Abyss [NaNo2019] [Drama] [Mystery] [Adventure] [Puzzle-Solving]

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Abyss [NaNo2019] [Drama] [Mystery] [Adventure] [Puzzle-Solving]

#1 Post by Abyss_Team » Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:23 pm

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Welcome to the Abyss.

Somewhere, I was floating in the middle of a vast emptiness.

I couldn’t see, couldn’t hear, couldn’t move, couldn’t feel.
What is this place? How did I get here, and why?
How can I answer these questions if I don’t remember anything?

The only memory I have is...


What will you see, when you gaze into the Abyss?

One day, a lost stranger wakes up in a desolate land with no memories.
Joined by other individuals as lost as the stranger, they seek for a way to escape the strange place.
Will they manage to avoid the many dangers lurking at every corner?

...Or will they perish and be forgotten?

Hey, y’wanna know what it’s ‘bout?

Abyss is a mystery/drama story that combines various elements of visual novels, point-and-click adventures, puzzle-solving games, as well as a few specialised game mechanics. It is inspired by the Danganronpa and Zero Escape series.

The NaNoRenO 2019 version is a demo, which covers the story up to the Tutorial sections. It aims to introduce players to our game’s concept. As such, some core mechanics will not be available yet.

I suggest we list down the things we have.

The NaNoRenO 2019 Demo Edition features:

- Up to (but may not be limited to) 15,000 words -
- Several puzzles to puzzle over -
- Various areas and interest points to explore, examine, and get lost in -
- Interesting characters to chat and complain about things with* -
- Relationship system that affects how much of the story you do (or don’t) mess up* ** -
- All original assets, brought to you by our lovely team -
- A good ol’ cliffhanger! -

*only a few parts of this mechanic will appear in the Demo Edition
**we take no responsibility if you, the players, do actually mess up the story


Some introductions are in order.

Stay tuned for updates about our cast of characters here!

Ooh, they’re really beautiful. But not as beautiful as Mommy!

As we progress through the NaNoRenO 2019 month, we’ll be posting about our work and the assets we’ve produced in this section. Check our Twitter and this page for future updates!

Why don’t we get to know each other better first?

Greetings, everyone!

We are the Abyss Team, a group of writers, programmers, artists, and audio people from around the globe who are enthusiastic about developing unique and immersive narratives.

Although some of our members have done a few game jams together, this is Abyss Team’s first NaNoRenO. We can’t wait to have you play our game!

Our members:
Shad - Project Lead, Writer (Itch.io)
Kowara - Project Lead, Writer (Itch.io)
Yoru - Project Lead, Writer (Itch.io)
Nezu - Character Artist
LucasLCL - Background Artist (Twitter, Instagram)
FishyFeathers - Background Artist
Sushii - UI Artist
Yuma - Programmer
Nisha - Programmer (unable to continue due to other work commitments)
DarkWolf - Programmer
Barmizzle - Composer
Scowsh - Sound Designer

If you want to add anything else, now's the time to say it.

Comments? Questions? Concerns or grievances?
Feel free to reply to this post, or send us a PM. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

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Thank you for your interest in our project. Please look forward to the results!
We very energy for finish game this -- heh? I no can speak at here?
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#2 Post by Abyss_Team » Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:09 am

We're starting off with an art update!
Here's Fabian Wolff, our main protagonist.
What sorts of adventures await him? Will he be able to survive till the very end?

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And here's the female version of Abyss' main protagonist: Maria Wolff.
Time permitting, players will be able to choose the main character's gender!

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#3 Post by Abyss_Team » Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:29 am

Time sure flies, doesn't it? It's already the 2nd week of NaNoRenO!
Here's some concept art for Andrea Reise Mädchen, one of the lost travellers that you meet in the Abyss.
She's optimistic, full of energy, and absolutely adores her mother!

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#4 Post by Abyss_Team » Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:20 am

We're back again for some more updates!
Introducing Thomas von Baasch, another person who finds himself in the Abyss with the others.
A savvy businessman, he's quite knowledgeable about various topics and always strives for efficiency.
We're still trying to figure out which colours would work...so we'll throw that question to you!

Which one do you prefer?
Or are there other colours that you think would suit him better?

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#5 Post by Zelan » Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:56 pm

I think he would look best with the colors from 1, and the pants from 3 or 4. The plaid pattern makes the design a little bit busy, in my opinion.

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#6 Post by Abyss_Team » Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:54 am

As we're entering the 3rd week, we'd like to show you some of our character poses.
They're still WIPs right now, but we're very happy with how they're turning out!
Good luck to everyone for the remainder of NaNoRenO 2019!

Also, a quick thank you to Zelan for the feedback on Thomas' design!
(And @JamesHVoices & @ActingMalconian from Twitter on the same feedback)

- - - - - - - - Fabian Wolff - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Maria Wolff - - - - - - - - - And a mysterious hooded figure? - - - - -

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#7 Post by nyphren » Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:22 pm

This sounds really interesting! Can’t wait to try out the demo ^^

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#8 Post by Abyss_Team » Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:30 pm

Yellow everyone!

After 5 weeks of hard work, we finally managed to submit "Abyss" as our Nanoreno 2019 project!
You can find it at: https://abyss-team.itch.io/abyss

Be sure to try it and let us know what you think!

Keep in mind that this version is only a prototype. There's still lots of polishing and improvements to do across all areas. We tried to cram as much as we could from our original idea but, alas, the time we had to do so was shorter than we expected and it's now over! But that's not bad, we did what we could and we're proud of it! :D

Finally, but not least, a special thanks to our team members for accepting this challenge and sticking with us till the very end!

For now, it's time to rest but be sure to check our Twitter for more content and news on Abyss!

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