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#31 Post by GreyWolfXx » Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:38 pm

Wow, this game looks really awesome. It seems really interactive and professional. This seems of such high quality that I'm surprised it's not commercial (unless it is)?
I would be happy to buy this or even back the kickstarter. The whole concept is unique and I'd have a blast with managing all those girls. Who isn't a sucker for lots of choice?
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#32 Post by Wiguan » Sun Aug 14, 2016 4:35 am

This project looks promising.
Still no more playable demo?

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#33 Post by timepatches » Sun Aug 14, 2016 9:29 am

This game is intriguing so far! Definitely marking this to stalk progress!
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Re: Idol Manager [business sim, dark comedy] - new video tra

#34 Post by Kuiper » Tue Aug 30, 2016 5:00 pm

Update: I just did a video gameplay walkthrough/dev blog showing off some of the game's features (business proposals) with an early testing build of the game. Over the coming weeks, we're planning to release more of these "development blog" videos in this style to give people a clearer picture of what the game is like.
Wiguan wrote:This project looks promising.
Still no more playable demo?
We don't have a public demo ready for release yet. Right now we're still in the development stages where we are pretty far from being feature complete. One of the hard things about making a demo for this game is that the gameplay is really about overlapping events and managing multiple gameplay systems at once. It's not like a normal VN, where we can have a "chapter 1, chapter 2" and so on that we release in a linear fashion that allows us to work on and release them one at a time as we're developing them. We have a bunch of gameplay systems like business proposals, the relationships system, business operations and staff management, PR events, commercial events, and so on, that are all going to be going on at once, and this makes it hard for us to give a "vertical slice" that allows you to experience a few weeks of gameplay, because in the actual game, you would be engaging with a ton of gameplay systems during that time, and not all of those are fully polished in a state where we feel that we can show them off and have that demo serve as an accurate representation of what the game will actually feel like.

That was part of the reason for wanting to do these "development blog" walkthrough videos (like the one I just linked), because it gives us a chance to show off and explain the gameplay features "one at a time" even though not all of them are fully complete yet.
GreyWolfXx wrote:Wow, this game looks really awesome. It seems really interactive and professional. This seems of such high quality that I'm surprised it's not commercial (unless it is)?
This is indeed a commercial project! Right now we're focused on the game's development so we haven't spent a ton of time promoting the game, but we're planning to hit Kickstarter and Steam Greenlight once the game is further along and we have more to show to potential backers. If you'd like to get a notification when we get to this point, you can sign up for the email list on our website (scroll down to the "email list" section). We're planning to use the email list very sparingly, just to notify people of major updates (like when we launch the Kickstater, and when the game finally launches on Steam); if you want more regular project updates (like the video develop blogs and random screenshots of the things we're working on) you can follow the tumblr or twitter account.
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#35 Post by Sayuui » Tue Aug 30, 2016 5:06 pm

I'd like to send you my portfolio because I'd love to work on a great project like this in the future, if there are any positions. But I just got bitchslaped for that, even though I wasn't rude or anything T v T''

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Re: Idol Manager [business sim, dark comedy] - new video tra

#36 Post by Zelan » Tue Aug 30, 2016 7:04 pm

The dev blog video is super cool. ^_^ I would highly recommend that the rest of you check it out, it's a nice look at how some of the features are planned to work.

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#37 Post by aE2S » Wed Sep 07, 2016 6:44 pm

This definitely looks like something I'll be playing. It's really interactive and the art isn't bad too !

Finally, I hope I get to learn something about the Japanese Pop Idol industry , especially through this beautiful work :)

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#38 Post by Kuiper » Fri Sep 30, 2016 6:58 pm

Hey guys, new dev log video update, this one is about producing singles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsRQ6RmueHI

I think that these videos are a good way for us to showcase some of the stuff that we're working on before we get to the point where we can ship a public demo, but if you think that they can be improved or have any other feedback/suggestions, I'd love to hear what you think!


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#39 Post by JBShields » Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:02 pm

Any new news for the status of this game?

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#40 Post by Kuiper » Tue Nov 01, 2016 1:42 am

Our next developer walkthrough video should be up soon, this time showing off some of the visual novel elements which are going to feature prominently in the completed game. In the meantime, here's a preview of the new animations that we're working on. These visual novel-style "story segments" will probably have less voice-over commentary from me than the gameplay-focused sections but I think they'll help to communicate a lot of the tone that we want to convey through the game.
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#41 Post by aeri » Wed Nov 02, 2016 12:42 am

I definitely like the premise as well but it looks like it is all female-centric cast? I definitely hope at some point in time that males will be included or have a separate "edition" :) I may decide to back depending on the price when you reach that point of doing a kickstarter or something similar.

Good luck with the game production and definitely wish your group success!

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#42 Post by Rossfellow » Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:01 pm

aeri wrote:I definitely like the premise as well but it looks like it is all female-centric cast? I definitely hope at some point in time that males will be included or have a separate "edition" :) I may decide to back depending on the price when you reach that point of doing a kickstarter or something similar.

Good luck with the game production and definitely wish your group success!
The game seems to be based on idol agencies like AKB48, which is an all-girl group, so no. The roles that can be filled with males in such an agency is mostly managerial.

Though.... Imagine a trap idol.

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#43 Post by aeri » Thu Nov 03, 2016 3:09 pm

That's true...based don the pictures provided it would probably be them or even morning misume. Definitely potential for an all male version like on johnny's entertainment though!

Definitely got to watch out for those trap idols...and that definitely can give quite a bit of content for the game if creator decides to go that route as well!

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#44 Post by FonaCall » Mon Nov 07, 2016 2:31 am

I'm also curious as to how a male-idol-management game would go. Maybe you'll make another game with that theme? Hahaha!

Otherwise, this is pretty damn cool! The idol games I see right now don't really have the grit involved.
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#45 Post by Mikiil Spades » Tue Jan 31, 2017 6:01 pm

The excitement for this game is so real. The more realistic approach to the idol industry is super refreshing. Do you have a rough idea of how much you expect to put the game up for? I don't have a lot of money, but if I can I'd like to save up for it!

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