps sustain your wellbeing :) much love <3
Thank you so much for everything you have done! You have definitely outdone yourself so please take care of your health and daily life as well!
Please, take care of yourself! Your game is amazing and you did a great work!
Thank you so much for the amazing games you've created!! They were truly enjoyable! <33 It pisses me off tho that some people are saying that 8 months was too long because for me? THAT'S HELLA FAST. Please do take your time and rest. Your well-being and health should come first before everything else afterall. Take care Dino!! :DD
I do not understand why people complain about how chapter 4 took too long. As the chapters go on you can see the improvement in each of them and chapter 4 has been the longest and best one so far. It was fricking AMAZING. The only thing that sucks was that my laptop was too shitty to run the animations properly but that's on my end. I saw quality over quantity. As someone who has an immense amount of patience, I don't care how long it takes to get the other chapters out as long as their great. Do what you need to get your life in order. You're human too.
Thank you so much for all your work on VTSOM and TWDAK Dino!! Your own personal life is a priority though, your decision to take a break is completely understandable!! We cherish your creations but most importantly the person behind them! Thank you for letting us know and take your time <3
It's completely understandable that you need to slow down and focus on other things. You've already done an impressive amount on your own, in a pretty short span of time. Try not to pay any mind to people being impatient or demanding -- I think people often just don't put much consideration into what they say online, and underestimate how much they're affecting the people on the other side of the screen. (Or they forget/ignore that there is an actual person on the other side.)
Please go at your own pace and take care of yourself! <3
Hey Dino, I'm glad to hear you're taking some time to focus on your life & yourself. You've done an amazing job with your game projects so far, and such a high level of quality takes time. I wish you luck with the future & I hope this slower pace of development is beneficial to you and your health while still allowing you to enjoy your hobby.
Jaiden, thank you so much for your kind comment! I'm very glad I was able to know you, and I also want to use this chance to thank you for all the support you have offered me along the way. I wish you the very best of luck with your development on Legends of Astravia!
Take your time! Take care of yourself! You should be proud of all you've created. I know it's easy to put pressure on yourself to create things faster, especially with so many people urging you to do so, but you're doing all you can. Be proud of it! We can wait.
I thought you were cranking things out at such a breakneck pace I worried for your health! So I'm actually rather happy to see you taking this step back. It has been such a fun journey to see and while I am obviously excited to see what the future brings it should never come at the cost of your health or happiness.
Take care of yourself! We'll still be here when you want to resume <3