Songs of Araiah [Remake]

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Songs of Araiah [Remake]

#1 Post by vnovel » Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:49 am

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Welcome to the Mansion... These are some of the new locations for vNovel's commercial quality remake of Team BG's (Bishojo Games') well known and inspiring visual novel, Songs of Araiah.
‎"In a fantasy land ruled by a dictator, a boy runs away from home to make a pact of eternal servitude to a mysterious lady in exchange for immortality. But what really awaits in the mansion at the base of Hitely Mountain?"
This upgraded version will be released for all platforms, including Mac, Windows, and the iPad and iPhone.

The game will feature:
  • A revised story and dialogue
  • All new background art
  • New character sprites
  • Upgraded and extra visual effects
  • Additional sound effects
  • Original soundtrack
  • Higher resolution display
If you like the original, you will love this new take on a Lemma community classic!

If you haven't played the original, wait till this new version comes out to give it a go.

We have a trailer available here: http://bit.ly/o79ILh

Expected release date is the end of August.

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#2 Post by LVUER » Sat Aug 13, 2011 1:34 am

Will this be commercial or free?
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#3 Post by vnovel » Sat Aug 13, 2011 1:54 am

LVUER wrote:Will this be commercial or free?
It will be commercial to support all the work that went into making it.

(But we will have a free giveaway promotion in store for a limited number of copies. Make sure you follow our news channels.)
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#4 Post by babyfish » Sat Aug 13, 2011 2:42 am

I've seen these backgrounds on DA, and I was thoroughly impressed. Glad there's finally a WIP thread now!
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#5 Post by azureXtwilight » Sat Aug 13, 2011 3:38 am

Awesome background you have there! Will this also be a KN or will it be a VN?
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#6 Post by Mickychi » Sat Aug 13, 2011 3:41 am

Ohhhhhh this looks really good I wish you good luck with it
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#7 Post by jack_norton » Sat Aug 13, 2011 3:48 am

Aren't those royalty free BGs? I am sure saw the first one (top-left) on Hanako's Date Warp game :) anyway, good luck with the game!
edit: I checked the Date Warp ones and it seems that the BG (at least that one) were indeed "revamped" (recolored and with added lighting). Looks much better now indeed.
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Re: Songs of Araiah [Remake]

#8 Post by jakemorrow » Sat Aug 13, 2011 5:55 am

jack_norton wrote:I checked the Date Warp ones and it seems that the BG (at least that one) were indeed "revamped" (recolored and with added lighting).
"Recolored"? What the..? Your need an eye-check, jack.
They're both mansions with a staircase...that's about as close as they get.

Looking forward to this version. I love the original. Date Warp is also an excellent indie game worth paying for. My sister loves it.

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#9 Post by jack_norton » Sat Aug 13, 2011 6:17 am

Yes, I checked and indeed are completely different. Might have to do an eye check after all :D
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#10 Post by Aleema » Sat Aug 13, 2011 6:17 am

To be fair, they share several things:
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It would be easy to associate the 2 in your mind. There are a *lot* of mansions-with-a-staircase BGs floating around out there and it's hard for me to realize if I've seen one before or not. Catching one with the same perspective? They might have used the same reference photo. But I agree that they're very different and that all the BGs are beautiful.

What sparked this remake, I wonder? I think the original holds a dear place in all our hearts, and it wasn't awful. It was actually a beacon of its time, if I remember.

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#11 Post by jakemorrow » Sat Aug 13, 2011 8:18 am

A quick google search produced this... I think there's some kind of a general logic as to how stairs should be designed to look in a large luxurious house. There's the single stairs with an arc above, and then there's the "Scarface" double-stairs design (http://goo.gl/H1o4Z). It's like a stereotype...quite funny to see...

I don't think it's anyone's fault, just a coincidence. And your eyes are alright after all, jack. ;)
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#12 Post by jack_norton » Sat Aug 13, 2011 11:37 am

Aleema wrote: What sparked this remake, I wonder? I think the original holds a dear place in all our hearts, and it wasn't awful. It was actually a beacon of its time, if I remember.
Well since they're going to sell it (commercial) I think was a good move to produce new content (art, etc) so people won't be annoyed (the original game was freeware if I remember correctly).
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#13 Post by lordcloudx » Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:42 pm

Little comment on the preview video. "Time-old" and "seasoned" basically mean the same thing. (maybe you meant "timeworn?"). Also, that particular line in the video is a comma-splice, I believe.
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#14 Post by HikkiPanda » Sun Aug 14, 2011 5:17 am

Those background artworks are so beautiful ... . me so envious :(

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#15 Post by Wright1000 » Sun Aug 14, 2011 5:58 am

I don't understand why you are creating a game that was already finished before and releasing it as commercial?
Anyway, this isn't a project of Team BG, is it?
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