The demo is out! It covers roughly the first third of the game, and there are a lot of scene variations and special interactions you can unlock through particular dialogue options and clever use of the time travel mechanic. let me know what you find!
The protagonist, whose name and gender are chosen by the player, is mourning the death of their older sister when they are given are strange watch. The mysterious device offers them a deal: Great power and a chance to uncover their sisters fate, in exchange for an offering of blood. This new ability may be the only thing that can prevent their closest friends from meeting the same end, but while the true power behind the watch is more than the protagonist had ever imagined, so is the cost.
Zak has been the protagonists friend since they were children. He was also a good friend of their sister, and her death hit him almost as hard. An aspiring screenplay writer and a fan of countless obscure movies and television shows, Zak puts the protagonists feelings above everything, much to his own detriment.
Charlotte is Zak's half-sister, and an avid gamer and Anime fan. Her degree in philosophy has given her with particularly strong views about the morality of manipulating time for your own interests, however benevolent the intentions may seem.
Corrie was one of the protagonists sister closest friends. With a passion for basketball and a certain long-running fantasy series, Corrie tends to be either loved or hated by those around her. Along with Michael, she is desperate to uncover the truth behind her friends death.
Michael has known Corrie since they went to school together. A tennis prodigy and neighborhood hero, Michael approaches everything with enthusiasm and a warm smile. He is never seen without the peculiar heart shaped pendant he wears around his neck.
The woman in the blue dress has been appearing ever since the watch did. She wears her own disembodied eye, which seems to have an awareness of its own. She and her friend must have something to do with the strange events happening in the city recently, but exactly what that goals are remains to be seen.
As the player progresses through the story they shape their relationship with the other characters. As well as friendships and rivalries, some of the characters can also have romantic interactions with the player. There are two types of romance arcs: Major romance arcs, which have a larger amount of content and are highly integrated into the time travel mechanic, and minor romance arcs, which are much simpler and have little impact on the overall story.
While I recommend discovering these in the game itself, the spoiler tag below provides more information on how these are distributed.
Zak (either gender)
Corrie (male only)
Eleanor (female only)
Minor romance arcs:
Charlotte (male only)
Michael (female only)
The backgrounds were created by Dao, who has a thread here on the forums: viewtopic.php?f=62&t=37408, and they look amazing! They can be seen as examples on the linked thread.
The game has original music composed by Noyemi K, who can be found here on the forums: viewtopic.php?f=65&t=35975. You should definitely check out her work.