Since I've made real headway into my current project (The Death of Mrs. Macey), I've decided to debut the rough design for my next one: Sunny South Seoul.
Similar to Mrs Macey in the focus on family relationships, Sunny South Seoul is unlike my previous project in that it is not a tragedy with an inevitable outcome, instead being more of a hopeful story about how families and friends can come together to do what's best for those they love.
You play Ji-hoon Choi, a 45-year-old divorced sales representative living in Seoul, South Korea. After the accidental death of your former wife and her husband, your ten-year-old son (Min-jun) and his four-year-old half sister (Seo-yun) are brought into your care. Unfortunately, your son doesn't seem to like you in the slightest and his sister barely even knows who you are. Add in a possible romance with your landlady, and you've got yourself a pot full of drama.
45; A rather humorless and stern man; divorced his wife shortly before his son's second birthday; unsociable but polite to his colleagues and acquaintances; lives in an old apartment in the southern neighborhoods of Seoul; lives a frugal and utilitarian lifestyle so he can save up for retirement; secretly enjoys idol music, fast food, and going to the zoo
10; changed his family name to his step-father's; resents his biological father for leaving both him and his mother; fiercely protective of those he considers family; unconsciously takes after Ji-hoon by being painfully serious; has a soft spot for plants and gardens
4; the daughter of Ji-hoon's former wife and her husband; friendly and outgoing; dreams of being a professional martial artist; understands a little more than she lets on about her mother's and father's deaths
50; daughter of an American woman and a Korean army officer; relies on Ji-hoon's reliable rent to keep herself out of bankruptcy; left college to plan for her mother's funeral and never returned; possible romance option for Ji-hoon; has a cordial, if cold, relationship with her father;
EDIT: I've hooked myself a super great (and willing) artist, einari, for the character sprites.
EDIT2: After hiring Ezri to create the CGs, I've officially reached the amount I've budgeted for the art of this game and will not be hiring any more artists. It's money well spent though, considering who I've got on my team!
I'd also like a co-writer/idea bouncer. If you or someone you know might be interested, please PM me or reply to this thread. This would be an unpaid
I do have a few questions for everyone, if you'll oblige me:
1) Should I keep the western name structure or revert to the traditional Korean structure?
2) Since I've only ever visited South Korea and Seoul, can anyone with more experience help me with the cultural differences that might come up? (Especially those of addressing people and interacting with others)
3) Does this sound interesting enough to be a full-fledged game, or should I make it a smaller kinetic novel?